Yoom-e-Ashura is the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram. It is a day of great significance for Muslims as a number of important events occurred. Mostly, it is known for the tragic incident of Karbala but this day was pivotal since before then. It marks the date the earth and the sky were created by Allah, it is also when Hazrat Adam (A.S.) was created, as well as the day he was forgiven after being banished from Heaven. Yoom-e-Ashura is the day when the title of ‘Khaleelullah’ (Friend of Allah) was bestowed upon Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) Also on this day Hazrat Isa (A.S.) was raised to the sky, Hazrat Ayub (A.S.) was restored to health and Allah saved Hazrat Nuh (A.S.) in the ark. This is also the day on which Doomsday will come. Hence, we can see that this is a day that should hold authority in a Muslim’s life.
Here are some actions a person should take on Yoom-e-Ashura;
1. Offer Naufil prayers; offering these extra prayers on this day in particular reaps additional benefits and was advised by The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.).
2. Fasting; fasting on this day is another action that will allow Muslims to reap higher benefits, and it amends the sins committed in the previous year. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) was reported as saying “It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it.” [Sahih Muslim]
3. Remembering Imam Hussain; it is important for Muslims to contemplate over the Kaarbla War and remember the conditions under which Hazrat Imam Hussain received martyrdom. We must remember his courageousness and should take him as an example on how to live our own lives. We should remember to fight injustice, and be brave and stand up for the truth.
I hope this month brings along self-improvement and positive changes in our life.
The author is a political science student at LSE.