Ibn Khuzaymah (1986) and Ibn Hibbaan (7491) narrated that Aboo Umaamah al-Baahili (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
Whilst I was sleeping, two men came to me and took hold of my upper arm, and brought me to a rugged mountain. They said: Climb up.’ I said: I cannot do it.’ They said: We will make it easy for you.’ So I climbed up until I was at the top of the mountain. There I heard loud voices. I said: What are these voices?’ They said: This is the screaming of the people of Hell.’ Then I was taken and I saw people suspended by their ankles, with the corners of their mouths torn and pouring with blood. I said: Who are these?’ They said: These are the people who broke their fast before it was time to do so.’
[Classed as Saheeh by al-Albaanee in Saheeh Mawaarid adh-Dham-aan, 1509].
al-Albaanee (may Allaah have mercy on him) commented: I say: This is the punishment of the one who fasted then deliberately broke his fast before the time for iftaar had come. So how about one who does not fast at all? We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound in this world and in the Hereafter.
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Shaykh Ahmad ibn Ahmad Shamlaan (may Allaah preserve him) mentioned thirteen mannerisms that are to be observed for the one eating the Sahoor:
- Sincerity of the intentions
- Saying Bismillaah when one is about to eat, eating with the right hand and eating from that which is closer to you. Based upon the Hadeeth Umar ibn Abee Salamah.
- Gathering together upon the food. Indeed in that there’s a blessing.
- Not being wasteful in the meal and praising Allaah for it.
- The the meal is from lawful wealth. Indeed it is stronger for the (carrying out) the act of worship. Indeed Allaah is good and He only accepts that which is good.
- Having concern for the (proper) time (regarding the Suhoor)
- Seeking the forgiveness and making supplication in abundance during the time of as-Sahar (last part of the night shortly before the break of dawn). For indeed it is a blessed time (period).
- Give Sadaqah during that time and being diligent to be one who aids the one who has the ability to fulfill the fasting by feeding him the sahoor.
- Washing the mouth good along with the usage of the Siwaak. This is in order that the traces of the food do not remain in the mouth which will cause the one fasting doubt if it was to overwhelm him and enter down his throat.
- Waiting after the eating of the Sahoor for the purpose of performance of the dawn prayer. How praise worthy it is if the person was to go to the Masjid and wait for the prayer. Indeed that is stronger for him upon that (matter of praying the Fajr prayer on time). This is the case especially when many from amongst the people stay awake during the nights of Ramadaan up until the (time for) Sahoor. They eat the Sahoor then lay down. As a result of that, sleep overcomes and they miss the prayer. It’s possible that the person doesn’t get up until after the sun rise and some mid-day.
- Taking the food that is suitable for the condition of the one fasting. Like eating the dates along drinking milk and that which is similar to it.
- Getting the children accustomed to eating the Sahoor and fasting.
- Giving precedence (to others over oneself).
Taking from “Ad-Dururul-Manthoor fee Ahkaamil-Iftaar was-Suhoor” pg. 79-80 by Shaykh Ahmad ibn Ahmad Shamlaan (may Allaah preserve him)
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah USA NYC
8th day of Ramadaan 1433/ 27th of July 2012
A Concise Study Guide to Fasting During the Month of Ramadạn
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Bismillaah, wal-hamdulilaah, was-salaatu was-salaamu ‘alaa rasoolillaah,
as Salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh
Important means to assist the woman during Ramadan by Sheikh Fawzan
Translated by Rasheed Barbee (hafidhahullaah)
What are the most important means that will assist the woman upon obedience during the month of Ramadan?
(Sheikh Fawzan) The means that will assist the Muslim upon obedience to Allah whether they are male or female are as follows.
1. Fear of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and to believe that He is observing the creation in all of their actions, and statements, and intentions and that He will take them to account for all of that. Therefore if the person is cognizant of this reality then he will busy himself with the obedience of Allah and leave off sins and he will hasten to repent from his wrongdoings.
