Errors Committed By Fasting People
Nader ibn Hamad Al Muzayni
There are many mistakes committed by some fasting people, violating the
instructions came in the book of Allah (Glory be to Him) or the Sunnah of the
Prophet (peace be upon him). Here, we shall explain some of these mistakes so
that Muslims would return to the true guidance and correct track in their
lives. The happy is the one who takes lessons from others before afflictions
hit him. Our religion commands us with every good action and prohibits every
bad and evil action.
Of these mistakes committed by the fasting people are the following:
1- Receiving Ramadan with musical instruments and songs instead of mentioning
Allah and showing gratitude for He made them attend Ramadan. The Prophet
(peace be upon him) used to receive Ramadan by his saying: "Allahumma ahillahu
'Alayna bil-amni wal-iman, was-salamati wal-Islam, Rabbi wa Rabbuk-Allah,
Hilalu rushdin wa khairin (O Allah, let this moon appear on us with security
and Iman; with safety and Islam. (O moon!) Your Rabb and mine is Allah. May
this moon be bringing guidance and good)." [Reported by At-Tirmidhy, who said
a good Hadith].
2- Some people believe that the month of Ramadan is a chance for sleep and
laziness during the day and sleeplessness at night, and often this
sleeplessness is spent in things that bring the wrath of Allah (Glory be to
3- Some people get angry because of the advent of Ramadan because they deem it
a deprivation of fulfilling their desires; so they fast it to cope with
people, but within they prefer other months to it although Ramadan is a season
of goodness, virtue, mercy, forgiveness, and emancipation from Hell-Fire to
4- Accelerating the predawn meal and delaying breakfast which is against the
Prophet's guidance who used to hasten breaking the fast and delaying Pre-dawn
meal because advancing it as some people do leads to not attending the
congregational Salah of Fajr as he shall sleep thereafter.
5- Abandoning or delaying Salah from its due time where some fasting people
waste their day in sleeping and night in sleeplessness. The Righteous
Predecessor used to care for Salah greatly, so they do not miss congregational
Salah either in Ramadan or in others. Moreover, they exert efforts in Ramadan
more than other months and consider it a season for profit in which they
compete to draw nearer to their Lord.
6- Avoiding sensual items that break the fast such as eating, drinking, and
sexual intercourse, where you will find some people interest in avoiding them,
whereas others do not avoid moral invalidators of the fast such as backbiting,
tale bearing, lying, cursing, slandering, and looking at women whom are
forbidden to look at, whether in streets, shops, magazines, movies, or others.
Everyman has to care for these invalidators of fasting, for a fasting person
may gain nothing of his fasting but hunger and thirst, and perhaps a person
stays up for Salah but does not gain anything therefrom but fatigue and
sleeplessness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever does not give up
false speech and acting upon it Allah is not in need of his leaving his food
and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)." [Reported by Al Bukhari].
7- Abandoning the Tarawih Salah, where many Muslims do not perform it or
perhaps they perform two or four Rak'ahs under the pretext of it is a Sunnah.
We say: Yes it is the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) where the
Prophet (peace be upon him) used to preserve them, and they do not exceed 30
times a year. Also, it draws nearer to Allah and generates His Love as was
reported in the Hadith: "And My servant continues to draw near to Me with
supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him, I am his
hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with
which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something]
of Me, I would surely give it to him and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would
surely grant him it."
Leaving it is a part of great deprivation of goodness because a person may
seize the chance of Laylat al-Qadr which is better than the worship of a
thousand months and therefore his past sins shall be forgiven. Sunan were
ordained for filling the gap of obligatory matters as only few Muslims perform
obligatory duties in full.
8- Extravagance in food and drinks in Ramadan, as fasting was not ordained
except for a great wisdom and useful benefits that come back to a Muslim in
his world and Hereafter. So, when a Muslim fasts the day and fills his stomach
with different types of food and drinks, he does not change something of his
conditions. The food which he used to eat during the day, he eats the equal
amount or even more in the night. It is well-known that filling one's stomach
to the full weakens the body and makes the acts of worship heavy. Those who
eat supper after Al Maghrib Salah perform Tarawih with difficulty and fatigue
and are unable to finish it, but those who eat something light at Al Maghrib
Adhan perform Tarawih easily.
9- Going to journeys in order not to break the fast, and this is a trick to
abandon the acts of worship. Moreover, scholars said: Those who travel to
break their fast are forbidden to break their fast and their journey is also
Not to get in touch with relatives and neighbors in Ramadan. Every Muslim
should be in contact with his relatives and neighbors and check their
conditions, and if they are in need, he should help, but if he cannot, he
should search for someone to help them. By communication hearts become in
harmony, the word is unified, intimacy and brotherhood among Muslims spread.
10- Some employees reduce their work in Ramadan, leaving people's transactions
jammed at their office under the pretext of fasting. Moreover, some people
leave their work to recite Qur'an which is an error because reciting the
Qur'an is a Sunnah, whereas one's duty is obligatory, so how can a person
advance a Sunnah to an obligation? There are other times where man can recite
the Qur'an, but some employees do not remember to recite the Qur'an except in
work time. We ask Allah, the Almighty, to guide Muslims to rectify their
mistakes, for He is the All-Hearer, the All-Responding.
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