Is I’tikaf Restricted To Ramadan?

Question: Does I’tikaf have a fixed time or is it restricted to Ramadan, or is it permissible in other than Ramadan?

 

A:What is prescribed is that it should be in Ramadan only.

This is because the Prophet  did not make I’tikaf in other than Ramadan, except what he  did in Shawwaal, after having left doing I’tikaf in Ramadan one year, and so did it in Shawwaal.

Yet if a person was to make I’tikaf in other than Ramadan it would be permissible, because ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) asked the Prophet  saying: “I vowed to do I’tikaf for a night or a day in the mosque al–Haraam.” The Messenger of Allah  said: “Fulfill your vow”.

Sheikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, Fatawa Ramadan – Volume 2, Page 864, Fatwa No.851; Fiqh al–Ibaadaat libni ‘Uthaymeen – Page 208


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