April 30, 2018

All Praise belongs to Allah the Lord of the worlds and may peace and blessings be upon his last and final messenger, Muhammad.

Imam al-Allamah al-Hattab al-Maliki says in his commentary on. "The Mukhtasar of Khalil." (3/318), "from amongst the days which it is recommended to fast are other days which the author (Imam Khalil ibn Ishaq) did not mention, amongst them the 3rd of Muharram, the 20th of Rajab, the 15th of Sha'ban and...

بَابٌ فِي الصِّيَام

[Translated By: Shaykh Hamza Wald Maqbul]

The Chapter of Fasting

وَصَوْمُ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ فَرِيضَةٌ

The fast of the month of Ramadhan is an obligation.

يُصَامُ لِرُؤْيَةِ الْهِلَالِ وَيُفْطَرُ لِرُؤْيَتِهِ كَانَ ثَلَاثِينَ يَوْمًا أَوْ تِسْعَةً وَعِشْرِينَ يَوْمًا

Fasting is to commence with the first visible sighting of the new moon[1], and the fast is to end with the visible sighting of the next new moon,...

July 23, 2017

Lesson 3

Methods of establishing the beginning and end of Ramadān

There are three recognized methods of establishing the commencement of Ramadān and Shawwāl.

No mention is found among them of the spurious method of astronomical calculation, which is not recognized by the authentic savants of Ahl as-Sunnah.

The Lawgiver has made the cause (sabab) of the obligation to fast Ramadān the sighting (ru’yah) of the new moon, and not its m...

July 23, 2017

As I finalized my move to Mediterranean warmth and out of the indolent savannah, I wondered what service I could provide without my library in transit.

I confess that I panicked and even felt like hiding away from indiscreet and fiercely scrutinizing eyes. I did not want to draw Ustādh Bradiperr into the umpteenth rescue operation.

He then spontaneously came up with a wonderful suggestion: ‘I will help you by sending some improm...

Chapter on Fasting

Section: Those obliged to fast, and the age of adulthood at which fards and hudud become obligatory

Fasting is obliged for every Muslim who has reached puberty or menstruated, free or slave, when they have not lost their sanity through insanity, imbecility or [Shaytanic] whispering. Malik used to consider madness to be like unconsciousness and menstruation. He said, "If someone faints in the mon...

Imam Malik has reported on the authority of ‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

The month is 29 days (at least), so do not fast it until you sight (taraw) the crescent, and do not put an end to it until you sight it. If the sky above you is cloudy, you should compute for it a full 30 days.”

Ahmad Mayyara says:

The beginning of Ramadan is ascertained by establishing one of two things, either

1) the sighting of...

July 19, 2017

Imam Malik elucidates his position in the Muwatta’ :

“I have not heard anyone of the people of knowledge and understanding (Fiqh) or those who are followed prohibit fasting Friday. Fasting it is good, and I have seen some of the people of knowledge fast it, and it appears to me that they used to seek it out.”

Imam al-Baji, the Maliki mujtahid said in his commentary on the Muwatta’, al-Muntaqa Sharh al-Muwatta’, 2.86, Dar al...

July 8, 2017

In the Maliki madhab it is recommended to stop eating a short time before the entrance of the dawn (fajr) time. This is based on the action of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) who would stop eating before dawn the amount of time it would take to read 50 verses.

If a person were to eat right up until the entrance of dawn, the fast would technically be correct but they would have left the recommended Sunna...

December 19, 2016

Question: Is it permissible to swallow saliva and mucous in the Maliki School?

Answer: Mucous and saliva are pure (tahir) and therefore you can swallow them. While one is fasting though, it is mentioned that to swallow mucous disliked but not break the fast according to the relied upon (mu’tamad) opinion. There is another opinion that swallowing mucous that one is able to spit out would actually break the fast. [Mukhtasar Khali...

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