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NEW VIDEO! You Are Now in the Last 10 Days of Ramadhaan! – Shaykh Fawzaan

 

You are now in the last 10 [days of Ramadhaan], which are the best days of the month. The Prophet, peace be upon him, used to be devote these [days] with specific [actions] beyond the rest of the month. Because of his knowledge about it’s virtue and station and so that you may follow him in that.

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NEW VIDEO! Why Are the Gates of Paradise Opened in Ramadhaan? – Shaykh Fawzaan

From the virtues of this month is that the gates of paradise are opened during it. And that is by making righteous deeds easy and making them easy for the people of Imaan. Because Paradise is attained by righteous deeds.

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NEW VIDEO! Why Has Fasting Been Specified From Amongst All Acts of Worship? – Shaykh Fawzaan

Noble Shaykh, why has fasting been specified from amongst all acts of worship in [the hadith], “fasting is for me and I will reward it”.

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[4] Ramadhaan Reminders: [Allaah Sends His Blessings and His Angels Supplicate For Those Who Take The Predawn Meal]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

In a Hadeeth reported by Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri [may Allaah be pleased with him] the Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Allah sends His blessings and His angels supplicates for those who take the predawn fasting meal”. (1)

Al-Manaawee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “Meaning, those who have the pre-fasting meal with the intention to strengthen oneself in fasting…etc (2)

Anas Ibn Maalik [may Allaah be pleased with him] reported that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “Take the pre-fasting meal. Verily, there is blessing in the pre-fasting meal”. (3)

This blessings comes from different angles: It is adherence to the Sunnah, gives one strength for the performance acts of worship, an increase in energy, repels the bad behaviour that may occur due to hunger, a means to giving charity to the one who asks or eat together with him, a means to remembering Allaah and supplication during the time period when supplication is accepted, and the one who forgot to make an intention to fast before sleeping catches the time to do so etc..(4)

In this there is an urge to have the pre-fasting meal. The scholars hold a consensus that it is recommended and not obligatory. As for the blessing, it is manifest because it strengthens a person to fast, gives him energy and due to this a person increases in desire to fast because the difficulty is lightened for the one who takes the pre-fasting meal. (5)


[Ref 1: Hadeeth declared authentic by Imaam Al-Albaanee [may Allaah have mercy upon him] in Saheeh At-Targheeb Wat-Tarheeb. Vol 1. page 620. Hadeeth Number 1066 (kitaab As-Sawm- Section ‘At-Targheeb Fis Suhoor’). Publisher: Maktaba Al-Ma’aarif (Riyadh). 1st Edition 1421AH (Year 2000)]
[Ref 2: Faydul Qadeer 2/ 270]
[Ref 3: Al-Bukhaaree 1923 and Muslim 1095]
[Ref 4: Fat-hul Baari Sharh Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree. Vol 4. Page 179. Publisher: Daarus salaam. 1st Edition 1421AH (Year 2000)]
[Ref 5: Sharh Saheeh Muslim Vol 7. Page 179. Publisher. Daar Al-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah. 1st Edition 1421AH (Year 2000)

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[2] Ramadhaan Reminders: [The Heart and Soul Disciplined, Trained and Strengthened to Abandon Excesses]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “The heart’s piety and its steadfastness upon the path leading to Allaah’s (good pleasure) depends on its complete devotion to Allaah [The Most High]. The heart will not be put in order except by turning completely to Allaah (in obedience, submission), but excess food and drink, excess intermingling with the people, excess speech and sleep are among (those things) that increase the heart in decay, distracts it in every way and isolates it from its path of (obedience) to Allaah [The Most High] – either weakening or hindering it, or stopping it (from this goal). Therefore, Allaah’s Mercy necessitates that fasting is legislated for the (believing) servants in order to (divert them) from excess food and drink, and rid the heart of the intrusions of desires, which hinders it from its path (of obedience) to Allaah. Allaah legislated (fasting) in accordance with what is of benefit for the servant, so that the servant is benefited in his worldly life and afterlife – neither hindering him from what will bring about well-being for him in this life nor in the afterlife. (1)

