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Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Ruling on Having Saḥūr (The Predawn Meal)

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #2

 [Q]: Is it incumbent upon the fasting person to have the predawn meal [i.e. saḥūr]?

[A]: No, it is not incumbent [upon him to have the saḥūr], but it is recommended [to do so] since the body is strengthened by it.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg. 21.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Ruling on Spending the Latter Part of the Nights of Ramaḍān Engaged in Recreation

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #15

[Q]:What is the ruling on spending the latter part of the nights of Ramaḍān engaged in recreation?

[A]:
This is wasting time. It is an opportunity to perform act of worship since the people are engaged in prayer, recitation [of the Qurʾān] and the revision of knowledge during that time, while some are spending it playing football and games. Thus, this is wasting time without a doubt. Furthermore, they sleep until just before Maghrib supposedly missing the Fajr, Ẓuhr and ʿAṣr prayers; hence, this is a calamity, what a grave calamity!

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 47.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Ruling on Swallowing Saliva while Fasting

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #5

 [Q]:What is the ruling on swallowing saliva?

[A]: Swallowing saliva doesn’t break the fast, even if it is gathered [in his mouth] then swallowed, because it is something which is from the interior of his body. [Also,] it is unavoidable, like swallowing dust.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله) 

Source: Fat‘ḥ al-Rabb al-Wadūd fī-al-Fatāwá wā-al-Rasāʾil wā-al-Rudūd vol 1, pg 323.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Ruling on the Fasting Person Kissing in Ramaḍān

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #9

 [Q]:What is the ruling on the fasting person kissing in Ramaḍān?

[A]: Certainly, I have dealt with this issue, and I said that there is no problem with this if the kiss is from an elderly man whose desires are weak and a kiss doesn’t stir it up. [Likewise,] there is no problem with this in the case where there occurs [from him] something from desires since it is very minimal. However, the youth whose desires are stirred up by a kiss, it may be that this kiss leads to something further; hence, it is obligatory upon him to not do it.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 36.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Ruling on the One Who Loses Consciousness while Fasting

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #7

 [Q]: What is the ruling of the one who loses consciousness while fasting?

[A]: The one who loses consciousness is of two types:

[1] If the loss of consciousness is temporary, such as one day, a few days or that which is like that, then this resembles sleep.
[2] If the loss of consciousness is for a long period, such as a month or two, then [the individual who experiences] this is like the insane individual whose pen is lifted (i.e he's unaccountable).


Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 23.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Ruling on the Sick Person Fasting

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #6

 [Q]: Is the sick person who doesn't experience any difficulty [while fasting] and fasting doesn’t harm him exempted from fasting?

[A]: If the sick doesn't experience any difficulty while fasting and fasting doesn’t increase his sickness, then he should fast.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 23.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Ruling on Utilising Tablets in the Month of Ramaḍān to Prevent the Onset of Menses

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #16

[Q]:What is the ruling on using tablets solely in the month of Ramaḍān to prevent [the onset of] menses in order to fast the entire month?

[A]:
Allāh has allowed women to break their fast during the days of their menses and postnatal bleeding, and indeed, the Prophet (ﷺ) said: "I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you." They asked: "What is deficient in her intelligence and religion?" He said: "As for her deficiency in intelligence, then verily, Allāh has made the witness of two women equal to that of one man. As for her deficiency in her religion, then certainly, she remains for days without fasting or praying.” [Reported by al-Bukhārī and Muslim.]

Therefore, Allāh has allowed the woman to break her fast during the days of her menses and postnatal bleeding. Consequently, it is not necessary for her to take tablets in order to fast the entire month, bearing in mind that these tablets —which a lot of women take— have a negative effect upon the woman, hence, it is necessary for her to avoid them.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 58.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Traveller Is Exempt from Fasting

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #8

 [Q]: Am I exempt from fasting if I leave for my job which is 90 kilometers from my house?

[A]: Yes, this distance meets the requirement of the travel distance [i.e. it meets the requirement for a person to be considered a traveller]; [hence,] it is permissible for you to do that, even if the means [of travel] are easy and its medium are numerous. This is a concession from Allāh. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: 'It is charity which Allah has given to you, so accept His charity.' [Reported by Muslim.]

