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Ruling on Those Who Do Hard Work During Ramadhaan by Shaykh Bin Baaz

July 26, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The basic principle is that it is obligatory for all adult Muslims to fast Ramadhaan, and to form the intention to fast from the night before. This bligation excludes those to whom the Lawgiver has granted a concession namely the sick, travelers and all who come under those headings.

Those who do hard work come under the heading of those who are obliged to fast and they are not like the sick or travelers. They have to form the intention to observe the fast of Ramadhaan from the night before, and to start the day fasting. If one of them is forced to break the fast during the day, then it is permissible for him to break the fast with enough to ward off any harm. He must refrain from eating and drinking for the rest of the day and he has to make up that fast at the proper time.

If there is no such necessity then it is obligatory to complete the fast. This is what is indicated by the shar`i evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and it is what is indicated by the words of the scholars of all madhhabs.

Those in positions of authority among the Muslims among whom are people who do hard work should examine their case when Ramadhaan comes, and if possible, they should not burden them with too much work that may force them to break the fast during the day in Ramadhaan. Rather they should have the work done at night or distribute work hours in a fair and just manner so that people may both work and fast.

Source: Albaseerah.org Ramadaan Newsletter

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