Showing posts with label Ramadan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ramadan. Show all posts

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Can you hug and kiss your wife while fasting ?

It has been reported through various ahadith that Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] did hug and kiss his wife while fasting.

‘Aisha رضی اللہ عنھا reported: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ used to kiss (his wives) while fasting and embraced (them) while fasting; but he had the greatest mastery over his desire among you. - [Muslim Book 6, #2439]

It is important to note that he had much control over his sexual desires. A man who fears that hugging or kissing his wife would cause him to lose control and cross the boundaries set by Allah (swt) for fasting, should not hug or kiss his wife at all. Although if a person has no fear of being aroused in a sexual way when he hugs or kisses his wife then it is permissible for him to do such.

Narated By ‘Aisha رضی اللہ عنھا: The Prophet [PBUH] used to kiss and embrace (his wives) while he was fasting, and he had more power to control his desires than any of you. Said Jabir, “The person who gets discharge after casting a look (on his wife) should complete his fast.” – [Bukhari Vol.3, Book 31, #149]

However, you cannot kiss your wife where the saliva exchanges. That will invalidate the fast.

Some quote the following hadith as evidence to say exchange of saliva does not invalidate the fast:

عن عائشة رضی اللہ عنھا ان النبی ﷺ کان یقبلھا و ھو صائم و یمص لسانھا
Narrated 'Ayesha رضی اللہ عنھا, The Prophet [PBUH] used to kiss her when he was fasting and he would suck her tongue - [Abu Dawood Book 13, #2380]

There is strict kalam on this hadith. The narrator Muhammad bin Deenar has been severely criticized and has been classified by some, including Ibn Ma'een and Dar Qutni as 'matrookul hadith' and 'da'eef'. Imam Nasai has stated that the last statement is only found in the hadith of Muhammad bin Deenar. Another narrator in the hadith, Sa'ad bin Aws al-'Abdi is also criticized and has transmitted other wrong narrations as well. Ibn Ma'een has classified him as 'da'eef'. (al-Fadhlul Ma'bud Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood vol.3, Kitab as-Saum pg. 553)

To base any ruling on a hadith with such a weak health is incorrect. Even if for argument's sake one says that this hadith is sound, even so, to conclude that it is permissible to swallow the saliva of the wife which is transmitted by kissing is incorrect. This is due to the fact that the hadith remains silent on whether this saliva was spat from the mouth or swallowed. Thus, even by accepting this hadith to be sound, the ruling of swallowing saliva cannot be established.

A third answer is given, as stated in al-Durr al-Mandud Sahrh Sunan Abi Dawood, vol.4 pg 216, the "و" after 'wa huwa saa'imun' is not "'aatifah" but is "Ist'nafiyah" in which case it will be a completely new statement and will not be linked to "and he was fasting".

Swallowing someone else's saliva invalidates the fast and thus such a kiss would not be permissible.

I’tikaaf means staying in the mosque for a specific purpose

I’tikaaf means staying in the mosque for a specific purpose, which is to worship Allaah (may He be glorified). It is prescribed in Islam and is mustahabb according to the consensus of the scholars. Imaam Ahmad said, as was narrated from him by Abu Dawood: “I have not heard from any of the scholars that it is anything other than Sunnah.”

Al-Zuhri (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “How strange the Muslims are! They have given up I’tikaaf, despite the fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never abandoned this practice from the time he came to Madeenah until his death.”

Read further about I’tikaaf;

Friday, August 19, 2011

How should we observe Laylat al-Qadr and when is it?

We are now in to last ten days of blessed month. And these last ten days and nights are the most virtuos and blessed. In it comes the Laylatul Qadr.

The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: “Seek Laylat al-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2017; Muslim, 1169.]


The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadaan as he never did at any other time, praying, reading Qur’aan and making du’aa’. Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadaan came, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would stay up at night and would wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations. Ahmad and Muslim narrated that he used to used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadaan as he never did at any other time.


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined staying up and praying on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” Agreed upon. This hadeeth indicates that it is prescribed to observe Laylat al-Qadr by spending the night in prayer.


One of the best du’aa’s that may be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her). Al-Tirmidhi narrated, and classed the report as saheeh, that ‘Aa’ishah said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, ‘Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).”


With regard to specifying which night of Ramadaan is Laylat al-Qadr, this needs specific evidence, but the odd-numbered nights during the last ten nights are more likely than others, and the night of the twenty-seventh is the most likely to be Laylat al-Qadr, because that is mentioned in the ahaadeeth.


