Posts tagged ‘fatwa’

August 8th, 2011

Fasting during Ramadan, Muslims and a Skyscraper

Muslims’ month long fast enters the second week. I wrote last week to show how God Almighty did not institute it. You can read my article, which utilizes the Qur’an to arrive at its conclusion, HERE. I discussed how the Qur’an envisaged the Muslim fast to go strictly according to the position of the sun.

Some Muslims have protested. One of them claims in places like Barrow, Alaska, where the sun rarely sets or rises during certain summer or winter months, a Muslim in “Alaska follows Vancouver or Seattle.” He totally dismissed the Qur’an, which clearly shows the position of the sun should determine fasting in Islam. Then came this bombshell out of Dubai where a prominent Muslim cleric issues a fatwa requiring certain residents of Burj Khalifa—the tallest skyscraper in the world—to wait longer to break their fast than the rest of Muslims in Dubai.

Gulf News reports:

Dubai: Muslims residing above the 80th floor in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa must delay their iftar meal during Ramadan by two to three minutes as they see the sunset later, according to the Dubai Islamic Affairs Department.

Those residents should also start their daily fasting two minutes earlier on the grounds that dawn descends on them before those living on lower levels, the Department said in a Fatwa (edict).

“Residents in Burj Khalifa should observe varied timings for iftar, sunset and dawn prayers depending on the level where live,” the paper said, quoting Ahmad Abdul Aziz Al Haddad, head of the Fatwa division at the department.

He said Muslims living on the 80-150 floors in the tower, the world’s tallest structure, should delay their iftar meal by two minutes while those on the 151-160 floors should break their fasting three minutes late.

“Residents on 80-150 floors should also perform evening and night prayers two minutes late and dawn prayers two minutes earlier while those above the 150th level should delay their evening and night prayers by three minutes and bring forward dawn prayers by three minutes,” he said.

“This difference in timing on the 160-storey building is because sun sets later for residents on top floors while these residents are the first to see the sun at dawn.”

I wrote last week about the Qur’an stating that the sun sets “in a spring of murky water.” It tells a story of a man who traveled on a road and “reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of murky water.” Prophet Muhammad invented the fast during the month of Ramadhan. If Muhammad didn’t invent it, then the “God” in the Qur’an—contrary to all his attributes in the Qur’an—was limited to seeing the sun “going down” into the horizon, hence instituted the fast according to his limited knowledge.

The fatwa in Dubai is another proof the Muslim fast is according to the sun; further proving someone fallible instituted it.

Please pray for Muslims. May the Lord show them His Light so that they break free!

August 23rd, 2010

All-Knowing Allah and the Fast during Ramadhan

The Qur’an claims to be true and clear. It came from the all-knowing Allah and it contains instructions on Muslim practices, among others, fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan. If Allah’s message is clear and true, should there be room for confusion among Muslims? Let us see. Allah said in Suratul Al-Baqara, 2:183—185, 187:

Verse 183: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,-

Verse 184: (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.

Verse 185: Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

Verse 187: Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah Hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast Till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint.

I asked a Muslim how the all-knowing Allah gave a decree to fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadhan while it was and is still the case in some parts of the world the sun does not rise and set during certain winter and summer months respectively? I gave him an example of Muslims in Barrow, Alaska, who cannot observe the fast right now because the sun sets and rises before they can break the fast, pray and eat iftar (the evening meal after maghrib prayer), then the sun rises again, and does not set for another 22.5 hours. Since the Qur’an and also Prophet Muhammad claims in the Hadith Allah is all knowing and almighty, if he actually knew places like Alaska when he decreed fast during Ramadhan.

Omar likes to discuss Islam with Christians. Here is his response:

You are like 30-40 for god’s sake and you still act like a child. If your wife read the things you said, she would have divorced you for being soooooo stupid about common knowledge [sic]. PEOPLE IN ALASKA HAVE TV’s AND CALENDARS.

Omar seems oblivious to the fact austere Islam bans television. Al-Shabaab in Somalia and Taliban in Afghanistan are prime examples. Why should Muslims turn to TVs and calendars for help when Allah clearly determined that during Ramadhan the day should be for FAST and the night for FEAST? Modern Muslim scholars have issued fatwa that allows Muslims in places like Barrow, Alaska, to observe Ramadhan according to the time in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Why was this necessary when Allah’s message, the Qur’an, claims to be CLEAR and TRUE? Was he even God who should have known His creation?