Fiqh, Kitaab us Saum / Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

(1) Saumul-Wisal is Makrooh. Saumul Wisal is to fast the whole year including the forbidden days.

Saumul Wisal according to another authoritative version also means fasting continuously – day after day – throughout the year excepting the forbidden days.

(2) The best method of Nafl fasting is to fast every alternate day. However, due to the physical weakness of most people in this age, Auliya advise abstention from abundance of Nafl Saum.

(3) When fasting on the Day of Ashora (10th Muharram), it is Sunnat to add another day. Therefore, one should fast on either the 9th and 10th or the 10th and 11th Muharram.

(4) Saumus Samt is Makrooh. Saumus Samt means a fast in which abstention is not only from eating, drinking and sexual relations, but also from speaking. Saumus Samt literally means a fast of silence.

(5) If the husband himself is fasting, he is not entitled to prevent his wife from Nafl fasting. Thus, when he is fasting she does not require his consent for Nafl fasting.

(6) If fasting interferes with the diligence of a worker, it will be makrooh for him to engage in Nafl Saum without the consent of his employer.

(7) When one is permitted to abstain from a Saum during Ramadhan due to a valid reason, one should not eat publicly.

(8) If it is seen that an aged or a feeble person eats forgetfully during Ramadhan, it is permissible to refrain from reminding him of the fast. However, if he is strong enough to complete the fast without difficulty, then it will be incumbent to remind him, of the Saum.

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