I’tikaaf restricted to Ramadhaan only

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 864, Fatwa No.851
Fiqh al-Ibaadaat libni ‘Uthaymeen – Page 208

Question: Does i’tikaaf have a fixed time or is it restricted to Ramadhaan, or is it permissible in other than Ramadhaan?

Response: What is prescribed is that it should be in Ramadhaan only. This is because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did not make i’tikaaf in other than Ramadhaan, except what he (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did in Shawwaal, after having left doing i’tikaaf in Ramadhaan one year, and so did it in Shawwaal. Yet if a person was to make i’tikaaf in other than Ramadhaan it would be permissible, because ‘Umar (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) asked the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying: “I vowed to do i’tikaaf for a night or a day in the Masjid al-Haraam.” The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«Fulfil your vow».

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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