By Alhaji AbdulFatai Abdul-Rauf
Physically one may think he/she is performing Ramadan without knowing that this exercise is futile.
Here are things that can act against our fast:
1. Whatever nourishes our boby
Any item that would serve as nourishment to our body must be avoided, especially those in fluid form be it injection, drip or drugs.
2. Whatever enriches the body
Also, don’t take advantage of the water used for abolition to the extent of cooling your tastes. By exaggerating your ablution, you may hamper your fast.
3. Excretion of siemen
There are instances where persons in reaction to certain desires ejaculate. If this occurs, one has nullified his fasting for that particular day.
4. Intentional vomiting
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said whoever makes himself vomit, must make up for the fast. Hence, we must avoid anything that lead to this.
5. Food, drink and sex
6. Eating and drinking before the stipulated time.
7. Unintentional eating and drinking.
8. Deliberately eating food remnants in our teeth.
In Islam, fasting is meant exclusively for believers. Otherwise is forbidden.
However, to make up for any lost day, one would have to fast for 60 days, free slaves or/and feed the needy.
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