Is it a sunnah to cook special dishes (which are not normally cooked during the year) on the 10th of Muharram. I know people who practise this. I read the following 2 articles but I am a bit confused.
3. One should be generous on one’s family and dependants and spend more on them than what is normally spent. Aboo Hurayrah t reports that Rasoolullah s said, "One who generously spends on his family on the day of Ãshoorã, Allah will increase (his provision) for the whole year." (Bayhaqi, at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb)
This Hadeeth is not very authentic according to the science of Hadeeth. However, scholars of Hadeeth like Bayhaqi and Ibne Hibbãn have accepted it as reliable.
3. Some regard the tenth of Muharram as the day of ‘Eed. They indulge in adornment, applying surmah (collyrium), wearing new clothes, spending lavishly and cooking a particular type of meal which is not generally prepared. All these actions are regarded as sunnah according to their belief, whereas no authentic narration sanctioning and permitting such actions can be found
Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat
Some traditions signify another feature of the day of 'Ashura. According to these traditions, one should be more generous to his family by providing more food to them on this day as compared to other days. These traditions are not very authentic according to the science of Hadith. Yet, some Scholars like Baihaqi and Ibn Hibban have accepted them as reliable.
Some people take it as Sunnah to prepare a particular type of meal on the day of 'Ashura'. This practice, too, has no basis in the authentic Islamic sources.
By Mufti Taqi Usmani
The article by Shaykh Saleem db says "One should be generous on one’s family and dependants and spend more on them than what is normally spent" but also says "it is not sunnah to cook a particular type of meal which is not generally prepared." This clearly states that preparing special meals is not a sunnah.
The article by Mufti Taqi db also says one should be more generous to his family but then it specifies "by providing more food to them on this day as compared to other days." It then goes on to say "it is not Sunnah to prepare a particular type of meal on the day of 'Ashura'."
I got the impression that providing more food to the family would mean cooking special food. Or does it literally mean more in quantity?