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Ashura, a profoundly meaningful observance in the Islamic faith, commemorates the tenth day of Muharram, the opening month in the Muslim calendar. For legions of believers across the globe, this occasion carries immense spiritual resonance as well as historical weight. Contemplate a moment freighted with both gladness and grief, causing us to ponder life's fleeting nature while instilling the value of compassionate acts.

This post aims to explain why almsgiving is significant on Ashura and how the two are related. Charity makes people remember that they are all human beings and should be compassionate to one another. May this day help us to encourage people and be kind to them, following the principles of self-sacrifice.

Rewards of Fasting on 9th and 10th of Muharram

Fasting on the 9th and 10th of Muharram offers potential spiritual benefits:

Forgiveness of Sins: A Hadith narrated in Sahih Muslim [reference: Sahih Muslim 1162] by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says: "Fasting the Day of Ashura (10th of Muharram), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year." This suggests that fasting on Ashura could lead to forgiveness of minor sins from the past year.

Following the Prophet's (PBUH) Example: The Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have fasted on Ashura and intended to fast on the 9th of Muharram as well [reference: Ibn Majah 1779]. While not mandatory, fasting these days reflects following his practice.

Following the Virtues of Ashura 

Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram, is a time for Muslims to reflect and engage in acts of worship.

Here are some virtuous ways to observe this day:   

Fasting: Observing a fast on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, or the 10th and 11th, is highly recommended by Islamic traditions. It's believed to bring forgiveness for sins from the previous year.   

Reciting Quran or Performing Dhikr: If fasting is not possible, reciting the Quran or engaging in Dhikr (remembering Allah) are excellent alternatives. Participating in any gathering for religious purposes brings blessings and attracts the presence of angels.   

Charitable Giving (Sadaqah): Helping those in need is one of the most virtuous acts on Ashura. It's also considered a tradition (Sunnah) to spend this day generously with one's family. As Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "Whoever generously spends on his family on the Day of Ashura, Allah will be generous to him for the entire year" (Hadith from Baihaqi). 

The Historical Context of Ashura

While Ashura is known for remembrance of the Battle of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, it too encourages contemplation, compassion, and charity. The anniversary marks the fateful battle where Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), resisted tyranny despite immense adversity. His noble demise serves as a vigorous message of bravery, determination, and unyielding conviction.    

Muslims globally observe Ashura through diverse traditions such as fasting along with sorrowful ceremonies. Meanwhile, some perform acts of kindness or donate to charitable causes to honor Imam Hussain's goodwill towards mankind.

The Spiritual Significance of Charity on Ashura

Charity, like Sadaqah and Zakat, is a core principle in Islam.  On Ashura, giving back reflects the values Imam Hussain embodied – compassion, selflessness, and fighting for justice.  Through acts of charity, we elevate our spiritual experience during Ashura and connect with these values. 

Why Giving Back on Ashura Matters

Reflecting on Sacrifice: Donate Sadaqah in Imam Hussain's spirit, emulating his selflessness and supporting those in need.   

Strengthening Community Bonds: Ashura is a time for unity.  Consider communal charity efforts like food drives or volunteering within the Muslim community.    

Spiritual Purification:   Charity purifies wealth and brings us closer to Allah (SWT).  Giving back on Ashura allows us to seek blessings and forgiveness. 

Take Charitable Actions on This Ashura

Embrace the spirit of giving this Ashura as we honor Imam Hussain's legacy and uphold his cherished values.

Consider making a meaningful impact by donating Sadaqah and Zakat to Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, a respected organization dedicated to supporting those in need.    

Together, let's turn this occasion into a powerful testament of compassion and collective responsibility.

Donate to charitable causes on the Day of Ashura 

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