Fiqh of Ramadhaan (Part 1)

19 May 2018

Fiqh of Ramadhaan: Rulings on Fasting and Taraweeh (Part 1)

The Day of doubt

  • ’Ammar bin Yasir (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, ‘Whoever fasts the day of doubt he has then disobeyed Abu al-Qasim (the Prophet).’ [Related by the five Imams, and Ibn Khuzaimah and Ibn Hibban graded it as Sahih]
    • What is the “day of doubt”?
    • Issue: if the people try to sight the moon on the 29th of Sha’baan but cannot see it due to weather, should the next day be considered the first day of Ramadhaan or should they complete 30 days of Sha’baan?
    • This hadith indicates that it is impermissible to fast on the day following the day of doubt
  • Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) made a mention of the new moon and (in this connection) said: “Observe fast when you see it (the new moon) and break fast when you see it (the new moon of Shawwal), but when (the actual position of the month is) concealed from you(on account of cloudy sky), then count thirty days. [Sahih Muslim]
    • What does it mean to “count” or in other narrations to “estimate” 30 days
  • According to these two narrations, then
  • IbnUmar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, ‘The people were trying to sight the new moon (of Ramadan.) and when I reported to the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that I had seen it, he fasted and commanded people to fast.’ [Related by Abu Dawud, and Al-Hakim and Ibn Hibban graded it as Sahih.]
  • Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: A bedouin came to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said: I have sighted the moon. Al-Hasan added in his version: that is, of Ramadan. He asked: Do you testify that there is no god but Allah? He replied: Yes. He again asked: Do you testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah? He replied: Yes. and he testified that he had sighted the moon. He said: “Bilal, announce to the people that they must fast tomorrow”. [Abu Dawud]
    • This hadith shows us that one person, one witness who sees the moon who is Muslim is enough for the rest to start fasting the next day
    • Shayh Fawzaan says it can be either a man or a woman, other scholars have differing opinions on that specific issue.
  • How many ways to tell if Ramadhaan has started?
    • Seeing the new moon
    • 30 days of Sha’baan being completed, then next day will be Ramadhaan
    • These are the only two ways
    • Astronomic/mathematical Calculations etc are impermissible

The intention for Ramadhaan

  • The mother of the believers, Hafsah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Whoever does not form his intention to fast before to fajr, his fasting will not be accepted.” Related by the five Imams, but At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i consider it to be related by Hafsah and not connected to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Imam Ad-Daraqutni transmitted, “No fasting is accepted for one who does not form the intention (to fast) the night before.”
    • This hadith applies to the obligatory fast and shows us that if one has not made intention before the Fajr time starts
  • It was narrated that ‘Aishah said:“The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would enter upon me and say: ‘Do you have anything (any food)?’ If we said: ‘No,’ he would say: ‘Then I am fasting.’ So he would continue fasting, then it we were given some food, he would break his fast.” She said: “Sometimes he would fast and (then) break fast (i.e., combine fasting and breaking fast in one day).” I said: “How is that?” She said: “Like the one who goes out with charity (i.e., something to give in charity),and he gives some away and keeps some.” [Ibn Maajah]
    • This hadith applies to the optional fasts and indicates that one can start a fast midway through the day if one has not eaten anything rpiort ot it


  • Sahl bin Sa’d narrated that : the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “The people will remain upon goodness as long as they hasten to break the fast.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]
    • One should NOT delay the iftaar time
    • Some muslims delay the Maghrib Adhaan, saying “we want to be absolutely sure its time”, but this is wrong, this is a Bid’ah
  • Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, ‘The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Allah, the Most Exalted said: “Those among My servants, who hasten to break their fast, are the most beloved (or dearest)to Me.” [Related by At-Tirmidhi]
    • This hadith also tells us the importance of breaking your fast as soon as possible and NOT to delay it
  • Anas bin Malik narrated that : The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Whoever has dried dates, then let him break the fast with that, and whoever does not, then let him break the fast with water, for indeed water is purifying.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi]
    • This is the best way to open your fast, best for your body and this is the Sunnah

The Suhoor:

  • Narrated Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Take Suhur as there is a blessing in it.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
    • “Sahoor” linguistically means the actual food one has in the morning
    • “Suhoor” means the act of having the sahoor
    • This hadith shows us the importance of having suhoor and that there is barakah (blessing) within it, it gives you energy, makes it easy to do your worship.
    • Having suhoor is also an opposition to the Jews and Christians when they fast is that Muslims have suhoor
    • Shaykh Fawzaan says even if a person doesn’t feel like having anything to eat in the suhoor time, one should still have at least a sip of water or a date or two etc

Continuous fasting

  • Is it permissible?
  • Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Apostle forbade Al-Wisal (fasting continuously for more than one day without taking any meals). A man from the Muslims said, “But you do Al-Wisal, O Allah’s Apostle!” Allah’s Apostle I said, “Who among you is similar to me? I sleep and my Lord makes me eat and drink.” When the people refused to give up Al-Wisal, the Prophet fasted along with them for one day, and did not break his fast but continued his fast for another day, and when they saw the crescent, the Prophet said, “If the crescent had not appeared, I would have made you continue your fast (for a third day),” as if he wanted to punish them for they had refused to give up Al-Wisal. [Sahih al-Bukhari]
    • Some scholars say when the Prophet () said “I sleep and my Lord makes me eat and drink” then this means he receives nourishment from Jannah (Paradise), other Scholars say what is meant instead is his Eemaan (Faith)
    • What is the ruling? Permissible or not?
    • There is a difference of opinion
      • Opinion 1 (Majority): It is Impermissible since the Prophet () forbade it, and he performed it with them just to show them
      • Opinion 2: It is permissible since the Prophet allowed them to do it after they insisted, if it had been truly haraam he would not have allowed them
      • Opinion 3: it is haraam for the one who is unable to bear it, but it can be done by the one who is able #
      • Opinion 4 (Imam Ahmed and others): it is permissible to do it for 24 hrs only
    • Remember the hadith we covered earlier “The people will remain upon goodness as long as they hasten to break the fast”, this would indicate that it is not permissible to fast continuously

What takes away your reward for fasting?

  • These things do not break your fast
  • Narrated Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet said, “Whoeverdoes not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” [Sahih al-Bukhari]


  • What is meant by “a majority” when discussing scholars


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