Channel: Bilal Philips
Fasting on the Day of Arafah – Dr. Bilal Philips
9 September 2016
the eighth day
is the ninth as that day is the day of arafah.
The day of arafah
about which Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam had said
that whoever fasts it
has the sins of the previous year
and the sins of the coming year
This is the
significance the greatness of your arafah
It is also the day
on which one of the last verses of the Quran was revealed. Aloma acmella come Dena come what ma'am to Allah come near MIT. What are the Tula? C'mon Islam Medina.
Today I have perfected for your religion
and completed my favor upon you.
And chosen Islam for you as your religion
of sticking to the religion as it was brought by prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
So this day,
also carries with it
is your melodica
I'm in another time zone.
We should at the same time prepare Sunday is easier for us to deal with because the issues of fasting on Saturday are not issues.
But nonetheless, Sunday.
The day of arafah
is a reminder for us that fasting was not supposed to be left only in Ramadan.
should not have been left in Ramadan.
We have fasted that month. And if we're blessed by a law we added the six days from Chahal. So we got the reward of fasting the year
in that regard, but Allah has still set other days in the year
from for us too fast.
And giving to those days attributing to those days great reward.
Because as Ramadan purifies us of sin from Ramadan, Ramadan as the prophesied, Salamat said
arafah also purifies us of sin.
And who amongst us can say well, I don't need
the reward of arafah
the sins of my past year and the sins of my coming year. I have so many other ways of
saving myself from them. I really don't need
I'm sure there's none of us who would
say that or even think that
we all need our alpha.
So, we should make the intention to fast and yamaraja
and to do it
in the best way possible.
As we close out the year the Islamic year, the hedger being the 12th month starting a new year in Haram.
We want to end the year on the
Best note possible.
So we should
keep this fast on your own arafa.
And I asked the last one to Allah,
to give us
to apply this opportunity and take advantage of this opportunity,
not only for ourselves as individuals, but for our families, our whole family should participate in it. Don't make it just your thing. You, your wife, your children, the whole family should strive to foster in
the same way that we fast in Ramadan. It's only one day.
So I asked the last month Allah to give us that
and that blessed intention to do so. And to make that fast,
acceptable to a loss, Vandana.
And I asked him last month Allah to
make this a part of our life.
The concept of fasting being
a part of our life, a way of life for the Muslim
has been so much stressed by the prophet SAW its alum, giving us so many other days in the year to fast, whether it's Mondays and Thursdays, whether it's the three days of the
lunar calendar, the 13th 14th and 15th.
Reality is that
fasting should be a part and parcel of our lives every month, so many days should be dedicated to fasting
because we need it.
Allah didn't prescribe it because he has any need for it. But we need it.
So Allah has given us this opportunity because those people who are on Hajj though they have been blessed with the opportunity for Hajj, it is not desirable for them to fast on Yom Yom modified is for us.
As who didn't have the
other to take us there to Mecca, we are here.
But we're not here without reward, a chance to earn reward and to gain a lot of blessings in our lives. So I asked him last month Allah to keep us firmly in this vein,
the way of fasting
the way of obedience to
a last month Allah and His messenger and following
as we said
Sunday, not Saturday as my brain was telling me
a recommended a strongly recommended Sunnah of the Prophet.
And we stress how much it
represents from the lifestyle of the Muslim
a fasting lifestyle
at the same time
for us to achieve its benefits.
We need to fast
according to the way of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.
So very, very important for us
to do it right.
Because the reward is so great.
The reward is so great.
It obviously is not going to be achieved
by one who treats this fast, lightly.
Jenna has a price
And remember, we said before that, as the prophet SAW Selim said,
there is a gate among the gates of Paradise called a rayon.
And it is there, created by a last month Allah specifically for those who fast.
So when we're talking about fasting, we're talking about Jenna.
So we know that Jenna is not cheap.
So though on one hand, it sounds pretty simple, you only have to fast that one day and your previous Sins of a year are forgiven, and the coming Sins of the coming year, also forgiven. Wow.
Islam is so simple, so easy.
It's true. Islam is simple.
But simplicity doesn't mean
It doesn't mean without effort.
It is simple in that it is not complicated with a lot of details that the average person cannot understand and follow.
But paradise has a price.
It has a price.
And that price is the effort that we have to make, in order for it to be
accepted, acceptable to a loss.
So I remind you again,
after many months,
the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.
in which he said
that the best so far
the best sohar Namah zohore.
the best savour of the believer
So don't think
when I reminded you that we had that day of fasting is Oh, another feast
the sohar feast.
We remember so Horan Ramadan,
it was great.
So we can enjoy again.
The proper support is to take
three, five dates
Are you ready?
To do a real fast.
So let's make this one we missed out in Ramadan. Those fast we're doing in Ramadan, we're feasts.
That's reality. That's what we have left behind
a month of feasting instead of a month of fasting.
So let's change this
Let's change our approach to worshiping Allah. let's recognize that whatever we do,
we must put our sincere efforts in it.
And if we put our sincere efforts in it, we will get the reward.
So many people tell me all the time, I am calling on the law and
over and over again. And he's not answering me.
But the problem is, as Elena said, older law I'm to move to notability Java, call on a law being certain that he will answer your prayers.
So how can you say
calling on the line is not answering my prayers.
See, there's something wrong.
