Ramadhaan 1436 – High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia

Just a short time ago, Fatwa-Online was informed of the official decision and announcement of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia that since the moon of Ramadhaan was not sighted this evening, here in Saudi Arabia, we shall be completing thirty (30) days of Sha’baan (1436 A.H.), in accordance with the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

«Fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you, then complete thirty days of Sha’baan. And break your fast when you see the crescent. If it is obscured to you then fast thirty days», [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim].

Subsequently, we shall be starting our taraaweeh prayers tomorrow (Wednesday 17 June, 2015) after the ‘Ishaa. prayer, in preparation for the first fast of Ramadhaan on Thursday 18 June, 2015, in shaa.-Allaah.


Boycott Israeli Dates

Key Facts

* Over 50% of the worlds Medjool dates are produced in Israel.
* 60% of Israeli dates are grown on illegal settlement plantations in the Jordan Valley.
* Israeli profits from dates in 2011 = $265 million

If you buy a Medjool date, there’s a strong possibility that it is from an illegal settlement - grown on stolen land.


Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land have been ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice. Nearly half of the settlements in the Jordan Valley grow dates, its their most profitable crop, and contributes significantly to their economic viability. If you oppose the settlements target their dates.


Picking of the dates is hard work, Israeli settlers bring in low payed Palestinian laborers to do this back breaking work. During the pruning season, workers are dropped on the date palm trees by a hoisting crane at 5 in the morning, left perched on palms that soar to heights of 12 metres - a 4 story building, left there swaying in the wind for up to 8 hours without even a toilet break, with no means to come down until the crane returns at the end of the day, the workers cling to the tree with one arm and work with the other to meet their quota. If they fall behind they will lose their jobs.

Child Labour

The Israelis prefer to employ children – even issuing them official work permits, as they can climb trees faster, work for less and it’s easier to cheat and humiliate them. Out of desperate poverty Palestinian families are forced to take their children out of school and hand them over to the settlers to work for a pittance.

Guilty Companies

After a sustained global boycott campaign Israels largest agricultural exporter Agrexco went in to liquidation in 2011.

Hadiklaim, the Israeli Date Growers Cooperative, which includes illegal settler plantations in the Jordan Valley, sells 70% of all Israeli dates. Its brand names include Jordan River, King Solomon, Kalahari, Karsten Farms, Tamara Barhi Dates, Desert Diamond, Rapunzel, Bomaja, Shams and Delilah. They also supply Israeli dates to supermarkets who market them under their own brand. These include Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose. Sometimes they are labelled “produced in the West Bank”, remember these are not Palestinian dates. Hadiklaim also sells South African dates (Karsten Farms), the profits still go to Israel so must be boycotted.

Mehadrin, Israel's largest fresh produce exporter, last year boasted of doubling their Medjoul date sales sighting strong demand in Ramadan! Their dates have brand names Premium Medjoul, Fancy Medjoul, Royal Treasure, Red Sea, and Bonbonierra. Sometimes their packaging states "Grown by Palestinian Farmers", this refers to Palestinian 'slave' laborers found on Israeli plantations.

BDS Call

In 2005 Palestinian civil society initiated a call for people of conscience around the world to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. The call was endorsed by over 170 Palestinian organizations representing all aspects of society including farmers.

Plea From Palestine

Activists visiting the Palestinian village of Fasayl in the Jordan Valley discovered that villagers are slowly being forced off their land by the Israeli army for settlement expansion. The only livelihood left open to them is to work for Israeli settlements. The Palestinians whose land had been stolen and were forced to work for Agrexco (including 2 children under the age of 12), in order to feed their families – they had a message for the activists, a plea for anyone who would listen – take action against the companies that support Israeli apartheid. What excuse is left for us not to boycott Israel?

Help Us Distribute Boycott Israeli Dates Leaflets

With Ramadan rapidly approaching we need your help to get the message out to our people - Do Not Buy Israeli Dates. We need your help to distribute 'Boycott Israeli Dates' leaflets in your Mosques, your campuses, and your communities.

Its simple - you don't need to join any organizations or facebook groups, just get a couple of friends together and order your leaflets. The leaflets are sent free of charge, just let us know how many you can distribute and we will send them.

This Ramadan don't just think of the Palestinians, but act!

Our beloved Prophet (SAW) has said "The Ummah are like one body: if the eye is in pain then the whole body is in pain...".


