By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng
Alterations And Adjustments Were Made In Fasting
There were several changes made in the obligation of fasting.
Initially, the fast of `aashura (10th of Muharram) was fardh (compulsory).
Thereafter, three days, 13th, 14th and 15th (ayyam-e-beedh) of every month were made fardh.
Thereafter, the fasting of any one month of the year was made fardh.
Finally, the month of Ramadhaan was fixed as the month of fasting but with certain restrictions that are as follows:
- Fasting would commence the moment one slept after sunset (one was not allowed to eat or drink even if he awoke during the night). The following verse was revealed abrogating this restriction in Surah Baqarah : and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night) [2:187].
- A person also had the choice of fasting or paying…
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