I received this email and thought I would post it, may Allah bless the author. Of special benefit to me is a fatwa from Sheikul-Islam ibnul Taymiyya about the Naasibi's who display hatred to Al Husayn and his family by making the day of Ashura like an eid.
Last year I was invited to a certain University during Muharram in order to give a lecture about the Wives of the Prophet, and the purpose was to refute some of the false allegations and wrong ideas the Shia have about Aisha and Ahl Bayt.
Some of the Shia who attended complained to me that on the Day of Ashura the I Soc had been distributing sweets, and this was very offensive to them since it was a day of mourning for them due to the murder of Imam Husayn (raa) on that day. Although I told them that no Muslim could or would celebrate such an event, the sister assured me that in Iraq people did this on purpose just to antagonise the Shia.
When I confronted the I Soc they said that their intention was only to distribute some packets for those where fasting that day! How easy to misunderstand each other and to cause unnecessary offense! May Allah guide us all to path of His good pleasure.
“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein…” [al-Tawbah 9:36]
- the intention behind it is to be different from the Jews, who only venerate the tenth day. This opinion was reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas…
- the intention is to add another day’s fast to ‘Aashooraa’. This is akin to the prohibition on fasting a Friday by itself, as was mentioned by al-Khattaabi and others.
- To be on the safe side and make sure that one fasts on the tenth, in case there is some error in sighting the crescent moon at the beginning of Muharram and the ninth is in fact the tenth.”