Fasting is a Shield
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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We begin by praising Allah subhanaw taala and bearing witness that nun has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. We bear witness that Muhammad Sallallahu any who was Saddam is his final messenger. We ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him the prophets and messengers that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him and those that follow in his blessing path until the day of judgment and we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allah man, I mean, the brothers and sisters in the analogies that the prophets of Allah our use of them uses to describe this exercise of fasting that we have right now is a very
interesting one. He called a cm sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he called it fast. He called it a shield. Fasting is a shield, a somo junuh Fasting is a shield, which is very interesting. And I'll come back to this at the end of this hotline sha Allah to Allah, because Taqwa also comes from a similar word, Quincy, Veronique mausoleum Kimiko de vida de Dena and public Amina Allah come to taco and fasting was prescribed on you as it was prescribed on those who came before you so that you may gain tequila. Tequila is a protective barrier. Fasting is a shield. And what beautifies this even further is when you start to read about the ways in which the prophets lie Selim elaborated on it
being a shield. In one authentic NARRATION The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said as somos una mala Mia.
He said sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam fasting is a shield. So do not damage your own shield. Do not crack your own shield, as if to say that no one else would be able to crack through the shield. Don't crack your own shield, don't do anything that would compromise the potency, the strength of that armor that Allah subhanaw taala has given to you. And what the scholar has mentioned here is of course, this is the one who cracks their own shield the fasting with their own sense, where the prophet slice and M says many similar narrations that Allah has no need of the fasting of a person who gives up their food and drink but does not give up idle speech and foul speech. What's the
point? Right so a person who penetrates their own shield breaks their own shield in places and so I want you to imagine you're fasting as a junior that's the first thing don't crack your shield he teaches us from Allahu Allahu wa salam. The second way in which it is a junior, in which it is a shield is when Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says Aslan will Juna Fado Cana yo me so Yom will song me a deacon Farah Yarmuth, Yeoman even when I asked the Prophet slice and I'm said fasting is a shield. So when any one of you is fasting, let them neither indulge in any type of obscene language nor raise their voices. Okay, yes, don't raise your voices at one another meaning don't get into
arguments don't get into fights. The Prophet size some said for inside the who I had, oh cartella who failure called in Islam in Islam the Prophet sighs I'm said so if anyone tries to argue with you, tries to fight with you. Then simply respond, I am fasting I am fasting. Now by the way there are elements here say very beautiful things about this is this you know a way to win an argument like sometimes you use May Allah forgive you not to actually make draft for someone's forgiveness. You use it to win an argument. Right? Or you say Solana like what either katabami ju Dona Carlos salaam on the ignorant start to address you then say salam. So you say salam as a means of actually
insulting that person not as a means of actually saying peace, but as a means of suggesting or implying
They're ignorant. So there's actually quite a bit of of writing on whether or not you should verbalize, you're in the Salton, you should actually say I am fasting, I am fasting. And so the scholars actually have a difference of opinion on this. And the most balanced opinion Allah knows best is that when it comes to the obligatory PFASs, like Ramadan, where it should be known that everyone is fasting, then say I am fasting, because it's also a means of reminding the other person if they are Muslim to fast as well. So you set the tone, and it's not like anyone is trying to hide this good deed, if anything. Everyone is supposed to be encouraging this virtue of fasting, but they
say that if you are doing a voluntary fasts and say it to yourself, right, like in the slot, like remind yourself, I'm fasting, I'm passing in Nissan, Nissan, okay, I'm not going to compromise the shield that I have on today, by getting into the silly argument and potentially losing this fast so in the saw him I'm fasting. In any case, it's a means of affirming oneself, reminding yourself and in some situations, even reminding the other person, but the function of the shield here is that fasting is a shield from ignorance that provokes your arrogance, ignorance that provokes your arrogance, Jad in the Arabic language does not simply refer to the loss of knowledge or information.
