Is it permissible to fast continuously for months. Prophet saw asked young men to fast if they are single. So is it encouraged? I feel very peaceful and relaxing while fasting continuously. But I heard that it's not good to health. My family and friends discourage me and ask me to do alternatively. Please give advice.

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I just want to say: I admire your will.

This is the Hadith you need to read.

Sahih Al-Bukhari - صحيح البخاري

  1. Fasting - كتاب الصوم 55) Chapter: The right of the body in observing As-Saum. Narrated Abdullah binAmr bin Al-`As:

Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said to me, "O Abdullah! Have I not been informed that you fast during the day and offer prayers all the night." Abdullah replied, "Yes, O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)!" The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Don't do that; fast for few days and then give it up for few days, offer prayers and also sleep at night, as your body has a right on you, and your wife has a right on you, and your guest has a right on you. And it is sufficient for you to fast three days in a month, as the reward of a good deed is multiplied ten times, so it will be like fasting throughout the year." I insisted (on fasting) and so I was given a hard instruction. I said, "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! I have power." The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Fast like the fasting of the Prophet (ﷺ) David and do not fast more than that." I said, "How was the fasting of the Prophet (ﷺ) of Allah, David?" He said, "Half of the year," (i.e. he used to fast on every alternate day). Afterwards when `Abdullah became old, he used to say, "It would have been better for me if I had accepted the permission of the Prophet (ﷺ) (which he gave me i.e. to fast only three days a month).

Reference: 1975 English reference: Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 196 In-book reference: Book 30, Hadith 82 Grade: Sahih

and this is where you can find it : http://www.gowister.com/hadith/bukhari/1935/

  • But is it okay if I fast one day alternative ? Here it's more about the peace of my mind and being in a state of more obedience to Allah. Nov 19, 2017 at 13:34
  • That would be the maximum according to the hadith. So yes it is okay to fast one day alternative (one day on then the next day off). Nov 19, 2017 at 13:38
  • @Fashithmusliyarakam and just one thing. Reading the quran every day will also help you to reach the state of mind peace. Nov 19, 2017 at 13:40

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