The story of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) is one that touches the hearts of millions of people across the world, who practice one of the three Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His life represents the struggle against idolatry and the battle against oppression – both of these trials encapsulated Fir’awn (Pharaoh), known to be the evilest human being of all time. Not only did he oppress the ‘Bani Isra’il’ (Children of Israel), he also claimed divinity for himself – an open oppo- nent towards Allah, The Mighty and Exalted.
‘If you take a god other than me, I will surely place you among those imprisoned’”. [Qur’an, Surah Ash- Shu’ara: The Poets, 26:29]
The day Musa (pbuh) defeated Fir’awn, a fast was dedicat- ed in honour of Allah, The Most High, for which He gifted the Children of Israel a mighty victory; The Day of Ashura. Muslims across the world fast on either the 9th and the 10th or the 10th and the 11th of Muharram in order to differ from the Jewish community, who fast on the tenth alone. The sig- ni cance of fasting on these days can be understood once the brief story of Musa (pbuh) has been narrated.