[Fasting for] a limited number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] – then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] – a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess – it is better for him. But to fast is best for you, if you only knew (2:184)
- In Arabic, for number you could say ma’doodah or ma’doodat. The former is called jam’ kathar — plural of multitude. The later is jam’ qilla – plural of scarcity.
- Benefit: Ramadan is extremely extremely extremely limited days. Utilize them before it is over.
- Ibn Masood RA said, “I have never regretted anything more than a day in which the sun sat and my life decreased but my good deeds did not increase.”