Ramadhan Countdown: 12 Weeks insha’Allah

DiaryAs salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi,

There are approximately 12 weeks left until Ramadhan 1435! Continue to make up any outstanding fasts.

Also, starting about 2 weeks from now, this site will begin posting Ramadhan-prep tasks and reminders Insha’Allah for the upcoming month of fasting. We hope you will join us for another year of being organized and ready for Ramadhan!

And since you’re here, we are more than eager to hear from you. Leave us your comments, suggestions, and personal successes or even what didn’t work for you — those too can be learning experiences.

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Take Advantage of Winter to Make Up Fasts

We will begin to experience longer and later daylight hours insha’Allah as spring eventually approaches. Take advantage of what’s left of the winter — the shorter days makes it easier to make up missed fasts.

And on Sunday, March 9, 2014 — approximately 3.5 months before Ramadhan — clocks in the US are moved forward one hour as part of Daylight Saving Time insha’Allah creating aimage from WP Clipartn even longer day.

Get out a calendar today. Set your intention to fast, then make a plan. Try your best to stick to it. You’ll be finished before you know it insha’allah!

P.S. Ramadhan 1435 is estimated to be approximately June 28-ish, 2014 insha’allah.

Make Up Fasts: Take Advantage of Winter

We will begin to experience longer and later daylight hours insha’Allah as we head out of winter and towards spring/summer.

And on Sunday, March 10, 2013 — approximately 4 months before Ramadhan — we set our clocks forward one hour as part of Daylight Saving Time insha’Allah.

Take advantage of what’s left of the winter — the shorter days makes it easier to make up missed fasts.

Get out a calendar. Make a plan and try your best to stick to it.

P.S. Ramadhan 1434 is estimated to be approximately July 10-ish, 2013

[Q/A] Is it Permissable to Fast Shawwal Before Kaffarah

Question: A man has to observe Sawm (Fast) for two consecutive months as a Kaffarah (expiation), but he wants to fast the six days of Shawwal. Is it permissible for him to do so?

Answer: You have to hasten to fulfill the Kaffarah; it is not permissible to fast the six days of Shawwal before the Kaffarah, for fasting these six days is a Nafl (supererogatory act of worship) while the Kaffarah is a Fard (obligatory act of worship) which should be carried out immediately. It should be given priority over the Sawm of the six days of Shawwal or any other supererogatory Sawm.

Source: AlIfta.com