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handsome, what has changed your appearance so much?
'' He replied, "Since my departure from here, I have not
eaten anything except at night.'' The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) remarked, "
You have put yourself to torture.
Observe Saum (fasting) during the Month of Patience (i.e., Ramadan) and fast one day from each month.
'' He
submitted, "Permit me to observe more voluntary fasts because I have capacity to do so.'' The Messenger of Allah
(PBUH) said, "
Then observe fasts for two days in every month
.'' He said, "Permit me to observe more.'' The
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Observe fasts on three days in every month
.'' He requested that he should be
allowed to observe more fasts. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
Fast three days during the sacred months and
omit fasting for three days alternately
.'' He (PBUH) joined his three fingers together and left them apart while
repeating this sentence thrice.
[Abu Dawud].
The name of Mujibah Bahiliyah's father was Abdullah bin Harith Al-Bahli, and if this incident
relates to his uncle, his name is not well-known. In any case, he used to take meal at night only, that is, he used to
observe Saum daily. Because of this routine, his health was greatly affected and the Prophet (PBUH) prohibited him
from observing Saum daily and stressed that he should keep Saum thrice a month only, especially in the sacred
months. With the formula of ten-fold reward, he could thus get reward of thirty days Saum in a month. This is how
he would be reckoned as one who observes Saum throughout the year. People with weak health should not observe
more than three Saum in a month. Those who are healthy, are allowed to observe more Saum, but it will be well if
they do so in the style of Prophet Dawud, that is, on alternate days