The Imaam [may Allaah have mercy upon him] also said, “The fasting person is the one whose limbs abstain from sins; his tongue (abstain) from lying, lewdness and false speech; his stomach (abstains) from food and drink and his private parts (abstain) from obscenity. When he speaks, he does not speak with what harms his fasting and when he acts he does not do what corrupts his fasting. All his speech comes out useful and righteous. His actions are of the status of that scent that is smelled by the one who sits with the seller of musk, and likewise the one who sits with the fasting person is benefited by sitting with him and is saved from false speech, lies, evil deeds and oppression. This is the legislated fasting and not merely abstaining from food and drink. And it is (reported) in the authentic hadeeth, “Whoever does not give up lying speech (false statements) and acting on those lies and evil actions etc., Allaah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink”.(2)


[Ref 1: Source: Zaadul Ma’aad’ with annotations by Imaam Abdul Bin Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz & Checking of the Ahaadeeth by Imaam Albaani (rahimahumallaah). Page 39. Vol 2. Publisher: Daarul Aathaar’ 1st ed. ISBN Number: 2005/9441.
[Ref 2: Sharh Al-Waabilus Sayyib of Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah), page:31]

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[1] Ramadhaan Reminders: [Generosity, Qur’aan Recitation and Study, Warning Against Squander]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Narrated Ibn Abbaas [radiyallaahu-anhumaa], “The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadaan when Jibreel visited him, and Jibreel used to meet him on every night of Ramadaan till the end of the month. The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] used to recite the Noble Qur’aan to Jibreel, and when Jibreel met him, he used to be more generous than the fair wind [sent by Allaah with glad tidings (rain) in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds]”. [Saheeh al-Bukhaari 1902]

Few Reminders From This Hadeeth

Zain Ibnul Muneer [rahimahullaah] said, “The intent behind the likeness [or comparison] between the Prophet’s [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] generosity and the fair wind, is that the wind is one of mercy which Allaah [The Exalted] sends and sends down rain that falls everywhere- both on a dead land [i.e. falls on a dry land and revives it] as well as the land that is not dead; [likewise] the Prophet’s [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] good conduct and benevolence benefits everyone – the poor, the wealthy and the one who has enough – more than the rain that falls [after the arrival of that] fair wind”. [An Excerpt from Fat-hul Baari Sharh Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Vol 4. Page 150. Hadeeth 1902. Publisher- Daarus Salaam 1421 (Year 2000). 1st Edition). Slightly paraphrased]

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz [rahimahullaah] said: He [The Prophet – sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] was the most generous amongst the people with regards to wealth and bestowing (things) to the people, and not that he was (only) generous after being asked. And in the final year [of his life], Jibreel met him twice and he finished the recitation of the [Qur’aan] twice. And from the benefits of [this hadeeth] is that it is more virtuous to study and recite the Qur’aan at night, studying it with the righteous people, the scholars and the good people. The Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] recited [the Qur’aan to Jibreel] to receive that which Allaah has of reward [i.e. reward in the afterlife]. [An Excerpt from Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min Ta’liqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaariy. 2/121. Footnotes numbers: 1, 2 &3]

Warning Against Extravagance and Squander

Allaah [The Most High] said:

وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا

إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُورًا

And give to the kindred his due and to the Miskin (poor) and to the wayfarer. But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. Verily, spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayaateen (devils), and the Shaitan (Devil – Satan) is ever ungrateful to his Lord. [17:26-27]

Imaam As-Sa’di [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Shaytaan does not call the person except to every blameworthy habit. So he calls him to miserliness and to refrain from spending, but when the person refuses to obey him, he calls him to overspending and extravagance; but Allaah calls to the most just and balance of affairs and He praises the person for that, as He [The One free from all imperfections] stated about His faithful slaves:

[وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا أَنْفَقُوا لَمْ يُسْرِفُوا وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُوا وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَٰلِكَ قَوَامًا – And those, who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor miserly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes).'[Surah Furqaan; Ayah: 67] [An Excerpt from Tafseer As-Sadi]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “The limit of generosity is between two extremes and when one goes beyond its limits, it leads to extravagance and squander. And when a person is lacking in generosity, it leads to miserliness and tight-fistedness”. [Al-Fawaa’id page 207- 209]

Al-Allaamah Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said, “These squanderers who waste meat and food and dispose of it in waste bins should be reminded that there are hungry people hoping for a mouth full of (food) and a scrap of bread. (Should) fear Allaah and to fear Him in their gatherings, and that they do not become the cause of Allaah’s blessings being stop”. [An Excerpt From (Al-Bayaan Li-Akhtaa’i Ba’dil Kuttaab) Vol 2. page 27]

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Some Things Related to Ramadhaan Suhoor and Iftaar – [Sound Creed, Adherence to Guidance, Distancing from Path of Those Who Innovate In Religion etc]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Abu Dharr [may Allaah be pleased with him] reported that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “My Ummah will continue in goodness so long as they hasten to break their fast and delay the pre-fasting meal”. [Saheeh Al-Jaami 7224]

Abu Hurayrah [may Allaah be pleased with him] reported that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “The religion will not cease to prevail as long as people hasten to break the fast, because the Jews and the Christians (i.e. those amongst them who deviated from the path of their Prophets) delay it”. (1)

“The religion will not cease to prevail”- Meaning, triumphant and lofty or manifest and clear; “as long as the people hasten to break the fast”- Meaning, they earnestly hasten to break the fast; “because the Jews and the Christians delay it [i.e. those amongst them who deviated from the path of their Prophets]. At-Teebiy [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “In this is proof that upright establishment of the religion of pure Islamic monotheism is through opposing the enemies amongst the people of the scripture and being in agreement with them damages the religion” [i.e. oppose what they have innovated in the religion of the Prophets and not agree with them]. (2)

Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “This is a text regarding (the fact that) triumph of the religion is attained through hastening to break the fast and it is for the purpose of opposing the Jews and Christians [i.e. those amongst them who deviated, innovated in religion and opposed their prophets]. And when it is the case that opposing them is a reason behind the triumph of the religion, then the purpose of sending the Messengers is so that the religion ordained by Allaah prevails over all others. Therefore, being in opposition to (the deviated people) is one of the greatest goals behind the advent of the Messengers”. (3)

Sahl Ibn Sad [may Allaah be pleased with him] said that Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said, “The people will not cease to be upon good as long as they hasten to break the fast”. (4)

Imaam An-Nawawi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said, “In this is an urge to hasten (to break the fast) after the setting of the sun is ascertained. And what this means is that the affair of the Ummah will not ceased being consistent and that they will (remain upon) good if they preserve this Prophetic tradition. If they delay breaking the fast, then this is a sign of corruption”. (5)

They will not cease to be upon good if they do this by acting upon the Sunnah and limit themselves to its prescribed legislated boundaries, and not being over-stringent (through what their) intellects (suggest to them) and changing its principles. The people of the scripture [i.e. those amongst them who deviated] delayed breaking the fast until the stars appeared. (6)


[Ref 1: Abu Dawud Number 2353. Hadeeth graded ‘Hasan’ by Imaam Al- Albaanee in Saheeh Abu Dawud. Publisher: Maktabah Al-M’aarif. 1st Edition]

[Ref 2: Awnul Ma’bood Sharh Sunan Abee Daawud. Vol 3. Pages 343-344. slightly paraphrased. Publisher: Daarul Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah. 1st Edition 1419AH (1998)]

[Ref 3: Iqtidaa As-Siraat Al-Mustaqeem 1/209. slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 4: Saheeh Muslim 1098]

[Ref 5: Sharh Saheeh Muslim. Slightly paraphrased. Vol 7 pages 180-181. Publisher: Daar Al-Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah. 1st Edition 1421AH (2000)].

