Philosophy of Fasting #12
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Assalamualaikum and variable Welcome to the philosophy of fasting
Bismillah Al Rahman Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen. All praise is due to Allah, peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, the last prophet and messenger of Allah. As always, it's my pleasure to have in the studio today, Dr. Hatem Allah had just
come off. Thanks so much for joining us in the studio.
Doctor so as you know, we're talking about the philosophy of fasting. I want to take some time today to talk about the etiquettes of breaking your fast and starting the fast. Okay.
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim o salat wa salam ala Rasulillah. As we said that we started the fast on February time, definitely when February starts, we start to the fast now Fajr as we said can be distinguished by the calendars that follow 18 degrees generally speaking, however, I don't want our brothers and sisters just to think about the technical discussion regarding 18 degrees and others definitely they can investigate the matter, I strongly believe that we should follow the 18 degrees calendar and as I said that
the issue of is the hard making he had because in some countries than they're like Western countries, then it will be too short. And they said it is very difficult to fast though so if the other opinion is a valid opinion, we should go for the other opinion okay, we said that you cannot do is the heart if the matter is clear.
So, if the time to start your fast is clear, you cannot make a jihad and change at that time. Yes. And the other opinions, you cannot say that they are just open. They are valid opinions. And they are equal to the opinion that says 18 degrees of course, because their opinion that says 18 degrees is an opinion that is followed by the vast majority of scholars. In fact, I was looking at this issue,
believe it or not brother Rafi, I found that his colors from the fourth hedgerow sanctuary case
they confirmed that 18 degrees is the criteria when the Fajr starts right and it is also the criteria of the end of Asia timing. Okay, so and this till until now, scholars confirmed the same thing however, I don't want our viewers just to be hooked into that discussion they can investigate they can the matter of course yeah, deeply what I believe in is to follow 18 degrees inshallah but again, you st you know, if the viewers want to check this out, always go on the website, check it out for themselves, they can have a chance to check and investigate the matter by themselves. Now.
First of all, do we stop immediately when the time starts? For example, Tommy starts as at seven minutes past three, okay. Okay, seven minutes past three. So do we start when seven minutes past three?
Yes, yeah. Is on? Yes. Okay. Because, you know, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had two callers, one of them. Two people who call the other Bilal, and Abdullah he ignominy Maktoum Abdullah he Nomi Maktoum, he used to be a blind person, okay? The prophets Allah Allah Allah Salam said Kulu were shabu Zina urbini Maktoum, and he is a blind person who does not make a dawn until they say to him, or the father started the Fajr started. So the Prophet SAW Selim said eat and drink until Ibnu only Maktoum this man the Sahaba of the Allah Allah and who makes that at that price. So whenever he makes them full stop, don't eat and drink fish.
That's it. Okay. And as you know
Allah Allah Allah Allah says in the eye for Kulu shabu Hatha yesterday and hola como hypo abdominal heightened as well the minute feta. So when it is clear that this is the beginning of the don't Yes, the fader stop, okay. Okay. Now, having said that, and as we are talking about the philosophy of fasting and what you mentioned about etiquette, some people leave five or 10 minutes before that time. It is true that we said you need to stop promptly, but don't leave five minutes or 10 minutes whereby you stop, okay. Why, because in the I eat and drink until the white is distinguished from the dark right, which means that in certainty yes, there has to be an uncertainty means if you are
doubting it and it is not clear that this is the beginning of the dome, then don't
don't pause or stop eating and drinking 10 minutes before the other. This is the first etiquette for sure.
The second important etiquette is having a pre Dawn meal or called Sohus Yes, you know and Hadith and supernumerary that the prophets of Allah sent him said, have a Sahul to me, have a wholemeal Tessa huddle, why the prophets of salaam said there is baraka inside there is baraka blessings and Zoho. Now as again as we are talking about philosophy of fasting, what is the point of Sahel what is the meaning of Baraka? Yes, what is the wisdom behind it? What is the benefit? What is the philosophy of the scholar say the baraka in this whole time? First of all, what is the whole time? It's the whole time is the last part of the night? Yes. Okay, is the last part of the night.
So the Prophet SAW Selim said having used the whole meal during that night and there was another Hadith when the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam said delay this and they said that the prophesy seldom used to delay the cycle and the Companions used to delay this
as much as they can, right. So it means that the person would be eating at the third part of the night.
Now blessings during that time may mean that the meal itself is a blessing meal.
Blessing meal means a meal that will help you to fast for the rest of the day.
