When Ramzan Fasting starts an historical background

Ramzan Fasting starts History

People of the Quraish Tribe in Mecca (Saudia Arabia) used to observe fast in the days of Jahalia (before Islam) on 10th of Ashoor. They treated Ashoor as sacred untill the ramzan fasting month became obligatory.

The Quraish had the duty to take care of pilgrims. On the day of Ashoor the Kaaba cloth used to change.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad observed the Ashoor fast on the 10th Muharram.

In the 5th of Nabvi, Hazrat Jaafar made the speech before the King Najashi of Syria. Hazrat Jaafar mentioned of the fasting in his speech. It shows the companions of the Prophet also used to observe Ashoor fast.

when the Holy Prophet Muhammad came to Madina in Saudia Arabia, He came to know that the Jews observe fast on the Ashoor day. When he inquired the reason, it came to limelight, that Jews used to fast on the ashoo. The Jews believed that the Prophet Moses got relieved from the King Faroon on the Ashoor day.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad said that the Muslims ows more to the Prophet Moses than the Jews do. So, He continued fasting on the Ashoor day.

Ramzan fasting became obligatory in the 2nd Hijrah. And the Ashoor fast left optional. However, the Holy Prophet Muhammad kept on fasting on the Ashoor day.

How Arab become accustomed to Ramzan Fasting?

In the 11th Hijrah, the companions asked the Holy Prophet Muhammad that the Jews attach much significance to Ashoor day. The Prophet Muhammad vowed that the next year he would observe fasting on the 9th of the Ashoor day, in addition to 10th of the Ashoor day next year. However, the Prophet got died the next year.

After Hijrah from Mecca to Madina, in the first year, fasting for the three days became compulsory every year. Then a conditioned was introduced that the person who could not observe fast, might feed a poor.

Eventually, with the passage of time, people use to oberve fasting until the ayat came.

Oh you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. [chapter 2, verse 183] the holy quran


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