Fasting is an act of obedience and submission to Allah's will and commands with highest commitment, sincerity and faithfulness to seek Allah's mercy.
Ramadan is one of the most blessed months in the Islamic Calendar. It is a month of worship, which requires a Muslim to fast from dawn to dusk, consecutively for twenty-nine or thirty days. Every Muslim knows that fasting in Ramadan is obligatory. Some have been doing it all their life, more as a cultural byproduct of being born in a Muslim household than as an expression of religious commitment; others start at a later stage in life, perhaps after converting to Islam. What stands true for all, however, is the fear of this form of worship being “difficult to do.” Below is a practical guide to how Muslims can make fasting in Ramadan both easier and more spiritually rewarding:
Rules For Fasting During Ramadan:
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in many countries are given break from their work or the working hours are reduced. However in other countries such as India Muslims have to go for work in Ramadan and the working hours remain the same as in normal days.
Eating or Drinking
If somebody eats or drinks due to forgetfulness, a misunderstanding, or compulsion, then his fast is yet valid and should continue to fast. If you choose to eat or drink, for whatever cause, then your fast will become invalid.
If one is overcome by the urge to throw up, and vomits unintentionally, then he should continue to fast. If somebody chooses to vomit, for whatsoever cause, then his fast will become invalid.
If one has sexual intercourse while fasting, and so he must perform coiffure, expiation of the wickedness. (Fasting continuously for sixty days or if unable then one should feed sixty poor people).
Menstrual or Childbirth Bleeding
The fast becomes invalid during menstrual or post-childbirth bleeding. Even if such bleeding has begun just before sundown, the fast of that day is invalid and the day must be made up at a posterior time.
Tasting Food With The Tongue
While making food for you family, you can taste it. However, it should not be ingested. Your intension should only be for tasting purposes- to check the salt and other spices. You should immediately wash your mouth after that.
You can raw blood only for diagnostic purposes and that will not invalidate your fast. However, if you draw a huge amount of blood which might make you weak, your fast is considered nullified.
Following Actions are Allowed For Fasting During Ramadan:
- Taking a shower: Taking a shower is allowed for any reason.
- Rinsing the mouth and nose: Swallowing water is not allowed though.
- Applying eyeliner or eye drops
- Taking injections for any reason
- Accidental consumption such as swallowing your saliva or dust or sifted flour
- Using toothpaste or mouthwash is allowed as long as don’t swallow
- Tasting food with the tongue is allowed
- Ramadan rules kissing: It is allowed to kiss and embrace your own spouse
- Drawing blood from body for any reason
- Being in a state of janaabah