Something wrong here. We're out of tune.
We are at odds with what Prophet Mohammed says lm is saying, and what we are imagining.
By he emphasize, after telling us that call on the law and being certain that he's going to answer your prayers, he went on to say,
but no, why not move. And the law Elias did, you will do RM and Albin often in law, that a law does not
or hear the prayers
of a negligent and playful heart
and negligent and a playful heart.
Meaning that you are
when you're making your duty,
you are negligent.
You are not conscious, really of what you're saying. You have some words that you have written down or you're reading from a book or you memorize, and you're saying these words, but your heart isn't in it.
Your Mind Your soul is elsewhere. You're going through
a ritual, raise your hands, or a law or law, but your mind is elsewhere.
is a game.
So then, how is the law going to care your prayer?
So you have to have
that certainty that he will hear he will answer your prayer. If you are sincere.
It's as simple as that.
So the same way with that fast,
he promised forgiveness for one year,
the past and one year to come.
If we are sincere
and naturally, if we are sincere, then
even when we commit sins coming, we will turn back to Allah in repentance. And Allah will forgive us.
Because that spirit is what is carrying us forward.
It's a sincere spirit.
Where Islam is real.
It is not just
culture and tradition.
We're here on Fridays because Muslims Day of Prayer, congregational prayer is Friday.
We'll be there on a day.
Because it's the tradition.
The soul is in it.
Is it real?
May Allah guide us And forgive us for treating his religion lightly?
The problems of the Muslim world go back to that.
Whether it's Syria,
we have treated a law's religion lightly.
We use the banner of Islam, where Muslims
but we're not really living as Muslims.
We are not much different from the others
who are not Muslims.
We're not distinguished.
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that we are supposed to be the best
among humankind, taken out as an example to the rest of humankind.
Is that us today?
let us begin that fast.
According to the way of the prophet SAW the light
who we have committed ourselves to follow?
Let us follow his way.
Take his guide. And it's not to say if you decide to have a hamburger for us or it's Haram, I'm not saying that.
Okay, I'm not saying that.
I'm just giving you the advice of rasoolillah. Somebody with some
advice, which will help to make the fast real.
So if we begin the fast with those few dates and some water or juice, milk,
then we will experience
we will experience
a fast, which we haven't before.
Perhaps it will be the first time
that we have
really experienced the fast.
And when the hunger pangs hit us.
We can feel hunger. Of course, this is assuming that
we didn't eat all night.
And because some people say, Okay, I know I have to do. Dr. Bilal said three days, so I'm going to prepare myself.
So after Isha on Saturday night, I'm going to eat a full meal. No, just keep it the way it is.
Just keep a regular meal the day before?
Because we're always looking for ways to make things easier. Yes, promise I'll send them said yes, you
make things easy, but not this way. This is not the way.
is to follow the advice of Rasulullah sallallahu. So we have a regular Saturday,
light dinner, even the doctors tell us we shouldn't eat heavily before you go to sleep. It's not good. So stick with the doctor's advice,
you should start to feel something in your stomach.
Something you haven't experienced before.
For those people living in different parts of the third world where you don't have enough to eat well, that's a norm. They experience it every day.
But for us who have been living very comfortably,
we don't experience it. So
let us experience it.
And remember the rest of the oma
who are not
with any other choice, they have no other choice, but to live through that every day.
come in too soon to start
making dua after answer before Margaret.
Remembering a law through tests be tied to
And even in these days,
it is good for us to say Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. La ilaha illa Allah. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, lll have as good to say that, although we think it's only on
even in these days, to remember Allah
to glorify Him.
Let's make that Sunday of fasting, one in which we have truly glorified
A lot. And when the time comes to break the fast,
we break it again with a few dates, and some water
and go and pray.
having confidence that we have controlled ourselves
based on the commandments of a last one at Allah.
And then when we come back from prayer,
we can have our Iftar.
that if Todd should be a moderate, if
I'm not saying more dates,
if you want to have more dates, you can but you can have a meal. Now, this is the time for a meal. But again,
it's not the meal in which we tried to make up for all that we lost during the day. This is the problem
that we let go. The fact is that the test of the fast
comes at the time that we eat that meal.
When the prophet SAW Selim said, The worst thing that you can fill is your stomach.
That's the worst container to fill. For us as human beings, stomach.
rail is enough to just eat
Not till you can't eat anymore.
That is not the way that the believer eats.
As if there is no tomorrow,
you eat you can't you drink till you can't.
You have reached the complete limit.
That's not the way
you eat a moderate meal,
once third, food, one third drink, and a third for breathing.
thank Allah for the meal.
And when you go to pray Asia,
you pray Asia as a different person.
One who has truly experienced the fast of Islam.
So I asked the last one to Allah, to grant us that blessing
to experience fasting, as it was meant to be experienced, to make this fast of arafah truly a purifier for us for the past and truly a purifier for the future
and that our families participate with us.
And let them also experience a true fast.
I asked the last ones Allah to forgive our negligence, our negligence of the religion or negligence of himself
in our worship.
In our glorification
I asked the last month Allah to forgive our parents, our family members who have passed
those in the grave that you he makes their grave gardens from Paradise and not pits from hell.
And I asked the last one to Allah to keep us firmly on serrata Mr. Payne
and to grant us at the end of this life, a way to paradise and to make our last breath La ilaha illAllah