IMPORTANT MATTERS CONCERNING RAMADAN
By SHAIKH ABDULLAH FAISAL
July 07th 2013 (Evening dars)
Notes typed by AT 8
Edited by muminah_29
Abu Huraira (RA) reported the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, "Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: 'Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.' Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: 'I am fasting.' By Him in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad is, the breath of one observing Saum is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts, experiences two joys: he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rubb."
[Al-Bukhari (1904) and Muslim (1151)]
We are on the brink of RAMADAN; therefore we shall speak about RAMADAN
The Prophet (SAWS) said that every deed of Mankind is for themselves except FASTING, as fasting is for ALLAH.
Ramadan is such a vast subject we can speak about it for many nights
The following hadith is classified as Munkar (weaker than Daeef)
The first part of the month of Ramadaan is mercy, the middle of it is forgiveness and the end of it is freedom from the Fire." [This hadeeth is Munkar (rejected).]
[Silsilah-Daeefah No. 1569]
It has been reported by Al-'Uqaylee in Ad-Du'afaah (172), Ibn 'Adee (1/165), Al-Khateeb in Al-Muwadih (2/77), Ad-Daylamee (1/1/10-11) and Ibn 'Asaakir (8/506/1) from Sallaam Bin Sawwar from Maslamah Bin As-Salt from az-Zuhree from Abi Salamah from Abu Hurayrah who said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: .... and then mentioned the above hadeeth.
Al-'Uqaylee said: "It has no basis of it to be from the hadeeth narrated by az-Zuhree"
I say: Ibn 'Adee said: "Sallaam (ibn Sulayman ibn Sawwar) is in my view rejected in Hadeeth and Maslamah in not known." And this is also said by adh-Dhahabi.
Abu Haatim said about Maslamah that he is matrook in Hadeeth (i.e. his ahadeeth are abandoned) as mentioned in the translation of "al-Meezan" and it comes at the end of the hadeeth number 1580.
Shaikh is quoting the above Hadith because it has gained considerable amount of fame in households even though it is Munkar
There is one man who is not accountable in the chain of the Hadith
However, you will hear Scholars quoting it on TV for the benefit of the Ummah
WHY IS IT THAT ALLAH CHOSE THE MONTH OF RAMADAN FOR US TO FAST IN
Allah chose the month of Ramadan for us to fast in, because of the answer given in the following Ayah:
The month of Ramadān in which was revealed the Qur'ān, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadān i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days.
ALLAH revealed to us the HOLY QURAN in the Month of Ramadan
The Quran is the Criterion between Right and Wrong and Guidance for Mankind from ALLAH
Therefore ALLAH is reminding us that we must be grateful and thankful to HIM for revealing to us, the HOLY QURAN
The greatest Miracle of Muhammad (SAWS) is the HOLY QURAN
It is a book that has predicted the FUTURE for mankind, and all its predictions will come to pass
It is a book with scientific facts that are accurate and being proven as our technology and research advances
It is a book without a single literal or grammatical mistake, even though the Prophet (SAWS) was unable to read or write
We have neglected nothing in the Book, then unto their Lord they (all) shall be gathered.
Every subject that you want to learn about is present and explained in the Quran
The Quran is the FURQAAN (Criterion) for you to judge between right from wrong and good from evil.
Therefore, we must be extremely thankful and grateful to ALLAH, who has bestowed upon us this MERCY
We express our gratitude by fasting for the whole month of RAMADAN
Ibn Kathir in his TAFSEER said: Indeed Allah has revealed the most sacred book in the best language (ARABIC) via HIS closest angel (JIBREEL) to HIS favourite Prophet (Muhammad SAWS ) in the holiest month (RAMADAN), in the most sacred City (MAKKAH)
ARABIC is the SUNNAH OF ALLAH
Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'ān in order that you may understand.
The reason ALLAH chose to reveal the Quran in the Arabic language is because it is a language free from ambiguities.
IF Allah revealed the Quran in a Pigeon (Many Ambiguities) Language, then people could mess around with the word of ALLAH
Imam Shafi'i (rh) said: "Every Muslim is obligated to learn the Arabic tongue to the utmost of his power in order [to be able] to profess through it that "There is no Ilah but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger" and to utter what is mandated upon him, the takbir, and what is commanded, the tasbih, and the tashahhud and others."
