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  1. Assalamo alaikom and eid mubarak for those celebrating, After the iftar I got in a heated discussion about the eid and the moon. So I'm pretty straightforward, I do not follow any school or marja when it comes to this issue. I follow the moon in my place only (belgium). I visited three official (astronomical, meteorological) sites that all tell me that the moon cycle ended the 24th june and the new cycle starts the 25th (1% visible) and thus it implicates that the eid is the 25th. Now, because it's only 1% visible some of my friends insisted that we should only declare eid when we can see it with the naked eye. But why go to the struggle if the highly-accurate machine can do it for me? I know it's kinda stupid to argue over one extra day of fasting, but it bugged my quite a bit so I really want to know? Thanks for your attention Wassalam
  2. Salamualaykum Does anyone know how centres and organisations distribute Zakat al Fitr? As in, my Marja says that at least 3.5kg worth should be given per poor person. ALL centres that we have here in the UK follow Maraja who state that 3kg is enough. I have messaged the centre asking them to pay 3.5kg worth on our behalf, but I'm not sure if they will do it. My question is: Does the method in which organisations distribute Zakat al Fitr cover my requirements already? How much do they give each poor person? I have a strong feeling that I'm missing something here. Hope I'm making sense Thanks in advance, any help will be appreciated. Wassalam
  3. My gums bleed and i am in fast ...

    I want to know whether i am still in fast as my gums were bleeding and i didnt know and some of it i have swollowed.. please someone who can answer me with respected proof.. thank you
  4. Laylat Al Qadr

    Salam brothers & sisters, I would like to get informations about prayers in the last 10 days of ramadan. Should we do Ghusls before prayers or just wudu ? I know it's musta7ab to perform +/- 100x rak3at but how should we do them ? 2x rak3at/prayers or 4x rak3at/prayers ? and what are the surahs we should recite ? Thank you.
  5. Travelling in Ramadan

    Hi . I'm currently studying in Kuala Lumpur. I plan to return to my home back in Pakistan in a few days . I'll be staying there for over a month .i will be in travel for 12 hours . Is is okay if I don't fast for that day ?
  6. Salam Alykom I've always thought that Sayyed Khamenei was clear on his view that Maghreb (and when you are able to break your fast) is when the redness disappears from the eastern sky. However according to a Sheikh here in Sweden, Sayyed Khamenei allows you to follow another marja in this regard and therefore you can follow a marja that allows you to break your fast at sunset. Is Sayyed Khamenei's fatwa "Ihtiyat wajib" (obligatory precaution)? I've always thought he had a clear fatwa about this (and therefore you cannot follow another marja in this regard). Anyone who knows more about this, and if it's correct?
  7. Assalamu alaikum, could somebody provide me with the correct dates for laylat al Qadr, because I am very confused about this as always. And I follow Sayed Sistani so 1st shahr ramadan was 28th may for me.
  8. Too tired to Fast

    Salam. The problem is, I find it very difficult to fast. It's very hot in the city that I reside in in Pakistan, and fasting leaves me with really no energy. Add to that the fact that I'm under-weight and you can imagine how difficult it has become for me. Even though I'm on vacations, I've been unable to do anything productive except laying around until late afternoon doing nothing. This is taking a toll on my life. Can I skip fast(s) to help with this? I'm not medically sick - no nausea or drowsiness, just feel tired and totally drained of energy to the point of uselessness.
  9. Salam brothers and sisters. we all heard once at least that Ramadan is the best time for duas to get accepted. Is it true ? And if so, is it not selfish ? Because we should do things to get closer to God, and making dua for our own desires (I'am not talking about the ones where we ask God forgiveness and thank Him), is it not considered as selfish ? Thank you very much.
  10. State of Janaba

