fasting on the following days is forbidden in Islam:
1) Fasting on Eid-ul-Fitr.
2) Fasting on the Eid of Sacrifice (AI-Adhha).
3) Fasting on the 30th of Sha'ban with
intention of Ramadhan.
4) Fasting during the Hajj (pilgrimage)
in Mina (11, 12, 13th of Dhulhtjjah).
5) Fast of silence no problem.
Note: the woman should not perform recommended
fasting without her husband's permission, and if he objects to her fasting, it
is forbidden for her to do so.
1) Zakat-ul-Fitr,paid on Eid, following the end of Ramadhan is obligatory for any person who is mature, sane, conscious
and financially able, at sunset on the last day of Ramadhan to pay for himself and his dependents. The rate is three
kilograms of wheat, barley, raisin, rice or similar produce per person. It is
also permitted to give the cash value of such items.
2) The proper amount of the said Zakat
must be paid or set aside before
one offers the Eid prayer on Zakat-ul-Fitr.
3) If one does not offer the Eid
prayer, the Zakat-uI-Fitr must be paid before noon of that day.
4) Zakat-ul-Fitr should beused in one of the
1- Given to a poor person whose income or
cash in hand is not enough to meet his own and his family's expenses for an
2- Given to a needy person who is
completely helpless and indigent.
3- Given to those whose job is the collection of Zakat and its distribution
and should be paid to those who deserve receiving it.
4- Given to those whose hearts can be influenced to indine to Muslims or
Islam, such as non-Muslims who would be attracted to Islam or wouldhelp
Muslimsin a time of war if they are given proceeds from Zakat.
5- To free slaves.
6- To repay the debt o~t brie vho cannot doso himself.
7- To be used in the way of Allah for works of public benefit such as
building mosques, schools or bridges.
8-To aid a traveller who is in need of help during journey and needs to
The time for taking out Zakat-uI-Fitr is the eve of Kid,
and pay the same from the night
of Kid till noon on the Eid day.
It is recommended to recite the following
two supplications after every prayer during Ramadhan:.
"0 High, 0 Great, 0 Forgiver, 0
Merciful, You are the Great Lord, Whom nothing can resemble, and is
All-Hearing, All-Seeing. And this is the month which You have honoured,
exalted, glorified and excelled over other months. And it is the month in which
You prescribed fasting for me. And it is the month of Ramadhan, in which You
sent down the Qur'an, as a guidance to people, and clear signs of guidance and
Furqan (distinction between right and wrong). And You have made in it the Night
of Qadr, and made it better than a thousand months. 0 One Who favours all and
is favoured by none, favour me by saving me from Hell as You have favoured
others. Admit me into Paradise through Your Mercy. 0 Most-Merciful of the
"0 Allah, let
happiness enter(the hearts of)those who dwell in the graves:
O Allah, grant
affluence to all the poor;
O Allah, satisfy
the hunger of all the hungry ones;
O Allah, clothe all
the naked ones;
O Allah, help all
debtors to pay their debts;
O Allah, relieve
the sufferings of all those in distress;
O Allah, help all
travellers to (safely) return home ;
O Allah, release
all the prisoners;
O Allah, straighten
out all the defects (that have developed) in the affairs of Muslims;
O Allah, restore to
health all those who are sick;
O Allah, ease our
poverty by Your (unlimited) wealth;
O Allah, change our
difficult state by the excellence of Your state.
O Allah, help us to
pay our debts and free us from poverty. Surely, You are able over everything."
It is also recommended to recite the
following supplications which for the benifit of our readers have been
classified according to each day of Ramadhan.
1st day :
accept my fast in it (Ramadhan) as the fast of those whose fact (is acceptable
to You). Forgive my sins in it, 0 the Lord of the Universe. Pardon me, 0 the
Pardoner of sinners."
2nd day :
"0 Allah, in
it bring me near Your good pleasure and keep me away from Your anger and
displeasure. Guide me to recite Your revelation (the Qur'an) through Your
Mercy, 0, the Most Merciful One."
3rd day :
"O Allah, in it
grant me wisdom and awareness. Keq me away from ignorance and pretension. A
ward me a share from all the blessings that You bestowed in it (Ramadhan); 0
the Most benevolent of all benevolents."
4th day :
"O Allah, give me
strength to observe Your orders. Encourage me through Your kindness to thank
You. Keep me wader Your protection: 0 One Who sees everything."