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Traveller breaking his Fast in Ramadaan by Shaykh Uthaymeen

July 26, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

May of the people travel in air-conditioned cars and comfort; however, they break their fast despite knowing that if they completed their fast they would not feel nor discern anything from tiredness or thirst if they complete their fast. Is their action permissible or not?

This action is permissible because Allaah سبحانه وتعالى says, {The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadaan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days} [AlBaqarah 2: 185] Allaah did not mention any (particular) condition for permitting the breaking of the fast during travel. The travel in and of itself is justification that permits breaking the fast – whether there occurs difficulty in it or not. That is why when the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم came to Makkah on the 20th of Ramadaan in the year of the conquest, as mentioned by the Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Katheer (May Allaah have mercy upon them), the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم  broke his fast for the remainder of those days during which he came to Makkah, i.e. the remaining days of the month (Ramadaan) even though he was in Makkah itself. So, in summary, there is in travel itself, that which permits the breaking of the fast, whether there occurs hardship or not.

Source: Ramadaan Newsletter


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