While Fasting in Ramadan is mandated for every Muslim who is able to, there is the Sunnah of Fasting Monday and Thursday. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to fast on these days regularly. We might ask ourselves, why Mondays and Thursdays? Moreover, how can we unlock the full potential of this weekly Sunnah?
A Weekday Devotion (Fasting Monday and Thursday):
Do you ever feel the Monday blues? Imagine, instead of feeling burdened, you could make every Monday a spiritual journey and lift your spirits by being mindful of the devotion to Allah (SWT). Your silent expression of gratitude is a chance to purify yourself before the week unfolds.
Thursdays are equally important as Prophet (SAW) told us about the significance of Fasting Monday and Thursday in a hadith:
Beyond Mere Abstinence:
Abstaining from food and drink is the outwardly worship, The true power lies in the intention we make when we fast and give up all such actions which may invalidate our fast. We can focus on the following while we fast to get the most out of this form of worship:
- Deepening the connection with Allah (SWT): Read Quran with Tajweed, engage in extra prayers, memorize Quran and increase remembrance (dhikr). Let hunger pangs remind you of your dependence on what Allah (SWT) provides in sustenance.
- Self-reflection and improvement: Be mindful of your thoughts and actions. Rein in negativity and practice patience. Try to strive so you can attain better character.
- Empathy and social responsibility: Share your Iftar meals with loved ones give in charity to those in need. Fasting should not leave you isolated; it should foster compassion and connection.
Making it a Habit:
Consistency is key to Fasting Monday and Thursday consistently. Start with one day and then gradually add another day. As you get used to fasting one day at a time, it will in sha Allah become easier until you start to look forward to the fast and the sweetness of eeman it brings.
Unlocking the Rewards:
Embrace and preserve the fast:
Let fasting transform you for the better:
Beyond merely giving up food and drink, let the fast be a transformational joruney which let’s you improve yourself to be better in character. Preserve the fast as though you are protecting it from the challenges of daily life and let in nourish your soul. May Allah (SWT) make us all steadfast on this Sunnah.