بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
For some reason, many of us forget the rules and regulation related to fasting (although we study it every year).
So, as usual, here’s something for this year: A Concise Study Guide to Fasting During the Month of Ramadan
It’s a translation of the chapter on fasting from the book “Akhsarul Mukhtasaraat” (The Most Concise Summary) by Imam Ibn Al-Balban (rahimahullah) who died…..350 years ago.
The book, from where this chapter comes from, is one of the most famous books of Hanbali* fiqh (jurisprudence). In fact, it’s one of the basic books that students are advised to start with.
[*For those who might be unaware: This is one of the four schools of fiqh, the others being Hanafi, Shafi and Maliki.]
The translator, may Allah reward him, has added some parts of Shaikh Saleh Al-Fawzan’s explanation of this book.
I’d advise everyone to read through it.
Note: If you want something more detailed or if you prefer audio, you can find plenty of resources in the relevant categories in the top navigation bar (or you can just use the search bar. That’s what I do – and I wrote all the posts!)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Knowledge International University is offering two live (free) webinars on the Fiqh of Fasting.
Webinar 1: Introduction to Fiqh of Fasting
Friday 12th August, 10:30PM Saudi Time by Assim Al Hakeem
[That’s 11:30 PM UAE time and 7:30 PM GMT.]
Webinar 2: Contemporary Issues to Fiqh of Fasting
Sunday 14th August, 4:30PM Saudi Time by Shaikh Saad Ash-Shethry
[[That’s 5:30 PM UAE time and 1:30 PM GMT.]
There’s no registration required.
How can you listen in?
Just go to the KIU website and click on the live session link. You’ll find it on the main page.
This is a good opportunity for all of us to review what we already know and learn more, insha-Allah.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
For those of you who’d like to give themselves an iman boost, here are some Ramadan Prep events:
[Note: I didn’t mention some “famous” prep events due to various reasons.]
Completely related question: Why does everyone always wait until a week before Ramadan to do these prep events? Isn’t that pretty late???
1) Knowledge International University is offering two FREE courses.
The first is entitled the “Fiqh of Fasting” and is going to start at the end of July.
The second is called “Good Manners” and is going to be taught in August.
For more information, you may keep a close eye on their Facebook page.
Why did I start with this event? Because unlike all the others, it is taught by a real scholar.
And no, I’m not putting anybody down. I’m just tired of every Muhammad, Abdullah and Ali being called a scholar.
[Even I have been called a scholar. Thrice!!! Subhan Allah, if an ignorant person like me can be called a scholar, then that means the Muslim ummah (nation) is in serious trouble.]
Home Sweet Home (Dubai)
1) Al Huda Sisters has a really nice bunch of classes (for sisters) geared towards preparing one for Ramadan.
You can find all the information on their blog.
The classes are on Wiziq as well (only for sisters) but you need to contact them for more information.
2) Dr. Muhammad Al-Jibaly is in town (yes, that Muhammad Al-Jibaly) for a Ramadan prep event called “The Essence of Ramadan”.
It’s this Friday (July 29th), insha-Allah. You can find out more here.
3) Kalemah Centre is offering a bunch of Ramadan prep lectures in various masjids around Dubai.
Most of these lectures are in Urdu though. The schedule can be found here.
4) Al Manar Quran Study Centre is offering a “Ramadan Majlis” i.e. a bunch of lectures during Ramadan.
The lectures are in English, Tagalog*, Urdu and Malayalam.
[*No, I don’t know if Brother Omar Penalbar is coming. The last Ramadan he came, about 125 Phillipinos became Muslims in one night, subhan Allah!]
Here’s the website.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Fiqh = Jurisprudence. It sort of means the rulings regarding a particular thing.]
Last year, I put up a lot of resources on studying the fiqh of fasting so I thought I’d link to some of those again.
Which resource should you use?
Well, it depends on your level. If you are a beginner, try to choose one and stick with that for now.
However, if you are a student of knowledge, then you should try to go through as many of them as possible.
Also, I’d advise everyone to take notes and summarise the points in your Ramadan journal. That way, you won’t have to go through these books and lectures each year. All you have to do is to read your own notes.
[Note: The links take you to the earlier posts which contain the resources. I haven’t linked to the resources directly.]
1) Basic Fiqh for Ramadan by Brother Abu Taubah.
Nice and simple.
2) Ramadan Rulings By Brother Moosa Khoory
Also nice and simple. Oh and he’s also from the UAE.
3) 186 Rules for Ramadan by Brother Waleed Basyouni.
Good series. It mentions all the required issues.
