Saturday, June 13, 2015

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) about Ramadan | Questions And Answers About Fasting



Frequently asked questions on Fasting in Ramadan

A general point about illness and fasting: chapter 2, verse 184 of the Qur’an makes it explicitly clear that people who have an illness or medical condition of any kind that makes fasting injurious to their health are exempt from fasting. To compensate for the missed fasts, they must fast later when they are healthy; if this is not possible due to long-term illness, they must feed the poor. The latter form of compensation is known as fidyah

Q1 Should a person with diabetes fast? 
People who have their diabetes under control, either by diet or using tablets, may fast. However, their GP may require them to make changes to their medication in order to help them take tablets outside the times of fasting. Those who need insulin to control their diabetes are advised not to fast.

Q2 I get severe migraines when I skip meals and they get worse when I fast. Should I fast at all?
 Those with uncontrolled migraines are advised not to fast. However, adequate control of migraines is possible for most people with medication and alterations to lifestyle, and hence such avenues should be exhausted prior to deciding not to fast. Please see your GP for further advice on better control of your migraines.

Q3 Should a person with high or low blood pressure fast? 
Those with well-controlled high blood pressure may fast with lifestyle alterations and/or medication. Their GP may require a change to their medication in order to help them take tablets outside the times of fasting. A person with so-called ‘low blood pressure’ who is otherwise well and healthy may fast. An adequate intake of fluid and salts in the diet is advised.

 Q4 Is fasting harmful when a woman is expecting a baby?
 Is it compulsory to fast while pregnant? It is not compulsory to fast while pregnant, but the woman will either need to make up those fasts later or, if unable to do this, should perform fidyah *. There is some medical evidence to show that fasting in pregnancy is not advisable. If a pregnant woman feels strong and healthy enough to fast, especially during the early part of the pregnancy, she may do so. If she does not feel well enough to fast, Islamic law gives her clear permission not to fast, and to make up the missed fasts later.

Q5 Is Ramadan a good time to quit smoking? 
Yes. Smoking is wasteful and seriously injurious to health. Allah has entrusted us with a healthy body, and it is a violation to knowingly and willingly harm it. Ramadan provides a great opportunity to amend many bad habits, and smoking is very definitely one of them.

Q6 From what age can children fast safely? 
Children are required to fast from the age of puberty, and this is not harmful. Fasting prior to this age is tolerated differently depending on the children’s general health, nutrition and attitude. Fasting prior to the age of seven or eight years is not advisable, although it is a good idea to make young children aware of the practice of fasting in the community around them, and to give them a ‘taste’ of fasting, eg for a few hours at a time. It is narrated that the companions would distract young children with toys if they were hungry near the time of iftar , so that they would become accustomed to joining the rest of the community in eating at sunset, rather than eating just before sunset, during Ramadan. (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Q7 Can I use an asthma puffer during Ramadan? 
Muslim jurists differ on this issue. Some leading jurists argue that using an asthma inhaler is not classified as eating or drinking, and is therefore permissible during fasting. Others argue that because the inhaler provides small amounts of liquid medicine to the lungs, it breaks the fast. Perhaps the former view is stronger, since the inhaler assists with breathing and helps the person to fast, which means abstaining from food and drink. According to the first view, asthmatics may fast and use their inhalers whenever required during fasting. According to the second view, asthmatics with poor control of their disease are advised not to fast until good control is achieved. Others may alter their inhalers to those of a longer-acting variety so that fasting may be feasible. Please see your GP for further advice.

Q8 Can I swim during fasting? 
Yes, but do not drink the water. Having a bath or shower or swimming has no effect on the fast. Clearly, no water should be swallowed during any of these activities, for that would break the fast.

Q9 Can a person fast if they are getting a blood transfusion in hospital?
 No. A person receiving a blood transfusion is advised not to fast on medical grounds. They may fast on the days when no transfusions are required.

