As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 7

 

Actions that should be avoided during the fast


Carelessness in performing other acts of worship: Performing the other obligatory acts of worship and duties is important; specifically Salaat, because without it no act of worship is accepted by Allah.

Not praying in congregation: Praying in congregation is of great importance in our religion, thus everyone must attend the congregational prayer. It is rewarded twenty-seven times greater than the prayer performed individually. [Saheeh al-Bukharee (vol. 1, no. 618)] Once, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was about to burn the houses of those who did not attend the congregational prayers. This was due to the gravity of their sin. [Agreed upon] Regularly attending the congregational prayer is directed to men and the best place for a woman is to pray in her house. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, “Do not prevent your women (from going to) the Masjid, but their houses are better for them.” [Saheeh al-Jamee as-Sagheer no. 7458]

Bad behavior such as lying, cheating, backbiting, slandering, etc., are Haraam even out of Ramadaan and should be avoided all the more in this sacred month. Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anahu) said, “Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, “Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah the Mighty and Majestic has no need that he should leave his food and drink.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee (4/99)] The meaning of this Hadeeth is that such a fast is not acceptable to Allah because “Fasting is not (merely abstaining) from eating and drinking, rather it is (abstaining) from ignorant and indecent speech, so if anyone abuses or behaves ignorantly with you, then say, 'I am fasting, I am fasting.' [(saheeh) Ibn Khuzaimah (no. 1996) ]

He who cannot control his desires should not approach his wife, kiss or embrace her. Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anahu) narrates, “A man approached Allah's Messenger and asked him concerning embracing one's wife whilst fasting, Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) allowed him. Then, another man approached him and asked him concerning embracing one's wife whilst fasting, Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) forbade him. (Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anahu) says) He, whom Allah's Messenger allowed was an old man and he, whom Allah's Messenger forbade was a young man.” [Abu Dawood]

Aa'isha (radhi allahu anha) reported that Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) used to kiss her and embrace (his wives) while he was fasting and he had more power to control his desires than anybody else did. [Agreed upon]

Sniffing water strongly into the nose in such a manner that it is feared the water will reach the throat. Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, “…and breath water into your nose strongly unless you are fasting.” [Abu Dawood (2/305) and others]

It is obligatory on the woman with Istihada to observe fasting
= A woman whose menstrual bleeding lasts for more than the normal time period, then she should perform ghusl after the normal menstrual time period is over and start fasting and praying because the bleeding which is prolonged is not the menstrual blood, rather the blood of Istihada and is thus, tahir (pure).

= A woman whose bleeding of nifas lasts for more than forty days. If this blood coincides with her regular menstrual cycle, then she is menstruating; if it does not coincide with her regular menstrual cycle, then it is the blood of Istihada. She should, therefore, perform ghusl after forty days, and fast and pray.

= If a woman in nifaas sees that she has become pure before forty days are over, then she should perform ghusl and pray and fast, and her husband may cohabit with her. See, Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (5/458)


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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