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Did the Prophet (SAAW) fast on 10th Muharram?

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Heba E. Husseyn
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« on: December 27, 2009, 02:33:38 am »

Thank u for this interesting read, sister.  By the way, good wishes for the future to everyone on the occasion of our Islamic new year of 1431.  The Muslim new year began on December 17 of 2009 of the Christian calendar.

Coming back to the topic of sister's post ....

Sunni 'scholar' Yusuf Qaradawi of IslamOnline writes another tale of his own as follows: 

" .. the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to fast on this day even before he emigrated to Madinah. The Arabs before Islam used to fast on that day and glorified it, and it was the day when they used to cover the Ka`bah. In doing so, they were following their predecessors. It is reported from `Ikramah that Quraysh committed a sin in the Jahiliyah (pre-Islamic era) and they regretted it and were sorry, so they were advised to fast that day to expiate their sin."
This 'scholar' is trying to say that the Prophet (SAAW) joined the people in the days of Jahilya to follow their custom apparently without knowing the reasons behind that practice, a thing which the Prophet never did nor would he ever do. 
Then, to propagate the story of fasting in Medinah on Ashura, Qaradawi jumps on to another explanation to defend the Bukhari hadith:

"When He (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “We are closer to Musa than you are,”, and when he fasted and ordered the Muslims to fast on that day, he was, in fact, affirming the significance of this day and delivering a message to the Jews that Allah’s religion is one at all times. All the Prophets are brothers and each has contributed towards the establishment of the truth."
But Qaradawi hasn't mentioned that in the Jewish scripture, the day of fasting (Passover) is in the month of Rajab, so why would they fast in Muharram for that religious event of theirs?  No information cited on this bit.  This tactic is known as 'ulema shuffle' to conveniently hide those issues that can get them caught. 
Qaradawi further writes: 

" .. agreement between the Muslims and the Jews in fasting this day occurred in the early days of Muslims in Madinah. The Prophet, in fact, liked to be in line with the People of the Book in non-prohibited matters in pursuit of attracting their hearts and winning them over to his cause." 

But Islamic history contains no evidence of this information.  Indeed the Prophet was keen to make peace with people of other faiths for the purpose of 'live and let live' but he never compromised nor immitated the religious pracices of any other community except what has been commanded in the Quran.  And as you've rightly highlighted, when the Quran explicitly commands us to fast only during Ramadan, it's impossible that the Prophet would add to that command and order the people to fast on 10th Muharram too.  And actually, nowadays, many folks fast on the 9th as well as 10th of this month. 

It's easy enough for our 'scholars' to write such statements which serve as emotional rhetorics in the ears of their naive and gullable followers.  But their words are neither supported by logic nor ethics nor confirmed by any historical data.

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