On the Doorstep of Another Ramadan
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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It was only as if
it was a short while back
that we were bidding farewell to the month of Ramadan.
And today we are welcoming the month of Ramadan once again.
A year has gone by
from one Ramadan to the next.
And the year of your life has gone by.
And that my dear brothers and sisters, is the very nature of this life in which we live.
It's a cycle.
One year comes in one year goes.
And we are constantly
in this never ending cycle
that will one day soon come to an end.
And this is how this dunya is.
It was only yesterday
that you're welcoming a new born into this world.
And today you're praying his janazah
it was only yesterday that you received your birth certificate. And today you're receiving your death certificate.
Yesterday when you were born,
you came into this Junior crying
while those around you were smiling and laughing.
Tomorrow, the people around you will be crying as they're burying you into your brain.
But do your brothers and sisters
as their month of Ramadan approaches
and is on our doorstep.
There are a few pointers
that we need to keep in mind.
A few pieces of advice that I asked lots of how to how to
to benefit each and every single one of us.
The first point
is that the true believer he looks forward. He longs for he yearns
for the coming of the month of Ramadan.
He looks forward to it.
He longs for it.
Because he knows that it's an opportunity for the editor of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's an opportunity to get closer to Allah subhana wa Tada.
And so just like businessmen,
they don't make profit all at one time throughout the year.
But rather, they look forward to certain seasons in which
they look forward to making a lot of profit.
Likewise, the loss of Hannah who went to Hana has made certain times of the year to be profitable
to gain reward,
to stock up those rewards to invest in our outlets.
And so it is mentioned in another
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The Ramadan is a profit for the believer but it is a loss for the wicked. This is why the seller
they would make to her to Allah subhanahu wa tada
six months prior to the coming of the month of Ramadan asking Allah subhanho wa Taala to give them the opportunity to witness the month of Ramadan
this year has been a tough one
this year that has gone by
has taken with it many
there were those who were with us last Ramadan
who are no longer with us today.
And they are many
whether they be friends, whether they be relatives, whether they be family.
Whether they be scholars, we all know
who was with us last Ramadan
and they are not with us today.
What does that teach us?
It teaches us
to take this month of Ramadan seriously.
Why because if you were with us last Ramadan, and you are with us this Ramadan, it may be that you won't be here next Ramadan
it's also time to take advantage of it's not a time to waste.
Many of us we've gotten into the habit of spending hours upon hours behind that screen behind our phones. It's time to put those phones down
and spend hours behind the must have
spent time in the masjid.
If you are alive today, it is a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala not to waste.
If the masajid here are open this Ramadan for us, but yet they are closed for many in other parts of the world. It's a blessing for us. The others have been deprived. Don't let it go to waste.
Don't say I'm gonna spend Ramadan at home this year, just like I did last year. If the mystery is open, then we're excused you have come pre the daily follow up. Come pre salata. taraweeh
we were beware
beware of something very dangerous,
that has afflicted many Muslims today.
This is something
that we may say, You know what? It doesn't affect me.
So it's not a big deal.
But I'm sure each and every single one of us we know of Muslims, whether they be family, relatives, friends, people we know
who have fallen into this.
And this is
neglecting fasting the month of Ramadan.
Fasting the month of Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam that the deen of Islam stands upon.
And yet there are those Muslims who claim to be Muslims, and yet they don't care about fasting this month.
In a hadith in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam narrates
a dream to his companions, certain scenes, certain horrible scenes that he saw in a dream.
He told his companions that he was with these angels who are taking him from one place to another. He says until I was at a mountain and I heard loud voices. And I asked Who are these are what are these voices? What are the sounds and so the angels told him. This is the howling of the people of the hellfire.
Then I was taken to a place where there were people
who are hanging from their hamstrings,
with their mouths with the corners of their mounts, ripped and torn
dripping with blood.
And so I asked Who are these?
And so they said,
these are people
who would break their fast meaning in the month of Ramadan before the proper time was to break the fast.
Meaning that these people intentionally did not fast, intentionally broke their fast in the month of Ramadan.
