As Muslim faithful around the world continue with their observation of the holy month of Ramadan, many still struggle to observe all the rules that guide the month.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, a time when Muslims focus on prayer, fasting, giving to charity and religious devotion.
Although it is common knowledge that Muslims fast by abstaining from food or drink from dawn to dusk, complying with other restrictions that might invalidate the fast could be a bit tricky, especially for people living in major urban cities like Lagos.
encomium.ng had a chat with Ustaz Fawaz Abubakar, a Muslim Scholar who shed some light on things to abstain from during the fast.
“Ramadan, we must realize, is not restricted to abstinence from food because it is not only your mouth that’s fasting but your body.
Anybody that is fasting must abstain from the following:
The major one is well known. You shall abstain from food, drink and sexual intercourse from dawn until sunset, in accordance with the verse of the Quran : “Now therefore go unto them and seek what Allah has ordained for you, and eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct from the black thread, then observe the fast till nightfall”. Note that the black thread means the darkness of night and the white thread means the light of day at dawn.
Every Muslim may, during the night, satisfy his needs with regard to food, drink and women when but dawn comes he must abstain till sunset. Sexual intercourse must be followed by complete ablution, i.e. a bath covering all parts of the body.
Other things every Muslim must abstain from during Ramadan include
(1) Vulgar speech. The Prophet said: “While fasting, you shall not indulge in obscene speech or boisterous talk. If someone insults you or quarrels with you, tell him: `I am one who fasts.’ This includes singing or listening to vulgar or lewd songs. These things pollute the mind. You cannot be fasting and be singing or listening to Lil Kesh’s songs.
(2) Falsehood in speech or action. The Prophet said: “He who does not abstain from false- hood in words or deeds, God has no need for him to abstain from his food and drink.”
(3) Slander. One day the Prophet passed by women who, while fasting, were gossiping.
He said: “These two women abstained from what God had ordered them to do and indulged in what God had forbidden them to do”.
(d) Lying, lustful looks, false oath, slander and calumny. The Prophet said: “Five things spoil a man’s fast – lying, slander, calumny, the false oath and the lustful look.” You as a man must learn to quickly takes your eyes off Lagos ladies that like wearing provocative attires that reveal all their goodies.