Ramadhan

Ramadan (; Arabic: رمضان‎ Ramaḍān, also known as Ramazan, romanized as Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

If a person deliberately did not fast any day of the Month of Ramadhan, he has committed a sinful act and he must that day as Qadha and he must fast two months or feed sixty poor Momineen for not fasting that day.

Exams is not be a valid reason to leave fasting, so, the above rule is applicable.

Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 6 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

It is rather the opposite, as we can see that many Sunnis and Shia start the holy month of Ramadhan, and have Eids together on the same day. The issue is that in the Sunni world there is a difference of opinion as to whether the beginning of the lunar month can be pre-announced, or must it be eye-witness. 

In Sunni communities there are those who follow Saudi Arabia's announcement, for example, and there are those who follow the local moon-sighting, by the naked eye. 

For further statistics on this, please review the following site:

https://www.moonsighting.com/1440shw.html

Wassalam

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

The Night of Qadr according to most authentic Hadeeths is 19th or 21st or 23rd of the Month of Ramadan.

Most of our brothers and sisters who follow Sunni sects think that 27th is the most likely night of Qadr. This is because of the Sunni rulers who wanted to drive the Muslims away from the narrations and teachings of Ahlul Bayt (AS). 

In fact, there are many authentic Hadeeths in Sunni books stating that the Night of Al-Qadr is  19th or 21st or 23rd. (Nayl Al-Awtaar by Al-Shawkani).

The narration of 27th is unauthentic narration which has been narrated by one person named Ubayy Bin Ka'b stating his own opinion and  not narrated from the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) but it was been publicized by the rulers against the authentic Hadeeths from Ahlul Bayt (AS).

Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 6 months ago

Thank you for your question. The occurrence of Layaltul Qadr during the month of Ramadan is derived from the Qur'an itself. In surah al-Baqarah verse 185, God says:

"The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed"

And the night in which the Qur'an was revealed was the Night of Decree as is stated in the first verse of surah al-Qadr:

"Surely We revealed it on the night of decree."

However, the Qur'an does not specify which night in the month of Ramadan lalat al-Qadr is and so the next step is to turn to the traditions on the subject.

While the last 10 nights have been generally specified for a person to seek the night of Qadr in the traditions in the books of the school of the Ahl al-Bayt (as), there are more specific traditions that mention the 19th 21st and 23rd nights of the holy month, with each night playing its own role in the passing of the decree for the upcoming year. There is further specification of the 21st and 23rd nights and other traditions that specify the 23rd night.

As for the 27th night, while there are many traditions narrated in the books of the Ahl al-Sunna concerning which of the nights of Ramadan is the night of Qadr, the 27th has become the most popular.

May you always be successful.

Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 6 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

It is said that the important night of Qadr is one of the odd nights of the last ten days  of the holy month of Ramadhan. The night of the 19th, 21nd, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th. The emphasised nights are the nights of the 19th, 21st and in particular the night of the 23rd.  

As for the night of the 27th, athough it has also been mentioned in Shi'ah narrations, it is the night usually emphasised on by our Sunni brethren.

And Allah knows best.

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Abolfazl Sabouri, Abolfazl Sabouri is based in New Zealand and has an MA in Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies. He is a graduate of Elmiyeh seminary in Qom with more than 15 years of study and research where he has... Answered 6 months ago

Yes your fast is valid. 

Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 6 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If you have doubt as to whether there was something obstructing water from reaching your skin or not, after having performed the ghusl, you consider the ghusl as valid.

However, if you are sure it was there before the ghusl, and forgot during the ghusl, and then realised after the ghusl that it the obstruct was there, then as long as you kept your taharah, wash that part, based on the ruling of tarteeb (sequence). 

And Allah knows best.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 6 months ago

Traveler is not only exempted from fasting but he can not fast during the Month of Ramadan. Despite this exemption, eating and drinking in public during the day of month of Ramadan must be avoided. It can be forbidden (Haraam) if it amounts to violating the sanctity of the month of Ramadan or making people disrespect the obligation of fasting during this month or encouraging any one not to fast.

Wassalam

Mohammad Al-Musawi

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 6 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

In Islam, masturbation is a sin and prohibited for both males and females. It is also one of the invalidators of fasting, should it reach sexual peak. If what you mean by no vaginal discharge that she did not have an orgasm, then her fast would be valid. However, if she had reach to that, and if Ghusl Janabah becomes wajib on her, then it would invalidate her fast. She will hence need to repent, re-do that day as Qadha', and also pay Kaffarah of intentionally breaking fast. 

Ways of avoiding such an act are:

1. Focus on your level of taqwa and become more consciously wary of Almighty God in everything you do and wherever you are, especially when you are alone.

2. Increase in your practice of Dhikr of Allah ta'ala, especially when you wake up, and before you sleep.

3. Marriage.

4. Stay away from anything that provokes lust, and anything that brings about sexual excitement.  

And Allah knows best.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 6 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If you did not do the Qadha' of the previous holy month of Ramadhan, and entered into the next Ramadhan, and you were capable of re-doing those days, you will need to pay a Kaffarah.

The Kaffarah is 750grams of flour, or bread, or rice, or dates, or something similar to these items for each day. You select the amount (750grams) of only one of these items, of your choice. 

You will also still need to do the Qadha' of those passed days.

And Allah knows best.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 6 months ago

If Ghusl is not possible, then Tayammum must be performed, and after performing Tayammum (which must be before the time of Fajr), you are clean (Taahir) and your fast is valid.

Wassalam

Mohammad Al-Musawi

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Abolfazl Sabouri, Abolfazl Sabouri is based in New Zealand and has an MA in Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies. He is a graduate of Elmiyeh seminary in Qom with more than 15 years of study and research where he has... Answered 6 months ago

If fasting is very difficult for a person then he can do it later.