Prayer vs. Fasting [14.365]

Sayyidina Abdullah bin Masud radiAllaahu anhu did not observe superogatory (nafl) fasts and used to say: “When I observe a fast, I become weak in saying prayer, whereas prayer is dearer to me than fast.” If he fasted anytime he would fast three days in a month. It says in another tradition from “Abdur-Rahman bin Yazid radiAllaahu anhu that “I did not see any jurisconsult (faqih) observing less fasts than Abdullah bin Masud. When he was asked why he did not observer superogatory fasts, he said, “I like prayer more than I like fasting. When I observe a fast, I feel weakness in saying prayer.”

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