Years of Missed Fasts and Expiation (kaffara)

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I have several years in which I did not fast Ramadan. I also have some years in which I did fast but I didn’t make up the days I did not fast because of menstruation. Should I make up the fasts from my menstruation first and then perform the […]

What Corrupts a Fast: Questions About Water Entering the Body

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : (1) What should I do if I was making washing my mouth and nose during ghusl during Ramadan and water went into me? If I have to make an obligatory ghusl, how far should the water go down my throat during Ramadan? What about water going down the […]

Using Creams, Powders, or Topical Medications While Fasting

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: [1] Does applying cream and powder on the body and face break one’s fast? [2] Can one apply topical medications such as Retin-A that are absorbed by the skin? Answer: [1] No, applying cream and powder to the body does not break one’s fast. The fast is invalidated by […]

How Do I Perform Laylat al-Qadr?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani   Question : Do I have to spend the entire night at the Masjid from Maghrib until after Fajr prayer to get the reward of Laylat al-Qadr? Could I leave early and still receive my blessings of forgiveness from Allah?   Answer : One attains unto the reward of worshipping […]

Feeding People to Expiate For a Corrupted Fast

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani   Question:  If I intentionally corrupted a Ramadan fast, can I feed 60 people 2 meals instead fasting for 2 consecutive months?   Answer:   1. No. If the fast was broken in a way that requires expiation, then for who are able to fast (and being able to fast during […]

Fasting on One’s Birthday

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani   Question :What is the ruling for commemorating one’s birthday by fasting on it (like the Prophet Allah bless him and give him peace is reported to have done)?   Answer: It is mentioned in several works that simply commemorating one’s day of birth is not blameworthy, if it is […]

Making of Missed Fast

  Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani   Question: I missed some fasts because I was breastfeeding. I was not able to make them up before the next Ramadan because I was still breastfeeding. Do I need to pay an expiation because I have not made them up before the next Ramadan?     Answer:   By […]

Does A Blood Test Invalidate the Fast?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : Would a blood test (having blood drawn through a needle) invalidate my fast? Answer: No, a blood test does not invalidate the fast, as it is merely the taking out of blood. It is only disliked if it could weaken one from being able to fast. The fast […]

Do I Complete My Fast On the Day My Menstruation Starts?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question : Is it true that if I get my period during the day, then I still have to complete my fast (even though I still have to make it up in the future)? What if I have ‘broken’ my fast in the past once my period started, ignorant about […]

Do the following Break One’s Ablution: Smoking, Breastfeeding, Nakedness,Kissing the Opposite Gender?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question :  Do the following break one’s ablution: smoking, breastfeeding, nakedness, kissing the opposite gender, a female removing her scarf, and washing impurity of a baby? Answer : 1. Smoking is either blameworthy or prohibited. However, it does not affect the validity of one’s wudu. 2. Nakedness, washing a baby’s […]