Fasting on the first of Muharram


What do the scholars and experts of shari’ah say regarding fasting on the first of Muharram?


All perfect praise is for Allah ﷻ, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah ﷻ, and that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is His Messenger.

Fasting a voluntary fast in the month of Allah ﷻ, Muharram, is permissible and a means of rewards and blessings.

The evidence to support this is the hadith narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra who reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “The best prayer after the prescribed prayers is a prayer offered in the middle of the night. The best fast after the month of Ramadan is fasting in the month of Allah, al-Muharram.” (Muslim)

And Allah ﷻ knows best

This Fatwa is written by Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Munir Al-Azhari

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