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Allah is watching

Yesterday, 03:55 PM

Posted by Bint e Aisha in Ramadhaan
On a sweltering hot day your throat has become parched. You are in the privacy of your home and the refreshingly cool water is within hand's reach. You desire to drink it, but you do not. Why? Simply because you are fasting and while fasting you cannot eat and drink. If somebody prompts you to nevertheless drink it and says: "Nobody is watching," you will immediately rebuke him with the words: "But Allāh is watching!"


Allāh Ta'ala is Watching!


SubhanAllāh! Allāh Ta'ala is watching. Allāhu Akbar! Allāh Ta'ala is All Hearing, All Knowing, He is Omnipresent. He sees and knows when we cheat while fasting, thus we resist all temptations of food, drink and lawful conjugal relations from dawn to dusk. We have learnt the lesson of taqwa. We have learnt that lesson which the fasting was meant to teach us. Allāh Ta'ala is watching! Yes, Allāh Ta'ala is watching! Every time there is an urge to eat or drink while fasting, the voice from within cries out: "Allāh Ta'ala is watching!" Dozens of times daily for an entire month this reality is reaffirmed. Allāh Ta'ala is watching. So deeply is it embedded in the heart that by the time Ramadhān is over, a person becomes conscious of Allāh Ta'ala to such an extent that he is now guided by an inner force that propels him in the direction of righteousness and turns him away from sin.




The fasts of Ramadhān were prescribed for the purpose and object of attaining taqwa. This is clearly declared in the Qur'ān. Taqwa simply is to obey the commands of Allāh Ta'ala and refrain from all sin, The increased rewards for 'ibādah (worship) in Ramadhān and all the blessings of this great month should be considered as the bonus. The object is taqwa. If one performs an abundance of salāh, completes the recitation of the Qur'ān thirty times and engages in many other acts of 'ibādah, but fails to give up sins - one has failed to achieve the object and purpose of Ramadhān. One has failed to firmly embed the reality of taqwa in the heart, the taqwa that cries out "Allāh Is watching" whenever one contemplates committing any transgression.




The dictates of taqwa are not restricted to abstaining from drinking, gambling, adultery, transacting in interest and other such vices. Indeed taqwa demands that while abstaining from all the above vices one also observes taqwa in one's business. When the temptation to cheat the customer beckons, or when one is tempted to buy stolen goods, or to indulge in fraud, at that time also the heart should cry out "Allāh is watching" and it should restrain one from the sin.




Similarly, taqwa demands the fulfillment of the rights of the husband/wife, It also demands the joining of family ties. It demands respect for the elders and kindness for the young. Taqwa entails, among other aspects, being honest and clear in all monetary dealings and social interactions. Hence when there is a wedding or funeral, or at the time of distributing the inheritance of the deceased, the same level of Allāh consciousness must be displayed as was apparent when refraining from drinking the cold water while fasting.




Likewise, when the laws of purdah are violated, does the heart cry out "Allāh is watching"? Or when one intends to watch something on TV., which will most definitely involve one in zinā of the eyes and ears, does one hear the voice from within: "Allāh is watching," as a result of which one refrains from that sin? The same pertains to the shar'ī aspects of appearance and clothing. How often have we done things to appease and please even the enemies of Allāh Ta'ala and Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu 'alaihī wasallam)? How often have we abandoned the dictates of taqwa in order to earn a few coppers? Now is the time to sincerely repent. It is the time to say "Allāh is watching" and to do everything to please Him. It is a time to acquire taqwa.


Abstain from Sin


This then is the object of Ramadhān. This will only be achieved if we conduct ourselves in this great month with taqwa. Or else the object of Ramadhān will be defeated. Hence Rasūlullāh (sallallāhu 'alaihī wasallam) is reported to have said: "He who does not forsake lying and other futile actions, Allāh Ta'ala has no need for him to give up his food and drink." Thus together with fasting, performing salaah, reading the Qur'ān, serving the cause of deen, etc,, one must totally abstain from every sin in the month of Ramadhān and adorn oneself with taqwa. Insha'Allāh this will then carry one along for the rest of the eleven months to abstain from all sins.


May Allāh Ta'ala enable us to make this Ramadhān a month where we will truly attain taqwa. Āmeen.



