What is the virtue of fasting on ‘Aashura? Are the major sins or minor sins forgiven?



Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said:

‘I hope from Allah that fasting on the day of ‘Aashura may atone for the sins of the preceding year’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1162)


The commentators of Hadith explain that the minor sins are forgiven. A person will have to make Tawbah for his major sins.

(See Al Minhaj of Imam Nawawi rahimahullah)


Note: One is encouraged to add one more fast to the tenth, either a day before or after. See here.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best


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