Ramadaniyat 10: Missed Fasts, No Excuses!, Date Shake

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be Pleased with them both):

A man came to the Prophet (May Allah’s Prayers and Salutations be upon him) and said:

“O Allah’s Messenger!  My mother died and she was supposed to fast on month (for a missed Ramadan).  Shall I fast on her behalf?”

The Prophet said, “Yes, Allah’s Debts have more right to be paid.”

[Bukhari narrated it.]

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Common Mistakes Made During Ramadan

Common Mistake #9:  Not fasting if they missed Suhoor.

Some people are too scared to fast if they miss Saher. However, this is an act kind of cowardice and love of ease. Missing a few morsels in the morning will, insha’Allah, not lead to death. Remember, obedience to Allaah overcomes everything.

Additionally, saying the intention for fast out loud or saying a specific dua’a to start fasting are considered bid’ah (innovation) by many scholars. The intention is an action of the heart. We should resolve in our heart that we are going to fast tomorrow. That is all we need. It is not prescribed by the Shari’ah for us to say out loud.  Please check whatever ‘dua’a’ you may see on some papers or Ramadan calendars, etc. against authenticated Islamic sources to ensure that you are pleasing Allah rather than disobeying Him.

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Energy Boosting Date Shake:  The Ultimate Energy Drink for Ramadan

Serves Two

Ingredients:

1 Cup pitted dates

1 cup milk

6 scoops yogurt or ice cream

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg.

Directions:

Combine milk and dates in a blender and puree.

Add ice cream or yogurt and grate the fresh nutmeg into blender.

Mix until smooth.

Serve immediately.

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