    Salem aleykum brothers and sisters, Please bear with me as I have afew things to get through. Discussing this topic is quite intimidating and embarrassing, hence why I haven't managed to pluck up the courage to seek out help and knowledge untill now. And I would like it if you were a little considerate with your answers please, Thank you. So, my topic is Janaba from masturbation. It all started around a year ago when I first started this bad habit, it was out of curiosity initially but eventually became an addiction. At that time of the year I was in a very depressed state, often thinking about suicide ( for no particular reason.) The urge was strong but I never went ahead with it because I did not want to think that I have become hopeless of my creator. I was aware that suicide was haram and it is irreversible. So, i would often just try and find ways to feel better to get rid of those thoughts. and I guess that's where the idea of masturbation came from ( since medically it's seen as stress relieving etc.) Though I knew masturbation is haram but I had to weigh up the odds of it taking me out of that mindset of suicide (which is irreversable)(and yes i know there are better ways but barely anything worked for me at the time) And it was only intended as temporary thing. But it became a horrible addiction pretty soon that continued for the past year. It started to make me depressed even more because I knew I was disobeying Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì and prayed for help +repented. But after a while I gave up. Because even after I would repent out of guilt and said I wouldn't do it, I did it again. Nonetheless, I eventually managed to cut down the activity (pretty much stopped it) but then again I can never be to sure of myself. All I am sure of is that I want to do whatever I can to compensate for my actions so they may be pardoned. I know that closeness to Allah (Praises be to him) is the only thing that can give me peace in its entirety. Alhamdulilah, this Ramadan has been a blessing and really healing for me so far. However, I made the mistake again last night after a streak of going quite a long time without it(for me.) If there is any time of the year to kick evil habits it is Ramadan. Inshallah, I will continue to try. If you if you have any Duas, recommendations etc for this sort of thing,that would be really helpful. Now for my real question: all of this past year that I have been praying etc is without ghusl of Janaba. My fasts up untill now were without them too. Its not that i lack islamic knowledge generally, I do often seek it and practice it. However, I never came across Janaba in regards to woman doing them. I didn't know State of Janaba was a thing! Im not that old to be married. it's not a topic that is taught to young girls because I guess it is assumed they will do not masturbate. (Unlike males where it is kind of expected of them so they are prewarned about it.) Even online there isn't much about females in this sort of area. Firstly I'm still unsure and confused, can a female enter state of Janaba through masturbation? If so that means that I have been impure while doing my fasts and prayers up untill now. I am concerned as to what I should do about the fasts i have kept this Ramadan so far. Do they count? Should I make up for them? What about my salah? A whole year worth of my salah is invalidated? Do I have to redo them? Bearing in mind I didn't start regularly praying till like 14/15 or so. (Wasn't religious/ didn't understand my religion well) though alhamdulillah God guided me eventually and discover the sweeteness of salah. I have always intended to makeup those 5 years but don't know how and never got around to it. And now will another year's worth be added on to it? How can I make it possible to complete them with every day responsibilities like School, work etc. I apologise for the lengthy post but the reason why I described everything was maybe if any of you find faults in my thinking or ways maybe able to point out and help. Help a sister out of ignorance. Thank you for your time and may Allah send his mercy and blessings on all of you and your families this Ramadan. Inshallah
  11. Salaams, This year , Ramadhan has fallen on a very important study and exam period of mine as these exams will determine whether I get into University. Due to this, I haven't been fasting as having water improves my concentration whilst learning. I tried fasting and struggled to concentrate, got very tired and struggled to understand concepts. It was my niyyah to fast this month, and every morning I make an intention to fast, but then break my fast saying it is hard for me to study. I do taqleed of Ayotallah Sistani, who says break the fast when it is unbearable, and I find it unbearable to study without any water or energy. I tried fasting at night but struggled a lot as Im not an evening person and have never been able to study in the evening. I live in the UK where the fasts are 19 hours long, so it becomes very difficult for me. Could you advise me on whether I should be paying kaffarah on this and what I should do? Thank you
  12. Hearing music without lyrics.

    Salamo Alaykom brothers and sisters. Is hearing music without lyrics haram in the holy month of ramadan? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwDoRPcPxtc&t=164s It is the above link i'm referring to. Excellent to study...
  13. Mr.