Q10 I am on regular medication. Can I still fast? 
If such medication needs to be taken during the time of fasting, you should not fast. If this medication is required as treatment for a short illness, you can compensate for missed fasts by fasting on other days when you are well. If medication is required on a long-term basis as part of an ongoing illness or condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, then you may discuss with your GP whether to change your medication to a long- or short-acting variety as appropriate, to enable you to take it outside the time of the fast. If your disease is unstable or poorly controlled, you are advised not to fast.Those who are unable to compensate later for missed fasts, due to the long-term use of medication, are advised to do fidyah *.

Q11 Does a breastfeeding woman have to fast? 
No. Islamic law exempts a breastfeeding mother from fasting. Missed fasts will need to be compensated for by fasting or fidyah * once breastfeeding has ceased.

Q12 Can a Muslim patient take tablets, injections, inhalers or patches while fasting? 
Taking tablets invalidates the fast. However, injections, inhalers, patches, ear and eye drops, etc that are not comparable to food and drink do not break the fast, although it is advisable to avoid these if possible due to the difference of opinion among Muslim jurists on these issues. Islamic law exempts the sick from fasting. Please see the answer to Q10 for further details.

Q13 Could dehydration become so severe that one has to break the fast? 
Yes. Harmful levels of water loss could occur if the person was poorly hydrated before commencing the fast, and/or could be made worse by activities during the day and weather conditions. If one produces very little or no urine, feels disorientated and confused, or faints due to dehydration, the fast should be broken in order to rehydrate oneself. Islam does not require that you harm yourself in fulfilling the fast. If a fast is broken, it will need to be compensated for by fasting at a later date.

Q14 Can I fast while I have dialysis? 
Peritoneal dialysis requires the daily usage of fluid bags in the abdomen, and such patients are advised not to fast (please refer to fidyah * below). Haemodialysis is performed about three times a week, and results in significant shifts of fluids and salts within the body. Such patients are also advised not to fast (please refer to fidyah * below). * Fidyah : a method of compensation in Islam for a missed act of worship that must be otherwise fulfilled. If you are unable to fulfil a missed fast, for example due to an ongoing illness, you should feed a hungry person (two meals per day) if you are able to. Please consult an Islamic scholar for further details

*Fidyah: a method of compensation in Islam for a missed act of worship that must be otherwise fulfilled. If you are unable to fulfil a missed fast, for example due to an ongoing illness, you should feed a hungry person (two meals per day) if you are able to. Please consult an Islamic scholar for further details



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Islamic / Muslim Festivals and Holiday 2019

Islamic Events and Holiday 2019

English Date Islamic Date
We have listed the important Islamic Festivals, Holidays and Events for the year 2019 as per the calender year 2019. These muslim religious holiday can vary as per the sighting of moon and the lunar calendar.
#Urs Khawjah Gharib Nawaz, Ajmer Sharif 14 March, 2019 - Thursday 6th Rajab 1440
#Lailat-ul-Meraj #Shab-e-meraj Night of Apr 3, 2019 - Wednesday 26-Rajab-1440
#Shabe-e-Barat April 20, 2019 - Saturday 14th Sha'baan 1440
#Start of Fasting Month (#Ramadan) May 7, 2019 - Tuesday 1st Ramadan 1440
#Jummat-ul-Wida 31 May 2019 - Friday Last Friday of Ramadan 1440
#Lailat-ul-Qadr (#Shab-E-Qadr) June 1, 2019 - Saturday 27 Ramadan 1440
#Eid-ul-Fitr June 5, 2019 - Saturday 1st Shawwal 1440
#Hajj August 11, 2019 - Sunday 9th Dhul-Hijjah 1440
#Eid-ul-Adaha #Bakrid August 12, 2019 - Wednesday 10th Dhul-Hijjah 1440
#Islamic New Year September 1, 2019 - Sunday 1st Muharram 1441
#Yaum al-Ashura September 10, 2019 - Tuesday 10th Muharram 1441
#Eid Milad-un-Nabi Nov 10, 2019 - Sunday 12th Rabi-al-Awwal 1441
#Urs Haji Ali Baba Mumbai 13 December, 2019 - Friday 16 Rabi Ul Akhir 1441
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