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Ramadan Message from Br. Naeem Baig, Ameer ICNA

Ramadan Message from Br. Naeem Baig, President ICNA

Let me begin by wishing you and your families Ramadhan Mubaarak. May the Barakah of Allah SWT descend on us as individuals, as families, as a Jamaa’ah and as an Ummah. May Allah SWT help Muslims from all over the globe to have a peaceful and blessed Ramadhan.  Let us also hope that by Fasting in The Month of Ramadhan we as a community will exemplify the best of the Muslim character as we interact with the wider society especially when the opinion of Muslims is at an all-time low.RamadanKareem

Ramadhan is about faith, kindness, generosity, perseverance and striving to achieve a higher spiritual reality with our Creator and a deeper consciousness of Allah SWT within ourselves known as Taqwa.

Allah SWT affirms in 2/183:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn.

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It has been narrated by Bukhari from Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”

Alhumdulillah during Ramadan it is so much easier to perform Ibadat such as making Prayers on time and reading Qur’an. In addition, Ramadan also teaches us to be thankful for what we have and give back to our community more generously. Visit us at www.icnarelief.org  and be a partner in service to your needy neighbors.

Q&A with Imam Ali Suleiman Ali

 

Q&A with Imam Ali Suleiman Ali PH.D

(All answers taken from Fiqh us-Sunnah)

Question 1:

During the month of Ramadan I will be travelling to another state for work, should I fast during this time?

Answer:

It is allowed for those who are (not chronically) ill and for travelers to break their fasts during Ramadan, but they must make up the days they missed. Allah says in the Qur’an: whoever is sick or on a journey may break his/her fast and make up fasting on others days and that Allah wants ease not hardship for us” (Surah 2:185)

Question 2:

If I am still eating at the time of Fajr pray what should I do?

Answer:

If someone has food in his mouth when Fajr (prayer) is beginning, he should spit it out. If he does so, his fast will still be valid. If he continues in this action at that time, he will have broken his fast. Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from Aishah (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Bilal makes the call to prayer while it is still night (before Fajr prayer); therefore, eat and drink until Ibn Umm Maktum makes the call to (Fajr) prayer.”

Question 3:

I am a new Muslimah and I was wondering if I should fast during the month of Ramadan when I am on my menses?

Answer:

The scholars agree that it is obligatory for menstruating women and women with post-childbirth bleeding to break the fast and to make up the missed days later on. Al Bukhari and Muslim recorded that ‘Aishah (RA) said: “ When we would have our menses during the lifetime of the Prophet (PBUH), we were ordered to make up the days of fasting that we had missed but were not ordered to make up the prayers that we had missed.

Even if such bleeding begins just before the sunset, the fast of that day is rendered void and the day must be made up. There is a consensus of scholars on this point.

Question 4:

If a person becomes ill and vomits while fasting, has their fast been broken?

 

Answer:

If one is overcome and vomits unintentionally, he does not have to make up the day later on or perform the acts of expiation. Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever is overcome and vomits is not to make up the day. Whoever vomits intentionally must make up the day.” This is related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, ad-Daraqutni, and al-Hakim. The latter called it Sahih.

Question 5:

My husband is very particular in the manner which the food is prepared, during the month of Ramadan. Am I allowed to taste the food to make sure it is to his liking?

Answer:

Ibn ‘Abbas ruling is that: “There is no problem with tasting liquid food or something you wish to purchase.”

 

Ramadan and Health

Ramadan and Health

by Abdul A. Samra. MD. PhD. Chief of Division of Endocrinology. Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center

 

Allah says: “whoever is sick or on a journey may break his/her fast and make up fasting on others days and that Allah wants ease not hardship for us” (Chapter 2:185). Thus fasting of Ramadan is an obligation upon the healthy individual who is not traveling. For others fasting can be “prohibited”, “optional” or “obligatory” depending on the health condition of the person.

Fasting is “prohibited” if there is a risk to the individual, such as an elderly affected by chronic illness requiring multiple medications during the day. Such a person must not fast. Instead, he/she should feed a needy person for each day of Ramadan, if he can afford it.

Fasting is optional for somebody who is generally healthy but who develops a acute illness, such as flu or headache. The individual may fast if he/she can endure it. Alternatively he/she may not fast and make up the missed days after Ramadan.

Fasting is “obligatory” on a person whose illness benefits from fasting, such as type 2 diabetes treated by lifestyle modification “exercise and diet”.

The following recommendations can be used as guidelines. However, a person who is not healthy should seek his/her doctor advice regarding fasting in Ramadan.

Meals, Food and Physical Activity

Have two meals daily with enough fluids particularly at Suhoor. Remember that the early morning meal, Suhoor, is a “Sunnah”. Having Suhoor is essential to maintain fluid balance, especially during the hot weather of August. Avoid excess spices and fried foods. Avoid overeating at diner “Iftar”. If you do not lose weight in Ramadan then you are “overeating”. Have moderate physical activity followed by 30 min rest (relaxation) in the afternoon.

Fasting during Pregnancy and Nursing

A pregnant woman may chose to fast in Ramadan if she feels strong and healthy enough to fast, especially during the early part of the pregnancy. It is recommended that she does not fast during the last few months of pregnancy because the fetus requires a lot of nutrition at that time. It is also recommended that she does not fast in early pregnancy if she develops nausea and vomiting. A nursing mother should not fast since she risks her health and the health of her baby.

Fasting of Children

Fasting under the age of seven isn't advisable. Children may be trained to fast ½ or ¾ of day, etc. Fasting of children is tolerated differently depending on the child’s general health, nutrition and attitude, therefore, children should be treated differently based on their general health and body built.

Fasting of Elderly

An elderly with good health may fast and benefit from fasting. However, an elderly with underweight or with a chronic illness should not fast in Ramadan. Elderly who are not generally healthy should discuss with their physician before they attempt fasting.

Fasting and Medications:

Taking tablets breaks the fast. However, most patients can take their oral medications at “Suhoor” and “Iftar” times. Individuals who feel strong to fast and who are on multiple medications during the day should consult their physician for changing the timing of medication. Many scholar consider that intravenous infusions breaks the fast whereas all other forms of medications that are not taken orally (subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, inhalers, patches, ointment, ear drops and eye drops) do not break the fast, as they are not food and drink.

Fasting and Diabetes

Diabetics treated by lifestyle modification or by medications that do not cause hypoglycemia (very low blood glucose) may benefit from fasting and therefore should fast. Diabetics on oral medications that cause hypoglycemia or on insulin injections should not fast until they consult with their physician. Any diabetic who decide to fast Ramadan shall check glucose level whenever he/she feels symptoms of hypoglycemia and shall break fast if glucose level is below 70, such a person shall not fast next day unless a physician is consulted for adjustment of his/her medication dose or timing.

Fasting and Smoking

Smoking is wasteful and seriously bad for health. Ramadan is a great opportunity to change many unhealthy habits, and smoking is definitely one of them.

Fasting and Dehydration

Poor hydration can be made worse by weather conditions, and even everyday activities like walking to walk or housework. If you feel disorientated and confused, or faint due to dehydration, you must stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid. Islam doesn't require you harm yourself in fulfilling the fast. If a fast is broken, it will need to be compensated for by fasting at a later date.

Fasting and Kidney Diseas

People who have a history or recurrent kidney stones become at increased risk for stone recurrence during fasting due to dehydration and should not fast. People with advanced kidney disease or on dialysis should not fast.

Fasting and Peptic Ulcers, Heart Burn, Gastritis And Hiatus Hernia

Increased acid levels in the empty stomach in Ramadan aggravate the above conditions. Avoid spicy foods, coffee, and Cola. Consult your physician for preventive therapy.

Fasting and Other Chronic Disease

People with stable chronic diseases (heart, lung, liver, etc.) may fast; they should consult their physicians for the potential risk. Generally, people requiring multiple oral medications during the day should not fast.

 


 

 

Greeting Ramadan

Greeting Ramadan by Imam Musustaph EIturk of IONA

We can't thank Allah enough for the great blessings He (SWT) bestows upon the believers annually. They are the blessings of fasting during the day and reciting His ayat through the night.

