Difference in the reward of Arafah and Ashura fasts

Difference in the reward of ʿArafah and ʿAshūrāʾ fasts

Question

Is there a reason why the ʿArafah fast expiates the sins of two years whereas the ʿAshūrāʾ fast expiates the sins of one year?

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Arafat and the dream of Palestine, An Insider’s Account

By Bassam Abu Sharif, Palgrave Macmillan (2009), ISBN 978-0230608016, pp 288, RRP £14.99

Book Review by Yusuf Shabbir

Bassam Abu Sharif was described as the ‘face of terror’ and the ‘most notorious terrorist’ in the 1960s and 70s when he advanced the cause of the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). In 1972, a bomb placed in a book sent to him left him severely disabled. Subsequently, he abandoned the use of violence and aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, eventually becoming one of his closest advisors and an architect of the peace plan. In this indispensable personal memoir, Abu Sharif presents a first hand account of all the major events in the Middle East over the last 30 years; from the wars in 1967 and 1982 to the 1993 Oslo accords and Arafat’s death in 2004. Throughout, he reflects on his relationship with Arafat, his role and methodology and how this affected the Palestinian cause.

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