'O God, carry us in the ships of Thy deliverance, give us to enjoy the pleasure of whispered prayer to Thee, make us drink at the pools of Thy love, let us taste the sweetness of Thy affection and nearness, allow us to struggle in Thee, preoccupy us with obeying Thee, and purify our intentions in devoting works to Thee, for we exist through Thee and belong to Thee, and we have no one to mediate with Thee but Thee!' Imam Sajjad ('A); Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya

Monday, 16 August 2010

Daily useful Masae'l for fasting

1666. Certain things are Makrooh for a person observing fast, some of them are mentioned below:
1. Using eyedrops and applying Surma if its taste or smell reaches the throat.
2. Performing an act, which causes weakness, like blood-letting (extracting the blood from the body) or going for hot bath.
3. Inhaling a snuff if one is not aware that it might reach the throat; and if one is aware that it will reach the throat its use is not permissible.
4. Smelling fragrant herbs.
5. For women, to sit in the water.
6. Using suppository, that is, letting into rectum a stimulant for bowels.
7. Wetting the dress which one is wearing.
8. Getting a tooth extracted or doing something as a result of which there is bleeding in the mouth.
9. Cleaning the teeth with a wet toothbrush.
10. Putting water or any other liquid in the mouth without a good cause.

It is also Makrooh for a fasting person to court or woo his wife without the intention of ejaculation; or to do something which excites him sexually. And if he does it with the intention of ejaculation, and no ejaculation takes place, his fast, as an obligatory precaution, will be deemed void.

1699. It is Makrooh to do excessive mouth washing for a fasting person, and after the mouthwash if he wishes to swallow saliva, it is better that he spits it out three times before doing so.

1702. If a person doubts whether or not Maghrib has set in, he cannot break his fast. But if he doubts whether or not it is Fajr he can commit, even before investigation, an act which invalidates a fast.

1724. There is no harm in travelling during the month of Ramadhan, but it is Makrooh to travel during the month to evade fasting. And similarly, it is Makrooh to travel before the 24th of Ramadhan unless travelling is undertaken for the purpose of Hajj or Umrah or for some important work.

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