On the last post, we talked about a number of things which break our fast whether it is intentionally or unintentionally. However, not many of us are aware of the consequences of breaking or invalidating our fast intentionally. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى has laid out specific rules for our benefit in the short and long-run. However, mankind has a nature to question that which is not best in his/her favour. So to speak, let’s address the Quran and the wise words of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى to answer the question of breaking our fast with deep intentions.
To begin with, we must be clear that fasting, for a Muslim, is clearly mandatory unless one is sick or travelling.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.”
Here is a hadith on this matter:
Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him said: “If someone breaks a fast in Ramadan, without being diseased or having any kind of excuse, he cannot compensate that fast even if he has fast for his entire life.”
(Sources: Bukhari: Savm 29; Tirmizi: Savm 27; Ebu Davud: Savm 3).
Along side, the solutions to breaking a fast intentionally are the following:
- Breaking of one fast equals fasting for 60 consecutive days
- Freeing a slave
- Feeding 60 poor people with good food
- Seek for Allah’s سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى forgiveness and mercy in this matter with sincerity
Since fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam, it is a major sin to be omitting fasting on purpose without an excuse . These rules set out by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى benefit us only if we think about it well enough and research in to the sources. I hope this benefits all of us. If in any case, we have made a mistake by not fasting or breaking out fast, let’s repent and follow the guidelines for our better and successful life after death.