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Preference to Qadha fast or the fast of Ashuraa

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Nasihah (Advice): Sayyiduna Husain bin Ali (Radiyallahu) Anhu reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The beggar has a right even if he comes to you on a conveyance” (Musnad Ahmed)

The Hadith indicates that if someone has to ask you for something and you have the means to assist him, you should assist him even though he might not seem to be desperately in need.

However, at the same time, you should do it in such a manner whereby it does not encourage the person to beg further or make it a habit of begging.

NB. Many persons wearing Muslim garb appear at street intersections giving the impression that the Muslim community does not assist the needy Muslims. This also poses a security risk as well from the reports received. Kindly be advised that numerous welfare organisations in our country render services to destitute and needy persons of all faiths and therefore we should strictly refrain from encouraging this practice and rather refer them to organisations which have a screening procedure.

Question and Answer:
Q. I have qadaah fasts am I allowed to keep the Muharram fast or do I need to complete my outstanding fasts first

(Query published as received)

A. It is better for you to do the qadha fasts. You may do the qadha fast with the Muharram Aashura fasts. According to some Ulama you will receive the thawaab for both.

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee
(Isipingo Beach)

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