Fast on Day of Ashura, Filipino Muslims urged

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Fast on Day of Ashura, Filipino Muslims urged

BANGSAMORO Grand Mufti Abu Huraira Usudan of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has urged all Muslims to fast in observance of the day of Ashura following the Sunnah (Way of Prophet Mohammad).Usudan over the weekend said Muslims are enjoined to fast on the 9th and 10th day or 10th and 11th day of Muharram.This month’s Muharram, he added, marks the first month of the year when Muslim should reflect for change as one ummah (nation) and increase good deeds like giving more zakat (charity), the third pillar of Islam.In Bangsamoro region, which covers the five provinces of Lanao del Sur (including Marawi City), Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, Aug. 8, 2022 has been declared as a non-working day in observance of Ashura.It was learned that Mindanao State University System main campus has moved its flag ceremony, scheduled every Monday, to August 9 to give way to the Ashura commemoration day. Get the latest newsdelivered to your inbox Sign up for The Manila Times’ daily newsletters By signing up with an email address, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Sultan Hadji Abdurrahman Shiek, secretary-general of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party and a learned religious leader, said the Ashura is a term derived from the Arabic word for the number 10.The word Muharram derives from the Arabic root h-r-m, one of whose meanings is haram (forbidden).Traditionally, Muharram is one of the four sacred months when fighting is not allowed, Shiek said.Fasting on Ashura was the norm in early Islamic society, and the Prophet Mohammad himself fasted on this day.Later in his life, however, he received a revelation that caused him to make adjustments in the Islamic calendar.Ramadan, then the ninth month, became the month of fasting, and the obligation to fast on Ashura was dropped.Among Sunnis, Ashura is marked as the day that Allah parted the Red Sea for Moses (Musa) and his followers to escape from the Egyptian pharaoh, Shiek said.
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