The Fasting of Vehicle Drivers

EsinIslam Ramadan Explorer

Q. Is the verdict of travelers is applied to car and vehicle drivers due to their continuous working outside cities during the days of Ramadan?

A. Yes, the verdict of traveling is applied to them. They can shorten and gather prayers and break their fasting. If one says, ''When can they fast while their working is continuous?'' We say, ''They can fast during winter days as such days are short and cold''. As for the drivers inside the cities, the verdict of travelers is not applied to them and they have to fast. [Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen]

What is the Traveling that Justifies Fast Braking?

Q. What is the Traveling Distance that Justifies Fast Braking?

A. The traveling that justifies fast breaking and prayer shortening is about 83 km. some scholars do not specify a travel distance. Whatever people consider as traveling is traveling. When the Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, was traveling for a distance of three leagues he was used to shortening prayers. Forbidden traveling does not justify fast breaking or prayer shortening, as a license does not suite a disobeying travel. Some scholars do not differentiate between obeying and disobeying traveling for the generalized evidence. Allah knows best. [Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen]

The Verdict of Taking Pills to Prevent Menstruation

Q. Some women deliberately take pills to prevent menstruation in order not to make up for fasting after that (women break their fast during menstruation). Is that permissible and are there any limits for women to consider?

A. What I see in this matter is that a woman does not do that and let what Allah, Glorified and Exalted, has destined upon women be. Allah Almighty has His wisdom in creating such menstruation. Such wisdom suits the nature of women, so if they are prevented from such period, no doubt that there will be a reaction that affects the woman's body. The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''No harm and do not cause harm''. [Authenticated by: Albani]

«لا ضرر ولا ضرار» صححه الألباني

This is regardless to the harmful effects of such pills to the womb as mentioned by the physicians. So what I see in this matter is that a woman does not use such pills. Praise be to Allah for His destiny and wisdom, as if a woman get her menses, she neither fasts nor prays, and when she becomes purified she continuous praying and fasting. When Ramadan ends, she makes up for the days in which she did not fast. [Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen]

Tarawîh Prayer is a Confirmed Sunnah

Q. Is tarawîh prayer just a Sunnah or a confirmed Sunnah? How do we perform it?

A. It is a confirmed Sunnah for which the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, urged by saying, ''He who establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven.'' [Reported by: Bukhari]

«من قام رمضان، إيمانا واحتسابا، غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه.» رواه البخاري

It is proved that he prayed it with his companions for several nights, and then he was afraid that it might be ordained upon them. He awakened their desire to pray it by themselves. A man was praying alone and two and three persons were praying together in congregations. 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, saw to gather them with one imam, as this includes gathering in praying and listening to the Quran. Muslims have continued for that until the present day. It was prayed in such time in twenty three rak'ahs (prayer units); and they used to prolong in reciting, that they were reading Surat Al-Baqarah in twelve prayer units and sometimes in eight prayer units. As the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, did not limit it to a specific number, so the matter is broad. If a person wishes, he can lessens the prayer units and lengthen the pillars of the prayers and if he wishes, he can increase the number of the prayer units [Sheikh Ibn Jibrin].

A Woman Going out for Praying Without her Husband's Permission

Q. If a woman goes out to pray the tarawîh prayer in the mosque and her husband is not pleased with her and says to her to pray at home as this is more rewarding for you. What is the authenticity of such saying, may Allah bless you?

A. We first say to the husband, ''Do not prevent your wife from getting out to the mosque, as the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, said about that, ''And do not prevent the female slave of Allah from the mosques of Allah.'' [Reported by: Bukhari]

«لا تمنعوا إماء الله مساجد الله.» رواه البخاري

We say to the wife, ''If your husband prevents you, obey him as he prevents you only for a benefit or for fearing from seduction. As he said, your praying in your house is better than your praying in the mosque as the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''And their houses are better for them.'' [Reported by: Ibn Uthaymeen]

«وبيوتهن خير لهن» بن عثيمين

[Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen]


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