Ramadhan has come!
- Published on 21 July 2014
- Hamzah Muhammad Salih Ajjaj
- Recite as much of the Qur'an as you can every day. Ask for the peace and blessings of Allah upon His Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, often.
- Keep up the five obligatory prayers, as well as voluntary night prayer and the forenoon (dhuhr) prayer, even if it be only two raka'at.
- Pay your obligatory zakat, and give in charity every day, even if it be only very little. If you cannot afford to, then give it in the form of a kind word. Fast Ramadhan, and three days each month.
- Would you not like to be one of those whom Allah loves? Then love your Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and his family. Be good to your parents.
- Would you not like to be one of those who say, "O Lord, O Lord" and to whom Allah says, "Here I am, O My servant; ask, and it shall be given to you"? Your prayers will be answered if you eat only what is good and halal; be just to people, even if it be at your own expense; and show good character in all your dealings with people.
- Would you not like to be one of those whose supplications are favourably answered, for your written record to be radiant with light on the Day of Ressurection? Purify your heat and repeat frequently, "There is no god but Allah" (la ilaha illallah). Ask forgiveness for your sins, and for those of all believers, male and female. Never let yourself be one of those who forget to call upon Allah.
- Would you not like to be one of those who gives praise and thanks to Allah and is brought neat to Him? When Allah's servant says, "Praise be to Allah," Allah says, "My servant has praised and thanked Me"; so be sure to repeat often, "Praise be to Allah, and peace be upon His chosen servants" (alhamdulillahi wa salamun 'ala 'ibadihi 'lladhina'stafa).
- Would you not like to be one of the thankful, and that Allah makes your offspring good and pious? Then you should recite the following two verses of thanksgiving: (i) "My Lord, grant that I may be grateful for Your favours, which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and than I may act righteously so as to please You; and admit me, by Your Mercy, to the ranks of Your righteous servants," [Al-Qur'an 27:19] and (ii) "O my Lord, grant that I may be grateful for the favours which You have bestowed on me and upon my parents, and that I may act righteously so as to please You; and make my offspring good for me. I have turned to You in repentance, and I am of those who submit themselves to You (muslimin)." [Al-Qur'an 46:15]
- Would you not like to be guided as to how to integrate soundly your religious and your wordly affairs? Do your utmost to act according to the Divine Command: "O you who believe, bow down, prostate yourselves, and adore your Lord; and do good, that you may prosper." [Al-Qur'an 22:77]
- Would you not like to be guided to the heart of the matter? "Say: 'I believe in Allah'; then follow the Straight Path."
- Published on 17 July 2014
- Abu Aaliyah
A young man enters a gathering in which an elderly scholar is addressing an audience. Clearly agitated, the young man struggles to wait for a pause in the scholar's speech in order to interject. Finding his moment, the man gets up to say his piece. Voice raised and angry, he asks (or rather shouts): Mata ta'udu ilayna afghanistan? - 'When will Afghanistan be returned to us?' Mata ta'udu ilayna al-'iraq? – 'When will Iraq return to us?' Mata ta'udu ilayna falastin? – 'When will Palestine be returned to us?' Mata, mata, mata!? – 'When, when, WHEN!?'
The shaykh takes a deep breath and lets out a gentle sigh of pain, as his head bows to the hurt. He takes a moment to gather his thoughts, lifts his head to respond … But by then, the youth has already stormed out of the assembly.
Somewhat dismayed, the scholar turns to the audience and says in a subdued tone: Mata ta'udu ilayna baladuna? Idha 'udtum ilallah 'adat ilaykum baladukum: 'When will our land return to us? When you return to God, your land will return to you.'
- Published on 07 July 2014
- Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi
Know, that in the fast (saum) is a special quality that is not found in anything else. And that is its close connection to Allah, such that He says: "The fast (saum) is for Me and I will reward it." [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim]
This connection is enough to show the high status of fasting. Similarly, the Ka'bah is highly dignified due to its close connection to Him, as occurs in His statement:
"And sanctify My House." [Al-Qur'an 22:26]
Indeed, the fast is only virtuous due to two significant concepts:
- The first: It is a secret and hidden action thus, no one from the creation is able to see it. Therefore riya' (showing off) cannot enter into it.
