Reference
ID 15782
Collector Abu Dawood
Book Sunan Abi Da'ud
Chapter Fasting
Reference (English Book) Book 13, Hadith 2442
Reference (Arabic Book) Book 14, Hadith 136
Hadith Type Khabar
Matn (English)

'Abd Allah b. 'And (b. al-'As) said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me: The fast most liked by Allah is the one observed by Dawud (David), and the prayer dearer to Allah is the one offered by Dawud (David): he would sleep half the night, and stand (in prayer) one-third of it, and sleep one-sixth of it. He would go without fasting one day, and fast the other day.

Matn (Arabic)

حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ حَنْبَلٍ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عِيسَى، وَمُسَدَّدٌ، - وَالإِخْبَارُ فِي حَدِيثِ أَحْمَدَ - قَالُوا حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَمْرًا قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي عَمْرُو بْنُ أَوْسٍ سَمِعَهُ مِنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ قَالَ لِي رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ أَحَبُّ الصِّيَامِ إِلَى اللَّهِ تَعَالَى صِيَامُ دَاوُدَ وَأَحَبُّ الصَّلاَةِ إِلَى اللَّهِ صَلاَةُ دَاوُدَ كَانَ يَنَامُ نِصْفَهُ وَيَقُومُ ثُلُثَهُ وَيَنَامُ سُدُسَهُ وَكَانَ يُفْطِرُ يَوْمًا وَيَصُومُ يَوْمًا ‏"‏ ‏.‏

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21994 Sunan Ibn Majah It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The most beloved fast to Allah is the fast of Dawud, for he used to fast one day and not the next. And the most beloved of prayer to Allah is the prayer of Dawud; he used to sleep half of the night, pray one-third of the night and sleep one-sixth of the night.” Compare Asnad
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