Who the first time doing fast?

For a whole month, Muslims all over the world underwent fasting. Just like prayer, fasting is not a joke. Fasting is not only a worship of birth, but more considered as an inner worship, worship that is only known by God.

“Every human practice is for him except fasting, for it is only for me and I am the one who will reward him directly.” (Bukhari)

In fact, the fasting of Ramadan which began to be required in the 2nd year of Hijri, is not only required to the people of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). However, the prophet’s previous people had also fasted.

It’s just that, one of the privileges of the obligation to fast the people of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is devoted to the holy month of Ramadan.

This obligation to fast the former people refers to the word of Allah in surat Al-Baqarah 183, which is the basis of our obligation to fast.

“O you who believe, it is obligatory for you to fast as is obligated upon those before you that you may fear.”

The verse that was revealed in the second year of the Prophet (peace be upon him) arrived in Medina is not only about the obligation and purpose of fasting to achieve piety. However, it is also telling that the obligation to fast has also been required to the people before.

Who doing fast for the first time?

The issue of who first observes ramadan is also a debate of Islamic scholars. Some scholars mention that the first fasting was The Prophet Adam and Lady Eve.

This is based on the prohibition of Adam and Eve not to eat food from one tree (khuldi), as a form of worship to Allah.

Some scholars think that this eating prohibition as a form of fasting. Adam and Siti Eve continued fasting until finally tempted to eat the forbidden fruit.

Imam Qurthubi also mentioned that, the scholars of Islamic history in this case also differed opinions. Some say that fasting began during the time of Noah, after he and his people were hit by a great flood.

Not Just Muslims, This Five Animals Also Fasting

Some other Islamic historians say before the time of Noah, fasting was obligatory, in accordance with the sound of surah Al-Baqarah verse 183. They argued as in the previous opinion that fasting had begun to be obligatory in the time of The Prophet Adam, because Allah also obliged it to the previous people.

Imam Ibn Kathir mentioned that the history of fasting began since the time of Prophet Adam. Adam fasted for three days each month. Until here it can be concluded that fasting has existed since the birth of the Prophet Muhammad( peace be upon him).

But, regarding who fasted first, there was a difference of opinion of the scholars.

Difference between the People of Muhammad and Others.

Muslims, as the Prophet once said, that your fasting is Muslim. In the hadith of the Muslim Imam narration mentioned “The difference between our fasting and the fasting of the People of the Book is in eating sahur”.

Although sahur is a sunbathing service, it means that it can be abandoned if we are strong and durable to fast all day, but sahur has blessings. Sahur is not only a differentiator with the fasting of the previous people, but there are other values.

“Be mistaken for you, for at the meal of the sahur there is blessing.” (HR. Bukhari and Muslim)

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