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FLEEING FROM ALL TYPES OF SINS AND GIVING PRACTICAL EXPRESSION TO ILM

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

DEPRIVED OF THE SUPPLICATIONS OF THE ANGELS

Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has mentioned that a severe consequence of disobedience is where one is prevented from having the Malā’ikah (angels) ask for his forgiveness from Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. It is stated in the Kalaamullāh:

“Those who bear the Arsh, and those around it proclaim the praise of their Lord, and believe in Him, and they ask forgiveness for those who believe; ‘O Lord, You embrace everything in mercy and knowledge. Therefore forgive those who have repented, and follow Your way, and guard them against the torment of Hell.'” [Surah Al-Mu’min: 8]

Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله has stressed that we notice how clearly this verse states that the Malā’ikah (angels) ask forgiveness of their Lord for the Muslims who follow the way laid out for them by Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله the Most High. How will it be possible for the one who refuses to travel that way to receive this blessing?

Can we really afford to be deprived? May Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله guide us towards submission and save us from obstinacy.

THE SALF-E-SAALIHEEN

The Salf-e-Saaliheen did not restrict themselves to academic discourses. They would derive practical benefit from the Qur’aan and Ahaadith. On the other hand, those of later times indulged more in academic exposition of theories. For example, according to the Hadith, Allah Ta’ala descends to the first heaven in the last portion of the night. On the basis of this Hadith the Salf-e-Saaliheen engaged more in worship during this time of the night. They did not indulge in theoretical discussion regarding this Hadith. They were not concerned with the manner of Divine Descent. They did not ask: ‘Since Allah is not a physical body, how does he descend?’ They were not concerned with theories and abstract  arguments.

SILENCE IS NO EXCUSE

Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has mentioned that some people are outwardly pious, practising on virtuous deeds and abstaining from sins. However, despite their piety, they associate with the transgressors and participate in their acts of disobedience. They feebly justify their stance with the argument of trying to avoid disunity with family and friends.

There are others who do not participate in acts of transgression but do not have a detestation for the evil acts which they observe. They live together with the disobedient people in the manner of dissolved sugar (as sugar dissolves in water). They do not abstain from the evil of the transgressors nor do they express any detestation for the violations of Shariah.

For people of piety and learning, to maintain silence in the face of transgression is sinful because they do not object to the commission of sins.

 

Practice of Homosexuality Led to the Divine Destruction of Pompeii

The Qur’an tells us in the following verse that there is no change in Allah’s Law;

“They swore their strongest oaths by Allah that if a Warner came to them, they would follow his guidance better then any (other) of the peoples; but when a Warner came to them, it only increased their flight (from righteousness) – on account of their arrogance in the land and their plotting of evil, but the plotting of evil will hem in only the authors thereof. Now are they looking for the way the ancients were dealt with? But no change wilt thou find in Allah’s way (of dealing): no turning off wilt thou find in Allah’s way (of dealing).”

Al-Qur’an 35:42-43

Yes, no change will be found in Allah’s way (rules). Everybody, who stands against his laws and rebels against Him, is subject to the same divine law. Pompeii, the symbol of the degeneration of the Roman Empire was also involved in sexual perversity. Its end was similar to that of the people of Lut (Alayhissalaam).

The destruction of Pompeii came by means of the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius.

The volcano Vesuvias is the symbol of Italy, primarily the city of Naples. Remaining silent for the last two millennia, Vesuvias is named the ‘mount of warning’. It is not without cause that Vesuvias is known as such. The disaster that befell Sodom and Gomorrah is very similar to the disaster that destroyed Pompeii.

To the right of Vesuvias lies Naples and to the east lies Pompeii. The lava and ash of a huge volcanic eruption, that happened two millennia ago, caught the inhabitants of that city. The disaster happened so suddenly that everything in the town was caught in the middle of everyday life and remains today exactly as it was two millennia ago. It is as if the time had been frozen.

The removal of Pompeii from the face of the earth by such a disaster was not purposeless. The historical records show that the city was exactly a center of dissipation and perversity. The city was marked by a rise in prostitution to such an extent that eventually the number of brothels was not known. Male organs in their original sizes were hung on the doors of brothels. According to tradition, rooted in Mithraic belief, sexual organs and sexual intercourse should not be hidden but displayed openly. (Archeologists first excavated the city during Victorian times, shocked by the open sexual perversity of the people, a secret museum was formed to house some of the artifacts found. These included many falic symbols, images of homosexuality and even bestiality, to be viewed only by a select ‘League of Gentlemen’ who Victorian society deemed to be capable of dealing with the images.)

But the lava of Vesuvias wiped the whole city off the map in a single moment. The most interesting aspect of the event is that nobody escaped despite the terrible violence of the eruption of Vesuvias. It is almost like they did not even notice the catastrophe, as if they were charmed. A family eating their meal were petrified right at that moment. Numerous petrified couples were found in the act of intercourse. The most interesting thing is that there were couples of the same sex and couples of young boys and young girls. The faces of some of the petrified human corpses unearthed from Pompeii were unharmed. The general expression on those faces was bewilderment.

Here lies the most incomprehensible aspect of the calamity. How did thousands of people wait to be caught by death without seeing and hearing anything?

This aspect of the event shows that the disappearance of Pompeii was similar to the destructive events mentioned in the Qur’an, because the Qur’an  particularly points to “sudden annihilation” while relating these events. For example, the “inhabitants of the city” described in Surah Yasin died all at once in a single moment. The situation is told as follows in the 29th verse of the Surah:

“It was no more then a single mighty blast, and behold! They were (like ashes) quenched and silent.”

In the 31st verse of Surah al-Qamar, again the “instantaneous annihilation” is emphasized when the destruction of Thamud is recounted:

“For we sent against them a single mighty blast, and they became like the dry stubble used by one who pens cattle.”

The death of the people of Pompeii took place instantaneously, just as the events recounted in the above verses.

Despite all these, things have not changed much where Pompeii once stood. The districts of Naples where debauchery prevails do not fall short of those licentious districts of Pompeii. The island of Capri is a base where homosexuals and nudists rule. The island of Capri is represented as a “Homosexual Paradise” in tourist commercials. Not only on the island if Capri and in Italy, but in nearly all the world, a similar moral degeneration is at work and people insist on not learning form the awful experience of past peoples.

This serves a big lesson for those dajjali governments who are legalizing LGBT/homosexuality, the history will surely repeat itself.

 

Some Facts about ‘Eidayn in the Light of Ahadith

Eid-ul-Fitr is not a standalone event and requires stipulated fasting of 29-30 days during the Islamic (lunar-calendar) month of Ramadan. An important point, which sometimes a few people do not appreciate, is that the month of Ramadan is also the introduction anniversary of the Divine revelation of the Holy Qur’an. The revelations of the Holy Qur’an happened as staggered deliveries over a period of 23 years. Fasting is also a period of self-assessment in spiritual gap-analysis. This gap-analysis is an annual event and a continuation from previous Israelite prophets, who fasted for 40 days.

Eid-ul-Fitr has been celebrated over the last 1500 years, since the days when Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was in active service as the Seal and the Final Prophet of Allah. It is a commonly universal knowledge, that Muslims fast for 29-30 days in the Islamic month of Ramadan; and the first day of the following month, Shawwal, is Eid-ul-Fitr. Muslims are prohibited to fast on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, in as much as Muslims are also prohibited to fast on the day of Eid-ul-Azha.

Eid-ul-Fitr, commenced by Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is the second of the two important festivals in Islam, prefixed as Eid. (The greater of the two is Eid-ul-Adha). Prior to intervention by Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), the communities of Madinah held two annual festivals, which were joyous carnivals only, with lots of merrymaking, but without any religious attachments. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the 1st day of the Arabic (lunar) month of Shawwal; and Shawwal is the 10th month of the Islamic lunar-based calendaring system. The month before that is Ramadan, the month of 29-30 days of prescribed fasting.

Of the six Sahih Hadith, one of the six Hadith (Hadith No 772, Hadith Jami-al-Trimidhi, Chapter on Fasting Vol 2) clearly states: Abu Sa’eed al-Khundri narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) prohibited two fasts: Fasting on the day of Eid-ul-Adzha and on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.”

There is further Hadith on prohibition on fasting on the days of both Eids. It is reported in the Hadith (Hadith No 953, Hadith Sahih Bukhari, Book of Eid Festivals, Vol 2): Anas bin Malik narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) never proceeded for Salat on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates.”

Anas bin Malik further narrated: “The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) used to eat odd number of dates.”

However, Muslims are definitely not prohibited from eating their regular breakfast; neither is it imposed upon them to eat only dates on Eid; but the most important point is noting the prohibition, which is not to fast on the exact day of the two Eids.

A unique feature about the Eid prayers is that there is neither an adhan nor an iqamah. This is reported in the Hadith (Hadith No 2049, Hadith Sahih Muslim, Book of the Two Eid Prayers Vol 2), which states: Ibn Jurayj narrated “Ata’ informed me from Ibn Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu) and Jabir bin Abdullah al-Ansari (radhiyallahu anhu) who said: “There was no adhan called on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.” I asked him about that later on and he said: “Jabir bin Abdullah Al-Ansari (radhiyallahu anhu) informed me that there was no adhan for the prayer on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, neither before the Imam came nor afterwards, and there was no iqamah or call or anything; no call that day nor iqamah.”

There is to be no other Salat either immediately before, or immediately after, the Salat Eid-ul-Fitr and this is clarified in the Hadith (Hadith No 964, Book of the Two Eid Festivals, Hadith Sahih Bukhari Vol 2), which states: Ibn Abbas narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallan) offered a two-raka’t Salat on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr and he (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) did not offer any Salat before or after it. Then he (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) went towards with Bilal (radhiyallahu anhu) and ordered them to give alms, and so they started giving their earrings and necklaces (in charity).”

 

Ramadan, Resistance & the Brave New World

‘There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self,’ said Aldous Huxley, the English novelist best known for his dystopian novel, Brave New World.

In his exploration of the dilemmas confronting modern man – the rise of capitalism, the dehumanising demands of technology and progress and the cult of self-worship and instant gratification – Huxley hits on many truisms in his chilling forecasts to the modern world.

This month will see Muslims the world over observe the fasts of Ramadan. Ramadan, essentially, is the month in which believers are required to buckle down more consciously and improve their own ‘corner of the universe.’ The month is marked by heightened religious observance and also a keener sense of social cohesion, and provides a powerful energy for self-transformation. As the month progresses, many Muslims, repentant for the ills and misdeeds of their past, resolving never to return to such ways again. Indeed, men, women and whole societies actively purify themselves during this month. This experience becomes, for many, the turning point of the year and, for some, their whole lives. Furthermore, Ramadan yields to the believer an array of timely lessons to help steer them through what is fast becoming a chaotic and volatile world.

Let me touch upon three such lessons:

Undoubtedly, the principle lesson of Ramadan is learning to be more God-conscious, which is related to the sense of ta‘zim – “reverence” or “veneration”. Ramadan is a call to renew our reverence of God by venerating the Divine commands and respecting their limits (hudud). The regime of fasting sets certain limits which, though designed to facilitate our detachment from the dunya or lower world, and also from the nafs, the ego, it is ultimately about offering believers an opportunity to revere and remember God more fully and faithfully.

Another of Ramadan’s recurring lessons is that of restraint. By temporarily denying themselves instant gratification while fasting, Muslims are taught self-restraint. Here we confront Islam as counter-culture. For what could be more unmodern than to keep the cravings of the nafs in check. Modernity is about pandering to the nafs. “Free yourself”, “Be yourself”, “Indulge yourself”, is modernity’s holy trinity.

Our current climate is one where Muslims find themselves under constant scrutiny, criticism or attack. Hardly a day goes by, in the media or the world at large, without Islam being fair game. Yet for believers, the self-restraint exercised in Ramadan is the very same restraint we must demonstrate in the face of all such provocations. The Qur’an asserts: You shall certainly hear much that is hurtful from those who were given the Book before you, and from the idolaters. But if you are patient and God-conscious, these are weighty factors in all affairs.[3:186]

Ramadan also teaches us responsibility– particularly to the world’s poor and hungry. For by the end of a day’s fast, Muslims usually experience some sensation of hunger. Thus we are awakened, in a most direct manner, to the plight of hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings who suffer hunger and starvation every day. This should compel us to extend to them our help and support. In a world filled with grotesque human inequalities, and soaked in the unholiness of poverty, we must each commit ourselves to eliminating this global injustice.

Ramadan offers  Three R’s: reverence, restraint and responsibility. Internalising such lessons best prepares believers to engage the brave new world of the Monoculture and help bring about its much needed healing.

‘God enjoins upon you the fast. Indeed, the likeness of that is as a man carrying a sack-full of musk in a crowd of people, all of them revelling in its fragrance. For the breath of someone fasting is more fragrant to God, exalted is He, than the smell of musk.’

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) uses the imagery of a person carrying a sack-full of musk hidden from view, under his clothes, after the habit of those who carry musk. Likewise, fasting is hidden from the eyes of people and unperceived by their senses. The fasting person’s limbs fast (abstain) from sins; his tongue fasts from lies, foul speech and false witness; his stomach fasts from food and drink; and his genitals fast from sexual union. If he speaks, he says nothing to violate his fast; and if he acts, he does nothing to spoil his fast. All his speech is salutary and wholesome, as are his deeds – just like fragrance one smells while sitting next to the bearer of musk. Anyone who sits with a fasting person benefits from his presence and is safe from false witness, lies, foul language and wrongdoing. This is the fast prescribed by the Sacred Law; it is not simply abstinence from eating or drinking.

Hence, one sound hadith has it: ‘Whoever does not refrain from speaking and acting falsely, or acting ignorantly, God does not need him to refrain from food  and drink.’ In another hadith: ‘Perhaps a fasting person gains nothing from his fast except hunger and thirst.’

True fasting, then, is when the limbs abstain from sin and the stomach from food and drink. As food and drink can break the fast or spoil it, so sins can cut off its rewards and spoil its fruits; as if one had not fasted at all.

THE HARAAM ZINA BEACH PARTY IN THE NAME OF ‘IFTAAR’

By Mujlisul Ulama

A cartel of faasiqaat, faajiraat and zaaniyaat is shamelessly organizing a haraam zina party at the beach during this sacred month of Ramadhaan thereby making a horrendous mockery of the Deen and of  the auspiciousness of this glorious Month of Ramadhaan.

This vile group of faahishaat even has the shameless audacity of citing the Hadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to justify the haraam zina party together with the shayaateen who assemble at the beachfront at the time of sunset. Even if the devils are in chains during the Month of Ramadhaan, it is haraam to organize a haraam party and to be present at the haunt of the devils.

The effects of satanism are present in the dens of the devils where these vile vixens will be having their haraam zina party. At a time when Muslim men should be in the Musjid for Maghrib Salaat, and women in their homes, these vile vixen and vermin will be celebrating and making merry with their zina  party in shaitaan’s den at the beach.

Every step in this party is haraam, even the food, the mock ‘salaat’. Only shaitaan is capable of urinating in the brains of these miserable vixen the idea of a merrymaking party at the beachfront during the Holy Month of Ramadhaan. While these evil grimalkins labour to entrap stupid and immoral men and women to participate in their merrymaking haraam beach party, thinking Muslims are revolted by the very idea of this zina scenario in Ramadhaan at the holy time of Iftaar. Brains and knowledge are not requisites for understanding the evil of this type of party. Only healthy Imaan is sufficient.

Only those who have an affinity with satanism derive pleasure from merrymaking at a beach at the time of sunset. This is the time when the shayaateen assemble at the sea. All the participants will be under shaitaani and nafsaani influence. Even ignorant Muslims should cudgel their brains to understand the evil and satanism of this haraam zina beach party. It is never permissible to attend this evil party.

Piles Of Stuff: A Reflection On Consumerism

Bismillah

I went straight to my room after returning from my uncle’s janazah (funeral prayer). He died from Leukemia and had just returned from umrah a few weeks before his death. Upon entering my room, the thought that he was being placed into the ground and the men covering him with dirt was so heavy. I thought of how much he helped others whenever he could, whether financially or psychically. I thought of how he would drive my mom every Saturday for nearly an hour to take her to a Qur’an class in a different city because she was scared to drive for such a long distance at night time. He would drive around in his bright blue hatchback from 1995, even though he was more than able to afford a newer, shinier car, because he thought it was a waste of money. I thought of his small apartment and his belongings and who would sort through his things. I then started to look around my room, books here, clothes there, CDs on that side and packages on the other.

I couldn’t hold back the tears.

I finally understood Surah At-Takathur:

أَلْهَاكُمُ التَّكَاثُرُ
The mutual rivalry for piling up of worldly things diverts you,

حَتَّىٰ زُرْتُمُ الْمَقَابِر
Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die).

This was nearly four years ago. I didn’t realize how many useless things I had until a loved one moved on to the next life and left behind all of his belongings. I thought of my useless belongings and who would go through them after my death.

We live in a word of consumption. We are consumed with consumerism – constantly buying and buying – to the point where we run out of space in our homes for everything we buy. We are transfixed when we see a store that has “BLOWOUT SALE!” written in its window. We can’t help but line up in the freezing cold for that newer model, telling ourselves that we can’t be seen with last year’s model. We swipe and swipe until our cards are worn out. We compete with friends and family to see who can buy the shinier and fancier product first.

For what? For stuff.

The Prophet  said, “Ruined is the slave of the dinar, dirham, and fancy clothes of velvet and silk! If he is given, he is pleased, and if he is not given, he is displeased.” (Bukhari) Who is a slave? A slave is someone who is bound by his master. He must answer to his master when he calls, and he spends his time in servitude to him. Similarly, the slave of money constantly has money on their mind. They think of ways to get more of it while they spend and spend. The slave of money always wants more, and he cannot bear it when he does not receive it. It runs their life, and it is their first priority. The Prophet  says this person is ruined because he will never be able to be thankful for what he has. Allah says,

وَكَانَ الْإِنسَانُ كَفُورًا

And man is ever ungrateful. (17:67)

This cycle of consumerism has turned us into slaves of Dollar Bill, while we should only be slaves to Allah (The Most High). Our servitude belongs only to Him. This worldly life is not meant for us to fill our homes with stuff. We should be using this life to come closer to Allah and not to be diverted from Him. Just as a slave is exhausted from his labor, our constant consumerism tires us. We are consumed with consuming. We are tired. Even if we may not spend constantly, we still own too many things, most of which we cannot even remember purchasing. Piles and piles just lying around.

Allah ‘azza wa jal reminds us in the Qur’an,

إِنَّمَا هَذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا مَتَاعٌ وَإِنَّ الْآخِرَةَ هِيَ دَارُ الْقَرَارِ

This worldly life is only [temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter – that is the home of [permanent] settlement. (40:39)

These possessions that we hoard may be our safety net and our “cool” factor in this life, but the reality will come after we die. These things that we worked so hard for, saved up our salaries for, and stood in line for don’t really belong to us. They cannot keep us company in our graves, rather they will be taken by other people. The Prophet  said, “Three things follow a dead man, two of which will return and one will remain with him. His family, his property and his deeds follow him but his family and property return, while his deeds remain with him.” [Bukhari]

It will be hard for us to break free of the shackles of Dollar Bill because it is the nature of humans to always want and want. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) tells us, “If the son of Adam had money equal to a valley, then he will wish for another similar to it, for nothing can satisfy the eye of Adam’s son except dust.” [Bukhari]

This is how we were created. We will always look to what people have around us and desire it for ourselves. We will slowly walk past that store, and gaze longingly into all that shiny-ness. It is not impossible though to remove ourselves from it. Allah does not burden anyone beyond what they cannot bear. When we taste the sweetness of freedom after slavery, we will see how much it was weighing us down.

We find our best example in the Prophet . He was undeniably the ruler of Arabia at the time of his death, yet his home was bare. When Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) asked him why he lived in such a way while the kings of Persia and Rome were living lavishly, he responded, The example of me and this worldly life is like that of a rider traveling on a hot summer day, so he took shelter in the shadow of a tree for an hour, then left it and went on his way.” [Tirmidhi]

After I realized how much stuff I had that day, I’ve taken measures to keep myself from falling into the cycle again:

1- Avoiding malls unless its necessary. Malls are designed to make us buy things and window displays are meant to lure us in. You can keep yourself from the temptation by not putting yourself in that situation.

2- When you get something, give something. It is so easy to forget how much stuff we have piled in our homes. It is only when you move or travel that this realization comes. When you buy something, find something else to give as sadaqah (charity) or give it to a sibling or a friend.

3- Ask yourself if this item will bring you closer to Allah or if it will benefit you after you die. Do you really need it? Most of the time, the answer is no.

4- Stick with people who don’t remind you of at-takathur, the competition to see who can get the best. Surround yourself with friends who compete with you in good deeds instead.

5- Keep it simple. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said to be in this world as a traveler. We’ve all seen those poor souls at the airports  struggling to carry and lugging around way too much luggage. Don’t be one of them.

6- Go to a developing country and see how the vast majority of humanity lives. If you can’t go, then read the World News. I’ve never witnessed poverty like I saw in Egypt. I felt disgusted in myself and in our culture for how wasteful and ungrateful we are, while they were so thankful for the simple piece of bread they were able to have for dinner.

7- Read the biography of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and the lives of the Companions and righteous and see how they lived. We may not be able to live how they lived, but we can be as simple as they were in our own way. The Prophet  said, “Do you not hear? Do you not hear? Simplicity (in life) is part of Faith, simplicity is part of Faith.”[Abu Dawood]

8- Count your blessings. Literally.Reflect on how much you have, and how much Allah has given you…and how much you given to Him.

9– Try not to be wasteful, and teach any young ones around you not to be wasteful. Be it with food or even when taking notes. Why leave a whole page blank when it can be used? Allah says, “and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He likes not those who waste by extravagance.” (7:31)

10- Focus on the hereafter, and Allah will give you the dunya. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “For the ones whose concern is this world Allah will scatter his affair, and place poverty between his two eyes. And he will not get from the world except what is written for him. And for the one whose intention is the hereafter Allah will gather for him his affair and place contentment in his heart, and the world will come to him willingly.‌” [ibn Majah]

11- Ask Allah (Glorified is He) to make you content with what you have, and to make His Pleasure your goal. Ask Him to make you among those who are grateful and patient, and among those who race in good deeds and not of those who race in amassing possessions. You will realize that contentment is the real treasure.

If these tips aren’t enough to help you, then think of the last ayah of Surah At-Takathur:

ثُمَّ لَتُسْأَلُنَّ يَوْمَئِذٍ عَنِ النَّعِيمِ
Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (you indulged in, in this world)!

Can you imagine standing in front of Allah, Lord of all that exists, and being asked about the stuff we spoiled ourselves with?

Free yourself now from the shackles of Dollar Bill, before your time is up and your belongings will be left for someone else to sort through.

THE VIRTUES OF PARTAKING IN SEHRI

By Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Sahib Rahmatullahi Alayh

Those who love sleep or are kings of sleep say that we will fast without partaking in Sehri, but this is a great deprivation because Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:

“VERILY ALLAH SENDS HIS MERCIES AND THE ANGELS MAKE DU’AA OF FORGIVENESS FOR THOSE WHO PARTAKE IN SEHRI. “

This is a marvellous system of the Mercy of Allah; the person is enjoying Sehri and at the same receiving Divine Mercies and Du’aa of forgiveness from the angels!

At the time of Sehri Shaytaan instils this fear that how will you manage for the entire day, you will not be able to eat till Maghrib, so eat heavily, fill your first and second floor, and don’t forget your basement, irrespective of whether you suffer from acidy burps throughout the day!

Do not overeat, trust in Allah and eat so much that can be easily digested. This will result in adequate strength for the body.  I am telling you through experience that those who overeat with the idea that they will not feel hungry the whole day, experience more weakness and lethargy, their stomachs are upset, they suffer from acidy burps and feel extremely weak.

If it was necessary to eat so much then Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) would have made it compulsory (Waajib) upon us. So don’t overindulge in the Sunnah (of Sehri) that you become gluttonous.

This Sunnah (of Sehri) can be achieved by just eating a date and drinking some water. If there is nothing to eat for Sehri or a person does not feel like eating, then the Sunnah can be fulfilled by just having a gulp of water. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) made this Sunnah so easy so why do you burden yourself? Trust in Allah and Allah Ta’aala will make the fast easy, so do not panic.