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  1. Salaam, I have a school trip upcoming to a theme park, and although I do not mind fasting on that day, I am slightly worried about the risk of feeling dizzy, sick or even fainting after going on several roller coasters whilst fasting. I have heard that there is a fetwa that it is permissible to break your fast if you are travelling to somewhere over 22km from your home. Since the distance to the theme park is around 30km or so, would I be allowed to break it for that day or should I continue fasting to play it safe? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  2. vivi17

    Losing faith

    Salaam brother, I went through a similar phase where I even stopped praying, I would start to lose faith in Islam, my heart was full of doubt and questions. Like you, I lived in a Western country, but here, most people are Atheist and do not believe. I began to find myself slowly being influenced by them, wanting to live as they do, not wanting to be weighed down with all these restrictions and obligations. Several years passed before I slowly began to return to Islam. It took time and distance for me to be able to see the beauty of Islam and fall back in love with it. This is a bit personal, and I pray you do not have to go through anything similar, but after the loss of someone very close to me, it made me realise that I didn’t want to die feeling guilty. I had been suppressing the guilt I was feeling by not praying and straying away from Islam, I knew deep down what I was doing was wrong. I knew I had to change, but I still couldn’t find the motivation to start. What helped reconnect me again was being around other Muslim friends of mine. This isn’t to say you can’t be friends with Christians, not at all, but for me, I needed to immerse myself in the faith once more. There is a connection that Muslims have with each other, a connection between two people who are on the same wavelength and share the same core values. None of my friends were Shia, but they treated me as no less. It was this sense of a familial bond and mutual understanding that helped me become interested once more. I slowly started falling in love with the religion again, with the sense of peace and comfort it gave me knowing that there was a higher being watching over me. I still have a long way to go, but my faith is stronger than ever. All I can recommend, is for you to open your heart to God. Tell Him about your worries. He is merciful and will be able to see you have a good heart. It is difficult to keep your faith strong in a country where Muslims are a minority and the majority seem to be against them. I can understand. But Alhamdullilah you still have some faith inside you, even your guilt is proof that deep down, you still believe somewhere. Take your time brother, do what you need to do to restore your faith, you don’t need to carry this burden alone.
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