Islamic Hijri New Year Greetings
As salaam 'alaykum:
We wish you a happy Islamic new year!
We begin the new year with the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year and in it are many blessings.
The day of Ashura is the 10th of Muharram, a blessed day. According to a Hadith, it is more advisable that the fast of Ashura should either be preceded or succeeded by another fast. It means that one should fast two days: the 9th an 10th of Muharram or the 10th and 11th of it. The reason of this additional fast as mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad is that the Jews used to fast on the day of Ashura alone, and the Prophet wanted to distinguish the Islamic-way of fasting from that of Jews. Therefore, he advised the Muslims to add another fast to that of Ashura.
Along with fasting Ashura, we can take time to reflect on the year past and strive to improve our lives and the lives of our loved ones, friends and neighbors. Donate your time and/or money to improve the lives of the poor and oppressed, the elderly, the ill, and the children. Remember, even a smile is charity.
May you and yours have a blessed and happy new year!
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