2. Increase in the remembrance of Allah and the recitation of the Quran because this will soften the heart. Allah the Exalted said, (what can be translated as) ‘Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction’. (Chapter 13 verse 28) And Allah the Exalted said, (what can be translated as) ‘The believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts’. (Chapter 8 verse 2)
3. Avoiding the distractions that harden the heart and distance the individual from Allah, and this is every sin and mixing with evil people and eating from the impermissible and being heedless of the remembrance of Allah the Exalted, and watching the evil films.
4. The woman remaining in her home and not leaving her home except due to a need and then returning quickly to her home upon completion of her need.
5. Sleeping during the night because this will assist the person in waking up during the last part of the night. And sleep a little during the day, this will allow the person to perform their prayers in their respective times, and to busy their time with the obedience of Allah.
6. Guarding their tongues from backbiting and tale carrying and he said she said, bearing false witness and impermissible speech, but rather they should busy their tongue with the remembrance of Allah.
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All praise is due to Allah, and may exaltation and safety be granted to Muhammad, his family, his companions, and those who aid them. To proceed:
The great, contemporary scholar, ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn Baaz [d. 1420 AH], may Allah have mercy on him was asked:
[Q]: “What is the ruling for a person who forgetfully eats or drinks during the day [in Ramadhaan]?”
Imaam Ibn Baaz, may Allah have mercy on him, answered:
There is no harm on him, and his fast is correct. This is due to Allah’s, removed is He from imperfection, statement at the end of Surah al-Baqarah: ‘Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error.’ [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 286].
And it has been authentically reported from the Messenger of Allah, may exalt his mention and grant him safety, that: “Allah, glorified is He from imperfection, said: ‘I have answered this supplication. (1)’
His fast is also correct due to what has been established on Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him; that the Prophet, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, said: ‘Whoever eats and drinks forgetfully while he is fasting, let him continue and complete his fast. Allah is the one who provided him with food and drink.’ [al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]
This ruling also goes for forgetfully having intercourse. The stronger of two statements presented by the scholars is that the fast is considered correct. The proof is the aforementioned verse and the previously mentioned noble hadeeth.
Another evidence is the Messenger’s, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, statement: ‘Whoever forgetfully breaks his fast during Ramadhaan, he does not have to make up that day nor is there an expiation.’ (2)
This wording is general, and it includes intercourse and other things that break one’s fast, if one were to do them forgetfully.
(1) i.e. Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error.
(2) Authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee, Jaami’ as-Saheeh, #6080.
(3) ‘Abdul-‘Azeez Ibn Baaz, Tuhfatul-Ikhwaan, 116-117
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;
What is the daily program for the muslim woman in Ramadan so that she can worship her Lord and at the same time tend to the needs of her household?
Sheikh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhayli, may Allaah preserve him, answers:
“The daily program for the muslim woman is that of the man’s except that the woman increases in an act of worship and that is that if the woman strives in tending to the needs of her husband and household and prepares enough food for them that will suffice them, then she is in the obedience of Allaah if she seeks the reward from Allaah while doing that.
In this is her reward and an increasement of her good deeds and it is befitting for the muslim woman to busy her tongue with the rememberance of Allaah when she is preparing the food. So while she is cooking she is saying subhaanallaah, while she is cooking she is saying laa ilaaha illa Allaah, while she is cooking she is remembering Allaah and in that is a great reward for her. Like this, preparing dinner will never divert her from the worship of her Lord in the day of Ramadan.
So congratulations to the muslim woman who serves her husband and the people of her household and all the while looking for the reward from Allaah and along with this she isn’t neglectful about the rememberance of Allaah and she carries out what she is able to from worship during the day of Ramadan. For indeed she has succeeded a great success.”
