Ramadan is also known as Ramadan Kareem is considered the holiest and most blessed month of the Islamic calendar. As Ramadan approaches, Muslims from all around the world indulge themselves in worship and prayer in order to get closer to Allah (SWT). As Ramadan 2022 has reached us, let\’s learn about the rules of Ramadan in order to spend this month in the most pious way possible this year.
The most important aspect of Ramadan is fasting. Muslims globally tend to fast for an entire month during daylight hours and perform good deeds during Ramadan. Fasting in Ramadan comes with a lot of rules that we need to abide by. However, the general public is usually not aware of these rules hence they miss out on the true blessings and immense rewards of fasting. This is why today we will be briefly discussing the most important rules for Muslims in Ramadan.
What Are the Rules of Ramadan?
There are a few basic rules of Ramadan that you need to follow in order to maximise your rewards and gain as much spirituality as you can. First and foremost is obviously observing fasts for the month of Ramadan during daylight hours. Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam and In Ramadan, fasting has been made mandatory for every Muslim who is in good health to fast.
Hence, without fasting, you can never gather the immense blessings that Allah bestow upon us in the month of Ramadan. The second most important thing is intention. Without having a solid and pure intention to fast, your fast will not please Allah.
What Is Allowed in Ramadan as per the Rule?
All halal and non-sinful activities that are allowed all around the year are allowed in Ramadan as per the rule. During Ramadan, there are only certain things that we need to be mindful of while fasting.
What Things Are Against the Rules in Ramadan?
Generally, all things that we are instructed to abstain from are equally forbidden in Ramadan. However, a few usual activities that are allowed all around the year are forbidden in Ramadan, that too only during fasting hours. Outside fasting hours these things are allowed without any limitations.
For instance while fasting one can’t eat, drink, or engage in any kind of sexual activity. However, outside fasting hours, these things are allowed and one can do it without being subjected to any punishment.
What Are the Rules of Fasting in Ramadan?
Fasting has been made compulsory for every Muslim who is fit for the entire month of Ramadan. However, fasting comes with many rules that are mandatory to be mindful of in order to observe a fast that is likely to be accepted by Allah (SWT). The first and foremost rule is hidden in the definition of fasting itself.
Fasting means to abstain yourself from eating or drinking anything during the daylight hours. For Muslims, a fast starts at the dawn prayers and is broken at the sunset. Hence, the first obvious rule of fasting is to keep yourself away from consuming or drinking anything at all even if it is medication. However, in case someone ends up eating or drinking anything accidentally by mistake then his fast won’t break and he can continue with his fast as this hadith suggests.
“Whoever forgets he is fasting and eats or drinks, let him complete his fast for it is Allaah Who has fed him and given him to drink.” (Al-Bukhari)
The rules of fasting in Ramadan don\’t end here. Usually, people think that fasting merely means avoiding drinking or eating, however, this isn’t the case. Apart from limiting yourself from consuming anything, there is a list of things that you need to avoid in order to fast properly such as:
- Swearing or using foul language
- Being dishonest and lying
- Fighting or arguing with someone with the intention to hurt them
- Engaging in any kind of sexual activities
In short, any deed that is generally not allowed outside the hours of fasting is not allowed while fasting as well such as gambling, listening to music, being selfish and deceptive, or any other sin.
What Happens if You Break the Rules of Ramadan?
In case you do not belong to any of the above-mentioned categories and you miss a fast intentionally you are responsible for paying Fidya. It is advised that those who miss a fast or two in Ramadan, they should make up for it by fasting later that year.
In case it is not possible for them to make up for their missed fasts, they are liable to pay Fidya in the form of charity. Fidya is a form of charity that is mandatory to be paid by anyone who misses a fast without any valid reason. The rate of Fidya varies all around the year depending on the cost of basic food supplies. Generally, Fidya needs to cover the cost of feeding a single person at one time.
In case you don\’t belong to any of the groups listed above and you end up breaking the rules of Ramadan intentionally it will likely nullify your fast. In that case, you are responsible for paying Kaffarah. The rate of Kaffarah is equal to feeding 60 persons for each broken fast. Another way to pay off Kaffarah is to fast for consecutive 60 days.
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Who Is Exempted From Fasting in Ramadan as per the Rule?
Although Ramadan is a highly important part of Ramadan, it is not mandatory for everyone to observe fasts. Under various circumstances, the following people are exempted from fasting in the month of Ramadan.
- Senior and frail citizens
- People who are suffering from terminal illnesses or are unfit to perform the physical act of fasting
- People for whom medication is necessary to be taken within the fasting hours or else their life would be in danger
- Pregnant women
- Menstruating women
- Women who are nursing their young infants
How Long Is Fasting for Ramadan as per the Rule?
During the entire holy month of Ramadan, which happens to be the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims all around the world observe fasts from dawn to dusk. Depending on where you are in the world, the pre-sunrise to sunset fast might last anywhere from 11 -19 hours.
Ending Note on Rules of Ramadan
Now that you are well aware of the Rules of Ramadan, it is your responsibility to share this invaluable knowledge with your friends and family for gaining Sadaqah jariyah. Apart from this, make sure to be mindful of all the above-mentioned Ramadan rules of fasting in order to receive maximum benefits and rewards against fasting this year. Earn as many good deeds as possible during the month by donating. You can even hand out your lunch money to feed the fasting.
May Allah (SWT) enable us to fast with pure intention and in true spirits this Ramadan!