The etiquettes of Itikaf


  • A person should spend his time praying, reading Quran, and sending salutations on the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)
  • He should avoid all speech and actions that don’t concern him.
  • He should avoid all arguing, quarreling, cursing and the usage of foul speech.
  • He should only say words that are good

SourceRallying Around the Rulings for Itikaaf


Is I’tikaaf a Sunnah?

Linguistically, I’tikaaf means to isolate oneself in a place or devote oneself to an act whether it is good or bad. Religiously, it means a person stays in the masjid obeying Allah for a specific time period. But is it a Sunnah?

Itikaf is a Sunnah according to the consensus of the scholars from Ahulus Sunnah.

However if a person vows to perform Itikaf then he must do so according to Ibn Munthur.

SourceRallying Around the Rulings for Itikaaf

[Q/A] Specifying a Particular Day for I’tikaaf

Is it permissible for one who wishes to perform the i’tikaaf to specify a particular day itself for i’tikaaf?

Response: It is not for him to specify a particular day itself within which to regularly perform i’tikaaf, rather, he should take care to perform i’tikaaf in the last ten (days and nights) of Ramadhaan in accordance with (the guidance of) the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam).

And with Allaah lies all success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts, comprising –
Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Ghudayyaan;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Qu’ood
Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 893, Fatwa No.880
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Fatwa No.8701
Published: 14 December 2001

[Q/A] I’tikaaf: Leaving the Masjid to Go and Eat or Drink

Question: Is it permissible for the one in a state of i’tikaaf to leave the Haram (i.e. al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah or al-Masjid an-Nabawee in Madeenah) to go and eat or drink? And is it permissible for him to ascend to the roof of the masjid to listen to the lectures?

Response: Yes, It is permissible for one in the state of i’tikaaf in al-Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah) or other than it, to leave (the masjid) to go to eat or drink if he is unable to bring these (supplies) to the masjid. This is because this is something which is necessary, just as he would need to leave to answer the call of nature and, likewise, he would have to leave to perform ghusl if he is in the state of janaabah (as in the case of the one who has a wet dream).
As regards ascending to the roof of the masjid, then even this does not affect (his i’tikaaf) because leaving the masjid from any of the (exit) doors, intending by it to return to the masjid by proceeding to the roof are only a matter of a few steps. (So) there is no harm in this.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 879, Fatwa No.867
al- Fataawa libni-‘Uthaymeen – Kitaab -ad’Da’wah – Volume 1, Pages 205-206
Published: 12 December 2001

I’tikaaf Coloring Book for Kids

Here is a 15-page coloring book abot i’tikaaf. It is based on (Permitted acts during Itikaf) from (Rallying Around the Rulings for Itikaaf).

Print one, all, or only a few pages (your choice). Click HERE to print the “My Itikaf Coloring Book (pdf).

Table of Contents:
Cover Page (masjid under the moon and stars)
I love to stay in the masjid in Ramadhan (family car headed to the masjid)
I can bring (pics of food)
I can also bring (pics of juice/milk)
I should wear my best (thobe)
Boys can wear (cologne)
I should wear my best (abaya)
I can sleep in my (sleeping bag)
I can put up my (tent)
I can take a shower (water, soap)
I can wash my hair (comb, shampoo)
I can read quran (book)
I can pray to allah (prayer rug)
I can ask allah (outline of hands)
Tomorrow is ‘Eid (family car headed home from masjid)


Permitted acts during Itikaf

The following are allowed during Itikaf

·      Sleeping

·      Eating and drinking in the masjid

·      Pitching a tent in the masjid

·      Staying a fixed place

·      Wearing nice clothes and perfume

·      Washing and brushing hair

·      Getting married and marrying someone off

SourceRallying Around the Rulings for Itikaaf


I’tikaf Planner

I’tikaf Planner

The time for I’tikaaf is here. While i’tikaaf can be done at any time, it is best done during Ramadhan and better still during the last 10 nights.

To make your time away from home go as smoothly as possible, you will need to put some thought into what to take to the masjid. Here is a list of things you may need for your stay. You will also need a large container/duffle bag to store your items.

First, print out 2 copies of the I’tikaf Checklist. Then gather the items on the list that are relevant to your situation.

To use the checklist, place a mark next to each item you have put in your container/bag. There are blank spaces for you to write in items special to your needs. Once you have created your check list for the first time, save it and use it for future i’tikaafs. Leave the other checklist blank for now.

Store all of the items on your list, including two completed checklists in a large plastic storage container(s) or duffle bag for easy transport to the masjid. Kids can use a backpack.

When i’tikaaf is over, return items to the storage container before leaving the masjid. Once home, do an inventory using the checklist as a guide. Placing cedar shavings or lavender essential oil on cotton balls into the storage container will keep insects away.

Then next year, pull your i’tikaf box out of its storage, go through the checklist, toss in snacks and simply load your i’tikaaf container in the trunk of your car.


1) A multipurpose tool: A small one will do depending on your needs.

2) First aid kit: These are available almost every where for purchase. However, by making your own, you will know exactly what is in your kit and can customize it for this particular adventure. Most small kits include a few adhesive bandages, hand sanitizer, aspirin or some other kind of pain reliever, and a zip lock bag to store everything in.

3) Extra clothing: Pack two more sets of clothing than you think you’ll need. Toss in extra socks too.

4) Flashlight: Bring along a bright and reliable flashlight and extra batteries. Keep it inexpensive and small.

5) Duct tape small ball of twine: These may be useful for emergency repairs or rigging shelters.

6) Water bottle: Pack a water bottle to drink extra water in the evenings. Bringing your own canister will help reduce the costs and waste associated with styrofoam or paper cups.

7) Tent: If there is room in your masjid, it is permissable to pitch a tent.

8) Blanket and pillow: If you intend to sleep in the masjid, you will be sleeping on a concrete surface covered by a carpet. You will want to stay warm and comfortable when you sleep. The blanket and pillow will also give you something comfortable to sit on while awake.

9) Sleeping Bag: No need for a blanket if you are carrying a sleeping bag. It rolls up for easy storage.

10) Food: Bring more than you think you will need. There may be an opportunity to share with others. When packing snacks, foods high in protein are best, like string cheese, meat jerky, nuts. Avoid items loaded down with salt or sugar as they promote water retention in the lower extremities. Sweets should also be limited because they cause the blood sugar levels to quickly rise and fall sharply leading to mood swings.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to send them in!