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Conditions of Itikaf | General Presidency of Ifta'
 
Conditions of Itikaf

The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh questions of Fatwa no. 6718

Q 4: What are the conditions of Itikaf (seclusion for worship in a Masjid)? Is Sawm (Fasting) a condition of Itikaf? Is it permissible for a Mutakif (one who observes Itikaf) to visit a sick person, accept an invitation, tend to his familys needs, attend a funeral, or go to work?

A: It is prescribed to observe Itikaf in a Masjid (Mosque) in which congregational prayers are held. If the Mutakif is one of those for whom Jumuah (Friday) Prayer is obligatory and the period of his Itikaf will include a Friday, it is better for him to stay in a Masjid where Jumuah Prayer is observed. It is not a condition for the Mutakif to be fasting. According to the Sunnah (acts, sayings or approvals of the Prophet), the Mutakif should not visit the sick during his Itikaf, accept any invitation, tend to his familys needs, attend any funeral, or go to work outside the Masjid, because it was authentically reported that `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Sunnah for the Mutakif is not to visit a patient, attend a funeral, touch or be intimate with his wife, or go out for anything unless it is an absolute must.

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta

`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify
Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Source: Fatwas of the Permanent Committee


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