Since when does my fasting or not fasting jeopardise someone else’s imaan?

Published: June 5, 2016
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Those not fasting should not be seen as potential preys to hound, victimise, judge and humiliate. PHOTO: GOOGLE

My grandmother used to call it Ramazan Shareef. There was no discussion, debate or argument over its pronunciation. The month would come in its usual cycle without much fuss or ado. Television channels wouldn’t go bonkers except for some increased airtime for naats and religious discussions that were never heavily advertised. People wouldn’t wear cloaks all across.

If someone in the house didn’t fast, others wouldn’t raise their eyebrows. The non-fasting family members would comfortably go on with usual daily meals without being given guilt trips.

There were simpler, not-so-extravagant iftar dinners where family members would get together without any pressure on anyone to pray in the neighbourhood mosque or have a congregation at home. Some would essentially get up to pray and others chose to skip without any questions asked. Meals were simpler and the trend of five-star iftars and sehris was non-existent.

There was no concept of ‘dars’ in every second street of the neighbourhood where men in jubba o dastar or women in niqaab would hold the fort issuing decrees and giving a roadmap to becoming a ‘good Muslim’ according to their specific versions of Islam.

Taraweehs were not made mandatory as mosques and only mosques would have them without fanfare. There was no three-day, 10-day, 15-day taraweeh at every other large mansion acquired by unknown (many times dubious) means. There were roza kushais for children fasting for the first time. These were simple ceremonies and, whether it was roza kushai or just an iftaar party, it was considered okay for men and women to sit together. I never heard the term “mixed gathering” while growing up. Love, respect for each other and compassion ruled. Religiosity took a backseat.

Those were simpler, calmer days. I don’t remember anyone asking me if I was praying or fasting. No one was bothered. If I wanted to, I did. When I didn’t feel up to it, I wouldn’t. No guilt, no shame, no remorse, no questioning. I never felt odd eating food during Ramazan as it never occurred to me that I’d be judged for it. Now I have to hide myself from the questioning eyes that are always asking that dreading question: Are you fasting? What if I am and what if I am not? Why would it matter to anyone else? Why would my eating or drinking jeopardise someone’s imaan for which I must be reprimanded and punished? My life choices are my own and I reserve the right to make my choices and live the way I choose to.

Sadly speaking, it is a changed story now. The sacred month has become exceedingly commercial. All religiosity associated with it looks pretentious to say the least. There is no soul and no spirit. Only the form is left and that too is becoming disfigured by the day. Ramazan, as I grew up observing all around, has gone into oblivion.

To fast or not to fast is essentially a matter of personal choice and should remain so. The month with all its reverence deserves enough respect to be kept away from corporatisation and commercialisation. Those not fasting should not be seen as potential preys to hound, victimise, judge and humiliate. It is yet another month and if anyone feels the need to increase his/her prayers, they should do it quietly without broadcasting and spending all available resources in preaching or forcing religion. Others may have their own priorities, own stories and own challenges.

Let the spirit of insaaniyat (humanity) and Ramazan Shareef return. Let’s vow to not become a nuisance to others for one full month.

Junaid Zuberi

Junaid Zuberi

The author lives and works in Toronto. He is a business graduate and a music enthusiast. He is also the founder of Sur Sangum, a forum that brings artists and enthusiasts on one platform .He tweets as @jwzubery (twitter.com/jwzubery)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Abubakar

    Dear Brother Fasting is not a choice ….Recommend

  • Sonya

    I look completely okay and healthy but I cannot fast due to an underlying problem. I don’t wish to tell the world about it because I know they will not understand, but the constant pestering comments from people causes me more anxiety and makes me feel extremely bad about myself. “Are you fasting? No? Why! You’re in your 20s and you don’t fast! This is not good at all”Recommend

  • vinsin

    Argument only valid in a secular society not in an Islamic State. People those who can fast but not-fasting should be killed.Recommend

  • Imran

    Brother it is very simple. If your brother do not obey your mother would you not ask him to do so? If your brother reply that it is my choice then how would you react? Allah love us 70 times more then our mother and we Muslims are brothers so why not one have right to ask other to obey Allah? Best friend is one who tells you about your mistakes not the one who kept quiet and let you go away. You must be thank full that you belong to a religion where people take care of each other like brothers and sisters. And your guilt and shame proof that you have Imaan. May Allah help you to be the one who lead in His obedience.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Wrong. No one should have any business asking others if they are fasting or not. Its an ibadat, a very personal matter between that individual and God. A lot of people are exempt from fasting like various chronic diseases, certain women conditions, travelers. They are not supposed to justify their eating to everyone who decides to become a thanedar for them.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Its between man and God and only God can ask him on the day of judgement. No man can become another man’s thanedar regarding ibadat.Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/Life4Pakistan Pakistani

    no one will give a damn if you are fasting or not bro… but you have to respect others fasting in ramazan.
    if you dont wanna keep fast and want to go out flaunting it in everyone’s face…Recommend

