Hi im a new muslim, I have a physically demanding job in a very hot environement, is it ok to drink a bit of water and will it nullify my fast?
One of the basic facts of Islam, which no Muslim has any excuse for not knowing, is that fasting the month of Ramadaan is obligatory upon each person who is accountable, and it is one of the pillars of Islam. So every person who is accountable must strive to fast it in order to fulfil the obligation that God has enjoined upon him, hoping for His reward and fearing His punishment, without forgetting permissible earnings in this world and without preferring this world to the Hereafter. If there is a conflict between doing the acts of worship enjoined by God and working to earn a living in this world, then he must strike a balance between them so that he will be able to do both. In your case, you should make the night your time for working to earn your living in this world, and if that is not possible then you should take a leave of absence from his work during Ramadan, even if that is without pay. If that is not possible then you should look for other work where you will be able to fulfil both duties.
Your worldly interests should not affect your Hereafter interests. There are lots of jobs and the ways of earning a living are not limited to this kind of difficult work. By God’s Leave, the Muslim will never want for permissible ways of earning a living which will allow him also to do the acts of worship enjoined upon him by God. God says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And whosoever fears God and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in God, then He will suffice him. Verily, God will accomplish his purpose. Indeed God has set a measure for all things”
If we assume that you cannot find any work other than that mentioned, which causes you hardship, then you should flee for the sake of your religion from that land to another land where it will be easy for you to fulfil both your religious and worldly duties, and where you can cooperate with other Muslims in righteousness and piety, for the earth of God is spacious. God says (interpretation of the meaning):
“He who emigrates (from his home) in the Cause of God, will find on earth many dwelling places and plenty to live by” [al-Nisa’ 4:100]
“Say (O Muhammad): O My slaves who believe (in the Oneness of God Islamic Monotheism), be afraid of your Lord (God) and keep your duty to Him. Good is (the reward) for those who do good in this world, and God’s earth is spacious (so if you cannot worship God at a place, then go to another)! Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning” [al-Zumar 39:10]
But if you cannot manage to do any of these things and you are forced to do the kind of difficult work mentioned in the question, then you should fast until you feel that you cannot bear to continue fasting, and then eat and drink enough to keep yourself going, then you should refrain from eating and drinking. And you have to make up the missed fasts on days when it is easy to fast.
no babygetsshaky thats wrong you cant be sure that all the water you have put into your mouth( with the intention to queche your thirst or a parched tougue) has left the surface area of you mouth.. the slightest ingestion of anything..and once it passes your throat ..makes your fast makruh(undesirable) and therfore wrong. but if you are 100% sure that you can gargle your mouth and ensure that no water falls past yout throat then you can do so( although this logically does not make sense, try it you will feel water at ther back of your throat which nullifies your fast).
a sip of water breaks your fast.. You might as well not fast at all than fast and break your fast as the consequences are far worst.. and if you think of not fasting there are about 3 other ways to reconcile that... One of it is to feed one poor person a meal for 60days.. Or feed 60 people a meal.. I think .. Check out www.islam786.org... Its should tell you how to go about it.. Hope I helped.. Inshaallah the fast gets easier for you .. Ameen
As a non-muslim, I'd say that your health is very important. I know nothing of the rules of fasting, but I'm sure that God would not mind if you had a sip of water if you were severly dehydrated. But, seeing as I am not muslim, I would say you should not take my advice unless absolutely necesary.
it will go against ramadan because you are not allowed to have food or drink after sunrise or before sunset...best bet since you need water is to call out sick tomorrow.
yes, it would break your fast. if you want, you could just put some cold water in your mouth and spit it out before swallowing it. it helps (:
it is HARAM you can not drink water or little of it
because you will cut fasting... without any real need.
yes, and I think you need to refer to the bible and fasting. you will find many of the answers that you seek
You must drink or you will become severly dehydrated, particularly as you work in a hot demanding job.
I think you're only allowed to drink water before sunrise and after sunset during Ramadan.. =/
God will understand.
Try fasting on days you dont have to work.