Sleeping during the fast
25 Aug 2011 11:11 GMT
 
Some people sleep all day during Ramadan. They wake up for the prayers and go back to bed. Then, close to sunset, they get up and prepare to break their fasts. They do not feel a thing. Are their fasts valid? Some people argue that a fasting person's sleep is blessed. Is this true?

Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

It is not sinful for a fasting person to sleep during the day in Ramadan. It has no affect on the validity of the fast, no matter how much of the day a person sleeps.

It is also by no means encouraged to sleep during the day in Ramadan. This was not the practice of the Companions nor of the Pious Predecessors. If anything, they increased their daytime activities in Ramadan. It is merely permissible to sleep.

There is a weak hadîth that reads: "The sleep of the fasting person is worship." However, this hadîth is far too weak to be used as evidence for anything.

Even if we assume – purely for the sake of argument – that the hadîth were authentic, it still does not justify laziness. It certainly does not pardon the practice of those who sleep all day in Ramadan and then spend the nights in feasting and merriment. The hadîth only refers to a person's normal sleeping habits, like a person's usual daily nap. This normal sleep helps invigorate the person for further acts of worship.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today



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