  • Mahboob

    @Vinsin……….so killing a fellow innocent human is less heinous a crime then not fasting?
    What a warped and anti human view. It’s people like you who give Islam a bad name, and that is why it is hated in the west and non-Muslim world.Recommend

  • S.O

    Wrong. It is duty of a Muslim to enjoin good and forbid wrong. Reminding fellow brother about why it is important to fast is not wrong. Why do you need to hide if you are not fasting with out any reason? coz you know what you are doing is not right. Of course the person reminding should NOT embarrass the person. If you cannot fast due to health reason, you should consult Mufti on how the fardh of fasting can be fulfilled through other means. But doing what ever you “feel” is right in Islam makes you “thanedar”. Sorry bro, but there is guidance for everything and no place to “do as you feel” in Islam.Recommend

  • AAMIR

    Today in islamic society thanedari and name calling is the main function of people ,they act like moral police ,the root cause why organisations like isis taliban emerge there heads.Aaree bhai who are u to tell people what to do or what not to ,mind ur own buisness but not , poeple want to poke there nose in anything and every thing.Remember by force u can make the person what u want him to do but Allah do not want any robotic deed he want person who is willing to do that.Recommend

  • Awais

    Yes no body should be judgmental
    about you or any other who does not fast, but In the same fashion as you dont
    want to be asked to fast or to not fast, you are no one to object, contradict
    and raise eyebrows what others do and do-not do things when the fast and do
    other Islamic rituals in Ramzan. Likewise no one should proclaim out loud that
    he or she is fasting but the one who is not, respect at least is expected as
    there is no atomic science in understanding the fact that when one will drink
    cold water in front of one observing fast in 47 C, his/her desire for the same
    will develop yet I am sure their Imaan will rise accordingly. So desire of a
    man for true ramzan essence as he do not do fast himself just do not feel
    right.

    I do not feel any harm when commercial TV channels can earn via broadcasting
    naat and hamad in ramzan instead of half-naked songs and other stuff.

    So my dear writer when you want else
    to respect your choice of life you should do it on even greater level.Recommend

  • Awais

    Respect your stance but our God has a name “Allah”, I would recommend dont try to be a specialist in a matter in which you are not and specially when your words will only be taken for granted.Recommend

  • Humanoids

    Imran stop comparing apples and oranges. read the article again. No one has a right to ask this question “Are you fasting?” The alarming increase in this mantra is nothing more than “feeling good” and “more muslim” than you. The very notion that Islam stood against. Do not play God!Recommend

  • abc

    Senseless. You want to write about commercialism, then you started discussing whether fasting is choice or not.
    One word: Do write hundreds of blogs over this but Islam is not going to change on your secular terms.Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    so you are basically just trying to say you are better than everyone else, just like everyone else in this backward country. BRAVO.Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    we Muslims, its our DUTY to show guidance to lost souls like yourself and if someone has drifted away from the path, we must help them instead of being all secular and sh** and applying white people tactics of ‘ i wont judge ‘ and ‘ each to their own ‘ kind of nonsense.Recommend

  • Arman Zain

    Religion is personal matter that is western notion not Islamic. In Islam we are responsible for our Muslim brother actions. For reference read Surah Asr (chapter 103).
    Muslims are ones who do good deeds and ask other to do good, that is definition of Muslim. So if one your brother is not fasting or praying it is obligatory upon you to ask him and advice him to practice Islam.Recommend

  • Keyboard Soldier

    Exactly. Arabic Islam does not allow debate when it comes to commandments.

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  • Waseem Ahmed Qureshi

    Fasting is a personal matter and also compulsory, people have no business asking are you fasting? one should no be publishing the deed between the Almighty and him, also if one is not fasting he should not be ridiculed as again it between Allah and him. one thing more I have seen people to object on non believers if they see them eat and tell them that they should not eat in front of a rozadar. ironically fasting to to train yourself to restrain.Recommend

  • Zeeshan

    Ramadhan is a communal celebration in Pakistan. Just like Eid. So why are you not participating in it? And, why are you not fasting? In what neighborhood in Pakistan that not fasting is acceptable? In DHAs? In Cliftons?

    What prevent you from fasting?Do you call for the banning of New Year celebration because it destroys the peace for millions more who don’t care about that day?

    Fast. Simple. Restrain yourself from food and water. And, restrain from committing other sin you typically commit.

    Ramadhan Mubarak.Recommend

  • Zeeshan

    So, if you believe in God, why are you not fasting?Recommend

  • Zeeshan

    An ibadat is taught and delivered to children and citizen because it is seen as a crucial link between God and humans. Not fasting for religiously sanctioned reasons are different than playing I-am-a-liberal-card. In Pakistan, we believe that you need to fast – however, we only punish you when you eat in public places.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    Good point, then go on fasting Sir without giving lectures to others what they should or should’nt do. The month of Ramazan is for muslims a period of meditation to seek spirtual nearness to their creator and to avoid the influence of the Evil and satanic tendencies. One tries not to commit a sin, nor lies or be unkind to fellow humans and submits to no one else but the Creator. How one exercises this opportunity it is upto each individual.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Arrogance is a disease

    Sorry Sir, don’t talk on exceptions(A lot of people are exempt from fasting….) Exception proves the rule. We must and should advise others to fast. Below is the proof.

    “And this worldly life is not but diversion and amusement. And indeed, the home of the Hereafter – that is the [eternal] life, if only they knew.” Surah Ankabut Ayah # 64

    “By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and “ADVISED EACH OTHER to TRUTH and ADVICED EACH OTHER to PATIENCE” Surah Al Asr.

    Sir please back your argument with solid proof.
    Thanks!
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  • Xyz

    Sure fasting is not a choice but lying is a choice, violence is a choice, mocking people different than us is a choice.
    As human beings shouldn’t we get our priorities right. We get so hyper about these ritualistic expressions of religion but where God really matters we don’t give two hoots about it.Recommend

  • Muhammad Waqas Babar

    Feeling Sad and sorry for the author’s thought…may Allah SWT Guide him and all others supporting his opinion on the right and Pious path…Ameen…ya Rab
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  • Al Karim

    I thought that ours was a religion of peace! Or is ‘killing’ a Pakistani thing? I hate such extremists picking up a sword at the drop of a hat. Recommend

  • Yep_i_am_a_molvi

    And God has atleast enjoined fellow brothers to suggest, not pester, you to keep them. If you do believe, then you believe completely. Leaving a Ramazan fast is a greater sin than leaving a single prayer. So please, either accept Islam or don’t accept it at all. That is the choice. No go-betweens and no a-la-carte choice of what you follow and what you dont. I am apalled at why mainstream media is promoting such nonsense. Recommend

  • Parvez

    Today the emphasis is on religiosity …….. humane behavior, common decency, respect for others, good values taught by all religions , all have been relegated to the back seat. In Pakistan especially, the importance of form over substance has become very apparent……to the detriment of both society and religion.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Dear brother, and who are you to stick your nose into others personal decisions?Recommend

  • numbersnumbers

    Would wonder why, with all the guilt and shame around, Pakistani Muslims can’t wait to avoid paying taxes, scam government programs, marry off underage children, engage in honour killings, lie cheat and steal to get ahead, set up fake businesses, etc etc?Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Its depend on one’s upbringing and its resistance. This month is the month of fasting so in Islamic society like Pakistan it should without being sorry for it. May be not for Torontonians so why whine on A Pakistani E paper???Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    Calm down .. Calm down Mr Abbreviation..The writer is saying ” Others may have their own priorities, own stories and own challenges.” not to fast and do breakfast on time. But as he lives in Toronto so it implies to western. In Pakistan however things are better as they care about this month.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    ohhh liberals and their stupid arguments. Grow up & get over with. Ppl have the FREEDOM to ask anything. It could be questioning if God exists or why someone is NOT fasting. IT’S CALLED FREEDOM.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    Completely ignoring tons of Ayats about Amar bil Maroof wa Nahi anil munkir. ohhhh liberals!!!! if only you would have understood Quran.Recommend

  • Rao

    Well we are living in society where we have to explain even if we get failed in exams or lost an engagement. It’s not only associated with Ramadan/religion. We should not be so sensitive about the society questions. It is not prohibited to preach good deeds but thing is one should not be hated/ridiculed if one does not fast. But again we are in society where one has to explain all the bla bla…..Recommend

