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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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Just Once!

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Month Ramadan is the month of Qur’an, the month where the Qur’an was revealed for the first time.

Allah the Exalted decreed,

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ

During the month of Ramadan the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance to the people with Clear Signs of the true guidance and as the Criterion (between right and wrong).” (Chapter Al Baqarah/The Cow:185)

The Messenger of Allah made Ramadan as the time to recite the Qur’an; accompanied by Angel Gabriel, he finished the Qur’an while Angel Gabriel listened to his reciting. For the whole month, he finished the Qur’an once. Except in his last Ramadan, he finished it twice.

Likewise, the scholars followed the example of Allah’s messenger in this matter. They busied themselves during Ramadan by reciting the Qur’an. Among them were:
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AFTER THE RAMADAN PASSED….

Author: Ustadz Abu Ahmad Said Yai, MA

Before we realize it, the month of Ramadan has passed. It is too bad that we’ve to leave it for now, but it is a must; we ought to bid farewell to it, while waiting for the next Ramadan. And now we’re in the month of Syawwal, in which we are advised to fast for six days. It doesn’t have to be in consecutive, as it may be done separately, as long as it is still during the month of Syawwal. The Messenger of Allah –peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said, :

(( مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهُ سِتًّا مِنْ شَوَّالٍ كَانَ كَصِيَامِ الدَّهْرِ )).

“Whoever performs fast during (the month of) Ramadan, and then (fast) six (days) in the month of Syawwal after that, then it is as if he has performed fast the whole time (one year, -ed).” [1]
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Lessons From the Battle of Badr

Lessons From the Battle of Badr

One of the historical battles during the lifetime of Allah’s messenger was the battle of Badr. It happened on the month of Ramadan, two years after Allah’s messenger’s emigration to Medina. The first battle that was completely won by the muslims was the first blow to the disbeliever of Quraish. They didn’t expect the muslims, who were oppressed in Mecca, now turned the tide and showed off their power.

The battle of Badr had long finished. We could only read about it in the books about history of Islam. We do not engage in it physically, nor that we trudged together along with the Messenger’s troops at that time, since we are separated by centuries. However, there are many lessons and morals that we could draw from the history of the Messenger’s and his companions’ struggle. And that is why histories are told to the next generation, so that they could take worthy lessons from the history of their own religion. Hence, history is not just a tale to be conveyed as bed time story.
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