What Should be Avoided in Ramadan
Mufti Taqi Usmani
All sinful acts should be avoided completely during the month of Ramadan.
Although the sinful acts are totally prohibited in Shariah, whether in Ramadan
or at any other time, but their prohibition becomes more severe in this month.
It is evident that every Muslim avoids certain lawful acts, like eating and
drinking, during the fasts. If he continues to commit sins in Ramadan, it will
be a mockery to avoid lawful things and yet be engaged in unlawful acts never
allowed in Shariah. Thus, the abstinence from sins becomes all the more
necessary in this month.
Specially the following acts should be avoided totally:
1. Telling a lie;
2. Gheebah or backbiting, i.e. condemnation of a person in his absence;
The Holy Prophet has particularly forbidden from it when one is in the state
of fasting. He has directed us that, if someone wants to quarrel in Ramadan,
we should tell him that we are fasting, hence we are not prepared to indulge
in any quarrel.
4. Eating unlawful things;
5. Earning through unlawful means;
6. Any act which may harm a person without a valid cause;
7. Burdening one's servants or employees with a toilsome job beyond their
ability, without providing them facilities to carry it out.
In short, one should try his best to refrain from all kinds of sins, and
protect his eyes, ears, tongue, and all other organs from indulging in an
Once a Muslim spends the month of Ramadan in this way, he will insha Allah,
find himself equipped with a spiritual strength which will facilitate for him
to conduct a good Islamic life in accordance with the pleasure of Allah.
Source: The Month of Ramadan