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Answered by Sidi Moustafa Elqabbany


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate. All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all things. May Allah bless and grant peace to our Master Muhammad, his family, and companions.

1. Fasting is encouraged during the inviolable months (Dhul-Qi’da, Dhul-Hijja, Muharram, Rajab) [Reliance, e2.1(6)]

2. Fasting is particularly encouraged on Ashura (the 10th day of Muharram) and the day before it. [Reliance, e2.1(2)]

3. There are no special prayers to be offered on Ashura. [Reliance, f10.15(4)]

Allah the Exalted knows best and He alone gives success.

Moustafa Elqabbany
Metro Vancouver, Canada


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