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July 13, 2011

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Why start fasting before Ramadan?

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) fasted most of Shabaan, as is well-known.

Why though?

Well, one of the wisdoms behind this is that the body gets prepared for fasting.

If we were to start fasting on the first day of Ramadan, we would waste quite a few days whilst our bodies adjusted to the situation.

One of the other reasons for fasting is to increase in ibaadah (worship) before Ramadan.

You know, it’s strange. When many of us think of ways to increase our iman (faith), we generally think of praying, reciting the Quran, seeking knowledge, etc but I’ve rarely heard many people mention fasting.

Why not? Isn’t it one of the greatest acts of worship?

You know, we wonder why Ramadan is… Ramadan. One of the reasons is the fasting.

[Haven’t you ever felt that Ramadan feeling whilst fasting outside of Ramadan?]

It’s strange. We’re always talking about those who just pray during Ramadan and not outside of it.

Perhaps someone should dedicate an article to those who just fast in Ramadan and not outside of it……?

Now someone might say, “Hey, prayer is an obligation the whole year round but fasting isn’t!”

No, it isn’t but it is still great act of worship. It doesn’t matter if it is not an obligation.

Besides, paying the zakaah is obligatory only once a year but many people still give charity at the other times.

Also, Hajj can only be done once a year but many people still do Umrah at the other times of year.

So, why don’t many of us fast outside Ramadan?

Now, someone might say: “Well, we fast on Arafah and Ashoorah!”

Well, yes we do, but what about Mondays and Thursdays? What about 3 days every month?

What abut the best of all fasts: fasting every other day?

So, why don’t we all start fasting (if we haven’t started already)?

– The heat, you say? Well, it’s going to be hot in Ramadan as well, isn’t it?

– Can’t fast after the 15th of Shabaan (which is NOT a special day), you say? Yes, you can.

An important point: If you have fasts to make up, then do those first. Don’t do any voluntary fasts if you have obligatory ones to make up.

We have less than three weeks to go before Ramadan. Let’s try to fast as much as possible, insha-Allah.

[If you’re wondering why I never talk much about fasting on this blog, it’s because I have difficulty fasting due to a variety of ailments so I don’t advertise what I don’t practice.

However, I think I should take a fresh approach to fasting and just try as much as I can outside Ramadan, insha-Allah.]

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. R
    Jul 13 2011

    Hear hear. I think you contribute in a much better way especially if you are not able to. Maybe it will make those with intellect to stop and think that they have a window of opportunity..let this encourage us to excel this Shaban, nevermind Ramadan, a purified heart before Ramadan – imagine that! We have to apply ourselves, there was a reason why the prophet saw did fast so much during Shaban. A purified heart, or a striving heart will lead to a much, more exciting Ramadan. I for one am glad you brought it up. The more the better and yes the fast of Dawud is the best of fasting – now there is an idea :)

    “Fast the very hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection, and pray two rak’at in the darkness of night in anticipation of the darkness of the grave.”

    Love you much for the sake of allah swt.x

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  2. HENREITTE "HODA"
    May 24 2012

    SALAM, I LOVE YOUR ARTICLE, THANKS…….

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    • Umm Muawiyah
      Jun 20 2012

      Wa Alaikum Assalam Sister.

      Jazakillahu kheira.

      Reply

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