1. We are sorry, but at this time we can only deliver in the UK. If you live in Ireland you can obtain the leaflets from Ireland PSC.

2. When leafleting please don't just leave a pile on the table in the Mosque, please make the effort to hand them out - put it in peoples hands so that there is a chance they will look at it.

3. Strictly optional, but we would love to see photos of our leaflets being given out around the country - if we get enough response maybe we could do a map..

Distributing on the internet

We also need your help creating awareness for the campaign on the internet, on social networking sites , etc. Included below are jpegs of the leaflet in various sizes so that you can start sharing them on your favorite websites, blogs, mailing lists, facebook and twitter.

Leaflet (front): http://www.inminds.com/img/boycott-israeli-dates.2012.f.800px.jpg
Leaflet (back):  http://www.inminds.com/img/boycott-israeli-dates.2012.b.800px.jpg

Leaflet (both sides): http://www.inminds.com/img/boycott-israeli-dates.2012.jpg

Leaflet (front, small): http://www.inminds.com/img/boycott-israeli-dates.2012.f.500px.jpg
Leaflet (back, small): http://www.inminds.com/img/boycott-israeli-dates.2012.b.500px.jpg

Visit this link for more information (videos, stories, sample letter, approaching sellers): http://www.inminds.com/boycott-israeli-dates.php

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Ramadan and Fasting

Author: Abu Abdillah Abdel-Kader Kamel Tayebi al-Athari
Source: QSS Publications, al-Mu'minah Magazine

Blessings of Ramadan

  1. Why do We Fast?

The Essentials Elements of Siyam (Fasting)

Actions which Nullify the Fast

  1. Intentional Eating and Drinking
  2. Sexual Intercourse
  3. Intentional Vomiting
  4. Poor Intentions
  5. Injections Containing Nourishment
  6. Involuntary Events that Break the Fast

Acts That are Permissible During the Fast

  1. Pouring water over one's self and submersing one's self in water
  2. Applying Kohl(*) or eyedrop or anything to the eyes
  3. Kissing and foreplay for one who has the ability to control himself
  4. Injections, eye and ear drops
  5. Cupping (Hijaamah) and blood-letting [or donation] for medical purposes
  6. Rinsing the mouth and nose
  7. Those things which one could not protect one's self from
  8. The fasting person can eat, drink, and have sexual intercourse until fajr
  9. It is permissible for the fasting person to be Junub (sexually defiled or having had intercourse or a wet dream) at the time of Fajr (that is, a person is not required to perform ghusl before fajr).
  10. Delaying the purifying ghusl (bath) from menstruation till after fajr (dawn) time.
  11. Involuntary actions

Who is permitted to break the fast in Ramadhan?

  1. The Insane person
  2. The Pregnant and breast-feeding women
  3. The Traveler and the (not chronically) ill

The Manners of Fasting

  1. Eating the Suhoor (the predawn meal)
  2. Hastening in breaking the fast
  3. Supplications while breaking the fast
  4. Refraining from performing any actions that do not befit the fasting
  5. Using the Siwak [tooth stick brush]
  6. Being generous and studying the Qur'an
  7. Praying in the nights of Ramadan

The Virtues of Fasting in General and within Ramadan in particular

  1. A means to attain Taqwa
  2. A merciful recommendation from Allah
  3. The practice of the Prophets
  4. A great reward for those who fast
  5. A means to cut sexual desires
  6. The supplication of the fasting person is granted
  7. A Means of intercession on the Day of Judgement
  8. In Ramadan there is Laylatul Qadr (the night of Decree)
  9. A `Umra in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj
  10. A Means of Forgiveness
  11. Fasting is also a means of expiations for various sins
    1. During Hajj
    2. Hunting while in a state of Ihraam during Hajj
    3. Accidently killing a person from a people with whom you have a treaty
    4. Violating an oath
    5. Dhihaar
  12. Fasting in Ramadan: A Way to Paradise

The Last 10-Days of Ramadan

  1. Praying in the last ten nights of Ramadan
  2. Performing I`tikaf in the Masjid (seclusion in the Mosque)
  3. Seeking Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree)


  1. Educating your children in Ramadan
  2. Zakat ul-Fitr
  3. Conclusion

Book: 70 Matters Related to Fasting

- http://www.islamhouse.com/1335/en/en/books/70_Matters_Related_to_Fasting

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