    Salaam, as an ex-smoker I use a vape pen to satisfy my cravings, I was wondering if vaping whilst fasting would invalidate my fast? I've tried looking around for fatwas but I can find them regarding smoking, not vaping. Can anyone help me out? Jazakallah
  14. Salam my dear brothers and sisters, I just thought I would take this opportunity to share with you a beautiful new Ramadan nasheed. If you like it then share it with family and friends. It's in Arabic but with English translations. I wish you all a happy and blessed ramadan.
  15. (bismillah) Assalamualikum. My husband and I are new to Shia Islam, and we have some questions about fasting. I have looked around this forum at similar posts and only grown more confused, so if someone could please spell out the answers clearly, that would be wonderful. 1. I will be traveling in the Middle East for 10 days this Ramadan. Is it okay if I do not fast those 10 days (and make up the fasts later)? 2. For the rest of Ramadan and beyond, I will be working in New York City. My daily commute is 2 hours by train each way, plus some time on the subway. I read something about 30km being the limit for traveling while fasting, and if that limit is exceeded, fasts become invalid. Is that true? Do I really have to not fast because of my long commute? What are the rules for fasting while traveling? 3. My husband is an Uber driver. His work hours are 10pm-7am. He is constantly driving for all of the shift. Would his fasts be invalid? What should he do if that is the case? We can't just not work for the entirety of Ramadan. 4. Before I became Shia, I had converted to a different denomination of Islam from atheism a few years before, and I could never fast all of Ramadan because my body got too sick to function. After a few weeks I would give up on fasting and instead donate a lot of food to the local soup kitchen. Is that permissible in Shia Islam? Should we just donate food in place of fasting because we have to be traveling constantly during Ramadan? 5. How do prayers work on a plane? I've never had to deal with praying while changing time zones before. Jazakallah khair in advance!
  16. Will fast become qasr?

    I'm living with my sister's family from the past two months and will be visiting my uncle for 3 days who lives 90 kms from her(during which I know that I can't fast as my roza will be qasr).my question is that when I come back my stay at my sister's will be only for 2 days n then I'll be flying back home. Can I fast on these 2 days?
  17. Fasting in Weekends

    Hello ShiaChat. I have a question regard fasting in weekends only. I live in Denmark - the fasting hours are long here and i work 37/h per week, and i may not be as strong as my parents are - but last year i fasted, but i slept through the entire day, and i felt that my fast wasnt accepted. So my question is - is it not better to fast in weekends and do a complete fast with praying etc, waking up in proper time and enjoying the fasting day.
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  19. In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful A reminder on rulings regarding Qadha’ (make-up) fasts and offering Fidyah and Kaffarah (expiation for missing fasts) قبل حلول رمضان: أهم أحكام القضاء والفدية والكفارة. إضغط هنا لقراءة التفاصيل Qadha’ Fasting: If one has missed any days of fasting during the month of Ramadhan in the previous year, then it is a recommended precaution to make up those fasts before the next month of Ramadhan. If one has days of fast to make up, but intentionally does not make them up before the next month of Ramadhan, the person is still held religiously liable (to make the days up at a later time) and must offer a Fidyah for each day missed by feeding one poor person (as defined by the religious criteria). Those Unable to Fast: Those incapable of fasting, such as the elderly, those who cannot fast due to illness, and those who go through desperate situations temporarily preventing them from fasting, such as some pregnant women and some nursing mothers, must offer the Fidyah. The Fidyah is feeding one poor person for each day in which fasting was missed during the month of Ramadhan. Fidyah and the Kaffarah: Fidyah: A compensation paid for not being able to fast. It is to feed one poor person for each day. The one who is incapable of fasting, thus, offers thirty meals to the poor. The Kaffarah for delaying the Qadha’ fasting: To feed a poor person for each day, in addition to being obligated to perform the Qadha’ fast. The Kaffarah for intentionally breaking one’s fast during the month of Ramadhan: Either fasting for sixty days, or feeding sixty poor persons, for each day missed. It is permissible to offer the entire Fidyah to a single poor person, but the Kaffarah of feeding sixty persons must be offered to distinct individuals. When it comes to the Fidyah and the Kaffarah, nothing but “feeding” suffices. As for how much food, it is the average amount which we usually feed ourselves and our families. According to Islamic law, it must be the equivalent of at least 1.65 lbs. (750 grams) of wheat, rice or dates. It is permissible to pay money with the condition of delegating to the appropriate entity, or trustworthy person, or the poor person him/herself, so long as one feels assured that the food will be bought and offered. It is not permissible to purchase anything but food with the money. Qadha Fasts (text copied from this link)
  20. Ramadan in the Quran

