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The Most Excellent Fast

The Most Excellent Fast Publication Date:25 Dhu al-Hijjah 1438

Fasting in general is a unique work that has no equivalent. When the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about the best deed, he said:

«عَلَيْكَ بِالصَّوْمِ فَإِنَّهُ لاَ عِدْلَ لَهُ »

(Interpretation of the meaning):

"Take to fasting, for there is nothing equal to it."

Fasting is a protection from Hellfire. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

«مَا مِنْ عَبْدٍ يَصُومُ يَوْمًا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِلاَّ بَاعَدَ اللَّهُ بِذَلِكَ الْيَوْمِ وَجْهَهُ عَنِ النَّارِ سَبْعِينَ خَرِيفًا »

(Interpretation of the meaning):

"Every servant of Allah who observes fast for a day in the way of Allah, Allah would remove, because of this day, his face farther from the Fire (of Hell) to the extent of seventy years' distance."

And the most excellent fasting after Ramadan is fasting in the Month of al-Muharam. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

«أَفْضَلُ الصِّيَامِ بَعْدَ رَمَضَانَ شَهْرُ اللَّهِ الْمُحَرَّمُ وَأَفْضَلُ الصَّلاَةِ بَعْدَ الْفَرِيضَةِ صَلاَةُ اللَّيْلِ»

(Interpretation of the meaning):

"The most excellent fast after Ramadan is the Month of Allah, al-Muharram, and the most excellent prayer after what is prescribed is prayer during the night."

Muslims should exploit this great opportunity and fast as much as they can in the month of al-Muharam, especially fasting Mondays and Thursdays, as well as the 13th, 14th and 15th of the month because the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to fast these days each month. The Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also guided us to fast the 9th and 10th days of Muharam because the 10th day is when Allah, may He be Glorified, saved Prophet Moses (Peace be upon him) from Pharaoh.

Suggested Audios:

Hijri Year and the Month of Muharam