Question and Answers on Ramadhan

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Name
fatumah    - 
Profession
Question As-Salaamu Alaikum,

Will your fasting be accepted if it becomes morning before taking a shower after intimacy? If not, do you have to make up for it? Thank you.
Answer Wa Alaikum Salaam wa Rahmatullah,

Yes, fasting is acceptable if a person is in the state of janabah, he or she can begin the fast and then take a shower for the fajr prayer.
 
Name
Mohammed    - 
Profession
Question When is it mandatory for children to fast?
Answer Fasting, like all the other obligations in Islam, becomes mandatory at bulugh. That is when a person reaches the age of puberty. There is a hadith of the Prophet (SAAWS) in which he said, "Tell your children to pray when they are 7 years old and discipline them if they don't when they are ten years old."

The same can be said about fasting. That is, we should encourage our children to fast when they are seven years old and we should emphasize fasting to them when they are ten, but it becomes obligatory when they reach the age of puberty.
 
Name
Zakaria    - 
Profession
Question I heard two Fatwas about using Ventolin inhaler (used to relief Asthma attacks) during the fasting of Ramadan. One Fatwa permits the use of the inhaler and the other Fatwa says that the use of the inhaler breaks the fasting. I am not sure which one to follow... Will the use of the inhaler which mainly goes to the lungs affect my fasting? Jazakum Allah Kol Khair.
Answer The use of an inhaled during fasting is permissible because the inhaled only provides some moisture, it doesn't involve the taking in of any liquid or food through the mouth. Even when we take a breath, we take in some moisture into our throats and that doesn't break our fast. Therefore, in an similar way, the use of an inhaler is permissible.
 
Name
sarrah    - 
Profession
Question Does the physical test to a woman during Ramadan break her fast and does she needs to take qusl(shawer),or fast another day? second question: If I pray taraweeh 8 ruk'a with witr than later I deside at the same night to pray another 12 ruk'aa is that ok? Pray more taraweeh after wetr or not?
Answer Women should avoid vaginal tests during the fast. Taking ghusl is not required after taking these tests, but insertion of anything in the private parts during these tests is not recommended.

Secondly, the hadith of the Prophet (SAAWS) is to make witr the last prayer of your night. It is better to conclude your night prayers with witr. If you are sure that you will get up for tahhajud prayer, then you should delay your witr and pray witr after the tahhajud prayer.

However, if you are not sure, then you should pray witr after taraweeh and if you get up in the leter part of the night and you want to pray some more prayer, you are allowed to do so and youdo not have to repeat your witr.
 
Name
irfan    - 
Profession
Question Everybody started Ramadan in Glasgow on Monday but the new moon was sighted on Tuesday night. What should we do?
Answer according to our information, Sunday night was the first night of the month of Ramadan. The moon was sighted in many places in Europe as well as in the United States, so the first day of Ramadan is Monday.

If you were not able to sight the moon, it doesn't make any difference. Many other people in that region sighted it, so you fast should have started on Monday. If your not on that, then you must make up for the missed days of fasting for the month of Ramadan.
 
Name
ruwaidas    - 
Profession
Question At what age should children start fasting during Ramadan, according to Shari'a?
Answer Fasting, like all the other obligations in Islam, becomes mandatory at bulugh. That is when a person reaches the age of puberty. There is a hadith of the Prophet (SAAWS) in which he said, "Tell your children to pray when they are 7 years old and discipline them if they don't when they are ten years old."

The same can be said about fasting. That is, we should encourage our children to fast when they are seven years old and we should emphasize fasting to them when they are ten, but it becomes obligatory when they reach the age of puberty.
 
Name
Esraa    - 
Profession
Question As-Salaamu Alaikum,

Is it permissible to break my fast since I am breastfeeding. My milk has been reduced very much since the beginning of Ramadhan, and I followed all my doctor's orders in how to increase my milk, but nothing has worked. My only other option is to see if fasting has an effect. so is it permissible in this case? jazak Allah khair
Answer Wa Alaikum Salaam,

Yes, it is permissible for you to break your fast if you are breastfeeding and you are concerned that your milk will go dry.

If the pregnant and breast-feeding women fear for themselves, then most of the scholars say that they should not fast and they only have to make it up. In this case they are similar to the sick. But for the pregnant woman who fears for the fetus or the breast-feeding woman who fears for the child, it is unanimously agreed that they are not to fast. The scholars have differed on whether she has to make it up or if she has to just feed a poor person for each day of if she has to do both.

