Fasting the first day of Muharram

  • Publish date:27/12/2009
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Question:

Is fasting on the first day of Muharram allowed? Are there any supporting Hadith?
 
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.
 
Fasting the First day of Muharram is likeable as is fasting other days of this month.  The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "The best fasting after Ramadan is the fasting in the Muharram month".
Al Nawawi  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said: 'Our scholars say: and among the fasting that is desirable is the fasting of the four Hurum (forbidden) months: ‘Dhul Qida, Dhul Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab and the best among them is Muharram'.
Allah Knows best.

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