  • vinsin

    Wrong, Apostasy is legal in Islam. By your logic ridda wars were wrong.Recommend

  • siesmann

    Brothers?Look around you.Recommend

  • economist

    You were not even fasting in Ramzan & you are talking about soul & spirit of Islam & Roza……..Are you kidding me????Recommend

  • Pashtun

    a Muslim can only skip Fasting if he can not observe it due to some illness or long journeys. Otherwise the punishment of breaking a Fast intentionally is to keep 60 Fasts uninterruptedly. Fasting is mandatory upon all Sane and Adult Muslims and defying it or denying it is KUFR and any one who commits such sin is a deviant and for deviants there are strict punishments in Shariah. Some deviants of so called Islamic Country of Pakistan are saying that one’s actions are his matters with God, society can not interfere. Then what is Shariah for ? What are the rulings of Quran and Ahadeeth ? Have you ever referred to Quran and Ahadeeth about the laws and Hudood which an Islamic State must implement upon Muslims ?Recommend

  • Pashtun

    Pakistan by no mean can claim as an Islamic country. The governments, Army Generals, Establishment are all corrupt and always hurdle for implementation of Shariah. When you are following the laws of West then you do not have any right to call yourself as Muslim. Every next son of abu jahal the so called intellectuals make fun of Islam and state deliberately does not take action against them. How you can say that if some one who claims to be a Muslim does not observe Fasting (a Farz Amal), has his own choice. No doubt that the wrath of Allah is very hard. Jihad is FARZ E AIN in this country now as masses are going against the Religion now.Recommend

  • umair khan

    Alas! Dreading questions are coming soon (After death), we shouldn’t care what others say but should care what Allah and his messenger says and prepare our selves for the eternal life.Recommend

  • Feroz

    I see lots of hypocrites on this board with empty souls talking about religion. Everyone has got obsessed by religion without understanding the basics of spiritual enlightenment.Recommend

  • Hussain Rizvi

    Agree as far as commercialization of Mahe Ramadhan is concerned but not with the fact that it is okay to have your meals around those who are fasting. If I was not fasting and others around me were, basic courtesy dictates that I have my meals in private. It’s your personal choice but if Islam has mandated as an obligatory act, then one should rather be discrete about it rather than brazenly admitting and eating in front of others.
    Didn’t really follow how the author is mixing “commercialization” with “matter of personal choice” especially in the last paragraph – the two are separate issuesRecommend

  • shan

    religion has all good words and 1% actionRecommend

  • Muhammad Bilal Ramzan

    its not about anyone else’s imaan. Its about etiquette and courtesy!Recommend

  • Viqas

    Islam states that there is no compulsion in religion. Go and read the Holy Quran for a change.Recommend

  • Tigress299 .

    ‘Should be killed?’ Who gives you the right to beat a man to death in a matter that is related to him and his god only? Are you so conceited enough to think that you are a saint and hence are in some sort of a position to judge others and decide their fate on the basis of what they do or do not do? Who gave you the right to decide that? Who gave you the right to punish? You’re not a God nor a God’s man, so keep your extremist views to yourself, would ya? Recommend

  • Tigress299 .

    And thats why arabic Islam is wrong and why many Muslims are leaving the religion. And why at first Islam spread so wide. Because you see, muslims back in the ‘golden age of islam’ knew the difference between innocent curiosity and intention blasphemy.
    You are certainly not one of them. Recommend

  • Tigress299 .

    Or maybe people don’t want strangers to invade their very precious privacy. And really? How can you be capable of ‘guiding’ someone when you’re not even capable enough to respect someone else’s opinions? Recommend

  • Tigress299 .

    Yes, it says ‘advise’. do you know what an advise is? It’s when someone gives a person who they know, love and care a suggestion as to what steps they should take in regards to a specific matter
    For example,
    This my friend, is an advise =” You should fast as it is good for you and your faith.” Said best friend.
    This, however, is not one.=”You should fast! Or I’ll kill you!!” Said random person who you have never met. Recommend

  • Tigress299 .

    Oh please don’t lump all Pakistans with the likes of you.
    “We punish you when you eat in public places”
    Okay? Are you from IsIs? I heard they killed dozens of people who broke their fast. You should go there. They’ll probably welcome you with open arms. And you can ‘punish’ people as much as you like their.
    If possible, please also punish people for let’s see, stealing, making a free man/woman a slave, occupying/ruining the lives of the residents, corruption and of course killing people.
    Oh wait, you can’t do that! Or else you’ll have to punish yourself too. Recommend

  • Tigress299 .

