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

Farewell Oh Ramadan

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Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali has saud  the following:

‘Servants of God! The month of Ramadan has resolved to leave, and only a little of it now remains. Those among you who have done well in it, let them see it through till its end. Those who have fallen short, let them finish it with goodly actions. Enjoy the remaining few days and nights that are left of it. Bid it farewell with righteous deeds that will testify in your favour before the All-Knowing King. See it off by parting with it with the purist greeting of peace…

O month of Ramadan, be gentle! The tears of the lovers are streaming down at your departure and their hearts torn asunder at the pain of separation. Perhaps standing to bid you farewell may quench the flames of yearning that burn within. Perhaps a few moments of repentance and abstinence may mend of the fast all that has pierced it. Perhaps one cut-off from the caravan [of fasters] may find divine acceptance along with them. Perhaps one who was deserving of the Fire will be set free. Perhaps one shackled by sins will be liberated. Perhaps the sinner shall be shown mercy to by the Protecting Master.’1

Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-siyam wa’l-qiyam. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-tilawati wa’l-qur’an. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-barakah wa’l-ihsan. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-ghufran wa’l-ridwan. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-Ramadan. Salamun ‘alayka.

From: Lata’if al-Ma‘arif (Riyadh: Dar Ibn Khuzaymah, 2007), 486-7.

End of the Month of Ramadan

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The month of Ramadān is the month of serenity and purity [shahr as-safā’], the month of fulfillment and fidelity [shahr al-wafā’]. It is the month of those who practice the remembrance of their Lord [shahr adh-dhākirīn], the month of those who endure with patience [shahr as-sabirīn], and the month of those who are honest and truthful [shahr as-sadiqīn]. So, if it does not have the effect of improving your heart — if it does not induce you to desist from the rebellious acts against your Lord, and does not make you avoid the company of troublemakers and criminals — what else can exert a positive influence on your heart? What goodness can be hoped for in a case like yours? What redeeming quality can survive in someone like you? What successful outcome can be expected from an individual like you?

You had better pay attention, O miserable wretch, and try to learn from what has happened to you. Come to your senses, wake up from your slumber, shake off your heedless indifference, and take a good hard look at what has befallen you. However little of the month you still have left, you must seize every opportunity for repentance [tawba] and contrition [ināba]. Take full advantage of the time that is still available for seeking forgiveness [istighfār] and practicing worshipful obedience [tā’a]. If you follow this advice, you may yet be one of those who receive the blessings of mercy [rahma] an compassionate grace [ra’fa].

Then, when the month of Ramadān comes to its close, you should bid it farewell with the shedding of copious tears. You should weep over your unfortunate self, while moaning and wailing and uttering plaintive cries of lamentation. For, as you must be well aware, many a keeper of the fast [sā’im] will never keep another fast, and many a keeper of the vigil [qā’im] will never keep vigil again.

The worker will be paid his wages, once he has finished his work, and we have now finished the work [required of us in the month of Ramadan]. But if only I knew for certain whether our fasting [siyām] and our vigil [qiyām] have been accepted, or whether they be used to slap us in our faces! If only I knew for certain which of us has been accepted, so that we may congratulate him, and which of us has been rejected, so that we may offer him our condolences!

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

There is many a one who keeps the fast by day, yet who gets nothing out of his fasting but hunger and thirst. And there is many a one who spends the night in vigil and prayer, yet who gets nothing from his vigil other than insomnia.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) also said that on the final night of the month everyone would be forgiven. His Companions asked if this night was Laylat al-Qadr.

He replied:

No, do you not see that when workers finish their work they are paid their wages in full?’

– Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq – Sufficient Provision for the Seekers of the Path of Truth by Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani rahimahu Llah –

Ramadan – Vi kan nå det endnu…

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Allahs Sendebud ﷺ sagde, som en del af en længere hadith:

»… Ved Allah! Jeg frygter ikke for jer, at I skal sidestille nogen med Allah efter mig, men jeg frygter for jer, at I skal strides om verdenens rigdomme« (al-Bukhari, Muslim m.fl.).

Ramadanmåneden er snart over os; husk at tilbedelse ikke kun er bøn og faste, men også omfatter godhed, velgørenhed og velvilje overfor andre. I stedet har vi travlt med at løbe efter verdenen, og undskylder det med, at det er for vores og vores families overlevelse. Er det virkelig kun et middel eller er det efterhånden blevet til et mål i sig selv, for hvilket vi strides med hinanden og bekæmper hinanden?

Tilbedelse er ikke kun bøn og faste, men skal forbedres igennem fordybelse og refleksion, og en stræben efter at opnå mere oprigtighed og renhed i sin overbevisning – hvis der ikke er kvalitet i vores tilbedelse, så opnås ikke dens forbedrende og gode varige effekt, som den bør have på os.

Praktisk set handler det bl.a. om at bekæmpe sine lyster og impulser, og overgive sig til en højere moral samt stræbe efter at udrydde negative egenskaber og ondskaber i sig selv, så det nytter ikke noget at tilbringe dagen med at undlade tilladte madvarer (ved at faste), for så at gå rundt og begå forbudte handlinger, skade andre eller gøre oprør mod sin Nådefulde og Barmhjertige Herre.

At opnå tilgivelse er det mindste, måske endda det letteste; meningen kære menneske, er at du kommer ud på den anden side, som et bedre menneske, med et styrket forhold til din Herre og Hans Elskede ﷺ; at dine omgivelser mærker en forskel i din adfærd, og din sjæl mærker en oplysning; dén slags, der kommer igennem fravalg af ondhed og ved udbredelse af godhed i alle aspekter af dit liv.

Så tænk dig om og spild ikke tiden. Lad den fysiske svækkelse om dagen styrke din indetrængte og fængslede sjæl.

Tag fra din krop og giv til din ånd. Medicinen kan være hård, men dens virkning vil føre til bedring i såvel sjældens som kroppens tilstand.