With regard to innovations, they are not permissible during Ramadaan or at other times. It was proven that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.” According to another report, “Whoever does any action that is not part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.”

We know of no basis for the celebrations that are held during some nights of Ramadaan. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the worst of matters are those which are innovated (bid’ah).

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas , 10/413


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Does shaving the beard during the day in Ramadan invalidate the fast?

Praise be to Allaah.


It is haraam for men to shave their beards during Ramadaan and at other times, because of the saheeh ahaadeeth which clearly enjoin allowing the beard to grow.

For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Be different from the mushrikeen: let your beards grow and trim your moustaches.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5892; Muslim, 259.

And he said: “Trim the moustache and let the beard grow; be different from the Magians.” Narrated by Muslim, 260.

The great scholar Ibn Muflih (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Ibn Hazm stated that there was scholarly consensus saying that trimming the moustache and letting the beard grow are obligatory.

Al-Furoo’, 1/130

Shaving the beard is not one of the things that break the fast, but it does detract from the reward of the fasting person. The same applies to other sins such as lying, backbiting, and so on.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: Does engaging in haraam kinds of speech during the day in Ramadan invalidate a person’s fast?

He replied:

If we read the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”

[al-Baqarah 2:183]

we will understand that that the reason behind the enjoining of fasting is so as to instill piety. Piety means giving up haraam things, and in general means doing what is enjoined and abstaining from what is forbidden.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting in accordance with it, or ignorance, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6057.

Based on this, it is most important that the fasting person avoids haraam words and deeds. So he should not backbite about people, tell lies or spread malicious gossip amongst them; he should not engage in haraam transactions; and he should avoid all haraam things. If a person avoids such things for a whole month, then he will remain righteous for the rest of the year. But unfortunately many of those who fast do not differentiate between a day when they are fasting and a day when they are not fasting. So they continue to speak and act as they usually do, engaging in haraam actions such as lying, cheating and so on. You cannot sense the dignity of fasting in them at all. These actions do not invalidate the fast but they do detract from its reward, and when they are done continually they may cancel the reward of fasting altogether.

From Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, vol. 19, question no. 233.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

None of you should fast a day or two before the month of Ramadan

None of you should fast a day or two before the month of Ramadan unless he has the habit of fasting (Nawafil) (and if his fasting coincides with that day) then he can fast that day.

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 31, Number 138]

Saturday, August 13, 2011

If One Of You Is Fasting, He Should Avoid Quarreling

If one of you is fasting, he should avoid quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, 'I am fasting'.

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 31, Number 128]

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions

Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)

[Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 31, Number 127]

Breath Of The Observer Of Fast Is Sweeter To Allah Than The Fragrance Of Musk

Allah, the Majestic and the Exalted, said:

Every act of the son of Adam (Alaihi Salaam) is for him except fasting. It is done for my sake, and I will give a reward for it. By Allah in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam), the breath of the observer of fast is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk.

[Sahih Muslim: Book 006, Number 2564]

When the month of Ramadan starts

When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.

[Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 31, Number 123]

Monday, August 8, 2011

He Who Gives Food For A Fasting Person, Will Receive The Same Reward

The Prophet Muhammad [PBUH]said:

He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, except that nothing will be reduced from the fasting persons reward."

[Ahmad, at-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibbaan, Saheeh].

Every Servant Of Allah Who Observes Fast For A Day In The Way Of Allah

Abu Sa’id al Khudri RA reported: Allah’s Messenger SAW as saying:

Every servant of Allah who observes fast for a day in the way of Allah, Allah would remove, because of this day, his face farther from the Fire (of Hell) to the extent of seventy years’ distance.

(Sahih Muslim, Book #6, Hadith #2570)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.

[Fasting for] a limited number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] - then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] - a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess - it is better for him. But to fast is best for you, if you only knew.

(Quran: Surat Al-Baqarah 183, 184)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Jis Ne Bagher Kisi Majboori Ke Ramzaan Ka Ek Bhi Roza Chorda

Rasoolullah (Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) Ne Farmaya,

"Jis Ne Bagher Kisi Majboori Ke Ramzaan Ka Ek Bhi Roza Chord Diya, Us Ke Badle Zamaney Bhar Ke Rozey Bhi (Rakh Le To) Kaafi Nahi Honge…"

(Ibn E Maja, Kitab Us Saum, Hadees:1672)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down

"Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)."

