Q: Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said:
'O young people! Whoever among you is able to marry, should marry, for marriage will help him lower his gaze and keep his virtuousness, and whoever is not able to marry is recommended to fast, for fasting would diminish his sexual power.
I cannot afford marriage and my question is:
Since the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered youth who cannot marry to perform Sawm (Fast), how should this Sawm be performed?
Should I perform Sawm forever or what should I do? I hope you will explain things to me. Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be with you. May Allah reward you with the best.
If you cannot afford marriage, you should fear Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He), be mindful of Him, lower your gaze and fast as much as you can. The best way of Sawm is to fast one day and break it the following day. This was the Sawm of Prophet Dawud (David, peace be upon him) as mentioned by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.