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Sunnah 144: Fast for the first 9 days of Dhul-Hijjah

November 10, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet used to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah. [Abu Dawud 2/462]

While we are now on the fourth day of dhul-hijjah, there is still time to reap the rewards! We know that these days are most beloved to Allah, and fasting is one of the deeds that the rewards given by Allah are immeasurable. We are also lucky because it is winter, and the days are shorter, hence a great opportunity follow this sunnah without hardship.

Remember that Allah has said in a hadith qudsi, Allah has said: “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.” [Bukhari]

To earn the pleasure of Allah even more, we can encourage our friends and family to fast by arranging to break the fast together. That way we will have earned the reward for fasting ourselves, as well as the reward of all the other people who fasted because of us, and the reward for feeding a fasting person! SubhanAllah, and in these blessed days, we can’t miss out.

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