(Al-Qur’an 2:183)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jo Koi Ramadan Ka Maheena Pa Le To Wo Is Ke Rozey Zaroor Rakhey

Ramadan ka maheena wo hai jis main Quran utara gya , jo logo'n ke liye hadayat hai, or jis main rahnumayi kernaye wali or (Haq or Batal) main imtiaz kernye wali wazeha nishaniya'n hain, pas tum mai se jo koi is maheenye ko paa le, to woh is ke roozaye zarror rakhye.

(Ref: Surah Al-Baqarah, Verse 185)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ramadan Diet: Recommendations for Ramadhan Diet

Recommendations for Ramadhan diet:


Fried and fatty foods.
Foods containing too much sugar.
Over-eating especially at suhoor.

Too much tea at suhoor: Tea makes you pass more urine taking with it
valuable mineral salts that your body would need during the day.

Smoking cigarettes: If you cannot give up smoking, cut down gradually
starting a few weeks before Ramadhan.
Smoking is unhealthy and one should stop completely.


Complex carbohydrates at suhoor so that the food lasts longer making you less hungry.
Dates are excellent source of sugar, fibre, carbohydrates, potassium and magnesium.
Almonds are rich in protein and fibre with less fat.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium and carbohydrates.


As much water or fruit juices as possible between iftar and bedtime so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time.

Below a list of common health issues faced in Ramadhan, their causes, and their remedies:


Constipation can cause piles (haemorrhoids), fissures (painful cracks
in anal canal) and indigestion with a bloated feeling.

Causes: Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fibre in the diet.

Remedy: Avoid excessive refined foods, increase water intake, use bran in baking and brown flour when making flatbread.


Causes: Over-eating. Too many fried and fatty foods, spicy foods, and foods that produce wind e.g. eggs, cabbage, lentils. Carbonated drinks like Cola also produce gas.

Remedy: Do not over-eat, drink fruit juices or better still, drink water. Avoid fried foods, add ajmor to wind-producing foods.

LETHARGY ('low blood pressure')

Excessive sweating, weakness, tiredness, lack of energy, dizziness,especially on getting up from sitting position, pale appearance and feeling faint are symptoms associated with "low blood pressure". This tends to occur towards the afternoon.

Causes: Too little fluid intake, decreased salt intake.

Remedy: Keep cool, increase fluid and salt intake.

Caution: Low blood pressure should be confirmed by taking a blood pressure reading when symptoms are present. People with high blood pressure may need their medication adjusted during Ramadhan.

They should consult their doctor.


Causes: Caffeine and tobacco-withdrawal, doing too much in one day, lack of sleep, and hunger. Usually occur as the day goes by and worsens at the end of the day.
When associated with "low blood pressure", the headache can be quite severe and can also cause nausea before Iftar.

Remedy: Cut down caffeine and tobacco slowly starting a week or two before Ramadhan. Herbal and caffeine-free teas may be substituted. Reorganise your schedule during the Ramadan to have adequate sleep.


Weakness, dizziness, tiredness, poor concentration, perspiring easily, feeling shaky (tremor), unable to perform physical activities, headache, palpitations are symptoms of low blood sugar.

Causes (in non-diabetics): Having too much sugar i.e. refined carbohydrates especially at suhoor.
The body produces too much insulin causing the blood glucose to drop.

Remedy: Eat something at suhoor and limit sugar-containing foods and drinks.

Caution: Diabetics may need to adjust their medication in Ramadhan.

Consult your doctor.


Causes: Inadequate intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium foods.

Remedy: Eat foods rich in the above minerals e.g. vegetables, fruit, dairy products, meat and dates.

Caution: Those on high blood pressure medication and with kidney stone problems should consult their doctor.


Increased acid levels in the empty stomach in Ramadhan aggravate the above conditions. It presents a burning feeling in the stomach area under the ribs and can extend up to the throat.
Spicy foods, coffee, and Cola drinks worsen these conditions.

Medications are available to control acid levels in the stomach.

People with proven peptic ulcers and hiatus hernia should consult their doctor well before Ramadhan.


Kidney stones may occur in people who have less liquids to drink. Therefore, it is essential to drink extra liquids to prevent stone formation.


Causes: During Ramadhan, when extra Salah are performed, the pressure on the knee joints increases. In the elderly and those with arthritis, this may result in pain, stiffness, swelling and discomfort.

Remedy: Lose weight so that the knees do not have to carry any extra load. Exercise the lower limbs before Ramadhan so that they can be prepared for the additional strain. Being physically fit allows greater fulfillment, thus enabling one to be able to perform Salah with ease.
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