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  1. The narrator asked Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (a), “It is difficult for me to fast for three days every month. Is it enough that I give one dirham in charity for every fast?” Imam ((عليه السلام).) replied, “Giving a dirham in charity is better than fasting for a day.” My father said, ‘Sa’ad Bin Abdullah narrated to us, from Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Muhammad Ibn Al Hassan Bin Alaan, from Muhammad Bin Abdullah, from Abdullah Bin Jundab, (It has been narrated) from one of the two truthful ones (asws) (5th or 6th Imam (asws), having said: ‘The one l who comes over to his brother, and he is Fasting a voluntary (Fast), so he should break it, and there would be double Recompense for him – one Recompense for his intention for his Fast, and one Recompense for making enter the cheerfulness unto him’. ILLAL AL SHARAIE – V 2 Ch 120 H 1 Ahmad Bin Muhammad narrated to us, from Sa’ad Bin Abdullah, from Muhammad Bin Al Husayn, from Salih Bin Uqba, from Jameel Bin Daraaj, Abu Abdullah (asws) has said: ‘The one who goes over to his brother and he is Fasting, so he should break his Fast with him, and not to let him know of his Fast. Thus, he would be from the ones upon who Allah Mighty and Majestic would Write for him the Fasts for a year’. ILLAL AL SHARAIE – V 2 Ch 120 H 3 Hadeeth related to common issues while fasting, http://hubeali.com/articles/Soam_Roza_Fast.pdf Optional fast, https://hubeali.com/articles/MustahabSoam_OptionalFast.pdf "Reward For Fasting In The Month of Rajab" The Holy Prophet (saws) says, “Know that Rajab is a great month of Allah (عزّ وجلّ). It is called Asam because there is no month so dear and excellent for Allah (عزّ وجلّ) except this. It was respected even during the time of ignorance. When Islam arrived, it too increased the greatness and excellence of this month. Know that Rajab is the month of Allah (عزّ وجلّ), Shaban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah. Know that if a faithful person fasts seeking reward from Allah (عزّ وجلّ) he has gained lots of pleasure of Allah (عزّ وجلّ). The fast of that person would end the anger of Allah (عزّ وجلّ) upon him; a door of Hell would be closed for him. The reward of this fast with pure intention is better than giving an earth filled with gold as charity. No object in this world can make his reward complete except good deeds. As soon as night falls, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would fulfill his ten wishes. If he prays for worldly life his prayers would be accepted. One who prays for His friends, lovers and chosen people, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would accept his prayers. One who observes two fasts in the month of Rajab nothing in the earth and heavens can imagine the greatness of that person. He would get the reward of a truthful person who has never lied in his whole life-time. He would appear on the Day of Judgment in the similar state. That person would do intercession of others along with other truthful people till they all enter Paradise and settle down with those truthful persons. One who fasts for three days in Rajab, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would erect a barrier between him and Hell whose distance would be equal to travel of seventy years. Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would say at the time of Iftar, ‘You have right upon Me and My love for you has become obligatory. O angels! I hold you witness that I have forgiven his sins from start till the end’. One who fasts for four days in the month of Rajab, he will remain safe from calamities like the evils of Jinns, leprosy, leucoderma, mischief of Dajjal and the punishment of grave. He would get the reward of wise persons who repent. He would be handed over the scroll of deeds in his right hand and made to stand in the first row of worshippers. One who fasts for five days in the month of Rajab it is the duty of Allah (عزّ وجلّ) to please him on the Day of Judgment. His face would be shinning like the full moon when he is resurrected on the Day of Judgment. Rewards equal to the number of grains of sand would be written for him and he would be made to enter Paradise without any accounting. He would be given choice to ask whatever he wants from Allah (عزّ وجلّ). One who fasts for six days in the month of Rajab, his face would be brighter than sun when he is resurrected on the Day of Judgment. Apart from this, he would be given extra light, which would light up all those gathered on that day. He would be gathered along with protected people and would pass through the Sirat Bridge without any accounting. His sins as great as disobeying parents and breaking relations will be forgiven. One who fasts for seven days in the month of Rajab, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would close all seven doors of Hell for him and prohibit the fire of Hell for his body. One who fasts for eight days in the month of Rajab, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would open all eight doors of Paradise for him one by one and he would be given choice to enter Paradise from whichever door he wishes. One who fasts for nine days in Rajab would come out of his grave saying Laa ilaaha illallaah and would not see anything except Paradise. The light of his face would brighten the people gathered on that day and people would think of him as a prophet. The minimum reward given to him at that time is entrance to Paradise without any accounts. One who fasts for ten days in Rajab would be given two emerald wings decorated by illuminating pearls and rubies. He would enter Paradise flying over the Sirat Bridge with the help of these wings. He would be counted among the just and dear ones of Allah (عزّ وجلّ). He is like one who prayed for a hundred years with the pure intention of seeking reward from Allah (عزّ وجلّ). One who fasts for eleven days in Rajab, there would be no one greater in front of Allah (عزّ وجلّ) than him except one who has fasted more than him. One who fasts for twelve days in Rajab would be made to wear two dresses of brocade and silk. If one of those dresses is brought to this world it would illuminate the world from