The month of blessings known as the Holy month of Ramadan is close. In this blissful month, every Muslim offers fast and Prayers and do good deeds, for the forgiveness of Almighty Allah. But does this Holy month only require fasting and prayers? This is one of very common mistakes that people do, they actually forget about what is the purpose of fasting and focus on the eating itself. They start planning for the menus of Suhoors (Sehri) and Iftaars ultimately spending a lot on food. However, a person does not require that much food. One more common custom is that people start making Suhoor very early before Fajr Prayer. Sometimes it is so early that it is a few hours after Isha Prayers or Taraweeh Prayers, which is wrong. The right timing of the Suhoor is just before Fajr or closer to Fajr timings.
Some people also don’t know about making Niyyah (intentions) to offer fast in the month of Ramadan. The Niyyat is needed at the beginning of the month and also does not require daily repetition. It is in the heart and does not require any verbal saying. If someone finds out late about the beginning of the month, s/he should stop eating and make the Niyyat of offering fast for that day and make up for the days after Eid-ul-Fitr.
Many people also have a misconception that one does not need to offer Taraweeh on the first night when the announcement of the beginning of Ramadan is made. They think that Taraweeh is offered after your first fast of the month, which is wrong. Because in Islam, the calendar runs on the moon, and the time of Maghreb Prayer is the starting of the new day. Another misconception is that if one eats or drinks by accident this breaks the fast, which is wrong. If this happens on accident the person should continue the fast and does not have to make up for that day, but this accident should be unintentional.
Another ideology comes here that if someone sees the other person eating or drinking, he should not alert him of fasting. This is also wrong as Almighty Allah orders us to prescribe the good and forbid the evil, so it is our responsibility to stop that person from eating or drinking and remind him of the fast because we are prescribing the good in this way. Some people also think that they cannot taste the meal while cooking; however, this is allowed in Islam and the person can taste the food in order to check the salt and spices, as long as the person does not eat it. Many people also think that the use of Miswak is not allowed during Ramadan. This is also wrong. The Prophet PBUH used the Miswak during Ramadan. Toothpaste is also allowed as long as one does not eat it.
A lot of people think that a person cannot have an intercourse with spouse during this month. This is false. The intercourse is non-permissible during the times of fasting i.e. between Fajr and Maghreb. Many women also believe that after the ending of periods, if they have not made Ghusl, they are not allowed to fast. Many men also think that they cannot offer fast without Ghusl, if they had intercourse with their wives the previous night, which is also incorrect and they can offer fast without Ghusl. Some people also have an idea that one cannot put water in the nose and mouth during Wuduh in Ramadan which is also incorrect.
Many people don’t have an idea of making a Dua just before breaking their fast. This is one of the three bestowed moments when Almighty Allah accepts the Dua of a person. Many people start preparing for Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan forgetting this purpose of this Holy month which is also wrong. Many also don’t allow the young children to fast. This is not productive for the child’s character and s/he should be allowed making him consider the importance of offering fast in years to come. People also forget about controlling the tempers and don’t hesitate to run their tongues. This is also strictly non-permissible during this Holy month.
People should not also waste time during the fast while sleeping or watching movies to kill the time. They should take the advantage and do some extra effort for offering prayers and asking for forgiveness from The Almighty.
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