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The Importance Of Fasting During Hajj


All the pious Muslims understand the blessings of fasting during the month of Ramzan. There are numerous benefits of fasting in Ramzan. Not many Muslims recognize the advantages of fasting in the month of Hajj. The first ten days of Zul Hajj have great prominence in Islam. They are important like last ten nights of Ramzan. First ten days of Zul Hajj also offer Muslims huge amount of rewards and blessings.

Allah provides His worshippers thousands of oppertunities during the year to reconsolidate their faith and fortify their believes in Him. Fasting in Zul Hajj is one of those incentives, that should not be left out. Believers should try to imagine the type of reward it will offer in the month of Hajj in which their objective is to worship in front of Allah.

In Surah Al-Fajr of Holy Quran, Allah enlightens the believers with the command:

“By the dawn; By the 10 nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2].

Numerous religious scholars explain that the ten nights mentioned in Holy Quran refer to the first ten nights of Zul Hajj. Ibn khateer has supported this view by explaining: “This is the correct opinion.”  [Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 8/413]

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) elaborates that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said: “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days [meaning the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah].”

Numerous Muslims question that if fasting during the month of Hajj is beneficial for a pilgrim or not. Religious scholars explain that it is beneficial for the pilgrims to fast on the first ten days of Zul Hajj. The days prior to the month of Hajj are also considered important for fasting. It is advised to all Mulsims to fast for the first ten days of Hajj but leave the day of Arafah that is the ninth of Zul Hajj. Avoiding the fast on ninth day of Zul Hajj is the tradition of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Therefore, Muslims should abide by the Sunnah.


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