Ramadan Reminder

The Etiquettes of Fasting

A) Protecting the tongue (from evil speech and that which is similar). The Messenger of Allah (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said: ((Whoever does not abandon evil speech and actions, then Allah is not in need of him having left his food and drink)), [Transmitted by al-Bukhaaree].

B) Taking the sahoor (pre-dawn meal); The time of breaking the fast, and (the recommended) supplication. The Messenger of Allah (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:   ((When any of you break your fast, then do so with dry dates, for indeed it is a blessing. And if you are unable to find dry dates, then water, for verily it is pure)), [Saheeh, transmitted by at-Tirmidhee].

C) At the time if breaking the fast, the Messenger of Allah (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) used to say: ((The thirst has gone and the veins are moistened, and the reward is confirmed, if Allah wills)), [Hasan, transmitted by Abu Daawood].

D) The Messenger of Allah (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said: ((The people will remain in good so long as they hasten to break the fast (at it’s appointed time))), [The authenticity of this narration has been agreed upon by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim];

E)Also he (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said: ((Take the sahoor (pre-dawn meal), for indeed in the sahoor there is blessing)), [The authenticity of this narration has been agreed upon by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

F) And: ((Whoever provides (food or water) for a fasting person (to break his fast at the appointed time), then for him is the reward similar to that of his (the fasting person) without any reducing in the reward of the fasting person)), [Saheeh, transmitted by al-Bukhaaree]

Benefits of Fasting:

Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says: {O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may attain taqwa}, Soorah al-Baqarah, Ayah 183].

The Messenger of Allah (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:  ((Fasting is protection)), i.e. protection from the Fire of Hell, [The authenticity of this narration has been agreed upon by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

And he (sal-Allahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said: ((Whoever fasts Ramadan with eemaan while believing in its obligation and being hopeful for the reward, all that has preceded of his sins shall be forgiven)), [The authenticity of this narration has been agreed upon by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]

Know! O Muslim Brother, that Allah has prescribed fasting, and it is an act of worship which has many benefits, amongst them:

  •  Fasting allows the body’s digestive system and the stomach to rest allowing the body to recuperate and strengthen. This is beneficial for many ailments. Likewise, fasting allows the smoker to take a break from smoking and in doing so assists him in abandoning it.
  • Fasting is a purification of the soul, and accustoming it upon good, worship, patience and sincerity.
  •  The fasting person feels a sense of equality with the rest of his fasting brothers (and sisters); So he fasts with them allowing for the feeling of sincere Islamic brotherhood to be nurtured. Likewise, he feels hungry, as a result of which he gives charity to his hungry and needy brothers (and sisters).

Narrated from A Collection of Works by Sheikh Muhammad ibn Jameel Zeenoo (http://www.islamhouse.com)

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