The majority of scholars say that she is to make it up, while Ibn Umar and Ibn Abbas say that she is to feed a poor person, and the others say that she is to do both. But it appears to me that it is permissible to feed a poor person instead of making it up, especially with regards to the woman who is constantly pregnant or breastfeeding and would not find a chance to make it up. One year she would be pregnant, the next year she would be breast-feeding, the next she would be pregnant and so on. She would constantly be either pregnant or breast-feeding to the extent that she would not be able to make anything up. And if we burdened her to make up all the days she did not fast because of pregnancy or breast-feeding, then that would mean that she would have to fast a number of continuous years after that. This has in it a great hardship and Allah does not wish for His worshipers to be in hardship.

 
Name
Mohamed    - 
Profession
Question How much bleeding does it take for you to have to break your fast?
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question. May you have a happy and blessed Ramadan!

Regarding your question, wed like to draw your attention to the fact that unintentional bleeding is not among the things that invalidate the fast. So, whoever bleeds by accident or unintentionally does not need to make up for that day of fasting. It goes without saying that menstrual or post-delivery blood breaks the fast of the woman.

Having stated the above, we can also say that if bleedinge.g., that is caused by an accidentwill endanger ones life if he does not break the fast and trustworthy reliable doctors assure this, then such a person have to break the fast because of his illness and the necessity of preserving his life.

You can read also:

Lessons & Moralities of Fasting

Fasting: Meaning & Rules

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
Raga    - 
Profession
Question As-Salamu `alaykum.

1) I have days left to fast from the past year's Ramadan, I think it's 3 or 4 days. What should I do; should I pay zakah or what?

2) What is better to do during Ramadan; to read the Quran (with tafsir) or to learn some of it by heart?

3) Can women do i`tikaf during the last 10 days of Ramadan?
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thanks for your questions and we implore Allah earnestly to accept our fasting and to generously reward us for it.

For your first question, you should first make sure about the number of the days you have missed. In case you are in doubt about the number (i.e. 3 or 4 days), then you should consider that they are 4. This is the basis on which things are judged. When in doubt, one resorts to the thing that is not doubtful.

In addition, it was far better to mention the reason why you did not observe fasting of those days. Was it because of illness? Was it because negligence? Was it because of menses, pregnancy, etc. (in case the questioner is a female)? According to the reason you will mention, we can give you the proper ruling.

As for the second question, we advise you to make use of the two options. You can memorize part of the Quran by heart and contemplate on the meanings of the Quran by deepening them into your heart and this can be achieved by reading in the books of tafsir or Quranic exegesis as well as memorizing a daily quota. Anyhow, you should not miss the opportunity in learning about the Quran in the month of the Quran.

As for the last question concerning women performing i`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan, we can say that there is nothing wrong if she observes i`tikaf in those days provided that there is no negligence to the rights of her husband or her children.

You can also read:

Why Ramadan is the Month of the Qur'an?

I`tikaf in the Last Third of Ramadan

Can Women Perform i`tikaf in the Mosque?

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
Amir Moosa    - Pakistan
Profession IT Engineer
Question Dear Scholars,

I would like to clarify a doubt I face during Ramadan. Can I keep the intention for fast when I am in an impure state like after having intercourse with my wife? I live as a member of a joint family and we feel embarrassed to take bath at odd time as this will catch the eye of our other members.

So, is it permissible that I take bath next day morning with fast as I had kept intention for fast?
Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question and may Allah accept your fasting.

It should be clear that there is nothing wrong in having intercourse between husband and wife after breaking the fasting at Sunset. After intercourse, they are best advised to make ghusl to be pure for Prayer. It would be preferable if they hasten to make ghusl at night. If they cannot do that at night, still they must keep the intention for fasting and they have to make ghusl on the early morning to offer the morning Prayer.

Having said this, you have to keep the intention for fasting and your fasting is valid and you have to make ghusl as soon as possible in order to offer the morning Prayer on time.

You can also read:

Fasting: Meaning & Rules

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
Abdullah    - Nigeria
Profession studet
Question As-Salamu `alaykum.

What is the stand of my fasting if I release madhi during the day time?
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thanks for your question, and we beseech Allah to accept our fasting and to perfect our reward.

According to the view which is deemed to be the most correct among Muslim scholars and jurists, madhi does not break the fast. This is because one can hardly restrain it.

You can also read:

Male Secretions: Nature and Rules

Does Madhi Break the Fast?

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
miss syeda    - India
Profession student
Question As-Salamu `alaykum,

My question to you is that I was going for taraweeh for two days and later my uncle told me that with men I cannot stand and recite taraweeh. What do I do? Should I continue to go for taraweehs or pray at home? Another question to you is that after I have broken my fast and recited all prayers can I watch television for one hour? I prefer watching only serials and no songs or films.. Please guide me.
Answer Wa`alaykum As-Salaamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Thank you for your question.

Tarawih prayer is a Sunnah. There is no evidence to make it obligatory either on men or women. Therefore, women can perform Tarawih at home or at the mosque to display the unity among Muslims and to strengthen their relationships.

Most mosques have a separate place for women or if they pray in the same floor with men, there is a curtain separating them from men. So if you find it better to perform Tarawih at the mosque, continue going to the mosque and perform the Prayer in womens place. If for some reason you cannot go to the mosque, you can pray Tarawih at home.

As for the second part of your question, TV presents good and evil and what is lawful and unlawful. In this case, you can judge the situation by yourself. You can watch TV when it presents good and interesting programs and leave it when it presents bad things. You can watch it to have updated news and follow other cultural, religious educational, and other lawful programs.

You can read:

Number of Rak`ahs in Tarawih

Holding Quran behind the Imam in Tarawih Prayer

Women Working as TV Announcers

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
Maha    - 
Profession
Question What happens if a girl masturbated in Ramadan and a liquid was dropping?
Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

As far as masturbation is concerned, we are required to avoid it at all times and not only in Ramadan. We would like to refer you to the following two fatwas on masturbation for greater details:

Islamic Ruling on Masturbation

How to Give up Masturbation?

With regard to what happens if a girl masturbated in the daytime of fasting during Ramadan, it should be clear that masturbation during the daytime of Ramadan breaks the fast and the fasting person must avoid it. A girl doing this sinful deed in this blessed month would be violating the sanctity of this month.

According the followers of the Hanafi School of Fiqh, masturbation does not break the fast if no ejaculation occurs; however if a girl masturbates while fasting and then ejaculates sexual vaginal secretions, her fasting is broken and she has to make up for that day later on.

For further detailed information, you are recommended to read:

Masturbation: Does It Break the Fast?

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
ZAM    - Saudi Arabia
Profession Sales
Question
Dear brothers in Islam, As-Salamu `Alaykum. Along with some cash my wife has some gold, i.e. 400 grams. How much zakah I have to pay for the gold as per current rate in Saudi Riyal? Jazakallah Khair.
Answer

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dearest brother, thanks a lot for your question.

In fact, we do prefer that you submit your question to Ask the Scholar page or to the Financial Live fatwa session with Dr. Monzer Kahf, who is an expert in the field of Islamic economy, and we always forward financial questions like yours to him.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
D    - 
Profession
Question As-Salamu `Alaykum! Happy month of Ramadan! My question is as follows:

In case you cut yourself real bad and blood comes out does that brake my fasting? If yes, I cut myself while helping my wife cook just 10 minutes before braking the fast, should I fast this day again in the end of Ramadan, or not? Thanks! As-Salamu `Alaykum.
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thanks for your question. Happy Ramadan to you and to all Muslims. May Allah grant us forgiveness in this blessed month.

Ones fasting remains valid in case there is unintentional bleeding. For sure, menstrual or post-delivery blood breaks the fast of the woman. The unintentional bleeding referred to in the question which resulted from an accident is not among the things that invalidate the fast.

Thus, bleeding by accident or unintentionally does not require one to make up for the day later on.

You can also read:

Fasting: Meaning & Rules

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
Hesham    - United States
Profession Physical therapist
Question As-Salamu alykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Q. I have tried so hard for almost 2months to get an Islamic home loan From Company called Guidance any way... The end result they requested either to pay high dawn payment OR get a co-sponsor on the contract. Both of the solutions are not possible.

Is it okay to get a regular bank loan, then refinance with them later because I will have the power of bargaining I mean I will have already loan which they love to have it than getting someone new Loan .?
Also I would like to mention that I did not mind their high rate by almost 1% that the market.
Please advice
Hesham Khalil
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dearest brother, thanks a lot for your question.

