Singling out the month of Rajab with fasting all its days

Question 180: I know people who always perform Sawm (Fast) for the whole months of Rajab and Sha‘baan until Ramadaan without break. Is there any Hadeeth regarding this practice? If there is any, kindly provide the text?

Answer: It is not authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) or any of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them) used to fast the entire month of Rajab or Sha‘baan. It is not authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) observed Sawm for a complete month except Ramadaan. ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) is authentically reported to have said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) used to observe Sawm until we thought that he would always fast, and he would stop Sawm until we thought he would not fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) fast any month in full except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fasting in any month more than in Sha‘baan. (Related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) Moreover, Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) narrated, saying: The Prophet (peace be upon him) never fasted any month in full except Ramadaan. He (peace be upon him) used to fast until one would say, ‘By Allaah, he will always fast,’ and he (peace be upon him) would stop fasting until one would say, ‘By Allaah, he will not fast.’ (Related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) Based on this, fasting the entire months of Rajab and Sha‘baan voluntarily is inconsistent with the guidance and Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Moreover, this act counts as a Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion). The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said: Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not part of it will have it rejected. (Related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)... read more here.

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