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[Sharh Muwatta Imam Malik – Shaikh Zubair Ali Zai] – Hadith No.98 –:– It Is Prohibited To Fast On The Days Of Eid

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Muhadith Zubair Ali Zai

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It Is Prohibited To Fast On The Days Of Eid

[98] From Malik from Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn Haban from al-‘Araj from Abu Hurairah (Radi Allahu Anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) forbade fasting on two days, the day of Eid al-Fitr and the day of Eid al-Adha.



Al-Muwatta (Yahya’s narration 1/300 hadith no.674, book 18, chapter 12, hadith no.36, 1/376, hadith no.756, book 20, chapter 44 hadith no.136), at-Tamhid (13/26), al-Istidhkar: (no.624)

Transmitted by Muslim (no.1138) from the hadith of Malik

1) It is haram to fast on the day of Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha on purpose (whilst knowing with certainty that the moon of Shawal has been sighted).

2) If someone makes a vow to fast on the day of Eid then this vow is false.

3) Some scholars derive and understand from this hadith that it is allowed to fast all the time on the condition that you don’t fast on the prohibited days. See al-Muwatta (Yahya’s narration 1/300)

4) It is better to avoid fasting all the time and the most one should fast is the way Dawud (Alayhisalam) fasted. i.e. one day fast and one day not fast, this is the most virtuous method. 

5) Those narrations which mention that it is prohibited to fast all the time is understood to mean disliked (which doesn’t reach to the level of haram i.e. it is makru tanzihi and not makru tahrimi), excluding the days of Eid which are prohibited.  

6) Also see hadith no.73

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