In fact, we do prefer that you submit your question to Ask the Scholar page or to the Financial Live fatwa sessions with Dr. Monzer Kahf, who is an expert in the field of Islamic economy, and we always forward financial questions like yours to him.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
REMI    - 
Profession
Question What is the recommended number of rak`at for salat tarawih?

Secondly, people said is sunnah to break fast with date, what if you are in a country of state without date or you don't have money to buy it, what other fruits can we use instead of date?

Masalam
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Thank you for your question.

Tarawih prayer is a Sunnah as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) addressed the people saying: "O people a blessed and holy month comes to you spreading its shade on you, a month in which Allah made fasting obligatory and staying up at night in worship (i.e. performing Tarawih) as an optional act. In this month there is a single night which is better than one thousand months"

There is no fixed number for Tarawih Prayer. Early Muslims prayed 8 rak`ahs or 20, or 30, or 40 rak`ahs. Based on this, the number of Tarawih Prayer is left to decision of the imam and the worshippers. If they can perform 8 rak`ahs while reading the same portion of the Qur'an that one would read while praying 20 rak`ahs, they may do so. But, if the imam feels that the congregation cannot endure long recitation with fewer number of rak`ahs, he can increase the number of rak`ahs and reduce the portion of recitation in each rak`ah."

It is Sunnah to break the fast on dates or water. The Prophet used to break his fast by eating some dates before offering Maghrib prayer, and if fresh dates were not available, he used to substitute them with some dried dates. When they too were not available, he used to have a few sips of water.

When we say Sunnah, we mean that it is something highly recommended. It does not mean that we must do it even if we are unable to do it. Therefore, if you do not find dates or you can not buy it, you can break your fast by drinking some water and by this you will be applying the Sunnah of the Prophet.

You can read:

Holding Quran behind the Imam in Tarawih Prayer

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
hamdi    - Algeria
Profession student
Question


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Name
nura    - 
Profession
Question If I cannot fast for 6 days in Ramadan and then fast the 6 optional days in the month after Ramadan (I know its a Sunnah); does it make up for my lost days of Ramadan? Or should I make up for them later?

And if yes, will I have the reward of having followed the Sunnah, as I've fasted six days after Ramadan, or it is not considered a Sunnah since I make up for the missed days of Ramadan?

(The same question, for example, for the day of `Arafah and the 10th of `Ashura)
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thanks for your interesting question, and we implore Allah to enable you to fast the blessed month of Ramadan and to grant you health to make up for the other obligatory days you have missed.

It is permissible for the one who missed certain days of the month of Ramadan to make up for them right after the blessed month during the month of Shawwal. One can easily fast the Six Days of the Month of Shawwal while having the intention to fast the obligatory fasts he missed from Ramadan. In sha Allah, one will be rewarded for fasting the Six Days of the Month of Shawwal as acts are judged by the intentions behind them.

Having stated the above, we can say that by way of analogical deduction or qiyas, one can observe fasting the missed obligatory days on the day of `Arafah and the 10th of `Ashura.

According to Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, although some Muslim scholars state that one cant get the full reward for making a double intention (i.e. making the obligatory fasting and observing the voluntary fasting in one time), no one can say that ones fasting is invalid.

You can also read:

Fasting Six Days of the Month of Shawwal

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
ABUDUL    - 
Profession
Question As-Salamu `alaykum,

Can we listen to Quran instead of reading during the month of Ramadan? Are they the same in reward?
Answer

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question and may Allah accept your fasting.

Ramadan is the month of the Quran as well as the month of all good deeds. A Muslim is recommended to read the Qur'an, listens to it and do good deeds in this blessed month as much as he can. In this context, we recall the Prophetic hadith addressed by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to his Companions on the last day of Sha`ban: "O people! A great month has come; a blessed month in which is a night better than a thousand months; a month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month), shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time; and whoever performs an obligatory deed in (this month), shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Paradise. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer's sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Hell-Fire, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all." (Reported by ibn Khuzaymah)

Having said this, in this blessed month of the Quran, a Muslim should not deprive himself from the great reward or reciting the Quran, listening attentively to it, reflecting on its verses and acting according to its teachings.