east to west and scent the world with fragrance better than musk. One who observes thirteen fasts in Rajab, a table would be spread under the shade of the Divine throne and a number of eatables would be laid on it for him. The span of this table would be seventy times the area of this earth. Trays made of brocade and rubies will be laid on it. Every tray would have seventy thousand types of eatables each having distinct aroma and color. That person would have food from this table while others would be involved in a great difficulty. One who fasts for fourteen days in Rajab, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would grant him huge palaces made of pearls and rubies of such kind that eyes have l neither seen nor ears heard about nor can a human mind imagine them. One who fasts for fifteen days in Rajab would stand at the place of faithful people. Every angel, messenger and apostle passing by him would say, ‘Congratulations, for you are in peace, near to Allah (عزّ وجلّ), honest, fortunate and happy and would rest in gardens’. One who fasts for sixteen days in Rajab would be among those who are first to ride upon the vehicles of bright light. He would fly from Paradise to the door of Mercy in these vehicles. One who observes seventeen fasts in Rajab, seventy thousand lamps would be illuminated for him at the Sirat Bridge so that he enters Paradise passing the bridge in the light of these lamps. Angels would welcome him saying,‘ Well done’ and ‘Peace be upon you’. One who fasts for eighteen days in Rajab would be given a place on the thrones made of pearls and rubies in the Minaret of Ibrahim in Paradise. One who fasts for nineteen days in the month of Rajab, Almighty Allah would construct a palace of pearls for him facing the palaces of Adam (a) and Ibrahim (a). He would salute them and they too would salute him and respect his position. He would be given the reward of a thousand fasts for each fast. One who observes fast for twenty days in Rajab it is as if he has worshipped Allah for a thousand years. One who fasts for twenty-one days in Rajab, on the Day of Judgment he would get to intercede for people numbering the sinners of Rabi and Mudhir tribes. One who fasts for twenty-two days in Rajab a caller would give call from heaven, ‘O friend of Allah! (عزّ وجلّ) There are glad-tidings for you. There is great honor for you in Allah’s eyes. You are friend of prophets, truthful ones, martyrs and the virtuous upon whom Allah (عزّ وجلّ) has revealed His bounties and mercy. They are your best friends’. One who fasts for twenty-three days in Rajab a call would be given from heaven, ‘O slave of Allah! (عزّ وجلّ) You are fortunate. You have taken less pain and you are getting much more benefit. The veil is taken off from you. You are rewarded greatly by your Lord. You will be a neighbor of Khaleel (Prophet Ibrahim) in Darus Salaam. One who observes fast for twenty four days in Rajab the Angel of death would come to him in the form of a handsome youth wearing a green brocade dress mounted on a green horse of Paradise. He would be holding a golden cup decorated with a green silk more fragrant than musk filled with the pure wine of Paradise. He would make that person drink that wine while taking his soul away. The difficulties at death-bed would be eased for him and his soul would be wrapped in green silk. Such a sweet fragrance would come out if it that all the inhabitants of seven heavens would be scented with it. He would remain satisfied in his grave as well as when he would be resurrected until he reaches the cistern of The Holy Prophet (saws). One who fasts for twenty-five days in Rajab would be surrounded by seventy thousand angels, each holding an umbrella made of pearls and rubies when he is resurrected from the grave. They would have ornaments and excellent dresses. They would say, ‘O dear one of Allah! (عزّ وجلّ) Let us go to Him soon’. Then he would go to Paradise first along with the dear ones of Allah. Indeed it is a great success. One who fasts for twenty-six days in Rajab the Almighty Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would build a hundred palaces of pearls and rubies under the shade of His throne. There would be a tent made of red silk of Paradise in front of each palace. While people would be busy in accounting of their deeds, this person would rest over here peacefully. One who observes fast for twenty-seven days in Rajab, the Almighty Allah (عزّ وجلّ) will expand his grave to the distance covered in four hundred years and the whole area would be fragranced with Amber and Musk. One who fasts for twenty-eight days in Rajab Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would create a distance of nine barriers between him and the fire of Hell. The width of each barrier is equal to the distance covered in five hundred years between the earth and heaven. For a person who fasts for twenty-nine days in Rajab, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) would forgive him even if he would have robbed every man on the order of an unjust or even if she is a woman who has been unchaste seventy times. One who fasts for thirty days in the month of Rajab a caller would call out, ‘O slave of Allah! (عزّ وجلّ) Your past sins are forgiven. Your deeds can have a new beginning’. Allah would grant him all the gardens and every garden would have forty thousand cities. Every city would have forty palaces and every palace would have forty thousand houses and every house will have forty thousand dining tables and every dining table would have forty thousand dishes and every dish would have forty thousand types of cuisines each having a distinct color and aroma. Every house will have forty thousand golden thrones and the span of those thrones would be equal to two thousand hands. A virgin Hoorul Ein would be seated on each throne having three hundred thousand dazzling hair on their heads and each lock of hair would be held by one thousand slave-girls who will be scenting it with musk and amber so that the person who fasted during Rajab comes near her. All this is for the person who fasted for the whole month of Rajab.