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Nadiya

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  1. My Prayers
    Nadiya got a reaction from Nevsevug in Medication during Ramadan (time-sensitive question!)   
    Assalamualaikum. I may have just broken my foot. Is it permissible to take pain medication if the doctor says I should?
    Also, I have severe depression and fatigue that heavily impacts my life. I forgot to take my antidepressant this morning at suhoor. Is it permissible to break the fast to take medications I need to function?
    I really don’t like not fasting. I feel like such a failure as a Muslim if I’m not fasting during Ramadan. On the other hand, I know Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has deliberately decreed exemptions for people who are ill. What kind of “ill” person is exempt? 
    Jzk.
    p.s. Let me explain a bit more about the depression. I didn’t take my antidepressant a few days ago at suhoor, as well. I thought I would be fine, but I ended up self-harming, cutting off all my hair, contemplating suicide, crying, and screaming and throwing things at my husband. I’m not a rational person without my medication. I hate being like that. I want to be a good Muslim and a good wife. After my husband coaxed me for hours to take my medicine, I ended up breaking fast. I feel awful about it. Please don’t judge me or berate me, I’m already torn up about it inside. If I’m not a good Muslim, then what do I have left?
    Please help. I’ve read through Sistani’s website and other sources, but mental illness is ambiguous, as is physical illness.
  2. My Prayers
    Nadiya got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Medication during Ramadan (time-sensitive question!)   
    Assalamualaikum. I may have just broken my foot. Is it permissible to take pain medication if the doctor says I should?
    Also, I have severe depression and fatigue that heavily impacts my life. I forgot to take my antidepressant this morning at suhoor. Is it permissible to break the fast to take medications I need to function?
    I really don’t like not fasting. I feel like such a failure as a Muslim if I’m not fasting during Ramadan. On the other hand, I know Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has deliberately decreed exemptions for people who are ill. What kind of “ill” person is exempt? 
    Jzk.
    p.s. Let me explain a bit more about the depression. I didn’t take my antidepressant a few days ago at suhoor, as well. I thought I would be fine, but I ended up self-harming, cutting off all my hair, contemplating suicide, crying, and screaming and throwing things at my husband. I’m not a rational person without my medication. I hate being like that. I want to be a good Muslim and a good wife. After my husband coaxed me for hours to take my medicine, I ended up breaking fast. I feel awful about it. Please don’t judge me or berate me, I’m already torn up about it inside. If I’m not a good Muslim, then what do I have left?
    Please help. I’ve read through Sistani’s website and other sources, but mental illness is ambiguous, as is physical illness.
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    Nadiya reacted to Abu Hadi in Medication during Ramadan (time-sensitive question!)   
    Also I wanted to say that to suddenly stop taking anti depressants is extremely dangerous. Im sure your doctor has advised you of this. 
    With depression, the prefered option is to figure out a way to alleviate this without medication, ie therapy that involves talking with a trained specialist, who believes in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and accepts the Wilayat of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)). Unfortunately there are very few of these.
    But if a course of treatment involving medication has started, it needs to be followed according to the doctors prescription. If mwdication is stopped suddenly, it very often leads to symptoms like the ones you described. These drugs have very strong effects on your biological and neurological systems, some of which are known and some are not very well understood, even by doctors. 
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    Nadiya got a reaction from shia farm girl in Medication during Ramadan (time-sensitive question!)   
    Assalamualaikum. I may have just broken my foot. Is it permissible to take pain medication if the doctor says I should?
    Also, I have severe depression and fatigue that heavily impacts my life. I forgot to take my antidepressant this morning at suhoor. Is it permissible to break the fast to take medications I need to function?
    I really don’t like not fasting. I feel like such a failure as a Muslim if I’m not fasting during Ramadan. On the other hand, I know Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has deliberately decreed exemptions for people who are ill. What kind of “ill” person is exempt? 
    Jzk.
    p.s. Let me explain a bit more about the depression. I didn’t take my antidepressant a few days ago at suhoor, as well. I thought I would be fine, but I ended up self-harming, cutting off all my hair, contemplating suicide, crying, and screaming and throwing things at my husband. I’m not a rational person without my medication. I hate being like that. I want to be a good Muslim and a good wife. After my husband coaxed me for hours to take my medicine, I ended up breaking fast. I feel awful about it. Please don’t judge me or berate me, I’m already torn up about it inside. If I’m not a good Muslim, then what do I have left?
    Please help. I’ve read through Sistani’s website and other sources, but mental illness is ambiguous, as is physical illness.
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    Nadiya reacted to Abu Hadi in Medication during Ramadan (time-sensitive question!)   
    If the medication must be taken orally, ie through the mouth, then this breaks your fast from what I know. If you need this medication and not taking it will put your life at risk or will cause you severe mental or physical trauma, then it is wajib for you to take the medication and to not fast and make up those days when you are able to. That is because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) did not require you to fast in order to to torture you, but in order to elevate you spiritually and give you empathy for those who are less fortunate
    Also, maybe you could ask your doctor if there is an option to give you medicarion that is more long lasting so you could take it before fajr and again at Iftar time. 
     
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    Nadiya reacted to Hassan- in Prayers, Traveling, & Taqiyyah?   
    Anywhere outside your home city that’s beyond 22km will be considered a travel. If you go to multiple cities, the cities must be 22km apart for the ten day period to reset (remember when I said if you reside or intend to reside in a city for 10 or more days you will not be considered a traveler). As long as you reside in a city other than your home city  for less than 10 days you will remain a traveller. If you travel to another city but the city was not 22km away, the 10 day period will not reset. 
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    Nadiya got a reaction from shia farm girl in Ethical Dilemma -- Wajib or Haram?   
    Assalamualaikum,
    Is it better to do something that could be wajib but may be haram, or to abstain from it because it could be haram but may be wajib?
    Let me explain (brothers be warned, this is a menstruation question). I am a woman whose menstruation is unpredictable. I never know when it will start. Most of the time, blood is just very brief spotting rather than the start of a period, but obviously sometimes it's actually the start of menstruation. I also can't tell by the color or consistency of the blood which one it is. Whenever this happens, I'm always thrown into an ethical dilemma.
    Salat is wajib, but it's haram during menstruation. So I panic -- should I pray, or should I not pray? If I pray and I'm on my period, I have done something haram. But if I don't pray and it turns out I'm not on my period, I have done something haram. 
    Normally after around 20 minutes of agonizing over this question, I opt to pray. Usually this is the right decision, but occasionally I am wrong. 
    Rarely, I am confident that yes, I am in fact starting my period, and opt to not pray. I have been wrong, though. 
    I am leaning towards that it is better to pray and be wrong than to not pray and be wrong. Would you agree or disagree?
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    Nadiya got a reaction from Hameedeh in Salat & Menstruation Confusion   
    Thank you very much for answering, brother. JazakAllah khair!
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