Recommended Days To Fast

1) Six days out of the month of Shawwal:

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) said, “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days from Shawwal it is as if they fasted the entire year.”[1]

2) Fasting the day of Arafah for those who are not performing Hajj (Pilgrimage) and fasting the day of Ashoora as well as one day before it:

Abu Qatadah said : the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “Fasting on the day of `Arafah is an expiation [of sins] for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it and the fasting the day of `Ashoora’ is an expiation for the year preceding it.”[2]

Abd-Allaah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fasted on the day of …Ashoora and told the people to fast, they said, ’O Messenger of Allaah, this is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians. “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ’Next year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the ninth day. “ But by the time the following year came, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had passed away.[3]

3) Fasting three days of every month:

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: My friend (the Messenger of Allah) (SallAllaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) directed me to observe fast for three days in every month, to perform two Rak`ah (optional) Duha prayer at forenoon and to perform the Witr prayer before going to bed.[4]

Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SallAllaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Observing Saum (fasting) on three days of every month is equivalent to a full month’s fasting.”[5]

4)  Fasting Mondays and Thursdays:

`A’ishah said: The Messenger of Allah, SallAllaahu alayhi wa salam, used to fast Mondays and Thursdays.[6]

5) Fasting during the month of Muharram:

Abu Hurairah reported: “I asked the Prophet: “Which prayer is best after the obligatory prayers?” He said: “Prayer during the middle of the night.” I asked: “Which fast is best after the fast of Ramadhan?” He said: “Fasting during the month of Muharram.”[7]

6) Fasting during the month of Sha’ban:

A’ishah said: “I have never seen the Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alayhi wa salam, completing the fast of a month as he did for Ramadhan, and I have never seen him fasting so much as he would in Sha’ban.”[8]

7) Fasting one day and not fasting the next:

Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best fasting is the fast of Dawood: he used to fast one day and not the next.”[9]

8) The first ten days of the month of Dhul Hijjah:

Hunaydah ibn Khalid reported from his wife that some of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast the (first) nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, on the day of ‘Ashoora’, on three days of each month, and on the first two Mondays and Thursdays of each month.”[10]

 

References:

[1] Recorded by Muslim, Tirmizi, Abu Dawud and ibn Majah

[2] Recorded by Muslim, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and Abu Dawood

[3] Recorded by Muslim

[4] Recorded in  Bukhari and Muslim

[5] Recorded in  Bukhari and Muslim

[6] Recorded by Tirmizi who said the Hadith is Hasan

[7] Recorded by Muslim

[8] Recorded by Bukhari and Muslim

[9] Recorded by Bukhari and Muslim

[10] Recorded by al-Nasa’i, and by Abu Dawud; graded Sahih by al-Albani in Saheeh Abi Dawud

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