I missed the first day of fasting in the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Is fasting on the remaining days like other supererogatory (nafilah) fasting?

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I missed the first day of fasting in the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Is fasting on the remaining days like other supererogatory (nafilah) fasting?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

No. Every day of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah has separate rewards and virtues. If you have missed the first day, try to fast as many days as you can on the remaining days. The Prophet (pbuh) states the following about fasting on the day of arafah:

“Performing fasting on the day of arafah is like performing fasting one thousand days.” (at-Targhib wat-Tarhib Trnsl, 2. 460)

According to the narration of Abu Hurayra, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

There are no days in this world during which worship is more beloved to Allah, than the first ten days of Dhul- Hijjah. Fasting one of these days is equivalent to fasting for one year, and performing prayers on one night of them is equal to Lailatul-Qadr (the Night of Power).” (Ibn Majah, Siyam: 39)

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