Three-year-old fasts for a full day

Maryam Rashid

Maryam Rashid

A three-year-old girl fasted for a full day here on Wednesday, with her parents saying they are proud of her. Maryam’s mother Iffar Aabroo and father Rashid Hassan have been encouraging her to do so. Most Muslim children only start fasting at the age of 10.

Her mother said she only started fasting when she was six years old, and thanked Almighty Allah for blessing her with a daughter who has been able to do so at such an early age.

“Maryam is just three years and seven months old and made no demands on us as she observed the first roza (fast) of her life,” her mother said, wiping away a tear. “Alhamdulillah, all praise to Allah,” she said. Maryam said she was initially only imitating her parents, “but after my mother told me the significance of Ramadan, I decided to fast.” Maryam also joins her mother in daily prayers and Taraweeh at night. Her parents say their daughter is an example and inspiration to children of her age.




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