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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Fasting exclusively on 10 Muharram

Fasting exclusively on 10th Muḥarram

Question

I understand that it is preferable to avoid fasting exclusively on 10th Muḥarram. However, I have heard that according to the Ḥanafī school of thought, it is makrūh to fast exclusively on 10th Muḥarram. Please can you clarify the matter.

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