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Fasting for Others.

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Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I want to fast for my parents health. How should I go about it?

Answer: Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

That is a very good idea. May Allah give success in this endeavour.

All you need to do is pray (dua) for their health while you are fasting. There is no other intention or rite that you have to observe.

The Prophet mentioned among the three whose supplication would not be rejected by Allah, ‘the fasting person until they break their fast.’ [Tirmidhi and others]

I pray Allah gives them health and strong iman, and that He accepts your genuine works.

[Shaykh] Farid Dingle

Shaykh Farid Dingle grew up in a convert family in Herefordshire, UK. In 2007, he moved to Jordan to pursue traditional studies. Shaykh Farid continues to live in Amman, Jordan with his wife and kids. In addition to continuing his studies he teaches Arabic and several of the Islamic sciences.

Shaykh Farid began his journey in sacred knowledge with intensives in the UK and Jordan (2004) in Shafi’i fiqh and Arabic. After years of studying Arabic grammar, Shafi’i fiqh, hadith, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh) and tafsir, Sh. Farid began specializing in Arabic language and literature. Sh. Farid studied Pre-Islamic poetry, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, and Andalusian literature. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and continues exploring the language of the Islamic tradition.

In addition to his interest in the Arabic language Shaykh Farid actively researches matters related to jurisprudence (fiqh) which he studied with Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, and continues with Shaykh Amjad Rasheed. 

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