Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Aashura | 10th of Muharram

Bismihi Ta'ala

The Day of Aashura

By Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh)

Allah Ta’ala is Forgiving and Loving and has given us this blessed day of Aashura, so that we repent and make changes in our lives. If we do, then Allah Ta’ala is willing to accept us. Allah Ta’ala does not want us to go into Jahannum; He wants to see us enter Jannah. Allah Ta’ala forgave a nation on this Mubarak Day of Aashura; so we should maximise on the opportunity with abundant Istighfaar and Taubah.

The Day of Aashura is not a day to engage in sins. It should be a day free of sins. Completely free. And our entire lives should then become the same.

Experience of the Ahlullah

Whilst the following is not a Hadeeth, it is the experiences of the Mashaa’ik and Ahlullah …and we limit it to that. We do not say that it is Qur`aan and Hadeeth, but we can draw benefit from the good and wise counsel of the Mashaa`ik:

If a person makes up his mind, is sincere and is determined, and commences some good deed on the Day of Aashura or brings about a change in his life for the better, giving up his bad habits and weaknesses, then Insha-Allah, this will be the medium of Taufeeq to continue in that line of righteousness.

It may be that the person has a drug addiction or porn addiction or gambling addiction – but he makes up his mind that on this day of the 10th of Muharram, he will restrain himself, give it up, and makes Dua that Allah Ta’ala makes this a means of total change, then Insha-Allah, through the Barakah of Aashura, he will maintain Istiqaamat … so long as he keeps far away from those avenues and venues of sins, and distances himself from company that will take him back to sins.

So many people gave up some bad habit on the 10th of Muharram and Alhamdulillah, they did not return to it. They were sincere in their Taubah. They cried and teared before Allah Ta’ala and asked for courage and himmat. Allah Ta’ala assisted them in giving up their sins.

The Day of Aashura is a day wherein Allah Ta’ala accepts duas and gave salvation to people in the past. Allah Ta’ala’s doors of Maghfirat and forgiveness are ever-open. Just as we have Laylatul Qadr and Laylatul Bara`ah, we have blessed days such as Eidhul Adha, Eidul Fitr and Yaume Aashurah.

Just as we prepare ourselves for the big nights, let us also prepare ourselves for this blessed day and set aside some time for Ibaadah, for Istighfaar and Taubah.

Let us make this Day of Aashura the start, walking the path of obedience to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam).

…Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Where there is a sincere effort in the right direction, we will most certainly find the assistance of Allah Ta’ala.

Extract from "Lessons from Muharram and Aashura" 
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel (RA)