Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Making Up Our Fasting Days

Go ahead and say it: SUBHANALLAH!

This is the Masjid As-Salam in Malaysia. Thanks to the photographer.

The Chinese have a saying, "When someone shares with you something of value, you have an obligation to share it with others."


Okay, now I'm going to share something else with you: these are the shortest days of the year. The fewest hours of sunlight will be this week. This also means that the fewest hours of fasting possible are this week.

Do you have days to make up from Ramadan? I do.

The best times to make up our fasting days are:

right after the first day of Eid Al-Fitr (after Ramadan). It is sunnah or following the ways of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) so there is added blessing.

the first ten days of the month Dhul Al-Hajja. This is at the same time the pilgrims are making their way to Mecca. The most important day of those ten is the last, "The Day of Arafat."

the 9th and 10th in the month of Muharam.  This is the first month of the Muslim calendar which happens after Dhul Al-Hajja). This is also sunnah but according to the Prophet Musa/Moses (peace be upon him) which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) followed as well.

Monday and Thursday are also sunnah to fast according to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

13th, 14th and 15th of the MUSLIM months on the Hijrah calendar; not on the Gregorian calendar. This is another sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). 

Click here to learn more about the different calendars systems.  You can see what today is according to many different calendars.

Today, I'm fasting and I'm not getting any extra blessings.  It's well after Ramadan and Hajj.  It's a Tuesday.  But it is one of the shortest and therefore easiest days to fast.  There is no shame in fasting a short day.  A fast is a fast.  What makes is even easier is that it's cold in Egypt and we have Winter Vacation from our international school.

If you have not made up your fasting from Ramadan, please consider getting this obligation done now in December. You will never find an easier time.  I need to count up my days missed, post it on the refrigerator and then mark them off.  My goal is to get all of them done during this break from work.

Two words of caution: 

Fridays must not be fasted alone.  If you want to fast on a Friday, you must fast either the day before and/or the day after. 

Also, if you married you need to ask permission from your husband since his rights with you need to be postponed during the fasting time.  It's a good way to get his mind prepared for the following day.  He will be more understanding if he is part of the process.  Actually, when the man isn't fasting and the wife is there is a kind of "off-limits" fascination he develops for her again.   

The best way to actually do the fast is to make the intention the night before.  Set your alarm for 30-45 minutes before the fajr prayer.  Get up and chow down.  Stop eating, brush and floss, then drink one more sip of water.  Make wudu, pray, and read Quran.  Then, keep busy doing good works.  Avoid romantic intimacy and those things which bring lust or anger to your mind. 

Inshahallah your fast will be accepted.

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