[Al-Risala al-Shafi'i (pg. 47)]
Ibn Taymiyyah said: “As for becoming accustomed to talking to one another in a language other than Arabic, which is the symbol of Islam and the language of the Qur’aan, so that this becomes a habit in the land, with one’s family and household members, with one’s friends, in the marketplace, when addressing government representatives or authority figures or when speaking to people of knowledge, undoubtedly this is makrooh (disliked), because it involves being like the non-Arabs, which is makrooh, as stated previously.
Hence when the early Muslims went to live in Syria and Egypt, where the people spoke Byzantine Greek, and in Iraq and Khurasaan, where the people spoke Farsi, and the Maghrib (North Africa) where the people spoke Berber, they taught the people of those countries to speak Arabic, so that Arabic became the prevalent language in those lands, and all the people, Muslim and kaafir alike, spoke Arabic. Such was also the case in Khurasaan in the past, then they became lax with regard to the language and got used to speaking Farsi until it became prevalent and Arabic was forgotten by most of them. Undoubtedly this is makrooh.
The best way is to become accustomed to speaking Arabic so that the young people will learn it in their homes and schools, so that the symbol of Islam and its people will prevail. This will make it easier for the people of Islam to understand the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and the words of the Salaf, unlike a person who gets used to speaking one language, then wants to learn another, and finds it difficult.
AuthenticTauheed5: Know that being used to using a language has a clear and strong effect on one’s thinking, behaviour and religious commitment. It also has an effect on making one resemble the early generations of this Ummah, the Sahaabah and Taabi’een. Being like them improves one’s thinking, religious commitment and behaviour.
Moreover, the Arabic language itself is part of Islam, and knowing Arabic is an obligatory duty. If it is a duty to understand the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and they cannot be understood without knowing Arabic, then the means that is needed to fulfil the duty is also obligatory.
There are things which are obligatory on all individuals (fard ‘ayn), and others which are obligatory on the community or ummah (fard kifaayah, i.e., if some people fulfil them the rest are relieved of the obligation).
This is the meaning of the report narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah who said: ‘Eesa ibn Yoonus told us from Thawr from ‘Umar ibn Yazeed that ‘Umar wrote to Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari (may Allaah be pleased with him) and said: ‘learn the Sunnah and learn Arabic; learn the Qur’aan in Arabic for it is Arabic.’
According to another hadeeth narrated from ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), he said: ‘Learn Arabic for it is part of your religion, and learn how the estate of the deceased should be divided (faraa’id) for these are part of your religion.’
This command of ‘Umar, to learn Arabic and Sharee’ah, combines the things that are needed, for religion involves understanding words and actions. Understanding Arabic is the way to understand the words of Islam, and understanding the Sunnah is the way to understand the actions of Islam…”
[Iqtida' as-Sirat al-Mustaqeem (1/526-528)]
Every word in Arabic is classified as either Masculine or Feminine, therefore it is nearly impossible to change meanings from their place or cause confusion.
The Spaniards changed their own language and followed the rules of Arabic when the Muslims conquered them.
It is compulsory for us to learn the ARABIC language.
Ibn Taymiyyah and Imam Shafii said to learn Arabic is FARD
The Arabic language is the best language in the World
The Quran was revealed in MAKKAH, which is the MOTHER OF ALL CITIES
And this (the Qur'ān) is a blessed Book which We have sent down, confirming (the revelations) which came before it, so that you may warn the Mother of Towns (i.e. Makkah) and all those around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe in (the Qur'ān), and they are constant in guarding their Salāt (prayers).
Every other city is inferior to Makkah
Allah said that Makkah is the CITY OF SAFETY and SECURITY
By the fig, and the olive, (At-Tin 95:1)
By Mount Sinai, (At-Tin 95:2)
And by this city of security (Makkah), (At-Tin 95:3)
And (remember) when Ibrāhim (Abraham) said, "My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allāh and the Last Day." He (Allāh) answered: "As for him who disbelieves, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the torment of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!"
The Dua of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) made Makkah a city of safety and security and abundant with food
ALLAH is asking us a crucial question in the following Ayah
Have they not seen that We have made (Makkah) a sanctuary secure, and that men are being snatched away from all around them? Then do they believe in Bātil (falsehood - polytheism, idols and all deities other than Allāh), and deny (become ingrate for) the Graces of Allāh?
