By Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Shafi‘
Translated by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Haroon Abasoomar
- I’tikaf means: to remain in the musjid with the intention of i’tikaf. One may only leave the musjid to fulfil those needs that cannot be fulfilled inside the musjid, e.g. to go to the toilet, to make wudhu, to take a wâjib ghusl (obligatory bath) etc.
- It is sunnah muakkadah ‘alal kifayah to observe i’tikaf during the last 10 nights of Ramadân. i.e. if in a town or village no one observes i’tikaf, the sin of abandoning this sunnah will be upon the entire community. And if one person observes i’tikaf, the rest of the community will be absolved.
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