Case 32: Shawwal Fasts

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الحمد الله⚜

وصَّلات وسَّلام على رسول الله⚜

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته⚜

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❓Question:❓

Dear sisters .‎الحمد لله‎ Ramadan seemed to have just breezed past us leaving us with the sweet smell of emaan. I hope and pray this stays with us even after this blessed month has passed us by. Since I will be unable to post on Thursday and a question has also come up about the Shawwal fasts I thought it better if I posted it on Monday itself. This sister has a series of question regarding them and they are as follows:

1. Can the missed Ramadan fasts be combined with the Shawwal fasts?

2. Should we start fasting on the second day of Shawwal itself? (that is the day after Eid al fitr)

3. And can we make up these fasts other than in the month of Shawwal.

📃📃Answer📃📃

Now since these are fiqh questions the answers to these questions have been referred to from authentic Islamic sites and it’s not my personal opinion.

Now about the first question.

1. Can the missed Ramadan fasts be combined with the Shawwal fasts?

It is not valid to combine the missed Ramadan fasts with the Shawwal fasts, because fasting the six days of Shawwaal can only be done after fasting Ramadan in full.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said in Fataawa al-Siyaam (438).

It is obligatory to make up missed fasts for the one who had an excuse, indeed that is part of this pillar of Islam. Based on this, hastening to do it and to discharge this duty takes priority over doing actions that are mustahabb.

With regard to fasting the six days of Shawwal, they are connected to Ramadan and can only done after making up missed Ramadan fasts. If anyone fasts them before making up missed Ramadan fasts they will not attain that reward, because the Prophet (‎ﷺ‎) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” It is well known that whoever still owes days from Ramadan is not regarded as having fasted Ramadan until they make up the days they missed. Therefore _fasting_ six days of Shawwal is dependent upon having completed the Ramadan fast, according to the correct view.

The conjunction then indicates that this must be done in this order. This indicates that the fast of Ramadan must be completed first (by observing the Ramadan fast and making up any missed fasts), then after that one may fast the six days of Shawwal, so as to attain the reward mentioned in the hadeeth.

The one who still owes missed Ramadan fasts is said to have fasted part of Ramadan; we cannot say that he has fasted Ramadan.

2. Should we start fasting on the second day of Shawwal itself? (that is the day after Eid al fitr)

No, it is not necessary that we start fasting on the day after Eid itself for us to get the reward. The entire month of Shawwal is there for us to complete our Shawwal fasts. But there is also a point of view which forbids us from fasting the day after Eid too ,which is wrong.

Eid al-Fitr lasts for just one day, which is the first day of Shawwal.

With regard to the commonly-held belief among people, that Eid al-Fitr lasts for three days, this is merely a custom that is known among the people, and has nothing to do with any shar’i rulings.

Al-Bukhaari (رحمالله) said:

Chapter: Fasting on the day of al-Fitr.

Then he narrated that Abu Sa’eed (رضى الله عنه) said: The Prophet (‎ﷺ‎) forbade fasting on the day of al-Fitr and al-Nahr.

Based on this, the day of al-Fitr is just one day, on which it is haraam to fast, As for the second and third days of Shawwal, it is not haraam to fast those days; it is permissible to fast it to make up a missed Ramadan fast or as a voluntary fast.

Therefore if it’s convenient to start fasting on the second day of Shawwal itself then ‎الحمد لله‎ but if due to some reason we are not able to do so, then those six Shawwal fasts can be done in the full month at your own convenience.

And now for the third question.

3. Can we make up these fasts other than in the month of Shawwal.

If a person has an excuse that kept him from fasting the six days of Shawwal in Shawwal because he had to make up missed fasts – such as a woman who was bleeding followed childbirth and spent all of Shawwal making up for Ramadan – then she may fast six days of Shawwal in Dhu’l-Qa’dah, because she was excused. Similarly for anyone who has an excuse it is prescribed to make up the six days of Shawwal in Dhu’l-Qa’dah, after making up the missed Ramadan fasts. But the one who lets the month of Shawwal go by without fasting these days and with no excuse, will not attain this reward.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: What if a woman owes days from Ramadan – is it permissible for her to give precedence to fasting the six days of Shawwal over making up the days she owes, or should she give priority to the days she owes over fasting the six days of Shawwal?

He replied: If a woman still owes days from Ramadan, then she should not fast the six days of Shawwaal until after she has made up what she owes, because the Prophet (‎ﷺ‎) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows it with six days of Shawwal…” Whoever still has days to make up from Ramadan has not fasted Ramadan, so she will not attain the reward of fasting the six days of Shawwal until after she has finished making up the days she owes. If we assume that this making up missed fasts lasts throughout Shawwal, such as if a woman was bleeding following childbirth and did not fast at all in Ramadan, then she started to make up her missed fasts in Shawaal and did not finish that until Dhu’l-Qa’dah began, then she may fast the six days, and she will have the reward of one who fasted them in Shawwal, because she delayed it for a necessary reason, so she will have the reward.

I hope this has answered all the questions and cleared all the doubts about the Shawwal fasts ‎إن شاء الله.

May Allah (‎ﷻ) accept it from us and grant us the the reward for it.

May Allah(‎ﷻ) grant us the strength to increase our Ibadah and let our deeds be only for His sake and every act of Ibadah done with Ikhlas this Ramadan.

أمين يا رب العلمين

و آخر الدعوانا أن الحمد لله رب العالمين.

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Case 29: Missed Ramadan Fasts And Importance of Shawwal fasts

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الحمد الله⚜

والصَّلات والسَّلام على رسول الله⚜

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

🔴Question:

🔼The question we are going to answer this week is very relevant for the month of Ramadan. A sister has asked us about how to make up missed Ramadan fasts. And also the importance of fasting during the month of shawwal.

🔵Answer:

🔹Let’s start by discussing how important it is to fast during this blessed month.

🌻The Prophet (ﷺ) said, 💡”In Jannah, there is a gate which is called “Ar-Raiyyan” through which only those who observe ‘Saum’ (fasting) will enter on the Day of Resurrection. No one else will enter through it. It will be called out, “Where are those who observe fasting?” So they will stand up and proceed towards it. When the last of them will have entered, the gate will be closed and then no one will enter through that gate.” 💡

[Bukhari Muslim, riyad as-salihin 1217]

🌻The Prophet (ﷺ) said,💡 “He who observes fasting during the month of Ramadan with Faith, while seeking its reward from Allah‎ﷻ, will have his past sins forgiven.”💡

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim, riyad as-salihin 1219]

🌻The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, 💡”Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: ‘Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.’

Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad‎ﷺ‎ is, the breath of one observing Saum is sweeter to Allah‎ﷻ than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts, experiences two joys: he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rubb.”💡

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim, riyad as-salihin 1215]

🔘So it is of paramount importance that as Muslims we fast during this month to gain the favors of our Rabb.

🔘But if we miss some fasts due to reasons such as sickness or travelling, or menstruation in the case of women, then we must make it up after Ramadan, and we must make up the number of days that we did not fast, because Allah‎ﷻ says:

🌟“and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days”🌟

[al-Baqarah 2:185].

🌼‘Aisha رضى الله عنه said: That (i.e., menstruation) would happen to us and we would be told to make up the fasts, but we were not told to make up the prayers.

[Al-Bukhaari (321) and Muslim (335)]

🔘The time for making up the fasts lasts until the next Ramadan begins; we can make them up at any time during this period, on consecutive days or separately.

🔘It is not permissible for us to delay making them up after the following Ramadan, unless we have an excuse.

The one who breaks the fast with no excuse also has to repent to Allah, regret what they have done, resolve never to do it again, and do a lot of righteous deeds such as observing nawafil fasts and so on.

Allah‎ﷻ says:

🌟“And verily, I am indeed forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them (till his death)🌟.

🔘And about the fasting of shawwal,it can’t be stressed enough how important it is. Fasting six days of Shawwaal after the obligatory fast of Ramadan is Sunnah Mustahabbah, not waajib. It is recommended for the Muslim to fast six days of Shawwaal, and in this there is great virtue and an immense reward. Whoever fasts these six days will have recorded for him a reward as if he had fasted a whole year, as was reported in a saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet‎ﷺ‎.

🌼Abu Ayyoob رضى الله عنه reported that the Messenger of Allah‎ﷺ‎ said: 💡“Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.”💡

[Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i and Ibn Maajah].

