Fasting 15 Days Monthly is Like the Fast of Dawwod
Fatwa No: 393805

Question

Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu,Alhamdu'lillah ALLAH sub'hanahu wa ta'aala has made me to manage 15 saum a month,generally termed as saum-e-dawoodi (peace be upon him) but as I'm female due to periods they aren't alternate days but are 15 a month,since 3.5years.as i'm 23

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

You did not clarify to us, dear sister, what exactly is your question.

If you are asking about whether or not you will get the promised reward for whoever fasts like the fasting of Prophet Daawood  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention by fasting one day and breaking the fast the other day (i.e. fasted every other day), then the answer is that we hope that you will get the reward mentioned in this regard even if you were not able to match the fasting of Prophet Dawood by fasting every other day. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him used to fast one day and break his fast the other day, but when he grew in age and became weak, he would fast for some days and then would break the fast some other days, and he considered this to be in comformity with what the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to do when he ordered him to fast the fasting of Prophet Dawood  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said to him: “Observe the best of fasts, the fast of Daawood: Fasting one day and breaking the fast for one day." ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say: “I wish I had accepted the permission of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) as I have become a weak old man.” The narrator said: “And whenever he (Ibn ‘Amr) wanted to gain some strength, he used to give up fasting for some days and count those days so that he would fast a similar number, for he disliked to abandon something which he used to do during the lifetime of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Ibn Hajar said in Al-Fat-h: “His saying: “And whenever he (Ibn ‘Amr) wanted to gain some strength, he used to give up fasting for some days and count those days …”, it interpreted to mean that the best thing to do is to fast the fasting of Prophet Daawood, by fasting one day and breaking the fast the one day always. What can be deducted from the action of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr is that if someone breaks the fast for some days and then fasts a similar number of days, then this is sufficient and is the same as fasting one day and breaking the fast one day...” [End of quote]

Therefore, dear sister, continue to do the good deeds that you are doing now and Allah will not cause your reward to be lost, Allah willing.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 212923 and 6488.

Allah knows best.

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