It actually refers to anger, okay, it refers to people that lose their temper frequently. So you protect yourself from an ignorance that provokes your own arrogance, why you're supposed to be curbing the knifes you're supposed to be curbing the knifes and just like how Allah subhanaw taala is sometimes allows you to accidentally take a bite of food or sip of water, you know, in Ramadan, and it's a gift from Allah subhanaw taala. Right. In the same way, it's a gift to your Neff sometimes that Allah subhanaw taala humbles the neffs. Allah azza wa jal humbles the neffs through the encounter with someone else. So the first one once again Assam will Jana, man, me Africa,
fasting is a shield from your own sense. Don't crack your shield with your own sins. The second one, fasting is a shield from ignorance that provokes your arrogance. If someone is ignorant towards you, belligerent towards you remind yourself in the song in the song, and if it is a day of Ramadan in the saw in the slot, I'm not as a way of shouting the person down or being arrogant with the person but as a way of look, let's put this aside. Let's recalibrate and focus on the season. That is at hand. The last one, the prophets lie some says and another authentic hadith from Earth man and benevolence about the Allahu Taala and Carla Carla and he has salatu salam Salam o Juna MENA now
Kaduna to decon. Meenal kita. He said some Allah who it was from that fasting is a shield from the fire, the same way that you have a shield in battle. And so there is a mount here mentioned that in this way, fasting is a shield from the punishment in the afterlife. Subhanallah look at the ways in which the shield is so comprehensive, a shield from your sins, a shield from your arrogance, and from the ignorance of others provoking your arrogance and a shield from the punishments in the Hereafter. May Allah subhanaw taala protect us from the fire Allah who I mean In another Hadith the Prophet slice and I'm said very famously, as I've been mystery with all the Allahu Taala and who
narrates he said some Allah or even Samia Marsala, Marsala Shabaab. Oh young man, Minnesota I'm in como la fille yet as a wedge whoever amongst you can get married, then let them get married for India who uploaded Vasari? Well, axonal in Forbes, he said SallAllahu Sallam that that lowers the gaze and it guards one guards a person's chastity it guards their modesty and he said some Allah Allah and he was salam woman I'm your stalker for it. He was sound for in a hula hoop which he said Salam Salam that if you cannot get married, then practice fasting frequently because it is we just, we just means it diminishes the desires. It diminishes the desires. Now Subhanallah there's a very
beautiful statement from the moment of Azadi Rahim Allah Tada in this regard, that there are secular ways to diminish desires, right you die it to diminish your your appetite for food and drink, right? You could, you could endure other types of methods to diminish your desires to control your appetite, right? But when you pair the diminishing of desires with koolatron Iraida, with willpower, strengthening that desire for Allah's pleasure, which is what we do in the act of fasting, then it's far more rewardable Because then it has benefits in the worldly sense as well as in the hereafter since. So you're pairing off the diminishing of desires, you're weakening the desires and
strengthening the desire for Allah subhanaw taala is pleasure. And that's what makes this exercise
is fasting. So comprehensive and so beautiful. So what's the relationship between taqwa and soul? In this regard? Taqwa comes from the word we hire, we hire.
Now we hire could be any protective barrier that you wear any protective barrier. So we apply as a very general term in this regard. Not necessarily for LP tab. You could have for fighting or for battle you could have we fire because it's cold outside. Okay. With Korea is a protective barrier. And there in the mat say it could be something very thin or very thick. Because not everyone has the same level of Taqwa right now. Last chance our greatness high levels of Taqwa and high result. It's the best provision May Allah grant us much Taqwa. Allahumma Amin. So some people have a little bit of Tuckwell, a lot of tequila, right, but it's a protective barrier. But ultimately it is tape it is
to put a barrier between you and the prohibitions, the Murase the disobedience of Allah subhanaw taala. So tuck what is the protective barrier that you put between yourself and haram? yourself and the disobedience of Allah subhanho wa taala. Juna is an added layer of protection. So imagine you've got the armor of Taqwa and you put on top of it, the armor of fasting. Now what is beautiful about that is that the scholars say that Juna is a barrier between you and your shallot, this shield the fasting is a barrier between you and your desires. And Taqwa which is what is it is meant to generate is a barrier between you and the disobedience of Allah subhanaw taala as if to say that if
a person puts a proper barrier between them and their shallot and their desires, then they will naturally have a stronger barrier between themselves and the disobedience of Allah. Because ultimately we disobey Allah subhanaw taala once we allow our appetites once we allow our desires to overcome the higher pursuit of the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa taala. And what is more beautiful than all of this in the sense of the comprehensive nature of Islam?
So Taqwa is the body armor. Fasting. Right is the Juna is the shield. What you put on top of the armor, is what the prophets lie some said about Victrola heater Allah the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala
he didn't describe sallallahu alayhi wa salam zikr as merely something that you were or something that you hold. He described Victor sallallahu alayhi wa sallam like a fortress. It's a fortress Subhanallah a fortress, because the shayateen the devils cannot penetrate a place of thicket, whether that is the heart, whether that is the body involved in the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala whether that is a home of vicar, the Shayol team are not able to penetrate the fortress of vicar and that's why the prophets lie Selim mentioned that if you were to remember Allah at all times, you'd be like what you'd be like the angels who have no desire nor disobedience of Allah
subhanaw taala because the state of vicar removes the lure of desire, and it removes the pull towards disobedience. And one of the things that we beautify our fast with of course and what will remain with us once we go back to eating and drinking, at a regular pace is the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala to keep ourselves busy with the victory of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah may Allah make us amongst that killing Allah cathedral muda Quran Allah Allah Ameen. Akula Kalia was tough Allah he will accompany certain Muslim infrastructural in a hotel for Rahim.
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