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Ruling regarding Women Using Medicine to Stop their Period on Ramadan

Ruling regarding Women Using Medicine to Stop their Period on Ramadan

Question:

What is the ruling regarding a woman who used medicine to stop her period on Ramadan?

Ruling regarding Women Using Medicine to Stop their Period on Ramadan

Answer:

It is alright for woman to use some medicine that might stop her period temporarily, if it is not harmful for her, and by the permission of her husband. Of what I (Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen) know, such medicine is harmful for women because the menstrual blood is a kind of blood that expelled naturally. If it is prevented from gushing out in time, then it might be harmful for women’s body. Next, it is important to notice that such medicine causes their period to be irregular, thus creating confusion and doubt (about whether they are already clean or not, -ed) at the time of praying or having sexual intercourse with their husband.

Therefore, I do not say that it is unlawful, but I’m not suggesting it. The women should accept their fate that Allah has ordained for them. It is said that the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- once met ‘Aisha -may Allah be pleased with her- who was crying at the time of the farewell hajj. At that time, ‘Aisha -may Allah be pleased with her-  had already worn the ihram clothes. The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- asked her,

“What’s wrong with you, ‘Aisha? Are you menstruating?”

‘Aisha -may Allah be pleased with her answered, ” Yes, O Messenger of Allah.”

The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- advised her, “That is something that Allah has ordained for the women.”

Thus, the women should be patient and seek for Allah’s rewards when they must leave the prayer and the fast due to their period. Verily, the door of dhikr (remembrance) is open widely for them, they might recite the dhikr, tasbeeh, give charity, be kind to others with their saying and deeds, and these are the greatest deeds.

(Fatwa issued by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Shalih al Uthaymeen, 1/304. Also refer to the fatwa from the Lajnah Daimah, 5/400).

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Canceling the Voluntary Fast when Offered Foods and Drinks

Canceling the Voluntary Fast when Offered Foods and Drinks

Question:

If someone who was performing the Monday and Thursday fast, or the Daud fast, i.e. fasting for a day and breaking the fast for a day alternately, was offered some foods and drinks, might he break his fasting? Is there any hadith about it?

Answer:

The indication regarding the Monday and Thursday fast, is a hadith narrated by ‘Aisha -may Allah be pleased with her-:

“The Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- kept fasting on Monday and Thursday.” (Narrated by At Tirmidhi)

As for the indication regarding the Daud fast, is a hadith of the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-,

“The dearest prayer to Allah is the prayer of Prophet Daud (David) and the dearest fasting to Allah is the fasting of Prophet Daud. He used to sleep about half of the night and pray in one third of the night, and back to sleep about one sixth of it, and he used to fast for a day and break his fast for a day, alternately.” [1]

These fasting are among the suggested voluntary fasting. One who was performing the voluntary fasting, but was offered some foods and drinks, is allowed to break his fast if he saw a benefit in it. The Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- ever did it, as narrated in a hadith, narrated by Imam Muslim -may Allah have mercy on him- :

‘Aisha, mother of the believers -may Allah be pleased with her- said: One day, the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him told me:

“O ‘Aisha, do you have something?” I replied, “O Messenger of Allah, I don’t have anything.” Then he -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, “Then I am fasting.” The Messenger of Allah be upon him- then went out and we got gifts or there was a visitor. ‘Aisha -may Allah be pleased with her- said, “When the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-, we got some gifts”, or “someone visited us, and I’ve prepared something for you.” He asked, “What is that?” I replied, “The hais.” He -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, “Bring it here!” Then I brought the food to him and the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- ate it, and said, “I was fasting.” (Narrated by Muslim)

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Footnote:

[1] Narrated by al-Bukhâri, no. 1981 and Muslim,no. 721.

When does the Fast Start?

When does the Fast Start?

Question:

One intended to perform voluntary or compulsory fasting, but he woke up to eat his sahoor meal late, when the caller was announcing the calling for the Fajr prayer, and he drank and fast. Was his fasting considered valid? When is the time limit for eating and drinking for people who intends to fast?