ALLAH has made Makkah a city of safety and security while men are being snatched and killed from every other part of the world
HOW TO GAIN SPIRITUALLY FORM THE MONTH OF RAMDAN
The Holy Prophet (SAWS) said some of you fast and only get hunger and thirst
Abu Huraira (RA) narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “There may be a fasting person who gets nothing more from his fast than hunger and thirst, and there may be a person who prays qiyaam and all he gets from his qiyaam is a sleepless night.”
[Musnad Ahmad (2/373) No. 8843, Sunan Ibn Majah (2/591) No. 1690, Sunan al-Darime (2/390) No. 2720, Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah (3/242) No. 1997]
Since we do not want to be part of that category it is important for us to know how to gain spiritually from fasting in Ramadan
In order for us to gain spiritually in Ramadan we need to approach RAMADAN from a SPIRITUAL angle and not a CULTURAL angle
We fast due to spiritual reasons and not cultural reasons
Therefore we are going to become spiritual Muslims and not Cultural Muslims
In order for us to gain spiritually, all of our limbs have to fast
The first thing we must take care of when we FAST, is our heart.
Our HEART fasts by having the right intention to fast.
IKHLASS AN NIYYAH. To PLEASE ALLAH
Not to lose weight or be part of a culture
Hafsah (RA) reported the Prophet (SAW) as saying, “He, who has not formed an intention (to fast) before dawn, has not fasted”.
[Sunan Tirmidhi (3/108) No. 730, Sunan Abu Dawud (2/329) No. 2454, Sunan al-Nasa'i (4/196) No. 2331, Sunan Ibn Majah (2/598) No. 1700, Sunan al-Darime (2/12) No. 1698, Musnad Ahmad (6/287) No. 26500]
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: “Whoever thinks in his heart that he will fast tomorrow has formed the intention.”
[Majmu' al-Fatawa al-Kubra (5/375)]
Anyone who does not make his Niyyah before the Azan of Fajr has no fast for that day; therefore you need to make your Niyyah, even if it is the night before
We must learn how to make our intention of fasting in ARABIC
Nawaytu an asoom gadan min shahr Ramadan
You have to make 30 intentions’ for the 30 days of RAMADAN
We must also learn how to make our DUA to break our fast in ARABIC at the time of MAGHRIB
allahumma laka sumtu wa alay rizqika aftartu
Mu'adh bin Zuhrah narrated the Prophet (SAW) used to say when he broke his fast: "Allahumma laka sumtu wa 'ala rizqika aftartu (O Allah, for You have I fasted and by Your provision I have broken my fast)."
[Sunan Abu Dawud (2/306) No. 2358, al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Bayhaqi (4/403) No. 8134]
The above mentioned DUA in Arabic and transliterated in English is how you break your fast.
To gain spiritually from RAMADAN, not only does your HEART need to fast, but YOUR TWO EYES HAVE TO FAST from abstaining from looking at bad things
Your EARS HAVE TO FAST from avoiding listening to bad things
Your TONGUE has to fast from telling lies, backbiting and other bad things
Abu Huraira (RA) narrated the Prophet (SAW) said, "Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)
[Sahih Bukhari (3/26) No. 1903]
Your HANDS have to fast from stealing and killing innocent people (NOTE: You are allowed to do JIHAD in Ramadan)
Your PRIVATE PARTS have to fast, you are not allowed to go to bed with your wife until after Maghrib
If you are able to restrain your Private Parts form your wife who is Halal for you, it becomes easy to restrain your private parts from a woman who is Haraam for you
The Haraam woman could be a girlfriend or a mistress
Your TWO FEET have to fast, from going to bad places
COMMITING SINS WHILE FASTING - DO THEY BREAK OUR FAST?
According to Aisha (r.a) THE MOTHER OF THE BELIEVERS and THE WIFE OF THE PROPHET (SAWS) those who backbite and slander have broken their fast and need to make up their fast for that day
According to the Dhaahiriyyah madhab the same opinion applies. If you backbite and slander, your fast is invalidated and you must make it up again.
Ubaid, the freed slave of the Prophet (SAW), reported “Two women were once fasting during the lifetime of Allah’s Messenger and they almost died of thirst. This was mentioned to the Prophet (SAW) but he turned away from (allowing) them (to break the fast). Then they were mentioned to him again, so he called for them and ordered them to vomit, i.e. throw up, what was in their stomachs. So they both vomited and filled up a bowl with puss, blood and pieces of flesh. Then the Prophet (SAW) said: ‘These two fasted by refraining from what Allah made lawful for them. but they broke their fast by doing what Allah made unlawful for them. One of them sat with the other and they began to eat from the flesh of people.’”
