1) Focusing on food more than fasting :

Focusing on food to the extent that people begin to worry about eating more then actually fasting during Ramadhan. This also goes along with spending tons of money on Iftars even though a person does not need to eat that much food.

2) Making Suhr way before Fajr :

Some people eat Suhr a few hours after Tarawih or Isha Salah, this is wrong. It should be eaten closer to the time of Fajr.

3) People don’t make Niyyah [intentions] to fast for Ramadhan.

This is something in the heart and does not need to be verbal. Also it only needs to be done once, at the beginning of Ramadhan and not every single day.


4) Finding out late that Ramadhan started.

If you find out late that Ramadan started, you should stop eating and fast for that day, making that day up after Ramadhan/Eid ends.

5) Believing pray Tarawif after the first day of fast.

Many people don’t think you pray Tarawih on the first night of Ramadhan. They believe you pray it after the first day you actually fast. They forget that the Islamic calendar runs on the moon, maghrib is the start of the new day.

6) Eat and drink accidently breaks the fast.

Many people believe if you eat or drink accidently this breaks your fast. This is false, if you do this on accident then you continue fasting and do not need to make up the day.

7) Not reminding people he/she is fasting.

Some people take the opinion that if they see someone eating or drinking they should not remind the person that he/she is fasting.
According to Shaykh Bin Baz [ra], this is incorrect and it is an order from Allah for us to ordain the good and forbid the evil. Thus we tell the person, because we are forbidding the evil this way.

8) Using of Heena.


Many sisters believe they cannot use Heena while fasting. This is incorrect, they are allowed to use it during Ramadan.

9) Tasting the food.

Some people believe when you are cooking you cannot taste the food to see if it has the right spices/flavors. This is false, and allowed in Islam as long as the person cooking is not eating the food. Rather they can taste it to see if it needs salt, or more spices.

10) Using of Miswak or toothbrush

Many people think you cannot use a Miswak or toothbrush during Ramadhan. This is false, for the Prophet [peace be upon him] used to use a miswak during Ramadhan. Also you CAN use toothpaste; the reasoning by the scholars is that the Miswak has flavor, thus toothpaste is okay to use [if you are not eating it].

11) Giving Fajr Adhan early

Some people make the Fajr Adhan early. They do this so people will stop eating before Fajr and not invalidate their fast. This is wrong and something we should not do.

12) Giving Maghrib Adhan late

Some people make the Maghrib Adhan late. They do this so people will start eating late, just incase Maghrib has not come in yet. This too is wrong and we should not do this.

13) Not having intercourse with your spouse.

Many many people believe you cannot have intercourse with your spouse during the whole month of Ramadhan. This is false, you cannot do this only during the times when you are fasting. Between Maghrib and Fajr it is permissible to do.

14) Women periods ended and did not make Ghusl.

Many women believe that if their period has just ended and they did not make Ghusl, they cannot fast that day [considering their period ended at night, and they went to bed without Ghusl, waking up without having a chance to make it]. This is incorrect, if a women has not made Ghusl she can still fast.

15) Men had intercourse with his wife and did not make Ghusl.

Many men believe that if he has had intercourse with his wife and did not make Ghusl [similar to the above] then he cannot fast the next morning. This is also incorrect, for he can fast even if he has not made Ghusl.

16) Praying Dhuhar and Asr prayers together in Ramadhan.

Some people pray Dhuhar and Asr prayers together during Ramadhan. (mainly in Arab countries) This is incorrect and should be avoided.

17) Cannot break fast until the Muadhthin is done calling the Maghrib Adthan

Some people believe you cannot eat until the Muadhthin is done calling the Maghrib Adthan. This is incorrect, as soon as he starts a person can break their fast.

18) Not taking advantage of making Dua before breaking the fast

Many people don’t take advantage of making D’ua before they break their fast. This is one of the three times when Allah accepts a person D’ua.

19) Spending the later part of Ramadhan in preparing for Eid

Many people make the mistake of spending the later part of Ramadhan preparing for Eid, neglecting Ramadhan. This is incorrect and these people lose the concept of what Ramadhan is about.

20) Parents stop their children for fasting in Ramadhan

Many parents do not let their children fast during Ramadhan [young children]. This is something counter productive to a child. By allowing him to fast he will grow up to know he must do this act.

21) Thinking Ramadhan is just for not eating

Many people think Ramadhan is just about not eating and forget about controlling their tempers and watching what they say. In actuality we are supposed to control our tempers and mouths even more during Ramadhan.

22) Wastime of time during Ramadhan

People often waste their time during Ramadhan. They go to sleep during the day and get nothing done. We should be taking advantage of this blessed month by doing extra Ibaadat.

23) Avoiding Travelling

Some people don’t go on trips or travel during Ramadhan. They think they have to break their fast when traveling. This is actually optional, if you want to break your fast while travelling you can [with making it up later], and if you don’t you can continue fasting.

24) Avoiding I’tikaf at the Masjid

Many people who are able don’t make I’tikaf at the masjid. We should take advantage of our good health and spend lots of time at the Masjid, especially the last 10 days of Ramadhan.

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25) Not cutting hair or nails during Ramadhan

Some people believe they cannot cut their hair or nails during Ramadhan. This is also false.

26) Not swallowing your spit during Ramadhan

Some people say you cannot swallow your spit during Ramadhan. This too is false. However you cannot swallow mucus that has entered your mouth.

27) Not using scented oils or perfumes in Ramadhan

Some people say you cannot use scented oils or perfumes during Ramadhan. This too is false.

28) Normal bleeding

Some people believe normal bleeding breaks the fast. This is not true.

29) Accident breaks your fast

Some people believe if you throw up on accident it breaks your fast. This is not true, however if you do it intentionally it does.

30) Do not put water in nose and mouth during wudhu in Ramadhan

Some people think you cannot put water in your nose and mouth during wudhu in Ramadhan. This too is incorrect.

May Allah forgive us and guide us all.

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