augusti 31, 2009

When do you start fasting?

There is something called 'imsak'. It's a timeperiod before the morning pray people have set to be on the 'safe side'.
Well I've found something about it saying that we shouldn't follow imsak. But the time to start fasting is actually when the morning pray comes.
For me personally it doesn't matter this Ramadan since I usually eat more than 1 hour before the morning pray. The other years I've never considered googling about imsak so I didn't have a clue that some people said it was wrong to follow imsak... Well here is what I found....

Starting a Day of Fasting
(click to open the website)

Q. When should we start our fasting day? Some people say that it starts 10 minutes before Fajr prayer is due; some say only 5 minutes before that; others maintain that it is at the point when Fajr is due and the call to prayer is made. Please advise.

I. Merchant

A. God has defined the start of the fasting day, saying in the Qur’an: “Eat and drink until you can see the white streak of dawn against the blackness of the night. Then resume the fast till nightfall.” (2: 187) So, the start is at dawn, when Fajr prayer is due, and the finish is at sunset when Maghrib prayer is due. There can be no further argument. Yet people have introduced something called Imsak, which means abstention from eating and drinking, and they established various beginnings for it: they put it at 20, 15, 10 or 5 minutes before dawn. They do so out of a desire ‘to be on the safe side’. Yet all this eagerness to make sure is unnecessary. God defined the time and we should keep to it.

Suppose a person wakes up five minutes before the Fajr prayer is due. He can manage to have a drink of milk or water and a bite before Fajr is due. If he does so, is his fasting valid? If those people who speak about observing Imsak time say that his fast is valid, then why start earlier? If they say it is not valid, they commit a huge error.

The point is that Islam does not like this idea of ‘keeping on the safe side’ in matters of worship. It opens the door for rigidity and adding hardship to acts of worship. What is very important about Islamic worship is what God says in the Qur’an, within the context of fasting: “God desires that you have ease. He does not desire that you be afflicted with hardship.” (2: 185) Thus scholars say that if you happen to be drinking a glass of water and you hear the call to Fajr prayer, do not stop your drink. You better finish it. This is because God desire what is easy for us.
If you want to follow imsak or not you better do research about it..I dont suggest you to follow or avoid imsak..It's up to you. Iam just giving you some info:D

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