Q: Regarding the Hadith relating to spending on one’s family on the day of Aashura, does one have to purchase the items on the day of Aashura itself or can one buy it few days before due to work commitments and give it to his family on the day?
A: If one purchases food, etc. before the day of Aashura and feeds his family and spends on them on the day of Aashura, he will also receive the reward and virtue mentioned in the Hadith.
عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال من أوسع على عياله و أهله يوم عاشوراء أوسع الله عليه سائر سنته (الترغيب والترهيب 2/ 48)
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu anahu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever spends freely upon his family on the day of Aashura, Allah Ta`ala will bless him with abundant sustenance for an entire year.”
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)