The Rulings of Sadaqat al-Fitr

By Mufti Faraz ibn Adam
The great Hanafi faqih (jurist) Imam Ibn al-Humam mentions: “Sadaqat al-Fitr is compulsory upon every free Muslim.” (Sharh Fath al-Qadir, 2:285)
The Evidence
All the scholars base their opinion on the following ahadith:
‘Abd Allah Ibn …

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The Laws of Fasting According to the Qur’an and Sunnah as Deduced by the Hanafi School

Abridged from al-Siyam wa Ahkamuhu by Shaykh Wahbi Sulayman Ghawji al-Albani

Translated by Suheil Laher

1.1 Order and encouragement to fast

O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you might learn piety . . . . The month of Ramadan is that wherein was revealed the Qur’an, as a guidance to mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion. So, whoever among you witnesses the month should fast.” Q[2:183, 185]

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The Ramadan of Imam Rashid Ahmad al-Gangohi The Ramadan of Imam Rashid Ahmad al-Gangohi

By Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalawi
I have written in Aap Beeti Vol. 6 under the heading of spiritual exertion that while dictating the practices of Hadrat Rashid Ahmad Gangohi in Ramadan, I wanted to note it …

Brushing Teeth While Fasting Brushing Teeth While Fasting

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
Question:
Are you allowed to brush your teeth when fasting? If not, how do you get rid of bad breath so people are not uncomfortable around you?
Answer:
Jazakumullahu Khairan / Thank you for your …

The Inner Dimensions of the Fast The Inner Dimensions of the Fast

By Shah Wali Allah al-Dahlawi
Translated by Marcia K. Hermansen
You should know that sometimes a person comprehends, due to God’s inspiring him with this knowledge, that his physical animalistic form is keeping him from what …

Research on the Hadith of Ramadan and its Three Parts Research on the Hadith of Ramadan and its Three Parts

By Bilal Ali
Question:
There is a ḥadīth that divides Ramadan into three periods. Is this ḥadīth authentic?
Reply:
After a detailed analysis of all the corroboratory chains of the ḥadīth in question, it can be concluded that it …

The Meaning of Ramadan The Meaning of Ramadan

By Khalid Baig
Fasting during Ramadan was ordained during the second year of Hijrah. Why not earlier? In Makkah the economic conditions of the Muslims were bad. They were being persecuted. Often days would go by …

Reading from the Mushaf During Salat: A Hanafi Persective Reading from the Mushaf During Salat: A Hanafi Persective

By Abu ‘Asim Badrul Islam
During the blessed month of Ramaḍān, it is observed in many masājid[1] that some of those who pray behind the imām hold the muṣḥaf[2] in their hands. They do this in …

10 Tips for Ramadan 10 Tips for Ramadan

By Nabeel Khan

As the blessed month of Ramadan approaches, we need to prepare for it in such a way that we can gain the maximum benefit of this month.  For many, Ramadan comes and goes.  …

The Message of Ramadan The Message of Ramadan

By Khalid Baig
We observe Ramadan every year. Do we also listen to it?
Ramadan is the most important month of our calendar. It is a tremendous gift from Allah in so many ways. In our current …

The Beginnings of Arabic Grammar The Beginnings of Arabic Grammar

Photo Mohammad Ehsai, “Mohabbat (Compassion)” – 2011

By Masood Ranginwala
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
“Indeed, We have sent it, an Arabic Qur’an so that you all may understand.” (12:2)
قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا غَيْرَ ذِي عِوَجٍ لَّعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ
“It is …

Dhul-Kifl: A Prophet or a Saint? Dhul-Kifl: A Prophet or a Saint?

By Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani
“And (remember) Isma’il and Idris and Dhul-Kifl. Each one of them was of those who observed patience. And We admitted them to Our mercy. Surely, they were of the righteous.” (Qur’an, …