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Salaamun 'Alaykum

The following question was kindly answered by Mulla Bashir Rahim.


Fee Amaanillah,

Akil Karim
Moderator - 'Aalim Network

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QUESTION:

I have a few questions about sunnat rawzeh (fasts) and I am hoping that you
can answer them soon, as this is the month of sunnat fasts.  May I request
that the questions are answered by Mullah Bashir Rahim. Thanking you in
appreciation,

1) I have read in a text published by Rahenajat Office, Karachi and entitled
Doa's and Aaamal, that fasting the full month of Rajab acts as expiation of
all sins, leaving you as sinless as a newborn baby. But, it does not give
any traditions that have stated this, and I was wondering if such a thing
could be true.

2) In our house, it is a tradition that everyone wants to fast the 1st,
13th, 14th, 15th and 30th of Rajab and Shabaan, however, as they are often
sunnat, there is a habit that we get up in the morning and open each others
fast since they are sunnat.  I was wondering if there is any value in
fasting such a fast that only lasts till breakfast, does it contain any of
the thawaab and merits of Rajab, my family members say I am committing a sin
by not opening my fast when they
offer me food, since my rawzah (fast) is sunnat.  Please could you guide me
in this instance.


ANSWER:

(1) Mustahab fasts in the months of Rajab and Shabaan carry great rewards
and may act as expiation of many sins. Certain sins, particularly those
which caused injury, loss or hurt to others require seeking  forgivingness
from the party offended. Certain other sins have prescribed methods of
expiation (kaffarah).

(2) A mustahab fast becomes unlawful if a parent has forbidden it. It is
also recommended that when one is observing a mustahab fast and he is
invited to have a meal with someone else from outside the immediate family,
he should partake of the food and continue to fast after the meal as his
fast would not be broken. The custom which exists in some families and
communities of  forcing a member of the family to break a mustahab fast has
no basis in shari'at and is somewhat reprehensible as it reduces the fast
and the intention of the person fasting to a mere farce.


With salaams and du'aas from a humble servant of Ahlul Bayt and their
followers, and with a
request to be remembered by you in your prayers,

Bashir Rahim



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