Monthly Archives: June, 2017

An Obstacle

An Obstacle

An Obstacle

Have you ever stumbled upon rock as large as a house or a car? I bet you haven’t. And you may be laughing as well to hear this question, because if the rock is as large as a house, it is called bumping, and not stumbling,

True that we’re only stumbled upon small rock. Rock that escapes our sight, that usually stomped beneath our feet. But the impact it has might be fatal, as its that small rock that make us tripped and fall, whereas large rocks are nothing to be cautious with, since it is large enough thus everyone can see it.

This is just an illustration to be compared with the month of Ramadan and other months,

Ramadan is a large rock. Everyone knows about its greatness and virtues, and everyone gathers in flocks to welcome it. Big and small mosques are full during the tarawih prayer; the calling for sahoor are heard everywhere; lessons and Qur’an recitation are heard loudly, breaking the silence of the night. All of the preachers and religious teachers are whipping up the spirit of worship in month Ramadan. They inform people about rewards and virtues of worship in this holy month, such as sins being forgiven, reward get multiplied, prayers are granted, a night that is better than 1000 months, and so on.
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It is not Just About Self-restraining

It is not Just About Self-restraining

It is not Just About Self-restraining

According to shari’a definition, fasting is “An act of worship dedicated to Allah the Exalted by restraining from anything that could invalidate it since the breaking of dawn until the sun set.” As for invalidators of fasting, in Islam, are: Eating, drinking, deliberate vomiting, and having sexual intercourse.

If there’s any kind of self-restraining beside it, then it is not considered as fasting in Islam.

For example: If there’s a person who aim to get closer to Allah the Exalted by restraining himself from consuming meat; or by consuming only white rice; or by restraining himself from talking to anyone; or from sleeping; or from sitting; or from sheltering; and so on; those are not valued as fasting in Islam.

In a hadith, it is mentioned that one day, when the Messenger of Allah was preaching, one of his companions chose to stand under the very hot sun. The Messenger asked, what is he doing. The other companions answered that he is Abu Israil, and he had vowed not to sit, take shelter, talk, and he is fasting. Upon hearing that, the Messenger said, “Tell him to sit, shelter, talk, and continue his fast.” (Narrated by Bukhari no. 6704)
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