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Fasting The First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

November 4, 2010

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
Hunaydah ibn Khaalid narrated upon the authority of his wife who said, “Some of the wives of the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) told me that the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) used to fast the Day of ‘Aashoorah, the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, and three days out of every month*.” (Imam Ahmad, An-Nasaaee; Imam Al-Albanee declared it Saheeh)

*- 13th, 14th, and 15th every month

Commentary: Imam An-Nawwawee (rahimahullaah) said with reference to fasting the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah:
“It is extremely preferable to do so.”

Permanent Committee Fatwa:

Question: Is the Prophet (peace be upon him) authentically reported to have observed Sawm for the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah?
Answer: It is not authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) observed Sawm the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah – better described as the nine days preceding `Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice). However, he (peace be upon him) urged people to do good deeds during these days. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is authentically reported to have stated: “No good deed performed on other days are superior to those performed during these (first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).” Then some companions of the Prophet asked, “Not even Jihad?” He replied, “Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah’s sake) and does not return with any of those things.” (Recorded by Al-Bukhari.)

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Sources: Salafitalk.net
Alifta.com

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