[Musnad Ahmad (5/431) No. 23703]
The Dhaahiriyyah madhab uses the above mentioned Hadith as their HUJJAH
However, the Majority of the Scholars are of the Opinion that if you backbite and slander while fasting, you gain the Wrath and Curse of ALLAH for your backbiting and slandering
Therefore, the fasting Muslim has to avoid anything that would break or even impair his/her fasting and in order to gain BARAKAH for your fasting.
Fasting is an act of worship that aims at purifying the soul, reviving the conscience, strengthening faith and making a Muslim more pious. Allah, Exalted be He, says, (O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off evil.)
By the time ALLAH has deleted your Barakah for backbiting, you might end up without any Barakah.
It all depends on the amount of backbiting you did.
Valid fasting is that which purifies one's soul and imbues goodness and righteousness into one's heart, so that one may ward off evil, as conveyed in the words of Allah, Exalted be He, Who says:
(O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off (evil).)
Thus, whoever fasts in Ramadan is obliged to refrain from saying or doing anything that is contradictory to the elevated manners expected from a fasting Muslim so as not to lose Allah's reward for fasting and gain nothing but hunger, thirst, and deprivation, as explained in the Hadith, "Fasting is a kind of protection. So, when anyone of you gets up in the morning in the state of fasting, he should neither use obscene language nor do any act of ignorance. And if anyone insults him or quarrels with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting, I am fasting.'"
(Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, "Many a one who fasts obtains nothing from his fasting but hunger and thirst, and many a one who prays during the night obtains nothing from his night prayers but wakefulness."
(Reported by Al Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim, and is said to be authentic on the condition of Al-Bukhari)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is also reported to have said, "Whoever does not give up false speech (telling lies and the like) and acting upon it, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting).”
(Reported by Al-Bukhari, Ahmad, and others)
Ibn Al-`Arabi maintains: This Hadith indicates that whoever does not abandon such evil deeds will not be rewarded for his fasting, i.e. false speech (telling lies and the like) and acting upon it are blameworthy to an extent that exceeds all limits. Ibn Hazm is of the opinion that committing such sins invalidates one's fasting, in the same way that the act of eating and drinking deliberately do. This was held by some of the Prophet’s Companions and followers.
`Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "Fasting is not only to quit food and drink, but also to refrain from telling lies, falsehood, and idle talk." `Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) was reported as having the same point of view. Jabir `Abdullah Al-Ansari also said: “When you fast, your eyes, ears, and tongue should abstain from falsehood and sins. You should avoid hurting your servant. Refrain from anything demoralizing, and portray a picture of tranquility while fasting for the day, your behavior on the day you are fasting should be better than other days.”
Taliq ibn Qais reported that Abu Dharr said: “When you are fasting you should be on your guard (against wrong actions) as much as you can.” Then Taliq observed, he used to stay home and not to go out except for performing prayer. Abu Hurairah and his friends also used to stay in the mosque while fasting saying, "Let us keep our fasting pure." It is narrated on the authority of Maimun ibn Mahran that quitting food and drink is the easiest task required for valid fast.
To put it briefly, when one commits sins while fasting, one is to be rewarded for fasting, and punished for the sins he committed, according to the following verse,
(And everything with Him is measured.) (Ar-Ra`d 13:8)
So, one is held accountable for each of his deeds separately, as is explained in another verse,
(My Lord neither errs nor forgets.)(Taha 20:52)
Let us reflect on the following Hadith concerning Allah’s reckoning His servants on the Day of Judgment in order to find the proper answer for this and the two preceding questions. At-Tirmidhi and Ahmad narrate on the authority of `A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that one of the Prophet’s Companions came and when he sat down in front of Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) he said: "Messenger of Allah, I have slaves who lie to me, deceive me and disobey me, and I revile and beat them. What do you think is my ruling as regards them?" Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) replied:
"On the Day of Resurrection account will be taken of the extent of their deceit, disobedience and lying to you, and of the punishment you inflicted on them. If your punishment is less severe than deserved for their offences, it will be something extra to your credit. If it is exactly right (if it exactly makes up for their offences), it will count neither for you nor against you (you will neither be punished nor rewarded for it). But if your punishment was more severe than deserved for their offences, requital will be taken from you on their behalf for the excess."
