Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fasting According To The Sunnah

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi

1. To have Sahur (pre-dawn meal). It is Sunnah and there is a great reward and blessing in taking sahur. The best time for sahur is the last half hour before dawn or the time for Fajar prayer.

2. To take the Iftar (break-fast) immediately after sunset. Syari’ah considers sunset when the disk of the sun goes below the horizon and disappears completely.

3. During the fasting, abstain from all false talks and bad deeds. Do not quarrel, to have disputes, indulge in arguments, use obscene words, or do anything that is forbidden or the irrelevant. One should refrain and guide oneself morally and ethically, besides gaining physical training and discipline. One should also not make a show of the fasting by talking too much about it, or by showing dry lips and a hungry stomach, or by showing a bad temper. The fasting person must be a pleasant person with good spirits and good cheer.

4. During the fasting, one should increase the worship of Allah SWT by performing the tarawih and night prayers, a lot of [Sadaqah] charity and goodness to others and reciting of the Qur’an. Every Muslim should try to complete the whole Qur’an at least once during the month of Ramadhan.


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