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah! (saws) What should a person do who is not able to observe fast for the whole month due to weakness, menstruation or some other reason?” The Holy Prophet (saws) said, “They should give food to poor as charity. I swear by Him in Whose control is my life that they would get much more than what I have said if they give l charity daily. All the creatures of this earth and the heavens cannot even estimate one-tenth of the reward, which that person would get in Paradise.” (HubeAli translation:- someone asked Rasool Allah (saws), how about someone, due to weekness or illness or a lady out of impurity, is able to fast during the month of Rajab. Is there any substitute for him/her to reap these rewards? The Holy Prophet (saws) replied: ‘Yes, every day donate a bread as a ‘Saddaqa’ (charity) to a ‘Masqeen’ (deprived), I say it in the name of that Who Posses my soul, when he acts this way, he would achieve these rewards which I have describes above and even more than that. Indeed, if all inhabitants of the earth and heavens would collectively strive to level those rewards which he has secured in the Paradise then they would not succeed). Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah! (saws) What should a person do who is not able to pay charity also?” The Holy Prophet (saws) said, “He should recite the following Tasbeeh of Allah (عزّ وجلّ) a hundred times daily for thirty days in the month of Rajab: ‘Sub-h’aanal ilaahil jaleeli sub-h’aana mallaa yambaghit tasbeeh’u illaa lahu sub-h’aanal a-a’zzil akrami sub h’aana mallabisal i’zza wahuwa lahu ahl’. Ref:- Sawab ul Amaal wa Aqab ul Amaal, pp. 62, haith no. 4 Bihar ul Anwar, vol. 94, pp.31 Wasailushia, vol. 10, pp. 483 Rawzatal Waizeen, vol. 2, pp.58 additional hadeeth, Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (عليه السلام) says, “Nuh (a) boarded his ark on the first of Rajab and ordered his companions to fast on that day. He said that Hell goes away to a distance of one year from one who fasts on this day. One who fasts for seven days all the seven doors of Hell would be closed for him. One who fasts for eight days all eight doors of Paradise would be opened for him. One who fasts for fifteen days would have his problems solved. One who fasts for more than this Allah (عزّ وجلّ), the Mighty and Sublime would grant him a greater reward. Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (عليه السلام) narrates from his predecessors that the Holy Prophet (saws) said, “A fasting person is considered to be in worship of Allah (عزّ وجلّ) even though he may be asleep on his bed; but if he does not backbites a Muslim.” Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (عليه السلام) narrates from his predecessors that The Holy Prophet (saws) said, “The sleep of a fasting person is like worship and his breath is like glorification of Allah (عزّ وجلّ).” Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (عليه السلام) says, “The sleep of a fasting person is worship, his silence like the glorification of Allah (عزّ وجلّ), his deeds are accepted and his wishes, fulfilled.” Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (عليه السلام) says, “The smell of the mouth (breath) of a fasting person is dearer to Allah (عزّ وجلّ) than the fragrance of musk.” Imam Musaa Al Kaazim (عليه السلام) says, “Take a nap in forenoon; for Allah (عزّ وجلّ) provides food and water to the fasting person in his sleep.” Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (عليه السلام) narrates that The Holy Prophet (saws) said, “If a person observing fast is present among those who are eating, the parts of his body glorify Allah (عزّ وجلّ) and angels send salutations and seek peace for that person and the salutations of angels is forgiveness.” Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (عليه السلام) says, “One who applies perfume at the start of the day while fasting, his intelligence won’t decrease.” Imam Muhammad Al Baaqir (عليه السلام) says, “If the last deed of a person in his life is a fast he would directly enter Paradise.” Imam Ja'far Al-Saadiq (a) says, “One who observes fast for a single day during summer and feels extremely thirsty, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime appoints a thousand angels to go to him, move their hands on his face and give him glad tidings. When he intends to end his fast, Allah (عزّ وجلّ) says, ‘How good your soul and your smell are! O angels! I hold you witness that I have forgiven this person’.” Imam Musaa Al Kaazim (عليه السلام) says, “Rajab is a river of Paradise whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. One who observes one fast in the month of Rajab, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime would satisfy him with this river.” Imam Musaa Al Kaazim (عليه السلام) says, “Rajab is a glorious month. Allah (عزّ وجلّ) doubles good deeds and wipes the sins in this month. One who observes one fast in Rajab, Hell would go away from him to a distance of a year and Paradise would be made obligatory on one who fasts for three days.” https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://asserattours.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Sawabul-Aamaal.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjk1reorOPuAhX763MBHQpWCP0QFjAAegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw22xnTcHq2o8qtN24vIzda1 (Sawab Al A'amal wa iqaab Al A'amaal) https://www.hubeali.com/alkafivol4/ (Al Kafi vol.4, the book of fasts)
  2. Salam, I had a question regarding missed days of fasting. I had a combined total of 121 days of fasting missed from the year 2010 to the year 2015. I had intentionally not fasted. I have been fasting every Ramadan since the year 2016. I started to make up the days that I missed starting in the year 2016, before the Ramadan of 2016, and was able to complete all 121 missed days before the start of Ramadan for the year 2019. I have not done anything else to make up my fasts other than fasting the days that I missed. What exactly is my kaffarah? I am a muqallid of Ayatollah Sistani. I went on Ayatollah Sistani’s website to figure out what exactly I had to do in order to become current on my fasts, but I got confused. I would really appreciate it if I can get guidance on what I exactly need to do. I regret not fasting on those days and I would like to fix it. Thank you.
