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106500: The reason why it is not allowed to fast on Saturdays

I have read on your site that the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade fasting on Saturdays. What is the reason for this prohibition?.

Published Date: 2007-11-12
Praise be to Allaah.

It is makrooh to single out a Saturday for fasting. Some of them gave the reason that it is the ‘eid’ of the Jews, but it is more likely to be because it is the day when the Jews refrain from working and they rest on that day. If the Muslim fasts on that day, the fast may keep him from working or slow him down, because the fast will make him thirsty and hungry, so he will resemble the Jews in not working on that day. End quote. 

Fataawa al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem (may Allaah have mercy on him) (4/206).
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