Sawm is the Arabic word for fasting.

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masturbation during the month of ramadan

A sister was asking that she masturbates as a habit right from childhood,and during Ramadan she abstains from all bad habits,except for this masturbation, she can't control even if she didn't have the ...
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Order of Quda Fasting and Shawwal Fasting

One woman has so missed many days of fasts during Ramadan (due to some kind of illness), that she will require a major part of the month of Shawwal to make those up. And when done, she will not have ...
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Exceeding fasting starting time for few seconds?

I always use my computer's clock for that, in my time it begins 4:31:00, i couldn't notice it and i drank the water in my mouth at 4:31:07, is my fasting valid?
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Paying a ransom if you can't fast

I have 2 very related questions about the following part of the Quran, which is why I am posting them as 1 quection with 2 parts: http://quran.com/2/184 [Fasting for] a limited number of days. So ...
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does swallowing blood unintentionally deem fast invalid?

My sister bled from her nose today, and due to excessive bleeding, she happened to accidently swallow some, she later coughed it up, but there is no reassurance that she spit it all up or not, does ...
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Does bleeding break the fast?

I have heard that bleeding invalidates the fast. This could be from a minor cut from a knife or from a severe accident. What is the exact ruling about this? What about minor bleeding caused by ...
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What are the rulings regarding a person who can't fast

If a person of average health (a person who is a little overweight, doesn't have any major illnesses, and doesn't exercise, and doesn't get proper nutrition) is unable to fast, is there anything ...
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is there anything I can do to make up for missing fasting?

Asalmualaykum I live in the UK and this year the times for fasting ramadan are too long for me to do. I am unable to fast the prescribed times as I will not be able to carry out my duties at work, I ...
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Why did the prophet PBUH break the fast early?

This hadidth says that the prophet PBUH did not wait for proper maghrib time to break his fast Sahih Al-Bukhari hadith We were in the company of the Prophet (PBUH) on a journey and he was ...
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How to fast in the Land of the Midnight Sun?

In tropical countries, we have a good proportion of day and night in 24 hour. So, praying and fasting is somewhat easy for us. In Bangladesh we fast, in most, for 16 hours. But in Sweden, it's ...
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Can a Muslim Restaurateur‎ keep his restaurant open during the daytime in Ramadhan?

I live in a non-Muslim country and I see that even during Ramadhan some Muslim restaurateur‎s keep their restaurants open for non-Muslims during the fasting hours. Is this allowed? In line with the ...
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Is it permitted to use perfumes while fasting?

I heard that it is makrooh to use perfumes in ramadan. Does the prophet(PBUH) allowed us to use perfumes(without alcohol) during fasting in ramadan? Please, post some hadiths regarding this.
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Difference between Taraweeh and Qiyaam al-layl

I can see both the prayers are prayed in my masjid. Taraweeh time 8:45 to 10:00 pm Qiyaam al-layl time 2:30 to 3:30 am What is the difference between Taraweeh prayer and Qiyaam al-layl prayer? I ...
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While fasting, I take water into my mouth . How can I make sure that remaining water doesn't break my fast?

If you take water into your mouth for some reasons while fasting, how can you make sure that the remaining water in your mouth doesn't break your fast?
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What is the reason for praying 20 rakaats in taraweeh?

It is clear that our prophet(PBUH) prayed 8 rakaats for taraweeh. But, I saw most of the masjids having 20 rakaats for taraweeh. since, Umar(R.A) made the taraweeh to 20 rakaats. What is the reason ...
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Can I use a miswaak while fasting?

Some brothers told me not to use miswaak after Zuhar up to Ifthar. But, some brothers told that it is permissible to use. Can I use a miswaak while fasting?
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Recommended fasts during Shaban

Can someone highlight and explain in detail the various fasts that are recommended during the month of Shaban based on the authentic hadeeth?
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Intention to break the fast

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah. About a year and a half ago, I was making up a missed Ramadan fast and did not know that it couldn't be broken without a valid reason the way a nafl fast could. So I ...
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Does forgetting that one is fasting invalidate the fast?

I was told that for Ramadan sawm, if one accidentally forgets that they are fasting and eats, the fast is still valid. However, does this apply if one accidentally eats during a voluntary (nafilah) ...
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What are the occasions/days to keep a fast?

I know there are several days aside from Ramadhan, during which Islam advises to observe fasting. I would like know what those days are.
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Heavy jobs and duties as muslims

Assalaamu Alaykum, Many people in my neighborhood do not fast (Sawm) giving reasons such as, they have burdensome jobs they must complete everyday. Whether people who have these jobs such as coal ...
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Is it true Umayyads and now Sunni scholars recommend taking fast at Ashura day as celebration?

I want to know if it is true that fasting is recommended by Sunni scholars on the day of Ashura. If so, are they following the Umayyads? Is it a celebration of the day Hussain a.s. the pious grandson ...
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Taking your blood out during ramadan

Hello I want to run some tests in hospital (for my health) and I need to take out my blood for this occasion, I'm wondering is there anything I should look out for (like the blood thing) in order NOT ...
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Menses and fasting (sawm)

Does the coming of menses break the fast? Of course menses go for few days and woman cannot fast anymore with such condition. So what does Quran and Hadith has to say about it? What should woman do ...
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Start the fast while in a state of Janabah (sexual impurity) and then perform Ghusl later on?

