Fasting on mondays
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In the Hadith we observe that the messenger Allah made it
a practice to fast on Monday every week, due to the reason he was born on
In order to follow the Messenger of Allah PBH, which is
requirement, do have to fast every Monday or should we fast on the day we were
born, every week?
Kindly inform. Jazakallah Khair.
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Fasting on Mondays
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help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide,
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Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2055 Narrated by Aisha
Allah's Messenger (saws) used to fast on
Mondays and Thursdays.
Related by Tirmidhi and Nasa'i.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1261 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
The Prophet (saws) said: ‘A man's deeds are
presented (to Allah The Most Exalted) on Mondays and Thursdays and I prefer
that I should be observing fast when my deeds are presented.’
Hadrat Abu Qatadah (r.a.) reported: ‘The Messenger of Allah (saws) was asked
about fasting on Mondays. He (saws) said, "That is the
day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.``’
Related by Muslim.
It was the practice and the Sunnah of the Messenger of
Allah (saws) to observe voluntary fasts on Mondays and Thursdays. The scholars and the jurists are of the
opinion that the main wisdom behind the Prophet (saws) observing voluntary
fasts on Mondays and Thursdays was because the deeds of man are officially
presented unto the Lord Most Exalted on these two days, and the Prophet (saws)
wished that his deeds were presented while he was in the state of observing the
voluntary worship of fasts.
Your Question: …In order to follow the Messenger of Allah
PBH, which is requirement, do have to fast every Monday or should we fast on
the day we were born, every week?
Because this fasting is voluntary, it is permissible for
the believers to observe these voluntary fasts any day of the week except
Fridays; but it would be preferred and a Sunnah if one were to observe these
voluntary fasts on Mondays and Thursdays.
Under no circumstances does the hadith signify or
encourage that to follow the example of the Prophet (saws) would be that every
believer observe voluntary fasts on the day of the week they themselves were
If one indeed wishes to follow the example and the Sunnah
of the Prophet (saws) when observing voluntary fasts, they too should observe
these voluntary fasts on Mondays and Thursdays, as the deeds are officially
presented unto their Lord on these two days of the week.
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Your brother and
well wisher in Islam,