When to encourage young children to fast

Reference: http://mufti.af.org.sa/ar/content/متى-يأمر-الأطفال-في-الصيام

Question: When are the young children required to fast?

Response: The young are to be encouraged to fast when they are 7 or 8 [years of age], and like this they will develop a habit [to fast] by the time they reach ten [years of age].

The companions [of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)] used to encourage their children to fast, and they would give them toys [made] of wool to distract them [from their fast]. So one should develop their habit [to fast] when they are young, before puberty by about two years [or so], and it is anticipated they will develop a desire for it [in shaa.-Allaah].

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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