Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam and is obligatory for every Muslim. Since it is an obligation, missing it or skipping it has certain repercussions. What should I do if I miss a fast? Thankfully, like every other aspect of the life of a Muslim, Islam provides a concise answer to this problem. In the case of missing the fasts in Ramadan, a Muslim can make two kinds of compensations: Kaffarah and Fidyah.
Kaffarah is the compensation that one has to pay in case of intentionally missing or breaking a fast in the month of Ramadan. Whereas, Fidyah is the compensation that one has to pay when one is unable to fast due to a legitimate reason. Different situations demand a different amount of Kaffarah or Fidyah to be paid.
Ramadan is the month that brings discipline and a sense of solidarity among Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world spend their days fasting and their days and nights offering prayers and reading Quran. Every evening of Ramadan, a special prayer is conducted which includes recitation of long portions of the Quran. This special prayer is commonly known as Salaat Al-Taraweeh. The word Taraweeh is a derivative of the word “Tarweeha” which means ‘to rest’.
The Taraweeh prayer is usually very long and requires one to stand upright and read Quran. Just like other prayers, it involves movements including bowing, sitting, prostrating and standing. Due to these prayers being lengthy, a brief period of rest is given after every four raka’ats before continuing. Hence, the word Tarweeha (to rest).
The days of Summer are particularly hot this Ramadan and fasting is that much harder. Not complaining! I’m sure we are earning loads of sawaab for it! But I’m a food extremist, so I have to worry. During suhoor, I barely eat or drink. During iftar, I hardly stop myself from stuffing my face with all the oily food and sugary drinks in the world. Or well.. on the table. I am aware that if a balanced diet and exercise routine is maintained during Ramadan, it can actually result in better health but I have been negligent. Not anymore though! I have prepared this list of 5 tips to stay healthy during Ramadan for myself, and for all the food extremists so they can have a healthier Ramadan. Read on if you don’t want to fall sick during Ramadan and miss those precious fasts.