Fasting is one of the most meritorious acts in Islam. In this book the fiqh (jurisprudence) of fasting, as well as its excellence, virtues and benefits, are expounded upon, which will if read and understood, enhance the observance of fasting to a higher degree, Insha-Allah.
The definitions of fasting, the various types of fasting and its principles and rules are defined. The sighting of the crescent, the manner in which the months of Ramadan and Shawwal becomes official, the viewpoint of the astronomer and the Hakim (judge) are discussed.
Other interesting discussions include fasting on Youmush Shak (the day of doubt), the various viewpoints of Laylatul Qadr, the fifteenth night of Sha’ban (Laylatul Bara-’ah – the night of pardoning of sons), and the days when fasting becomes haram (unlawful), makruh (abominable) and sunnah (recommended).
Islam was revealed at a time when the Arabian Peninsula was in a state of social anarchy. The legislation on which Islam is built transformed this hedonistic pagan society into one based on social justice and morality of the highest order, with tauhid (monotheism) as its fundamental principle.
This study traces the evolution of Islamic legislation (the shari’ah) through six periods.
In this volume, the first three periods are explored, from the first revelation by Allah of the Holy Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, until his death. Then the rule under the four rightly guided caliphs – Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Aliy (may Allah be pleased with them). And finally, the period of the scholars among the successors of the companions of the Prophet known as the Tabi-’in.
Islam places serious emphasis on the belief in what God (Allah) decrees. So when man is afflicted with calamities or has important decisions to make in life, who or what does he turn to?
In today’s world where the use of fortune-tellers, sorcery, grave worshipping and witchcraft are so widespread, the author provides an insight into the clear direction Islam takes when it comes to using such avenues in one’s daily existence.