    Salam 3alaikum I am currently writing my last paper for my religion class. I had to choose a certain holiday or 'ritual' and write about it. In this paper, I chose to write about Ramadan. I also have to interview someone in this regard because I'm not allowed to use myself. The thing is I have to base my interview questions solely on passages from the Quran. I know the reason for why we as Muslims fast, but I can't find all of the places in the Quran where Ramadan and fasting are mentioned. So my question is, do you know which verses in the Quran mention the above? Thank you and Jazakum Allah Khair in advance!
  21. The month of Ramadan is a period of fasting, sacrifice, giving, piousness and self-training with the hope that these qualities will extend beyond this month and stay with us throughout the year. Indeed, the essence of fasting in Ramadan is spiritual. Nevertheless, this holy month also offers a number of benefits for both the mind and body. In a narration of Abu Nuaim, Prophet Mohammad said, “soomo wa tsahhoo”, which can be translated to mean, “Fast and be healthy.” Even science has proven that Ramadan is a month full of blessings. The International Congress on “Health and Ramadan” which was held in Casablanca in 1994, covered 50 studies on the medical ethics of Ramadan and noted various improvements in the health conditions of those who fast. If any negative effects were seen at all, it was in those who over-indulge in food at iftar or do not sleep well at night. You should also keep in mind that if fasting will be dangerous to your health, such as in Type 1 Diabetics, you are not recommended to fast as your medical condition may worsen. For those of you who can fast, read on to learn about some of the incredible health benefits of fasting on our overall well-being. Provides tranquility of the heart and mind There is intense spiritual meaning to Ramadan for those who fast. Muslims practice generosity by being charitable, family-bonding by gathering around the iftar table, spirituality by praying, and self-control by practicing good manners. All these habits build a feeling of peace, tranquility and self-satisfaction. Improves your blood fat levels A study conducted in 1997 in the Annals of Nutrition Metabolism demonstrated that fasting lowered bad “LDL” cholesterol levels by 8 percent, triglyceride by 30 percent, and increased good “HDL” levels by 14.3 percent thereby protecting your heart from cardiovascular disease. This can be explained by our eating and exercise habits. In Ramadan, people tend to go for healthier options such as dates, nuts, lentil soup, and home cooked meals. Studies have noted that overall saturated fat consumption, usually found in butter, lard, fatty meat, and fast food, is reduced in Ramadan. In addition, the night prayers of “tawarih” may provide an adequate level of physical activity equivalent to moderate physical activity which, for some, may be more than they usually exercise. May help you overcome addictions Addictions can come in all shapes and forms and Ramadan provides an excellent opportunity to ditch them. Because Ramadan teaches you self-restraint for most of the day, you will come to realize that forgoing your addiction all together may not be has hard as you think! Choose one addiction to drop this Ramadan. It could be an addiction to smoking, lying, chocolate, or even gossiping and say your good-byes. Promotes fat breakdown and weight loss Calorie consumption is overall decreased in Ramadan. Of course if you’re binge-eating on Arabic sweets that’s not going to happen. However, if you maintain your usual eating habits, you are very likely to eat less amounts of food and lose weight. This is especially true in Ramadan, when your source of Energy during your fast is mainly fat. Trying to stay lightly active during the day can promote even more fat break-down. Ramadan packages may be the perfect opportunity to re-train yourself and get back on track of eating healthy. When you fast, you learn to control your cravings. As a result, by the end of Ramadan you’ll have stronger will-power and you will have re-gained the strength to say no to tempting food.
