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Ramadan

Sighting of the Moon

It is fard kifayah (a collective duty) on the Muslims to make an effort to sight the moon of Ramadan on the 29th of Sha’ban. It is wrong to depend solely on the calendar and other astronomical calculations to begin the fast, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself instructed, “Begin [...]

Fundamentals of Fasting – Iftar

Iftar (Breaking Fast) It is highly recommended that the fast be broken as soon as Maghrib (setting of the sun) occurs. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “People will remain happy and prosperous as long as they hasten to break the fast.” It is also recommended that the fast be broken [...]

Fundamentals of Fasting – Suhur

Suhur (Pre-Dawn Meal) The fast begins with a light meal known as suhur, which is taken just before the break of dawn. The Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged his followers to take this meal, even if it is only a drink of water. Anas ibn Malik said that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, [...]
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