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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Why did the Prophet not order the
Companions to fast the ninth of Muharram
except a year before his death, despite the
fact that the Jews left Madeenah a long time
before this?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

The answer of this question was mentioned
by Al-Haafith Ibn Hajar as he said,
Ahmad narrated this Marfoo‘ Hadeeth (i.e.,
directly attributed to the Prophet ) on
the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas : 'Fast the tenth
of Muharram and contradict the Jews by
fasting one day before it or after it.' This was
at the end as the Prophet used to do the
same as the People of the Book in matters
where he was not ordered to do otherwise,
especially when this would be contradicting
the idolaters. However, when Makkah was
conquered and Islam became widespread, the
Prophet liked differ from the People of
the Book, as what was narrated in As-Saheeh.

The Prophet did as the People of the
Book did initially, then later said: 'We are
worthier of Moosa than them.' Then he liked
to be different from them and ordered us to
add one day before it or after it.

Thus, the Prophet intended to fast the
ninth of Muharram to be different from the
Jews when Islam was widespread and its
followers became many, but before this he
used to do the same as the People of the
Book in matters that do not include order or
forbiddance from Allah The Almighty.

Allah Knows best.


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