The criterion for the reward of reciting or listing to the Quran depends on several factors. The reward for either reciting or listening to the Quran depends on the way of reciting or listening and ones meditation on the verses he reads or listens to. Also, it depends on ones acting according to what he recites or listens to. Anyway, one should not deprive himself from the great reward of memorizing, reciting and listening to the Glorious Quran during this blessed month of fasting.

You can also read:

Why Ramadan is the Month of the Qur'an?

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
muslimah    - 
Profession
Question Salam,

I have a sister who puts her daughter in an Islamic School. Right now - this year she ran out of funds and cannot find the means to put her daughter in an islamic school. Can I use my zakah money to put her daughter in shcool? I am worried she may be influenced against Islam in a public school.
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dearest brother, thanks a lot for your question.

In fact, we do prefer that you submit your question to Ask the Scholar page or to the Financial Live fatwa sessions with Dr. Monzer Kahf, who is an expert in the field of Islamic economy, and we always forward financial questions like yours to him.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
Khan    - 
Profession
Question As-salamu `alaykum,

Is it acceptable to use deodorant or perfumes/cologne while fasting during the day in Ramdan? Does it invalidate the sawm?

Jazakallah Khair.
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question.

As for wearing perfumes during the fast-day of Ramadan, there is nothing wrong in this and it does not break the fast.

You can read also:

Fasting: Meaning & Rules

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
Sawmeer khan    - Sri Lanka
Profession computer operator
Question As-Salamu `Alaykum.

Dear Scholar,

What is the fatwa on "Tarawih night prayer". Is it 11 rak`ahs or 23 rak`ahs; which is correct? Can we say "Ameen" after prayer to imam's Du`aa?

Thanks
Answer Wa`alaykum As-Salaamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Thank you for your question.

As for the first part of your question, we answered a similar question in this session. Just read the answer of REMIs question.

As for the second part, after each Du`aa, it is an act of Sunnah to end the supplication with saying Ameen meaning O Allah! Accept my supplication!. Therefore, there is nothing wrong in saying Ameen after the du`aa of the Imam.

You can also read:

Du`a': Its Etiquette & Optimum Time

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
Anwaar    - United States
Profession
Question As-Salamu `aaykum and Ramadan Kareem!

My question is in regards to the end of Isha prayers and beginning of Taraweeh. To my understanding Isha prayer is valid until half of (calculated by the time between Mahgrib and Fajr). Does one have to wait until the time for Isha has passed to begin Taraweeh or is it permissible to begin after praying one's Isha prayer?
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thanks for your question, and may Allah accept your good deeds and guide you to the best.

Although it is a Sunnah to delay the `Isha Prayer, one should not delay the performance of the `Isha after the midnight as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, The best of deeds is to perform the prayers at their appointed times.

Thus, it is better to pray the `Isha in congregation with your fellow Muslims in the community. After that it is better to pray the Tarawih prayer in congregation too. It is not necessary that you wait until the time for `Isha has passed to begin performing the Tarawih. In addition, witr should be your last prayer before sleeping. The Prophetic hadith states, Make the witr be your last prayer at night.

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
ameena    - Egypt
Profession
Question
Every Ramadan it's the same: M husband eats iftar in the mosque, and stays there till late, after taraweeh. Then he comes home and goes to sleep. We never have intercourse in Ramadan, and it's not a pleasure for me. How can I convince him that it's very nice that he prays in the mosque till late, but that his wife has also rights upon him? I think the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, told the same to a man who fasted all day and prayed the whole night!
Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear sister in Islam, thanks a lot for your question and we ask Allah Almighty bless you and accept your fasting.

Surely, the month of Ramadan is the best season for offering good deeds and gaining reward. However, one should make equilibrium between offering acts of worship in the Mosque and between his duties towards his family.

Along with observing acts of worship and Da`wah activities in the Mosque, one should not ignore his family or his duties towards his wife. Spouses during this month should cooperate on doing good deeds such as spending some time in reciting the Quran together or praying Tahajjud Prayer in congregation. Also, the husband should not ignore the emotional or sexual duties towards his wife during this month. However, you have to keep patience if he is affected by fasting.

If he is not affected by fasting, you can make use of the following tips:

1. Try your best to beautify yourself for him when he comes back from the Mosque.

2. Take care of his system of diet after breaking the fast.

3. You can approach him kindly when you feel that he is not tired.

4. Do not forget to make du`a to Allah to accept your fasting and to guide your husband to the right course of Islam.

5. If you still feel embarrassed because of behavior during Ramadan, you can consult the Imam of a nearby Islamic Center or our

Cyber Counselor for more professional counseling.

