Allah Ta’ala saved Musa and drowned Fir’awn on ‘Aashura

Question

Is this narration authentic?

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما، أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم، لما قدم المدينة، وجدهم يصومون يوما، يعني عاشوراء، فقالوا: هذا يوم عظيم، وهو يوم نجى الله فيه موسى، وأغرق آل فرعون، فصام موسى شكرا لله، فقال أنا أولى بموسى منهم. فصامه وأمر بصيامه

 

Answer

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. It is therefore authentic.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3397)

 

Translation

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported: “When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) came to Madinah, he found the [Jews] fasting on the day [of ‘Aashura]. They said, ‘This is a great day, it is the day that Allah saved Musa (‘alayhis salam) and drowned the family of Fir’awn, so Musa (‘alayhis salam) fasted to express gratitude to Allah. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘I am closer/more deserving [of following] Musa than you’. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) fasted on this day and ordered [the Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum] to also fast.”

 

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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar