• Prayers for Ashura 10th Muharram – Friday 29th or Saturday 30th September 2017

    Prayers on the Day of Ashura

    Hazrat Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that when the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said: “If I survive till next year, I will definitely observe fast on the 9th of Muharram (as well).” [Sahih Muslim]

    (Note: What the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) meant was that he would also fast on the 9th as well as the 10th to which he was accustomed. We also should try fasting on the 9th and the 10th of Muharram.)

    From: The Naqshbandi Way,

    Spiritual & Devotions Guide Book as practiced by Maulana Shaykh Nazim. Published by Sri Lankan mureeds.

    • Fast on the 9th and 10th of Muharram or on the 10th and 11th, as Maulana Sheikh Nazim (QS) informed us.

    On the Day of Ashura (10th of Muharram), do the following:

    • Between Zuhur and Asar, pray 4 raka’ats.

    In each raka’at, read Surah Al-Fatihah once, and Surah Al-Ikhlas, eleven times.

    • Then recite the following Zikr:

    La ila ha illallah 1000 times

    Salawat 1000 times

    Surah Al-Ikhlas 1000 times

    • Then make the following Dua:

    Allahumma thabbitna ‘alal Haqq

    Ya Ghaliban ghaira maghloob

    Ya Nasiral Mu’mineen

    Ya Ghiyathal Musta ghi theen

    Ya Qariban ghaira ba’id

    Ya Shahidan ghaira ba’id.

    Hasbi Allahu wa ni’mal wakeel, ni’mal mawla wa ni’man naseer (70 times)

    La haula wa la quwwata illa billahil ‘aliyyil ‘azdheem

    Ghufranaka rabbana wa ilaykal maseer

    Rabbana taqabbal minna, bi hurmatil habeeb, Fatiha.


    Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth

    (Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq)

    Volume Three

    by Shaikh ‘Abdul Al-Qadir Al-Jilani


    • If someone strokes the head of an orphan with his hand on the Day of Ashura, for every hair on the orphan’s head, Allah will promote him by one degree in the Garden of Paradise.
    • If someone provides a believer with a meal to break his fast on the night of Ashura, it will be just as if the entire Ummah of Muhammad (saw) had broken fast as his guests, and had filled their stomachs to capacity.
    • If someone performs the major ritual ablution (bath) on the Day of Ashura, he will never experience any illness, apart from the sickness of death.
    • If someone anoints his eyelids with antimony (ithmid, collyrium, chelak, kohl) on the Day of Ashura, he will not suffer inflammation of the eyes throughout the entire course of that year.
    • If someone pays a visit to a sick person on the Day of Ashura, it is just as if he had visited all the children of Adam.
    • If someone gives a thirsty person a drink of water on the Day of Ashura, it is just as if he had never disobeyed Allah for a single instant.
    • If someone performs four raka’ats of ritual prayer (solat) on the Day of Ashura – reciting in each cycle (raka’at) Surah Al-Fatiha one time, and Surah Al-Ikhlas (Qul hu Allahu ahad…) fifty times – Allah will forgive him the sins of fifty past years, and also for fifty years that are in the future. Allah will also build for him, in the midst of the heavenly host, a thousand Palaces of Light.
    • If anyone uses his wealth to treat his dependents (family) with special generosity on the Day of Ashura, Allah will treat that person with special generosity throughout the rest of that year.
    • If someone spends the night of Ashura in vigilant worship, and enters upon the morning in a state of fasting, he will die without knowing the agony of death. (the night of Ashura is the night before the Day of Ashura, this year, it is on Wednesday night, 15th December 2010)
    • If someone spends the night of Ashura in vigilant worship, Allah will let him live as long as he wishes.

    In another Hadees, this is the prayer on that Day:

    • The worshipper should perform four raka’ats, with two salutations (salams). In each cycle (raka’at), he must recite:

    Surah Al-Fatihah one time

    Surah Al-Zalzala (Surah 99) one time

    Surah Al-Kafiroon one time

    Surah Al-Ikhlas one time

    After concluding the prayer, recite Salawat (Darood shareef) on Rasulullah (saw) (70) seventy times.



    Hazrat Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu ‘anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura… They said: “It is the day of great (significance) when Allah delivered Hazrat Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it.” The Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) responded: “We have more right, and we have closer connection with Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) than you have”; so Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]

    Ashura is a day of Great Historical Significance.

    Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam (‘Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise;

    Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod;
    And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy);
    Sayyidina Yusuf (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (‘Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish;
    and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed.
    ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored;
    Sayyidina Isa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah and Sayyidina al-Husayn (Radiyallahu ‘anh) (the Holy Prophet’s, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, grandson) achieved the honour of Martyrdom.1

    Worship Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) as much as you can on ‘Ashura. Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life. Whoever clothes a naked person Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will release him from a painful punishment. He who visits a sick person, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will grant him a reward that will not be decreased. Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person or gives water to a thirsty man, Allah will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with Salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate). And who ever takes a Ghusl on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence. Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) will be generous to him throughout this year. And whoever applies Kuhl to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again, inSha’Allah al-Aziz.

    1. These are mentioned as what scholars have determined as the specialties of that day in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani.

    2. These specialties are  mentioned in Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq, Sayyidina Abdul Qadir al-Jilani.

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