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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Who to Criticize

Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reported: “On occasions when we went on journeys with the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), some of the Companions observed fasts and others did not. However, neither those who had kept fast criticized those who had missed the fast, nor did the latter object to the fasting of the former.” [Sahih Bukhari]

If a person happens to be traveling during Ramadhan, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has allowed such a Muslim not to fast then, but instead make the fast up after Ramadhan is over. This concession may be used, but if a person wishes to fast even while on a journey, he/she may do so.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “But whosoever among you is sick or on a journey (he is required to observe fasts in replacement of those days) the same number of other days.” [Quran 2:185]

The attitude of the Sahabah is what is particularly noteworthy here. They did not sit to criticize each other over their personal preferences. Whatever was Halal, they let be. To fast or not to fast, while traveling, are both Halaal. Both groups of Sahabah were acting in line with Allah’s commands – and they respected each other for that.

Where Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has allowed more than one course of action, we need to tolerate it too, rather than insist on our opinion. Today, we leave alone the person who is involved in Haraam, and pick fights with those who are following Allah’s commands. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) give us the desire and strength to correct ourselves. Ameen.

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