Wisdom of the Week (September 26, 2017):
Ashura: is the 10th day of Muharram in the Hijri calendar and on the same day Sayyedina al-Hussain (r.a.), the son of Ali (r.a.) and Fatima (r.a.), the grandson of Prophet (s.a.w.) was killed in Karbula.
Position of Ahle Sunna Wal Jamaa in the four schools of thought (Hanafi, Shafii, Maliki and Hanbali) is to celebrate that day by fasting on it, because it's been narrated in Sahih Bukhari:
Ibn 'Abbas (r.a) said: "The Prophet (s.a.w.) came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashura. He said: 'What is this?' They said: 'This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies [the Faraoh], so Musa (a.s.) fasted on this day.' He said, 'We have more right to Musa than you,' so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day."
It's been narrated in Sahih Muslim about the benefits of fasting on the day of Ashura. The fasting on that day will remove the sins from the year before. It is Sunnah to fast on the 9th and 10th of Muharram.
It is narrated in Sahih Muslim, that the Prophet (s.a.w.) fasted on 10th of Muharram and said: 'If I live to see the next year, in sha Allah, we will fast on the ninth day too.' But it so happened that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) passed away before the next year came."
We remember that day the greatness of Sayyedina Hussain (r.a.), the grandson of Prophet (s.a.w.) and how 72 members of his family were killed. The position of Sayyedina Hussain (r.a.) is high in Heaven as it's been mentioned in the hadith that him and his brother Al-Hasan (r.a.) are the masters of young people in Heaven.
He never ran but he stood for the truth and that's the lesson for every Muslim, especially in our time, to stand for the truth, no matter what are the consequences.
You will find the flyer under the events icon regarding the program on Ashura and Shahadat al-Hussain (r.a.).