Is it better for a traveler to fast or not fast?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

 

 Thank you for your good question. May you have a happy and blessed Ramadan, ameen.

A traveler is allowed to break his/her fast. Allah says, {So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during Ramadan] – then an equal number of days [are to be made up for missed-fast days].} (Al-Baqarah 2:184)

 

However, the four Imams are of the view that fasting whilst traveling is permissible and valid. If the traveler fasts, it counts and he/she does not have to make up for it.

As to what is better, that depends:

 

a) If fasting while traveling is easy, then fasting will be better to get the merits of fasting in Ramadan. Abu Ad-Darda’ (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “We went out with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) [on a journey] during the month of Ramadan when it was intensely hot, until one of us would put his hand on his head because of the intense heat, and no one among us was fasting apart from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) and `Abdullah ibn Rawahah.” (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)

 

b) On the other hand, if fasting while traveling is difficult, it would be better for the person not to fast.

 

May Allah accept your and our good deeds, ameen.

 

Allah Almighty knows best.

 

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