Is it permissible to fast on Fridays? 

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Q. Dear mufti Saab, I was told that to fast on Fridays is makrooh, please advise regarding the Shawwal fast, will it still be makrooh?

A. It is permissible to fast on a Friday only. It is not Makrooh (disliked to do so). However, one should not regard fasting on a Friday to be compulsory. (Badaai’-u-Sanaai’ 2/79)

One may observe the fasts of Shawwal consecutively or individually. In doing so, a person will be observing the fasts of Shawwal on a Friday as well. This is permissible and will not have a negative effect on the fasts in any way.

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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

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