Q. My husband is keeping 60 kaffaarah fasts for intentionally breaking his fast during his young days. We heard a mufti on radio saying that you have to keep 60 plus 1 extra fast qaza? He also read from the Behshti Zewar that if a person breaks a few fasts in the same Ramadhaan then only one kaffaarah will be waajib. How exactly does the kaffaarah work? Say if he missed 3 fasts for one Ramadhaan, does he have to keep 60 plus 3 qaza?
A. Kaffaarah is for breaking a fast intentionally. Furthermore, one kaffaarah is obligatory for a single Ramadhaan. Thus, if a person broke three fasts intentionally in one Ramadhaan he has to keep qadha of three fasts and only one kaffaarah.
It is not necessary for the three qadha fasts to be kept with the kaffaarah. Only the sixty days kaffaarah has to be kept in sequence. The qadha fasts can be kept at any time; however, it should not be delayed unnecessarily.
Q. We know of the 'punishment' for one who intentionally breaks a fast in the month of Ramadhaan, i.e., kaffaarah; but what is the punishment for one who intentionally doesn't fast at all in the month of Ramadhaan? (Na'oodhubillah)
A. The misfortunate soul who foregoes the entire Month of Ramadhaan Fast has to compulsorily make taubah, keep thirty days qadha and one kaffaarah to make amends for his flagrant violation of one of the Pillars of Islam.
If he does not make amends in this world then he becomes deserving of severe chastisement in the Aakhirat. And Allah Ta’ala knows best.
Without thinking of death in abundance, we will have no inclination to reform. Life will rotate around eating, sleeping, and accumulating. We will be lulled into a false sense of security until the bubble of life bursts.
Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam forewarned us: “Think of the obliterator of pleasures (death) in abundance.”
Thoughts and discussions of death, extinguishes the joys of life.
Observe how the T.V. is not only switched off, but even covered and stored away, in a funeral home. Everyone forgets the World Cup, the World News and their favourite programs. Maut’s icy presence freezes all debates and pleasures.
Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam advised Hadhrat Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) to count himself amongst the dwellers of the Qabr.
The thought of the Qabr as one’s home, will lessen the love of the World. Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Love of the world is the root of all evils.” By thinking of the evil nature of the world; the violence, bloodshed, wars, crime, sicknesses, hypocrisy, jealousy and pain, we will treasure our Imaan which has taught us about another existence – the existence of a beautiful Hereafter.
However, the quality of that life is dependent upon the deeds we perform in this life. If our actions are wrong, they require reformation; if they are right, then we need to be grateful, and with the Fadl of Allah Ta’ala, they need to be constantly supervised and taken account of. Good deeds are only good, if they are in tune with The Shari’ah and The Sunnah, otherwise they are rejected by Allah.
I am a pharmacist by profession and would like to seek your verdict on the following.
The government is planning a massive measles immunisation drive in June 2017 where 650000 children will be immunised against measles.
Upon inspecting the package insert of this vaccine it is found to contain the active ingredient which is live measles vaccine plus preservatives plus gelatin in situ.
I called the manufacturer of the product and spoke to the production office and Linda from 10 confirmed with me that the source of the Gelatin used for their product is of Pig origin (Porcine).
Kindly advise whether Muslim parents should consent to have their children immunised with this product for the upcoming campaign.
The fact that consumption of pork is prohibited in Islam is well known. The Holy Quran unambiguously prohibits the consumption of pork in many verses. It is not permissible to use intoxicants and other nauseating haraam substances in medical treatments. This has been unanimously agreed upon by all Fuqahaa and is also based upon numerous sound Ahaadeeth.
It is reported that Taariq ibn Suwayd al-Ju’fee Radiallahu anhu asked Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam about intoxicants, and he forbade him from using them. Taariq Radiallahu anhu added, “But I only use them as medical treatments.” He responded: إنه ليس بدواء ولكنه داء“It is not a treatment, however it is a disease (itself).” - Ahmad and Muslim - This hadeeth profoundly states that a "disease in itself" is not a treatment. A vaccination is exactly that, "A disease in itself!"
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