Pardon The Stereotype: Misconceptions & Mistakes During Ramadan

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches,we first of all pray that Allah grants us the ability to witness and benefit from it. As always,we should remind ourselves about our obligations, so as to prepare ourselves physicall,mentally and financially for this blessed month. As such,here are a few reminders for Ramadan.

1.Constantly thinking about food to the extent that you begin to worry about eating is a bad habit people should stop. This is also related to spending a lot of money on Iftaars even though you don’t need as much food.

2.Making Suhoor before Fajr prayer. This is another bad habit popular amongst Muslims and is prohibited during Ramadan. Eating a few hours before Taraweeh or Isha Salah is wrong. It more advisable eat closer to Fajr time.

3.As Ramadan approaches, a lot of people don’t intend to fast. Although they cannot say it verbally, however, deep down in their hearts, they often feel irritated due to the fact that they’ll have to abstain from worldly pleasures. Intending to fast should be done at the beginning of Ramadan and not every single day throughout the month.

4.In the event you are unaware that Ramadan has begun, you should abstain from food for a day when the Holy month ends, in order to make up for the day you missed

5.A lot of Muslims don’t believe that Taraweeh should be prayed on the first night of Ramadan. They think you should pray it the first day you actually fast. But the point they are missing here is that the Islamic calendar runs on the moon and maghrib marks the beginning of the new day.

6.There are also a number of people who believe that if you eat or drink inadvertently, it breaks your fast. But on the contrary, you are actually pardoned– since it was totally unintentional. You should still continue the fasting.

7.There are also people who believe that in the event they spot someone eating or drinking, they should not remind the person that he or she is fasting. But on the contrary, Sheikh Bin Baz (ra) regarded this as incorrect and it’s our obligation to correct someone when they are doing wrong. In other words, tell the person what that whatever he or she is doing is not done.

8.Some folks, especially women, believe that then cannot use Hennah whilst fasting. This is also false. It’s not wrong to use it during the Holy month.

9.Another misconception believed by women is that you cannot taste the food being prepared to break the fast on in order to determine whether it tastes good or not. This too is false.  As a matter of fact, Islam allows it as long as the person doesn’t swallow the food. They are allowed to taste salt, sugar, or any other spices that are necessary.

10.Is Miswak or toothpaste allowed? This is a question I’ve asked about and got me really wondering. However, I stumbled upon an article as I was digging deep into the matter. It states that you can use them; as long as you do not swallow it.

11.There are people who make the Fajr Adhan too early. They believe this will prevent people from eating before Fajr and not spoil their fast. This is something we should not act upon because it is totally wrong.

12.There are also people who make that Maghrib Adhan late as well. They do this so people will start eating late before they break their fast way to early. This is also something we should not act upon.

13.Quite a number of Muslims also believe that intercourse with your spouse during Ramadan is forbidden. This, however, is false. As long as it doesn’t interfere with your fasting hours (between Maghrib and Fajr) intercourse with your spouse is not prohibited.

14.There are also many men who believe that failing to perform ghusl after having intercourse with their wives will make their fast invalid. This is also not true. They are allowed to fast even if they do not perform ghusl. But we recommend you should once you get the chance in order for your prayers valid.

15.Many pleple believe you cannot eat until the Muadthin is done calling the Maghrib Adthan. This is false. You are allowed to break your fast once the Muadthin starts calling the Maghrib Adthan.

16.Another concept most people fail to realize is that they can take advantage of making dua before they break their fast. It’s believed that this is one of the times when Allah accepts a person dua.

17.Last but not least, a lot of Muslims make the mistake of spending most of their time preparing for Eid. And are totally oblivious to the fact that Eid shouldn’t be very extravagant.

I hope you found this useful. Please leave a comment below.

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  1. I have seen some women believing that wearing make up in Ramadan (haram thing) invalidates your fasting and wearing pants with hijab invalidates fasting

    And here in Egypt we have a misconception that Ramadan is the month of TV. 200+ new series are releases in Ramadan. A lot of people spend their night watching TV. May Allah guide them and keep us away from that

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