The Encouragement to Fast in Muharram

November 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that he (the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم) was asked as to which prayer was most excellent after the prescribed prayer, and which fast was the most excellent after the month of Ramadan. He said, ‘Prayer offered in the middle of the night, and the most excellent fast after (fasting) in the month of Ramadan is the fast in Allaah’s Month of al-Muharram.’” [Muslim]

Ibn Rajab said, “… And the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم called the month of Muharram, ‘Allaah’s Month,’ and its ascription to Allaah shows its distinction and excellence, for nothing is attributed to Him, the Most High, except the most elite of His creation, like His ascription of Muhammad, Ibrahim, Ishaaq, Ya’qoob and other Prophets to His ’Ubudiyyah, and He ascribed His House and His She-Camel to Himself.” [See Surah Shams, verse 13 for a mention of the She-camel.]

Lataa’iful-Ma’aarif, pp. 68-70.

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