Wednesday, December 15, 2010

On Tashu'a & 'Ashura


Don't you like that? They rhyme Tashu'a & 'Ashura. Thank God for auspicious days like today (Tashu'a) and tomorrow ('Ashura) - 9 & 10 Muharram. They are like a much awaited bonus for a poor earning servant like me. One who sins and regrets and sin some more and therefore is in need of special offers like today and tomorrow. So typical of nafs lawammah - the forever regretting soul. Am really glad we could fast on these two days and hope for something good. InshaAllah.

I knew about 'Ashura but Tashu'a is a new word I learned yesterday. Told you, I am not a graduate from Al-Azhar or pesantren or pondok or any of the prestigious religious schools. I studied Economics and Publishing in the US and UK so you may want to quit following this blog now! But am just as happy to be a Muslim. Alhamdulillah!

Another thing I learned earlier today was that tomorrow we should be reciting this phrase (which I am quite familiar with, thank goodness):
Hasbunallahu wa nikmal wakil
nikmal mawla wa nikman nasir
(70 times)

This was mentioned in a credible Islamic blog Bahrusshofa who quoted from a kitab called Jawaahirul Khamis by Sayyidi Muhammad al-Ghawths. And you are supposed to follow this recitation with a du'a which I am not going to mention here cos I'm not sure of the readings. Please visit the said blog, if you are keen.

We talked about religious bonus. Yes if we were to fast tomorrow on the Day of 'Ashura all the sins committed in the previous year would be pardoned! It's a hadith by Imam Muslim. The Prophet said and I quote from Bahrusshofa again, the Prophet said yukaffirus sanatal maadhiyah. It means just that, big bonus, is it not?

And surely you all know that we are encouraged to fast today on Tashu'a day (9 Muharram) because we follow the Prophet s.a.w and Prophet did so in order to be different from the Jews who would only fast on 'Ashura. We are Muslims. We do things our way.

Apart from enjoying the popular 'Ashura porridge, it's also a good idea to treat your families on 'Ashura so you would enjoy a good provision the rest of the year. Bi-iznillah.

Catch you on 11 Muharram, need to internalize and reflect on these two holy days.
Hasbunallahu wa nikmal wakil
nikmal mawla wa nikman nasir

Credit: Sis Ainun for the link and reminder. Allah bless you sister!


  1. Wow, sister you sister you studied in UK and US, that is great. Alhamdulilah :)

  2. Shukran lillah, Alhamdulillah indeed.
    Actually, I was lucky about US but I worked really hard for UK. Still, not a leaf falls from a tree without His permission.

    Good Times - I like!
    : )

  3. Muharram Mubarak
    1. Narrated from Ibn al-'Abbas r.a. that the Prophet s.a.w. said, "Whoever fasts the last day of DhulHijjah and the first day of Muharram, he completes a whole year's worth of fasting in that
    previous year, and Allah gives him penance for fifty [50] years."
    2. Narrated from Anas r.a. that the Prophet s.a.w. said, "Whoever fasts the first Friday of Muharram Allah will forgive his preceding
    sins, and whoever fasts three days of Muharram - Thursday, Friday,and Saturday, Allah will write for him worship and prayers for nine
    hundred [900] years."
    3. Narrated from 'A`ishah Umm al-Mu'minin r.a. that the Prophet s.a.w. said, "Whoever fasts the first ten days up till 'Ashura, he will inherit the Paradise al-Firdaus."
    4. Fasting of 'Ashura is Sunnah Mu`akkadah, that which is highly desired. When the Prophet s.a.w. saw the Jews of Madinah fasting on that day, he asked them for what it was. They told him it was the day Musa a.s. led the Bani Isra`il from Pharaoh. The Prophet s.a.w. said, "I have more rights with Musa than you Jews." So he fasted
    that day and ordered for its observance. This was part of a longer narration from 'A`ishah r.a.
    5. The Prophet said, "Whoever fasts the 'Ashura (10th Muharram), Allah will write for him a thousand [1000] wishes and a thousand years of age, and will grant him the reward of a thousand martyrs,and will write for him the reward of Isma`il a.s., and writes for him seventy [70] palaces in paradise, and makes his flesh forbidden from the hellfire."
    6. In another Hadith the Prophet s.a.w. said, "Whoever fasts the 'Ashura, he will be granted the reward of a thousand angels. And
    whoever recites "Qul Huwa Allahu Ahad" a thousand [1000] times on the day of 'Ashura, Allah will glance at him with the Eyes of Mercy,
    and will write him from amongst the Siddiqqin [The Truthful]."
    7. In another Hadith the Prophet s.a.w. said, "Distinguish yourselves from the Jews by fasting either the day before 'Ashura or
    the day after it as well."
    8. Whoever prays in 'Ashura four [4] sunnah rak'at on the day of 'Ashura, where after the Fatihah in each rak'ah recites "Qul Huwa
    Allahu Ahad" eleven [11] times[8], Allah will forgive his sins of fifty years, and will build for him a pulpit from light. And whoever
    takes the sunnah shower on 'Ashura he will not suffer sickness in that year except the illness of death, and whoever wears the Kuhl on
    his eyes on 'Ashura he will not suffer sickness on that year.
    9. Du'a of 'Ashura: Recite "Hasbun Allahu wa ni'mal wakil, ni'mal Maula wa ni'man Nasir" [70 x], and recite: "Hasbun Allahu mil-al
    Mizan wa muntaha-l 'ilma, wa mablaghal rida, wa zinatul 'arsh, la malja-a wa la manja min Allahi illa ilaihi. Subhan Allahi 'adada-sh- shaf`i wal 'arshi, wa 'adada kalimati Rabbina-t taamma! ti kulliha. As-aluka-s Salamata bi Rahmatika Ya Arham Ar-Rahimin, wa la hawla wala quwwata illa billahil 'Aliyyil 'Azhim. Wa huwa hasbii wa ni'mal wakil, ni'mal Mawla wa ni'man Nasir. Wa Sallallahu 'ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa 'ala alihi wa sahbihi ajma'in." [7 x].
    10. About an hour before the Adhan for Maghrib towards 'Ashura, sit facing the Qiblah and finish the daily Adab of Tariqah. And then
    make Tawassul with Sayyidina al-Husayn and the martyrs of Karbala, where on that day they died Shahid with Sayyidina al-Husayn and those who were with him, may Allah's favours be upon them. After breaking your fast dedicate the blessings and rewards of your fast and daily Awrad upon the Prophet s.a.w. for the oceans secrets that
    lie open on the 14th of Muharram.
    From Al-Futuhat al-Haqqaniyyah
    By Shaykh 'Adnan Kabbani
    Translated by: Brother Abdul Shakur Al-Rahhab
    Credit: Bro. Shamsul