Ramadaan

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

Intimate Relations while Fasting

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Q: If I have sex with my wife after fajr salah in the month of Ramadhan will my fast break?

A:
Yes, your fast will break. You will have to keep Kaffaarah of sixty days for this. So do not do it after Fajr. You can have sexual intercourse with your wife from after Maghrib till the fast starts, and that is till Fajr starts and not thereafter.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Itikaf Rules for Ladies

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Q: I want to sit for Sunnah itikhaaf in my room. Please tell me the do's and don't's. Please tell me when should I go inside, meaning the 20th night before maghrib or 21st night before maghrib. And am I allowed to read the Quraan with a reciter being played of a radio or Ipod?

My brother want to sit in the masjid as well and he wants to know, is he allowed to have a cellphone, listen to lectures off his phone and his he allowed to smoke, not frequent, maybe two a day at sehri and iftaar.

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. 

The Qur'aan can be read in that manner.

He can listen to lectures on the phone.

He must not go out specially to smoke. If he does the itikaaf will break. He can smoke when he goes to toilet.

You will commence Itikaaf on Friday 18th, 2014 just before Maghrib sets in. 

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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