Is it better to fast Monday and Thursday or the White Days?

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him).

Is it better to fast Monday and Thursday or the White Days?

If you are able to do so, it is better to fast every Monday and Thursday because if you do so you will fast eight days in every month, as opposed to only three days if you fast the White Days. One of those Mondays or Thursdays is also likely to coincide with the White Days. If you are able to fast the White Days and another five days in addition to this, this would also be good. We cannot say categorically that one type of fasting is better than other. If someone finds that a certain type of fasting has more effect on his heart and helps him on his path to Allah then this is the best fast for that person.

 

Fasting on 27th Rajab

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Is it recommended to fast on the day after the night of the Isra and Mi`raj (27th Rajab)?

Generally speaking fasting in the sacred months is better than fasting in the other months. There is a sound hadith in which Ibn `Umar was asked whether the Prophet ﷺ used to fast in Rajab. He said: “Yes, and he would ennoble it (meaning the month of Rajab).” Some of the pious recommend fasting on the day of the of the Isra and Mi`raj but it is not something that has been directly narrated on the authority of the Prophet ﷺ . Above all we should seek a true connection with the Prophet, the one who was taken on the Isra and Mi`raj.

On Moonsightings and Avoiding Conflict

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Regarding the entrance of Ramadan and the day of Eid, if my family does not follow the moon sighting, should I follow the moon sighting or do what my family is doing to avoid conflict?

You must submit to the correct opinion according to the Sacred Law without disrespecting your family and without argumentation or animosity. If they celebrate Eid on a different day then express your joy and give them your good wishes even though you yourself are not celebrating it on that day.