The Students’ Representative Council (SRC), IIUM, issued the following statement:
SRC invites IIUM community to fast in this Muharram month. Muharram is the festival month of fasting. There are plentiful of benefits from the ‘saheeh’ hadiths regarding the specialty of this month.
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: The best of fasting after Ramadan is fasting Allah’s month of Muharram. (Saheeh Muslim)
Mu‘aawiyah Ibn Abi Sufyaan, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam saying: “Concerning the day of ‘Aashooraa’, it is not obligatory upon you to fast on it as I do. Whoever wishes may fast and whoever does not wish, is not obliged to do so.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Fasting on the 10th day of Muharram is of great merits. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah exalt his mention ) said: “Fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’ (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for the previous year.” [Muslim]
Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I never saw Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Asyura’ and this month, meaning Ramadan. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
For those of you who still have missed fasts from the days of Ramadan to make up, may Allah accept your intention of making up the fast of Ramadan whilst also seeking the reward of the fast of ‘Aashoora’.
May you be blessed in this world and the next. Aameen. ***