[Ref 6: Fat’hul Baaree Sharh Saheeh Al-Bukhaari Vol 4/ 253. Publisher: Daarus Salaam. 1st Edition 1421AH (2000)]

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NEW VIDEO! What Is the Best Way to Break the Fast? – Shaykh Fawzaan

“And he (the author) said (may Allah have mercy on him), Salmaan bin Aamir Ad-Dhibii (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said: “When one of you breaks his fast, then let him break it with dates, if one cannot find dates, then let him break the fast with water as it’s pure”

Narrated by The Five (An-nasaaee, Abu Dawuud, At-tirmidee, Ibn Maajah and Imam Ahmed)

Athenticated by Ibn Khuzaymah, Ibn Hibbaan and Haakim.

 

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NEW VIDEO! Advice to Maximise Benefit in Ramadhaan – Shaykh Fawzaan

Question: Eminent Shaykh, some people stay up late during the nights of Ramadhaan, and sleep during the day, they might even miss the prayers during the days of Ramadhaan. Do you have any advice for these people?

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Some Excellent Characteristics and Virtues of The Islamic Religion – By Imaam As-Sadi [Part 3]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Imaam As-Sadi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said:

After belief in Allaah, the major acts of worship in Islam are the prayer, zakat, fasting Ramadan and pilgrimage to the Sacred House. Contemplate these great acts of worship, their lofty and great benefits, and what they necessitate with regards to striving to please Allaah and attain success by gaining Allaah’s reward in this life and the next.

Contemplate what is in the prayer of sincere devotion to Allaah, completely turning to Allaah, praising Allaah, supplicating and submission to Allaah. And with regards its relationship with the sound belief in Allaah, it is like the attention and water that is given to an orchard, because were it not for the repetition of prayer during the day and night, the tree of faith would withered away, but instead it is renewed and increased based on servitude to Allaah through the prayer. Look at what prayer contains of preoccupation with remembrance of Allaah – The One greater than everything- and prevents a person from indecency and evil doing. (see appendix a)

Look at the ruling of Zakat and what it contains of honourable manners, such as benevolence, generosity, gratitude to Allaah for what He has bestowed on a person of favours, kind treatment towards the people, fulfilment of the welfare of the needy from it, distanced from meanness, protection of wealth against physical harm as well as the harm that afflicts a person due to sin, because indeed Zakat fulfils the needs of the destitute and needy, and it is utilised to support Jihaad and the affairs of social welfare, which Muslims cannot do without. It is utilised to remove the burden of poverty and the burden experienced by poor people, a means of firm belief in Allaah’s recompense, hope for Allaah’s reward and affirmation of Allaah’s promises. (see appendix b)

And in fasting is training for the souls to leave the things that are beloved to them (for a limited time period) out of love for Allaah, seeking to attain Allaah’s love and good pleasure, train the souls and accustom them to the strength of determination and patience. Fasting strengthens sincerity to Allaah and enables one to give precedence to love of Allaah over what the soul loves, so this is why – besides all the other deeds that have been assigned specific rewards- fasting receives a special reward from Allaah. (see appendix c)

As for what is related to pilgrimage, such as spending money, enduring hardships, exposure to (possible) harms and difficulties out of seeking Allaah’s Pleasure, paying close attention to Allaah, humbling oneself to Allaah at the Kabah and its sacred surroundings, performing different acts of worship connected to those rites, which Allaah has legislated for His servants and are to be performed at the kabah, and what this includes such as exalting Allaah, complete humility in Allaah’s presence, remembering the affair of the Prophets, the Messengers, the righteous and sincere people, strengthening one’s faith by way of their example and being greatly attached to them through love, the acquaintance between Muslims during hajj, striving for (sound) unity and agreement in their personal and general welfare, which cannot be enumerated, this is of the greatest virtues of the religion and one of the loftiest benefits attained by the believers. And what is mentioned above is just a notification and a brief discourse. (see appendix d) (Ref 1)

