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  1. Salaams, my life goal since I was a child is to become part of the 313. I have heard that they fast a lot, (almost everyday) and pray during the night. I am trying to build up my spiritual connection with God almighty. And considering it is now winter and short days, I figured now would be a good time to start fasting everyday. I am in my youth, so that makes it even better. But I got two questions now: 1. Is it okay or is it Makruh to have Suhoor just before you go to bed after Maghrib, Isha and Iftar. (Usually go to bed by 9pm to 10pm). Or is it recommended/mustahab to wake up early in the morning before Fajr and have Suhoor at that time. 2. I am trying to gain weight and muscle, due to me being very skinny (45KG) and I am following this routine called the "Hybrid Calisthenics Routine 2.0" (you can search it up if you want it's pretty good). I am devoted to being part of the 313 but the whole fasting thing I am afraid may contradict with my goal to gain weight. What should I do in this situation? Is it possible that I could still gain weight with what I eat at Suhoor and Iftar.
  2. Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa 'ala Alee Muhammad wa Ajjil Farajahum There are people who wish to fast more than they are able, but some obstacles or personal reasons will hinder them from that. I want to share an experience I had in the last month of Ramadhan and the months of Dhul-Hijja and if anyone has had the same. The one I had in the month of Ramadhan have I unfortunately forgotten if it happened while I was going to sleep after breaking my fast or if it was after I had come home from work and wanted to sleep the remaining time until it was time for maghrib. I'm more sure of it being the latter one. The second one was for the night to the first of Dhul-Hijja in my region but for the most of other regions it would have been the second Dhul-Hijja. I fasted with my sunni community their first of Dhul-Hijja and for the shias in Iraq that would also have been their first Dhul-Hijja, but not 100 % in the upper region of Scandinavia. Both of the instances had the same phenomenon happening in a dream. The one in ramadhan was more pleasing. All I could see was light and I was aware that this happened while I was lying down. White light was flowing through me and I felt I was encompassed by it from the back and the sides, it felt like being surrounded by wind touching you. And the light made loud sounds, that was what stood out the most. I don't remember the sounds anymore but at that time I interpreted it as sounds from angels. I was terrified and thought I was going to die but the experience was very pleasing, it was pure bliss. Because I was scared all I could do was calling out Allah's Subhana wa Ta'ala's name and other phrases for help. I woke up from that and was taken aback by the experience. In the dream it felt very long but when I woke up it felt like what happened was only the blink of an eye. I woke up and my mother had just entered the room I was sleeping in. In Dhul-Hijja it was the night where I made my intention to fast for the first of Dhul-Hijja after my second fast. The experience was exactly the same but this one was different in that it had squeezes coming in waves. The light was there but when I felt the squeezes, they would disappear. I would one moment see and feel the light and in another moment the wave of squeezing. I woke up and noticed the dreams likeness with the one in Ramadhan. Fajr was in about 10-15 minutes, I went back to sleep and had a wonderful dream with my mother, until I again woke up still smiling from the dream and fajr had just begun. Because of my bodily weakness I couldn't fast that day. My back begins to hurt, I'm already underweight. May Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala ease everyone's hardships. This world is not worth being in grief over. Wa alaikumasalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh
  3. We see this is not a Shia fabrication, but also found in our Sunni brethren historic records and hadith. So how can our Sunni brethren fast on this day, as a day of happiness and congratulations, when the sky cried and mourned? وقال علي بن محمد المدائني ، عن علي بن مدرك ، عن جده الأسود بن قيس : احمرت آفاق السماء بعد قتل الحسين بستة أشهر ، نرى ذلك في آفاق السماء كأنها الدم . قال : فحدثت بذلك شريكا ، فقال لي : ما أنت من الأسود ؟ ، قلت : هو جدي أبو أمي قال : أم والله إن كان لصدوق الحديث ، عظيم الأمانة ، مكرما للضيف. “Ali bin Madrak” quotes from his grandfather “Aswad bin Qais” who said: after the martyrdom of imam “Husayn” [AS] the horizon was red until six months and we saw it like blood in sky, “Ali bin Muhammad Madaeni” asked him: what’s your relationship with “Aswad”: he said: he’s my maternal grandfather, “Ali bin Muhammad Madaeni” said: swear by god! he was honest, hospitable and great trustee. “Al-Dhahabi” – Siyar al-A’lam al-Nubala – vol. 3, p 312 عن ابن سيرين قال لم تبك السماء على أحد بعد يحيى بن زكريا إلا على الحسين بن علي. “Ibn Sirin” said: sky has cried for no one other than “Zachariah” and “Husayn bin Ali”. “Al-Dhahabi” – Siyar al-A’lam al-Nubala – vol. 3, p 312 عَنْ نَضْرَةَ الْأَزْدِيَّةِ قَالَتْ : لَمَّا أَنْ قُتِلَ الْحُسَيْنُ بن علي (عليهما السلام) مَطَرَتِ السَّمَاءُ دَماً فَأَصْبَحْتُ وَ كُلُّ شَيْ‏ءٍ لَنَا مَلْآنُ دَما . “Nazrah al-Azdiyyah” says: when “Husayn bin Ali” [AS] was martyred, sky cried blood and we’d see that all our things are covered with blood. “Al-Mazi”- “Tahzib al-Kamal” – vol. 6, p 433 عن عيسى بن الحارث الكندي ، قال : لما قتل الحسين مكثنا سبعة أيام إذا صلينا فنظرنا إلى الشمس على أطراف الحيطان كأنها الملاحف المعصفرة ، ونظرنا إلى الكواكب يضرب بعضها بعضا. “Isa bin Harith Kandi” says: when “Husayn bin Ali” [AS] was martyred, until seven days, whenever we said “Asr” prayer, we’d see that sunlight that hit the walls of our homes is so red as if they were covered with red tent and we’d see that some of stars beat each other. {bumped into each other} “Al-Dhahabi” – Siyar al-A’lam al-Nubala – p 3, vol. 312
