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?


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?


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?


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?



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?


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


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