- The second: It is a means of subjugating the enemies of Allah. This is because the road that the enemies (of Allah) embark upon (in order to misguide the Son of Adam) is that of desires. And eating and drinking strengthens the desires.
There are many reports that indicate the merits of fasting, and they are all well known.
The Recommended Acts of Fasting
The pre-dawn meal (suhur) and delaying in taking it are preferable, as well as hastening to break the fast and doing so with dates.
Generosity in giving is also recommended during Ramadhan, as well as doing good deeds and increasing in charity. This is in accordance with the way of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam).
- Published on 02 July 2014
- Ali Al-Timimi
In the month of Ramadhan it is very important that we spent a few moments to understand some of the wisdoms and lessons that we can learn from this month of fasting.
Unfortunately, many Muslims come in to this month and they are as a companion of the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Let it not be that the day that you fast and the day that you break fast be equal." Meaning, one's behaviour, attitude and outlook are the same whether one fasts or not, i.e. fasting has no effect upon that person. This is why we need to reflect on some of these lessons.
LESSON 1: Gaining Taqwa
Allah legislated fasting for gaining taqwa, "O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon those before you, so that you may attain taqwa." [Al-Qur'an 2:183] Taqwa in this case means to make a shield between oneself and Allah's anger and Hellfire. So we should ask ourselves, when we break our fasts, 'Has this fasting day made us fear Allah more? Has it resulted that we want to protect ourselves from the hellfire or not?'
LESSON 2: Drawing Closer to Allah
This is achieved by reciting and reflecting on Al-Qur'an during night and day, attending the tarawih prayers, remembering Allah, sitting in circles of knowledge and, for those who can, making 'Umrah. Also for those who can, making I'tikaf (seclusion) in the last ten nights of Ramadhan, so as to leave all worldly pursuits and seclude oneself in a masjid just thinking of Allah, so as to bring oneself closer to Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala). When one sins, one feels distant from Allah. That is why one might find it heard to read the Qur'an and come to the masjid. However, the obedient worshipper feels closer to Allah and wants to worship Allah more, because he is not shy from his sins.
- Published on 07 July 2013
- Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
its own rewards
And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, and this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the midday heat.
This is why Mu'adh ibn Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this midday thirst, as did other early Muslims.
And it was related that Abu Bakr would fast in the summer and not fast in the winter, and 'Umar advised his son 'Abdullah on his deathbed: "Try to obtain the characteristics of faith," and the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat.
And Al-Qasim ibn Muhammad said that 'A'ishah would fast in the intense heat, and he was asked: "What drove her to do this?" He replied: "She would take advantage of the days before death." And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days and fast them, saying: "If the price is low, everyone will buy," meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, and this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had.
And Abu Musa al-Ash'ari was on a boat, and he heard someone calling out: "O passengers, stand up!" And he said this three times. So, Abu Musa told him: "How can we stand up? Don't you see where we are? How can we stand up?" So, the caller said: "Let me tell you of a rule that Allah made upon Himself: whoever makes himself thirsty for Allah's sake on a hot day has the right upon Allah to have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection." So, Abu Musa would search out the days that were so hot that one would feel he was being cooked, and he would fast those days.
- Published on 07 August 2010
- 'Abdul-'Aziz ibn Baz
1. What number of raka'at is the tarawih prayer consist of? Does it have a specific number? What number of raka'at is best?
By the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. All Praise is due to Allah, and may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon Allah's Messenger, and upon his family, companions, and whoever follows his guidance.
What has authentically been reported from the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam confirms the fact that there is much latitude with respect to the number of raka'at to be performed in the night prayer, and that there is no definite number. But it is the Sunnah (way of the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) that the believer, male and female, pray in pairs of twos, making taslim after every two.
Amongst these narrations is that which has been reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim in the hadith of Ibn 'Umar radiallahu 'anhu, that the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam said, "Salat al-Layl (the night prayer) is in pairs of two, and whosoever amongst you fears the break of dawn, let him pray one rak'ah, for it will be a Witr for all the raka'at he has previously offered."