Do Not Prove the Zeal of Ramadan to be Temporary

Posted July 27, 2014 by Nabeel Khan
Categories: Misc

May our steadfastness in praying as we have in Ramadan and the zeal to do other good deeds in Ramadan remain throughout the rest of the year.  Otherwise, how many people are there that once the moon is sighted for ‘Eid, immediately begin disobeying Allah?  How nonsensical is it that for a whole month they abstained from certain halal blessings and now that the moon was sighted begin to partake in haram acts?  All the evil they had abstained from and held themselves back from for an entire month, all of a sudden now somehow becomes permissible for these people?  The example of this like the cat that suddenly exposes its nails.  A cat normally keeps its nails hidden in its paws, but when the cat becomes, angry, or agitated, it exposes its nails.  The cat’s nails are so dangerous that it can scratch and seriously damage a person’s face.  This is exactly how our nafs is too.  The moment we become a little lax then know that something very wrong is about to happen.  But we should know that the moment we become a bit lax and the nafs now comes out to party, the wrath and anger of Allah descend upon that nafs, i.e. Allah will disgrace that nafs.  May Allah protect us from such harms. 

So in this blessed night, make a firm resolution that as we have tried to stay with taqwa throughout the month of Ramadan, so too shall we try to stay with taqwa throughout the remainder of the year.  As the masjid has been full of people praying, we shall try to keep the masjid as full throughout the rest of the year.  As Allah has allowed us to abundantly worship Him in this month, so too shall we abundantly worship Him throughout the remainder of the year.  May Allah always keep us as those that forever are His righteous, pious, worshiping servants and slaves.  Aameen.

Do Not Be Sad By the Passing of Ramadan

Posted July 27, 2014 by Nabeel Khan
Categories: 'Ibadah, Ahwaal, Ramadan

Now that taraweeh has ended, i’tikaaf has ended, and it was the last day to fast, it is as if the vacation now begins for a whole year.  So long as Allah had us tied up in fasting, and the other various actions of Ramadan, so then we should remain tied up, but now that He has set us free, we should be extremely happy and express our joy.  Allah loves this specific type of expression of joy from His slaves and servants.  This is why O friends, once Ramadan has come to an end, do not be saddened, and say, “Oh, how I wish Ramadan would not end, Oh my God, Ramadan is gone, how sad!”  Rather one should spend their time rejoicing over the arrival of ‘Eid and making dua’ to Allah for the acceptance of all the good one has done throughout the month of Ramadan.  Be grateful that Allah has facilitated the passing of Ramadan for us, where we were able to fast, and pray, and make dua’ and do various other righteous deeds, and now allows us to enjoy the joys of ‘Eid.  Do not lament over the passing of Ramadan because this is not a sign of true piety.  True piety is to be pleased with whatever condition the Master puts you in.  Our Master, Allah has now brought an end to Ramadan and has showered upon us the joys of ‘Eid, so we should show Him our appreciation of this gift by expressing our happiness rather than showing our sadness.  How would we feel if we give someone a gift and instead of smiling after receiving our gift, they frown and become sad?  As long as Allah has us tied up in some work, then remain tied up in that work, but when He sets you free, then express your joy over that freedom.  For example, if Zaid ties up Bakr for a while, then unties Bakr and releases Bakr, but Bakr is still sitting there feeling sad that Zaid let him go, then Bakr would be a “bay-waqoof”, a fool for not jumping with joy over being released and set free.

Once there was a pseudo-sufi that added water in his food to get rid of the taste in order to discipline his nafs.  When a true sufi became aware of this act of the other person, he sighed and explained, “If only this fool realized that had he left his food the way it was tasting nice, and thanked Allah after every morsel for blessing him with delicious food, this would have been better for him…Now he will just have to force himself to swallow watered-down food, and neither will this discipline his nafs, nor will he be truly be grateful for the meal he was given.  To show one’s gratitude for the blessings of Allah is also a great form of worship.  This poor soul has now deprived himself of this act of worship.”  By virtue of being in the company of those that truly recognize Allah, the ‘Arifeen, Allah grants His ma’rifat.

