Everything that is commanded and asked by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, has benefits and special goals for human kindness.
The six pillars of faith, the pillar of Islam, akhlaq are things that guide human. It is including the command of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala about obligated fasting and sunnah fasting that have been exampled by Rasulullah Shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. Those have benefits and effects for Muslim who do that worship, such as Dawud prayer for women.
If we want to understand and get benefits from Dawud prayer, then we should understand first about the characteristic and behavior of women, and practice worship from Dawud prayer. Here is the explanation about importance of dawud prayer for women.
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The Characteristic and Behavior of Women
Of course, men and women have advantages and disadvantages. There is no different between men or women both position or potential of rewards in front of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
For that, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala said that the best one in front of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is the most cautious, not only a man or woman.
There are advantages behind the weakness of human. Here are the characteristic of women that can be their advantages or disadvantages.
A woman is usually dominated by her feeling. This feeling has a function as the form of mother’s love that can influence education process to her children. But this feeling often becomes a challenge for women.
Women can often cry, angry, too much greeting, prejudice or even envy to others. For that, this feeling must be kept and do not let it get lost or lapse into bad things. You may also read how to avoid envy in Islam.
Indeed, women are expected to be women according to the command of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Of course, we have to be a woman who is useful for ourselves, our family and society. For that, do not let us become a woman who get the torture of Hell, but we have to be a woman who is missed the Heaven.
For women, they can hold back from lust or emotion with fasting. Fasting to hold back from lust and control our selves is a right thing, so the negative effects of feeling cannot just show up.
The Benefits of Dawud Prayer for Women
Dawud prayer is fasting where someone fasts in one day and he does not fast in the next day, and so on. This fasting has the highest degree. If we can, Dawud prayer can be done a long year. But this fasting cannot be done in Tasyrik’s day or another prohibited days of fasting in Islam. While, it can keep to be done as usually on Friday. The explanation of Dawud prayer is below. [AdSense-B]
“Then fast one day and break fast one day, it is called the fasting of Dawud ‘alaihissalam and it is the nicest fasting. Then I (Abdullah bin Amru radhialahu ‘anhu) said indeed I can fast more than that, then the Prophet shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said : “There is no better fasting than that fasting.” (Narrated by Bukhari)
Of course, when we want to do this fasting, we should consider our healthiness and nutrition needs. It is not obligated but if this fasting is done, surely we can get rewards from Allah SWT.
“There is no better fasting that Dawud fasting. Dawud fasting has fasted a half of year because one day fast and one day does not fast.” (Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim)
Here is the intention of Dawud prayer :
نَوَيْتُ صَوْمَ دَاوُدَ سُنَّةً ِللهِ تَعَالَى
NAWAITU SHAUMA DAAWUDA SUNNATAN LILLAAHI TA’ALAA
Its means : “I attempt Dawud prayer, sunnah because of Allah Ta’ala.”
The hadith above shows that Dawud prayer has some virtues. Of course, another fasting have virtues and big benefits, too. For that, here are benefits of Dawud prayer for women.
- Control Emotion
By Dawud prayer, women are accustomed to keep their emotions and lust. Sometimes, emotions show up if a woman cannot control herself. For that, fasting make a woman to be able control her emotions. So, the emotion is not excessive. [AdSense-A]
Surely, this is caused by excessive emotion. It can start from our lust,
“And judge, [O Muhammad], between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations and beware of them, lest they tempt you away from some of what Allah has revealed to you. And if they turn away – then know that Allah only intends to afflict them with some of their [own] sins. And indeed, many among the people are defiantly disobedient.” (Q.S. Al-Maidah : 49)
Someone who can control his emotion and himself will be healthier physically and not stress easily.
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- Avoid Consumptive
When a woman becomes emotional or she cannot control herself, then she will be stuck in consumptive behavior, such as shopping, buy unimportant things and spend her treasure for something that is not according to its function. For that, Dawud prayer will be able to control this matter for women.
Treasure must be arranged well. It is not only for consumptive. Moreover if it is only for showing, because it is not a good thing to be done.
- Close to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala
By fasting, we can also be closer to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Fasting makes us to do more worship and not neglect good deeds any more. For that, Dawud prayer can become us to do more worship than do something that can damage fasting. You may also read How to be closer to Allah SWT.
- Keep your mouth or talks
Sometimes, a woman forgets and has a behavior to talk others. Accidentally, she cannot keep her mouth and talks. For that fasting can keep her mouth or talks well, because fasting keep her.
So, be careful. This is delivered in Surah Al-Baqarah verse 217, which reads :
“And fitnah is greater than killing.” And they will continue to fight you until they turn you back from your religion if they are able. And whoever of you reverts from his religion [to disbelief] and dies while he is a disbeliever – for those, their deeds have become worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and those are the companions of the Fire, they will abide therein eternally.”
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There are many importance of Dawud prayer, besides it gives rewards, surely Dawud prayer will give effects for our physical and healthiness. For that, happy sunnah fasting. Hopefully, we can get many rewards from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. Amen.