|Fasting after Ramadan|
While Ramadan comes to an end, we can continue fasting. Allah (the Exalted) said: Every act of the son of Adam is for him except fasting. It is done for My sake, and I will give a reward for it.’ (Muslim)
Days to Fast
The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said: ‘Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.’ (Tirmidhi)
‘If you fast any part of the month, then fast the 13, 14 and 15.’ (Tirmidhi)
Tips for Fasting
1. Make Intention. Make the intention that you want to sincerely fast for Allah. Until you get used to this, set up a weekly/monthly reminder in your phone or laptop to remind you what days you will be fasting.
2. Fasting Buddies. While you want your fast to be private, you can get extra reward by encouraging others to join in this sunnah act.
3. Make it Fun. Make this fasting routine interesting. To add a bit of fun to the occasion, organize quizzes and give away prizes to encourage fasting amongst youngsters.
Fudayl ibn Iyaad said: ‘Know that if you can’t pray at night and you can’t fast during the day, you are prevented; and what prevents you is your number of sins, so look into your heart.’ To build energy for acts of worship, we need to cut down on sin.
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