Thoughtful Ashura Quotes and Messages to Share During Muharram 2024

Ashura is fast approaching on July 17, 2024, and we’ve put together a list of Ashura quotes to share with those observing. But first, what is Ashura? The holy day takes place on the 10th day of Muharram, the sacred first month of the Islamic calendar. The name Ashura comes from the word “ashara” which means “ten” (referring to the number).

In some countries, Ashura is a public holiday. It is observed with special foods and events to help signify its importance. Ashura is observed for several reasons. It commemorates the brutal killing of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussain Ibn Ali (Imam Hussain) when he stood up against injustice and oppression. It also marks the massacre that took place in Karbala, Iraq in 680 A.D. During this event, the water supply was cut off from Imam Hussain and his companions, and the male descendants of Prophet Muhammad’s family were unjustly killed.

Another reason is that Muslims believe that God parted the Red Sea on Ashura. This freed Moses and the Children of Israel from Pharoah and his oppression. To show his gratitude to God, Moses started fasting on this day. Muslims also fast on this day to follow the example of Moses and rejoice in God’s Mercy.

Here are some messages and wishes to share with others and quotes to reflect on during Ashura and the month of Muharram. For more on Islam, be sure to read through our list of Quran quotes next.

Ashura Messages and Wishes

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Just the way God relieved the worries of many Prophets on this day, may He relieve you of your troubles too.

May God reward you for loving His Prophet and the Prophet’s family.

May God accept your fasting.

May all your prayers and fasts be accepted on this 10th day of Muharram.

My wish for you is that your Ashura is filled with the mercy and compassion of Allah.

Wishing you peace and blessings on this solemn day of Muharram.

On this blessed day of Ashura, may Allah forgive our sins as we start the new Islamic year.

As we commemorate Ashura, let us reflect on the bravery and faith of Imam Hussain and his companions. May their legacy inspire us to stand for justice and truth.

Remembering the martyrs of Karbala.

May your relationship with Allah increase in Muharram, the month of Allah.

Thankful to be starting the new Islamic year with fasting and community.

Ashura Quotes

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Apart from being the day God saved Moses and the Children of Israel, it is also the day that God saved many other prophets too. Noah, Jonah, and Job are all said to have found relief on the day of Ashura. It is also said that God accepted Prophet Adam’s repentance on this day after he ate from the forbidden tree.

Narrated by Ibn Abbas: "The Prophet Muhammad emigrated to Medina and saw that Jewish people fasted on this day. He asked them 'What is this?' They said, 'This is a righteous day, it is the day when God saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moses fasted on this day.' Due to the close relationship of Prophet Muhammad to Prophet Moses, Prophet Muhammad then commanded his followers to fast this day too." — Bukhari

Narrated by 'Aisha: "The people used to fast on the day of Ashura before fasting in Ramadan was prescribed but when (the order of compulsory fasting in) Ramadan was revealed, it was up to one to fast on Ashura or not." — Bukhari

“I never saw the Messenger of Allah so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other time than the day of Ashura and the month of Ramadan.” — Al-Bukhari

“This is the day on which the Ark settled on the mount, so Noah fasted this day in thanks.”— Imam Ahmad

Prophet Muhammad Family Quotes

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Giving respect to the Prophet’s Muhammad family is something that is believed by both Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. It is mentioned in the Quran as well in the following verse:

Say (O Prophet), “I do not ask you any fee for it, except the love of kinship.” 42:23

The Prophet Muhammad did not charge Muslim believers a fee for the knowledge and guidance he provided them. Ibn Abbas explained that this verse was revealed to emphasize the importance of maintaining good relations with the Prophet’s family. This is why the slaughter of the Prophet’s family, particularly his grandson, Hussain, is such a big deal.

Abu Huraira narrated: “The Prophet Muhammad called for Hassan, who came running and jumped into his lap. The Prophet then said, ‘O God, I love him, so love him and those who love him.’” — Al Adab Al Mufrad

Muharram Quotes

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"Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so it was ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein … " — Qur’an 9:36

"The year is twelve months of which four are sacred, the three consecutive months of Dhul-Qa'dah, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab which comes between Jumadah and Sha'ban." — Bukhari

“The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: ‘The best of fasting after Ramadan is fasting Allah’s month of Muharram.” — Muslim

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