I had a very not-so-long boring eid holiday, thus I’ve been spending most of my time in front of my laptop reading stranger’s blog and there’s one article that really tweaked my curiosity. It’s about a girl who had been admonished for eating in public places during Ramadhan ( not even in an islamic country ) by her senior because according to her senior she need to respect the month of Ramadhan. Dad once told me not to eat in public during Ramadhan but I thought that is because it’s not nice to eat in front of a bunch of fasting people not because it’s really forbidden in Islam. The girl’s senior mentioned something about ‘imsak’. Errk, isn’t imsak the few minutes time before Subuh?
Actually, imsak is derived from the word “mesk,” which means to hold something, embrace it tightly or refrain from it. Thus in other words, the term imsak means restraint from prohibited things during the daylight hours of Ramadan, when Muslims fast. According to Jabatan Mufti Perak, imsak can be divided into several groups ; wajib for those who forgot to niat and those who eat after Subuh when he/she doesn’t realize it’s already time for Subuh. Imsak is just sunat for traveler, and woman with haid and nifas.
Ergo, for this girl’s case, in my limited-and-still-need-to-learn knowledge, the senior has no right to rebuke the girl because the code for imsak for this girl is just sunat…. Correct me, if I’m wrong.