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What is more important than fasting is forming the intention. Muslims are obliged to form the intention and it must be formed before dawn. If the fasting is voluntary it is acceptable to form it during the day.
Ramadan is a lunar month so its start and end are confirmed by the sighting of the new moon. It requires two acceptable Muslims testifying to the fact, but if no one sees it; Muslims must complete the precedent month.
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.
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.
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.