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 28.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed 

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Validity of the Fast of the One Who Doesn't Pray

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #13

[Q]:What is the ruling on the individual who fasts, but doesn't pray?

[A]:
If he fasts, but doesn’t pray, then I say: Fasting is not accepted from whosoever doesn't pray. Therefore, if Allāh guided him, He has forgiven him, and tawbah [forgiveness from Allāh] erases that which preceded it.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 46.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Validity of the Fast of the One Who Eats or Drinks Forgetfully

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #4

 [Q]: What is the ruling on the validity of the fast of the fasting person who eats or drinks forgetfully?

[A]: If the fasting person eats or drinks forgetfully, then his fast is not broken due to the Ḥadīth: 'If any one of you forgetfully eats or drinks [while fasting], he should complete his fasting, for it is Allāh who fed him and gave him drink.' [Reported by al-Bukhārī and Muslim.]

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 30.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Validity of the Fast of the One Who Eats or Drinks When He Ought to Be Fasting

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #3

 [Q]: What is the ruling on the validity of the fast of the one who eats or drank thinking that it was not the time of dawn, then it became clear that it was? Or that the sun had set, then it became clear that it didn't?

[A]: If it was unclear that it was the time of dawn, so he ate or drank thinking that it wasn't, then his fast is valid and he doesn't have to make it up. As for if it was very clear that he ate and drank after dawn or before sunset, then upon him is to make it up.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 40.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - The Validity of the Fast of the One Who only Prays in Ramaḍān

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #14

[Q]:What is the ruling on the fast of a man who only prays in Ramaḍān?

[A]:
It is as though he did not pray and fast.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 47.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - When is the Intention for Fasting Made?

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #1

 [Q]: When is the intention of the person who intends to fast made? Or when is the intention for fasting made?

[A]: It is necessary to make the intention for the compulsory fast before Fajr. As for supererogatory fasts, then whenever the intention is made, even if it was done after sunrise, so long as he didn’t eat or drink, his fast is valid.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg. 19.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Ramaḍān - When Should the Muʾadhdhin Break His Fast

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Faṭwá Series for Ramaḍān 2016 - featuring selected faṭāwá by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Faṭwá #11

 [Q]:We have with us a Muʾadhdhin who the people rely upon for the Maghrib adhān. Should he break his fast and then call the adhān, or should he call it and then break his fast, due to the people's reliance upon him?

[A]:
All of that is permitted. If he is certain of the setting of the sun and he desired to break his fast by eating a date and taking a sip of water then calling the adhān, that is permissible. Similarly, if he wanted to call the adhān and then break his fast, this is also permitted, and the latter of the two is favourable to me.

Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله).

Source: Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām pg 43.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Benefit: Returning Money from a Debt or Theft Is a Condition for Tawbah

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Or if you denied the right of a person; for example if you owe a person a debt and you denied it, then you repented, it is a must that you go to the person you owe the debt to but denying owing it to, and affirm and acknowledge it with him, until he takes his right. If he has died then you give it to his heirs. And if you do not know them, or if the person is absent and you do not know his whereabouts then give charity with the money to free yourself from it. Allāh the Glorified and Exalted knows him and He will give it to him. 

   أما إذا كان الذنب بينك وبين الخلق، فإن كان مالاً فلابد أن تؤديه إلى صاحبه، ولا تقبل التوبة إلا بأدائه مثل أن تكون قد سرقت مالاً من شخص وتبت من هذا، فلابد أن توصل المسروق إلى المسروق منه. 
        
أو جحدت حقاً لشخص؛ كأن يكون في ذمتك دين لإنسان وأنكرته، ثم تبت ، فلابد أن تذهب إلى صاحب الدين الذي أنكرته، وتقرَّ عنده وتعترف حتى يأخذ حقه. فإن كان قد مات، فإنك تعطيه ورثته، فإن لم تعرفهم، أو غاب عنك هذا الرجل ولم تعرف له مكاناً، فتصدق به عنه تخلصاً منه، والله- سبحانه وتعالى- يعلمه ويعطيه إياه.  

