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What days fasting prohibited

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Observing voluntary fasts to earn the pleasure of Allah Subhanah is a meritorious act of worship in Islam, and one may keep a voluntary fast on any day except some specific days which are prohibited by Allah’s Messenger (saws).


Amr al-'Ashari reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say: "Verily, Friday is a day of Eid for you, so do not fast on it unless you fast the day before or after it."

Related by al-Bazzar.


Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 3.120a

Hadrat Umar (r.a.) said: "The Messenger of Allah (saws) has forbidden fasting on the two days of Eid (Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha). Concerning the Eid of breaking the fast, it is for you to break your fast [of Ramadan]; and on the Eid of sacrifice, you should eat from what you sacrifice."

Related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, atTirmidhi, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah.


Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) sent 'Abdullah ibn Hudhaqah to announce at Mina: "You are not to fast the days of ‘tashreeq’ (the three days after the Eid ul-Adha). They are days of eating, and drinking, and remembering Allah."

Related by Ahmad.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.629 Narrated by Abdullah bin Amr

Allah's Messenger (saws) was informed that I have said: "By Allah, I will fast all the days and pray all the nights as long as I live." On that, Allah's Messenger (saws) asked me: "Are you the one who says: 'I will fast all the days and pray all the nights as long as I live?' " I said, "Yes, I have said it." He (saws) said, "You cannot do that! So fast (sometimes) and do not fast (sometimes). Pray and sleep. Fast for three days a month, for the reward of a good deed is multiplied by ten times, and so the fasting of three days a month equals the fasting of a year." I said, "O Allah's Messenger (saws)! I can do (fast) more than this." He (saws) said, "Fast on every third day." I said: "I can do (fast) more than that." He (saws) said: "Fast on alternate days and this was the fasting of Prophet Dawood (a.s.) which is the most moderate sort of fasting." I said, "O Allah's Messenger (saws)! I can do (fast) more than that." He (saws) said, "There is nothing better than that!"


In light of the above guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws), the believers must abstain from fasting on:

  1. Fridays, for the day of Friday is a day of Eid for the believers.
  2. The days of the Eid-ul-Fitr and the Eid-ul-Adha.
  3. The three days of ‘tashreeq’ after the Eid-ul-Adha (when performing the Hajj pilgrimage)
  4. It is not permissible for a believer to keep continuous fasts.


Apart from the above listed prohibited days, one may keep voluntary fasts as often and as many as one wishes and is easy for them.


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