Ramadan Mubarak 1443

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Ramadan Mubarak

The moon was sighted last night; so today is Ramadan in the UK. Alhamdulillah

May Allah bless us during this month, make it easy for us to fast and do much goodness, and accept our efforts from us and may He protect us from any useless talk/actions, may it be a means of our sins being forgiven by Allah and us having good deeds all heaped up. Ameen :palms_up_together:t3:

Here’s some reminders of Ramadan:
Allah does NOT need us - ever. But we are in need of Him always. We are weak; whilst He possesses all powers and He is the Almighty One, the Most Powerful. SubhaanAllah.

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. (Al-Baqarah 2:183)

The Prophet (s.a.w) is reported to have said:
“Al-Islam is raised on five [Pillars], testifying that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is His bondsman and messenger, and the establishment of prayer, payment of [Zakah], Pilgrimage to the House [Kabah] and the fast of [Ramadan]” (Muslim)

A bedouin with unkempt hair came to the Prophet and said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Inform me what Allah has made compulsory for me as regards the prayers.” The Prophet replied: “You have to offer perfectly the five compulsory prayers in a day and night (24 hours), unless you want to pray optional prayers.”

The bedouin further asked, “Inform me what Allah has made compulsory for me as regards fasting.” The Prophet replied, “You have to fast during the whole month of Ramadan, unless you want to fast more as optional fasting.”

The bedouin further asked, “Tell me how much [Zakah] Allah has enjoined on me.” Thus, the Prophet informed him about all the rules (i.e. fundamentals) of Islam.

The bedouin then said, "By Him Who has honored you, I will neither perform any optional worship nor will I decrease what Allah has enjoined on me. The Prophet said, "If he is saying the truth, he will succeed (or he will be granted Paradise). (Al-Bukhari)

The Prophet observed the fast on the 10th of Muharram [Ashura] and ordered (Muslims) to fast on that day, but when the fasting of the month of Ramadan was prescribed, the fasting of the Ashura was abandoned. (Al-Bukhari)

The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful. Al-Baqarah 2:185

When we fast it teaches us self-discipline so that if we were about to do something haraam we abstain from it for the sake of Allah.

In this way; we obtain self-discipline even following the month of Ramadan.

There are many blessings within the month of Ramadan. The rewards of good deeds are multiplied within this blessed month. Alhamdulillah.

Abu Hurairah reported the Prophet (s.a.w) as saying: “When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained.” (Muslim)

The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, 'I am fasting.” The Prophet (s.a.w) added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), 'He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.” (Al-Bukhari)

Fasting expiates the sins of a Muslim, alhamdulillah:

Umar asked the people, "Who remembers the narration of the Prophet about the affliction?"Hudhaifah said, “I heard the Prophet saying, 'The affliction of a person in his property, family and neighbors is expiated by his prayers, fasting, and giving in charity.” (Al-Bukhari)

The Muslims who are among those who perform fasting for the sake of Allah pass through a special gate into Paradise, named Ar-Rayyan, ma’shaa’Allah. May Allah make us among them and among the 70,000 Muslims who will enter Paradise without reckoning. Ameen:
The Prophet (s.a.w) said, “There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Rayyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it.” It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it." (Al-Bukhari)

We should start to fast on sighting the new moon and break the fast when the evening becomes apparent to the daytime:
“Do not fast till you see the new moon, and do not break fast till you see it; but if the weather is cloudy calculate about it.” (Muslim)

Ramadan is a time that if we were to fast sincerely for the sake of Allah, looking forward to His reward, our sins will be forgiven, in shaa Allah. Some scholars say that this is only referring to minor sins we have committed; then others say it is referring to all of our sins being forgiven so long as it wasn’t obviously a sin committed towards another person:

The Prophet (s.a w) said: “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari)

The Prophet (s.a.w) was the most generous of all people and during the month of Ramadan he was even more generous :sparkling_heart::

The Prophet was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Quran to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare). (Al-Bukhari)

The Prophet (s.a.w) states that fasting is not only to abstain from food, drink and sexual intercourse. He said: “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (ie. Allah will not accept his fasting).” (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah narrated the Prophet said: “Allah said, ‘All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except fasting which is for Me, and I will give the reward for it.’ Fasting is a shield or protection from the the fire and from committing sins. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hands my soul is’. The unpleasant smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his fasting.” (Al-Bukhari)

Fasting protects one from temptations and illegal sexual acts: Alqama narrated: While I was walking with Abdullah he said, “We were in the company of the Prophet and he said, 'He who can afford to marry should marry, because it will help him refrain from looking at other women, and save his private parts from committing illegal sexual relation; and he who cannot afford to marry is advised to fast, as fasting will diminish his sexual power.” (Al-Bukhari)

In the pre-dawn meal (sahur) there is a blessing and it gives energy to the body to enable the Muslim to fast throughout the day. Alhamdulillah.:

Anas bin Malik narrated the Prophet said, “Take sahur as there is a blessing in it.” (Al-Bukhari)

Out of Allah’s mercy, if a person observes fasting and eats or drinks forgetfully, his fasting is still valid. Alhamdulillah:

The Prophet said, “If somebody eats or drinks forgetfully, then he should complete his fast, for what he has eaten or drunk, has been given to him by Allah.” (Al-Bukhari)

If a Muslim is sick or on a journey; they are allowed to break their fast and make their fast up at a later date after Ramadan. However, if one was to have a lifelong illness; not expected to ever get better, they should feed one poor person for each day of broken fast, instead, as a compensation for their broken fast. And a woman on her menses should also break her fast:

The Prophet was on a journey and saw a crowd of people, and a man was being shaded (by them). He asked, “What is the matter?” They said, “He (the man) is fasting.” The Prophet said, “It is not righteousness that you fast on a journey.” (Al-Bukhari)

Allah teaches in The Qu’ran (meaning):
[Fasting for] a limited number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] - then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] - a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess - it is better for him. But to fast is best for you, if you only knew. (Qu’ran 2:184)

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May Allah accept our efforts from us. Ameen :palms_up_together:t3:

Salaam