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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ramadhaan Part 4

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Sunnah Acts of Fasting
• It is Sunnah to take Sihri (small meal) in the morning before observing the fast. The Prophet (S.A.) himself said, “Take Sihri for certainly there are blessings in having Sihri”.
• It is more virtuous to delay the Sihri from being very early in the morning. However it is Makruuh (disliked) to delay it to the time when it becomes doubtful of the ending time of Sihri ( i.e. break of dawn).
• It is Sunnah to break the fast immediately after sunset without delay and it is Mustahab (desirable) to recite the Du’aa for breaking the fast. However a person should not be so hasty in breaking his fast so as to do it before the sun has set.

Things which nullify the Fast
• It is not permissible to eat, drink or have sexual relations with one’s spouse while one is observing the fast. Similarly talking oral medication or using nasal sprays and other specific medicines by Asthma patients will all invalidate the fast.
• While performing Ghusl or Wuduu if water mistakenly goes down the throat while being conscious and aware that one is fasting, then the fast is nullified and has to be made up afterwards.
• If medicine is placed in the ear or nose while fasting then the fast is nullified and must be made up afterwards.
• If medication is placed on a wound on the head or stomach and it enters into the head or stomach then the fast is broken and must be made up afterwards.
• If after eating something forgetfully, a person thought that his fast was broken and thereafter ate something intentionally, his fast is nullified and must be made up afterwards.

Things which do not nullify the Fast
• Unconsciousness or illness does not break the fast. However it is permissible to break the fast for medical reasons such as illness etc. In such a case Qadaa is necessary.
• It is Makruuh (disliked) to use toothpaste while fasting since there is a high possibility of the effects entering the throat. If it enters the throat then the fast is broken and Qadaa is necessary.
• By using a Miswak the fast is not broken.
• If while taking a bath water enters the ear then the fast is not broken.
• If saliva enters the throat and is swallowed then the fast is not broken.
• Taking medication by injection does not break the fast.
• The sweet scent of Lobhan, incense, ‘Itr or perfume does not break the fast. However if the smoke of the Lobhan or incense enters the throat by his action then the fast will be broken and Qadaa is necessary.
• The emission of blood or pus from a wound or pimple does not break the fast even if it is a large amount. It is however disliked to cause the emission of blood in a fasting person.

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