Translated by : Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA
What is Befitting that the Time Be Occupied with during the Blessed Month of Ramadan
By: The Noble Scholar Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan
Translated by: Raha ‘Azeezuddeen Batts
All the Hamd is for Allah for His Bounty and Beneficence. He has favored us by allowing us to reach the month of Ramadan and established for us therein from righteous actions which bring us closer to Him. May the prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the first to proceed in good actions, and upon his family, and companions, who have believed in him, helped him, aided him and followed the light with which he was sent. They are the successful. As to what follows:
I advise you and myself to have Taqwaa of Allah within this blessed month and other than it from the months. However, this month has a status with which Allah has particularized it, for it is a season of good actions. It has been narrated that he (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to invoke Allah for the reaching of Ramadan. So he would say when he entered the month of Rajab: “O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha’baan; and let us reach Ramadan.”(Bayhaqee and others. Al-Albaanee declared it to be weak.)
It has also been narrated that he (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) would give his companions glad tidings of its approach and clarify to them its virtues; saying: “O people, a great and blessed month has come upon you.”[On the authority of Aboo Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, who said: “Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘Ramadan has come upon you, a blessed month. Allah the Mighty and Majestic has obligated upon you its fast. The doors of the heaven are opened therein and the doors of the Hellfire are shut and the rebellious devils are chained up. Allah has a night therein which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is truly deprived.”](Ahmad and others)
He would urge his companions to strive hard therein with righteous action, from the obligatory and the supererogatory; from the prayers and the charity; and striving in goodness and ihsaan; and patience upon obedience of Allah; spending its day with the fast, its night with standing in prayer and its hours with reciting the Qur’aan and remembering Allah ‘Azz wa Jal.
So do not squander it with heedlessness and aversion, as is the case of the wretched ones who have forgotten Allah so He caused them to forget themselves. So they do not benefit from the passing of the time of good nor do they recognize its sanctity. And they do not give it its just due.
Many of the people do not recognize this month except as a month for alteration of the eating and drinking; so they exaggerate in giving their souls what they desire and they frequently purchase luxury items of foods and drinks; and it is known that abundance of eating and drinking makes one lazy from doing actions of obedience. That which is required of the Muslim is that he eats and drinks little so that he will be active upon obedience.
Some of the people do not recognize the month of Ramadan except as a month of sleep during the day and wakefulness during the night upon that which is of no benefit or that which is actually harmful. So he stays awake most of the night or all of it, then he sleeps during the day even (neglecting) the obligatory prayers; so he does not pray with the Jamaa’ah nor in the times of the prayers.
Some of the people sit at the table for Iftaar, abandoning salatul-Magrib with the Jamaa’ah.
These groups from amongst the people do not know the worth of the month of Ramadan nor do they refrain from violating its sanctity, they are vigilant upon the Haraam and they abandon the obligations. They do the forbidden acts and with regards to this group, they do not recognize the month of Ramadan except as a month for trade, laying out the commodities and seeking after the fleeting dunyaa. So they are active in buying and selling so that they cling to the marketplaces and they make hijrah from the masaajid. And if they go to the masaajid, they are in a hurry and reluctant, they do not stay therein; because the coolness of their eyes is in the marketplaces.
Another group from the people does not recognize the month of Ramadan except as a time for begging in the masaajid and in the streets. So that one passes most of his time going and returning; travelling here and there and moving from land to land to gather wealth by begging. He makes himself look as if he is in need while he is actually rich; and as if he has an ailment in his body while he is actually healthy. He denies Allah’s blessing upon him of richness and health, and takes the wealth without due right. He wastes his valuable time in that which is harmful to him so nothing remains of virtue for Ramadan with these groups.
Slaves of Allah, Allah’s Messenger(sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)would strive hard in this month more than he would strive in other months; and he, upon him be prayers and peace, would be serious in al-‘Ibaadah during all of its times. He would remove himself in this month from most distractions which are in actuality worship, but he would remove himself from the virtuous acts for that which was more virtuous than it. And the Salafus-Saalih would follow his example in that and would particularize this month with an abundance of importance and they would dedicate themselves therein to righteous actions. They would spend its night in Tahajjud and its day in fasting, remembrance and recitation of the Qur’aan. They would spend time in the masaajid with that; so let us compare our affair to their affair and what is the extent of our knowledge with this month. And let us know that just as the good deeds are multiplied therein, the sins committed therein are likewise and their punishment is increased. So let us fear Allah the Glorified and honor His sacred things: “And whoever honors the sacred things of Allah that is better for him with his Lord.” (Al-Hajj 22:30)
May Allah grant success for all righteous statements and actions, and may Allah send prayers and peace upon our prophet Muhammad, his family and companions.
