Highlighting Some Errors Committed during the Blessed Month of Ramaḍān and on ʿĪd Day
The blessed month of Ramaḍān is a time of worship and performing righteous deeds; however, during this blessed time, numerous errors exist. The following is a compilation of some random errors identified by Islamic scholars.
As for the errors that some fasting people or Muslims commit during the month of Ramaḍān, then they are numerous.19
Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān
In 1437 (2016 CE) and 1438 (2017 CE), we presented an extensive Ramaḍān series entitled A Clarification of Some Common Doubts and Misconceptions Affiliated with the Month of Ramaḍān. Following on from this series, in 1439 (2018 CE) and 1440 (2019 CE), we present the following errors surrounding Ramaḍan and the day of ʿĪd.
- Relying on Astronomical Calculations to Determine the Beginning of the Month
- Fasting without Establishing the Five Daily Prayers
- Providing a Diverse Assortment and Extravagant Quantity of Food for lftār
- Partaking of Dinner before the Performance of the Maghrib Prayer
- Diligently Worshiping Allāh on the 27th Night Alone
- Lengthening the Qunūt in the Witr Prayer
- Utilising Medication to Prevent the Onset of Menses
- Spending the Nights of Ramaḍān Engaged in Recreation
- The Sick Person Refusing to Break His Fast
- Announcing the Commencement of the ʿĪd and the Tarāwīḥ Prayer
- The Pregnant Woman Refusing to Break Her Fast
- Fasting while Menstruating
- Preventing Children from Fasting
- Utilising Money to Pay the Fidyah
- Rushing the Tarāwīḥ Prayer
- Singing or Reciting the Qunūt Melodically
- Failing to Identify the Recipients of Zakāt al-Fiṭr Well Before Its Distribution
- Sending Your Zakāt al-Fiṭr to a Foreign Country while There Are Poor People Residing in Your Country
- Loudly Repeating the Extra Takbīrāt of the ʿĪd Prayer
- Listening to Music or Anashīd on ʿĪd Day
Errors 01-10, Published Ramaḍān AH 1430 (2018)
Fixing the commencement of fasting in Ramaḍān based upon astronomical calculations is impermissible. Not only is it the work of man—which is prone to error—but it is also something impossible for everyone to perform.
Moreover, the Prophet (ﷺ) did not command us to fast based upon astrological calculations; rather, he (ﷺ) commanded us to fast based upon the sighting of the crescent.
Whether the crescent is seen with the naked eye or with the aid of binoculars, telescopes, or any other similar mechanisms, this is still considered a sighting. Therefore, utilising such mechanisms to sight the crescent is permissible, not obligatory.
Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله) was asked: “What is the ruling on the individual who fasts, but does not pray?”
He (رحمه الله) said: “If he fasts, but does not pray, then I say: The fast of the one who does not pray is rejected. Therefore, if Allāh guided him, He has forgiven him. Tawbah erases whatever preceded it.”3
I bear witness that the fast of the one who does not pray is invalid. This fast is rejected based upon my understanding of the Book, the Sunnah, and the statement of the Companions. According to the most correct opinion, the one who abandons the prayer is a disbeliever; therefore, he has exited the fold of Islām. Consequently, his fast, his charity, and his Ḥajj will not benefit him; in fact, nothing that he does will be of benefit to him. Allāh said:
وَقَدِمْنَآ إِلَىٰ مَا عَمِلُوا۟ مِنْ عَمَلٍ فَجَعَلْنَـٰهُ هَبَآءً مَّنثُورًا
“We will regard whatever deeds they [i.e. the disbelievers and the polytheists] have done, and We shall make their deeds as scattered floating particles of dust”
[Sūrah al-Furqān, 25:23].
The following was said to Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (رحمه الله): “Noble Shaykh, some Muslims provide excessive quantities of food and drink in Ramaḍān.”
He (رحمه الله) responded saying:5
This is true. Some people provide excessive quantities of food and drink as though they have never read Allāh’s statement:
وَكُلُوا۟ وَٱشْرَبُوا۟ وَلَا تُسْرِفُوٓا۟
“Eat and drink, but do not waste”
[Sūrah al-‘Arāf, 7:31].
Although Ramaḍān is the month of generosity and kindness, give what benefits. As for extravagance, then it is unbeneficial.
A similar statement was directed to Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān (حفظه الله): “Because some people provide food and drink extravagantly [in Ramaḍān], the tables are filled with different assortments of food.”
He (حفظه الله) stated: “This is contrary to the Sunnah. The month of Ramaḍān is not the month of eating, drinking, and repletion; it is the month of fasting.”6
Shaykh Muḥammad Amān ibn ʿAlī al-Jāmī (رحمه الله) stated: “Many people have dinner [immediately] after the Maghrib aẓān. They are discontented with having fresh dates or some water [for iftār]; rather, they have dinner, which leads to the delaying of the Maghrib prayer. Iftār should entail the consumption of either fresh or dry dates or a sip of water followed by the [Maghrib] prayer, then dinner.”7
There is a very important issue that requires highlighting. Some Muslims abandon the performance of the Maghrib prayer in congregation to have dinner. Therefore, not only do they commit a grave sin by abandoning the performance of the congregational prayer in the masjid, but they also deprive themselves of a great reward and expose themselves to a severe punishment. [Therefore,] the Muslim should break his fast first, then perform the [Maghrib] prayer, then partake of his dinner.
