Can i postpone the fasting till the weather becomes less hot, i mean can i fast in october ??

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al hamdoulilah still we have people write islamic topics especially nowadays people are taken by silly topics, am so glad to read and to ask you the following questions: see i said if my husband works i wl fast one week, then he starts work al hamdoulilah and i moved to a new job i wake up early morning to go to dubai, i always feel tired i cant fast because of the hot weather and the tiredness.

please tell me can i postpone the fasting till the weather becomes less hot, i mean can i fast in october ??

 

Please advise

thanks

 

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Fulfill vow of fast

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Question: see i said if my husband works i wl fast one week, then he starts work al hamdoulilah and i moved to a new job i wake up early morning to go to dubai, i always feel tired i cant fast because of the hot weather and the tiredness. please tell me can i postpone the fasting till the weather becomes less hot, i mean can i fast in october ??

The ‘promise’ that you have made with Allah that ‘if so and so thing is done I will do so and so…’ is what is known as a ‘nadhar’ (vow) in Fiqh or Jurisprudence terminology.   The Messenger of Allah (saws) discouraged the believers from making such ‘nadhar’ or vows, for the truth is that the vow itself has absolutely no bearing on what has already been Decreed and Determined by Allah Subhanah! 

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.685         Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "Allah says, 'The ‘nadhar’ (vow) does not bring about for the son of Adam anything I have not decreed for him, but his ‘nadhar’ (vow) may coincide with what has been decided for him, and by this way I cause a miser to spend of his wealth. So he gives Me (spends in charity) for the fulfillment of what has been Decreed for him what he would not give Me before but for his vow!"

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.683         Narrated by Said bin Al Harith

that he heard Ibn 'Umar saying, "Weren't people forbidden to make ‘nadhar’ (vows)?" The Prophet (saws) said, 'A ‘nadhar’ (vow) neither hastens nor delays anything, but by the making of vows, some of the wealth of a miser is taken out."

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.684         Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

The Prophet discouraged the making of ‘nadhar’ (vows) and said, "It (a vow) does not prevent anything (that has to take place), but (through the vow) the property of a miser is spent (taken out) with it."

 

Some people have a habit that they are reluctant to do a good deed or spend some of their wealth in the Cause of Allah, without putting a condition with their Lord that only if He gives him such and such, only then will he do such and such good deed!  The truth is that these conditions do not help in expediting or bringing about what their heart desires, for only that will happen what has been already Decreed and Determined by Allah Subhanah!

 

A better way than making a ‘nadhar’ or vow, is to do whatever good deeds one wills and beg and implore their Lord in all humility and hope to bestow upon them whatever their hearts desires.

 

Having said that making a ‘nadhar’ or a vow is discouraged in Islam and one should not make conditions with their Lord in their supplications, Allah Subhanah in His Glorious Quran has appreciated and praised those believers who fulfill their ‘nazars’ or vows that they have made with their Lord!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 76 Surah Dhahr verses 5-12:

5        As to the Righteous they shall drink of a Cup (of Wine) mixed with Kafur

6        A Fountain where the Devotees of Allah do drink, making it flow in unstinted abundance.

7        They perform (or fulfill their) ‘nazar’ (vows) and they fear a Day whose evil flies far and wide.

8        And they feed for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan, and the captive

9        (saying): "We feed you for the sake of Allah alone: No reward do we desire from you nor thanks.

10      We only fear a Day of distressful Wrath from the side of our Lord."

11      But Allah will deliver them from the evil of that Day and will shed over them a light of Beauty and a (Blissful) Joy.

12      And because they were patient and constant, He will reward them with a Garden and (garments of) silk.

 

If one has already made a vow to fast or spend in charity or do a good deed with Lord when their heart’s desire is fulfilled, then it would be best for the person to now fulfill their vow; it is expected that they will have their full reward with their Lord for keeping their promises made unto Him. 

 

But in the future, abstain from putting conditions or making a ‘nadhar’ or vow with the Lord when you desire a thing….but rather remain constant in doing good deeds and whenever your heart desires anything, implore and beg your Lord in supplications with absolute and total awe, humility, and hope….for the Lord responds to each and every supplication made by believing slaves.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 186:

And if  My servants ask you,  O Prophet, concerning Me,  tell them that I am quite near to them.   I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant,  when he calls on Me.  So let them respond to My call and believe in Me.  (Convey this to them),  perhaps they may be guided aright!

 

Your Question: please tell me can i postpone the fasting till the weather becomes less hot, i mean can i fast in October ??

Dear and beloved sister, since you have vowed or made a ‘nadhar’ unto your Lord to observe voluntary fasts for a week, it would only be piety and righteousness on your part to fulfill the vow you have made unto your Lord.

 

If you had not stipulated the exact time or week when you will fast in your vow, then you are at liberty to fast any week which is convenient or easy for you.  If you wish to delay fulfilling your vow for a couple of months till the weather improves, there is absolutely no harm….what is absolutely important is that you fulfill your vow before you meet with your appointment of death.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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