Narrated Abu Said (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu):

I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “Indeed, anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s Pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.”

—  [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 4, no. 93]
Who is the fasting person?

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

The fasting person is the one whose limbs abstains from sins, his tongue (abstains) from lying, lewdness and false speech, his stomach (abstains) from food and drink and his private parts (abstain) from obscenity. When he speaks, he does not speak with what harms his fasting, and when he acts he does not do what corrupts his fasting. All his speech comes out useful and righteous.

Likewise his actions are of the status of that scent that is smelled by the one who sits with the seller of musk, and likewise the one who sits with the fasting person is benefitted by sitting with him and is saved from false speech, lies, evil deeds and oppression. This is the legislated fasting and not merely abstaining from food and drink.[1] And it is (reported) in the authentic hadeeth: ”Whoever does not give up lying speech (false statements) and acting on those lies and evil actions etc., Allaah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.” [2]

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) also said: ”In this (hadeeth) is a warning against being lackadaisical in the affair of fasting, and in another (version of this) narration the word ‘Jahl’ [ignorance, is mentioned and it means) ‘Dhulm’ (oppression)” [3]

References

[1] Sharh Al-Waabilus Sayyib of Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah), page:31]

[2] English Translation of Saheeh Bukhaari, vol 3, Hadeeth Number: 1903. Muhsin khan

[3] Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min At-taleeqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaari Vol:2, page:121, footnote number:4]

Abu Mu-aawiyyah (Abdullaah Al-Gambi)

Handfasting

“A handfasting is an old Pagan custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts. A handfasting was originally more like an engagement period, where two people would declare a binding union between themselves for a year and a day. The original handfasting was a trial marriage. It gave the couple the chance to see if they could survive marriage to each other. After a year goes by (a handfasting was once believed to last a year and a day), the couple could either split as if they had never been married or could decide to enter permanently into marriage. Today, Wiccans and Pagans have embraced handfasting as a part of their wedding ceremony. A handfasting can either be a legal marriage (depending on state law), or a commitment for “as long as love shall last.” A handfasting ceremony can be tailor made to suit the couple. There are many variations of the traditional handfasting. After the bride and groom both declare their intent to enter into this union, the hands of the couple are clasped and fastened together with a cord or cords just before, just after, or during their vows are made to one another. The wrapping of the cord forms an infinity symbol. The handfasting knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the couple. In a show of unity, they become bound to each other.”
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Narrated Abu Huraira (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said, “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the (Hell) Fire are closed, and the devils are chained.”

—  [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 4, no. 497]
Days missed from previous Ramadan must be made up for before the next Ramadan

Question:
If Ramadan comes and someone still has days of Sawm (Fasting) to make up for from the previous Ramadan, are they considered sinful for not having made up the days before the start of the next Ramadan? Do they have to make a Kaffarah (expiation) or not? 

 Answer:
Everyone who has days to make up from previous Ramadan has to make up for those days before the next Ramadan. They may delay making up for them until Sha‘ban, but if the next Ramadan comes and they still have not made up for those days, without an excuse, they are considered sinful for that. They should make up for these days later and also feed a needy person for each missed day. 

This was the Fatwa (legal opinion) given by a group of the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet). The required amount of food is half a Sa‘ (1 Sa‘ = 2.172 kg) of the staple food of your country to be given to some or just one needy person for every day not fasted. If you are excused for the delay by reason of illness or travel, you just have to make up for the Sawm; you do not have to feed needy people. This is according to the general rule in the Saying of Allah (Glorified be He): 

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

(Surah Al Baqarah, 2:185)

Allah is the Grantor of success! 

— Shaykh ‘Abd Al 'Azeez ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah)

[Fatwa no. 119 of Ibn Baaz from the website of the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research & Ifta]

RAMADAN AND WEIGHT LOSS

Many sisters have requested that I write up a blog on how to lose weight during Ramadan. So here it is, and please do keep in mind that the following is based on my own personal experience.

I am aware that many tend to put weight on during Ramadan, and I believe this is due to metabolism slowing down (as it does if you don’t eat regularly), and also due to eating the wrong foods. In the following, I will be briefly outlining the different ways in which you can lose weight during the holy month of Ramadan.

DURING THE FAST:

So lets be honest, many of us spend the days sitting either reading Qur’an, or some of us even spend much of the day sleeping. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you dedicate at least 30 minutes of exercise! Did I say exercise during the fast? YES.

Personally, I found that working out at 10/11am was the best time, as you’ve just woken up and as you’ve had a good suhoor (which I will discuss later), you’re not lacking in too much energy to work out at that time.

I used to do 30-45 mins at least 3 days a week, it would consist of a light cardio workout, and the rest would be workouts with weights. Yes, the need for water will bother you in the beginning, but once you get used to it, it’s fine.