The man went aside and began to shout and weep, so Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him if he did not recite the words of Allah, Exalted be He,
(We shall place the just scales for the Day of Resurrection and no soul will be wronged in any respect, and even if there is only the weight of a grain of mustard-seed We shall bring it, and We are sufficient to take account.)
Hence, the man returned: "O Messenger of Allah, nothing is better for myself and these men (i.e., his slaves) than to leave them. I call you to bear witness that they are all free.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Therefore the fasting person has to avoid anything that breaks or even compromises their fasting.
WHAT ABOUT THE MUSLIM GIRL WHO FASTS BUT DOES NOT WEAR HIJAAB - IS HER FAST VALID?
The Muslim girl has two things going on at the same time
She is obeying ALLAH by fasting and disobeying ALLAH by not wearing the HIJAAB
Any Muslim woman who does not know the Verses of Hijaab is not a Pious Woman
And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islām), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allāh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.
So the muslim woman who keeps fast but does not wear her hijaab will be rewarded for fasting and she will be punished for not wearing the Hijaab.
The two acts are separate and you cannot make them singular.
Her fast is accepted and No Scholar has said her fast is rejected
SHOULD A DIABETIC FAST?
We are not allowed to make a general statement regarding this issue and say a diabetic is not allowed to fast or that a diabetic should fast.
We take every individual on his own merit
One cannot give a blanket ruling to the effect that all diabetic people must skip fasting and only need to offer fidyah (compensation). This is because each diabetic person is different from the other in the way he or she reacts to fasting. If we find one diabetic person is adversely affected by fasting, we also find another, in spite of being a diabetic, not at all troubled by fasting. This being the case, one should never assume that all diabetic people are generally exempt from fasting.
AuthenticTauheed5: If a diabetic person has been advised by a reliable physician not to fast, or, if after monitoring his/her sugar level, it has been established that he/she is adversely affected by fasting, then he/she is exempt from fasting and should give fidyah instead.
If, on the other hand, it was found that he/she is not adversely affected by fasting, then he/she must fast, and offering fidyah is not an option in his/her case.
In other words, exemption from fasting is granted only to those who are adversely affected by fasting. Allah Almighty knows best.
The Scholars of Islam say, if the fasting causes his disease to become aggravated and become worse then it is Haraam for that person to fast.
If the person is not being aggravated while fasting then, he should fast and fulfill his duty.
And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allāh is Most Merciful to you.
A Person who is unable to fast must give $200US instead as compensation for the entire month of Ramadan and fasting is not compulsory on them. (The amount varies from country to country)
If the man is poor and cannot afford the $200, then nothing is compulsory on him, neither the fast nor the FIDDYA (compensation)
WHAT ABOUT THE PERSON ON REGULAR MEDICATION?
A person who is on regular medication and needs to take tablets during the day to avoid a medical breakdown, then he is not supposed to fast
You are not allowed to make the DEEN a burden on yourself
Allāh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you
And strive hard in Allāh's Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islāmic Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion, Islām), and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship, it is the religion of your father Ibrahim (Abraham) (Islāmic Monotheism).
Muslim women taking tablets so that they can fast the whole month of Ramadan without having them to avoid fasting by postponing their menstruation - Is this Haraam, Halal or Makrooh?
The Scholars of Islam have studied this FIQH question and have come to the conclusion that IN CASE A TRUSTWORHTY DOCTOR TESTIFIES THAT THEY WILL NOT HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS BY TAKING THE MEDICATION, THEN THEIR ACTION IS HALAL, SINCE THEY ARE DOING IT FOR PIETY AND NOT OUT OF VANITY
A MUSLIM PATIENT WHO TAKES OXYGEN FROM A TANK TO HELP HIS BREATHING DIFFICULTY WHILE FASTING - DOES HIS ACTION BREAK HIS FAST?
The Scholars say, why are you FASTING if you are in such a pathetic state.
Before answering your question, we would like first to state that Islam is the religion of easiness. It imposes no hardship on its followers. Referring to this, Allah Almighty says,
Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you….”
In his response to the question, Dr. Muhammad M. M. Abu Laylah, Professor of the Islamic Studies & Comparative Religions at Al-Azhar University, states the following:
Such use of oxygen to help your mother breathe does not break her fasting. In case harm is inflicted on her by fasting, she is permitted to break her fasting and she can offer fidyah by feeding a poor person for every single day of fast she has missed, and she does not need to make up for the fast she has missed if her sickness remains with her forever.