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
B    - United States
Profession student
Question I have a 12-hour school day at the university. If I do not perform well on quizzes, tests, and participation, am I excused from fasting? By the end of the day I lose my concentration and I can no longer focus my eyes to read the material in class most likely due to low sugar levels. Jazakullah.
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


May Allah grant you health and guide you to the best way through which you can concentrate in your studies and tests.

As a Muslim living in the USA, you ought to respect the tenets of your faith and strive hard to apply the teachings of Islam in theory as well as in practice.

In your case, it is not permissible to break the fast for the reason you mentioned. Quitting fasting because of having tests, quizes or even studying full-time is not included in the reasons for which one is allowed to not fast in Ramadan.

It is worthy mentioning here that hundreds of millions of Muslim students face a similar situation to the one you are facing and observe fasting in Ramadan diligently.

However, if for medical reasons, you cannot observe fasting or fasting will heavily endanger your healthand this is assured by trustworthy Muslim doctorsthen you may break the fast because of illness. It goes without saying that you should consul a trustworthy Muslim doctor for this.

May Allah guide you to the best in your studies and may He make fasting a tool to sharpen your memory and raise your level of understanding and performance.

You can also read:

Can Studying be a Valid Excuse for Breaking the Fast?

Exams and Fasting in Ramadan

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
susan    - 
Profession
Question
After maghrib, I saw that my menses had begun. Now, I don't know if the blood begun before of after maghrib, and if I have to make up for the missed day, although I have fasted till maghrib?
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Thank you for your question.

As long as you are not sure that bleeding started before Maghrib and also you dont think it most probably started before Maghrib, then you do not have to make up for that day as the general juristic ruling is that certainty cannot be removed by doubt. Your fasting of that day is valid and will be accepted inshaa Allah.

You can read:

Menstruating Women: Should They Make Up for the Missed Fast-days?

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
mohd    - India
Profession
Question
My friend invited me for Iftar. He is working for a tobacco company as a sales man. He knows that the job he is doing is not a good job. I am afraid if I accept his invitation I would be eating HARAM FOOD. please give me some advice.
Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question and may Allah accept your fasting.

If your friend has other sources of halal income or that he has other sources of money other than that from his job, there is nothing wrong in accepting his invitation as his money will mixed between Haram and Halal. You can accept his invitation with the intention that you eat from his Halal money.

Moreover, you have to advise your friend to search for Halal source of money and avoid doubtful and unlawful jobs.

You can also read:

Working in Tobacco Companies

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
Amr    - 
Profession
Question In these blessed nights Muslims perform tahjjud. What is tahjjud? And what is its time?
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thank you and may Allah accept our fasting. Tahjjud means performing prayers at night. Allah recommended the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to perform more prayers thus Allah will protect him and give him higher position in this world and in the Hereafter.

In this regard, a Muslim is strongly recommended to perform more prayers at night especially during the month of Ramadan. Thus, do your best and do spend some of your times in reading the Quran.

You can also read:

Tahjjud: Virtues and Way of Performance

Difference Between Tahjjud and Qiyam Prayers


Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
Muslimah    - 
Profession
Question Dear Dr. Sano. There is a question that may trouble women in these days; if a woman was in her menses in these days, she would be deprived of fasting and offering night prayers. Are there any alternative acts of worship for such a woman to perform in these days? How can a woman in such a situation spend her time in these days and how she could gain the great favors and rewards of these days?
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thank you and may Allah reward for this wonderful and great feeling. However, a woman shouldnt feel deprived because of her natural health condition. Thus, Islam would like woman to relax during her period and she will be rewarded for all her good deeds before the arrival of menstruation. In other words, she doesn't actually miss any thing.

Therefore, woman should take it very easy as a normal phenomenon in her life.

As for what a woman should do while staying in the period during the month of Ramadan, there are so many other worship acts she can do such as reading the Quran, especially the translation. I am aware of the opinion saying a menstruating woman cannot touch the Quran. To the best of my knowledge this opinion is not accurate or authentic thus its sources are weak and they are all ijtihadic in their nature. The Quran didn't prevent woman from touching the Quran and the verses which some scholars used to conclude that prevention those verses don't refer to menstruating woman but to the Satans who are not pure but all Muslim men as women are considered pure and clean by the faith of Islam. However, no scholar opposes that she can touch the translation of the Quran and read it as much as she can.

