Q. What are your thoughts on children fasting in Ramadan before they reach the age of puberty?

Dr Zakir Naik :: Question & Answer

A. (by #DrZakirNaik): As I mentioned earlier it is not compulsory for a person who has not reached the age of puberty to fast. He/she is exempted as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said, “The pen has been lifted up from three categories of people –  a child until he reaches puberty, a sleeping person until he wakes up and a person who is insane until he becomes of sound mind”. But It is good to encourage our children to fast as early as possible though it is not compulsory and there is a hadith which is mentioned in  Sahih Al-Bukhari which says, “Prophet sends a message to Ansar… those who are fasting they should continue fasting, those who are not fasting should fast till the end of the day”. After that the sahaaba they fasted and even asked their children to…

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