Answer:

It is said that the beginning of self restraining to do the things that may invalidate fasting isn’t related to adhan (call for prayer), but to the breaking of the dawn, based on Allah’s decree,

وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا حَتَّى يَتَبَيَّنَ لَكُمُ الْخَيْطُ الأبْيَضُ مِنَ الْخَيْطِ الأسْوَدِ مِنَ الْفَجْرِ

” And eat and drink at night until you can discern the white streak of dawn against the blackness of the night;” (Qs. Al Baqarah/The Cow: 187)

The adhan might differs between a caller and another; some callers might announce the call before the dawn breaking to awake people and thus they might prepare themselves in such condition, it is still allowed to eat and drink between the caller and the dawn breaking; but contrary to that, some callers might announce their calls after the dawn breaking. Thus it is all back to the caller’s habit. Whoever knows that the caller’s habit is to announce the call for prayer before the dawn breaking, he or she might eat and drink after his call until the dawn breaking. It is based on the hadith from the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- :

إن بلالاً يؤذن بليل فكلوا واشربوا حتى يؤذن ابن أم مكتوم‏‏ وكان رجلاً أعمى لا يؤذن حتى يقال له أصبحت‏‏ أصبحت

“Indeed, Bilal announces the call for prayer at night, thus you might eat and drink until Ibn Ummi Maktum announces his call, (because) he is a blind man, and he will not announce the call until he has been told that the dawn has broken. The dawn has broken. “ (Narrated by Bukhari in his hadith book, part 3, page 152-153, from a hadith of Ibn Umar -may Allah be pleased with him-)

As for a caller who is known to announce his call at the dawn breaking, then the person who intends to fast should not eat or drink after this caller announce his call. [Taken from Fatwa of Sheikh Shalih Al Fauzan from the book, “Al Muntaqa Min Fatawa Asy Syaikh al Fauzan”]

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Translator: Sigit Hariyanto
Reviewed by: Ustadz Aris Munandar

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Does Oozing the Madzi Invalidate Fasting?

Does Oozing the Madzi Invalidate Fasting?

Question:

Assalamu’alaikum.

I’d like to ask, sometimes when I talked to women, I found myself oozed some liquid of madzi, while I didn’t recall being passionate. Does it invalidate my fast? May Allah grant you with rewards.

From: Abu

Answer:

The definition of madzi according to the scholars, as explained by Imam an Nawawi in “Sharh Shahih Muslim” and Ibn Hajar in “Fath al Bari”, is a whitish, watery, sticky liquid that oozes out from the genital part during the foreplay, or when imagining or desiring sexual intercourse (when the sexual drive is high), and the oozing process sometimes happened unrealized. Hence, if you said that sometimes you oozes out the madzi when you talked to women without feeling any sexual arousal, this statement should be questioned, probably it is you who didn’t realize that there was this sexual drive -even just a little-, moreover if it oozed out when you talked to women, who are the most dangerous trial for men.

Therefore I advise you to avoid as you can, to have many talks to women who are not your mahram, unless there are urgent needs to do so.

As for your question, whether or not the madzi invalidate the fast, then in this case there are different opinions from the scholars, and the stronger one is the opinion that the oozing of madzi doesn’t invalidate the fast because there are no valid and evident indication that point out that the fast could be invalid because of madzi, whereas fasting is a kind of worship that Allah the Exalted has ordered to us with evident indications, thus it is not lawful to establish something as the invalidator of the fast without any evident indication either. This is the opinion of Sheikh al Islam Ibn Taimiya, and also by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Shaleh al Uthaymeen -may Allah have mercy on them both – in his book, titled “Ash Sharhul Mumti'”. And Allah knows best.

Answered by: Ustadz Abdullah bin Taslim, MA

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Does Anger Invalidate Fasting?

Does Anger Invalidate Fasting?

Question:

On Ramadan, someone was angry because of a thing. During his emotional state, he scorned and snapped. Was such deed invalidate his fasting?

Does Anger Invalidate Fasting

Answer:

Being angry doesn’t invalidate his fasting, but reduces it’s reward. Therefore, it is a must for a muslim to restrain himself and his words from mocking other, gossiping, slandering, and other prohibited deeds on Ramadan and on other months as well.

And this self-restraining supposed to be stricter on the month of Ramadan, to preserve the perfection of his fasting, and to avoid all hurtful acts to others, that cause defamation, hostility, and disunity, based on the saying of the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- ,

وَإِذَا كَانَ يَوْمُ صَوْمِ أَحَدِكُمْ فَلاَ يَرْفُثْ وَلاَ يَصْخَبْ فَإِنْ سَابَّهُ أَحَدٌ أَوْ قَاتَلَهُ فَلْيَقُلْ إِنَّي امْرُؤٌ صَائِمٌ

“If one of you is observing Saum (fast), he should avoid saying words that contain sexual matters, and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am observing Saum (fast).'”(Muttafaqun ‘alaih)

And the guidance is with Allah, peace and prayer of Allah be upon our Prophet, Muhammad, his family, and his companions.

(Fatwas of the Lajnah Ad Daimah Lil Buhutsil ‘Ilmiyah Wal Ifta’, X/333).

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