Fasting during the Winter

Bismillahi wal Hamdullillah was Salaatu Was salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillahi,

Ammaa Ba’d:

Since this fast of Aashooraa falls within the beginning of the winter months here is a benefit concerning the virtue and blessing of fasting during winter.

Upon the authority of Anas ibn Maalik – Radhiyallahu Anhu – who said that the Messenger – Sallallahu ‘alahi was Salam said:

Fasting during winter is the Cool Ghaneemah (spoils of war)”

(Collected by Imaamut Tabaraani in ‘Mu’jam Al Awsat’ and declared ‘Hasan’ By Shaikh Al Albaani in Silsilatul Ahaadeethus Saheehah: 1922)

Concerning the meaning of the Hadeeth Imaam Manaawi mentioned:

“Meaning it is that thing by way of which one may recieve pardon (from Allah) without difficulty, due to the shortness of the days and their coolness and there being no (pressing) need for food and drink (as is the case in the winter months)”

(At Tayseer 2/208)

He mentions elsewhere:

Meaning that fasting during winter is resemblant to recieving spoils of war in cool periods. The factor that is present within both affairs is that one obtains benefit without effort

(At Tayseer 2/320)

Therefore let us capitalise upon this great blessing from Allah Subhaanah and take the ease that Allah has blessed us with from his mercy.

Wa Sallallahu ‘Alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad

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