  3. I reverted to Islam in December 2006. I have been doing ghusl wrong all these years by ignorance, not from laziness. I would make niyyat and wash my body, but never knew I had to wet my hair. So, because of my ignorance, do I have to do over, to make up and redo all my prayers of the past and all my fasts of the months of Ramadhan for the past 6 years? Jazakallah khairan for your answer! (wasalam)
  4. Assalamalekum Brothers and Sisters, It's the holy month of Muharram and the great Ashura has already passed. I would like to draw and topic to you and share my findings on the context. Kindly guide me on the issue if required. Fasting on 10th of Muharram is a common practice all over the world. However, I'd like to dissect the issue based on a lecture of Syed Ammar Nakshwani below: 1. Hadith of Fasting in Ashura Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet (ﷺ) came to Medina and saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashura. He asked them about that. They replied, "This is a good day, the day on which Allah rescued Bani Israel from their enemy. So, Moses fasted this day." The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "We have more claim over Moses than you." So, the Prophet fasted on that day and ordered (the Muslims) to fast (on that day). Sahih Bukhari: Book of Fasting, Hadith# 222 Narrated Abu Musa: The day of 'Ashura' was considered as `Id day by the Jews. So the Prophet (ﷺ) ordered, "I recommend you (Muslims) to fast on this day." Sahih Bukhari: Book of Fasting, Hadith# 223 Narrated Ibn `Abbas: When Allah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) came to Medina, he found the Jews observing the fast on the day of Ashura. They (the Jews) were asked about it and they said: It is the day on which Allaah granted victory to Moses and (his people) Bani Isra'il over the Pharaoh and we observe fast out of gratitude to Him. Upon this the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: We have a closer connection with Moses than you have, and he commanded to observe fast on this day. Sahih Muslim: Book of Fasting, Hadith# 2518 Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) arrived in Medina and found the Jews observing fast on the day of 'Ashura. The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said to them: What is the (significance) of this day that you observe fast on it? They said: It is the day of great (significance) when Allaah delivered Moses and his people, and drowned the Pharaoh and his people, and Moses observed fast out of gratitude and we also observe it. Upon this the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: We have more right, and we have a closer connection with Moses than you have; so Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observed fast (on the day of 'Ashura), and gave orders that it should be observed. Sahih Muslim: Book of Fasting, Hadith# 2520 2. Narrators of the Hadith Now let’s dissect this issue in the light of the narrators of the Hadith: Ibn `Abbas: Abd Allah ibn Abbas or ′Abd Allah ibn al-′Abbas otherwise called (Ibn Abbas; Al-Habr; Al-Bahr; The Doctor; The Sea) was born c. 619 CE. He was the son of Al-‘Abbas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, an uncle of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and a nephew of the Maymunah bint al-Harith, who later became Muhammad's wife. He was one of Muhammad's cousins and one of the early Qur'an scholars. Since Ibn Abbas was only approx. 3-4 years old (as our Prophet (SAW) migrated on 622 CE), it’s quite ironic that a child of such age experienced the event of Jewish fasting and can explain the whole event such accurately later on. Abu Musa: Abu-Musa Abd-Allah Ibn Qays al-Ash'ari, better known as Abu Musa al-Ashari (d.ca. 662 or 672) was a companion of Muhammad and an important figure in early Islamic history. He was at various times governor of Basra and Kufa and was involved in the early Muslim conquests of Persia. Abu Musa came originally from Zabid, region of Yemen, where his tribe, the Ashar, lived in the pre-Islamic period. He accepted Islam at Mecca prior to the hijra and returned to his native Yemen to propagate the faith. There was no news of him for more than a decade until following the conquest of Khaybar in 628 when he came to Muhammad in Medina with more than fifty converts from Yemen including his two brothers Abu Ruhm and Abu Burdah. Since Abu Musa returned in Khaybar on 628 CE, it can be seen that he was not also present during the Jewish Fasting issue. 3. Meaning of Ashura Although the term Ashura is considered as the 10th of Muharram, but according to the explanation of Arabic language scholar Ali-Ibn Al Athir (1160-1233), the word Ashura has two meanings, an old meaning and a new meaning. Ashura came from ‘Ashrah’ which means ten in Arabic, so according to the old meaning- the 10th day of any month is known as Ashura, and according to the new meaning- after the martyrdom of Hussain bin Ali (AS) the term Ashura refers to 10th day of Muharram month. So if for the sake of argument if we believe that the Jewish fasting was on Ashura, it’s not necessary that it was the 10th of Muharram. 4. Arabic Calendar VS Jewish Calendar It’s quite ironic that Jews of medina were following the Arabic calendar that time, whereas they had their own calendar. It’s assumed that the day they referred that time could be the 10th of Tishri or 15th of Nisan according to the Jewish calendar. 10th of Tishri in Judaism is known as YOM KEPOOR or Ayiam e Kaffara (Year of Attonment) was the date when Moses (AS) came back from mount Sinai and saw his followers worshiping the golden calf. And 15th of Nisan was the date when the Jews were saved from being drowned in Nile. Now let’s peep into the miscalculations of dates for the event: 1. If the event referred to 10th of Tishri, the only year that time when 10th Muharram and 10th Tishri collided, was on 40th Year of Hijrah. So it could not be the Year when Prophet (SAW) entered Medina. 2. If it was 15th of Nisan, then it should have been the 23rd of Ramadan of the Year of Hijrah, not 10th of Muharram. 3. Last but not the least, Prophet (SAW) entered Medina on Rabiul Awwal, not Muharram!! Considering the discussed facts we can conclude that the Hadith of Jewish fasting is a fabrication and should not be let supersede the greatness of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and his holy family. Jazakullah Khairan.
  5. Hi, Just a quick question.. Can we apply sun screen cream on face while fasting for protecting face skin against heat as its Summer season ?? Can we apply gel on hair while fasting ?? Awaiting your responses.. Regards, Ali
  6. The Shia community in the Netherlands suddenly changed the calculation method of the prayer times (switching to the Islamic istitute of hamburg) and fajr is halfway through Ramadan at 2:00 am now (it would have been 3:11 on the same day with the old calculation method) So I wondered how long do you guys fast and where do you live. And I was questioning who do I have to follow cause according to the local (Shia) mosque fajr would still be at 3:11 but the majority of the Shia community agreed on the calculation method of hamburg .
  7. Aslamualaikum, i have a query regarding fasting in the month of shawwal for 6 days as they hold great fazila'h in ahl-e-sunnah's mazhab, what i want to know is that is there any mention / hadith of shawwal fasting in shia mazhab as well ? JazakALLAH khair
  8. 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
  9. 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 ?
