The Prophet’s Two-Day Fast

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An interesting phenomenon that I’ve noticed keeps occurring is how there are Islamic injunctions that Muslims are pretty familiar with. And then lo and behold, some extraneous discovery occurs in the secular world that ends up supplying further proofs of the benefits of the practice of Qu’ran, Sunnah from the Traditional Islamic milieu.

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

All praise is due to ALLAH and peace and blessing upon His Messenger

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

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The Prophet’s Two-Day Fast

One example of this is the recommendation of fasting according to the Prophet Muhammad’s sunnah (peace be upon him). He was known to fast regularly, two days a week: Mondays and Thursdays.

  1. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was keen to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.[1]
  2. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.”[2]

 

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This site, here, discusses a little more detail about the Prophetic Diet. CLICK HERE > 

Scientific Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

The fascinating thing is – and imagine my surprise – when I happened to watch this BBC interview with Dr Mosley explaining the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

 

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Diet Doctor Urges Intermittent Fasting. Watch it CLICK HERE >

At 2:23, I actually heard Dr Mosley say: “I do it [fast] on a Monday and Thursday, not least because that’s what the Prophet Muhammad suggested many years ago.”

Of course, what the Dr highlights is less the spiritual value and more the material health benefits to this fast. This includes: notably loss of weight, but also becoming more cheerful and more energetic.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) recommended it over 1400 years ago! And only now do we truly grasp its additional benefit, which in fact was pre-existent before the scientific discovery. Dr Mosley admits as much when he explains that there was nothing new to Intermittent fasting. It pre-existed prior to his interest. His novelty was to simply write a book, market the idea and make money off of it. The Prophet, however, had more of an interest in serving Allah subhana wa ta’ala and guiding others to that cause, confirming the truth in the message from religions that came before and warning us about the Last Day and our inevitable judgement before Him in how we lived our lives.

Let’s use this opportunity to be pro-actively healthy for our body AND soul… and follow the Sunnah.

[1] Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 745; al-Nasaa’i, 2361; Ibn Maajah, 1739; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1044.

[2] Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 747; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1041.

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سبحان ربك رب العزة عما يصفون وسلام على المرسلين والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وعلى اله وصحبه أجمعين

Exalted be your Lord, the Lord of Glory, above what they attribute to Him, and peace be upon the Messengers, and all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Universe. And the peace and blessing upon prophet Mohammed and his relatives and all his companions.

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  1. Reblogged this on Blogging Theology and commented:
    Another great article from ModWestMuse

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