Assalamuallikum, Will i be on fast if i am in a state of Janabah.When do I need to perform Ghusl? Jazak Allah Khair
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Hugging wife in month of Ramadan

I would like to know if it is allowed to hug wife in the month Ramadan in the bed? What's the case with and without fast in the month of Ramadan? Edit / Clarification: I suspect sexual intercourse ...
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Does using eyeliner (Kohl) break the fast?

Eyeliner eye(Kohl) is known from a long time and also in the time of the Prophet. All the people, whether they are men or women, put kohl on their eyes. Does using eyeliner(Kohl) break the fast?
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Does a broken nafilah fast have to be replaced?

I was reading a fatwa that says that if you break a nafilah (voluntary) fast, you have to replace it. However, I was taught that it was not necessary to replace a voluntary fast. Does anyone have any ...
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Does passive smoking break fasting?

If someone smokes close to you and you inhale the smoke involuntarily, does that break your fast? Also, does ruling change between fard fasting and extra (nafilah) fasting?
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Can I fast without sehri (suhoor)?

In the month of Ramadan, what should a person who couldn't wake up for suhoor do? Should he continue the fast or should he compensate for it later?
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Should I pray before opening my fast or after it?

Someone told me that it is not good to pray with an empty stomach. He told me I should open my fast and then pray. Is that right? Should I eat before doing my maghrib prayer? What order did rasulAllah ...
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Does swallowing saliva break one's fast?

Does swallowing saliva break one's fast? What should one do with it if they cannot swallow it? Please answer providing good evidences or references.
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Ghusl during ramadan/fasting

What are the precautions to be noted while having a Ghusl (Full ritual bath) during ramadan/fasting? There is a hadith that said during ablutions, water should not be sniffed when one is fasting. ...
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What should I break my fast with?

At home I normally break my fast with dates or something sweet, but at my local mosque we mainly had fried food, and this seems unusual to me. How should I break my fast? I know it is sunnah to eat ...
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When should one stop eating and drinking? And what is the ruling on one who has the vessel in his hand when hearing the adhaan?

When exactly must one stop eating and drinking if one is going to fast? Is it the adhaan of Fajr when the muezzin says Allaahu akbar, or what is the exact time? What should I do if the cup is at my ...
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Does being in the olympics pardon you from fasting?

Inspired by the growing popualarity of the Olympic games, does being a competitor in the Olympics really give a legitamite reason to break your fast? Many countries have allowed their athletes to ...
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How long should I wait after breaking my fast to pray?

In the month of Ramadan that last went by, I was at my local mosque for iftar. When it was time to break our fast, we did so but I was encouraged to keep on eating for at least ten minutes before we ...
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When is the correct time to start my fast?

What is the correct time to begin my fast? I recently received an email with a time table given. In short it claimed that the only true time for the start of fasting is when the sun is 18 degrees ...
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Observing Ramadan where days are very long

Are Muslim required to observe full day of fasting where days (i.e. day light) is significantly longer than regular days in Arabia. I am referring to northern and southern hemisphere where days are ...
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Justification needed - Breaking the fast immediately after sunset

I've noticed a lot of my Sunni friends being very particular about breaking their fast immediately after it is sunset. As far as i know, it is makruh to wait a long time to break the fast, and that it ...
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Is a Muslim allowed to use a Ventoline inhaler or similar medicine inhaler during Ramadan?

Is it allowed for a patient to use a Ventoline inhaler during the fasting of Ramadan? Notice that the disease is chronic, so an inhaler must be used constantly.
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Concession for not fasting when on a journey

Does the concession for skipping a Ramadan fast and making it up later apply only to people who are actually in the act of travelling or does it also apply to someone who is temporarily not at his ...
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Does “Wet Dreams” nocturnal emission break fasting

What should person do if during fasting while sleeping experience nocturnal emission.
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What do I do if I intentionally break my fast?

During the month of Ramadan, I intentionally broke my fast. What should I do to make up for the broken fast?
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Fasting using hunger control pills?

There are some medicine to help dieting that would control the feeling of hunger. Is using those kinds of dieting pills allowed when fasting?
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Fasting during an extended visit to another city

2:185 The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him ...
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Fasting the day of Mid-Sha'ban

While I've always known that fasting the day of Mid-Sha'ban is good and special, and tried to do so most times. Recently I've been told that there's nothing special about it! So to ask, is there ...
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Fasting Ramadan and sports

I run cross-country and play soccer, unfortunately our training and ramadan coincide heavily this year. Should I fast? or should I not fast on the days I have practice/meets/games? And what are the ...
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What is the purpose of having the concept of fasting in Islam?

In some other religions, believers have fast as a part of their ibadat. In the case of Islam, why do Muslims have fast? What is the purpose of fast from the perspective of Islam? Is it for learning to ...