  10. Hello! I REALLY need help finding this Nasheed, does anybody know what Nasheed this is? https://ok.ru/video/86764161556
  11. hello I'd like to ask a favour, someone knows a website (or which pages in the Quran talks about it) that has quranic verses about fasting, not only for ramadan, but for all fasts that the muslims go through during all year and if the quran has verses about the proper way for fasting and which are these fasts, why do muslims fast on those days, the meaning, etc... thank you if any can help me
  12. Actually the issue is not consensual between shia's scholars. there are some Maraje that believe you can do iftar at sunset like Sunnis and one of that Maraje was Ayatoallah Bahjat. in the other side we have the majority of Shia scholars that say the iftar time is about fifteen minutes later or Maghreb. Ayatoallah Sistani and Khamenei. so it depend on who are you following in the Maraje.
  13. Salam. My friend and I are debating whether Kaffarah fasting counts in Ramadan. Basically, if a person breaks an oath, and is not able to: free a slave / feed sixty poor / etc. just as Ramadan is arriving, then do his 3 consecutive fasts count? Regardless of Ramadan fasts being wajib/compulsory?
  14. http://imhussain.com/e_index.php?ac=news&id=32 Harvard School of Public Health states that consuming fast food increases your risk of obesity-related conditions. Giving up fast food seems intimidating, as you can sacrifice both convenience and indulgence; however, eating healthful alternatives will improve your health, and eventually, your cravings for fast food will diminish. Breakfast fast-food breakfasts such as breakfast burritos, sausage and cheese sandwiches, syrup-soaked pancakes and oily waffles aren-t the way to start your day. Alternatives such as lettuce wraps, tofu scrambles, egg and toast and oatmeal pancakes are healthier choices to give your body energy and nutrition. Compare the 450 calories and 31 grams of fat in a fast-food biscuit with egg and bacon to the 130 calories and 5 grams of fat in a scramble with four egg whites and 1 ounce of cooked turkey bacon. Time’s often an issue for breakfast, but you can prepare many alternative breakfasts in advance and heat them during a busy morning. For example, make a batch of breakfast burritos from black beans, egg whites, chopped bell peppers and corn tortillas and freeze them individually wrapped. Alternately, have a smoothie made from fresh fruit, a sliced apple with peanut butter or strawberries with almond butter for an energy boost. Lunch fast-food lunches like cheeseburgers, french fries or fish and chips can cause fatigue rather than giving you energy. Alternatives such as baked sweet potato fries, tuna salad or a stuffed pita are much healthier. A fast-food double burger has more than 942 calories and 58 grams of fat; to compare, a 3-ounce turkey burger on a whole-wheat pita has 169 calories and 2 grams of fat. While it’s undeniably less indulgent, it’s far better for your health. Other lunch options include a butterhead lettuce and tomato salad with balsamic vinegar, tomato soup, steamed fish with spinach or a chicken breast lettuce wrap with avocado. If you need lunch to-go, bring it in an insulated lunch box with ice packs to keep your food cold or a thermos to keep soup warm. Dinner Fast-food dinners are not an ideal way to end your day. Instead of greasy pizza, create a homemade Margherita pizza, swap fried chicken for oven-baked chicken and have a salad with whole-grain bread instead of a deli sandwich. Other choices for dinner include homemade soup, vegetable stir-fry, steamed lean meat or whole-wheat pasta. Replacing two pieces of fast-food fried chicken, which has more than 431 calories and 26 grams of fat, with 3 ounces of chicken breast for less than 100 calories and around 2 grams of fat instantly makes dinner healthier. If you need dinner quickly, prepare a large batch of soup, salad or sandwich filling at the beginning of the week or use a slow cooker to prepare lean meats and stews while you’re away for the day. Snacks and Desserts Chips, french fries, popcorn chicken, pie, ice cream shakes and other unhealthy snacks and desserts do not nourish your body. Fresh fruit is an ideal replacement; it doubles as both a delicious snack and healthful dessert, and there’s multiple types from which to choose. Smoothies are excellent replacements for fast-food shakes. To compare, a large strawberry shake has more than 550 calories and 13 grams of fat; replace it with a smoothie made from 1 cup of plain, fat-free yogurt and 1 cup of fresh strawberries for 186 calories and 1 gram of fat. Fruit salads, fruit pudding made with silken tofu and fruit dipped in chocolate are other tasty dessert choices. For savory snacks, vegetables sticks, whole-grain crackers or roasted chickpeas are tasty choices. Source: healthyeating.sfgate.com Note: We are the International Media Unit in the holy shrine of Imam Hussain. Our main aim is to spread the message of Ahlul-Bayt worldwide. Please join our Facebook group at (Hussein Revivalism) and follow our Twitter account @ImamHusainMedia and Instagram @imamhussainmedia Thank you, may Allah and the Ahlul-Bayt bless you.
