DAY 2 - Who are obliged to fast?

Sunday, August 15, 2010 Posted by Azizah Aling

Assalamualaikum. Alhamdulillah, Solatan wa salaman `ala Rasulillah.
Ramadhan Mubaarak to all of my fellow brothers and sisters in Islam.
Today is the 2nd day of Ramadan.
Let us express our gratitude to Allah SWT
for giving us another opportunity to fast and hopefully our fasting today
is better than yesterday, InsyaAllah.

Muslimin Muslimat, brothers and sisters,
There is a hadith narrated by Imam al-Bukhari, in the authority of
Abdullah Ibn Umar r.a. who said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah, s.a.w. said:

Meaning: “Islam is based on five principles:
1) To testify that none has the right
to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
2) To perform solah dutifully and perfectly.
3) To pay zakah.
4) To perform Hajj.
5) To observe fasting during the month of Ramadan.”

Hence, who are obliged to fast according to Islam?
Allah has made fasting in the month of Ramadan obligatory upon
every adult, sane, settled Muslim (i.e., not travelling),
each Muslims who is able to fast and free from haidh [menstruation]
or nifaas [postnatal bleeding].

The children who are still young and yet to reach the age of puberty,
they are not obliged to fast during Ramadan.
The same goes to those who are of unsound mind
and the Muslims who are on travelling, who may probably faced
hardships and turbulances throughout the journey.
All of them are not included in the group of Muslims who
are obliged to fast during Ramadan.
It shows the wisdom of this religion whereby
Islam is not a cruel religion as what was argued by the non-believers.

*May Allah accept our fasting and all of our acts of worship, forgive our
sins, and guide us all to be the righteous Muslims. Wassalam.

Credit to : Ustaz Ameer Azeezy Abu Abdullah.


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