Making-up a fast or voluntarily fasting on a Saturday

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Question: Is it permissible to fast on a Saturday – [to] make-up [an obligatory fast] or [just] a voluntary fast?

Response: Yes, there is nothing wrong with fasting on a Saturday, whether [to] make-up [an obligatory fast] or [just] a voluntary fast.

That is because the hadeeth that forbids fasting on a Saturday is a weak and contradictory hadeeth[1], conflicting with an authentic ahaadeeth.

Because [the hadeeth] which forbids fasting on a Saturday, [then] this hadeeth is not authentic, rather it is contradictory according to the people of knowledge, and it is not authentic.

So there is nothing wrong with a person fasting on a Saturday itself, or [along] with a Friday, or [along] with a Sunday; there is no harm [in doing so], it’s fine, and all Praise is due to Allaah [alone].


[1] A شاذ hadeeth is that which is reported by a reliable narrator in contradiction to someone more reliable.

Translation originally published on 13 June, 2024

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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