At the service of the Prophet ﷺ

Reference: al-Ajwibah wal-Buhooth wal-Mudaarasaat – p449-450, no.541
Sharh at-Tahaawiyyah

Question: When observing the case of ‘Aa.ishah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa), it’s difficult [to comprehend] that she delayed making-up the [missed] fasts [of the previous Ramadhaan] until Sha’baan. So the question arises, did she not fast the voluntary fasts which were encouraged?

Response: Fasting the voluntary fasts is not obligatory, rather it is a sunnah [to do so].

As for ‘Aa.ishah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa), then since she did not fast the voluntary fasts, and was only occupied with making-up the [missed] fasts [of the previous Ramadhaan] in Sha’baan, she said [this was]:

«Because of the status of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).»

What she meant by this was that [her priorities had changed, and] she had moved from fasting the voluntary fasts to that which was better than that – and that was to observe the status of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) by serving him, and fulfilling his needs.

[So] because of this, she did not fast the voluntary fasts, rather, she had moved to that which was better – and that was serving the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and observing his (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam’s) status.

Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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