‘Id Mubarak @ 1438/2017

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“There are among the narrations many that strongly encourage thanks and remembrance of God at festival times in order to prevent heedlessness from prevailing and deviation into the illicit. Then at such times this may transform the bounties of joy and happiness into thanks (shukr) and make the bounty continue and increase it. For thanks increase bounty and dispel heedlessness.”

– Badiuzzaman Said Nursi- from the Risala-i Nur Collection/The Flashes –

Extra food?

Of what use is the fast as a means of conquering God’s enemy and abating appetite, if at the time of breaking it one not only makes up for all one has missed during the daytime, but perhaps also indulges in a variety of extra foods? It has become the custom to stock up for Ramadan with all kinds of foodstuffs, so that more is consumed during that time than in the course of several other months put together.

It is well known that the object of fasting is to experience hunger and to check desire, in order to reinforce the soul in piety. If the stomach is starved from early morning till evening, so that its appetite is aroused and its craving intensified, and it is then offered delicacies and allowed to eat its fill, its taste for pleasure is increased and its force exaggerated; passions are activated which would have lain dormant under normal conditions.

– Hujjat’ul-Islam Imam al-Ghazzali (rahimahu Llah) –

Ramadan is…

Dhu’n-Nun al-Misri, may Allah be merciful to him said:

Rajab is for abandoning destructive things, Sha`ban is for performing much acts of obedience, and Ramadan is for the expectation of noble miracles.
Whoever does not abandon destructive things, does not perform acts of obedience, and does not expect noble miracles, then he is among the charlatans worse than rubbish.

He may Allah be merciful to him, also said:

Rajab is the month of planting the seeds, Sha`ban is the month of watering them, and Ramadan is the month of harvesting. One can only harvest what has been planted as one can only reap what is sown. Whoever forfeits the planting of seeds and tending to them will regret when the day comes for harvesting. His conjectures will fall far below the evils of his ending

– Sultan al-Awliyah Shaykh ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani in his al-Ghunyat Talibi Tariq al-Haqq –

Ramadan Mubarak @ 1438/2017

As-salamu ‘alaykum,

When the door of fasting is opened in the month of Ramadan, the soldiers that carry the lights of divine majesty descend with their chains and restrain the mouths of the lower selves, thereby preventing them from their worldly foods and increasing their yearning for the beauty of the foods of Paradise.

—Shaykh Muhammad al-Qandusi

May Allah bless you all with wonderful days and nights of ibadah and acceptance