  4. Alsalam alaykom dear brothers and sisters, I hope everyone is doing well. Now that ramadhan is here, I thought I would share with you the ramadhan app that I have made for both Android and iOS. This app is only available in Arabic. The app has all that you need: Quran Ramadhan Supplications with audio The Night of Qadr Supplications and Acts Prayer Times Qibla Locator Sibha Counter Android Play Store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.laylatalkader iOS App Store link: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/ادعية-رمضان-واعمال-ليالي-القدر/id6444166034 Jazakhum Allah Kheir, Your brother Jaffer Al Fahdawi
  5. Salam alaikum! I am planning to visit Karbala during this Ramadan but will be there for less than 10 days. So, do my fasts become qasr or can I fast like my own hometown? Your answer based on the Shia Fiqh would be highly appreciated. Jazakallah Khair.
  6. 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
  7. There is a common practice amongst Muslims to fast on the 10th of Muharram (1 month of the Islamic calendar). Although there are several hadith in support of this act, they can be summarized using the 2 primary hadiths below: “When Allah's Apostle arrived at Medina, he found the Jews observing the fast on the day of 'ashura' (10th of Muharram). The Prophet asked them (about it) and they replied, "This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh." The Prophet said (to the Muslims), "We are nearer to Moses than they, so fast on this day." Volume 3, Book 31, Number 222: Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas Volume 4, Book 55, Number 609: Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas Volume 5, Book 58, Number 279: Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas Volume 6, Book 60, Number 202: Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas Volume 6, Book 60, Number 261: Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas Sahih Bukhari “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 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 who ever wished to fast (on it) did so, and whoever did not wish to fast on it, did not fast.” Volume 6, Book 60, Number 31: Narrated by Aisha Volume 3, Book 31, Number 117: Narrated by 'Aisha (similar to above hadith) Volume 3, Book 31, Number 220: Narrated by Aisha (similar to above hadith) Volume 5, Book 58, Number 172: Narrated by 'Aisha (similar to above hadith) Sahih Bukhari Let’s investigate the first hadith – fasting in observance Moses victory. In Judaism, this event is known as Passover. The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. The Jews of Medina also followed this calendar and not the Arab calendar. Authentic hadith tell us that the Prophet (saw) migrated from Mecca to Medina at the end of Safar so his first Ashura in Medina was in AH2. Based on on-line date conversion software (+- 1-2 days): 10 Muharram AH2 (Islamic date) = 14 July 623AD (Gregorian date) = 8th of Av, 4383 (Jewish date) Since the month of AV is the fifth month of the Hebrew calendar, it is highly unlikely the Jews were fasting in observance of Passover on the 10th of Muharram since the dates were nowhere close to each other. Now for the 2nd hadith – continuing the custom of Qurayish by fasting on 10th Muharram The Prophet (saw) spent 23 years of his preaching Islam and abrogating the customs of the kuffar of Mecca yet he continued this custom even after hijra? Highly unlikely! Even if the above traditions are taken to be true, why only celebrate one Jewish custom out of thousands of them? Also, if the Prophet (saw) celebrated their joyous occasions, did he observe and show sorrow during their sad or calamitous days? Why not observe the Sabbath or celebrate the birthday of UZA? The entire Muslim community has a choice: either celebrate Ashura by fasting and celebrating in allegiance to the Jews of Medina and Kuffar of Mecca or observe the calamity that befell the progeny of the Prophet (saw) in a solemn and somber manner. BTW, one of the options makes you a munafiq (hint: loving the Prophet but ignoring the calamity of his progeny)
  8. This is the first Ramadan I will fast when married. I understand that I can not have sex with my wife during the fast. However I have some questions: Does no sex during the fast mean no penetration or no ejaculation? Can we touch each other's genitals? If no, do you mean to the point of ejaculation or literally no touching at all? Thank you for your responses in advance.
