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It has been reported that the Messenger of Allah fasted the second and fifth days of the week, namely, Monday and Thursday. These two days, as the ahadith explain, are the days in which, twice weekly, the deeds are raised into the heavens and are the days of forgiveness.


Abu Hurairah related the Messenger of Allah was asked why he rarely missed these two days of fasting. He replied: “Indeed, the deeds of humanity are exhibited every Monday and Thursday. Then Allah will further pardon every Muslim for every behavior, except the two believers who part from each other’s company; Allah will say to the angels delay the two of them.” [Ahmed]


Sahih Muslim Book 032, Number 6222:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “The gates of Paradise are not opened but on two days, Monday and Thursday. and then every servant (of Allah) is granted pardon who does not associate anything with Allah except the person in whose (heart) there is rancour against his brother. And it would be said: Look towards both of them until there is reconciliation; look toward both of them until there is reconciliation; look towards both of them until there is reconciliation.”

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Suhail who narrated it on the authority of his father with the chain of transmitters of MaIik, but with this variation of wording:, (Those would not be granted pardon) who boycott each other.”


Sunan Abi Dawud Book 13, Number 2430:

Narrated Usamah ibn Zayd: The client of Usamah ibn Zayd said that he went along with Usamah to Wadi al-Qura in pursuit of his camels. He would fast on Monday and Thursday. His client said to him: “Why do you fast on Monday and Thursday, while you are an old man?” He said: “The Prophet of Allah used to fast on Monday and Thursday. When he was asked about it, he said: The works of the servants (of Allah) are presented (to Allah) on Monday and Thursday.”


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