Q. May we invite friends for a meal or celebration on the 10th of Muharram?
A. The Hadeeth refers to family – not friends. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “He who expands on his family in the matter of nafaqah (house expenses) on the day of Aashura, Allah will expand on him throughout the remaining part of the year.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) had advised to spend a bit extra on food for the family on this holy Day. This does not mean to be extravagant and wasteful. As far as wealthy people are concerned, every day the meals are lavish and sumptuous, hence it will be best for them to rather spend on extra and sumptuous food for the poor. Furthermore, there is no celebration – neither for New Year nor for Aashura!
Ridiculous celebrations on 10th Muharram are the hallmark of the Shiahs and of the Barelwi Qabar Pujaari sects (Grave-Worshippers). Participating in any of these Haraam practices of Bid’ah is Haraam.