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Appendix a: Al-Allaamah Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbaad [may Allaah preserve him] said: The prayer is a pillar of the Religion and it prevents a person from lewd and evil acts. It attaches a person to Allaah and if a person strictly observes the five daily prayers in the mosques together with the Muslims, he will strengthen his relationship with Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic), because he remains in a constant state of attachment to Allaah-day and night. He prays the compulsory five daily prayers for the sake of Allaah and also the optional prayers and Allaah will reward him for all those deeds. It also distances him from lewd and evil deeds because whenever he has an urge to disobey Allaah and to do evil deeds, he recalls the reason for performing the prayer and being constant in its performance; (and the reason behind this is that) he performs the prayer out of a desire to receive reward from Allaah and fearing Allaah’s punishment because performance of the prayer prevents him from lewd and evil acts; so he becomes distanced from evil. Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) said:

[إِنَّ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ تَنۡهَىٰ عَنِ ٱلۡفَحۡشَآءِ وَٱلۡمُنكَرِ‌ۗ-Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha’ (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.). [Surah Al-Ankabut. Aayah 45]

 

Appendix b: Al-Allaamah Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbaad [may Allaah preserve him] said: the good outcomes of Zakaat are tremendous indeed. It is a means of purifying the soul from miserliness and greed. It is a means of purifying one’s wealth so that it is made to grow and increase, and it also fulfils the objective of what is called ‘Social Security’ at present.

So when the rich give Zakaat from their wealth to the poor and needy, then indeed their needs are fulfilled and they also receive nourishment as a result of this obligation of Zakaat Payment, which Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) has obligated to be taken from the wealth of the wealthy. It has been reported in the hadeeth of Mu’aadh Ibn Jabal (radiyallaahu-anhu) that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: ”And if they offer their Salaat (five daily prayers), tell them that Allah has enjoined on them Zakat of their properties and it is to be taken from the rich among them and given to the poor among them.”

The payment of Zakaat has a great benefit for the wealthy people because it purifies their souls and makes their wealth grow, and they are rewarded by Allaah for showing kindness to their Muslim brethren-those who are poor and find themselves in a state of neediness and hardship; so by way of this charity their needs are fulfilled and their destitution ceases.

Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) has obligated that Zakaat is to be taken from the wealth of the wealthy people in a manner that will benefit the poor and the needy, but at the same time the wealthy people are not harmed. The Zakaat is a small amount taken from abundant wealth, which Allaah has bestowed upon the people. Allaah has obligated the payment of that small portion, which does not affect the wealthy people when they give it, but it also benefits the poor and needy-those who are deprived and do not have any wealth.

And from the good outcomes of charity and kindness towards the poor and needy is that which has been narrated by Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu) that the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, “While a person was in the wilderness, he heard a voice from the cloud (commanding it thus), ‘Irrigate the garden of so and so’. (After that the clouds slunk aside and poured water on a stony ground. It filled a channel amongst the channels of that land and that person followed that water and he found a person standing in the garden busy in changing the course of water with the help of a hatchet. He said to him, ‘O servant of Allah! What is your name?’ He said, ‘So and so”. And it was that very name which he had heard from the clouds. Then he said to him, ‘O servant of Allah! Why do you ask me my name?’ He said, ‘I heard a voice from the clouds of which came the downpour, saying, ‘Water the garden of so and so, (with a mention) of your name. What do you do (for the favour) shown to you by Allah in this matter?’ He said, ‘Now as you state so; I look at what yield I get from it, then I give one-third as charity out of it and I and my family eat one-third of it and one-third I return to it as investment'”. [Saheeh Muslim. Hadeeth Number 2984]

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Appendix c: Al-Allaamah Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbaad [may Allaah preserve him] said: As for fasting, its good outcomes are tremendous because it is a protection. Imaam Bukhaari and Imaam Muslim reported the hadeeth: “Fasting is a shield”. It is shield of protection against the hell fire in the afterlife and it is a protection against disobedience (to Allaah and His Messenger). Fasting weakens the desires of a person; so it restrains the whims of a person and acts as barrier against the dangerous and forbidden deeds he might commit due to engagement in enjoyment (i.e. enjoyment that may exceed the limits impose by Allaah and His Messenger). Indeed the soul may engage- due to such enjoyment- in affairs whose end results are unpraiseworthy in this worldly and the hereafter; so because of this the Prophet (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Paradise is surrounded by hardships and the hell fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions”.