'Abdullah Ibn 'Amr (RA) reported that the messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "the fast and the Qur'an are two intercessors for the slave of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: 'O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.' The Qur'an will say: 'I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.' And their intercession will be accepted." (Ahmad)

Ramadan is special for many reasons. First, the Qur'an was revealed during the month of Ramadan, (2:185) and secondly, there is one night in Ramadan that is better than a thousand months, (lailatul Qadr). The believers fast are a complete program for the soul. It is a means to regulate the body while nourishing our spirits with Qur'anic recitations. The Prophet said: "Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan out of faith and seeks Allah's pleasure and reward will have his previous sins forgiven." He also said: "He who stands the month of Ramadan (in recitation of the Qur'an) out of faith and seeks Allah's pleasure and reward will have his previous sins forgiven."

In order to reap the great rewards and benefits of this great month make sure your intention is solely for Allah. As the Prophet taught us, deeds are judged according to intentions and that everyone gets what he intended for. We fast for His sake and we recite the Qur'an for His good pleasure. One may be successful in losing weight, quitting smoking, breaking bad habits etc., but if an individual's sole intention was to do these things, then that person will reap no benefits and endured the hardship of fasting and night prayers in vain. The Prophet said: "How many persons fast and get nothing out of their fasting except hunger and thirst and how many persons pray at night and get nothing out of it except staying up late." Prepare yourself to make a pure and sincere intention and Allah will certainly make it easy for you, In sha Allah.

Regarding Ramadan, the Prophet (SAW) informed us that the gates of Hell close while the gates of Paradise open and the devils will be in chains. He also informed us of the reasoning behind the name of the month. It was named Ramadan because it scorches away the sins.

This is the month to give more in charity. The Prophet (SAW) was described to be very generous yet the companions found him more generous during the month of Ramadan. This is because of the enormous rewards one receives from his Lord. This is the time to lend a helping hand to the poor and needy, here and abroad. This is the time to feel with our brothers and sisters who have been deprived of the bounties we are enjoying every day. Think of our brothers and sisters in Gaza, and elsewhere in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Somalia, throughout the rest of Africa, and in every corner of the globe. Think of the starvation that is plaguing the world while we enjoy sipping our hot tea after a gourmet meal. The Prophet (SAW) said:  "The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and affection are like one body. When one part of the body is afflicted, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever."

Aisha said: "I asked the Messenger of Allah concerning the ayah: 'And the one who are given what they are given and their hearts tremble with fear.' "Are they the ones who drink alcohol and steal?" He said: "No, O daughter of as-Siddeeq. Rather, they are the ones who fast and pray and give in charity yet fear that it won't be accepted from them. They are the ones who rush to do good deeds and they are the first to do them." [Tirmidhi ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramadan is unique because the supplications made in it are answered. The Prophet said: "Three people will not have their supplications rejected; a fasting person when he breaks his fast, a just ruler, and an oppressed person." Therefore increase your dua' and let it come out from the depths of your heart. Ask Allah to forgive you. Abdullah Ibn 'Amr Ibn al-'Aas (RA) related what Muhammad (SAW) once said. A fasting person, upon breaking his fast, has a supplication that will not be rejected. When Abdullah broke his fast he would say: "O Allah, I ask of You by Your mercy that encompasses everything, to forgive me." Ramadan is about forgiveness. Aisha, the youngest of the Prophet's wives (RA) would ask the messenger of Allah what to supplicate on the night of power (Qadr), the night described by Allah being better than a thousand months. The prophet taught her to say, O Allah, You are the one who forgives, and loves to pardon, so forgive me.

Ramadan is an expiation (kaffarah) of the sins committed from the previous Ramadan save the major sins unless one repents.

 

Last but not least, we are told by Allah the purpose of fasting. "O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may attain taqwa." (2:183)

Righteousness, piety, Godliness, God-consciousness, and God-fearing are all adjectives that describe the term taqwa. This is ultimately what makes the month of Ramadan so unique. The fasting person's awareness of God increases. He gets closer to his Lord through the zikr of the night. Ramadan is all about taqwa. And in the end it is only those who have attained taqwa that will be admitted to Paradise simply because God has prepared it only for righteous and God-fearing people.

We wish you a very happy and blessed Ramadan.

 

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