Fasting

Fasting Two Days for Arafah

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Q: I just want to clear the confusion. Some say that if we keep fast, we should fast for two days instead of one day because its the Jews that keep fast for one day. I'm referring to the fasts for arafah. I kept only one fast yesterday. I didn't keep one today and eid is tomorrow.  My grandma said it's an act of the Jews.

A:
The two days fast applies to Muharram (Aashooraa) and not to this fast of Arafah. One fast can be kept for Arafah.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Fasting and Asthma Pump

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Q: if I am asthmatic, in the month of Ramadhan can I use the inhaler/asthma pump if I'm struggling with breathing?

A:
If you need to use it then do so, there will be no sin on you but the fast will break and Qadha will have to be kept at some other time after Ramadhaan.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Bleeding while Shaving and Fasting

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Q: If one bleeds while shaving does it break the fast?

A:
Bleeding does not break the fast.

Spouses Romancing while Fasting

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Q: While fasting how much distance should a husband maintain from his wife?

A:
This depends on your self restraint and control. If romancing lightly with the wife does not affect you and there is complete control then it is fine.

On the other hand, if you feel that you will lose control or get carried away, then do not do so.

It will be best not to do anything while fasting.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Inserting Finger in Back while Fasting

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Q: If the finger being was in the anus cavity just for cleaning purposes, will this break the fast?

A:
If a dry finger is inserted and then removed, the fast will not break.

If a wet finger is inserted or after the dry finger was inserted, it was removed and the re-inserted, the fast will break and a Qadhaa of that fast will have to be kept.

This is the ruling, whether done knowingly or unknowingly.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Fasting and Ejaculating

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Q: Does the fast break if by squeezing the thighs together ejaculation takes place or if by thinking of women ejaculation takes place? Will this be counted as masturbation and will kaffarah be wajib ?

A:
Even in masturbation, Qadhaa will become Waajib and not Kaffaarah. In the first case you mentioned, Qadhaa will be necessary and not Kaffaarah.

If ejaculation takes place by thinking (without touching, squeezing or rubbing at all), the fast will not break.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Fasting and Water in Stomach

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Q: Does the fast break if water gets into the stomach while making istinja and will kaffarah have to be made?

A:
It is difficult to get water up the anus, but if it does happen, Qadhaa will be necessary and not Kaffaarah. Do not insert a wet finger into the cavity of the anus while making Istinjaa.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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