Take the lesson of Aashura!

 When Rasulullah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) came to Madinah Sharif, he found the Jews were fasting on the tenth of Muharram.  He enquired,  “Why are you fasting?” They replied that it was a means of thanks giving to Allah Ta'ala for granting Musa alayhis salaam salvation from the clutches of Firoun and his people. Rasulullah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said,  “We are closer and have a greater right on Musa alayhis salam than you people.” Today, we (Muslims) are better Christians, than what the Christians are and we are better Jews, than what the Jews are. The Torah and the Injeel is summarised and condensed in the Quraan Sharif. When we practise, we practise the correct way. Allah Ta'ala gave us superiority, perfected our Deen with Islam, completed His favours and made us those Muslims that are total submitters to the will of Allah Ta'ala .
From here we learn that there are two ways of making Shukr. One is by fasting and the other is by feasting.  When we have a Waleema we feast, when we have an Aqeeqah we feast, on the day of Eid we feast, but fasting is also a way of making shukr. When Hadrat Sheikh Zakariyyah Saheb (Rahmatullahi alauh) got citizenship in Saudia, which meant that he will become the neighbour of Rasulullah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) , he fasted for a period forty days to thank Allah Ta'ala for this great Ne’mat.  When your son is getting married, then have a Waleema but we should also fast and we will see the Rahmat of Allah Ta'ala descend upon us, when we appreciate His Ne’mats.  So Nabi-e-Karim(sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said, “We will also fast, we are more entitled to make shukr.”

Another great lesson is that Rasulullah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said,  “If I live until next year I will fast on the 9th and the 10th, or I will fast on the 10th and the 11th.” Rasulullah  (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) is reported to have said,  Contradict the Yahood, Fast a day before it (the 10th) or a day after (the 10th) We should oppose the Yahood even though it is a Deeni matter such as fasting. We should not imitate the Jews and Christians, therefore we will keep two fasts. When we oppose them in Deeni matters, then how much more should we not oppose them in their lifestyle?

From the talks of Hazrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq Saab (Daamat Barakaatuh)