Sawm: Makruh

DISLIKED FAST
Makruh
(disliked, discouraged, not recommended)


EVERYDAY

  • Because there are days that are forbidden to fast

FRIDAY ALONE (MUNFARID)

  • The Prophet ﷺ said: “None of you should fast on Friday unless you observe a fast on the preceding or following day.” [Bukhari, Muslim]
  • Friday is a weekly festival

SATURDAY ALONE (MUNFARID)

  • It is celebrated by the Jews and consider it as Sabbath (day of worship)
  • Thus, singling it out for fasting would be an act of imitation of them

NOTE:

  • Fasting alone on Friday or Saturday is allowed if one joins the fasting of these days with days before them or after them
  • Can fast the day alone if one is fasting for an expiation (Kaffarah), make up (Qada), vow (Nadhr), or habitual consistent practice (Wird)

FASTING WHILE NOT PRAYING

  • To neglect Fard (obligatory) and do the Sunnah (voluntary)
  • Salah is the second pillar of Islam
  • Salah will be the first to be questioned about on the Day of Judgment

WHOLE MONTH OF RAJAB & SHA’BAN

  • Many are fasting fully in this 2 months so by the time Ramadan comes, they already feel exhaustion and weakness
  • Specifically the 27th of Rajab (Al-Isra Wa Al-Mi’raj) and 15th of Sha’ban

YAWM ASH-SHIK يوم الشيك

  • Day of Doubt: not sure if Ramadan has begun (Sha’ban 29) or it has come to an end (Ramadan 29)
  • The Prophet ﷺ said: “Anyone who fasts on a day about which he is doubtful has disobeyed Abul Qasim (i.e. The Prophet).” [Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi]
  • He also said: “Do not fast the day or two which immediately precedes Ramadan, except for a man who was fasting his regular fast, then let him fast.”  [Muslim]
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