Should fasting the six days of Shawwaal be done immediately after the day of `Eed?

Question: Is the fasting of the six days (of Shawwaal) a must after the month of Ramadhaan immediately after the day of 'eed, or is it permissible (to do so) after 'eed by (a number of) days in the month of Shawwaal or not? Answer: It is not a must for him to fast immediately …

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Establishing the beginning and ending of Ramadhaan by sighting the moon

Question: Is it permissible for a Muslim to rely upon astronomical calculations in order to establish the beginning and ending of fasting or is it a must that the new moon is seen? Answer: The Islaamic Sharee'ah is a merciful legislation and is general. Its rulings are appropriate to all of man and jinn upon …

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Fasted without taking the sahoor (pre-dawn meal)

Question: A person went to sleep before the sahoor in Ramadhaan whilst having the intention to take the sahoor. But, he slept through 'til the morning. Is his fast correct or not? Answer: His fast is correct because the sahoor is not a condition for the correctness of the fast. Rather it is preferable, for …

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A firm intention to break the fast without eating or drinking

Question: Is a firm intention to break the fast without actually eating or drinking break the fast? Answer: From that which is known, is that fasting is a combination of both the intention and leaving all things that nullify the fast. A person's intention when fasting, is to bring himself closer to Allaah by leaving …

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Making the intention to fast in Ramadhaan

Question: How does a person make the intention to fast in Ramadhaan? Is simply knowledge of the start of Ramadhaan sufficient to fast the rest of the days? Answer: The intention takes the form of a determination and a resolve to fast, and it is imperative to determine the intention to fast in Ramadhaan during …

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