Fasting the Month of Rajab
by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
| Fasting the months of Rajab and Sha`ban as a nafila or supererogatory
worship is recommended, with the intention of following the Sunna of the Prophet (s) by
which the merit of this fast has clearly been established.
`Abd al-Rahman al-Jazai'ri in his book al-Fiqh `ala al-madhahib al-arba` (Islamic law according to the Four Schools) in the chapter entitled "Fasting Rajab, Sha`ban and the Rest of the Holy Months" states:
HADITHS ON RAJAB
In Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Ahmad: Uthman ibn Hakim al-Ansari said: I asked Sa`id ibn Jubayr about fasting in Rajab, and we were then passing through the month of Rajab, whereupon he said: I heard Ibn `Abbas(r) saying: "The Messenger of Allah (s) used to observe fast so continuously that we thought he would not break it, and did not observe it so continuously that we thought he would not observe fast." Imam Nawawi commented on this in Sharh Sahih Muslim:
Imam Nawawi continues:
Ibn Majah and Ahmad, relate the hadith of a man who repeats:
In Abu Dawud and Bayhaqi:
Bayhaqi and Abu Nu`aym relate from `Umer ibn Shibl mawqufan, who said:
Ibn Qudama states in al-Mughni (3:118-119):
Imam Ahmad said:
Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal said:"Whoever fasts all year round may fast all of it [i.e. Rajab]. Otherwise, let him not fast all of it but only some of it so that he will not liken it to Ramadan."
In conclusion, it is definitely allowed to fast Rajab and Sha`ban in part or in whole, and we say it is recommended, as the clarity of the intention to follow the Sunna and the knowledge that only the fast of Ramadan is obligatory, preclude the reprehensibility of those who used to honor Rajab in rivalry with Ramadan, and Allah knows best.
Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
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