Ramadan 2023 Appeal
The Month of Fasting
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Ramadan shadow cm Ramadan, the month of the month of fasting rcms fasting. When we think of Ramadan, obviously we think of fasting every month of the Islamic year has some significance, right? especially some of them they have more significance right. And every month has, you know, something that it reminds us of, and it has its own special feature you can see. And what's the special feature of the month of Ramadan, fasting. Fasting is the special act of worship of the month of Ramadan, which was made mandatory in charbon, the second year after Hendra that means before it, people who are not obligated to fast thereafter the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam observed the
obligatory fast of Ramadan for the remainder of his life. from this point onwards, every Ramadan, the Prophet sallallaahu, Selim would observe fasts, fasting was also obligatory for the previous nations, and now for the Muslim Ummah, for whom Allah chose the month of Ramadan as the month of fasting. Allah says, Yeah, au Han Latina Amano. quotevalet camassia Mukunda quotevalet Latina man publikum la la quinta takuan all you have believed, decreed upon you as fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. What is the word? Good Eva. Allah gudivada. What does that show? That it is compulsory. So this verse, what does it prove? For Leah to cm, it
proves the obligation of fasting. It proves the fact that fasting is an obligation. In another verse, Allah says, For men shahida minko Mashallah Valley assume Who? So whoever cites the new moon of the month, then let him fast it failure song who, what does that prove again? For Leah to see him the obligation of fasting, so it is proven from the Koran. So if a question comes on your test, what's the evidence from the Quran? That fasting is obligatory? What will you write this verse? Okay, either one of them. The obligation to fast is also proven by several sayings of the Prophet sallallahu to send them so it's proven from the Quran and also from the Hadith. The Prophet
sallallahu Sallam said ONeill Islam or Allah Hamsun Shahada de la ilaha illAllah Muhammad Abdul rasuluh What are your comments? Well, at what eater is getting or had debated with Samira Madonna, Islam is built on five pillars, the testimony that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a slave and messenger, establishing prayer bangs a cat performing pilgrimage to the house and fasting Ramadan. So what does it show that fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which means that just as Salah is important for a person to be a Muslim, fasting is also important for a person to be a Muslim. On these five actions, a person's Islam is standing
if one of them is missing, because Islam is incomplete. Not only is fasting a compulsory act of worship, but it also has numerous benefits, and is a source of earning immense rewards from Allah, as is evident from the following Hadees. So we see that whatever Allah subhanaw taala has obligated, there's always some benefit in it. Whether it is spiritual benefit, or it is physical or material benefit, there's some wisdom behind it. So when Allah has made fasting, obligatory, no matter how hard it seems, no matter how impossible, it seems, tell yourself, Allah knows and there is hidden this. Allah knows I can do it. This is why he obligated it. All right, and there has to be some
benefit. So what's the benefit? And by the way, is it necessary to know the benefit? Why? It gives you hope? It encourages you.
It shows the importance of that act, right. So we do it more wholeheartedly. We do it more willingly, so that the reward is also more right. Because when we worship Allah subhanaw taala, then what should we look forward to what should we hope, his happiness reward from him? Right, His mercy.
So there are many a hadith which tell us about the importance of fasting about how virtuous a deed it is. First of all, we see that fasting is a means of entry into paradise.
Whoo mama will deliver and who reported I came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and said orderby to perform a deed
That will allow me to enter Paradise. Tell me something, I can do it I just want to make it a jungle. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, I naked is solely for in the hula mithila who stick to fasting as there is nothing equivalent to it. There is nothing like
so what is this how these prove that fasting is a means of entry in paradise. It is an act that takes a person to gender. There is another Hadith, we learned that about hora de la or new he said that a Bedouin man came to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and a Bedouin, you're expecting someone who is very simple. Someone doesn't know much he doesn't do much. He just wants to know the basics. So he came and asked the linear or Merlin either Amita Who the hell to direct me to a deed which when I perform, I will enter Paradise the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, that would allow her to stick with the theme of salah and October, what to add the soccer roba with the sama Ramadan, that you
worship Allah do not associate anything with him establish the prayer that is obligatory pay does occur that is obligatory and fast in the month of Ramadan. Notice he didn't say fast throughout the year, voluntary fasts, right? Every Monday, Thursday with three white days. What did you say? First in the month of Ramadan, obligatory fasts. If you perform them properly, then this is something that will lead you to Ghana, amongst other things as well. So the man he said by the one in whose hand is my soul, la Zi, Darla, I'm not going to increase on this, I'm just going to do this. I'm going to stick to this and nothing more than this. When he turned to leave, the profits are allowed is that
I'm said whoever wishes to see a man from the people of Paradise should see him. Imagine someone who performs the bare minimum, but he does them well. And he does them properly fasting through the month of Ramadan regularly and properly then this is something that leads to gender. And in fact fasting is a those who are able to fast for them. It is a condition for entry antigen, meaning someone who is able to fast yet he does not do so. Then he is entering Jenna is at risk is not guaranteed.