  15. Bani Umayyah (Umayad) forced people to celebrate the day of Ashura (10th of Muharram) as a blessed day, and encouraged people to buy and store their annual food on that day and to fast that day as Sunnah, by fabricating traditions in this regard which were solely designed to overshadow and to cover up the great catastrophe of the slaughtering the household of Prophet (PBUH&HF). To make people believe that Ashura is a blessed day, day fabricated that it was in that day when Allah saved Bani Israel from Pharaoh. this is while Moses (as) and his companions were saved and passed the Nile river in the month of Rabiul-Awwal. They also invented that the repentance of Adam was accepted on that day, while it was accepted in the month of Zil-Hajjah. They say that it was the day that Jonah (Yunos) was saved from the body of fish and the ark of Noah was settled on earth while it was on the 18th of Zil-Hajjah. All those traditions were fabricated By Bani Umayyah to cover their crimes. But scientific research caught their different lies. Shukar al-Hamdolillah. Let us first read this fabricated tradition: First Version: Sahih Bukhari, Book 60, Volume 6, Hadith 202: Narrated Ibn Abbas: When the Prophet arrived at Medina, the Jews were observing the fast on 'Ashura' (10th of Muharram) and they said, "This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh," On that, the Prophet said to his companions, "You (Muslims) have more right to celebrate Moses' victory than they have, so observe the fast on this day." Second Version: Bukhari, Book 60, Volume 6, Hadith 31: Narrated Aisha: During the Pre-lslamic Period of ignorance the Quraish used to observe fasting on the day of 'Ashura', and the Prophet himself used to observe fasting on it (ashura) too. But when he came to Medina, he fasted on that day and ordered the Muslims to fast on it. When (the order of compulsory fasting in ) Ramadan was revealed, fasting in Ramadan became an obligation, and fasting on 'Ashura' was given up, and whoever wished to fast (on it) did so, and whoever did not wish to fast on it, did not fast. Post Mortem of this Fabricated TraditionIt is very difficult to tell a perfect lie. There are always “Contradictions” when you tell a lie. Same happened in this case where one paid fool of Bani Umayyah fabricated that Prophet (saw) started it due to Bani Israel, while other fool linked it to the Period of ignorance. We all know why we celebrate Eid-ul-Adha (day of sacrifice of Hadhrat Ismael), why we celebrate Ramadhan (Quran tells (Verse 2:185) that the month of Ramazan is that in which the Quran was revealed). But why then ‘Aisha was so much ignorant about the incident of Bani Israel & Moses? The tradition claims that Prophet & Sahaba were constantly observing the fast of ‘Ashura during full 10 years of Prophet’s life in Madina, so there is absolutely no logical reason as to why ‘Aisha was ignorant of this. Moreover, why was Prophet following the Custom of days of Ignorance? There was NO Islamic Calendar during Prophet (saw) era. But there was Arabic Calendar. It was the Era of Umar Ibn Khattab, where proposal came about Islamic Calendar. Ali Ibn Abi Talib recommended to start Islamic Calendar with the 1st of Muharram of the year when Prophet (saw) migrated to Madina. But on 1st of Muharram of Islamic Calendar, Prophet Muhammad (saw) was still in Mecca. All agree that Prophet (saw) migrated to Madina long after it in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. (After Muharram comes the month of “Saffar” and then the month of “Rabi-ul-Awwal”). (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 245: …. (when Prophet reached Madina) So all the Muslims rushed to their arms and received Allah's Apostle on the summit of Harra. The Prophet turned with them to the right and alighted at the quarters of Bani 'Amr bin 'Auf, and this was on Monday in the month of Rabi-ul-Awal.) Therefore, it was impossible that Prophet (saw) had seen Jews fasting on Ashura at his arrival to Madina. This proves this story to be totally fabricated one. Moreover, the modern scientific study of Jewish Scriptures also reveals that people who fabricated this tradition were telling a blatant lie. Do the Jews fast on the day when Bani Israel were saved by Allah? No, it is a blatant lie. Jews don’t have absolutely any Fasting day for this event. Here is the List of days when Jews Fast. http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fast_Days/fast_days.html The next lame excuse by Modern Apologists of this fabricated tradition is to claim that it refers to jewish “Yom Kippur” which happened on 10th of Tishri month of Jews. Once again, this claim is without any proof and totally wrong. First contradiction is this that the 10th of Tishri has nothing to do with saving of Bani Israel from Pharoah, but it is the day the children of Israel paid atonement for worshipping the calf when Prophet Moses and some companions went to Mount Sinai. As a result of this incident, the Jews fast on the 10t of Tishri. Secondly, scientific research shows that 10th Tishri was months away from 10th Muharram of 1st Islamic Hijri year. Here are two Scientific Tools for you to calculate it yourself. Gregorian-Hijri Dates Converter (Online Link) Hebrew Date Converter (Online Link) * 10th Muharram of 1st Islamic Hijri year is equivalent to 25 July 622 C.E. (+ One day Error) [link] * 10th of Tishri, 4383 of Jewish Calendar is equivalent to 23 September 622 C.E. (+10 days error) [link] As you can see both of them months away with each other and there is no chance that they correspond to each other in that year. The Apologists of this fabricated Tradition further make a lame excuse that perhaps Prophet (saw) didn’t see Jews in the first year of his arrival, but in later coming years. But this excuse is also contradicting the facts. Fact is this that Fast of Ramadhan became obligatory in 2nd year after migration (See Tafsir of Verse 2:185 where all Muffasirrin of Quran agree upon it that