Ramadaan

Ladies Itikaf

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Q: Can you please explain the correct method for a woman who wants to sit in itikaaf at home during the last 10 days of ramadan. Also what is the niyat and intention.

A:
1. She will make I’tikaaf in the place reserved for Salaah in the house. This will be like the Masjid for her. Her eating, drinking, etc. will take place here. If she exits from this place without a valid Shar’i reason, her I’tikaaf will break.

2. If a special place in the house was specified for Salaah, she will make I’tikaaf in that specified place only. If no place was specified from before, it will now be specified and I’tikaaf will be made in this place.

3. A married woman needs the permission of the husband to sit in I’tikaaf. He can refuse permission. However, once he has given permission, he cannot retract.

4. Once he has granted permission and she is sitting in I’tikaaf, sexual intercourse, romancing, kissing, etc. will not be permissible. If sexual intercourse took place, her I’tikaaf will break.

5. I’tikaaf cannot be made when in Haidh or Nifaas. If these take place during I’tikaaf, it will break. If Haidh or Nifaas took place during I’tikaaf, after becoming Paak, she will make Qadhaa of only the day on which the Haidh started.

6. She will make the Niyyah of Sunnah I’itikaaf if she is sitting in the last ten days of Ramadhaan. (Rauza aur Itikaf ke so masaail, Mufti Muhammad Ebrahim, pg 58-59)   

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Bush Fires and Fasting

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Q: Where I live, behind my wall is open veld. In winter sometimes people light matches and throw them, causing fires and a lot of smoke. This smoke sometimes enters our area and even though it doesn't always get into the house we can still smell the strong odour of smoke. By inhaling the odour or the smoke, does it break the fast?

A:
Intentional inhaling of smoke will break the fast. In the above case it will not break.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Itikaaf Rules for Females

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Q: I would like to sit for itikaaf this Ramaadhan Insha Allah. Being a female please explain to me the laws and rulings or alternatively advise me if there is a website or book that I can refer to.

A:
Here are a few basic rules. If you need to know anything in particular, please do not hesitate to write back.
1. She will make I’tikaaf in the place reserved for Salaah in the house. This will be like the Masjid for her. Her eating, drinking, etc. will take place here. If she exits from this place without a valid Shar’i reason, her I’tikaaf will break.

2. If a special place in the house was specified for Salaah, she will make I’tikaaf in that specified place only. If no place was specified from before, it will now be specified and I’tikaaf will be made in this place.

3. A married woman needs the permission of the husband to sit in I’tikaaf. He can refuse permission. However, once he has given permission, he cannot retract.

4. Once he has granted permission and she is sitting in I’tikaaf, sexual intercourse, romancing, kissing, etc. will not be permissible. If sexual intercourse took place, her I’tikaaf will break.

5. I’tikaaf cannot be made when in Haidh or Nifaas. If these take place during I’tikaaf, it will break. If Haidh or Nifaas took place during I’tikaaf, after becoming Paak, she will make Qadhaa of only the day on which the Haidh started.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Stopping Menses in Ramadaan

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Q: Is it permissible for a lady to take pills to stop her menses in ramadaan in order for her to keep fast the whole month?

A:
This will be permissible but detrimental to your health. Do not interfere in the system created by Allah Ta'aala for our bodies. The Qadhaa of the missed fasts which will be kept after Ramadhaan will bring the same reward, so why endanger your health? This method of taking medication to stop the periods is unnecessary and harmful.  

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Avenue for Fitra

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Q: 1. What is the correct use of Fitra funds in Sharia? 2. Is it advisable to use Fitra funds for Jamat khana improvement, say, in a poor community that has contributed these funds?

A:
The use of Fitrah is the same as Zakaah; it has to be given to the needy.

It cannot be used for the Jamaat Khaana improvement.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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