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Monday Fasting in Honor of Prophet Muhammad: Permissible in Islam?

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Q: An Aalim says: Traditional Eid-e-Milad-Un-nabi is Bid’ah. It is not Islamically right. But, it is true that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) himself celebrates the days Modays keeping Fast since it was his birth day, day of Hijrat, day of getting Nabuwat etc. I would like to know, if it is correct and if so, can we keep fast on Mondays like our prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)?


A: Rasul-e-Paak (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) had encouraged the fast of Mondays and Thursdays, the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month and numerous other days. You may fast according to your ease.

وعن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت : كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يصوم الاثنين والخميس . رواه الترمذي والنسائي (مشكاة # 2055)

ويستحب صوم أيام البيض الثالث عشر والرابع عشر والخامس عشر كذا في فتاوى قاضي خان وصوم يوم الجمعة بانفراده مستحب عند العامة كالاثنين والخميس كذا في البحر الرائق (الفتاوى الهندية 1/201)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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