this verse about Ramadhan fasting was revealed in year 2 A.H.). But the only time the 10th of Tishri corresponded to the 10th of Muharram was in the 29th year after Hijra (i.e. not even in life Time of Prophet Muhammad (saw)). Another problem with 10th Tishri assumption is this that the month in which God delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh was month of Abib (i.e. modern Nissan), as the Bible clearly says: "Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night." (Deut., 16:1). And it is also impossible that month of Abib corresponded with Month of Muharram of 1st or 2nd Year of Islamic Hijri Calendar. * 10th Muharram of 1st Islamic Hijri year is equivalent to 25 July 622 C.E. (1 day error) [link] * 10th of Abib, 4382 of Jewish Calendar is equivalent to 30 March 622 C.E. (10 days error) [link] You can see that there is the difference of months between them and in whole remaining life of Prophet (saw) in Madina, they never corresponded with each other. Note: Moreover, 10th of Abib (Nissan) is not even the day when Bani Israel departed from Egypt. Rather, the savior of the children of Israel occurred on the 15th of Nissan in the Jewish calendar and the 15th of Nissan in the 1st year of Hijra corresponded to the 23rd of Ramadan. Lame Excuse: The Jewish Calendar could have been “distorted” (Tehrif) after the death of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and thus Jewish Calendar is not reliable. Answer: No doubt that there were distortions in the “normal” Jewish scriptures. But as far as specifically the “Jewish Calendar” & the “Custom of Fasting” is concerned, then NO distortion has taken place in them after the advent of Islam, but both the Jewish Calendar & the Custom of Fasting stayed the same since advent of Islam. Actually they stayed same “centuries” before Islam. Here one Link about Jewish Calendar and another Link about short history of “Custom of Fasting”, while as far as Jewish Calendar is concerned, then there is absolutely no doubt that Jews were using this same Calendar centuries before Prophet Muhammad (saw). Therefore, if anyone claims that the “Jewish Calendar” and the “Custom of Fasting” have been distorted after 1st Hijri of Islamic Calendar, then such person is a plain stupid. The Truth: 10th of Muharram is a day of “sorrow” and “great calamities” for Jews too Subhan Allah! The truth is this that 10th of Muharram of 1st Hijri was not the day of “joy” for the Jews. But a big Surprise, that was the day of great calamities and sorrow for Jews too. “Tisha B'Av” is also a fasting day of Jews on 9th of the Jewish month Av. Strange thing is this that this Tisha B'Av corresponded perfectly to the 10th of Muharram of 1st & 2nd Hijri of Islamic Calendar. 1. 10th muharram of muslim is equivalent to Sunday 25 July 622 C.E. (+1 day error according to Islamic Software maker). (Link). 2. 9th of Av, 4382 of jewish Calendar is equivalent to Sunday 25 July 622 C.E (Link). Tisha B'Av: The “Saddest day in Jewish History” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tisha_B%27Av The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Although primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temples, it is also considered appropriate to commemorate other Jewish tragedies that occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, one of the concluding events of the Iberian Reconquista. Accordingly, the day has been called the "saddest day in Jewish history"..... Note: Another very strange thing is this that Jeremiah (see Jer. 52:12–13) dates the destruction of the First Temple to the tenth of Av (52:12ff.), while there is, however, no biblical witness for the ninth. Subhan Allah! Allah is the greatest. [Quran 3:54] But they (the unbelievers) contrived a plot, and God did the like; and God's plan is the best. Was Prophet sad upon killing of Hussain or happy like Bani Umayyah & Present day Nasibies? O Muslims! Do you remember what your Prophet (saw) advised you about his family (Ahl al-Bayt)? Following tradition of Sahih Muslim is telling that Prophet (saw) advised the Ummah "3 Times" to look how they behave with his Ahl al-Bayt after him. Sahih Muslim, Kitab fada'il al-Sahabah: O people, I am only a human being and I am about to respond to the messenger of my Lord [i.e. the call of death]. I am leaving behind Two Precious Things (Thaqalayn) among you. The first of the two is the Book of Allah. In it is guidance and light. So get hold of the Book of Allah and adhere to it." (The narrator, Zayd ibn al-Arqam said: Then he urged and motivated (us) regarding the Book of Allah . Then he said), "And my Ahl al-Bayt (family). I urge you to remember Allah regarding my Ahl al-Bayt. I urge you to remember Allah regarding my Ahl al-Bayt. I urge you to remember Allah regarding my Ahl al-Bayt. But O Muslims! Just tell even after this advice of "3 times" still what happened to the beloved grandson Hussain of Prophet? Sunnan Ibn Majah, Kitab-ul-Fitn (Online Link for Original Arabic Version): Narrated by Alqamah from Abdullah bin Masood: One day we were sitting with Holy Prophet(s) when some children from the house of Bani Hashim came there. When the Holy Prophet(s) saw them, tears welled up in his eyes and he became pale. Ibn Masood said that he told the Holy Prophet(s) "Your face reflects anxiety".The Holy Prophet(s) stated:"Exalted God has granted us,the Ahlulbait, Hereafter instead of worldly pleasure. After me, soon my Ahlulbait will face calamity, hardship and misery till people having black flags will rise from East and seek justice,which will be denied them.They will wage war,they will be supported and will be given what they were demanding.They will not accept until it is handed over to one from our Ahlulbait (i.e. Mahdi) .He will fill the earth with justice as it was filled with injustice. Whoever amongst you is alive at that period, should try to reach them even if he has to tread on ince in that pursuit." (al-Sanadi wrote in commentary of Ibn Majah that this same tradition has also been recorded in Mustadrak of al-Hakim through another chain of Umar bin Qais -- Hakam --I braheem) Saudi Mufti, Al-Albaani records a ‘Sahih’ Hadith: Gabriel came to me and informed me that my Ummah will kill my son Hussain. I asked: ‘This Hussian?’