Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sought the virtue of fasting on ‘Aashura

Question

Is this narration authentic?

عن عبيد الله بن أبي يزيد، سمع ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما، وسئل عن صيام يوم عاشوراء فقال: ما علمت أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم صام يوما يطلب فضله على الأيام إلا هذا اليوم ولا شهرا إلا هذا الشهر. يعني رمضان

 

Answer

Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith in his Sahih. It is therefore authentic.

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) was asked regarding the fasting on ‘Aashura. He replied, I am unaware of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) singling out a day to fast, seeking its reward except this day [‘Aashura] and this month [of Ramadan].

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1132)

 

Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration (Hadith: 2006) with slight variation in the wording. See here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar