Fasting every other day

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Pages 672-673, Fatwa No.675
Fataawa wa Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem Aal ash-Shaykh – Volume 4, Page 205

Question: Regarding the one who fasts every other day, is that correct?

Response: Fasting every other day is the best of fasts, for that which has been narrated on the authority of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet ﷺ said:

«The most beloved of fasts to Allaah is the fast of [Prophet] Daawood who would fast one day and not the next (i.e. every other day)», the hadeeth has been transmitted by al-Bukhaaree.

However, that is only for he who is able to do so continuously. As for the person who is unable to do so, then he should maintain continuity in that which he is able, since it has been mentioned in a hadeeth that he ﷺ said:

«The most beloved deeds to Allaah are those which are continuous, even if they are little»

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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