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It was narrated by Ahmad and by al-Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer that Waathilah ibn al-Asqa’ (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allaah (sal allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
The Scriptures of Ibraaheem were sent down on the first of the month of Ramadaan.
The Tawraat was sent down on the sixth of Ramadaan.
The Injeel was sent down on the thirteenth of Ramadaan.
The Zaboor was sent down on the eighteenth of Ramadaan, and
The Qur’aan was sent down on the twenty-fourth of Ramadaan.
Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 1575.
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Al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated:
“In this matter there are five categories:
- The person is sure that Fajr hasn’t appeared. As an example: The appearance of Fajr is at five o’clock and the person ate and drank at four thirty. His fast is sound.
- The person is sure that Fajr has appeared. As an example the person ate at five thirty (although Fajr appeared at five). This person’s fast is invalid.
- The person eats but he’s not sure whether or not Fajr has appeared. However it overwhelms his belief that Fajr hasn’t appeared. His fast is sound.
- He eats and drinks and it overwhelms his belief that Fajr has appeared. His fast is not sound.
- He eats and drinks wavering back and forth (as to whether Fajr has appeared or not) and there’s nothing overwhelming with him in this matter. His fast is sound.”
The Shaykh went on to say:
“Even if it becomes clear to him that Fajr had appeared already, his fast is sound based upon (the principle in Islaam of) being excused due to ignorance in this situation.”
Taken from: “ad-Durur al-Manthoor fee Ahkaam al-Iftaar was-Suhoor” pg. 76 Quoting from Imaam al-’Uthaymeen’s explanation of Zaad al-Mustaqnaa (6/408-409)
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah Masjid Nur Allaah
2nd Night of Ramadaan/ 21st of July 2012
The Chaining of the Shayātīn during a Month of Mercy 
Compiled and translated by Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik al-Akhḍar (hafidhahullah)
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The Messenger of Allāh (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “When Ramaḍān begins, the gates of the heavens are opened, and the gates of the Hell-fire are closed, and the Shayātīn (devils) are chained.”
The questioner may ask, “If the Shayātīn are chained up during the blessed month of mercy, Shahr Ramaḍān, then why does evil and sin still occur?” First, before elucidating the meaning of the narration, using the well-known explications of the scholars of Ḥadīth, we begin by mentioning its derivation in the books of Sunnah. It is collected by Imām al-Bukhārī,  Imām Muslim3, Imām al-Nisa’ī  and Imām Aḥmad.
The great scholar of Ḥadīth Ibn Ḥajr, may Allāh bestow His Mercy upon him, says in the explication of this narration, found in his classical work Fatḥ al-Bārī: “And the Shayātīn [here] are those from amongst them who eavesdrop [on the revelation], and their being chained up takes place during the nights (of Ramaḍān), not its days, because they were forbidden from eavesdropping at the time of the Qur’ān’s revelation; so they were chained up as an additional measure of protection (for the revelation). And it is possible that what is intended is that the Shayātīn are not as determined to tempt the Muslims as they are able to outside of it (i.e. Ramaḍān), because of them (the Muslims) being busy with fasting, which suppresses the desires, recitation of the Qur’ān, and the remembrance [of Allāh]. And others have said: ‘What is intended by Shayātīn here are some of them, and they are the evil ones from amongst them…’”
After further clarification, Ibn Ḥajr continues by quoting the statement of al-Qāḍī ‘Iyāḍ: ‘…and it is possible that this alludes to the abundance of reward and forgiveness (in Ramaḍān), and that the temptation of the Shayātīn is decreased, so they become as if they are locked up.’ He (‘Iāyd) says: ‘And what supports this second view is his statement in the narration of Yūnus on the authority of Ibn Shihāb in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, ‘the gates of mercy are opened,’ and it is possible that the opening of the gates of Paradise means what Allāh has facilitated for His worshippers from the acts of obedience, and these are the reasons for entering Paradise; and the closing of the gates of the Hell-fire means a diversion from the desire to commit sins, which leads the sinner to the Hell-fire, and the chaining of the devils means the weakening of their ability to tempt and beautify desires.’”
