Experience Reflection, Mourning, and Remembrance: The Day of Ashura
Today is the 10th of Muharram, known as the Day of Ashura - a day containing immense significance and holiness. According to a saying by Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-As (RA), fasting on Ashura is equal to fasting for a whole year, and any charity given on this day is as virtuous as a year's worth of charity (Ibn Rajab).
This noteworthy day commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) and teaches us to overcome hardships with faith and perseverance. Let us take this opportunity to reflect on our own lives and remember that Allah (SWT) is always by our side.
A Prophetic History
Ashura has historical significance, linked to the deeds of prophets from Nuh (AS) to Yunus (AS). It is also recognized as the day when Allah (SWT) saved Musa (AS) and the children of Israel from Pharaoh.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was acutely aware of the day’s rich prophetic history, and humbly drew inspiration from those around him in honouring his blessed predecessors. Following the example of Jewish residents of Medina, he established fasting on Ashura for Muslims, as it brings forgiveness for past sins. Indeed, Ibn ‘Abbas was observed to have said, “I never saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, and this month” (meaning Ramadan). (Bukhari).
While fasting on the Day of Ashura is not compulsory, the Prophet (ﷺ) encourages us to take up a fast on this day, in addition to the previous or subsequent day.
The Battle of Karbala
The tragic events of Karbala cast a shadow over the Ashura commemoration, transforming a day of festivities into one of sorrow. But amidst the darkness, we honour the unwavering faith and resilience of Hussain (RA) and his family in the face of adversity. Today, we mourn their loss while celebrating their unparalleled devotion.
During the battle, a notable moment unfolded when Hussain's brother, Abbas ibn Ali (RA), sacrificed his life in an act of valour. Desperate to quench the thirst of the children in Hussain's camp, Abbas (RA) braved enemy forces who had cut off access to the river. Despite his valiant efforts to protect the water, he fell victim to their attacks while riding back on his horse. His selflessness and bravery epitomize the essence of this solemn day.
Continuing the Struggle
Imam Hussain's (RA) martyrdom is a reminder of the struggle for justice, truth and righteousness against oppression, tyranny and injustice.
You can commemorate this great sacrifice by donating water to those who need it most. With your help we can provide safe drinking water to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By donating now, you will be helping people who don’t have access to clean water achieve a healthier, more dignified quality of life.
May Allah (SWT) grant us all the strength to do what is right, and may He accept our efforts in saving lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Ameen!
FRIDAY 28 JUL 2023