The blessed month of Ramadan is around the corner and so are the myths surrounding it.
This article is intended to shed some light on a few very important concepts that are generally misunderstood by people.
1. One likely to lose weight during Ramadan :
Gaining weight? Ahh! No worries, Ramadan is coming, you’ll surely lose some kgs, that’s what you get to hear right? Well, let me tell you a fact –
Most of the people actually GAIN weight instead of losing it, odd isn’t it? Since you believed that Ramadan is a month of fasting and not eating.
The amount of food prepared an hour before Iftar is mind blowing, be it keeme ke samose, pakodas, ruafza or the very tasty fruit chaat! At Iftars, it actually seems like everyone out there is trying to make up for the meals they missed!
2. Ramadan is all about staying away from food and water:
Wait! You’re wrong there.
Ramadan is not merely about fasting, there is more to Ramdan.
Apart from fasting, one is supposed to offer extra namaz, recite the Qu’ran, pay Zakat, be kind to others and taraweeh, yes!! In this blessed month, our good deeds are doubled and the opportunities to draw close to Allah are magnified.
3. The misconception regarding one’s own saliva :
It is generally believed that swallowing one’s own saliva nullifies the fast.
No, swallowing one’s own saliva does not invalidates the fast as the saliva is produced through the natural process of one’s body. However, swallowing large amount of saliva intentionally for nourishment breaks the fast.
4. Muslim couples are not allowed to indulge in sexual intercourse for the entire month :
Sexual intercourse is HARAM during the day while fasting, but it is allowed in the night. Kissing, hugging or embracing each other does not invalidates the fast as long as there is no ejaculation because of these actions.
5. Muslims are not allowed to brush during the fast and this makes their breathe bad :
One is not allowed to use toothpaste during the fast, as one is likely to swallow it. However, it is advisable to use Siwaak, infact Siwaak is Sunaah and also helps the person do away with the bad breathe!
Also, one is allowed to gargle, and use the toothbrush (without the toothpaste) if he/she feels uncomfortable.
6. Muslims are required to fast regardless of their physical condition :
Not true. Islam is quite a liberal religion (Allhumdullaih)
As I have already mentioned in my previous article, fast is not obligatory on a person whose body cannot tolerate fasting, either due to old age or because of severe illness. Fasting is also not obligatory on the mensurating women (infact it is unlawful for them to fast). A pregnant women is allowed to escape fasts if she fears that it would harm her or her baby. The one who is travelling a distance of two or more walking days is allowed not to fast. The child is not obligated to fast (until he/she is 7 years). Fasting is also not obligatory on the insane person.
7. Fasts during Ramadan are the toughest kinds of fast :
Fasting is not a cakewalk, but it isn’t that difficult either. And it is really stupid of people to think the that month long Ramadan fasts are toughest of all. We’re allowed to break our fast after sunset and allowed to eat anything till suhur.
Ever came across Jain’s fasts? Jains take fasting to a whole new level. They fast continously for 3 days and sometimes even for a week, without even a piece of food or a glass of water. Infact, the Karvachauth fast is more tough than Ramadan fasts! RESPECT to all the Jains and ladies who undertake Karvachauths out there!
8. Medical treatment breaks the fast :
No, eye drops, ear drops, nose sprays, drilling of teeth, gargling, injections (with the exception of those used for nourishment), invoulntary vomiting and even sleeping does not invalidates the fast as long as one avoids swallowing any material that may reach the throat.
9. One is allowed to smoke, chew gum or drink plain water during the fast :
A big NO!!!!!! Any of these activities shall nullify the fast.