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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Differences when traveling in when Eid begins.

Q; My husband started fasting in dubai according to its moon sighting, it is now his 25th fast Maa shaa Allaah... he is coming to his homeland on the occasion of eid.. the problem is he will leave the country before eid while in his homeland there will be more two days to go for eid in shaa Allaah unlike dubai... now the question is, shall he have to celebrate the eid according to his fasting period which is based on the dubai moon sighting, or have to continue the fasting with local people of his homeland??? May Allaah reward you for your help.. A;We put this question to Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) who said: If a person travels from a country where he fasted at the beginning of the month to a country where Eid al-Fitr comes later, he should continue his fast and not break his fast until they do. This is like the case where a person travels from his city to a place where sunset comes later; he should continue his fast until the sun sets even if that takes twenty hours, unless he breaks his fast because of traveling, as he is entitled to do. The opposite also applies, such as if he were to travel to a place where they have stopped fasting before he has completed thirty days – he should break the fast with them, and if the month was thirty days he should make up a day, and if it was twenty-nine days he does not have to do anything. He should make it up if he did less than a month, and if he did more than a month then he did more. And Allaah knows best. Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 19.

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