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The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. [2:185]
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    New Muslim, First Ramadan

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    Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

    This is my first Ramadan Alhamdulillah & my 5th day as a Muslimah

    I have been interested in Islam for years, I’ve done research, read Quran, questioned everything ( even though I have thousands of questions left) but I am here today to ask a few more questions and InshAllah someone will be able to provide answers.

    I was born into a Spanish non religious household, my mom was raised catholic and my dad a southern baptist. They told us there was a god and that was it. I always wondered more and wanted to know more. When I got older, about 11 years old, I was given a bible, and told by a friends mom that I needed to decide if I wanted to go to church with them. I agreed. It was my first time and the Pastor of the church asked if anyone had any questions, and my little hand raised. I asked “ sir, how can Jesus PBUH be God, A son, and a Holy Spirit? I don’t get it... he replied, the answers you need are in the Bible, go home and read it. When in all reality even in my young age I realized that, he didn’t have the answer I was looking for. I believed in Jesus PBUH as a prophet, but I could not bring myself to believe in him as a god, when I believed there was only one god. Years went by and I stayed confused and unsure, until one day a friend turned on Quran, it was Surah Al Baqara by sheikh mishary rashid alafasy.. my body tingled, my heart sang... and immediately I started to research and try to understand such a beautiful religion, which has led me to today. I was unable to pray the first day of Ramadan as, it was the end of my time of the month, but yesterday was my first successful day. I prayed all 5 prayers. Alhamdullilah. Now for my questions.


    I have a job, where I get off of work around 630.. I am home by 645 7 am ( only 2 days one week and 4 days the next) I miss Fajr prayer, and will not be home in time for Sunrise. Am I able to make up Fajr as soon as I get home? Will I be considered a bad Muslim? Unfortunately, I am unable to stay home, as much as I would like to, at this point in my life ( mid 20’s) I have to work until I am able. I am unable to pray at work, I work in a long term care facility which basically means, I am taking care of people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia and are unable to do so themselves.. from getting a drink of water to those who can’t use the bathroom. I feel as if the environment is not clean enough for me to pray.


    Second question... I hope I’m not overloading anyone, just am so happy to have a site where I can connect with people who are more knowledgeable than me.

    I am learning Arabic, I can speak and read and write a lot, but I am struggling with Quranic Arabic, and I am struggling with getting prayers correct, so I found online where a girl had said that she went to YouTube and found a scholar who had posted all 5 daily prayers and she followed him, so that is what I am doing. Is that haram? I can make ghusul, wudu and I know what to say up until the end of the prayer. I know Surah Al Fatihah like it was the first thing I ever learned. Am I wrong for this? I don’t want to mumble words, as I’ve read that is haram.


    Third question, 5 years ago I had weight loss surgery and two years ago I had extra skin removal
    surgery ( the skin was hindering my day to day life) which saved my life, I have lost almost 200 pounds and am on the smaller side, I have major issues if I do not eat for more than 6 hours, so yesterday I did not eat or drink as normal, but I had shorba, it was a very small amount and enough to make sure that I would not pass out or have low blood sugar issues. I did not do more than that as I knew that was just enough to keep me going. Is this haram? I’m so confused because I’ve read that it is, because I created the condition myself and some people say it’s not because the surgery was helpful to me.

    I am sorry for the question overload just not sure where else to turn

    Thank you all for your answers and help.

    May Allah bless all of you.
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    Re: New Muslim, First Ramadan

    Thank you for great information

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    Re: New Muslim, First Ramadan

    Sister, salamualikum wr wb

    There is slight difference between the man and woman's prayer. Women position their bodies in prayer that hides any immodesty. see these videos:

    https://youtu.be/40NeAhqHCqw

    https://youtu.be/M7ZySx-TMeY
    Last edited by Ahmed.; 2 Weeks Ago at 07:58 PM.

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    Re: New Muslim, First Ramadan

    Assalamualaikum!
    You are doing very good for recently reverted. If you already are able to read arabic, it's better to memorize arabic spelling and have proper tajweed pronounciation, especially differentiating between خ ح ه

    Persistance is more important than temporary enthusiasm which may degrade in time to negligence. So, just do reasonable things.

    I have major issues if I do not eat for more than 6 hours, so yesterday I did not eat or drink as normal, but I had shorba, it was a very small amount and enough to make sure that I would not pass out or have low blood sugar issues.
    Then I strongly advise you to abstain from fasting when it poses danger to your health and even the life. It shouldn't even get anywhere close to danger zone. What if, while you will be delaying taking that shorba till the last moment and then emergency situation will happen with one of those elderly people?


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