    So basically people here are arguing about whether they have the so called right to interfere in other people’s lives and I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.
    Yes, in Islam you can advise a person do something good. But in accordance with the world that you and I are living, relatives have the only right to do so. Because a stranger should not tell you what to wear, which career to choose simply because everyone hates it and it’s a horrible thing your doing which is to judge someone

    . Before, the people who had advised others were the companies, who everyone knew and respected and the prophet (saw) who everyone knew and respected (again). You are neither. Nor will some one on the street know,care or respect you.

    And yes, it’s a sin not to fast. The person who isn’t fasting is most probably already aware of it. They are choosing not to fast like you are choosing to harass someone about their opinions. The point is that a choice is given and in both instances, you are not to be punished by anyone other than Allah.

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  • Rd px

    Can u quote a had is or verse in favor of killing them?Recommend

  • Rd px

    Thats exactly my point : U r no one to ask anyone. Does everyone pray 5 times a day? Have u never missed a namaz or rosa? What I miss or what I keep, my ibadat is not of anyone’s concern and I am answerable ONLY to God.Recommend

  • Rd px

    The only thing u can do is tableegh.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Your recommendations are not needed. Don’t u get it? The whole point is that the number of rozas or number of namazes anyone observes is their personal matter.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Its not a matter of leaving or keeping. Whether I keep or leave is not anyone’s business.Recommend

  • Rd px

    I don’t see any comparison with ridda wars. Here its simply a matter of ibadat and not everyone says 5 prayers daily or keeps 30 all rozas. How many he does keep or does not keep is his personal matter.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Preaching and questioning what u did or did not do are different things. A close friend or relative might ask if they are on such terms, not a general member of the public.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Care or not care, care about ureself.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Preaching and questioning are two different things.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Thats what I am saying, its no one’s business who fasts or who doesn’t fast.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Preaching one thing, questioning another. No thanedari by members of the public on each other.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Wrong. Its anyone’s personal matter and no one has any business asking. Very few people say ll 5 prayers or keep all 30 rozas and as many as he observes or doesn’t observes is his own issue between him and God. U can preach and thats ur limit. U can never question.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Very trueRecommend

  • Rd px

    Its not about etiquette. People keep fast in England too where everyone is eating.Recommend

  • np

    And it also prescribes death for apostates. So the choice is that you can be an apostate and die – I guess – hardly a choice!Recommend

  • Rd px

    People who can’t understand English should not comment on English blogs. They should go for urdu newspapers. The Author has never said he does not fast or he feels fasting is wrong or fasting is not in islam. He is Simply saying that my namaz, my fasts are my issue, not anyone else’s. No where in islam is it written’ make sure all those around u r fasting’. Its such a simple point but all the illiterate so-called educated people can’t understand it. Would you like to read a translation my dear brothers, so u can understand what the author is saying?Recommend

  • SamSal

    And why should a non-muslim be forced to skip meals and water (in this heat) just because we work in the same office and I am fasting?Recommend

  • SamSal

    Why 70? Not 75? 100 maybe?
    Aren’t Allah’s love and mercy infinite? Why do you want to limit it to mere 70?
    And why is everyone so inconsiderate towards the non-muslims who work with us and are forced to avoid eating and drinking because muslims are fasting?Recommend

  • Ali

    Not once did the author asked us to not fast because he is not fasting, he is simply asking why would he be judged if he is not fasting. Is this so hard for you to understand?Recommend

  • A A

    Strange how this writer was bought up in the Zamana E Jahiliat
    Essentially what he is saying is that because everywhere people are praying taraweh and more people are apparently fasting now, there is no soul and no spirit left in ramadan. That made a lot of sense. Thumps up!Recommend

  • A A

    hahahahaRecommend

  • A A

    What Islam are you talking about? Its a religion, a way of life, a protocol to follow not a joke. You my friend are confusing Islam with something else.Recommend

  • A A

    So if thats the case who gives the Chief Justice of Pakistan or any other Judge of law to to give out orders to hang a person? Are they all saints? Who is the judge of them being saints or authoritative at all?
    your argument is but bs. There could be two scenarios here 1) You don’t believe in rule of law to begin with? . 2) You think worldly law which we came up with has more authority than the law derived from Quran? In which case you should be tried for blasphemy as you are directly rejecting Quran. Recommend

  • A A

    Agreed, nice take on the issues.Recommend

  • A A

    Eating in Public in Ramadan is against the law people. So shusssssh

    THE EHTRAM-E-RAMAZAN ORDINANCE, 1981
    (Section 3)
    Prohibition of eating, etc, in public places.— (1) No person who, according to the tenets of Islam, is under an obligation to fast shall eat, drink or smoke in a public place during fasting hours in the month of Ramazan.
    (2) Whoever contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

