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Fasting on Hot Days

The northern hemisphere is experiencing summer, with people fasting long, hot days. Here are some notes on fasting in summer: Ibn Rajab has a section in Lata’if al-Ma’arif about the virtues of fasting during hot days: ‘… And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting ...’

 

Mu’adh bin Jabal radhiallahu anhu expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst.

 

Abu Bakr radhiallahu anhu would fast in summer and not in winter, and Umar radhiallahu anhu advised his son on his deathbed: ‘Try to obtain the characteristics of faith,’ and the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat.

 

Qasim bin Muhammad said that Aisha radhiallahu anha would fast in the intense heat.

 

Abu Musa radhiallahu anhu would search out the days that were so hot that one would feel he was being cooked, and he would fast those days.

 

Ibn Umar radhiallahu anhuma used to fast extra days until he would almost faint, and this wouldn’t cause him to break his fast.

 

Imam Ahmad rahimahullah would fast until he was about to pass out, and would wipe water over his face.

 

Abu Darda radhiallahu anhu would say: ‘Fast the very hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection, and pray two rakaats in the darkness of night in anticipation of the darkness of the grave.’

 

Hasan radhiallahu anhu said a person who experienced thirst in the mid-day heat of a long summer day for the sake of Allah will be married to a maiden of Paradise.

 

Kaab radhiallahu anhu said that Allah said to Musa alaihis salaam: ‘I made it incumbent upon Myself that whoever is thirsty for My sake will have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection.’

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by K`ab bin Malik (RA): Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Two hungry wolves sent in the midst of a flock of sheep are no more destructive to them than a man's greed for wealth and fame is to his Deen.'' [At-Tirmidhi]

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