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (رحمه الله) stated: “Humbling themselves and crying, some people attend the masjid to perform tarāwīḥ in congregation on the 27th night alone. They say: ‘We stood steadfast in prayer on Laylat al-Qadr, so we were forgiven.’ O ignorant, who informed you that Laylat al-Qadr is on the 27th night of this month?! Laylat al-Qadr may be on another night.”9
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (رحمه الله) stated: “Lengthening the qunūt until the performance of the witr prayer becomes tedious or burdensome upon the congregation is not recommended, since the Prophet (ﷺ) became angry with Muʿādh [ibn Jabal] after he lengthened the prayer. He (ﷺ) said to Muʿādh: ‘Are you a troublemaker, O Muʿādh?’”10
The Shaykh (رحمه الله) was also asked: “Should the du‘āʾ [i.e. the qunūt] be short or long? Some imāms lengthen it, while others shorten it. What is correct?”
He (رحمه الله) responded:11
The du‘āʾ should be moderate in its length. Lengthening the du‘āʾ until the performance of the witr prayer becomes tedious upon the congregation is prohibited as the Prophet (ﷺ) became extremely angry with Muʿādh ibn Jabal after he lengthened the prayer. He (ﷺ) admonished Muʿādh ibn Jabal saying: ‘Are you a troublemaker, O Muʿādh?’” Therefore, the imām should limit himself to the short supplications that the Prophet (ﷺ) would make.
[Additionally,] a lengthy du‘āʾ will not only cause fatigue and exhaustion to the feeble members in the congregation, but it will also make staying for the entire prayer difficult for some people, like workers. Therefore, I advise the imams to be moderate [in this affair.]
Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله) was asked: “What is the ruling on using medication solely in the month of Ramaḍān to prevent [the onset of] menses in order to fast the entire month?”
The Shaykh (رحمه الله) responded:12
Allāh has allowed women to break their fast during the days of their menses and postnatal bleeding, and indeed, the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.” They asked: “What is deficient in her intelligence and religion?” He (ﷺ) said: “As for her deficiency in intelligence, then verily, Allāh has made the witness of two women equal to that of one man. As for her deficiency in her religion, then certainly, she remains for days without fasting or praying.” [Reported by al-Bukhārī and Muslim.]
Therefore, Allāh has allowed the woman to break her fast during the days of her menses and postnatal bleeding. Consequently, taking tablets in order to fast the entire month is unnecessary, bearing in mind that these tablets—which a lot of women take—have a negative effect upon the woman; hence, avoiding them is necessary.
Do not strain yourself and your conscience. Menses is something ordained [by Allāh] upon women; therefore, do not fast if you experience your menses. As for preventing its onset—as some women do—then this is an error, since these pills have been proven to be harmful upon the woman herself, her womb, her blood, her nervous system, and her children. As a result, we see many deformed children today.
Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥyá al-Najmī (رحمه الله) was asked: “What is the ruling on spending the latter part of the nights of Ramaḍān engaged in recreation?”
He (رحمه الله) said:14
This is wasting time. The latter part of the nights of Ramaḍān is an opportunity to perform acts of worship as the people are engaged in prayer, recitation of the Qurʾān, and the revision of knowledge during that time, yet some are spending it playing football and games. Thus, this is definitely wasting time. Furthermore, they sleep until just before Maghrib, possibly missing the Fajr, Ẓuhr, and ʿAṣr prayers; hence, this is a calamity, what a grave calamity!
Recreation—such as running races and playing football if there is no dispute and the players’ ʿawrah are covered—is permissible; however, I do not recommend that they spend their nights doing this. This time is [extremely] virtuous, so they should either review the Qurʾān or sleep, so they can dedicate the day for worship.
Some sick people who experience difficulty fasting take risks by fasting; we ask Allāh to guide them. A trustworthy doctor may say to them: “You must drink water every four hours,” yet they say: “No! I will endure. I will exhibit forbearance and fast.” This is an error as this fast may either be the reason for their death, or it may aid in their death. Therefore, whoever fears for his life must break his fast.