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Du'aa When Ramadhan Arrives

27 May 2017

Posted by Acacia in Ramadhaan



Sayyiduna ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) use to teach the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) the following Du’a when the Blessed month of Ramadan would arrive:

اَللّٰهُمَّ سَلّمْنِيْ لِرَمَضانَ وَسَلّمْ رَمَضانَ لِيْ وَسَلّمْه لِي مُتَقَبَّلا


(رواه الطبراني في الدعاء والديلمي ، وسنده حسن- كنز العمال 8/584)


Allahumma sallimni li Ramadhana, wa sallim Ramadhana li, wa sallimhu li mutaqabbala.


Translation: O Allah! preserve me for Ramadan, safeguard Ramadan for me and accept it from me.


(Kitabu Du’a of Imam Tabarani, Hadith: 912, also see: Hayatus Sahabah, vol.3 pg.182 and Kanzul ‘Ummal, Vol.8 pg.584)




“Preserve me for Ramadan” means: O Allah! allow me to remain healthy and able so I may benefit from Ramadan. It shouldn’t be that when Ramadan arrives, I am caught up in some unfortunate condition that hinders our Fast, ‘ibadah etc.


“Safeguard Ramadan for me” means: In addition to being able, O Allah! grant me the tawfeeq (ability) to maximise my benefit from this auspicious occasion. Many able people witness this month but fail to actually benefit from it. These people are truly unfortunate! May Allah save us.


“and accept it from me” means: O Allah! after inspiring me to be devoted throughout the month, don’t let it go to waste by not accepting it.


Status of this narration


The chain of narrators for this hadith is weak. (Footnotes of Shaykh ‘Awwamah on Musnad ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdil ‘Azeez, pg.280)


However it is positively supported by the practice of the salaf (pious predecessors) with slight variations in the wording and is therefore suitable for practice.


Habit of the Salaf


1. Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) reports that the famous Tabi’i: Makhool (rahimahullah) would recite this du’a at the beginning of Ramadan. (Kitabu Du’a li Tabarani hadith:913)


2. He also reports from ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Abi Rawwad (Demise: 159 A.H.) that “the muslims would recite” a similar du’a (with additions to the above wording) upon the arrival of Ramadan. (ibid, hadith:914)


3. Imam Muhammad ibn Nasar Al-Marwazi has recorded in his Qiyamul Layl that it was the habit of the Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) and the Tabi’un (rahimahumullah) to recite this du’a when Ramadan arrived. (Mukhtasar Qiyamul Layl, pg.98)


4. Hafiz Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) has quoted the reliable Tabi’i; Yahya Ibn Abi Katheer (rahimahullah) to have said:


“It was their habit (the Sahabah and Tabi’un) to make this du’a…” (Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.280)


It is probably in light of these substantiations that Imam Suyuti (rahimahullah) has declared the narration as hasan, i.e. soundly authentic. (Kanzul ‘Ummal, vol.8 pg.584)


When to recite this?


Besides the last reference, all of the above have mentioned this du’a to be recited when Ramadan arrives or commences. In the version of Yahya ibn Abi Katheer (rahimahullah) the words used are:


اللهم سلمني إلى رمضان

O Allah keep me safe till Ramadan


This supports the habit of reciting this supplication (with these words) before the arrival of the month itself.


May Allah Ta’ala guides us all to  implement this sunnah and teach it to others. Amin.




Source: Al-Miftah

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Ramadan FAQ

05 Jun 2013

Posted by ummitaalib in Ramadhaan


Can you please answer the questions below with regards to fasting?



        In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Q: Is taking a meal before commencing a fast (suhur) necessary in order for a fast to be valid? 

A: No, Suhur is not necessary. However, it is a virtuous act of Sunnah that should not be missed unnecessarily.


Q: What time does Suhur begin? 

A: One can take Suhur any time after midnight, but it is more advisable to take it in the latter hours of the night, preferably just before the break of true dawn (al-Fajr al-Sadiq).


Q: Is an intention for fasting necessary and when should one make the intention (niyyah) for the fast of Ramadhan? 

A: The intention for fasting is necessary but very simple: It is to know in your heart that you will fast that day. It is valid to have this intention any time from Maghrib the night before up to the Islamic midday of the actual day of fasting, for current Ramadhan fasts and voluntary fasts. The Islamic midday is half way between the beginning of Fajr and Maghrib times. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya)


Q: Can a man have sexual intercourse with his wife during the nights of Ramadhan? 

A: Yes, it is permitted to have sexual intercourse with one’s spouse during the nights of Ramadhan. However, one must stop before the break of dawn (al-Fajr al-Sadiq). It will also be permitted to take the obligatory ritual bath of purification after one has started one’s fast.