Amongst other virtues of fasting. There is a special door in paradise for those who fast the prophets are allowed to set him set in the field. genetti bourbon, you call Hello Hello again. You there I will pm it you call eight OSI imune. From an CanAm in OSI Amina Donna who, Amanda who lamea avetta indeed there is a gate of Paradise called Ella Yan, it will be called on the Day of Judgment, where are the ones who fast so on the day of judgment and announcement will be made? Where are those people who fast so whoever is among the fasting ones will enter it, he will enter through again and the one who enters it will never be thirsty again. Never. Allah will give the reward for fasting
Meaning that the reward for fasting he hasn't told us what it is the exact reward, he has not informed us of it. And no person knows until he meets Allah. Why? Because the reward is immeasurable. Their award is something that cannot be known in the little world that we live in.
It can only be known when a person meets Allah. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said that Allah says kulu, Amma Livni, Adam, Allah Who in the cm, who led le a Zb, every good deed of the son of Adam is for him except for fasting, it is for me, and I shall reward the fasting person for it. I shall reward the fasting person for it. Now notice who I Li it is for me. Fasting if you think about it, it's a hidden act of worship, isn't it? Prayer, Hajj, Zakat, Shahada, all of these are very visible, you have to testify before people, right? So now, it's a physical act of worship, people can see you, right, it's visible. Had you ever goes for how to the whole world finds out? Right? The cat,
even though people find out it's something that becomes visible. Now fasting is something that even though a person may say that he is fasting, or other people may assume that he is not fasting, people have no way of finding out. Right? People have no way of finding out because people may be thinking that a person is fasting, but in reality, they're not fasting. Right? Like, for example, a mother who is on her head, she's not fasting, but her son thinks that she is fasting. So she doesn't eat in front of him. But when he goes to school and he has a breakfast, right? On the other hand, a person is fasting. And other people have no clue they're offering him food. Come eat with us is no
thank you. I'll eat later.
I don't feel like it right now. They don't know that person is fasting. Who knows? Who knows for sure. Allah knows right? And even the people around you, a person may have to hold with them may have a thought with them. He may be pretending that he's fasting. But he may be doing Fianna and eating when he's alone or she's alone.
Right? It's possible. So who knows only ally knows this is an act that is between a person and Allah. It's a hidden act of worship that is between a servant and his Lord. So when a person fasts for Allah, when he fasts for Allah, who I leave, it is for me, then what energy is up, then Allah will reward him for it. Allah will reward the fasting person for his fast. This is a great honor that while other good deeds receiver award from 10 to 700. The actual reward for fasting has been kept hidden since fasting is itself a hidden act of worship. Then we also learn that the smell the odor from the mouth of the fasting person has been appreciated. Imagine the prophets are allowed to
set himself said when Levine FCB de the Hulu family saw me out we were in the LA him in rehearsal misc by he in whose hand is my soul, the breath of the fasting person is more pleasing to Allah than the fragrance of mask. Imagine the fragrance of Musk, how beautiful it is. But more beautiful than that is the smell that comes from the mouth of the person who is fasting. Because when a person is hungry, the stomach is empty. Nothing has gone through the mouth. That obviously after some time, it begins to smell despite the fact that a person may be doing miswak still with me. So that smell loves it more than musk. Then we learned that fasting is a shield. The prophets are allowed, as Adam
said a CMO junetta manette. The genetic communicator fasting is a shield from Hellfire, like the shield of one of you in battle.
Imagine fasting is a shield from hellfire. It protects a person from falling into hell. Just like a person as a shield in battle, to protect himself from the attack of the enemy from spears and arrows and whatever. Through fasting people are saved from all those sins which lead them to hellfire. So how is fasting Arjuna? How? How is it a shield because when a person is fasting, he's refraining from so many bad things. Right? And also fasting, it trains a person to develop self control, to stop himself from things that he should not be doing. So with that training, what happens a person is distanced from those actions which lead him to hellfire. So this way, fasting becomes a shield.
