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  • Arif Kabir 8:12 pm on September 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    People Exempt From Fasting 

    By Yasir Qadhi

    Video can be found here

    Who is exempt from fasting? Once we ask this question, we have to realize that the default is that everyone must fast unless they are among the following type of people:
    • Mentally incapable

    • Children – They have to be adults and in Islam, an adult is one who has reached puberty and is between the ages of 11-14.

    • Women who are in their monthly cycles and who are still suffering from the bleedings from childbirth – Unlike children who are allowed to fast and they and their parents get rewarded for it, these women are not allowed to fast; it is actually forbidden for them to do so. They need to make it up after their period is over and that obligation takes place as soon as they have the discharge that finishes their period.

    • The travelers – What is travel? It is whatever your culture considers travel, so commuting to work doesn’t mean travel, but rather if you’re going to another town, city, state, or country, etc. If the travel is easy, that doesn’t mean you have to fast; Allah made this religion easy and you can do whatever’s easy for you. Just realize it’s not extra piety for you to fast while traveling, as the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) stated in a Hadith.

    Suppose you have a flight at 5 and the Iftar is at 6 – you have to fast while you’re still in the city until 5 and since you have only an hour until you have to break the fast, then it is better for u to fast. If u have a difficult travel, then it’s better for you not to fast and to make it when u get home.

    • Sickness – By sickness, it means the type that if you fast, the sickness get worse. The sickness doesn’t have to be life-threatening or severe, but just one that would be impacted by the fast. There are two categories of sickness:

    • Temporary sickness – This includes sicknesses such as fever and such. They don’t have to feed the poor but they have to make up the fast when once they feel fine.

    • Permanent sickness – This includes diabetes, cancer, and other types of sicknesses that remain permanently. A permanent sickness can also mean one who is very old and weak. For these people, they should give food to a poor person per day. They can give a meal per day or they can calculate all the 29/30 meals and give them all out on day. It is also permissible to feed one person 30 meals and it’d be ok. The best thing to give is food and the type of food that should be given is what is regular according to your culture; If chicken and rice are a normal meal, then that is what you should give. However, if that is considered a luxury in that culture, then that definitely is not what you have to give. You should basically give staple food – in some cultures, its chicken and rice and for others, its lentils and bread. As there is no end to these sicknesses, these people do not have to make up the fast.

    • Pregnant women and breastfeeding women – Muslim sisters, realize firstly that just because you’re pregnant or breastfeeding doesn’t get you off the hook. Only if you feel that the fast will make it difficult on you or that a Muslim reputable doctor tells you that the fast will have adverse consequences on you or your child, then you’re exempt from the fasting. There is difference of opinion on whether they should feed someone or if they should make it up for that missed fast – my personal opinion is that they should make it up.

     
  • Arif Kabir 1:25 am on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Virtues of Ramadan 

    Yasir Qadhi

    Found Over At HalalTube.com

    Ramadan Special: Virtues of Ramadan

    The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam), during the time of Ramadan, stood up on a Minbar, called the Companions, gave them a Khutbah, and said,

    “Oh people, know that a month is upon you. Know that you witnessing a month that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has made sacred, that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala made obligatory to fast during its days and He has requested that you stand during its nights (it’s not obligatory, but it is rather good to do so).

    Locked Up

    This month, as said by the Prophet, is one that all of the doors of Hell are shut and chained, and all of the gates of Ramadan are opened, meaning that every opportunity to do good is opened up, you are safe from the fire of Hell, and go to Jannah. This is a month that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) has said that all of the evil Shayaateen are locked up, and they are not allowed to go around, whispering evil thoughts and this is a month that every single night, Allah suhanahu wa ta’ala saves people who were destined to go to Hell, and this month has a day that is better that is better than a thousands months. This month is Ramadan.

    The Preferred Month

    Allah has preferred certain months over others, and Ramadan is the most preferred month in the sight of Allah.Realize that this month has been made very easy as the Shayaateen and gates of Hell are locked, and also realize that 100 percent of the evil deeds that you do in this month is solely from your soul. Therefore, Ramadan is a reflection of your soul.

    The Three Ameens

    One day, when the Prophet was giving the Friday Khutbah, he was climbing up the pulpit, which had three steps. When he climbed the first step, he said Ameen. Then he climbed up the second and said Ameen. Then he climbed up the third and said Ameen. So the companions were confused and said, “Oh Messenger of Allah, we have never heard you say Ameen every time you climb a step. What is the reason for this?” The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “When I was climbing the pulpit, Jibreel came to me and told me, ‘Oh Muhammad, anyone in your nation who manages to be alive when Ramadan comes and does not manage to get his sins forgiven, let him perish in the HellFire – Say Ameen!’ So Muhammad said Ameen. Then when he climbed the second step, Jibreel said, ‘Anyone who manages to catch Laylatul Qadr and does not managed to get his sins forgiven, may he perish in the HellFire – Say Ameen!’ So the Prophet said Ameen and when the Prophet climbed the third step, Jibreel said to him, ‘Oh Muhammad, anyone of your Ummah who manages to catch one of them or both, when they are elderly and they need his help and is not able to service them properly and get his sins forgiven, may he perish – say Ameen! So the Prophet said Ameen. So three duas are made – three golden opportunities that even the worst of men can get all of their sins erased by turning to Allah. Two of those opportunities are related to Ramadan – the entire month and Laylatul Qadr. Therefore, if you cannot be righteous in this month, then there is no hope for you because there are no excuses.

    Three ways to forgive all bad deeds:

    So what do you have to do? The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned three things and anyone of them will unconditionally forgive all of one’s bad deeds:

    1. Whoever fasts the entire month of Ramadan, believing in Allah and hoping for Allah’s reward.
    2. Standing up at night in Ramadan  (ex. Taraweeh)
    3. The night of Laylatul Qadr.

    Ar-Rayyan

    One more blessing of Ramadan is that it is the month when you perfect your fasting in it, and you can enter through a special door set aside for those who fast. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “In Jannah, there is a special door called Ar-Rayyan” and Ar-Rayyan means that which will give you a lot of water, because the way to get to that is to deprive yourself of water (by fasting).

    Ramadan has been put for you to achieve righteousness and piety – this is the ultimate goal; Allah does not benefit when you tire yourself out. Rather, you are the one that benefit. May Allah make us among those whose sins are forgiven in this month, whose fasting is accepted, whose reading of the Qur’an is accepted, and whose Qiyyam is accepted, and may He make us among those who enter Jannah through the gate of Rayyan…

     
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