    Feel the burn – Mic DropRecommend

  • A A

    Eating in Public in Ramadan is against the law people. So shusssssh

    THE EHTRAM-E-RAMAZAN ORDINANCE, 1981
    (Section 3)
    Prohibition of eating, etc, in public places.— (1) No person who, according to the tenets of Islam, is under an obligation to fast shall eat, drink or smoke in a public place during fasting hours in the month of Ramazan.
    (2) Whoever contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

    ……………….Feel the burn – Mic DropRecommend

  • A A

    Thats interesting, they can eat at home or in their office, or in their cars or under a tree away from the public eye out of respect I mean you don’t even have to tell anyone that in Pak, other people are considerate enough already heck in states people don’t eat in front of you when they know you are fasting out of courtesy, the non-muslims in Pak are part of our culture I don’t know the extend of your exposure Sir but I know Hindus who fast with Muslims in Pk. Its not such an impossible task to seclude yourself from rest of the people who are fasting for 15mins to chill and eat.Recommend

  • Rd px

    So let Allah’s wrath handle it. No one is asked by islam to force someone to do ibadat. Niether is forced ibadat of any use.Recommend

  • Rd px

    This is wrong concept of islam. As long as someone says he is muslim, his ibadat are not his concern. W. Keep ur personal concept of islam to yourself.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Asking some else is not freedom, its invasion of privacy. Whether he is ill, or traveling or just doesn’t want to fast today, his problem, not yours.Recommend

  • Rd px

    This concept is only in 5 out of 44 islamic countries. In turkey, some people eat openly some fast. Also people keep fast in england and USA, they are not offended by anyone else eating. Why are pakistanis so sensitive?Recommend

  • Rd px

    No it does not.Recommend

  • Arrogance is a disease

    Yes, I agree with you. I never said ” You should fast! Or I’ll kill you!!” This is absurd and ridiculous in any situation. Allah is extremely merciful but we are shortsightedRecommend

  • Arrogance is a disease

    Yes sir, I totally agree with you on this. One shouldn’t start interrogation like you mentioned thanedar but rather one should give the best advise to others in the most beautiful way possible.

    Thanks!Recommend

  • Arrogance is a disease

    Yes Sir, I agree with your definition. But, I never mentioned that advise means “you should fast! Or I’ll kill you!!” Advise according to Oxford dictionary means “Offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone” This is what I meant.

    Thanks!Recommend

  • Arrogance is a disease

    Yes, my friend, I agree with your definition of advise. But I never said that “You should fast! Or I’ll kill you!!” is the definition of advise. I only mentioned the word “advise” which according to Oxford English Dictionary means “Offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone”

    Hope this clarifies,
    Thanks! Recommend

  • Arrogance is a disease

    Yes, I agree with you on this. One shouldn’t start interrogation like you said thanedar but one should give someone the best advise in the most beautiful way possible.

    Thanks!Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    because Islam teaches us wrong and right. All opinions are not ought to be respected from an Islamic perspective. If someone says, they dont like praying 5 times a day, it not an opinion that needs ‘ respect ‘, it needs guidance.Recommend

  • Rd px

    This law is unislamicRecommend

  • Rd px

    U need to re learn english. Thats not what he is saying.Recommend

  • Rd px

    Those ayat do not mean thanedari of others ibadat. Dont talk like taliban.Recommend

  • Pashtun

    https://islamqa.info/en/38747 … this is for all those pseudo-secular so called intellectuals who think that a Muslim’s acts are his own society or state has nothing to do with that. Read it carefully and bare from being a scholar with out any knowledge. May Allah shower mercy upon us and remove all devilish filth from our landsRecommend

  • Rd px

    There is no islamic concept behind our ehtram ramazan ordinance. If u cannot fast islam doesn’t say anywhere eat secretly u might hurt the fasting onesRecommend

  • PatelPara

    I am sorry do you even know what Amar bil maroof wa nahi anil munkir means? Next time understand one’s comment before replying.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    I am sorry last time I checked that is the definition of FREEDOM. I can do watever I want, I can say watever I want. Unless I am living in some liberal’s mind who can say jack to anyone & everyone about anything and everything but we cannot do the same?Recommend

  • A A

    Doesn’t matter its the law bro.Recommend

  • A A

    You should re-read the article. Thats exactly what he is sayingRecommend