🔘Another of the important benefits of fasting six days of Shawwaal is that it makes up for any shortfall in a person’s obligatory Ramadan fasts, because no one is free of shortcomings or sins that have a negative effect on his fasting. On the Day of Resurrection, some of his nawafil deeds will be taken to make up the shortcomings in his obligatory deeds, as the Prophet‎ﷺ‎ said:💡 “The first thing for which people will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be their salaah (prayer). Our Rabb‎ﷻ will say to His angels – although He knows best – ‘Look at the salaah of My slave, whether it is complete or incomplete.’ If it is perfect, it will be recorded as perfect, and if something is lacking, He will say, ‘Look and see whether My slave did any voluntary (nawafil) prayers.’ If he did some voluntary prayers, [Allah] will say, Complete the obligatory actions of My slave from his voluntary actions.’ Then all his actions will be dealt with in a similar manner.” 💡

[Narrated by Abu Dawood].

🌷May Allah‎ﷻ grant us the strength to increase our Ibadah and let our deeds be only for His sake and  and every act of Ibadah done with Ikhlas this Ramadan.

أمين يا رب العلمين

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Case 27: Productivity in Ramadan

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والحَمْدُ الله رب العلمين

‎و الصلاة و السلام على محمد و على آله و اصحابه اجمعين وبعد

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته!

🔴Question:

🔘This sister wanted to know, how to make her Ramadan productive, and how she can eaaily wake up for Tahajjud. Since we are into Ramadan now, I thought it best to put aside other cases, and use this opportunity to talk a little bit about Ramadan and productivity ‎إن شاء الله; and you will receive a surprise gift from us as well. ‎إن شاء الله 😊

🔵Answer:

!‎الحمد لله‎ . Allah‎ﷻ has made us witness another Ramadan and I ask Allah‎ﷻ to forgive us our sins and make this Ramadan a means of attaining Taqwa; and make it a transformational experience, so that we may work towards achieving our goals.

⌚Talking about Goals; How many of you plan your goals?

🎯We all know about Ramadan being a training period every year, for us to modify our habits and build our character; striving and struggling towards becoming an 🌸Ideal Muslimah🌸 ‎إن شاء الله

⚠But most of us get stuck at some point, not knowing what to do or how to go about achieving these goals. Sure, we listen to lectures and we read articles and books pertaining to self- development / improvement; but then we are never motivated to move to the next step.

👍I am telling that now it’s possible for you to be motivated, and this is not going to happen by merely reading article after article and listening to one motivational speech/ lecture after another.

❓ Then how are you going to make this happen?

✅Well, what I am about to share is my personal journey. It’s still a journey and it will remain so, until we meet our Rabb, ‎إن شاء الله.

The Messenger ( صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said, 💡“When the inhabitants of Paradise enter Paradise, Allah will say to them, ‘Do you want Me to give you anything more?’ They will reply, ‘Have You not made our faces bright? Have You not brought us into Paradise and moved us from Hell?’ Allah will then remove the Veil and they will feel that they have not been awarded anything dearer to them than looking at their Lord.”💡

[Sahih Muslim]

☘Before I go on further, I want to share an interesting thought about goals, which was explained to me by one of my teachers. The concept of ‘Goals’ and ‘Milestones’! She explained, that our ultimate ‘goal’ is to meet Allah‎ﷻ! That should be our primary focus and the rest of the mini goals are the milestones!☞ These could be, wanting to overcome your anger, laziness or any bad habit, making up missed fasts, waking up for Tahajjud; could be anything.

🔷 Moving on from here, let’s see how to achieve these milestones, so we can achieve our ultimate Goal of meeting with our Rabb.

⭐So, here it is:

👣One step at a time.

