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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

In Britain, we fast more than seventeen
hours a day. Is it permissible to fast for
twelve hours only?


All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His Slave
and Messenger.
Allah The Almighty Said (what means):
{And eat and drink until the white
thread of dawn becomes distinct to you
from the black thread [of night]. Then
complete the fast until the sunset.}
[Quran 2:187]
So, the fast time is clearly defined and
imposed by Allah The Almighty in a way
that makes it prohibited to be
lengthened or shortened.
Allah The Almighty legislated the fast for
very important rationales including
refining His slaves’ souls and hearts and
purifying them from evil. Allah The
Almighty Says (what means): {O you
who have believed, decreed upon you is
fasting as it was decreed upon those
before you that you may become
righteous…} [Quran 2:183]

Thus, Allah The Almighty did not ordain
the fast to torture or trouble His slaves.
Before being imposed in the manner
that it is, the fasting would start not at
the crack of dawn but after the ‘Ishaa‘
prayer or if one would sleep after
sunset. However, Allah The Almighty had
mercy upon this Ummah (nation),
facilitated the fast and allowed us to eat
and drink all night. What could be
easier for you than what Allah The
Almighty has made easy?
Therefore, what you have suggested in
your question is absolutely prohibited
because it is tantamount to a
manipulation of the religious
assignments and a transgression of the
limits set by Allah The Almighty who
says (what means): {And those are the
limits [set by] Allah. And whoever
transgresses the limits of Allah has
certainly wronged himself.} [Quran

Moreover, reward is proportionate to
the difficulty of the act of worship; the
Prophet said: "Whoever fasts
Ramadan out of faith while seeking its
reward from Allah The Almighty, will
have his past sins forgiven." [Al-Bukhari
and Muslim]
Indeed, seeking the reward of Allah The
Almighty means that you do not think
of the fast as something heavy and
difficult and you do not feel annoyed
about it.
However, if a fasting person finds that
it is unbearably difficult for him to
complete his fast to the extent that he
may die or something of the like, then,
it would be permissible for him to
break his fast and then refrain from
eating again until the end of that fasting
day and then, later on, make up for that
We ask Allah The Almighty to guide all
of us to the right path.
Allah Knows best.


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