  9. Assalam aleikum brothers and sisters, Please forgive me if there is another thread about this! When is the right time to break our fast? I used be Sunni and would break my fast as soon as the Maghrib adhan was played but I've heard its different in Shi'a Islam. Thank you for your help Amy
  10. Salam guys, Quick question, i woke up, looked at my phone to see if there was prayer and I looked at the wrong column and thought I was fairly early so I decided to have a quick suhoor before prayer came. I finished, looked back on the calender because i just didn’t feel something was right, then i realised i was looking at the wrong column all that time and that prayer was NOW and it was already there when I woke up Thats issue #1, am I in trouble for that or something? Issue #2, when spitting out the food from my mouth, there was food stuck between my teeth which i had to also use my tongue to help remove them, does that count as breaking my fast?
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. Asalamu alekom, I was wondering if it would break your fast to lick your blood on your lips. Also what if you had shak that it would break your fast but wasn't a hundred percent sure . Does that mean you still have to repeat your fast? Thank you
  14. This is only one of the many poems of Mawlana Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi on Fasting: What hidden sweetness there is in this emptiness of the belly! Man is surely like a lute, no more and no less; For if, for instance, the belly of the lute becomes full, no lament high or low will arise from that full lute. If your brain and belly are on fire through fasting, because of the fire every moment a lament will arise from your breast. Every moment you will burn a thousand veils by that fire; you will mount a hundred steps with zeal and endeavor. Become empty of belly, and weep entreatingly like the reed pipe; become empty of belly, and tell secrets with the reed pen. If your belly is full at the time of concourse, it will bring Satan in place of your reason, an idol in place of the Kaaba. When you keep the fast, good manners gather together before you like slaves and servants and retinue. Keep the fast, for that is Solomon’s ring; give not the ring to the dıv, destroy not your kingdom. Even if your kingdom has gone from your hand and your army has fled, your army will rise up, pennants flying above them. The table arrived from heaven to the tents of the fast, by the intervention of the prayers of Jesus, son of Mary. In the fast, be expectant of the table of bounty, for the table of bounty is better than the broth of cabbages. Persian: زهی حلاوت پنهان در این خلای شکم مثال چنگ بود آدمی نه بیش و نه کم چنانک گر شکم چنگ پر شود مثلا نه ناله آید از آن چنگ پر نه زیر و نه بم اگر ز روزه بسوزد دماغ و اشکم تو ز سوز ناله برآید ز سینه‌ات هر دم هزار پرده بسوزی به هر دمی زان سوز هزار پایه برآری به همت و به قدم شکم تهی شو و می نال همچو نی به نیاز شکم تهی شو و اسرار گو به سان قلم چو پر شود شکمت در زمان حشر آرد به جای عقل تو شیطان به جای کعبه صنم چو روزه داری اخلاق خوب جمع شوند به پیش تو چو غلامان و چاکران و حشم به روزه باش که آن خاتم سلیمان است مده به دیو تو خاتم مزن تو ملک به هم وگر ز کف تو شد ملک و لشکرت بگریخت فرازآید لشکرت بر فراز علم رسید مایده از آسمان به اهل صیام به اهتمام دعاهای عیسی مریم به روزه خوان کرم را تو منتظر می باش از آنک خوان کرم به ز شوربای کلم
  15. Salaam Alaikum, I had a question please about fasting. Since I started fasting 13 days ago every single day I get gagging (feel to vomit but nothing coming out) throughout the fast 3-4 times a day at least. On Saturday I threw up after my fast and didn’t fast on Monday. I started fasting again yesterday and the same problem is happening. Please can you advise me on what I shall do? Thank you so much.
  16. Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. Till when we have to fast today on Ashura?Till before Maghrib or till Maghrib?
  17. 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 .
  18. Asalaam Alaikum, Just a quick question because many of us are unaware of this issue. When are we exactly required to stop eating sehri. Can we eat till we hear azaan? Is it ok to do brush after sehri? any time during day? Thanks Wasalaam
  19. as salaam alakim!!!!!! As the holy Month of Ramadan come closer, should I fast on medication? like taking them before dawn? What happens if I have to take them in the morning? I did that last year, I wonder what are some opionion is this. Any Marjas?
  20. salam everyone my eid is on saturday. i currently live in sydney and it takes me an hour and a half to get to wollongong. am i valid to fast? i follow sistani and i know according to him, you cannot fast when travelling far.
  21. Salam alaykom my brothers and sisters, I have a made an android ramadhan application a couple of years ago and have continually updated it and updated it couple of days ago. The app has the Quran in it and also daily supplications and things to do the nights of alkadr. The app is in Arabic. Please feel to download the application. Name of the app is: ادعية رمضان واعمال ليالي القدر And this is the link to download it on Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.laylatalkader If you do find it helpful, please do share it with your friends and family. Your brother Jaffer, Siyam makbool Inshallah
  22. 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
  23. Salam brothers and sisters, I have decided to fast outside the month of Ramadan following a series of makruh acts that have been bothering me before this month. I feel if i exercise control in any way possible i will comply. My question is, what day is it forbidden to fast. there is a thread i have read that explains when it is best to fast but there should be no harm to fast on non special occasions. And outside fasting, any other tips on self control is highly appreciated! May Allah Bless Mohammed(PBUH) and his family. Many thanks.
  24. Is Naswaar allowed during fasting?
  25. 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.
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