Okay, and I know some people who do not fast other than Ramadan and they find it extremely difficult to fast and to as one of them said that if he does not have a proper
heavy meal in before February Okay, and some good amount of drink Yes, it will be very difficult for him to fast Subhanallah don't have the amount of time to pick up on that because I mentioned my own experiences fasting Ramadan you know it's part of my my very first Ramadan I took it the first three days I was very I was sick I was ill. What is this 400 I didn't break my fast ever. I really did learn what to eat and why to eat because I see people they must have like
fried chicken chicken meat, this exactly this does not help not yes, he is. As you mentioned this brother mashallah you know, the Prophet SAW Selim said
net Messiah who don't mean a Tamil what a good shahada is Tamil,
Tamil, you know dates the days are very good set definitely my own experience, my own experience that that if I have my circle as dates on lead, of course with water with water, or maybe drink Wallahi fasting is easier. And I eat a heavy meal especially, especially chicken or meat or something like this.
Yeah, it makes fasting difficult to Yes. And this is the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam if what a good meal is or what a good salad or meal is? The dates Exactly. So and that's why we always encourage our brothers and sisters to have dates definitely. In fact, you reminded me there is a Hadith that the Prophet SAW Selim said
Based on Letterman, Rafi here on a blue
house without date, the people are hungry. Handling the household of Yes. The household members of any house that they do not have thermal. They are hungry. Definitely. I definitely agree with this I shake. I want to bring upon the fact that what should we eat? We've mentioned Dayton handler, this is the best, I think, yeah, of course, you can eat anything. Yeah, but what is the best for you to eat? The Prophet SAW Selim praised dates. Yes, of course, it was, it is. It is, generally speaking, anything you can eat. So this is one thing, that the whole meal will help you to fast. Of course, the other thing is, some scholars said, because this is a whole meal takes place in the last part of
the night. And all of us know, Hadith Ebihara era that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam said that Allah descends the day, the last part of the night to the lower heaven. And he says, who asked me for something, who makes the art for me? Who makes his telephone? Who asked me more for something, I will give it to him who makes the hour, I will answer his daughter who makes it so far, I will accept his still far seeking for forgiveness. So they said that if the person is awake at that time,
he might make dhikr of Allah, he might make his still far he might repent to Allah, Allah, Allah is a very, very precious time. And I really appeal to our brothers and sisters to make use of that time in particular in this blessed month, the month of Ramadan, I'm not to waste it is true that they have to have Jehovah but along with Jehovah be thankful to Allah Exactly. Still far off Allah. Repent to Allah. Exactly. Doctor, I definitely agree with you. I just want to pick up on a point there. Okay, so we've talked about Sahar, let's talk about the etiquettes of the meal after Margarita because I see, you know, there's nothing benefiting to me. I see there's drinks in the
mosque with fruits, all this kind of stuff. Everyone's eating straight after maghrib they're eating like big fried chicken again, and they've got no room to do the prayer at night. Okay.
You made me laugh because this is really some in some mosques. Yes, they do this. They do this and sometimes amazed. You know, first of all,
you know, the Sunnah is to break your fast by having some dates. Okay, you know in the hadith of Sandman and will be that the prophets I seldom used to break his fast on soft dates, okay.
Or he said, If you want to break your fast you should break your fast on soft dates. If you do not find soft dates,
then on normal dates, if you do not find normal dates, then drink water because the water is a purification. In another Hadith the Prophet SAW Selim used to do this himself. If he found soft date he would choose soft dates or dates or water. I'm sorry to interrupt you there. Shake that's all we have time for right now in this part. Stay tuned we'll be right back after this quick break. I salaam Wali Khan welcome
I saw money calm and a very warm welcome back to the philosophy of fasting. Slim doctor. So
we were talking before the break about the etiquettes of fasting. breaking your fast ending your fast and I made you laugh by saying you know, I've seen in the Maghrib time in the mosque. There's plenty of drink plenty of food, and there's no time for prayer at night. So what is the etiquette? Okay, Mr. La salatu salam ala Rasulillah. We said that the Sunnah
is to break your fast by having soft dates. Yes, if
you have soft dates and otherwise normal dates, dry dates, otherwise waters
and as you are saying this, it is good. Once we say that, break your fast by having dates.
Yes, some people I have seen this, that they just eat to date. One day it Yes. And they immediately start having calories.
Okay, immediately Yes. I said okay, let the date at least reach your stomach. Exactly. And
see the number of dates that you need to eat, don't they? They eat just one. Okay? Okay, one is enough, of course you break your dates. But you know, the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam used to eat seven dates in the morning. So maybe we can say that it is good to have seven dates.
