The Fast of ’Aashuraa and Responding to an Invite
by The Albaani Blog
Questioner: Ustaadh, supposing that it’s ’Aashuraa, the fast of [the Day of] ’Aashuraa, and a person close to you has called you over for lunch, if you don’t go, he’ll get upset, so should you take up his invite or complete your fast?
Al-Albaani: If you don’t go he’ll get upset?
Questioner: He’ll get upset.
Al-Albaani: Go, but if there’s no harm [in not going] and he won’t get upset then he supplicates for him and completes his fast.
Questioner: So ’Aashuraa is like other optional acts of worship.
Al-Albaani: Optional, but it has special merit.
Questioner: Responding to an invite is regarded as being obligatory?
Questioner: When a Muslim invites you then you must respond to his invitation, so the thing which is obligatory is given precedence over that which is optional.
Al-Albaani: That’s it, but if he accepts the excuse then he supplicates for him and asks Allaah to forgive him, if he doesn’t accept [his refusal] then he goes.
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 25/2.