He also has another lecture entitled “How to make this your best Ramadan ever“.
4) The Month of Mercy by Brother Abu Abdissalam
For those who like British accents.
Both of these are from a seminar entitled “From the Moon to the Spoon”….
6) Fasting in Ramadan by Shaikh Saleh As-Saleh
Covers just about every important topic related to Ramadan.
7) Fiqh of Siyaam by Brother Abdur Rauf Shakir
I haven’t linked to this before. His lectures are really detailed, masha-Allah. It’s very good for students of knowledge.
8) Two free courses from Islamic Online University
For those who prefer to study properly.
Books / Articles
1) The Fast of Ramadan by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Jamil Zino
Nice, simple, well-organized book.
2) Ramadan and Fasting by Brother Abdel Kader Kamel Tayeb.
Organised in a different way but that makes it more appealing.
Summarises the rules of fasting.
4) Rulings Pertaining to Ramadan by Shaikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
All the fatwas from Islam Q and A.
5) Ramadan as observed by the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) by Shaikh Saleem Al-Hilali and Shaikh Alee Hasan Al-Halabee
6) Lessons on Fasting, Taraweeh and Zakaah by Shaikh Muhammad Saalih Aal- Uthaimeeen (rahimahullah)
Simple book? Of course. Didn’t you notice the “Uthaimeen” in the author’s name?
7) The Nature of Fasting by Imam Ibn Taimiyyah (rahimahullah)
Just another book by one of the greatest scholars of all time.
Just woke up and realised Ramadan is less than a week away?
On a more serious note, I’m quite worried as to the way all of us are approaching Ramadan this year. Last year in Dubai, there were more pre-Ramadan lectures than there are this year. Also, there were more pre-Ramadan articles written (on websites, I mean) than there are this year.
Am I the only one who feels that people are still in the “holiday” mood and still haven’t realised that Ramadan is so close?
I really hope that I’m imagining things…
Anyway, for those who are struggling to prepare for Ramadan: don’t fret and take things step-by-step.
One of the things that everyone needs to do is read or listen to an article/lecture that talks about basic fiqh for Ramadan i.e. the dos and don’ts of fasting.
And as usual, I’m going to save you the hassle of searching by providing you with the required information.
So, here goes:
Basic Ramadan Fiqh by Abu Taubah
[He’s using the Consice Fiqh. Nice book. Good for fiqh and hadeeth.]
Yes, another book.
It’s amazing just how much (free) information we have available, isn’t it? And are we trying to benefit from it?
This book is online: Ramadan and Fasting by Abdel Kader Kamel Tayeb.
There’s a nice intro where he explains why we fast. He also has a nice long section where he mentions the virtues of fasting and Ramadan.
Attention all parents [Yes Brothers, educating your child is your responsibility too, not just your wife’s.]: He also has a section called “Educating your children in Ramadan“.
I just discovered this book today so I haven’t read it. Overall, it seems quite decent though.
I discovered another Ramadan e-book in my e-library: The Fast of Ramadan by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Jameel Zino.
Some points that I noted as I quickly browsed through the book:
1) It’s very simple but he has covered just about all the topics related to Ramadan.
2) It’s extremely well-organised.
I remembered something as I browsed through it: the greater and more knowledgeable the author, the simpler the book. Don’t believe me? Just take a few books of the top scholars* of today and compare them to the books of the students of knowledge and you’ll see what I mean. The scholars have a simplicity to their writing that will really touch you.
[Unfortunately, this word is overused in our time. There are very few scholars in the world. For example, the UAE has NO scholars – although there are many people of knowledge here, alhamdulillah.
Who decides who is a scholar and who isn’t? Well, the scholars themselves. decide. When the scholars accept a person as a scholar, well then, he is a scholar.]
I haven’t listened to this lecture yet but it’s part of the “From the Moon to the Spoon Seminar“.
[I can’t believe that the people who chose an awesome title called “Fasting for the Everlasting” would also chose a dud like “From the Moon to the Spoon.”]
Fasting for the Everlasting By Shakiel Humayun
The Islamic Online University (IOU) has two free courses on Ramadan: one on the Fiqh of Fasting and another one entitled “Prophetic Reflections on Ramadan”. They have other free courses too.
The courses have both audio and the accompanying transcripts so it’s very nice indeed.
Simply go to their website: http://www.islamiconlineuniversity.com/opencampus/ and then register (for free) and then add the courses that you wish to take.
I’d also advise you to take the classes on tawheed, purification and prayer as these discuss the first two pillars (which are more important than fasting in Ramadan which is the fourth pillar).