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When you want to do something for the sake of Allah, it should truly be for the sake of Allah. You have to struggle and strive to please Allah primarily. Everything else needs to be a secondary intention. Your prime focus should be pleasure of Allah by performance of a good deed. Your focus cannot be weight-loss primarily. When you are fasting for the sake of Allah, what you do during the fast matters. You are not just starving yourself from food. You have to change your attitude. Shaykh Abu Eesa answers and explains..
We all agree that Taraweeh – the additional prayers after Isha during the month of Ramadan – is optional. Can we then, as a community, justify creating trouble for each other if some pray more Taraweeh, or less?
A lot of mosques allow students of the Qur'an as young as 10 years old lead Taraweeh prayer in Ramadan. But is this actually allowed? What are the conditions for one to lead salah?
We all want to make the most of the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan. After all, it is during these nights when Laylatul Qadr takes place. Are there any specific acts of worship we should be doing during the last 10 days of Ramadan?
If I get bad headaches and sickness due to fasting in Ramadan and cannot fast the whole month. What then? Do I make up the fasts later on or am I exempt from fasting?
We all know that during the last 10 days of Ramadan, masjids fill up and people are more active, all in the hopes they might witness Laylatul Qadr. But what is Laylatul Qadr? What does it mean and why is it so significant?
Everyone has a different idea as to what night Laylatul Qadr is on. Some say it's the 27th, others say differently... But how do we know when it is exactly? Will it forever remain a mystery?
I haven't finished my meal or glass of water but the adhan for fajr has been called. Is my fast broken if I continue to eat or drink while the adhan is going on?
Due to sickness or other reasons, we might have missed some days of fasting in Ramadan. When is the best time to make up those fasts, and when do we have to pay fidyah or kaffrah, the amounts paid in place of making up fasts?
Linguistically speaking, fasting means abstention from something. In an Islamic context, it means intentional abstention from eating and drinking, as well as all that invalidates fasting, from the break of dawn until sunset with the intention of worshipping Allah.
The spiritual concept of fasting1-Fasting is a means of expressing one’s gratitude for Allah’s blessings. It stops a person from eating, drinking and sex, which are some of Allah’s great blessings. To refrain from them for a considerable time is to show one’s appreciation of these blessings. 2-Fasting is a means to maintain a God-fearing attitude. 3-Fasting overcomes desire. When man eats a full meal, he thinks of satisfying other desires. 4-Fasting encourages people to be compassionate and kind to those who are in need. 5-Fasting puts the rich and the poor on the same level, as they will all bear the same pain of hunger. This increases one’s reward. 6-Fasting helps to overcome the temptation presented by Satan, who exploits human desires to lead people away from Allah’s path, and such desires are always stronger when one eats and drinks. 7-Fasting helps man to disregard the fleeting pleasures of this life and to look for the lasting happiness in the life to come.
Itikaf means committing oneself to something, but in Islamic contexts it refers to the staying in seclusion in a mosque, by a Muslim who knows what he is doing, for the worship of Allah.Islam recommends Muslims to practise this Sunnah and stay in the mosque in the last 10 nights of Ramadan when they should devote more of their time to worship. The Prophet’s (peace be upon him) practice in these 10 nights was to devote all his time to worship, staying up every night, eager to be attending to his worship on the Night of Decree which falls in one of these 10 nights.
Fasting and its effect in life1-It is a commitment to obeying Allah and, as such, it helps to refrain from sin. 2-It provides good training to tolerate hardship with a cheerful manner. 3-It reminds us of Allah’s favours, as He has given us good food and drink and allowed us sex with our spouses. When we refrain from these during the day, we better appreciate Allah’s blessings. 4-It serves as a reminder of the need of our poor brethren. 5-Man fulfils the meaning of servitude to Allah through fasting. 6-Fasting helps anyone who is addicted to something forbidden to overcome his addiction.
The Night of Power is a night of great significance, including: 1- It is the night when the Qur’an was bestowed. 2-On this night Allah determines everything that takes place in the year ahead. 3-It is a blessed night. 4-Worship on this night is better rewarded than worship over one thousand months. 5-The angel Gabriel and other angels descend with blessings, goodness and forgiveness on that night. 6-The Night of Decree is a night of peace.
Values to be observed by fasting people 1-Every Muslim must avoid telling lies, backbiting and cursing at all times, but this is even more strongly required in Ramadan. 2-Desisting from lewdness and foul language, as well as from answering those who use such language. 3-A Muslim must protect himself and his body against committing any sin at all times, but this is more emphasized in Ramadan.
What invalidates fasting1-Eating or drinking deliberately.2-Sexual intercourse.3-Deliberate vomiting.4-Cupping.5-Menstruation and postnatal bleeding.6-Intending to break the fast.