Shaykh 3Abdul Azeez Bin 3Abdullaah Aal Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of the Kingdom, has said the day of fasting for 3Aashouraa’/10 Muharram falls on Tuesday, 6th Decemeber.
Shaykh Aal Al-Sheikh called this a way out of arguments that the crescent was not sighted to mark the beginning of Muharram. He said Saturday therefore was the last day of Dhul Hijjah and Sunday the first of Muharram. Hence, the 9th and 10th of Muharram – days on which Muslims are recommended to fast – fall on Monday (Dec. 5) and Tuesday (Dec. 6) respectively. (*)
09 Muharram = Monday, 5th December 2011
10 Muharram (day of 3Aashooraa’) = Tuesday, 6th December 2011
The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Fasting the day of 3Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.”
It is Mustahabb (encouraged) to fast Taasoo3aa’ with 3Aashooraa’