He (رحمه الله) also said: “If both the traveller and the sick individual experience difficulty fasting, yet they fast, then they have not only contradicted the Sunnah, but they have also done something displeasing to Allāh.”17
Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān (حفظه الله)—questioned about announcing the commencement of the ʿĪd prayer—said: “Announcing the commencement of the ʿĪd prayer by saying: ‘[Stand for] the ʿĪd prayer, and may Allāh have mercy upon you’—as is done in the Holy Mosque in Makkah—or announcing the commencement of the tarāwīḥ prayer by saying: ‘[Stand for] the tarāwīḥ prayer, and may Allāh have mercy upon you’ is an error which must be prevented.”18
Errors 11-20, Published Ramaḍān AH 1440 (2019)
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (رحمه الله) stated: “The pregnant woman who experiences difficulty while fasting yet chooses to fast has made the wrong choice, since she has abandoned the concession Allāh granted her.”20
Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz (رحمه الله) said: “Once the pregnant and the breastfeeding woman experience difficulty fasting, then they must not fast. They, however, must make up the missed days, just like the sick person.”21
قال العثيمين: لا شك أن هذه المرأة الحامل التي صامت والصوم يشق عليها أنها أخطأت، وأنها خالفت الرخصة التي رخص الله لها فيها
ابن باز: وهكذا حال الحامل والمرضع إذا شق عليهما الصيام تفطران وعليهما القضاء كالمريض.
Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz ibn Bāz (رحمه الله) said: “Praying and fasting at this time is wrong. The menstruating woman should not pray or fast, so whoever did this must make tawbah. Ignorance is not an excuse to do this, since a women is able to ask [about this].”22
He (رحمه الله) also said:23
A menstruating woman should not fast in Ramaḍān, and if she did, her fast is invalid; in fact, she should not even make the intention to fast. If she fasts in such a state, then she must beseech Allāh’s forgiveness, regret this action, and never repeat it. She must also make up the days that she fasted while she was menstruating, since her fast during this period is invalid.
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn (رحمه الله) said: “A menstruating woman must never fast, since the Prophet (ﷺ) said: ‘Is it not that the menstruating woman is prohibited from praying and fasting?’ [Furthermore,] scholars agree that fasting while menstruating is ḥarām.”24
قال ابن باز:
أولا: الحائض لا يجوز أن تصوم أثناء مدة الحيض ولا أن تصلي، وما فعلته المرأة المذكورة من صوم وصلاة أثناء الحيض يعتبر خطأ، وعليها أن تتوب إلى الله وتستغفره، فليست معذورة بالجهل بالحكم في مثل هذا الأمر؛ لأن الواجب عليها السؤال.
الحائض لا تصوم ولا يصح منها الصوم صومها باطل ولا يجوز لها نية الصوم، وإذا فعلت ذلك فعليها التوبة إلى الله من ذلك والندم والعزم أن لا تعود في ذلك، وعليها قضاء الأيام اللي وقع فيها الحيض من رمضان، عليها أن تقضيها؛ لأن صومها غير صحيح،
ولا يحل لامرأة أن تصوم وقد بقي الحيض عليها أبداً لقول النبي صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم: (أليس إذا حاضت لم تصل ولم تصم) وهذا محل إجماع من العلماء رحمهم الله.
Compiled and translated by Musa Shaleem Mohammed
June, 2018, June, 2019
 Min Aḥkām al-Siyām, pg 30.
 Al-Imdād Ṣharḥ ‘Alá Zād al-Mustaqni', vol. 2, pg 338.
 Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām, pg 46.
 Majmū‘ Fatāwá wā Rasāʾil al-ʿUthaymīn, vol. 12, pg. 478.
 Al-liqāʾ al-Shaḥrī, Sitting no. 70, Question no. 16.
 الإسراف في الأكل والشراب في رمضان
 Al-Ta’līq ʿAlá Zād al-Ma’ād.
 Al-Mulakkhaṣ al-Fiqhī, vol. 1, pg. 381.
 Al-liqāʾ al-Shaḥrī, Sitting no. 41, Question no. 9.
 Majmū‘ Fatāwá wā Rasāʾil al-ʿUthaymīn, vol. 14, pg. 135.
 Majmū‘ Fatāwá wā Rasāʾil al-ʿUthaymīn, vol. 14, pg. 135-136.
 Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām, pg 58.
 Jalasāt Ramaḍāniyyah, Sitting 9, Question 8.
 Fatāwá al-Ṣiyām, pg 47.
 Al-liqāʾ al-Shahrī, Sitting no. 70, Question no. 16.
 Jalasāt Ramaḍāniyyah, Sitting 20, Question 5.
 Majmū‘ Fatāwá wa Rasāʾil al-ʿUthaymīn, vol. 15, pg. 403.
 قول: صلاة العيد أثابكم الله للتنبيه على ذلك
 أخطاء في الصيام
 Majmū‘ Fatāwá wā Rasāʾil al-ʿUthaymīn, vol. 19, pg. 157.
 Majmūʿ Fatāwá Ibn Bāz, vol. 15, pg. 176.
 Majmūʿ Fatāwá Ibn Bāz, vol. 15, pg. 190.
 حكم صيام الحائض
 Al-liqāʾ al-Shaḥrī, Sitting no. 41, Question no. 9.
Tags: Ramaḍān, Bidʿah, Ibn Bāz , Aḥmad al-Najmī, Muḥammad Amān al-Jāmī , Fasting, ʿĪd, Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn