ARE YOU REALLY FASTING?

by | Jul 25, 2013

Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

”Many are the one`s who Fast, attain nothing by such fasting except for hunger, and many are the one`s performing Salaah by night attaining nothing by it, except for the discomfort of staying awake at night” [Ibn Majah and Nasai]

Abu Ubaidah (R.A.) reports,

Fasting is a protective covering for a man , as long as he does not tear that protection” [Nasai, Ibn Majah and ibn Khuzaymah]

There are six things about which care should be taken in fasting:

KEEP YOUR EYES UNDER CONTROL

1. One should keep the eyes away from place where one is not supposed to look. Important to avoid looking at another woman with desire. Similarly one should avoid looking at any evil place or where evil is committed

Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

” The evil eyes is an arrow of the devil. Whosoever out of fear for Allah, prevents himself from looking at evil, Allah shall grant him such faith, the sweetness and ecstasy of which he will feel in heart”

KEEP YOUR TONGUE UNDER CONTROL

2. Guarding the tongue against telling lies, unnecessary conversation, backbiting, arguments, swearing etc. Those who fast should avoid all non sensible talk, joking, arguments etc. Should anyone pick an argument, then say, ” I am fasting“. In other words, one should not start an argument and when someone else starts it then too one should avoid it.

One must particularly abstain from backbiting and lies.

KEEP YOUR EARS UNDER CONTROL

3. What should be avoided is that the ears should be kept away from listening to anything Makrooh (detestable). It is forbidden to say or listen to anything which should not be said.

Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

” In backbiting both the backbiter and the listener are equal in sin”

KEEP YOURSELF UNDER CONTROL

4. The rest of the body should be kept away from sin and evil. Neither should the hands touch it, nor the feet made to walk towards it. Special care should be taken, especially at the time of Iftar (time to break the fast). When a person fasts, and at Iftaar time breaks fast with forbidden food, he becomes just like a sick person who takes medicine to cure him of the sickness but also adds poison which destroys him.

KEEP OBJECT OF FASTING ALIVE

5. After having fasted it is not advisable to fill the stomach completely with food at Iftar, because then, the object of fasting is defeated. Whereas it helps to diminish ones carnal desire, it also strengthens the angelic qualities of man and increases the illumination of the soul. For eleven months we have been eating and drinking. What harm is there if one eats less for only one month.

We have a bad habit of filling our bellies at Iftar, thus increasing our average consumption. Many such things are eaten which we normally do not eat at other times. In fact, during Ramadan we develop this type of habit. ”

In Marquis Falaah it is written,

’ Do not eat excessively at sahri as the prosperous ones do, for this is the way to lose the object of fasting”.

KEEP FEARING ALLAH ALMIGHTY

6. After fasting one should always have fear and anxiety as to whether one’s fast had been accepted or rejected by Allah. One should fear that Allah may reject one’s deeds. The fasting person must at all times safeguard his Intention and at the same time fear for its adulteration. He should also constantly make dua’ that Allah makes this a cause for His pleasure.

These six things are compulsory for all the righteous ones.

FOR AN EXCEPTIONALLY PIOUS

7. As for the exceptionally pious ones a seventh point is added. That is, during fasting, the heart should not be turned towards anyone else except Allah, so much that during the course of the fast it is a defect to worry whether there shall be something to eat for if’taar.The Qur’an commands,

“Fasting has been prescribed for you”.

The commentators of the Qur’an say that from this verse it is deducted that fasting is made compulsory for every portion of the body.

LASTLY

Thus, fasting of the tongue means abstaining from telling lies, etc. Fasting of the ears means not listening to evil. Fasting of the eyes means not to look at any form of evil and sin. Similarly fasting of the self means to be free from greed and all carnal desires. Fasting of the heart means casting away from it the love for worldly things. Fasting of the ‘rooh’ (spirit) means to abstain (in this world) from the pleasures of the hereafter. Fasting of the mind means avoiding thoughts about the presence of any other being besides Allah.

May Allah help us in implementing what we write and read and to gain maximum reward’s from the month of Fasting. Ameen

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