Ashura

‘ʿĀshūrāʾ was originally designated in ad 622 by Muhammad, soon after the Hijrah (Hegira), as a day of fasting from sunset to sunset, probably patterned on the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. When Jewish-Muslim relations became strained, however, Muhammad made Ramadan the Muslim month of fasting, leaving the ʿĀshūrāʾ fast a voluntary observance, as it has remained among the Sunnites.”

I was intrigued by the idea that Jewish-Muslim relations “became strained,” which implies they were relatively good at some point.  I’d like to know more about the changing nature of the relationship between Muslims and Jews.

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