The path to paradise requires that a person exercises patience in order to abstain from disobedience and the path to the hell fire is surrounded by all (forbidden) desires. If a person distances himself from those forbidden desires, he [or she] will be safe; but if a person engages in such forbidden desires he [or she] will fall into what Allaah has forbidden. This forbidden enjoyment will be one that quickly fades away, but its end results will be grief, regret and humiliation in this life and the next. It has been reported in a hadeeth narrated by Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallaahu anhu) that the prophet (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam) said: “O young people! Whoever among you is able to marry, should marry, and whoever is not able to marry, is recommended to observe Sawm (fast) as fasting will diminish his sexual power”.

Therefore, the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) made it clear that if a person is able to get married, he should hasten to do so in order to remain chaste and enables another person (i.e. wife) to remain chaste; but if he is not able, he should devote himself to this Prophetic remedy which the Noble Messenger directed him to, and that is fasting. And that is because it is a safeguard and a protection for a person against falling into disobedience. In summary: This is a Noble Prophetic guidance given by the Noble Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) to the youth-that they should get marriage if they are able to do so; but if not, they should restrain their desires through fasting.

As for the fasting of the wealthy people, it reminds them of hunger pangs; so they reflect upon the blessings Allaah has bestowed on them because they have Muslim brothers (and sisters) who suffer from hunger pangs (even) without fasting. And that is because they cannot find something (i.e. food) to do away with extreme hunger. So this reflection becomes a drive (or motive) for them (i.e. the wealthy) to show kindness towards the poor and to spend on the destitute and needy.

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: Righteousness of the heart and its steadfastness upon the path leading to Allaah’s [good pleasure etc] depends on its complete devotion to Allaah [The Most High]. The heart will not be put in order except by turning completely to Allaah [in obedience, submission etc]; but excess food and drink, excess intermingling with the people, excess speech and sleep are among [those things] that increase the heart in decay, distracts it in every way and severs it from its path of [obedience] to Allaah [The Most High] – either weakening or hindering it, or stopping it [from this goal]. Therefore, Allaah’s Mercy necessitates that fasting is legislated for the [believing] servants in order to [divert them] from excess food and drink, and rid the heart of the intrusions of desires, which hinders it from its path [of obedience] to Allaah.  Allaah legislated [fasting] in accordance with what is of benefit for the servant, so that the servant is benefited in his worldly life and afterlife – neither hindering him from what will bring about well-being for him in this life nor in the afterlife. [Zaadul Ma’aad’ Vol 2, page 39 with annotations by Imaam Abdul Bin Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz & Checking of the Ahaadeeth by Imaam Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on both of them)]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: The fasting person is the one whose limbs abstain from sins; his tongue (abstains) from lying, lewdness and false speech; his stomach (abstains) from food and drink and his private parts (abstain) from obscenity. When he speaks, he does not speak with what harms his fasting and when he acts he does not do what corrupts his fasting. All his speech comes out useful and righteous.

Likewise his actions are of the status of that scent that is smelled by the one who sits with the seller of musk, and likewise the one who sits with the fasting person is benefited by sitting with him and is saved from false speech, lies, evil deeds and oppression. This is the legislated fasting and not merely abstaining from food and drink. And it is (reported) in the authentic hadeeth: ”Whoever does not give up lying speech (false statements) and acting on those lies and evil actions etc., Allaah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink.”  [Sharh Al-Waabilus Sayyib page 31 by Imaam Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz (may Allaah have mercy upon him)]

 

Appendix d: Al-Allaamah Abdul Muhsin Al-Abbaad [may Allaah preserve him] said: As for hajj, it is a great act of worship. Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) made it an obligation upon His slaves at least once in a lifetime. Hajj includes acts of worship related to wealth and physical actions. It has good outcomes and praiseworthy end results in the life of a person. The Noble Prophet (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam) said: “(The performance of) Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous one. And the reward of Al-Hajj Al-Mabroor (the one accepted by Allaah) is nothing but Paradise”.

Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam) was asked about the best of deeds, so he replied, “To believe in Allaah and His Messenger”. The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To participate in Jihaad”. The questioner again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “’To perform Hajj Mabroor (which is accepted by Allaah…)”.

Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu) also narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallal laahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever performs Hajj for Allaah’s sake only and does not have sexual relations with his wife and does not do evil or sins; then he will return (after hajj, free from sins) as if he was born anew”.

A ‘Hajj Mabroor’ (the one accepted by Allaah) is the hajj a person performs in conformity with the Sunnah of the Noble Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), and the sign of a ‘Hajj Mabroor’ is that a person becomes better than what he was before hajj. So if a person’s evil state of affairs changes to a good state, or changes from a good state to a state even better than that, then this is a clear sign that his hajj is Mabroor [accepted by Allaah].

Hajj and Umrah include acts of worship, such as Tawaaf, which is not performed in any other place besides its designated place (i.e. around the Kabah). Tawaaf is an act of worship, which Allaah has specified to be carried out around the Baitul Ateeq [i.e. The Ancient House (the Haram)]. So when a person reaches Makkah, he [or she] performs Tawaaf around the Baitul Ateeq. He [or she] seeks nearness to Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) with an act of worship (i.e. Tawaaf) which one could not have been able to perform except in Makkah. That is because Tawaaf cannot be done except around the Noble Kabah. So this reminds a person and makes him [or her] aware of the fact that Tawaaf performed in any other place in the earth is not legislated by Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic). Therefore, it is not permissible to make Tawaaf around any tomb or any other place in the earth besides the Noble Kabah.

Also, this is the case with kissing and indicating with one’s hand towards the Black Stone and the Yemini Corner; for indeed Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic) did not legislate for the Muslims to seek closeness to Him by kissing any other stone or indicating with one’s hand towards it except in those two places (i.e. the Black Stone and the Yemeni corner). And because of this when Umar Ibnul Khattaab (radiyallaahu anhu) approached the Black Stone, he kissed it and then said: “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither harm (anyone) nor benefit anyone. Had I not seen Allaah’s Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) kissing you, I would not have kissed you”.

Also from the good outcomes of Hajj and Umrah is that when the one in Ihraam removes his normal clothing and wears the Ihram, which is worn by both the poor and the rich, it reminds him of the cloth he will be shrouded with when he dies; so he prepares himself for righteous actions and that is the best of all provision for the hereafter, as Allaah (The Most High) said: [وَتَزَوَّدُواْ فَإِنَّ خَيۡرَ ٱلزَّادِ ٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ‌ۚ -And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.)’’ [2:197]

Also from the good outcomes of Hajj is the gathering of the pilgrims at Arafah, which is a reminder of the gathering of the people on the Day of Judgement; so this (i.e. standing at Arafah) becomes a drive (or motive) for a person to prepare himself for that standing on the Day of Judgement by performing righteous deeds.

Also during Hajj the Muslims from the East and West regions of the earth get to meet one another; so they co-operate with one another and advise one another. They get to know the state of affairs of one another; so they share happiness and joy with one another, just as a person would share the pain that befalls his brother and then guides him towards what is obligatory to do regarding that. So they all co-operate upon righteousness and piety just as Allaah (Glorified Be He) commanded them.

Indeed, these great acts of worship legislated by Allaah (The Mighty and Majestic)- upon which His Religion of Islamic Monotheism is founded- have good outcomes in the life of a Muslim in this worldly life and the afterlife. [An Excerpt from أثر العبادات في حياة المسلم pages: 4-31. slightly paraphrased]


[Ref 1: Ad-Durra Al-Mukhtasar Fee Mahaasin Deen Al-Islaamiy. pages 13-16. slightly paraphrased]