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Fasting,Rites and Recommendations for the tenth day of Muharram, the Asura

Fasting is advocated in the month of Muharram. The Prophet is believed to have said: The best fasts after the fasts of Ramadan are those of the month of Muharram.” Although the fasts of the month of Muharram are not obligatory, yet one who fasts in these days out of his own will is entitled to a great reward by Allah Almighty. Fasting on the tenth day of Muharram, called Ashura, is particularly important, as it supposed to lead to great rewards. A person does not have to fast for the whole month. On the contrary, each fast during this month has merit.

Here are some activities that are recommended for the day of Ashurah:
1. To observe fast on this day.
2. To give as much charity as you can afford.
3. To perform Nafl Salat prayers.
4. To recite Surah Ikhlas 1000 times.
5. To visit and be in the company of pious Ulema.
6. To place a hand of affection on an orphan’s head.
7. To give generously to one’s relatives.
8. To put surma in one’s eyes.
9. To take a bath.
10. To cut one’s nails.
11. To visit the sick.
12. To establish friendly ties with one’s enemies.
13. To recite Dua-e- Ashurah
14. To visit the shrines of Awliyas and the graves of Muslims.

Special Ibadat for Muharram al Haraam…

Hazrat Sayyedina Abu-Bakr Shibli Rahmatullahi ‘alayh every day from the first of Muharram up to the tenth of Muharram, used to read 4 rakahs nafl. In every rakah Surah Fatiha once, Surah Ikhlas 15 times and after completing the prayer used to bless the reward before the sacred soul of Hazrat Sayyedina wa Maulana Imam Hussain alayhis ‘salam. Thus one day Hazrat Shibly Rahmatullahi ‘alayh saw in his dream that Hazrat Sayyedina Imam Hussain alayhis ‘salam turned his face away from Hazrat Shibly Rahmatullahi ‘alayh .

Hazrat Shibly Rahmatullahi ‘alayh requested

“Highness! what error have I done?”

Reply came:

“Not an error! Our eyes show humility due to your favour. Until We on the Day of Judgement do not return the favour until then I will not be able to look you in the eye.”

Hazrat Sayyedina Wa Maulana Imam Hussain alayhis ‘salam shall intercede for the performers of this prayer on the Day of Judgement.

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