Question: About the issue of crying in Ramadan , is it from the sunnah to force yourself to cry as is in the narration of umar/ibn Umar? What’s the correct opinion on this issue?


It is reported in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah with a Saheeh chain that Abu Bakr radiallahu anhu that he said:

ابكوا، فإن لم تبكوا؛ فتباكوا

“Cry, if you cannot cry then force yourself to cry”
However, Shaikh Bin Baz rahimahullah said:

والأظهر أنه لا يتكلف بل إذا حصل بكاء فليجاهد نفسه على أن لا يزعج الناس بل يكون بكاءً خفيفاً ليس فيه إزعاج لأحد حسب الطاقة والإمكان.
“And what is apparent is not to have unnecessary burden, rather if he cries then he makes effort not to disturb the people. Rather he cries a light crying not disturbing anyone according to the best of his ability”

– Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir ibn Hassan Abu Sulaymayn