The Obligation Of Fasting
a) The time for fasting is from the rising of the second dawn until the setting of the sun.
b) Fasting is: abstention from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse by day with the intention.

The Intention
The fasting is valid with an intention from the night, but if one did not intend until the morning, the intention suffices him between [dawn] and {the middle of the day}.

1. Things which invalidates fasting and requires full recompense
1.1 If someone intentionally does one of the following without any valid excuse(see 6 below)
a) Does not fast at all
b) Breaks fast by eating, drinking and sexual activities
c) Assuming that cupping has broken ones fast thus quit fasting for the day.

1.2 Expiation for the above is to
a) Fast unceasingly for two months (60 days), if one breaks fats during this one has to start a new.
b) If unable to do so, it is to feed 60 needy persons two full meals
c) If unable to do so, it is to free one slave.

1.3 Things that break fast and requires one to fast similar numbers of days in recompense
a) If something is entered into the body during the hours when one is supposed to fast, irrelevant of how it entered into the body.(see 5)

* To eat something which is not food such as stone particle or smoking anything.
* When water enters stomach while gargling
* When one is fed by force even when one is sleeping or unconscious
* Inject medicine, place them on wounds which eventually gets in.
* Eating by mistake thinking it is still night or iftar time is due while it is not.
* Involuntary full mouth vomiting and subsequent swallowing of it or part of it.
* When one is force into sexual intercourse or when one is sleeping or unconscious

b) Fasting without intention
c) Breaking (iftar) fast without the intention of doing so.
d) Lustful kissing of ones spouse
e) Emission of semen due to touching, kissing, masturbation.
f) Intentional vomiting.

2. Offensive acts during fasting
* Backbiting, slander
* To lie or deceive
* To use abusive language
* Not having iftar
* Taste a food without swallowing it, using toothpaste.
* Gargling water due to thirsts or hot weather.
* Wrapping oneself with wet clothes.
* Throwing up intentionally
* Weakening the body (e.g. strenuous sport)
* Gathering saliva and swallowing it;

3. Days when fasting is forbidden
* Day of Eid al Fitr (Eid of Ramadan)
* During Eid al ADHa 10, 11, 12 and 13 of month of Dhul Hijjah

4. Events when it is allowed to break the fast and fast later the similar number of days
* If fasting aggravates health-condition
* Snake biting
* Thirsts due to newly developed disease
* Genuine danger for a pregnant mother, or for her fetus.
* Genuine fear for the life of a suckling infant
* Reason to fear death
* Menstruation
* If one is a traveler

5. Things that do not break fast
a) Those things which would otherwise break fast does not do so when one is unaware of the fact that one is fasting(complete forgetfulness of fasting).
b) Entrance of insects (i.e mosquitos), smoke and dust from natural environment does not break fast.
c) Wet dream, swallowing ones own saliva when still in the mouth, smearing oil, ointment on unwounded body do not break fast. or used antimony [in his eyes],
d) If one is overcome by vomiting, his fast is not broken.

6. Etiquettes and desirable practices
* Preparing for the month.
* Bringing to mind the bounty of Allah.
* Purifying one’s intention
* Pre-dawn meal (suhur) as late as safely possible.
* Not unnecessarily delaying the breakingof the fast.
* Performing salat al-Maghrib soon after breaking the fast, then returning to eat.
* Making du’a at the time of breaking the fast.
* Enabling others to break their fasts.
* Abstaining from all forbidden deeds.
* Maintaining a pleasant disposition.
* Abundant reciting of the Qur’an.
* Abundant charity.
* Performing tarawih prayers.

7. Miscellaneous
a) The intention of fasting can be made as late as just before noon, if one forgets to do so during the previous night. If one passes noon without making the intention ones fasting is invalid.( 1.3b)
b) One should eat before the day breaks even when one is not hungry.
c) For a woman whenever during the day menstruation stops she should be observing fasting even though it is not a fast for her. She should fast if it happens just before morning and did not have enough time to take shower and eat.
d) If a woman menstruates, she stops fasting and makes up [fasting for the days of menstruation].
e) Someone who lost consciousness in Ramadan does not make up the day on which the loss of consciousness occurred, but he makes up that which came after it.
f) If a traveller arrives, or a [menstruating] woman attains purity with part of the day [remaining], they abstain [from those things which invalidate fasting] for the rest of that day.

May Allah keep us on the Straight Path. Aameen