Force Ourselves to Fast in Ramadan ~ Hi all! In this article I will present a case. For example, now is the month of Ramadan. That is, now we are required to fast. But, for example, now we are sick or traveling. The question is, can we force ourselves to fast?
All readers! Before I answer the question above, I will present a few verses of Quran and some of the hadith that are related to our discussion.
Quran and Hadith
فَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ مَا ٱسۡتَطَعۡتُمۡ وَٱسۡمَعُواْ وَأَطِيعُواْ وَأَنفِقُواْ خَيۡرٗا لِّأَنفُسِكُمۡۗ وَمَن يُوقَ شُحَّ نَفۡسِهِۦ فَأُوْلَٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡلِحُونَ ١٦
Therefore, be careful of (your duty to) Allah as much as you can, and hear and obey and spend, it is better for your souls; and whoever is saved from the greediness of his soul, these it is that are the successful. (At-Taghaabun ; 16).
لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَاۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡهَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَاۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرٗا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَاۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦۖ وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَىٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡكَٰفِرِينَ ٢٨٦
Allah does not impose upon any soul a duty but to the extent of its ability; for it is (the benefit of) what it has earned and upon it (the evil of) what it has wrought: Our Lord! do not punish us if we forget or make a mistake; Our Lord! do not lay on us a burden as Thou didst lay on those before us, Our Lord do not impose upon us that which we have not the strength to bear; and pardon us and grant us protection and have mercy on us, Thou art our Patron, so help us against the unbelieving people. (Al-Baqarah ; 286).
شَهۡرُ رَمَضَانَ ٱلَّذِيٓ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانُ هُدٗى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَٰتٖ مِّنَ ٱلۡهُدَىٰ وَٱلۡفُرۡقَانِۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ ٱلشَّهۡرَ فَلۡيَصُمۡهُۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوۡ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٖ فَعِدَّةٞ مِّنۡ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَۗ يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ بِكُمُ ٱلۡيُسۡرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ ٱلۡعُسۡرَ وَلِتُكۡمِلُواْ ٱلۡعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ ٱللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَىٰكُمۡ وَلَعَلَّكُمۡ تَشۡكُرُونَ ١٨٥
The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction; therefore whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or upon a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days; Allah desires ease for you, and He does not desire for you difficulty, and (He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for His having guided you and that you may give thanks. (Al-Baqarah ; 185).
As for some of the hadiths that I mean are as follows;
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ , قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِنَّ الدِّيْنَ يُسْرٌ
From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Surely this religion is easy.”
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا , عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ : يَسِّرُوْا وَلَاتُعَسِّرُوْا
From Aisha radliyallahu anha, from the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi sa wasallam, that he said,” Make it easy and don’t make it difficult for you!”
قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : دَعُوْنِيْ مَا تَرَكْتُكُمْ : فَإِنَّمَا هَلَكَ مَنْ كَانَ قَبْلَكُمْ بِكَثْرَةِ سُؤَالِهِمْ وَاخْتِلَافِهِمْ عَلَى أَنْبِيَائِهِمْ , فَإِذَا أَمَرْتُكُمْ بِشَيْئٍ فَأْتُوْا مِنْهُ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ , وَإِذَا نَهَيْتُكُمْ عَنْ شَيْئٍ فَاجْتَنِبُوْاهُ
The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Leave me to what I have left to you. Indeed, the people before you perished because they often asked and opposed their Prophets. If I order you to do something then do it as best you can. If I forbid you from doing something, leave it.”
All readers! If we observe a number of verses of Quran and some of the hadiths above, we know that we must not force ourselves to fast if the condition of our body does not allow it. In other words, there is no compulsion in carrying out this obligation of fasting. Besides that, what I need to say here is that tolerance like that also relates to all obligations in Islam. Islam is very concerned about one’s ability to carry out their obligations.
That’s a brief explanation about force ourselves to fast in Ramadan. Do you understand? The problem is simple and the information that I have explained is also clear. So, I hope you understand.
I think that is enough for this article about force ourselves to fast in Ramadan. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!