Q: Is it permissible to kiss and caress one’s wife whilst fasting? 

A: Non-sexual affectionate kissing, from which there is no fear of leading to intercourse or ejaculation, will be allowed and not disliked. However, if one fears that kissing will lead to ejaculation or sexual intercourse, then it will be disliked (makruh) to kiss, but one’s fast will remain valid as long as kissing does not lead to actual sexual intercourse or does not result in ejaculation. If kissing resulted in ejaculation, one’s fast would become invalid and hence will have to be made up (qadha), without having to expiate for it (kaffara). Passionate kissing when saliva is exchanged will invalidate one’s fast, with both Qadha and Kaffara necessary. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya, 1/200 & 1/204)


Q: Does a fast break when one swallows the saliva of one’s spouse? 

A: Yes, if one is certain of swallowing one’s spouse’s saliva, then this would invalidate one’s fast and necessitate both a Qadha and Kaffara.


Q: If one kisses or caresses one’s spouse and consequently ejaculates, is one’s fast broken? 

A: Yes, the fast is invalidated. However one will only have to make up for the fast (Qadha), and there will be no expiation (Kaffara) in this situation.


Q: What is the difference between a Qadha and Kaffara? 

A: Qadha (makeup) means to keep another fast in order to make up for the fast which was invalidated, whilst Kaffara (expiation) means to perform an act to expatiate the sin of having broken a fast.


Q: In what way is a Kaffara fulfilled? 

A: A Kaffara may be given in the following two ways: 1) Fasting for two months consecutively without missing a single fast, 2) Feeding sixty poor people. It should be remembered that if one has the ability to fast then one cannot adopt the second method; rather, one will have to fast for sixty days continuously.


Q: Does an injection invalidate one’s fast? 

A: No, it does not invalidate one’s fast, although it is better to avoid taking injections whilst fasting unnecessarily.


Q: Does taking out blood or a blood test invalidate one’s fast? 

A: No, a blood test does not invalidate the fast, as it is merely the taking out of blood. However, it will be disliked if it could weaken one from being able to maintain the fast.


Q: Does smoking invalidate one’s fast? 

A: Yes, it does invalidate one’s fast. (Ramadhan is a good time to quit smoking forever!).


Q: Is it allowed to use an Asthma Pump during the Fast? 

A: If one has a genuine medical need for an asthma pump that cannot be otherwise fulfilled, then it would be permitted to use it. However, it would break the fast and require that the fast be made up later (Qadha). This is because anything that has a perceptible body breaks the fast if it enters the body through a normal channel.


Q: When does vomiting break one’s fast? 

A: Vomiting only breaks one’s fast if: a) one returns and swallows the vomit down the throat, or b) one vomits a mouthful intentionally. It is not broken by non-deliberate vomiting or (deliberately) vomiting less than a mouthful. If one’s fast is broken by vomiting, then one will only have to make up (qadha) for the fast, a Kaffara will not be necessary.


Q: How does one decide when vomiting is a mouthful? 

A: The definition of “mouthful vomiting” is that which one cannot hold back in one’s mouth without difficulty.


Q: Can one fast whilst travelling? 

A: Yes, one may fast while travelling. However one should not burden oneself if the journey is long and difficult, for in such situations it is advisable not to fast.


Q: Can a woman on menstruation (haydh) or post-natal bleeding (nifas) fast? 

A: No, she cannot fast. It will be unlawful (haram) for her to do so.


Q: Does a woman on menstruation (Haydh) or post-natal bleeding (Nifas) have to make up for the fasts missed? 

A: Yes, she will have to make Qadha for the missed fasts.


Q: Does one have to perform the Qadha fasts immediately after Ramadhan? 

A: No, it is not necessary. However, it is recommended to complete the missed fasts of Ramadhan as soon as possible.


Q: When can a sick person break his/her fast on the opinion of a doctor? 

A: When a competent Muslim doctor says that if he/she continues fasting, it will bring danger to his/her life or severely effect the health, then in such a situation it will be permitted to break one’s fast. One will not be liable for a Kaffara but will only have to make up for the fast (Qadha).


Q: Is it permissible to insert medicine through a female’s vagina during a fast? 

A: Any form of medicine inserted into the internal part of a woman’s vagina will invalidate her fast.


And Allah knows best


[Mufti] Muhammad ibn Adam

Darul IftaaLeicester , UK

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