Capitalize on the Blessings of the Final Few Days and Nights of Ramadan

Posted July 23, 2014 by Nabeel Khan
Categories: 'Ibadah, Ramadan

In case it has not hit us yet, the final few days and nights of Ramadan have arrived.  As a result, it only makes sense  to capitalize on as many remaining blessings as possible.  This final week is extremely valuable so we should value it as such as we can.  We should not waste this week in chit-chatting with other people.  Those of us that are not in i’tikaaf, should not less this opportunity pass us by and instead go to the masjid and make an intention for nafl i’tikaaf.  Even if it is for half an hour, an hour, or more, we should try to be in the state of i’tikaaf.  As the loaded caravan of the last week of Ramadan is traveling through the days of lives, we should loot as many blessings as we possibly can.  This is such of type of looting that Allah wants us to take advantage of it and normally when looting would be an act that requires a severe punishment, this specific kind is such that Allah is willing to offer innumerable amounts of rewards.  It might be very likely that these final moments might just be one of those moments that Allah is willing to accept from us and become a source for our salvation.

In this last week, that individual who does not ask Allah of Himself or of Himself, then according to me, that person has in reality not asked for anything at all.  Make dua and beg Allah that He, out of His mercy, despite our betrayals, treacheries, violations, sins of the ears, and sins of the eyes, forgives us for everything and anything that leads to His displeasure.  Whether it is through recitation of the Qur’an, zikr, fikr, or any other good deed.  Once we are done asking Allah for whatever we ask for, just include the following phrase in your dua also.  Ask Allah, “O Allah, we ask You for You, and we ask You for the tawfeeq to perform those deeds that allow us to reach You.”  Finally, (as far as this post is concerned) please remember to include me in your dua’s as well.

The Successful and the Not So Successful

Posted July 8, 2014 by Nabeel Khan
Categories: Misc

When Ramadan comes to an end, and the moon of ‘Eid is sighted, people will be divided into two groups.  This first group will be of those people that have lamented, begged, cried tears of remorse and regret, and ultimately earned the pleasure of Allah and have gotten their sins forgiven.  These people are the successful ones.

When the moon is sighted for ‘Eid, there shall be a second group, which will consist of those people that have not let go of their sins in this most blessed month.  Unfortunately, these people were unable to please Allah.  They were unable to cry, and beg Allah to forgive their sins.

The Virtue of Suhoor

Posted July 7, 2014 by Nabeel Khan
Categories: Ramadan

Those people that are the lovers of sleep or that are the kings of sleep will often say that they will just fast without having suhoor.  Sadly, they fail to realize that this is a cause of great deprivation of the blessings of suhoor, which undoubtedly will have a negative impact on their fast overall.  The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) said, “Most definitely, Allah sends special mercy upon those that partake in suhoor and His angels pray for their forgiveness.” (Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan 8/245 #3467)

This is the unique method of Allah’s dealings with His servants.  Just like in a wedding where people enjoy the happy occasion and enjoy the dates and other snacks being handed out as well.  Similarly, those that have suhoor enjoy the food they get to eat, and also enjoy the spiritual benefits of Allah’s mercy and benefit from the prayers of forgiveness the angels make for them.

At the time of suhoor, shaytaan attempts to scare people by whispering to them about how will you possibly make it through the rest of the day, and that you will be hungry for the entire day, food will only be available at maghrib.  With these thoughts already implanted in the person’s mind, shaytaan further whispers to them that you might as well stuff yourself with as much food as you can at suhoor…Fill up the first floor, the second floor, and the basement if possible, whether you have to deal with indigestion and heartburn for the rest of the day or not.  So do not eat so much.  Have some faith in Allah.  Eat, but only eat the amount that can be easily digested, as this will lead to more strength, whereas overeating will just cause weakness and laziness.  Overeating will cause disruptions in the body’s natural digestion mechanism.  All this I say from experience.

Eating suhoor is an established Sunnah.  If it was extremely necessary, then the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) would have made it wajib, however, that is not the case.  So do not stretch yourself so thin in trying to fulfill the Sunnah where it has adverse effects on the body and soul, because that will then be contrary to the Sunnah.  If there is nothing to eat for suhoor or one is not hungry, then just have some water or a glass of milk, because that much will also fulfill the Sunnah of suhoor.  The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) has made the execution of this Sunnah so easy, then why should you make it something that is a hassle?  Have some faith in Allah, He will make fasting easy for you, and the day will pass by with significant ease.  Therefore, there is no cause for concern or worry.  Just sit back, relax, and enjoy suhoor within reasonable limits.

Two Moments of Joy and Iftar Common Sense

Posted July 3, 2014 by Nabeel Khan
Categories: 'Ibadah, Aadaab-Etiquettes and Manners, Misc, Ramadan

Imam Tirmidhi (RA) narrates a hadeeth that the person who fasts will receives two joys: 1) In this world at Iftar time, and 2) On the day of judgment when they will meet their Lord. The person who fasts experiences such happiness at the time of Iftar that is inexplicable, while the person that neglects to fast is deprived from this joy.  This is clearly evident by the look on the face of the  fasting and non-fasting person at Iftar time.  If a person has neglected to fast and is still eating Iftar thinking, “Man, how I can I leave such a delicious dahi bada (a typical Iftar item of the Indo/Pak subcontinent)”, the zaalim’s face will clearly show that he was not fasting.  The fasting person’s face will have a natural noor, and a unique shine to it.

As I mentioned earlier, that Hazratwala (RA) always kept the Shari’ah in the forefront, so he mentions further, that on this note, due to Iftar parties and invitations, it is not permissible to leave the congregation of Maghrib.  Wherever and whenever there is an Iftar party, and there is a samosa or dahi bada  dish or some fancy exquisite fish, but the fishy part is to leave Maghrib on account of some food that isn’t going to run away upon returning from salat wth jama’at.  Have a couple of dates for Iftar, drink some water, go pray, and then come back and then eat comfortably in peace.  Eating quickly to go pray quickly will eliminate the enjoyment in both the food and the prayer…A loss of the dunya and the aakhirah.  That is why it should be mentioned clearly to the host of such gatherings that we will pray Maghrib in congregation, and then upon our return, we will eat as much as you would like us to.  That way the host will not be offended either, otherwise the host will be worried since they made so much in preparing such a wonderful Iftar and everyone is leaving to go pray.  So it is best to inform the host ahead of time so that each action can be done with ease, and a person can break their fast, pray in peace, and enjoy their meal upon returning in peace as well.  However to stuff one’s self so much for Iftar that when you go for sajdah, the dahi badas and samosas are falling out from your throat is not allowed.  You yourself are going into sajdah saying, “Allahu Akbar, Allah bada hai,” and at the same time the dahi bada is saying, “I’m bada as well, so I’m going to come out first!”  So what genuine need is there to stuff yourself so much for Iftar?!  Eat enough to be able to pray Maghrib, Isha and Taraweeh properly.  Do not eat so much that you feel sleepy, and skip Taraweeh altogether, or you are burping away during Taraweeh announcing to the guy next to you everything that was on the menu for your Iftar.  No one is saying not to eat, rather I am saying to eat and enjoy your food…Just eat such an amount that you no longer feel very hungry afterwards, and it digests properly without any issues, because intentionally causing yourself and your stomach to go through pain is also not allowed. 

A Great Reward for the Ones that Fast

Posted July 2, 2014 by Nabeel Khan
Categories: Misc

Hazrat Hakeem-ul-Ummah (RA) has mentioned in Behishti Zewar under the chapter of fasting, that Allah will reward the people that kept their fasts by calling them under His throne and will say to them, “O people that fasted in Ramadhan! You are Our guests because you kept your stomachs hungry despite food being readily available out of fear for Us.  Come under the shade of Our throne, and a table spread shall be laid out for you.” (Ibn Abi Dunya , Kitab al-Joo’)

On the day of judgment when people will be giving an account of their lives, and their brains will boil due to the heat of the sun being so near, a table spread shall be laid out for those who fasted the month of Ramadhan under the shade of Allah’s throne.  There will be no reckoning of deeds under the shade of Allah’s throne, and where there will be reckoning of deeds, there shall be no shade there.  Attaining the shade of Allah’s throne is a proof that Allah will not punish those people.

 


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