Ramadân: the Month of Godliness and Faith
September 22, 2007 Leave a comment
Being that we’re currently in this the blessed month of Ramadân, I thought it would be fitting to post this article when I received it in my inbox this morning courtesy of brother Ibrahim al-Koobee of the Aqeedatus-Salaf yahoogroup (may Allah reward him with good). Due to its general nature, it serves as a good reminder for all of us.
Ramadân: the Month of Godliness and Faith
The fast is considered to be from the pillars of Islam of which almost all of the Muslims—even the dissolute from them—agree on performing and acting by its guidance without staying away from it or scorning its right. In this sense, the fast is the basic religious duty which Allah, exalted is He, enjoined on the people so that the could perform it, adhere to its rulings, and receive its fruits. In this sense, the fast could only be done in whole during the blessed month of Ramadân, about which in His tremendous book, the Lord of the worlds said, «The month of Ramadân in which the Qur’an was revealed, as a guidance for mankind and clear evidences of the guidance and the criterion. So whoever of you witnesses the month, then let him fast it … » (2:185)
It is a religious duty for which Allah, exalted is He, promised its performers and those who realise its light an enormous fruit [that] they will receive, shine by its lights, and be delighted with its effects; how can it not when it (i.e., this enormous fruit) is godliness (taqwâ)? And that is in His statement, glorified and exalted is He, «O those who believed, the fast has been prescribed for you just as it was prescribed for those before you, in hopes that you become godly» (2:183). In his exegesis, Imam al-Baghawî explained, “Because the fast is a connection to godliness due to what it contains of resisting the soul and breaking the lusts … .”
Thus, there is no doubt and no skepticism [that] the enjoined fast during this tremendous month is desired in itself. Without its reality and without its heart-related effects reflected upon the limbs with fiducial deeds, however, there would almost be no worth to it!! For the Prophet, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him, says, «Many a fasting person has nothing from his fast except hunger and thirst.» Thus, whoever does not judge by the fast’s rulings and wisdoms, it is as if he did not fast, nor did he, by the truth obligated to him, adhere and perform! Explaining the hadîth in Faid al-Qadîr, the great scholar al-Munâwî transmitted the statement of [the one] who said,
The complete fast is that one restrains the limbs from what Allah dislikes. So he guards the tongue from speaking with what is forbidden, he guards the eye from looking at the loathesome things, and the ear from listening to the forbidden; because the listener is a partner of the speaker and he is one of the [two] backbiters. Thus, he restrains all of the limbs just as he restrains the stomach and the private parts.
So if you recognized the true meaning of the fast, then demand as much from it as you are able, for surely it is the basis of worship and the key to deeds [which bring you closer to Allah].
The month of Ramadân—the month of godliness, faith and excellence—in this sense, is an opportunity [that] may not repeat, for the lifespans are in the hand of the Lord of the worlds who created and predestined. It is an opportunity for the [one] far from his Lord to open a new page in which he is from those who receive [Allah’s] mercy instead of his continuing in his transgression along with those deprived [of Allah’s mercy]; an opportunity for the [one] close to his Creator and his Protector to renew the covenant with Allah, exalted is He, out of desiring obedience [to Allah], out of adhering to good, and out of continuing upon guidance; an opportunity for the [one] close to his Creator and his Protector to renew the covenant with Allah, exalted is He, in coveting obedience [to Allah], in adhering to good, and in continuing upon guidance; an opportunity for the sinner who falls short and fluctuates [between obedience and disobedience] to become firm and strong, and walk to the truth and its people with firm steps [that] contain no reluctance, supporting himself in them, in order to be happy and make [others] happy; an opportunity … [that] may … not … repeat … , for how many young men are youthful, then the astonishing death came to them and all of a sudden they is under the dust?! And how many of those who have fame and wealth [have] the circumstances turn on them and all of a sudden they are at an end?! And how many of those who have strength and vigor have time turn to them and then they end up lowly?!?!
May Allah have mercy on [the one] who said,
Because everything, if not complete, is deficient,
a person should not be beguiled by the goodness of life
They are affairs, as you have witnessed them, [are] alternating,
whoever is delighted by a period, is saddened by other periods
This abode does not remain for anyone
and no matter lasts for any situation for it.
Here they are! Days go by, weeks come to pass, and months are spent … . Here it is! A complete year has passed the release of this scholastic site, al-Asaala—since the past Ramadân during the year bygone … . So have we put forth any useful benefit on it?! Have we put forth the good and the new for our visitors and our provision?!
For Allah is the only One who should be sworn by:
We desire any addition that enriches … we welcome any directing that builds … and we are happy with any scholastic criticism that suppliments … . For perhaps what we write today becomes a benefit to us tomorrow … and perhaps what it contains of benefit for us tomorrow has not been written by us right now!
All of that, however it is, is from the mercy of the Compassionate and the Merciful, glorified and exalted is He, who said, «My mercy is adequate for everything, so I will write it for those who are godly» (7:156). So the month of godliness is a month of mercy … So O Allah, make us a people for it, and from its people. And how much more beautiful is what Imam Ibn al-Jawzî, may Allah have mercy on him, supplicated with than what we supplicate with, and we reiterate:
O Allah, do not punish a tongue that informs of You, nor an eye that looks to knowledges that are indicative of You, nor a foot that walks towards Your obedience, nor a hand that writes the speech of Your messenger and sincere friend, may Allah send salutations and peace upon him.
Thursday, Ramadân 1, 1428H.