And it is sunnah to have an odd number. Yes, if you insist, but not to have except one is fine. Exactly. And or three or you can say five or seven. Yes, of course, of course, you can increase more than this. And it is good to have like to let it go into your stomach before adding something else into your stomach. Because, you know, even they say different as we are talking about philosophy of fasting. They said from a medical perspective, that date is the only fruit that can be digested very, very quickly. Yes. And that's why the prophets I seldom used to apply this sunnah, which is having dates Exactly.
So, this is one thing.
The other important sunnah that has to be observed or etiquette that has to be observed in breaking the force is that you need to break your fast immediately once you are sure that the mercury starts the mercury time started. So break your fast immediately. Yeah, there is the hadith of Serena said that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said my ummah will continue to be in a good shape as far as they hasten their for their, the break of their formation of the fast Yes. Okay, so panela so, why, why, look, the prophets I send them said my ummah will continue to be in a good shape. Yes, just by following Duchene Yes, because following that sunnah demonstrates that the OMA is keen to
follow the path of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And this is although it is a symbol, but it represents a concept definitely. So this is the philosophy of it. That following the Sunnah always, don't look at the action itself, the act itself of course, look at the philosophy behind Exactly yeah, which is following the Prophet sallallahu sallam, not only this, but feeling that his guidance is the best of guidance, even not for not only this, you know, in breaking the first immediately after maghrib
there were there were a number of narrations by the Prophet sallallahu Sallam that do not, do not delay breaking your fast until these thoughts start to come. Because this is the action of other non Muslims, who inherited fasted fasting from maybe their their ancestors or from other faiths, and they stopped it too fast, but they continue fasting not until sunset, but until the stars start to appear in the sky, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam prohibited us from doing this. Yes. What does that mean? It means that the Prophet SAW Selim wanted us to follow certain way. And if we follow that way, we are following the way of the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam and once we follow the way
of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam will we will be in a good shape Shala Okay, so this is another important ticket which is making break your fast immediately. Yes. That is so true. Everything that you're saying is enlightening. Not only me, but the viewers at home. So there's nothing beneficial to break the fast with dates. You're seeing an odd number, not not one but three or five or seven preferably because Mohamed Salah Salem used to be as dark in the morning with the seven dates. Yeah. Martial law. There is another important point that I would like to mention is that it's good to make dua, yes. Okay. Because the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, in one of their
Hadith said that the dua of the fasting person will be accepted.
But there is, this is one of the virtues of fasting.
There is another Hadith where the Prophet SAW Selim said three people there is accepted. Then we suffered the mudroom, the the Merciful, the traveler, the Muslim, the oppressed and the fasting person
and I would like to encourage our brothers and sisters to do a lot of do while fasting definitely definitely. Especially when the the the the after hacer and it is a time to endure fast Yes, the person is keen to break his fast or her fast, the person is a little bit tired. So he is more spiritual, you can say his heart is more connected to Allah, Allah Allah at that time is good to do a lot of
now in particular, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the fasting person will have a dua that will not be one dua that it will not be rejected. In one narration. In one narration, the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam said, well, then he can difficulty and that is when the person breaks his fast that when the person breaks his fast, it means when he is about to break the fast, so he's waiting, he's about to break the fast and at that time, his art will be accepted Inshallah, if he wants to continue to
after breaking the fast that is not a problem as well. Okay, because the person can do do even when he eats and this reminds us of another soon to be mentioned, which is a specific job. Okay.
They have a warm up alternative with rebuttal Andrew in sha Allah. Okay, this is narrated in one of the Hadith many scholars said that it is sunnah to say this there are some scholars said the hadith is not that authentic anyway. We can say they have a llama first has gone
and I just reward has been confirmed or secured. And
surely they have a llama or patella tulip sorry, the second word they have of Rama his thirst has gone so little through the veins has been Moist. Moist, chilled. Yes. moisturized, moisturize. Yes. Okay. moisturized the veins, yes. And with Harbottle Insha Allah, the reward has been established or secured. So this is also a good etiquette to be observed while breaking the fast. Definitely. If I may say we I think we have a very limited time limited on time Doctor, I'm so sorry. Okay. Can I say one thing? Go ahead. It is good to provide food for others. Yes. To break their fast and I think maybe we need to elaborate more on this point because of course, it is a very crucial important
Yeah, very crucial, very important activity related to the philosophy of fasting, inshallah. Well, once again, Doctor, thank you so much for joining us in the studio today. Exactly. Well, viewers at home, I definitely hope you actually think about fasting and the philosophy behind fasting. Until next time, I'll leave you in the safe Cavalia. Salam Alaikum welcome