Observing Sawm on Monday and Thursday

Question: I heard knowledge seekers saying that it is not valid to combineobserving Sawm (Fast) on Monday and Thursday and the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijri month). Rather, one should observe Sawm of either one of them. Is this correct? If so, why?

Answer: What you heard regarding the invalidity of combining the Sawm of Monday and Thursday and the White Days is incorrect. It is Mustahab (desirable) to observe Sawm on these days because there are proofs urging the observation of their Sawm… read more here.

Observing Sawm on the White Days

Question: Is it permissible to observe Sawm (Fast) of the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijree month) on days other than their fixed days during the same month?

Answer: Upon arriving in Madeenah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to act like the People of the Book in matters where there was no revelation. Then, Allaah legislated for him to act differently from the way of the People of the Book… read more here.

Observing Sawm on the Days of Tashreeq

Question: What is the ruling on observing Sawm (Fast) on the Days of Tashreeq (11th, 12th, and 13th of Thul-Hijjah) for pilgrims and non-pilgrims? The thirteenth day of Thul-Hijjah is the last day of the Days of Tashreeq and the first day of the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijree month). Is it permissible for someone who habitually fasts the White Days to fast the Days of Tashreeq? I hope Your Eminence would give me a written Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) which I can distribute among those who ask about this matter.

Answer: It is forbidden by Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) to observe voluntary Sawm on the Days of Tashreeq, whether or not one is a pilgrim. As for non-pilgrims, Muslim related from Nubayshah Al-Hudhaly that he said… read more here.

A woman’s ignorance of the ruling on making up for the missed days of fasting, but after knowing, she started to fast the White Days

Question: My mother is about 65 years old. Since she started her monthly period until she reached menopause, she did not know the ruling on making up for missed days of fasting on which she had her monthly period and so on until she reached menopause. She has not made up her missed days of fasting. The average duration of her monthly period was four days. After she learnt that she must make up for her missed days of fasting approximately two years ago, she started to fast three days every month. Therefore, we ask Allaah (Exalted be He) first and then Your Eminence to give us a detailed answer to this question.

Answer: Your mother must make up for her missed days of fasting in Ramadaan starting from the time she reached puberty. In addition, she must also feed a Miskeen (a needy person) for each day she missed which she delayed from one Ramadaan to another if she is able to do this… read more here.

Ruling on bleeding outside the monthly period

Question: I am a young woman. My monthly period usually lasts for only five days. Once, it came before the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijri month), on which I usually observe fasting, all praise be to Allaah. I intended to observe fasting the first day of them, which coincided with the fifth and last day of my menstrual period, when I saw that the menstrual blood stopped. On that day, I proceeded with fasting until after Thuhr (Noon) Prayer, but I had to break the fasting because the menstrual blood resumed. On the second day of the White Days, I performed Ghusl (ritual bath) and intended to observe fasting. However, I noticed some bleeding, tending to be orange and sometimes red in color, still coming out. Yet, I did not break the fasting and continued it to the end of the day, putting my trust in Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). The discharge did not stain my clothes, and I performed Ghuslonce again and changed my clothes. Also, on this second day of the White Days, at the time for `Asr (Afternoon) Prayer, I went to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) and offer the two Rak`ahs (units of Prayer) of Wudoo’ only to find the bleeding had once again resumed and it was brown in colour. This time, it stained my clothes. I performed Ghusl once again and continued fasting the rest of the day. What is the ruling on fasting this day? Is it invalid?

Answer: Your Sawm is valid because your usual period of menstruation was over, and the bleeding mentioned above is not judged as menstruation… read more here.

Not making up for missed days of Sawm till death

Question: My grandmother died while still had to make up for some missed days of Sawm (Fast) in Ramadaan. However, she did not know exactly how many days she missed. She would break Sawm when she was menstruating, during her postpartum period, or when she was extremely tired. But, she did not make up for these missed days out of ignorance. By the time, she had learned the rulings of the Sawm she was already very old and unable to observe Sawm. She died (may Allaah have mercy on her) while still did not make up for these missed days. My mother does not know how many days her mother did not observe Sawm. Will it benefit my grandmother and make up for her missed days of Sawm that my mother observes Sawm on her behalf during the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijri month), along with Mondays and Thursdays, with the intention to dedicate the reward to her mother? Or will it benefit her if my mother makes an estimation of these days and offers Kaffaarah (expiation) for them along with observing Sawm?

Answer: If you are most certain that your grandmother did not make up for her missed Sawm, andshe told you so when she became old, then it is permissible for you to observe Sawm on her behalf with the intention of making up for her missed days of Sawm… read more here.