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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

My question is plain and simple: I want
to know whether fasting on Mondays
and Thursdays is the Sunnah, or is it
sufficient to fast two days weekly in
order to follow the Sunnah of the
Prophet ? Indeed, during the
summer vacation, I fasted every
Monday and Thursday regularly, but
with the beginning of the new academic
year my study times have changed and I
cannot fast on those two days because I
have many classes to attend on them. I
hope you have understood what I mean.


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.

We ask Allah to grant you success and
help you. You should know that
voluntary fasting is of several ranks,
and a slave of Allah has to do his/her
best as much as he/she can to ascend in
ranks. Indeed, fasting has no equal (i.e.
in reward and benefit) as stated in a
Prophetic narration. The best fasting is
that of Prophet Daawood ( David), may
Allah exalt his mention, who would fast
every other day, as stated in an
authentic Prophetic narration.
At the very least, a Muslim should keep
three fasts monthly. It was narrated on
the authority of Abu Qataadah, may
Allah be pleased with him, that the
Prophet said: “[Fasting] three days
every month and [the fasting of]
Ramadan to Ramadan are [as good as]
perpetual fasting. ” [Saheeh Muslim]
There is no doubt that fasting on
Mondays and Thursdays is superior and
that no other days could stand in their
position, for the Prophet, sallallaahu
‘alayhi wa salam, favored them over
other days by fasting on them. In
justifying his fasting on them very
often, he informed us that a person’s
deeds are shown to Allah The Almighty
on these days, according to the
narration by At-Tirmithi on the
authority of Abu Qataadah , may Allah
be pleased with him; and An-Nasaa'i on
the authority of Usaamah, may Allah be
pleased with him.
Therefore, we advise you to do your
best fast on them, and be sure that
Allah will make it easy for you to fast
them, by His bounty. However, if you
fast any other days, except for Friday
solely or Saturday solely, then this
would nonetheless be a good deed for
which you would be rewarded.

Regardless of not having the same
superiority as fasting on Monday and
Thursday, fasting on any other day is
included under the many Prophetic
narrations that speak of the excellence
of voluntary fasting. It would be
sufficient to relate this Hadeeth
narrated on the authority of Abu
Umaamah , may Allah be pleased with
him that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wa salam, said: “Observe fasting, for it
has no equal.” [An-Nasaa'i]
Allah Knows best.


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