Imam al-Jaziri (r.a.) on Fasting in Rajab & Sha'ban

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following paragraph is from Imam ‘Abd ar-Rahman al-Jaziri’s (r.a.) chapter, “Fasting Rajab, Sha’ban and the Rest of the Holy Months,” in his al-Fiqh ‘ala al-Madzahib al-Arba’ah, “Islamic Law according to the Four Schools.”  Fasting the months of Rajab and Sha’ban is recommended, mandub, as agreed upon by three of the a’immah, while the Hanbalis differed in that they said fasting Rajab singly is disliked, except if one breaks the fast during it then it is not disliked.  Regarding the holy months, Dzu al-Qa’idah, Dzu al-Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab, fasting them is recommended according to three of the a’immah, while the Hanafis differed in that they said what is recommended in the holy months is to fast three days from each of them, which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


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