Ramadhan Gem – Day 15

Feeling tired? This is beautiful reminder to keep on going:

Imam Ahmad narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (r.a.) that Rasulallah s.a.w. said:

“Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection.
Fasting will say:
‘O Rabb, I kept him from his food and desires during the day;
let me intercede for him.’

And the Qur’an will say:
‘I kept him from sleeping during the night; let me intercede for him.’

And they will be allowed to intercede.”

[Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami‘, 7329]


Ramadhan Gem – Day 8

Rasulallah (ﷺ) said,
“Whoever does not give up false statements (telling lies),
and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others,
Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.” [1]

It’s disturbing to see so many people who think they have the license to say anything and everything they want, so much so that whatever that comes out from their mouth (or on the social media) are nothing but insult, backbite, slandering, trolling, spreading lies and gossips.

One of the things that most of us often neglect when we’re fasting is watching our tongue (and hands) from speaking (and posting) whatever that is not pleasing to Allah s.w.t. Allah is in no need of our leaving food and drink if we go around abusing others with our tongue. We often fail to realize what we say / post, and how detrimental it can be for our Akhirah. This is important outside Ramadhan, but it is even more severe in Ramadhan.

So be careful. Be mindful of what we say. And if someone anger or annoy you, say: I’m fasting. Don’t fight. Remove yourself from that scene.

This is a reminder for myself foremost.
[1] Sahih Bukhari

Ramadhan Gem – Day 7

Ibn Rajab stated:

“Patience is of three types.

1. Patience in obeying Allah.
2. Patience in refraining from that which Allah has prohibited,
3. Patience in accepting the decree of Allah when it is hurtful.

All three types of patience are combined in fasting.”

(Source: Lataa’if al-Ma‘aarif)

“…Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning.”
[Az-Zumar 39:10]

Ramadhan Gem – Day 6

Multiplication of Good Deeds

In Ramadhan especially, the reward of every good deed is multiplied. But did you know that the type of multiplication for fasting is not the same as other good deeds? This is one of the IMMENSE rewards from Allah to those who fast. Rasulallah s.a.w. said that Allah s.w.t. said:

“Every act of the son of Adam is for him,
except As-Siyam (fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me,
and I will reward him for it…” [1]

Why is fasting singled out for Himself, amongst other deeds, in this hadith? And how will Allah s.w.t. reward us on the Day of Judgment for our fast? Our great scholars have a number of answers, and one of them is this:

On the Day of Judgment, people will demand their rights from one another. Anyone whom we have wronged / oppressed will demand for their compensation, so our good deeds will be taken and given to those whom we have wronged (may Allah s.w.t. save us) until there is not a single good deed left to give.

EXCEPT for fasting, for it will not be taken by anyone, rather it shall only be PRESERVED AND SAVED by Allah s.w.t. for the one who fasts and He s.w.t. shall reward him for it. Allah will protect it and He will not give the oppressed person authority over it, but rather the good deed of fasting shall be for its companion with Allah the Mighty and Majestic.

[1] Bukhari & Muslim

Ramadhan Gem – Day 3

Allah s.w.t. has set THE stage for us this Ramadhan:

1. Fasting
“Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then ALL of his past sins will be forgiven.” [1]

When we fast in Ramadhan out of iman, meaning not fasting because everyone is doing it or to lose weight, but because we firmly believe that this is a pillar of Islam that Allah mandates upon us, and wanting Jannah – then all of our previous sins will be forgiven.

2. Praying qiyam every night
“Whoever prayed at night in it (Ramadhan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then ALL of his previous sins will be forgiven.” [2]

Scholars said that what is meant by praying qiyaam in Ramadhan is to pray Taraweeh. That’s 11 rakaats minimum (inclusive of 3 rakaats of witr) behind the Imam. If not possible, then do it at home. The idea is not to miss a single prayer.

3. Spending Laylatul-Qadr in prayers
“Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then ALL his past sins will be forgiven.” [3]

How Merciful is Allah s.w.t. He knows all of our sins and mistakes, those days of low-level of iman, those times when we chose desire over piety – yet despite all of that He loves and wants to forgive us. May we emerge from Ramadhan cleansed from our sins, and our hearts healed.
[1] Sahih Bukhari – http://sunnah.com/bukhari/2/31
[2] Sahih Bukhari – http://sunnah.com/bukhari/31/1
[3] Sahih Bukhari – http://sunnah.com/bukhari/2/28