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Eating Forgetfully & Using Siwaak/Toothpaste while Fasting (Hadith No. 1649)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 31, Number 154:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “If somebody eats or drinks forgetfully then he should complete his fast, for what he has eaten or drunk, has been given to him by Allah.”

Narrated ‘Amir bin Rabi’a (radiallaahu `anhu), “I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) cleaning his teeth with Siwak while he was fasting so many times as I can’t count.”

And narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu), “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘But for my fear that it would be hard for my followers, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with Siwak on every performance of ablution.”
The same is narrated by Jabir (radiallaahu `anhu) and Zaid bin Khalid (radiallaahu `anhu) from the Prophet who did not differentiate between a fasting and a non-fasting person in this respect (using Siwak).

Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “It (i.e. Siwak) is a purification for the mouth and it is a way of seeking Allah’s pleasures.” Ata’ and Qatada said, “There is no harm in swallowing the resultant saliva.”

I forgot that I was fasting and ate..

“but He will call you to account for that which your hearts have earned” [al-Baqarah 2:225]

Forgetfulness is not something which is earned by the heart.

This hadeeth tells of the kindness of Allaah to His slaves and how He makes things easier for them and alleviates hardship.

Whoever forgets that he is fasting and breaks the fast, his fast is still valid, and he should complete his fast, and he does not have to make it up or offer any expiation. The general meaning of the hadeeth covers both obligatory and naafil fasts; there is no difference between the two.

Al-Haafiz said:

An interesting story was narrated by ‘Abd al-Razzaaq from ‘Amr ibn Dinar: that a person came to Abu Hurayrah and said: “I started fasting in the morning then I forgot and ate.” He said, “It does not matter.” He said: “Then I entered upon someone and by mistake I ate and drank.” He said, “It does not matter, Allaah has fed you and given you to drink.” Then he said:  “I entered upon another person and forgot, and ate.” Abu Hurayrah said: “You are a person who is not used to fasting.”.

Siwaak and/or Toothpaste? Let’s solve the matter!

It is permissible for a fasting person to use miswaak and toothpaste whilst fasting, so long as he is careful not to swallow anything. In fact using the miswaak is Sunnah when fasting and otherwise.

It is permissible to swallow the saliva after using the siwaak, but if anything comes out of the siwaak in the mouth, you should spit it out and then swallow the saliva, just as the fasting person is allowed to do wudoo’, then he should spit out the water from his mouth and then swallow his saliva. He does not have to dry his mouth completely from the water used for rinsing.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the ruling on using toothpaste when fasting?

He replied:

Cleaning the teeth with toothpaste does not break the fast as is the case with the miswaak. But one should be careful to avoid letting any of it reach his throat, but if that happens accidentally then he does not have to make up the fast.
End quote from Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (15/260).

Detailed posts here and here.

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The Unacceptable Fast (Hadith No. 1622)

Bismillah.

Volume 3, Book 31, Number 127:

Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

This tells us two things mainly:

  1. The person who’s fasting MUST avoid major sins e.g. lying, and all sorts of evil actions.
    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The five daily prayers, from one Jumu’ah to the next and from one Ramadaan to the next are expiation for (sins committed) in between, so long as you avoid major sins.” [Muslim]
    Repeat the last phrase: “..so long as you avoid major sins”.
  2. Fasting is not just about leaving food and drink. There’s much more to it. This exercise of avoiding halal food and drink in obedience to Allah’s command is supposed to teach us how to leave the haram things (sins, for example) during and outside Ramadan in order to obey Allah (subhaanahu wata`aalaa). If you can fast, you can leave sins as well. It’s not impossible. :)

Drinking Zamzam (Hadith No. 1401)

Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 701:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

I gave Zam-zam water to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and he drank it while standing. ‘Asia (a sub-narrator) said that ‘Ikrima (radiallaahu `anhu) took the oath that on that day the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) had not been standing but riding a camel.

How to solve this mystery? Did the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) drink Zamzam while sitting or standing? What’s sunnah and what’s not? Read on..

The fuqaha’ have mentioned the etiquette that is mustahabb (recommended) when drinking Zamzam water, such as facing the Ka’bah, saying Bismillah, pausing to take a breath three times, drinking one’s fill, praising Allaah after one finishes, and sitting whilst drinking it, as one should do when drinking other kinds of drinks. As regards the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said, “I gave the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) Zamzam water to drink whilst he was standing,” (reported by al-Bukhaari, 3/492), it is taken to mean that it is permissible to drink whilst standing, and the disapproval of doing so is understood to mean that it is makrooh. The scholars also recommended that the person who drinks Zamzam water should sprinkle some of it on his head, face and chest, make lots of du’aa’ when drinking it, and to drink it for a purpose that will benefit him in this world or the next, because of the hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The water of Zamzam is for whatever purpose it is drunk for.” (Reported by Ibn Maajah, 2/1018; see Al-Maqaasid al-Hasanah by al-Sakhaawi, p. 359).

Taken from IslamQA.

See next picture for caption.

See next picture for caption.

Took these pictures in 2011 while visiting the Exhibition of the Architecture of the Two Holy Mosques. <3

Took these pictures in 2011 while visiting the Exhibition of the Architecture of the Two Holy Mosques. <3

Other virtues of Zamzam here.

Controlling Desires (Hadith No. 299)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Today’s Hadith is very much relevant to Kitaab-ul-Haydh, but my discussion will be a bit off-topic..

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 299:

Narrated ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Al-Aswad:

(on the authority of his father) ‘Aisha said: “Whenever Allah’s Apostle wanted to fondle anyone of us during her periods (menses), he used to order her to put on an Izar and start fondling her.” ‘Aisha added, “None of you could control his sexual desires as the Prophet could.”

Prophet (SAW) had nine wives at once. He didn’t have to control his desires. Yet, we find that his own wives testify to his amazing hold on himself. It’s a Sunnah that we need to follow. We need to control all sorts of desires, from food to sex. Even when we’re leading a Halal lifestyle, we can’t have everything we want, as much as we want and whenever we want. It’s a great quality to possess: control.
Don’t like what you read? Tell me, what’s the main purpose of the month of Ramadaan? What does being deprived of food, drink and sex teach you? Even though the food you eat is Halal, the stuff you drink is very much Halal as well, and you fulfill your desire with your very own spouse: totally Halal! Why are you then asked to restrain yourself from all these Halal things for a specific time period everyday for a month each year? Simple: to teach you self-control. That 30-day training is enough to last you the whole year. YES! You have to practice it outside Ramadaan as well. :)

As to the question ‘How?‘, it’s very simple.

  • Start denying yourself your favorite food, hobby, pastime etc. You don’t have to do it all the time and every time.  It could be a punishment you give yourself for not waking up for Fajr on time, for example. Personal experience: I deny myself breakfast (which I can’t live without) if I wake up late for Fajr. So I don’t have that habit Alhamdulillah.
  • Voluntary Salah (prayer) and Sawm (fast). A very good way to achieve self-restraint! You’re so caught up in ‘Ibadah (worship), that you don’t really get time to think about other stuff. Or better, you don’t feel right when you think about other stuff. ;)
  • Make du’a (invocation). Indeed a very useful tool for a believer. When nothing else works, du’a shows it’s miracles.
  • Be firm with yourself. No excuses, no ‘going easy’. Tit for tat. And that’s it!
Hopefully you’ll see positive results if you try following this Sunnah. Oh and I forgot to mention, do reward yourself with your favorite food/hobby/pastime etc. if you do something good. It’ll serve as a great motivation inshaAllah. :)
Do give feedback!
Wassalam.
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