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Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Lukgaf(m): 8:09pm On Aug 03
Without doubt, the Day of Arafah for this year falls on Saturday. Since it is rewardable to fast the day of Arafah coupled with the impermissibility to fast on Saturday as instructed by our Prophet (May the peace of Allah be upon him); this thread seeks to answer question on whether or not it is permissible to fast on the day of Arafah because it falls on Saturday

Praise be to Allaah.
It is makrooh to single out Saturday for fasting, because of the report narrated by al-Tirmidhi (744), Abu Dawood (2421) and Ibn Maajah (1726) from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Busr, from his sister, that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not fast on Saturdays apart from days when you are obliged to fast. If any one of you cannot find anything other than grape stalks or the twigs of a tree, let him chew it (to make sure that he is not fasting).”Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Irwa’ (960). Abu ‘Eesa al-Tirmidhi said: This is a hasan hadeeth. What is makrooh in this case is for a man to single out Saturday for fasting, because the Jews venerate Saturday. End quote.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Mughni (3/52): Our companions said: It is makrooh to single out Saturday for fasting … what is makrooh is singling out that day. If he fasts another day along with it, then it is not makrooh, because of the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah and Juwayriyah. If it coincides with a day that a person regularly fasts, it is not makrooh.

What is meant by the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah is the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (1985) and Muslim (1144) from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “No one of you should fast on Friday, unless he fasts (a day) before it or after it.”

The hadeeth of Juwayriyah was narrated by al-Bukhaari (1986) from Juwayriyah bint al-Haarith (may Allaah be pleased with her), that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) entered upon her on a Friday and she was fasting. He said; “Did you fast yesterday?” She said, “No.” He said: “Do you intend to fast tomorrow?” She said: “No.” He said: “Then break your fast.”

This hadeeth and the one before it clearly indicate that it is permissible to fast on a Saturday at times other than Ramadaan, for the one who fasts the Friday before.

It is proven in al-Saheehayn that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The most beloved of fasting to Allaah is the fast of Dawood; he used to fast one day and not the next.”

In this case it is bound to happen that he will sometimes fast on a Saturday on its own. So it may be understood from this that if Saturday coincides with a day that he habitually fasts, such as ‘Arafah or ‘Ashoora’, there is nothing wrong with fasting on that day, even if it is on its own.

Al-Haafiz stated in al-Fath that an exception to the prohibition on fasting on Friday is made if a person habitually fasts on a certain day, such as ‘Arafah, and it coincides with Friday.

The same applies to Saturday. We have quoted the words of Ibn Qudaamah concerning that above.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

It should be noted that different scenarios may apply with regard to fasting on a Saturday.

1 – It may be obligatory, such as observing a Ramadaan fast during Ramadaan or making it up later on, or observing a fast as expiation (kafaarah), or instead of offering a sacrifice when performing Hajj tamattu’, and so on. There is nothing wrong with that so long as he does not single it out deliberately thinking that there is some virtue in that.

2 – If he fasts on the Friday before, there is nothing wrong with it, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to one of the Mothers of the Believers who was fasting on a Friday: “Did you fast yesterday?” She said: “No.” He said: “Are you going to fast tomorrow?” She said, “No.” He said: “Then break your fast.” The words, “Are you going to fast tomorrow?” indicate that it is permissible to fast Saturday along with Friday.

3 – If it happens to be one of the days when it is prescribed to fast, such as Ayyaam al-Beed (the 13th, 14th and 15th of each hijri month), ‘Arafah, ‘Ashoora’, six days of Shawwaal for one who has fasted Ramadaan, and the ninth of Dhu’l-Hijjah. There is nothing wrong with that, because he is not fasting because it is Saturday, rather it is because it is one of the days when it is prescribed to fast.

4 – When it happens to be a day when he habitually fasts, such as a person whose habit is to fast alternate days, and the day that he fasts happens to be a Saturday, then there is nothing wrong with it, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said when he forbade fasting one or two days before Ramadaan begins: “except a man who (habitually) observes a fast, in which case let him fast.” This is similar.

5 – If he singles it out to observe a voluntary fast for one day only. This is what is forbidden, if the hadeeth forbidding it is proven to be saheeh.

End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (20/57)

And Allaah knows best.

Source: IslamQA

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Lukgaf(m): 5:08am On Aug 09
In conclusion, many scholars are of the opinion that there is nothing wrong in fasting Arafah if it falls on Saturday since you want to observe Arafah and not Saturday.

So dear brethren, fast tomorrow and earn the big reward (May Allah make it easy for you and us).

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Rashduct4luv(m): 8:20am On Aug 09
May Allah accept it from us and from you.

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Amoto94(m): 9:14am On Aug 09
Jazakallahu khayr

Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Ganiz(m): 9:26am On Aug 09
May Allah crown our efforts

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by morikee(m): 9:32am On Aug 09
Masha Allah

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Walexybobo(m): 9:38am On Aug 09
May Allah accept it from us as an act of ibadah. amen.

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Mccullum: 9:45am On Aug 09
Thanks for the information... may Allah reward you, ameen.

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Gentlesoul96(m): 9:49am On Aug 09
Lukgaf:
In conclusion, many scholars are of the opinion that there is nothing wrong in fasting Arafah if it falls on Saturday since you want to observe Arafah and not Saturday.lll

So dear brethren, fast tomorrow and earn the big reward (May Allah make it easy for you and us).
Thanks bro... Jazakum lah khair

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by abujaafar18: 9:53am On Aug 09
Ma Sha Allah.
Wa jazakumullahu khayran

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Morenikeji070: 9:55am On Aug 09
Please that means I can fast tomorrow right? Lol I wanna be so sure
Mccullum:
Thanks for the information... may Allah reward you, ameen.

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by sped1oro(m): 9:57am On Aug 09
Jazakumulahu Khayr!

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by yusufolatunji38: 10:30am On Aug 09
may god increase our knowledge,but this is not a fast that we just decided to fast one day it because of the day of araafa and to help our Muslim brothers and sister on the hill of araafa,so I don't think any forbids.

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Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by saintdas1(m): 11:20am On Aug 09
Alhamdulilah for this dawar.
Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by saintdas1(m): 11:21am On Aug 09
Morenikeji070:
Please that means I can fast tomorrow right? Lol I wanna be so sure
Yes you can
Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by MUHDAI(m): 11:27am On Aug 09
JazakalLAH khair bro
Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by ambitiouschap: 11:33am On Aug 09
jazakalahu kahr this has caused so many controversy in our mosque with all young scholars telling the old scholar not to fast
Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by Morenikeji070: 11:36am On Aug 09
Ok. Thank you so much for ur reply..
saintdas1:
Yes you can
Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by LadyHal1(f): 6:41pm On Aug 09
Jazakumulahu kayr
Re: Fasting on the day of Arafah and ruling when it falls on Saturday by lahizak: 3:55pm On Aug 10
Assalam Alaykum. I soncerely forgot that 2day is d day of Arafah and hence i didnt even had it in my mind to fast. However this morning before i ate or drink anything, i was reminded of it so i decided to fast along since i av not eaten. However, as a muslim i am aware of d fact that i must made intentions and eat sahur b4 fasting, so pls is my fasting valid?

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