The Best Fast after Ramadan –

‏ ‏أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ‏ ‏رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ ‏ ‏قَالَ ‏‏قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏أَفْضَلُ الصِّيَامِ بَعْدَ رَمَضَانَ شَهْرُ اللَّهِ الْمُحَرَّمُ

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The best time to fast after Ramadan is Allah’s month -Al- Muharram “

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Benefits for this issue;

  • During Jahileeyah- (Pre Islamic period) the name for Al-Muharram used to be Safr Al-Awal and the month after it was Safr Ath-Thani


  • Shaykh Mula Ali said,” This hadeeth shows that the best entire month to fast voluntarily is Al-Muharram. This is because it’s the first month of the year


  • month of the year. Hence a person begins the New Year by fasting. Fasting is among the best deeds. It’s only held to be the best entire month to voluntarily fast therein , because fasting part of the month  is best at times like the Day of Arafat or the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.[ Sharh Jami’ Sagheer]


  • Shaykh Muhammad Al-Amin Al-Alowee (may Allah preserve him) said,” If a questioner asks,” If this is the best month to fast after Ramadan, how do we understand the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) fast in Sha’ban more than Al-Muharram?” We say,” This is because the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) granted benefit to this month at the end of his life time or he didn’t fast as much during Al-Muharram due to sickness, travelling, etc. Know that the fast of Dawud is the best fast. His fast being the best applies to the way to fast. And the fast during the month of Muharram applies to the time. Therefore the fast of Dawud during Al-Muharram is the best fast.[Al-Kawakibal Waahaj wa Rawdahal Bahaj fee Sharhi Saheehee Muslime ibn Hajjaj vol13 ]


  • Imam Al-Qurtubi (may Allah have mercy on him) said, : It’s been narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,” Fasting is a light…”Whoever begins his year with that light will walk with it the rest of the year.[Al-Mufhim Leema Ashkala min Talkheesee kitabee Muslim ]


  • Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (may Allah rest him in Paradise) said about the wording” Fasting is a light” is found in some of the copies of Saheeh Muslim, but in the Majority of them the wording is  patience is light.[Jami Uloom wa Hikam hadeeth number 23 ]

Al-Muharram has begun and we are in 1437H

Perpared by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

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