Yayyy it's 1429 After Hijrah!!!!
Bismillaah Walhamdulillaah WasSalaatu WasSalaam Ala Rasulillaah
AsSalaamu Alaykum w.r. w.b.
The young crescent Hilal of Muharram 1429H was sighted in several parts of North America, including New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California etc. on January 9, 2008G evening. Hence DhulHijja is 29 days and Thursday, January 10, 2008G is the 1st of Muharram, 1429H in North America, starting the Islamic New Year and one of the 4 sacred months.
Ashura or 10th of Muharram 1429H thus falls on Saturday, January 19, 2008G in North America.
Ibn Abbas reported: "The Prophet came to Madinah and found the Jews fasting the day of Ashura. He asked them: "Why are you fasting this day?" They said: "This is a great day. Allah saved Mousa (Moses) and the tribes of Israel from their enemies on this day and therefore Mousa fasted on it. "The Prophet said: "We have more of a right to Mousa than you." So he fasted on that day also and ordered the people to fast on that day." [al-Bukhari and Muslim].
A version narrated by Imaam Ahmad adds: “This is the day on which the Ark settled on Mount Joodi, so Nooh fasted this day in thanksgiving.”
Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas (RA) said: “When the Messenger of Allaah (SAW) fasted on ‘Aashooraa’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allaah (SAW) said, ‘If I live to see the next year, InshaAllaah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allaah (SAW) passed away before the next year came.” (Reported by Muslim, 1916).
Al-Shafi and his companions, Ahmad, Ishaaq and others said: “It is mustahabb to fast on both the ninth and tenth days, because the Prophet (SAW) fasted on the tenth, and intended to fast on the ninth.”
Furthermore, Rasoolillah (SAW) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” (Reported by Muslim, 1976).
Imaam al-Nawawi (rh) said regarding this day: “It expiates for all minor sins, i.e., it brings forgiveness of all sins except major sins.”
May Allaah SWT give all Khayr and Hidayah to all Ummah. Aameen.