Virtue of fasting the first ten days of Muharram

  • Publish date:26/12/2009
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Question:

 
Are there any Hadeeths about the virtue of fasting the first ten days of Muharram? May Allah reward you.
 
Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His Slave and Messenger.
 
It was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Muharram." [Muslim, An-Nasaa’i, Abu Daawood and others] An-Nawawi  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said that this Hadeeth is a direct indication that Muharram is the best month for fasting (after Ramadan).
The best days of the month of Muharram are the first ten days. Al-Mardaawi  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Al-Insaaf, "The best days of Al-Muharram are the tenth then the ninth then the first ten days of it.”
Ibn Rajab  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Lataa’if Al-Ma‘aarif, "The best days of Muharram are the first ten days." He quoted Abu ‘Uthmaan An-Nahdi as saying, “They (the people) would glorify three tens: the last ten days of Ramadan, the first ten days of Thul-Hijjah and the first ten days of Muharram”.
 
However, there is not any authentic Hadeeth regarding the virtue of fasting the first ten days of Muharram altogether.
Allah Knows best.

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