EP 43: Ramadan Q&A: The Fiqh of Fasting in Light of the Covid-19 Lockdown – Shaykh Amer Jamil

In this episode we’re joined by Islamic scholar and co-founder of the iSyllabus Islamic Studies programme, Shaykh Amer Jamil, who answers questions submitted by our audience on topics related to Ramadan and fasting.

All questions asked are listed below:


4:30 – Can we pray Taraweeh at home during the lockdown, and if so, how do we do it?
6:25 – Can you pray Taraweeh virtually behind and imam who’s streaming online?
8:15 – What if you don’t know much Quran and can’t lead your family?
9:40 – Can you hold the Quran while leading Taraweeh? (Hanafi school position)
12:00 – What’s the minimum required for a Taraweeh congregation?
12:00 – Can a husband and wife pray together?
12:42 – Can a female lead the prayer?
14:35 – Is it better to pray Taraweeh, or replace it with missed (qadha) prayers from the past?


16:00 – Should we fast if we are concerned about our health or become unwell? What if we’re worried about catching the coronavirus?
17:45 – Do we have to make up fasts from last Ramadan before starting this year?
18:15 – Can we prepare food for a non-fasting person while we’re fasting?
19:25 – What if our spouse refuses to fast, are we allowed to continue serving them food?
20:35 – Is it okay to remain awake the full night until Fajr and then sleep during the day in Ramadan?
21:50 – If someone sleeps through suhoor and misses the chance to eat, can they still fast? (Hanafi & Maliki rulings)
22:40 – Can you use inhalers while fasting?
24:50 – I broke a fast in the past but have repented and paid charity. I also can’t remember if this was before or after I became mature and obligated to fast. I still feel unsure if this will be accepted. What do I do? Do I need to pay kaffarah?
28:30 – If someone accidentally eats while fasting, is their fast broken?
29:13 – Can you change school of thought when it comes to paying the kaffarah?
30:55 – Does inhaling steam or smoke, or smelling scents break the fast?
32:07 – Why does taking medicine break the fast if it’s not for nourishment?
33:20 – Can you use toothpaste while fasting?
35:05 – Should you gargle water when performing wudu or ghusl during Ramadan?


35:53 – Can we give Zakat to those who are financially struggling due to the economic climate caused by coronavirus?
38:13 – Does everyone in the home need to pay Zakat ul-Fitr, or can the head of the household pay it?


39:00 – What do we do if there’s no Eid prayer at the Masjid due to the coronavirus lockdown. Shall we pray it at home?


40:00 – What advice do you have for staying productive and keeping the Ramadan spirit alive during the lockdown?

About Shaykh Amer Jamil

Shaykh Amer is a qualified Islamic scholar and marital relations expert. Having spent 10 years studying Islamic sciences in various countries with distinguished scholars Shaykh Amer Jamil is a traditionally trained and fully qualified scholar.

Shaykh Amer’s specialisation lies in Islamic Family Law. Being a certified NLP practitioner and also holding a certificate in counselling skills he has combined his religious and secular knowledge to help contextualise marital issues for the contemporary Muslim living in the 21st century.

With over 10 years of experience in dealing with around 1000 real-life marital cases Shaykh Amer brings not only the Islamic know-how, but also hands-on marital consultation experience, insightful case studies and personal advice.

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