  22. Hello, So here is my story I was born and raised in France and I never practiced islam before last ramadan. I started reading the quran because I was home for the summer, class was over and did not have a job. As I had a lot of free time I started praying and I was pushed to pray because eventhough I wasn't practicing before I was raised a believer and I knew about Allah. Since I wasn't in a place I wanted in life I started making duas. One year later I feel like nothing has changed and I'm still (if not more) depressed about my life I'm not sure where I'm going I feel like it's just a mess and what I wanted my prayers to bring me was guidance. So today I feel like all my duas and prayers were useless and it's quite hard for me to keep up praying and reading surats and hadiths everyday because inside im very sad and at the beginning I thought Islam would be the cure for my depression. Today Im still doing all this thing but I don't understand why because I am afraid I have become hopeless I guess I'm praying just to have nothing to lose in the end I don't think I'm bad person I even tried to help people as much as I can I really tried to make everything work for me like adding zakat, paying people food, fasting.. What do you suggest me to do ? What would you do at my place? I feel like I need a miracle
  23. With Ramadan Umrah Packages 2017 UK, the act of Umrah is done to purify the soul from the past sins hence, Umrah can be done more than once in your life. As the prophet says, An Umrah to another Umrah will be done for the expiations of the sins. Performing the Umrah also saves one from being poor as this is done totally for the sake of Allah and pilgrims spend their hard-earned money. Just like Hajj, the performance of Umrah can be counted among the finest deeds one can do. It is believed that Allah adores those who excel in following His teachings and move in life on His paths to please Him alone. In the sacred month of Ramadan, the blessings of conducting Umrah is equal to those who are performing Hajj. On numerous occasions, the holy Prophet told his devout followers that when they perform Umrah in the holy months of Ramadan, it is counted as conducting Hajj. For more information visit this blog: https://umrahpackages2017.wordpress.com/
  24. Ramadhan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Fasting is prescribed in this month. It is a month in which the holy Qur’an was revealed [2:185]. … شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ According to some traditions ‘the Scriptures’ of Ibrahim, the Torah of Moses and the Psalms of David (peace be upon his pure progeny and all the previous prophets) were all revealed in the month of Ramadhan. It is the month of consolation, the one wherein Allah increases the sustenance of the believers... Allah will decrease the hardship of the reckoning of whoever decreases the hardship of his slave during it. It is a month the beginning of which is mercy, the middle of which is forgiveness, and the end of which is acceptance and emancipation from the fire. Ramadan is the most precious month in the Islamic calendar (Hijri) and it is obligatory for the Muslims to fast in the month of Ramadan. Here are some interesting and quick points that shows the importance of Ramadan in Islam. Allah has made fasting this month the fourth Pillar of Islam Allah revealed the Quran in this month Allah has made Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Decree/Power) in this month, which is better than a thousand months Allah has made fasting Ramadan and spending its nights in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward a means of forgiveness of sins In this month, Allah opens the gates of Paradise and closes the gates of Hell, and chains up the devils Every night Allah has people whom He redeems from the Fire Fasting Ramadan is a means of expiation for the sins committed since the previous Ramadan, so long as one avoids major sins Fasting in Ramadan is equivalent to fasting ten months Whoever prays Qiyaam in Ramadan with the Imaam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer Umra’h in Ramadhaan is equivalent to Hajj It is Sunnah to observe I’tikaaf (retreat for the purpose of worship) in Ramadan It is Mustahabb in the sense of being strongly recommended in Ramadan to study the Quran together and to read it to a great deal It is Mustahabb in Ramadan to offer Iftaar to those who are fasting. for more info visit: http://orbitislam.com/importance-of-ramadan/ https://www.al-islam.org/fast-month-ramadhan-philosophy-and-ahkam-yasin-t-al-jibouri/significance-month-ramadhan-and-its-fast https://www.al-islam.org/fasting-and-ramadhan-sheikh-mansour-leghaei/ramadhan-awareness
  25. Assalamu'alaikum! Dear members, as you can see this is my first post on this forum. I have come here because, being a Sunni Muslim, I was a bit troubled by the variation in the Sehr/Iftar timings of Hanafi and Jafari schools of thoughts (these are the two main madhabs followed in my country). There was a consistent variation of 10 minutes between them. The Shias always closed their Sehri 10 minutes prior to the Sunnis and began their Iftar 10 minutes after them. Why is that? What is the jurisprudence behind this? Jazak'Allah
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