➡ This concept should be used for any milestone, that you might have for yourself. Have you seen a baby who learns to walk for the first time? Imagine, if this baby attempts to run on his very first step, he would take a fall, isn’t it? Or, imagine this child refuses to take any effort to walk, because he is too comfortable in his mama’s lap. Now that’s just a hypothetical situation. We know, that it’s a natural phenomena and every healthy child, when he reaches a particular stage, is bound to do the things that Allah‎ﷻ has ordained him to do. Similarly, Allah‎ﷻ did not create our bodies or our minds to rust away. Our bodies were created for physical activity, to move around and work; and our minds were created, so that we can use our intellect- think, ponder and reflect. We are required to use them to our benefit. Allah‎ﷻ sent down the Islamic Shari’ah through our Prophet‎ﷺ‎, as a means to perfect these aspects in us. So, it is upto us how much effort we put into achieving these milestones!

🌼Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allahﷺ said,💡 “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.”💡

{Sunan Ibn Mājah 4240

Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani}

✅So, having this hadith in mind, let’s see how we can convert these small and consistent deeds into actions.

💠 Identify your milestones (Dunya) and Goals(Akhirah)

💠 Create a list of these.

💠 Be consistent.

💠 Take Action.

⭐Now comes, the ‘how’ part: when you start out to do something, imagine you have a sink full of dishes to do, (well we don’t have to imagine that now, do you? That’s a reality for every house wife.) So, you have this sink full of dishes you are dreading to wash. It’s a milestone for that particular hour, and I hate to do dishes; a sink full petrifies me. So, what I do is, I don’t think too much about it. Sure I have times when I get intimidated with it, and walk in and out of the kitchen a couple of times, but then I don’t dwell in the thought of, “how am I going to do this?” The more I think about this the more I won’t want to do it. What I am doing here is, procrastinating and the result of that would be more piled up dishes and ‘lost time’; the most important thing not to lose. So, instead of dwelling in the thought of how am I going to do it, I dive right into it, and one dish at a time, the job is done.🔼Same for laundry, putting the clothes for drying, one piece of clothing at a time; Quran, one ayah at a time; Tahajjud- 2 rakah at a time.I am sure you have all got my point. The key is to ‘Dive Right Into It’.

💠 Up your Dua.

We are in such a Mubarak month, where the shaiateen are locked up, and we have better control over ourselves. Every year when Allah‎ﷻ let’s us witness this month by His mercy, where He is giving us a Jackpot Bonanza in everything, especially dua, we need to make use of this blessing, ask Allah to make it easy for us to overcome any habit we might want to change, or any knowledge we want to gain; or if we are a student of knowledge, to make the learning easy for us. Make dua for your family situations, for Rizq, for anything and everything no matter how small; He is the Al Wahhab- The All Giving and Ar- Razzaq- The All Provider. So, who shall we turn to, if not Him, to answer our Dua’s.

💠 Schedule your tasks.

A lot of us lack this skill. This is something we do not give much importance to, thinking, that we would take life as it comes. While there is nothing wrong in taking our lives as it comes, which it does anyway, cause Allah is the One who is in control of our affairs; we need to have some amount of disciple in our lives, if we want stability in our lives. Our deen is about discipline and schedule.’ How?’, you may ask: Our Five Daily Prayers! This is the proof, emphasizing the importance of having a schedule and disciplined life.

Organize and schedule your daily tasks around the Salah timings. From Fajr to Dhur, I will do these things, from Dhur to Asr, these things and so forth.

💠Give priority to Salah:

Leave what you are doing, and head to finish your prayers as soon as possible. There will be immense blessings in your time, when you prioritize meeting your Rabb over other things.

💠Increase your Charity:

Finally, I want to tell the sister who asked the question; she said she wanted something that can be done easil; to that I want to say that, nothing is easy sis, especially when you want to change something in your life. It requires hard work, dedication and sincere intention to change what’s not working for you in your life. The only way it becomes easy, is by holding on to Allah’s rope and making Dua to Him‎ﷻ to make things easy for you, and only H‎e‎ﷻ can do that. As long as your intention is right, and you do everything for His sake; for example, you want to bring about these changes in your life to get closer to Him, He will facilitate it for you ‎إن شاء الله. And Ramadan is the best time to bring about those changes.

I ask Allah‎ﷻ to help us schedule, disciple, and build positive habits in this Blessed month and May He help us stick to these changes even after Ramadan, and May He let us witness another Ramadan to reap it’s benefits.

أمين يا رب العلمين

‎سُبحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِ العِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُون وَسَلَامٌ عَل

المُرسَلِين والحَمدُ الله رَبِ العلمين

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