The best of fasts

Reference: al-Ajwibah wal-Buhooth wal-Mudaarasaat – p446, no.535
Sharh Masaa.il al-Jaahiliyyah

Question: How are we to understand the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) encouraging ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr al-’Aas (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) with the fast of [Prophet] Daawood (‘alayhis-salaam), whilst he himself did not fast it despite it being the best of fasts?

Response: This [advice] was because of the strength of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr al-’Aas (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu); he was a strong young man, and liked to fast a lot. So the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised him with the best of fasts – and that is the fast of Daawood (‘alayhis-salaam) – that he fasts every other day.

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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