Fruits for the Week

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Fasting, like prayer, is also an act of worship and is the fourth pillar of Islam. It is compulsory for all Muslims, both men and women; but pregnant women, the sick and travellers are exempted from fasting. But travellers have to observe fasting after the end of their journey, pregnant women after the delivery of their child and the sick when they become well. Women during the period of menstruation need not fast but have to make up the lost days afterwards.

The Prophet (saw) said: “Verily, Allah recorded the good deeds and evil deeds. Then he clarified how (that recording should occur) whoever decided to do a good deed but he did not do it, Allah recorded it with Him as a complete good deed. And if he decided to do it and actually did it, Allah recorded it with Him as ten good deeds up to seven hundred times up to many times over. If he decided to do an evil deed but he did not do it, Allah records it with Him as one complete good deed. If he decided to do it and he actually did it, Allah records it as one evil deed.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

 Eight categories of people, according to the Qur’an, are entitled to receive zakah: