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f:591 -    Spending more on family on the 10th of Muharram
Country : Tolichowki, Hyderabad,
Name : Muhammad Ali
Question:     I have heard that on the 10th of Muharram, we should spend more on our family than we normally do.  Is it correct?  Your answers are very well referenced.  Please answer this question.
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Answer:     The Hadith mention much significance and excellence of increasing the spending on family members on the A’ashurah i.e. the 10th of Muharram and spending freely on them on this day.  Imam Baihaqui (May Allah shower His mercy on him) records in his Shu’abul Iman:

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat 'Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Whoever spends freely on family members on the 10th of Muharram, Allah Most High increases the sustenance of that person for the whole year.  (Shu’abul Iman, Hadith No. 3626)

It is given in Mishkaatul Masabeeh, Vol. 1, Pg. No. 170 after the given Hadith:

Translation: Hadhrat Sufyan Thauri (May Allah be well pleased with him) says:  We tried it and found it to be so.  (Jame’ Ul Usool Min Ahadithir Rasul, Hadith No. 7263)

Hadhrat Ibn Abideen Shaami Naqshbandi (May Allah shower His mercy on him) writes in Radd Ul Muhtaar, Vol. 2, Pg. No. 123 on the authority of Hadhrat Jabir (May Allah be well pleased with him):

Translation: Hadhrat Jabir (May Allah be well pleased with him) says:  I have tried it for 40 years and never found it to be against it.  Always, there was an increase (in sustenance).

Increasing the expenditure when compared to usual times is a means of increasing the sustenance (Rizq) and blessings in it.  In light of this, Muslims spend freely on this day on their family and dependents.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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