However, the ANSWER is that taking oxygen into your system mechanically, does not break your fast because Oxygen is not considered food or drink.
CAN YOU DONATE BLOOD WHILE YOU ARE FASTING?
It stands to reason that Islam teaches us to feed the hungry, to take care of the sick and to save the life of people. Blood transfusion for medical purposes is permissible in Islam. This is the case in normal occasions, but what would be the ruling if the donator is fasting?
It is not recommended to donate blood while fasting unless there is an absolute necessity to do so.
Drawing lots of blood may make a person weak and thus he may be forced to break his fast. So indulging in such an activity is not at all recommended as we are advised to keep our fasts intact as best as possible.
Moreover, there are scholars who are of the opinion that drawing lots of blood would invalidate one’s fast. This is the view of Imam Ahmad. However, Imam Ash-Shafi`i and others are of the view that drawing of blood by itself does not break the fast, but one is not encouraged to do so as it may render a person weak.
The ruling, however, is different when faced with an emergency. Such is the case when one must donate blood to save a person’s life; in this case one must do so without any hesitation; it is better for him to break his fast if he has to than continuing his fast.
Another exception: If a person is exceptionally strong and is certain that donating blood would not render him weak at all, then there is no harm for him in donating blood, according to the view of Imam Ash-Shafi`i and others.
In conclusion: Each person should consider his own state of health before embarking on this action.
Allah Almighty knows best.
According to Imam Shaf'ii your fast is still valid. According to the Hanbali madhab if alot of blood is removed from your body, your fast is broken.
Donating blood does not break your fast because cupping does not break your fast.
But if you have to donate blood as an act of emergency the wise thing to do is to break your fast for that day and make it up another day
DOES LISTENING TO MUSIC AND WATCHING MOVIES WHILE FASTING BREAK YOUR FAST
While fasting, a Muslim should train his soul to bring himself near to Allah by doing as many good deeds as he can and refraining from even wasting his time in valueless deeds.
Fasting in Islam is a great spiritual discipline. Its primary objective is to train the faithful spiritually and morally. Therefore, in order for us to reap true benefits of fasting, we must not only abstain from food and drink and sexual relations from dawn to dusk but also must shun all activities and behavior that are inimical to the spirit of fasting. Proper fasting involves guarding our eyes, ears, hands, feet, as well as our mind against sins.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever does not shun foul words and acting accordingly, there is no need for him to deprive himself of food and drink.” He also said, “Fasting is a shield (against sins or vices); so if one of you is fasting, let him not engage in wrangling or foul deeds and idle talk. If anyone scolds or ridicules him, let him not retaliate; rather he should simply say, I am fasting, I am fasting.”
Listening to music and watching movies, etc. while one is fasting may fall under the categories of either sins or idle deeds or behavior. According to `A’ishah, the beloved wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), as well as great Imams such as Awza`i and a number of scholars of the pious generations, activities such as backbiting, engaging in gossip and idle chats will render one’s fast null and void.
Therefore, in their view, those who are guilty of such behavior must make up their fasts. Although the majority of scholars do not share the same view as far as breaking the fast is concerned, nevertheless, they also concur that such activities do take away true rewards and blessings of fasting.
It is, therefore, imperative that we abstain from such behavior altogether. May Allah help us preserve the sanctity of Ramadan. May He help us to use the great spiritual season to break ourselves free of such habits.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Listening to Music and watching movies while fasting does not break your fast but it takes away from the Barakah of your fasting.
Aisha (r.a.) however was of the view that indulging in such activities breaks your fast. The Majority of Scholars however, have the above mentioned opinion
The Scholars said that those who abstained from all their Haraam activities during Ramadan and then went back to their Haraam ways do not worship ALLAH but instead they worship RAMADAN
This is because the people went back to their Haraam activities when Ramadan is over
Therefore you need to ask yourself, who do you really worship, ALLAH or RAMADAN
WHY DO PEOPLE STILL SIN IN THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN?
This is because the Shayateen of the JINN are locked up in chains but the Human Shayateen are not.
And so We have appointed for every Prophet enemies - Shayātin (devils) among mankind and jinns inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion (or by way of deception). If your Lord had so willed, they would not have done it, so leave them alone with their fabrications.
(Tafseer Qurtubi, Vol.7, Page 67)
The Human Shaiateen encourages the people to dabble in Haraam.