. He (s) replied: ‘Yes’ he then brought me some of its soil that was red. Narrated by Umm al-Fadhal bint al-Harith that she went to the Holy Prophet (s) and said: ‘O Prophet (s), I have seen an unclear dream tonight’. He (s) asked: ‘What is it?’ She replied: ‘I saw that as if a part of your body was cut off from you and was placed upon my chest’. He (s) said: ‘You have seen something good. Inshallah Fatimah will bear a baby boy and he will be upon your chest.’ So Fatima gave birth to Hussain and he was on my chest as the Prophet (s) had notified me. On one day I went to the Holy Prophet (s) and put Hussain on his chest then he turned his face to the side and I witnessed his (s) eyes flowing with tears. I asked: “Prophet of Allah (s), may parents be sacrificed for you, what is wrong?” he (s) then mentioned it (the above hadith). Silsilah Al-Ahadith Al-Sahiyah, Volume 2 page 462 Hadith 821 Witness of Ibn Abbas about mourning of Prophet for Hussain: حدثنا عبد الله حدثني أبي ثنا عبد الرحمن ثنا حماد بن سلمة عن عمار بن أبي عمار عن ابن عباس قال رأيت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم في المنام بنصف النهار أشعث أغبر معه قارورة فيها دم يلتقطه أو يتتبع فيها شيئا قال قلت يا رسول الله ما هذا قال دم الحسين وأصحابه لم أزل أتتبعه منذ اليوم .قال عمار فحفظنا ذلك اليوم فوجدنا قتل ذلك اليوم Translation: “Abdullah bin Abbas narrates that he saw holy prophet (saw) while sleeping in afternoon, his hair were scattered, and full of dust, and he had a bottle filled with blood; I asked him: My parents be sacrificed for you, what is this? He replied: this is the blood of Hussain and his companions, I have been collecting it since day time. Narrator said that when we calculated, it was the day Hussain embraced martyrdom”. AUTHENTICATION OF THE NARRATION: - Sheikh Ahmad Shakir says:- chain is Sahih [musnad ahmad, researched by sheikh Ahmad Shakir, vol 4, page 26, narration 2165] - Imam Hakim says:- Sahih on the condition of Imam Muslim, though he did not write. Imam Dhahabi says:- Sahih on the condition of Imam Muslim [Mustadarak, with Talkhes of Dhahabi, vol 4, page 312, narration 8368, printed by qadeemi kutb khana, pakistan] - Wasi Ullah bin Mohammad Abbas says:- chain is Sahih [Fadail us Sahaba, vol 2, page 778,first print, 1403, umm ul qura, mecca] Ali Ibn Abi Talib mourning for Hussain Masnad Imam Ahmad, 2/60: Abdullah Bin Naji narrates from his father who said : that he went with Ali who was pure. When he passed Ninawa on his way to Siffin Ali called: Be patient Aba Abdillah, be patient Aba Abdillah by ,the Euphrates river ,then I said: and why did you say? he said : Allah’s Prophet (saw) came to me some day and his eyes were overflowed with tears, I said: O Prophet of Allah did someone make you angry why are your eyes overflowing? He said: Jibraeel left me after he told me that Al Hussein asws will be killed by the Euphrates river. He said: do you want to smell some of his soil? I said: yes. He took some of the soil in his hand and gave it to and gave it to me then I could not hold back my tears and my eyes overflowed. Sheikh Ahmad Shakir says: Sanad Sahih This hadeeth has been authenticated by other scholars as well; like albani, haithmi etc Weeping of Skies and Jins upon killing of Hussain: Ummul Momineen Um Salma (ra) has also narrated as recorded by Imam Abi Bakar al-Haythami: عن أم سلمة قالت‏:‏ سمعت الجن تنوح على الحسين بن علي‏.‏ رواه الطبراني ورجاله رجال الصحيح‏.‏ ”I heard the jinns mourning for Husayn ibn Ali’. Tabarani has recorded it and all its narrators are narrators of Sahih’. Majma al-Zawaid, Volume 9 page 199 Tradition 15179 Another such Sahih Tradition from Maymonah at Majma al-Zawaid, Volume 9 page 199 Tradition 15180 Another such Sahih Tradition from Zuhri at Majma al-Zawaed, Volume 9 page 316 Tradition 15160 Please read many more traditions about mourning of Prophet (saw), Sahaba, Skies, Jins at this link and this link.
  16. Sallam I have about 6 Kaffara to pay, so feed 60 people x 6 Can I just feed 1 person for 60 days or do I have to feed 60 different people. For example, if I can feed a few people multiple times then I can just send the money to my uncle and his family in Afghanistan, the money equal to 60 meals x 6. or do I have to find 60 different people and feed them only once. I prefer sending money to my uncles, and it is easier for me, much easier. Please help, I follow Sistani btw. shukran
  17. I wonder why there exist seemingly "strong" evidence (with virtues) on fasting on Ashoora (10th MUH) in the Sunni hadeeths. I wonder is it because: 1) they are fabrications, or 2) there was a clear command to keep fast but later "abrogated" / "rescinded"
  18. I was reading things online and I am confused about travelling rules and fasting during the month of Ramadhan. Last Monday, I left my house at 10:30am (after fajr) to reach my parents' house around 1:15pm (after zhur), which is about 145 km (90 miles) away from my house. I left my parents' house Tuesday afternoon at 5pm to reach my house at about 7pm. I fasted on both Monday and Tuesday. When I'm at my parents' house, I always offer full prayers. Were my fasts valid or do I have to make them up? What is the limit (km/mi) for it to be considered a travel? Am I supposed to offer shortened prayers when i go to my parents'? Jazakallah Khairan for your answers! (wasalam)
  19. Salam alejkum, Basically I will be going on holiday after ramadan has started, I will be travelling to a country within Europe so the time difference will only be an hour and the journey itself will be 12 hours. I was wondering whether my fast would be valid if I fasted during travelling as I would be more than able to do so. JazakAllah.
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