Islamic Months · Muharram

Virtue of Fasting the First Ten Days of Muharram

Question: Are there any ahadeeth 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  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His Slave and Messenger.

It was narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah 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  Allaah  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  Allaah  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  Allaah  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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