[1] Taken from “The Book of Repentance” from the explanation of Rīyaḍus-al-Ṣāliḥīn explained by Shaykh Ibn al-ʿUthaymīn  http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/books/article_18011.shtml

Translated by Rashīd Barbee

Benefit: The Ruling on Female Doctors Tending to Male Patients and Vice-Versa

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Question: What is your opinion on female dentists tending to men? Is it permissible, knowing that there are male dentists in the same region?

Answer: We have attempted and tried many times with the authorities to segregate the male doctors for the men and the female doctors for the women, in the field of dentistry and other than it (from the health sciences), this is (how it should be in) truth. The woman is an ʿAwrah (vulnerable, i.e. to exposure, if uncovered) and a fitnah (trial) except those who Allāh bestows his mercy upon.

So that which is required is to assign female doctors specifically for the women and male doctors specifically for the men except in cases of necessity, like if a man were sick and there were no male doctors available, then there is no problem (i.e. if a female doctor tends to him). Allāh mentions:

 وَقَدْ فَصَّلَ لَكُمْ مَا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ إِلا مَا اضْطُرِرْتُمْ إِلَيْهِ
While He (Allāh) has explained in detail to you what He has forbidden you, excepting that to which you are compelled.
[Surah al-Anʿām, 6:119]

So for other than necessity’s sake, it is required for there to be male doctors for men and female doctors for women, and for them to be in separate quarters, or hospitals specifically for the men and vice-versa so that we may avoid trials and harmful free-mixing, this is what is required from us all.

Imām ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz (raḥimahullāh)

Source: al-Mawqiʿ al-Rasmī li-Masāḥah al-Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz: Aḍāb al-Qabr wa Naʿīmahū: Ḥukm Taḍbīb al-Marʾat lil-Rijāl.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣomālī

Benefit: The Ruling on Gathering for the Deceased - Shaykh Ibn Bāz

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

From the greatest scholars of the Ummah in the last century was al-ʿAllāmah al-Shakyh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz raḥimahullāh. His firmly-grounded knowledge of the religion, wisdom, and piety were characteristics which made him recognized by Muslims internationally. A collection of his rulings, al-Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá, is an outstanding example of these aforementioned characteristics. This benefit is shared by Abū al-ʿAbbās Mūsá Richardson


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Benefit: The Ruling on Giving a Copy of the Muṣḥaf to Non-Muslims

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Ustādh Mūsá Richardson translates the following question which was posed to the honourable Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdullāh ibn Bāz (raḥimahullāh) and can be found in vol. 6, pg. 469 of his Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá:

[Q]: If a Christian asks me for a muṣḥaf should I give it to him or not?

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Benefit: The Ruling on Going to Magicians for Cures

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

Question: I am afflicted with magic and went to a magician to cure me from the magic afflicting me, what is the ruling upon me?

Answer: It is not permissible to go to a magician, magic is not cured with magic, rather magic is cured by ruqyah al-sharʿiyyah, the noble Qurʾān, some permissible medicines and supplications [to Allāh]. So do not go to the magicians to cure you from magic but rather utilise the permissible medicines, supplications [to Allāh], reciting the Qurʾān, and Ruqyah until Allāh cures you.

Question: How about my going to the magician in the first place, what is the ruling upon that?

Answer: Upon you is to repent to Allāh, and do not repeat this act again.

Shaykh Ṣālīḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān

Source: الذهاب إلى السحرة
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Benefit: The Ruling on Jokes in Islām - Shaykh Ibn Bāz

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

From the greatest scholars of the Ummah in the last century was al-ʿAllāmah al-Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn ʿAbdillāh ibn Bāz raḥimahullāh. His firmly-grounded knowledge of the religion, wisdom, and piety were characteristics that made him recognized by Muslims internationally. A collection of his rulings, al-Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá́, is an outstanding example of these aformentioned characeristics. From the beauty of Islām is that it provides guidance to mankind in every part of his life. An example is the religious guidance on the topic of joking, something that many of us do everyday. In this ruling, presented by our brother Abū al-ʿAbbās, Shaykh Ibn Bāz briefly discusses the place of joking in the religion. So take a listen to this short clip. May Allāh have mercy on you, and benefit your family with it.


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