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: 2738)
The commentators of Hadith explain that the minor sins are forgiven. A person will have to make Taubah for his major sins.
(See Al Minhaj of Imam Nawawi rahimahullah)
Note: One is encouraged to add one more fast to the tenth, either before or after it. See here.
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