Fatwa: # 39837
Category: Fasting (Sawm)
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 28th May 2019


Complaining About Fasting


when ramadhan comes around i use to say there going to be hard to keep this year. i also said there going to disrupt my routine and i find them hard to keep. does this take me into the fold of kufr?

if so what do i need to do? i keep the fasts every year but i just say things like i find them hard and they disrupt my eating schedule.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to look forward to Ramadan two months before Ramadan.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would make the following du‘a:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي رَجَبٍ وَشَعْبَانَ وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَانَ

“O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha‘ban and allow us to reach Ramadan.” (Majma‘ al-Zawa’id, 4774)

Ramadan comes with a lot of blessings. Consider the following:

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم‏ أَتَاكُمْ رَمَضَانُ شَهْرٌ مُبَارَكٌ فَرَضَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ عَلَيْكُمْ صِيَامَهُ تُفْتَحُ فِيهِ أَبْوَابُ السَّمَاءِ وَتُغْلَقُ فِيهِ أَبْوَابُ الْجَحِيمِ وَتُغَلُّ فِيهِ مَرَدَةُ الشَّيَاطِينِ لِلَّهِ فِيهِ لَيْلَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ مَنْ حُرِمَ خَيْرَهَا فَقَدْ حُرِمَ‏.‏

Abu Hurayra (radhiallahu ‘anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Ramadan has come to you, a blessed month in which Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, has commanded you to fast. In it the gates of Heaven are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained. In it is night better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” (Nasai, 2106)

Ramadan is a means of gaining forgiveness for our sins.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ‏‏.‏

Abu Hurayra (radhiallahu ‘anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “If anyone fasts the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari, 38)

Ramadan is means of seeking salvation from the Fire of Jahannam.

عَنْ جَابِرٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِنَّ لِلَّهِ عِنْدَ كُلِّ فِطْرٍ عُتَقَاءَ وَذَلِكَ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةٍ.

Jabir (radhiallahu ‘anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “At every breaking of the fast Allah has people whom He frees (from the Fire), and that happens every night.” (Ibn Majah, 1643)

Your statements are factual. Ramadan does disrupt one’s routine and it is difficult. [1] However, the sacrifice for that is greatly rewarded. A believer should look forward to make investments for the hereafter. 

For more about Ramadan, refer to Fatwa #21272

And Allah Ta‘ālā Knows Best.

Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



الفتاوى الهندية (١٧/١٩٣) 

وَلَوْ قَالَ لَيْتَ صَوْمَ رَمَضَانَ لَمْ يَكُنْ فَرْضًا فَقَدْ اخْتَلَفَ الْمَشَايِخُ فِي كُفْرِهِ، وَالصَّوَابُ مَا نُقِلَ عَنْ الشَّيْخِ الْإِمَامِ أَبِي بَكْرٍ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ الْفَضْلِ رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى إنَّ هَذَا عَلَى نِيَّتِهِ إنْ نَوَى أَنَّهُ قَالَ ذَلِكَ مِنْ أَجْلِ أَنْ لَا يُمْكِنَهُ أَدَاءُ حُقُوقِهِ لَا يَكْفُرُ، وَلَوْ قَالَ عِنْدَ مَجِيءِ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ: آمد آن ماه كر، إنْ قَالَ جَاءَ الضَّيْفُ الثَّقِيلُ يَكْفُرُ، إذَا قَالَ عِنْدَ دُخُولِ رَجَبٍ: بِعِقَابِهَا اندر افتاديم إنْ قَالَ ذَلِكَ تَهَاوُنًا بِالشُّهُورِ الْمُفَضَّلَةِ يَكْفُرُ، وَإِنْ أَرَادَ بِهِ التَّعَبَ لِنَفْسِهِ لَا يَكْفُرُ، وَيَنْبَغِي أَنْ يَكُونَ الْجَوَابُ فِي الْمَسْأَلَةِ الْأُولَى عَلَى هَذَا الْوَجْهِ .

رَجُلٌ قَالَ: روزه مَاهَ رَمَضَان زود بكرايد فَقَدْ قِيلَ إنَّهُ يَكْفُرُ، وَقَالَ الْحَاكِمُ عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ لَا يَكْفُرُ، وَلَوْ قَالَ: جندازين روزه كه مرادل بكرفت فَهَذَا كُفْرٌ، وَلَوْ قَالَ: هَذِهِ الطَّاعَاتُ جَعَلَهَا اللَّهُ عَذَابًا عَلَيْنَا إنْ تَأَوَّلَ ذَلِكَ لَا يَكْفُرُ، وَكَذَا لَوْ قَالَ: لَوْ لَمْ يَفْرِضْ اللَّهُ هَذِهِ الطَّاعَاتِ كَانَ خَيْرًا لَنَا لَا يَكْفُرُ إنْ تَأَوَّلَ ذَلِكَ كَذَا فِي الْمُحِيطِ.

مجمع الأنهر في شرح ملتقى الأبحر (١/٦٩٤) 

وَلَوْ تَمَنَّى أَنْ لَا يُفْرَضَ رَمَضَانُ فَالصَّوَابُ أَنَّهُ عَلَى نِيَّتِهِ ... قَالَ عِنْدَ دُخُولِ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ جَاءَ الشَّهْرُ الثَّقِيلُ أَوْ الضَّيْفُ الثَّقِيلُ أَوْ قَالَ عِنْدَ دُخُولِ رَجَبٍ بِفِتَنِهَا " أندر افتاديم " إنْ قَالَ تَهَاوُنًا كَفَرَ وَإِنْ قَالَ لِضَعْفِهِ وَجُوعِهِ لَا يَكْفُرْ

البحر الرائق شرح كنز الدقائق ومنحة الخالق وتكملة الطوري (٥/١٣٢)

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