IFTAR:

So, you’ve been literally starving all day and it’s time to break your fast. Here’s what I found helped me lose weight:

  • TRY to drink as much water as possible between iftar and bed time
  • Don’t break your fast with MILK and dates. Break it with WATER and 1 or 2 dates.
  • Stay away from white carbs (Rice, pasta, bread etc)
  • Eat foods that are high in protein and if you are to eat carbs, be sure that it is BROWN and only a hand full of it (of rice for e.g.).
  • Stay away from anything that’s been deeply fried

If you can, try not to eat ONE big meal, it is better for you to have lots of small meals as this would help speed up your metabolism. So eat lightly for iftar (if we’re honest, we all know you’re full after a spoon full of whatever you’re eating), and then after Taraweeh eat some more good small meals.

BE SURE TO EAT WITHIN YOUR CALORIE INTAKE!! (Or download “ultimate food value diary” to help you count what you’re eating)!

If you attend the Masjid, try and walk to the Masjid rather than by car or by bus (With your Mahram obviously).

SLEEP:

Many of us tend to stay awake all the way up to Suhoor time. If you’re taking part in Ibaada, I respect that but…you need to be up at 9am tomorrow morning to do your work out. Try and organise your time to fit in both Ibaada and fitness!

Personally, I found that sleeping not long after Taraweeh and then waking up for suhoor/fajr worked for me as I need at LEAST 6 hours of sleep a night. It is important to consider how much sleep YOU need, as everyone is different.

SUHOOR:

This (for me) was the easiest bit because I don’t really like to eat when I’ve just woken up. So if you’ve been awake up to this point, this is probably going to be harder for you.

What to eat for Suhoor:

  • Weetabix with fruit (SKIMMED MILK (YES, THE RED LID/ or almond UNSWEETEND MILK)
  • A Banana with some other fruits
  • Dates
  • ONE piece of brown bread with low fat cheese (if you must)
  • Protein shake made with water of skimmed/almond milk (water is better)
  • Boiled eggs
  • Smoothie
  • Porridge

Eating foods with slow energy release at this time is highly advised, especially if you’re working out in the morning. I personally felt that Weetabix or a protein shake was good for me, and genuinely helped me feel less hungry the next morning.

PLEASE do not eat any curries or anything like that at this time, unless you really want to put weight ON. Again, during this time it is VERY important to drink as much water as possible! I used to drink at least 500mls.

That’s the advice I have for you sisters at the moment. Insha’Allah I will be posting a lot more on this topic on twitter (@_Tips4Sisters_) soon insha’Allah.

REMINDER: Ramadan is for Ibaada yes, but when you find yourself lazing around - GET UP and go for a walk or do something. Laziness is what will get you no results!

I hope everyone has a great Ramadan insha’Allah, and I hope we benefit from it both spiritually and physically! 

[Please share with another sister :D]

Make Fasting Different

Sulaymân b. Mûsâ [d119H] – Allah have mercy on him – said:

When you fast, your hearing and sight should also fast, and your tongue should fast by keeping away from lies; and do not harm your servant. Don’t let the day you fast be the same as the day you don’t fast.

Al-Sawm (fasting) literally means to keep away from something. Fasting of the faculties of hearing and seeing means to keep away from listening to and looking at things that are displeasing to Allah, in the same way that we stay away from food and drink when we are fasting.

—  Târîkh Dimishq Vol. 22 p389.
Intermittent fasting

I’m interested in trying IF but not exactly for weight loss. I’m currently 110-115 pounds and I’m mostly looking to gain muscle. I read one Fitblr say she had less blood sugar spikes/crashes (can’t remember which) from IF. I think this is something that happens to me because when I get hungry I tend to get very dizzy and exhausted. 

So what are everybody’s thoughts on doing IF even if I’m not trying to lose weight? 

I’ve gently shifted another day of the week to juicing, in preparation to lengthen my fasting (currently 40 hours per week). Today I’ve had a litre of orange juice, a litre of watermelon juice, and snacked on organic apples and a handful of grapes. I may have some oranges as a monomeal when I get home from school. If you feel like eating, eat. Fasting goes by your own rules. Never be hungry, and always hydrated. Before my juices this morning I had a litre of spring water packed with Chlorella powder and lemon juice to alkalise and energise me, and I’ve followed that up with two more litres of spring water. My energy is out of control. I’ve completed an essay from start to finish today, did a busy morning shift, and am off home to yoga, then study for an exam before an early night in bed. Confest is looking like #bananaisland for me if I nab a ripe enough box and can fit them in the car. I’m using the time there to completely realign myself, bliss out on meditation and asanas, and continue my dietary simplification of fasting, raw food and healing. I feel fitter, faster, and more in tune with myself than I have for such a long while. What personal health goals are you working on at the moment? I’m really interested in your fasting experiences too!