He (Ibn Hajar) then quotes al-Qurtubī, may Allāh bestow his Mercy upon him, when he says: “If it is asked, how do we see so much evil and sin occurring in Ramaḍān? Since the Shayātīn are chained up, why does this still occur? The answer to this is that few of those who fast do so in a manner that meets these conditions, or that those intended [in the narration] are only some of the Shayātīn, specifically the evil ones from among them, not all of them, as has proceeded in some of the narrations; or that what is intended is a reduction in evil during it (Ramaḍān). And this can be felt, for indeed this (evil) occurs less during Ramaḍān than at any other time. Yet, the chaining of all of the devils would not necessitate that evil and sin would not occur, because there are other reasons for this besides the Shayātīn, like evil natures, wicked customs, and the Shayātīn from the humans.’ And others have said, ‘The chaining up of the Shayātīn in Ramaḍān points to the removal of the person’s excuse; it is as if it is said to him, ‘The Shayātīn have been restrained, so do not use them as an excuse for the abandonment of acts of obedience or the commitment of sin.’” 
al-Imām al-Nawawī, may Allāh bestow his Mercy upon him, says in the explication of Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, “…the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the Hell-fire are closed and the Shayātīn are locked up. Al-Qāḍī ‘Iyāḍ says: ‘It is possible that this is literal, and that the opening of the gates of Paradise, the closing of the gates of the Hell-Fire, and the chaining of the Shayātīn are signs of entering Ramaḍān and magnification of its sanctity; and that they (the Shayātīn) are chained up to prevent them from harming the believers and inciting them.’ He also said: ‘And it is possible that what is intended is a figurative meaning, and that it means an abundance of reward and forgiveness, and that the temptation and harm of Shayātīn is decreased so they become as if they are locked up; and that they are locked away from some things as opposed to others, and some people as opposed to others…’” 
In summary, we discover in this narration myriad blessings and glad tidings for those who believe. Ramadan is a month of forgiveness wherein Allah, the Most Merciful, has opened the gates of mercy and locked shut the gates of punishment. It is therefore crucial that people of fasting seize the advantage of the shackling of the devils, the malevolent troops of al-Shaytan, and pray that Allah, the Granter of Favor, rewards them with entry through the gate of al- Rayyān. Indeed Allah is the Bestower of Mercy, Hearer of supplication.
Written by the one in need of his Lord’s Favor,
Abū al-Ḥasan Mālik Ādam al-Akhḍar
 This version was revised on July 2, 2012 corresponding with 13 Sha’bān 1433 Hijrī
 al-Sahih (no.1899) in the “Book of Fasting” on the authority of Abū Hurayrah
 al-Sahīh (no. 2492-2493) in the “Book of Fasting” on the authority of Abū Hurayrah
 al-Sunan (no. 2104-2106) in the “Book of Fasting” on the authority of Abū Hurayrah
 al-Musnad (2/281) on the authority of Abū Hurayrah
 Fatḥ al-Bārī (4/706, 707)
 Sharḥ Ṣahih Muslim (7/186-187)
 This refers to the narration collected by al-Bukhari in his Sahih (no. 1762) in the “Book of Fasting” and Muslim in his Sahih in the “Book of Fasting” on the authority Sahl ibn Sa’d from the Messenger of Allah: “Verily, in Paradise there is a gate called al-Rayyān; the people of fasting will enter through it on the Day of Judgement, and no one besides them will be permitted entry. It will be said, ‘Where are the people of fasting?’ They will stand, and no one besides them will enter through it. Once they enter, it will be locked.”
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