I have been wondering, can we Muslims keep silence for one or more day as a way of fasting? as it is in many traditions and religions to gain self-control and inner peace. I don't mean we do that instead of usual Ramadan fasts, but do it in any time that we feel it necessary or as an extra self-control way.

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    How do we recite Qur'an if we are silent? A better suggestion would be remember Allah using our tongue more often and leave off useless speech. – Abdullah Jul 29 '13 at 12:18
  • well I would start reading Qur'an after that the fast is ended, like at the end of the day. – Peggy Jul 29 '13 at 13:25
  • the thing is I heard it's haram? is it, really? – Peggy Jul 29 '13 at 13:26
  • What is haraam? – Abdullah Jul 29 '13 at 13:32
  • haraam means forbidden – Peggy Jul 29 '13 at 22:13

The fast of silence has no origin in Islam and Prophet Muhammad (saww) was never seen to do that. So keeping silence with the intention of fasting seems to be a kind of bidah and thus Haraam in Islam.

The following quote from Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn (as) can certify this claim:

صوم الصمت حرامٌ

Fast of silence is Haraam.

[Reference: Wasa'il al-Shiʿa, volume 7, page 390]

However, you are free to keep silence with any other intention. But based on this hadith from Prophet Muhammad (saww) it's better not to do it from day to night:

عن علي بن ابراهيم عن ابيه عن ابن ابي عمير عن منصور بن حازم عن ابي عبدالله جعفر بن محمد عليه السلام قال: قال رسول الله صلي الله عليه و آله: لا صمت یوماً إلی اللیل

Do not silence day to night.

You should also note that the verse 19:26 which states that Hazrat Maryam (as) had vowed the fast of silence to Allah, has nothing to do with Islamic sharia.

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  • but why? :( It's not against anything or any other rules. I don't want to commit sins but I really feel it could help me. – Peggy Jul 30 '13 at 11:19
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    @Peggy Well, if you feel it's that much helpful you can do it. Just don't intend to fast. Do it for yourself. But if I were you I'd have kept silence except for mentioning and praising Allah. – Zahra Ezati Jul 31 '13 at 9:34
  • yes that's the whole idea – Peggy Aug 11 '13 at 10:40

Fasting is an act of worship and the intention of worship is to please God and gain his nearness and consciousness. Had fasting of silence been a way to achieve that, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) must have told us about this kind of worship. As there is no such thing reported from him, this is not a worship. Linking a label of "fast" is not appropriate for it.

There is no harm in doing such thing if it improves your self control. Just don't link it to religion.

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