In addition to this, she can undertake so many good deeds such as helping needy and visiting parents, attending lectures and performing any good and recommended deeds by Islam.

Certainly, prayer is not the only devotion a Muslim would have to do but there are so many other devotions. Doing any of them in the month of Ramadan you will get double reward of Allah. All in all, do any recommended devotion except prayer and tawaf. May Allah accept your `ibadah and grant you His Mercy and Blessings.

You can also read:

How Can a Menstruating Woman Observe Laylatul-Qadr?

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
Barwazi    - 
Profession
Question Some people believe that not every one can get the great rewards of this night. They believe that only a few blessed people would be favored to know Laylat Al-Qadr, see its light, and take its advantage. Is there any basis for this belief? In other words, is Laylat al-Qadr for all Muslims or only for special persons among them?
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.



Thank you and May Allah grant all of us the opportunity to witness Laylat al-Qadr which is meant for all Muslims regardless their genders or health status. In other words it is for all living Muslims in the world. Whoever is blessed to witness it while staying in the state of sickness or menstruation or child-birth he or she will get the great reward. Therefore, you have to do your best and work hard.

As for when it is and if there is any signs or light, I shall tell you that no body knows when it will be exactly as the holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said and recommended Muslims to look for it in the last nights of Ramadan especially during the nights of the following days in Ramadan: 21, 23, 25, 25, 27, 29. The Prophet used to increase and wake up his spouses during the last ten days of Ramadan and he did tell them to increase their Istighfar, dhikr, tawba, prayers and all good deeds.

Let us pray that Allah helps us to witness this great and unique night. Let us not forget to pray for our fellow Muslims in Iraq, Palestine, Thailand etc.. who are living in this month under the oppression, humiliation and occupation of their lands. Do include them in your du`aa and prayers, may Allah help them and punish the oppressors and unjust people. Let us also prayer for our fellow Muslims who are sick or facing problems and difficult times with their beloved ones. May Allah accept all of them in Laylat al-Qadr.

Allah Almighty knows best.

 
Name
Tayseer    - 
Profession
Question
Which Mosque has more rights over you (i.e. to offer your Salah), your local one or the main town centre one? The local one is just behind my house but the main one is a lot bigger.
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.




Thank you, you are recommended to pray in any mosque you wish and there is no a specific mosque that you must pray in. However, you are rewarded based on the efforts you do spend to go the mosque and the number of the fellow Muslims you meet . Meaning you will get more reward if you go to the farer mosque, because of the time and effort you will be spending in going and coming. This is just a recommendation not an obligation at all and one should not evaluate the belief of the people based on this matter.

You can also read:

Excellence of Proceeding to the Mosque to Perform Prayers

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
Nicol    - 
Profession
Question Unfortunately, some Muslims change for the worse after Ramadan. Once Ramadan is over, they avert from worship, devotion and god manners and deeds they used to offer in Ramadan. They indulge once again in sins and acts of disobedience, and neglect the obligatory prayers and the acts of worship. What are the reasons for this phenomenon and what are the effects of such indulgence on the person and on his worship in Ramadan?
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thank you and you are very right in whatever you said. It is disheartening and very sad to see this happening in the lives of many of us.

Certainly, there is a need not to bear in mind that Allah who we worship in Ramadan is the same God Who we have to worship after Ramadan. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) always prays Allah to protect him from deviating His right path and strengthen his heart and soul so he will always remember Allah and refrain from disobediences. Do pray for yourself and all beloved brothers and sisters whom will forget the good deeds and behavior that they have during the month of Ramadan.

And all of us should keep praying Allah to give us more taqwa and protect us against the Shaitan.

You can also read:

The Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the Whole Year

Allah Almighty knows best.
 
Name
saba    - India
Profession housewife
Question As-salamu `alaykum. If I have intercourse at night, can I fast the next day without taking my obligatory bath early in the morning at suhur? If yes, then by what time in the morning I should be pure?
Answer Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


Thank you. There is no harm in having sexual intercourse during the night of Ramadan. Thus the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to do that and it doesnt affect his fasting. However, you are strongly recommended to perform Ghusl as soon as you wake up. Thus, you have to perform Fajr on time.

You can also read:

Sexual Intercourse During Ramadan

Allah Almighty knows best.







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