Wednesday, August 4, 2010
If you would like to brush on the fiqh of fasting, here is a link to The Code of Practice for Muslims in the West.
Imam al-Ridha(a.s) is reported as saying, “If one observes fasting on the last three days of Sha`ban and attach it to the obligatory fasting of Ramadan, Almighty Allah will reward him as if he has observed fasting for two consecutive months.”
THE SPECIAL NAWÃFIL OF RAMADHÃN
The special nawãfil (recommended or supererogatory prayers) for the month of Ramadhãn are to be recited as follows:
1st to 20th day ——> 20 raka‘ãt (2 rak‘at x 10) each night.
19th, 21st & 23rd —> 100 raka‘ãt (2 rak‘at x 50) each of the three eves.
21st to 30th ———> 30 raka‘ãt (2 rak‘at x 15) each of the ten nights.
The total numbers of the special nawãfil of Ramadhãn comes to 1000 rak‘ãt. However, it is important to note that these nawãfil prayers, from the Shí‘a Islamic perspective, cannot be said in congregational form (jamã‘at); it can only be said in individual form (furãda).