One opportunity we have is the 10th of Muharram known as Ashura. It is a great day in Islam because of the many authentic traditions that highlight its value and importance. On this day, Muslims who fast are rewarded with the forgiveness of their sins from the prior year (Sahih Muslim).
Many scholars have noted that the fast of Ashura can be done in multiple ways including:
- fasting on the 9th, 10th, and 11th days
- fasting on the 9th and 10th OR on the 10th and 11th
- fasting only the 10th, which is the least praiseworthy.
The 9th day of Muharram is on Saturday (9/30), the 10th day is on Sunday (10/1), and the 11th day is on Monday (10/2).
This is due to the fact that when the Prophet (saw) came to the city of Medina, he found the local Jewish tribes fasting on this day. He inquired why and was told that this was the day that Allah (SWT) freed the people of Musa from Firaun and his army. Upon hearing this, the Prophet (saw) said, “We have more right to Musa than you all.” He also noted, “If I am to live to see the next year, I will fast the ninth (in addition to the tenth) (Sahih Muslim).
May Allah (SWT) bless us with deeds that are pleasing to Him for the coming year!