Reviving Ramadan #05 Skipping Ramadan for Exams
Channel: Ali Hammuda
Series: Ali Hammuda - Reviving Ramadan
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Can I skip fasting due to exams and exam preparation?
On each Ramadan many questions are asked about breaking the fast or skipping certain days due to at times genuine excuses, but other times completely inexcusable justifications. Yet, in my short experience, I found that Muslims will usually not abandon fasting Ramadan, except for this one reason exams and exam preparations.
And so it's really worth pausing at it for a moment. It's very important to note from the outset, that all what I should mention here is a general rule that as rules usually do have their exceptions which may apply in individual circumstances when assessed by a scholar. Now a Muslim who has been gifted by Allah Almighty with Ramadan is expected to accommodate Ramadan, as opposed to expecting Ramadan to accommodate him just as how we behave with guests, and needless to say that Ramadan is the most honored of all guests, for example,
as opposed to leaving revision to the last minute, and therefore needing Ramadan to accommodate you by breaking your fast, why not factor in the arrival of Ramadan months before its arrival in terms of revision and putting in the necessary preparations for the exam beforehand, because the date of the arrival of Ramadan is not a secret preparations can be made.
In principle, breaking fats, or missing them in Ramadan is only permissible in one of two circumstances Allah system and CanAm income Maria ban Allah, Allah suffer fact that women or whoever of you is ill, or on a journey that net him fast for an equal number of days after Ramadan.
So illness, and travel
along with other matters, of course, that may fall under one of these two categories. For example, some cases of pregnancy, some cases of breastfeeding,
some cases of old age, and so on. But these are genuinely the grounds to break one's fast or to skip it, or to make it up on another day beyond these two categories is prohibition. And for this reason, some of our scholars are of the view that the person who intentionally breaks that are fast in Ramadan without a valid excuse is not even to bother making it up.
Because the time for that fast has passed, and so it cannot be made up for. So instead, they are of course to repent to Allah Almighty and just to hope the best from him on the day of reckoning.
One is to remember that the greatest exam that lies in the waiting
is the exam of the underground.
That's the real exam to prepare for the three questions that every human being shall be asked from within the grave. Along with the court case before the sovereign, Allah Subhanallah died on the Day of Judgment. So I say to my brothers and sisters who break there faster than Ramadan without a valid justification, including parents, by the way, who unjustly pressure their pubescent children to skip their fasts. You've put yourself on a collision course
with one of the most major of sins that can undermine the fundamentals of your faith, in short to all of those who tell you to break your fast because it will apparently be better for your concentration for your revision and better for your grades and better for your career. respond to them by saying what Allah Almighty said well enter through more hierarchy in quantum data mode and too fast. It is better for you, if only you knew, whilst of course making the necessary adjustments to accommodate for the month of Ramadan. But I conclude with what I started with.
This religion of ours is a holistic one. It provides answers to all predicaments. And it seeks to minimize hardship. You know, scholars have mentioned to cite just one example that those who for example, work intense labor throughout the day, whereby they're completely unable to rearrange their hours. They can't find alternative work, their livelihoods depend upon it, et cetera, then concessions can and may apply to them. The nature of that concession the size of that concession, of course, depends on the nature of that individual circumstance. So whilst acknowledging that fasting is not to be missed, in principle, as we've established,
we have to also acknowledge that each case needs to be assessed on an individual basis and Allah Almighty knows best