Fasting is a protection from the hellfire. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said mermin, Ogden, asumu, Yeoman feasibility lay elever or the law Hobi, Delica, leiomyoma, Jo and unnati severe enough that even no slave fasts one day in the way of Allah without a law putting his face 70 years journey away from the fire on account of that day. What does it mean by fasting? One day in the way of a law, what does it mean by this? Any idea?
Okay, feasibly the law means that voluntary fast okay, but there is a more specific meaning. Yes.
Fasting while a person is feasts have eaten, what does it mean? Yes, fasting in jihad, that a person goes out of his house is going to participate in jihad, and he is fasting. Now we know that a traveler is exempt from fasting, but we know that he has also been given the choice to do so. All right. So if he fast visibile Allah, then imagine his face his distance from the Hellfire, how much? How much 70 years journey.
Now, you may be thinking
that Ramadan is coming up, I drive like half an hour to school half an hour back by the time I pick up all the kids, or whatever, when I go home, it's so late and it's so hard these days. Maybe I'll skip school for Ramadan.
Maybe this thought may come to your mind.
And fasting. Fasting is obligatory classes, not fourth. Right? You may think of it like this. But know that whether you're home or you're anywhere else, if you're fast, it's going to be difficult, it is going to be difficult. So don't deprive yourself of fasting feasts of vilella because the edge is multiplied.
The Edge is multiplied imagine a person is fasting and then he's performing again.
Whether it is going out in the wave alone learning something beneficial, reading something beneficial. When a person performs a good deed while fasting, that is more rewarding, right, the reward for that is multiplied.
Also, we learned that fasting will intercede for a person on the Day of Judgment. When a person fasts, then fasting will intercede for him on the Day of Judgment. We learned the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he said, FCM welcome, no Yeshua needed abdomen, pm YOLO cm A or B menarik to bomb washa for shaffir and aefi. While Codelco and monarto known belaid fresh are fair and EV color, fresh Bian. We learned that fasting and Quran will both intercede for the servant on the Day of Judgment. The Fast will say, Oh Lord, I used to stop him from eating and from fulfilling his desire. So let me intercede for him. And the Quran will say, I prevented him from sleep in the night. So let me
intercede for him. So then both will be allowed to intercede for the person. So what do we learn that fasting is a deed that is greatly virtuous, that has many benefits. And the one who fasts for him is Jenna, multiple ahadees prove this to us and wearing gender.
Okay, through a Yan button werrington in the company have any idea. In our heads we learn that a man came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu sallam, and he said, O Messenger of Allah, please tell me, if I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, and that you are the Messenger of Allah. And I pray the five prayers, and I give this a cat and I fast in Ramadan, and also stand in it. May I also do pm in Ramadan from him and Anna, then from which people Am I Where will I be? The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said Mina said the Athena wish you had
you will be amongst us the pain and the Shahada. So fasting in the month of Ramadan, and performing the club in this one is not something small. It is an act that leads to gender. And not just in general, but the best company in gender minister, Dr. Tina? Was she heard that?
Now what is fasting in the Arabic language, the word cm literally means to stop and refrain from doing something completely. But does it mean to stop and refrain from doing something completely it means m sack what is m sacmi. In sercombe, Marouf LTC from the SN m SEC is to
hold back right to restrain to retain something with oneself. So it is to stop and refrain from doing something completely
solid follow Solomon, it means that a horse was kept away from sitting, the Arabs, what they would do is that they would tie up their horses, okay, and sometimes their ropes would be very short. So that a the horse would not be able to go very far. And be he would not even be able to sit, it was that short. So basically just standing in one place, why animal abuse,
training, training for war, training for survival in harsh weather in harsh environment, as the desert was, right? So they would not give any food or drink to the horse and make it stand for hours and hours and hours. Why? So that it would develop resilience?
Okay, it would develop courage
and self control. Imagine if a horse needs it to survive, that we need it as well of ours is much stronger than us. And we need that self control that resilience as well. So how do you develop that? We think if we rest more, then we'll have more energy. We think if we eat more, we'll have more energy, but it works the other way.
The more you train yourself to work in difficult situations, the more strength you build. Why is it the doctors when they're getting their final training? They have to be at the hospital 24 hours, 36 hours, nightshift. Why, why for training, because very soon in their career, they will be in situations where they will have to take immediate decisions that will either save someone's life or take it away. So for that you need to overcome your own physical pain and difficulty. Right? You have to have that resilience where you can ignore your own physical pain or fatigue. And you can go beyond that and use your mind.
Okay, Yes, go ahead.
Yes, this is what m sack is
Do restrain to hold back, do not let do something. So as tired as sleepy, as hungry as the doctor may be, they're not going to go take a nap, they can't go home, they cannot leave. Right? Because there will be situations in future where they have to take major decisions that will affect people's lives. And at that time, their sleep should not overcome them, their hunger should not interfere in their decision making. So you develop this resilience, you train yourself, so that when you're tired, you don't become irritable.
And you don't snap. Okay, this is what fasting does, are when we are emotionally distressed.
We don't get upset very quickly, by the way other people are behaving and we don't start yelling at them. Do you see what I mean? This is how fasting develops resilience and self control, which is essential for a person who wants to be successful in life, in anything. So this is what fasting means, in shanira. It is to show servitude to Allah. This is the technical definition of fasting, what to show servitude to Allah, by abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations and other ads that nullify the fast from when to end, from pre dawn to sunset, not dawn, pre dawn to sunset with the intention of worship. Because if a person is doing all this, but he has no intention of worship,
he's not doing it for Allah, then is that counted as fasting? No. So fasting is not just a means of abstaining from food and drink, but also of leaving many bad habits, like we discussed earlier that fasting is something that breaks bad habits, it helps you build good habits. So fasting is not just something that makes you stay hungry and thirsty. But it's meant to bring about a change in us. It's meant to make us stronger. It's meant to make us develop some self control. This is why ignore Josie. He has stated three levels of fasting. He has stated three levels of fasting. First of all, ordinary fasting, the average fast, what people typically do, and what is that, to abstain from
eating and physical desires.
That no matter how hungry a person is, no matter how tempting it is to eat something, but how tempting it is to have relations with the spouse. But still, he controlled himself This is what
Okay, there is a level higher. That is hos special fasting. What is that, that in addition to abstaining from eating and physical desires, a person also protects the eyes, the tongue, the limbs, and all other organs of the body from sin.
He doesn't just control his mouth from consuming something. He doesn't just control his private parts, but also what he says, what he looks at, what he listens to what he does with his limbs, and all of this. Why?
Because the person is fasting for the sake of Allah is performing an act of worship. And remember the Hadith, the prophets of Allah says that that fasting is a shield. So the person observing fast, should avoid sexual relations with his wife, and should not behave foolishly and impudently. And if somebody fights with him, or abuses him, then he should tell him twice. I'm fasting, the prophets of Allah, as Adam said, and another Hadees, we learned that a person who does not leave foul speech and such things while he's fasting, that Allah has no need of him being hungry and thirsty. So a higher level of fasting is one, that a person is also abstaining from sin. It's not just that his stomach
is fasting, but his eyes are also fasting. His ears are also fasting, okay, His hands are altered, his entire body is fasting.
Okay, then there is a level that is even higher halsell hos unique fasting, which is to read the heart of every useless and bass thought. And any idea that would distance one from Allah and fill the heart with the remembrance of Allah alone.
What does it mean? That it's not just the entire body that's fasting, but also the mind and the heart, even they are engaged? You know, this is just like a person who springs holla. But as they're praying, they're looking here and there.
Is that good? No. And then level higher. A person is praying and he's not looking here there at all. But they don't know what they're saying. They don't concentrate at all. And then what's the higher level that a person is not looking here there, nor are his thoughts going here there. So his body is focused, his thoughts are focused likewise on
The person is fasting, then the entire body is fasting and the mind and the heart also fasting, which means that a person reads his heart and mind of every useless and based thought, you know, like we discussed earlier, that even when we're doing something worldly while fasting, like doing the dishes, or preparing food, or your daily chores, even at that time, busy yourself in the remembrance of Allah, listening to something beneficial, right, you're always engaged in either actively or passively, actively or passively. Why? Because you want to take the maximum advantage of this time.
A person who fasts at this level, then obviously is fast will be much more appreciated by a loss presenter. in Hades we learn whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan, out of sincere faith, sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah than all his previous sins will be forgiven. The person who's fast is at a higher level than all his previous sins will be forgiven.