And so the scholars of Islam unanimously agree that anyone
who abandons fasting the month of Ramadan, even if it be one day,
without a legitimate excuse,
that it is a major sin. Some of these scholars even doubted whether such people were Muslim or not.
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But your brothers and sisters,
the last point I wanted to share with all of you,
as we approach the month of Ramadan
something very, very important and that is
and seeking knowledge
of the rulings pertaining to the month of Ramadan,
especially the rulings pertaining to fasting.
And so when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, tolerable enemy for Muslim, that seeking knowledge is an obligation upon each and every single Muslim.
What this means is seeking knowledge
of that, which will make our data correct and valid.
Otherwise, seeking knowledge
is a virtue.
Traveling to seek knowledge and spending years to seek knowledge and becoming a student of knowledge. That is a virtue that is not obligatory upon each and every single Muslim.
But what is obligatory upon each and every single Muslim is to gain at least that much knowledge that will make our ibadah
acceptable and valid in the sight of Allah subhana wa Tada. And so fasting is one of the pillars of Islam.
Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam. And it has certain rulings that are connected to it.
That no Muslim who has reached the age of puberty and is same has any excuse for being ignorant of these rulings.
And so just like Salah has certain rulings attached to it.
There are obligatory upon each and every single Muslim to be aware of. Likewise, fasting has certain rulings that each and every single Muslim must be aware of.
But among these rulings, that is of upmost importance is that which is related to what
makes a fast valued and what breaks the fast and so many, many ask concerning what breaks the fast does this break the fast does that break the fast?
And so I want to leave us with three golden rules and three principles. If we were to understand these principles
and memorize them, they will help us to resolve many questions that come to us during the month of Ramadan, concerning what breaks the fast The first of these principles is
that nothing breaks the fast except that which has been mentioned by Allah or the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
And so that which breaks the fast is among those things which are known as being matters of totally fear that which is dependent upon either a verse in the Quran or Hadith a statement of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So if anyone comes to you and says this breaks the fast,
and he doesn't quote for you in a year or heavy,
then you have to ask him, what is the evidence from the Quran, or from the sooner that this particular thing, it breaks the fast.
The second principle is
that your fast only breaks
with three conditions.
If you know that something breaks the fast, it doesn't break the fast except if three conditions or if one of these three conditions are met. The first is that you do so while in a state of remembrance, meaning you don't break your fast forget fully. So if you break your fast forget fully, it doesn't break the fast real fast is still valid.
The second condition is
that you break your fast, you break it with knowledge, meaning you know that this thing breaks fast. It's not based upon ignorance. If you break your fast not knowing that this thing breaks your fast, then your fast is still valid. And the third is that you break your fast, willingly meaning that No one forced you to break your fast. If someone forces you to break your fast, and you have no other choice
than your fast is still valid. The third principle
the third principle is
concerning what enters into our body. And this is where many people get confused.
And so we say that as long as something enters into your mouth or your nose and reaches your stomach, then it breaks your fast because these are the normal passageways to the stomach.
It doesn't matter what
it doesn't matter what you swallow it
as long as it enters through the mouth or through the nose, then it breaks your fast.
But now how about
things that enter your body through other than that normal passageway?
This is where many people get confused. And we get question after question. Does this thing break the fast does that thing break the fast and these things are mostly medical related.
And so things entering through the air,
things entering through the eyes,
things entering through injections.
The rule is
that anything that enters through to your body through other than the normal passageway
if it provides nourishment to your body, replacing food and drink then it breaks the fast.
But if it does not provide nourishment to the body, then it does not break the fast.
It's all based upon this we understand
that what many people are asking about these days about the COVID vaccine.
It is a vaccination injection that does not provide nourishment to your body. Therefore it does not break the fast. And so if you have an appointment during the month of Ramadan, you don't have to cancel it. The injection does not break the fast.
As for those injections that do break the fast then they are injections like IV injections were the purpose of it is to give you nourishment to replace food and drink that you cannot take. And so we ask Allah subhana wa Medina
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to allow us to reach the month of Ramadan in a state of a man and in a state of good health has also loosened the mu rockenmacher mala Ananda be equal
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