Q&A Library for Fasting & I'kitaaf

# Title Post date
1 Does swallowing paper nullify the fast? Wed 16 Sep 2015

If a fasting person swallows paper or cotton, is Kaffarah necessary?

Kaffarah will not be necessary. Only Qa’dah is required.

2 30 days I'tikaaf Fri 20 May 2016

What is the ruling in regards to performing I’tikaaf for the entire duration of Ramadaan?
Observing I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadaan is Sunnat-e-Muakkada Alal Kifaaya. However, the act of observing I’tikaaf for the complete duration of Ramadaan in search of Lailatul Qadr is also proven from Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam, hence if a person sits in I’tikaaf for the entire duration of Ramadaan, he will be rewarded. It will not be considered a Bid’at.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.255 vol.15

3 Nullifying one's I'tikaaf Fri 20 May 2016

If a person observing the Sunnat-e-Mukkada I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadaan had to nullify his I’tikaaf after three days. Is Qa’dha required?
It will be best to make Qa’dha of the complete ten days I’tikaaf after the month of Ramadaan which should be accompanied with the ten fasts. However, this command is not obligatory. A person may suffice by making Qa’dha of the day the I’tikaaf was nullified.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.258 vol.15

4 Taking a bath whilst in I'tikaaf Fri 20 May 2016

Can a Mu’takif take a optional bath whilst observing I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadaan?
If it is done within the confines of the Masjid, it will be acceptable. If a person goes to relieve himself, then too Ghusl can be completed very quickly before returning to the Masjid.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.277 vol.15

5 Mu'takif leaving the Masjid to call the Adhaan Fri 20 May 2016

Can a Mu’takif leave the boundaries of the Masjid to call out the Adhaan?
There is permissibility for the Muazzin to call the Adhaan.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.281 vol.15

6 Mu'takif leaving the Masjid to pass wind Fri 20 May 2016

If a Mu’takif leaves the Masjid boundaries and proceeds to the restroom to pass wind, will I’tikaaf be invalidated?
I’tikaaf will not be invalidated.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.285 vol.15

7 Inviting people of other localities to perform I'tikaaf Fri 20 May 2016

The people of a particular locality are not willing to sit for I’tikaaf. They normally invite a brother from another locality to sit in their Masjid for I’tikaaf so that they may be absolved of their responsibility. This brother is remunerated for spending the last ten days of Ramadaan in the Masjid. Is this permissible?

8 Inhaling Agarbatti whilst fasting Fri 20 May 2016

If a person inhales the smoke of Agarbatthi whilst fasting, will his fast be nullified?
If any scent or bad odour enters the nose whether intentionally or unintentionally, it does not nullify the fast. This ruling applies to all forms of scents, medication, etc. However, if a person burns incense sticks and intentionally takes the smoke into the throat, the fast will be nullified.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.169 vol.15

9 Taking vaccinations whilst fasting Fri 20 May 2016

Is it permissible to take a vaccine or injection whilst fasting?
By being vaccinated or injected whilst fasting does not nullify one’s fast.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.180 vol.15

10 Not fasting due to Safr Fri 20 May 2016

A person undertakes a Shari’ee journey after commencing his fast, however, he is unable to continue fasting due to the nature of the journey. Is this a valid reason to break the fast?
If a person will experience difficulty by continuing with the fast, he may break the fast.
Re:- Fataawa Mahmoodiyya pg.221 vol.15

11 Qa'dah for I'tikaaf that has been nullified Fri 05 Aug 2016

If a person observing the Sunnat-e-Mukkada I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadaan had to nullify his I’tikaaf after three days. Is Qa’dha required?

It will be best to make Qa’dha of the complete ten days I’tikaaf after the month of Ramadaan which should be accompanied with the ten fasts. However, this command is not obligatory. A person may suffice by making Qa’dha of the day the I’tikaaf was nullified.

12 Talking whilst in I'tikaaf Fri 05 Aug 2016

4. Can a Mu’takif greet or talk to someone whilst returning to the Masjid from the restroom?

Whilst walking towards the Masjid one may greet another, or discuss something necessary if need be, without coming to a complete stop for these tasks.

13 Taking Ghusl whilst in I'tikaaf Fri 05 Aug 2016

Can a Mu’takif take a optional bath whilst observing I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadaan?

If it is done within the confines of the Masjid, it will be acceptable. If a person goes to relieve himself, then too Ghusl can be completed very quickly before returning to the Masjid.

14 Calling the Adhaan during I'tikaaf Fri 05 Aug 2016

Can a Mu’takif leave the boundaries of the Masjid to call out the Adhaan?
There is permissibility for the Muazzin to call the Adhaan.

15 Passing wind whilst in I'tikaaf Fri 05 Aug 2016

If a Mu’takif leaves the Masjid boundaries and proceeds to the restroom to pass wind, will I’tikaaf be invalidated?

I’tikaaf will not be invalidated.

16 Hiring a person to sit for I'tikaaf so that the community may be absolved of their responsibility Fri 05 Aug 2016

The people of a particular locality are not willing to sit for I’tikaaf. They normally invite a brother from another locality to sit in their Masjid for I’tikaaf so that they may be absolved of their responsibility. This brother is remunerated for spending the last ten days of Ramadaan in the Masjid. Is this permissible?

17 Eating a few minutes after Sehri Fri 05 Aug 2016

If a person overindulges in eating at Sehri time and eats for an additional two minutes after Subh Saadiq (dawn break), is his fast valid?

He should complete his fast for the remainder of the day. After the month Ramadaan a fast should be kept in lieu of this fast.