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Chapter 346
ﻳ مﻮﺼﻳ نأ ﻮهو مﻮﺼﻟا ﻲﻓ لﺎﺻﻮﻟا ﻢﻳﺮﺤﺗ بﺎﺑ
بﺮﺸﻳ ﻻو ﻞآﺄﻳ ﻻو ، ﺮﺜآأ وأ ﻦﻴﻣﻮ
Prohibition of Extending Fast beyond one Day
ِلﺎﺻِﻮْﻟا ِﻦَﻋ ﻰَﻬَﻧ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱠﻲِﺒﱠﻨﻟا ﱠنَأ ﺎَﻤُﻬْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲِﺿَر َﺔَﺸِﺋﺎَﻋَو َةَﺮْﻳﺮُه ﻲﺑَأ ْﻦَﻋ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ .
Abu Hurairah and `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with them) said:
The Prophet (PBUH) prohibited observing
continuous voluntary fasts beyond one day
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
َلﺎﻗ ﺎﻤُﻬْﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲِﺿَر َﺮَﻤُﻋ ِﻦْﺑا ﻦَﻋَو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﺳر ﻰَﻬَﻧ
ِلﺎﺻِﻮْﻟا ِﻦَﻋ
َلﺎَﻗ ؟ ُﻞِﺻاﻮُﺗ َﻚﱠﻧِإ
ﻰَﻘْﺳُأَو ُﻢَﻌْﻃُأ ﻲﻧِإ ، ْﻢُﻜَﻠْﺜِﻣ ُﺖْﺴَﻟ ﻲﱢﻧِإ
يرﺎﺨُﺒﻟا ُﻆْﻔَﻟ اﺬهو ، ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) prohibited observing
continuous fasts beyond one day. The Companions submitted: "But you do it.'' He replied, "
I am not like you. I am
given to eat and to drink (from Allah)
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
1. Through this Hadith we learn that in certain matters the Prophet (PBUH) had some specific injunctions which
were obligatory for him but not for his Ummah. Such things were permissible for him but not for his followers. All
these things are called his special distinctions. It is not permissible for Muslims to follow such practices. One of
these things is Saum Al-Wisal, which means to observe fast for several days at a stretch without taking any food.
Since Allah had granted him special power and patience, he could observe fast continuously for days. As his
followers are not endowed with that energy and patience, they are not permitted to do so.
2. "
I am not like you
'' does not mean that "I am not a man like you,'' because such an interpretation goes against a
categorical statement of the Qur'an to the effect that "I am a man like you''. What the statement "
I am not like you
really means is "you do not possess that special power which has been granted to me.''
3. "
I am given to eat and to drink
'' signifies that Allah (SWT) provides him with the strength and energy which he
can derive from food and drink without necessarily having them.