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The tenth day of the month of Muharram is called the Day of Ashura. The Prophet (pbuh) stated “I hope that the fast of Ashura will redeem the sins of the previous year” (Tirmidhi, Fasting, 47), recommending people to fast on this day.

Since the Jewish people also fasted on the tenth day of the month of Muharram at the time of the Prophet, it would be better to fast one more day before or after it so as not to resemble their acts.