Friday, March 23, 2018

UK: Bradford South Lajna Hosts School visit to Al Mahdi Mosque


At the age of 12 to 13, one should start offering some (one or two) fasts and by 18 years, one should become regular in fasting.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK Desk
Source/Credit: AMWA Bradford South UK
By Mrs Mufleha Saleem Ahmad | March 22, 2018

Each child was given a goodie bag containing several food items and a toy as they left Al Mahdi mosque

Bradford South branch Lajna held a school visit on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at the Al Mahdi mosque, Bradford. 60 pupils and 5 teachers were given a mosque tour. They then participated in an interactive workshop about Islam. This workshop included a presentation on various aspects of Islam including Salat, the Holy Prophet and the Holy Qur’an. Children tried on hats and scarves and practised the different positions in Salat. The event ended with a question and answer session.

One question asked was, ‘at what age do you have to start fasting in the month of Ramadhan?’ The Lajna answered that there is no specific age that is set; it is dependent on maturity and body growth. Children whose bodies are still growing especially those who are in primary school are not obliged to fast, however, if they wish to practice fasting for a few days then it is fine.

The leader of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, said in his sermon of 3rd June 2016, “Shariah has commanded children to not fast. They are allowed to offer some fasts when they are closer to puberty. One should not make children fast as it is sinful. At the age of 12 to 13, one should start offering some (one or two) fasts and by 18 years, one should become regular in fasting. It is the responsibility of parents to prevent their young children from fasting. Later when the children grow older, the parents should encourage them. Some young people are not ready to fast till 21 as per development and their physical strength. Hence there is no set age of 18 for fasting. It varies from individual to individual according to their physical strength. The Promised Messiah's (as) daughter remarked that the Promised Messiah (as) did not like children fasting consistently and once made her open her fast because she was very young”.

Each child was given a goodie bag containing several food items and a toy as they left Al Mahdi mosque.

The event was organised by Durre Sameen Anwar, who was supported by Huma Mir.



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