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Abandoning food, drink, and sex was only a prelude to the next stage of greater
significance: of conquering avidity and cupidity, lust and licentiousness; of
liberating one’s mind from flights of passion and fits of temper. Indeed the
Prophet said: “The strong person is not the onewho can wrestle someone else down. The strong person is the one who can control
himself when he is angry.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
Also about the effect of fasting on one’s behaviour, the Prophet said, “Fasting is a shield, so the one who fasts should avoidobscene speech and ignorant behaviour. If someone abuses him or starts to fight
with him, he should reply by saying: ‘I am fasting. I am fasting’.” (SaheehAl-Bukhari)
The core of fasting according to the Prophet was one’s willingness not merely
to give up self-indulgence, but to feel the need of one’s brother as one’s own.
And no one was more kind-hearted and generous than the Messenger of God; and
his generosity reached its peak in Ramadan. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
The Prophet stressed on the importance of treating people nicely when he said: “Make things easy for people and do not make themdifficult, and cheer people up and do not drive them away.” (SaheehAl-Bukhari)
He also said: “The most beloved of actions to GodAlmighty, is making another Muslim happy, removing a hardship that has befallen
him, paying off a debt of his or ridding him of hunger. It is more beloved to
me indeed that I walk with my Muslim brother to see to a need of his than
secluding oneself in a mosque for a month…” (Tabarani)
The heart of one who sincerely fasts is open to the contemplation of the
magnificence of the countless bounties of God. That is why the Prophet asked
his followers to avoid gluttony: “The food of twopeople is enough for three, and the food of three people is enough for four.” (SaheehAl-Bukhari)
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allah is All-Merciful and He has expressed His Mercy to us His creatures
through the sending of His final messenger Muhammad as an embodiment of mercy.
The Prophet said: “Have mercy to those on earth sothat He Who is in Heaven will have mercy on you.” (Tirmidhi)
“The believer is not the one who eats his fillwhen the neighbor beside him is hungry.”
So it was not surprising that theProphet’s Companions loved him dearly, as he was the kindest of men, bestowing
his mercy not only upon humans but also on other creatures of the world as
well. No leader could be more considerate and solicitous of his followers than
Muhammad: he never allowed any Muslim to bear any burden more than they could
bear, as taught by God Himself. For he was well aware of the infirmitiesof people; and this is evident from his consideration for his followers in the
matter of fasting: He taught Muslims to delay the sahur (the pre-dawn meal
before fasting) till a little before Dawn Prayer and not to delay the iftar
(the meal to break the fast) after the call to Sunset Prayer so that no
unnecessary strain is laid on the fasting person by prolonging the fast time. During travel in Ramadan, the Prophetwould either fast or break his fast; and he allowed his companions to choose
between the two, according to their ability. Similarly during times of heat orthirst they were permitted to cool themselves by pouring water on the head, and
the Prophet himself did so. His example in the matter of consorting with his
wives during Ramadan was not different; he disallowed only such acts that would
obviously undermine the fasting. As for the Tarawih Prayers (thesupererogatory night prayers performed in Ramadan), . Thus while he
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The Prophet was the one who led us to break our stone statues and wooden gods.
It was Muhammad who lifted us out of the filth of idolatry to relish the
serenity of God’s transcendence.
On the Night of Power in one Ramadan, the Quran descended on Muhammad, and he
received its first verses in the Cave
of Hira. (Ibn Abbas)
Thereafter the Prophet taught us how to celebrate Ramadan through days of
fasting and nights of prayer: to honor each day of Ramadan as a day of patient
endurance through fasting, and each night as a night of gratitude through
An Unexpected Transformation
It was nothing short of miraculous how the Prophet reformed and refined those
unruly tribes of Arabia and transformed them
into pious, disciplined, God-fearing ascetics, who stood in prayers in the
mosque five times a day seeking the guidance of God.
And imagine: these same people who once reveled in the pleasures of “wine and
women” could now spend the whole month of Ramadan in fasting and prayers.
Into the hearts of his followers, the Prophet instilled the love and fear of
God and love for humanity. His example was inspiring and irresistible; and each
of them became eager to be his closest follower.
To them he was the sincerest and the most cordial of leaders. And his life was
open before them like a book; they could see him practicing most closely in his
own life what he was preaching.
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In the month Ramadan, all physically mature and healthy Muslims are required to
fast: to abstain from all food, drink, gum chewing, any kind of tobacco use and
any kind of sexual contact between dawn and sunset. Nevertheless, this is only
the physical aspect there are also the spiritual characteristics, which include
refraining from gossiping, lying, slandering and all traits of bad character.
All obscene and impious sights and sounds are avoided as a way of purifying
thoughts and actions. Fasting is also a way of experiencing hunger and
developing sympathy for the less fortunate and learning thankfulness and
appreciation for all of God's bounties.
God said,“O you who believe! Observing the fast is prescribed for you as itwas prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious.” (Quran 2:183)
The Prophet Muhammad also reminded us that fasting is not just abstaining from
food and drink but there is a further dimension. He said, “He who does notdesist from obscene language and acting obscenely (during the period of
fasting), God has no need that he didn’t eat or drink.”
Ramadan is also the month when Muslims try to establish or re establish a
relationship with the Quran. Although this may sound like a strange thing to
say, the words of God are a guiding light and a mercy. Nobody reads Quran
except that it changes his or her life in some way. The Quran was sent down in
this month of Ramadan. The two, Ramadan and Quran are inextricably entwined.
Being with the Quran, reading, memorising, reciting it or pondering its
meanings is spiritually uplifting comforting and a source of strength.
Recitation in the night is particularly beneficial, the distractions of the day
have faded away and closeness of God is palpable in the stillness of the night.
Special evening prayers are conducted during which portions of the Qur'an are
recited. These prayers are known as Taraweeh. One thirtieth of the Qur'an is
read on successive evenings, so that by the end of the month the entire Qur'an
has been completed.
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Al-Zuhri, May Allah have mercy on him, said: “How strange the Muslims are! They
have given up I’tikaaf, despite the fact that the Prophet, Peace and Blessings
of Allah be upon him, never abandoned this practice from the time he came to
Madeenah until his death.”
The benefits of I’tikaaf
There are many hidden benefits in the acts of worship and much wisdom behind
them. The basis of all deeds is the heart, as the Messenger of Allah, Peace and
Blessings of Allah be upon him, said: “In the body there is an organ which if
it is sound, the entire body will be sound, and if it is corrupt, the entire
body will be corrupt. That organ is the heart.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 52;
What corrupts the heart most is distractions and preoccupations – such as food,
drink, sex, talking too much, sleeping too much and socializing too much, and
other distractions – which divert people from turning to Allah and cause the
heart to be unfocused and unable to concentrate on worshipping Allah. So Allah
has prescribed acts of worship, such as fasting, to protect the heart from the
negative effects of these distractions. Fasting deprives a person of food and
drink and sex during the day, and this denial of excessive enjoyments is
reflected in the heart, which gains more strength for seeking Allah and frees
it from the chains of these distractions which distract a person from thinking
of the Hereafter by occupying him with worldly concerns.
Just as fasting is a shield which protects the heart from the influences of
physical distractions such as excessive indulgence in food, drink and sex, so
I’tikaaf offers an immense hidden benefit, which is protection from the effects
of excessive socializing. For people may take socializing to extremes, until it
has a similar effect on a person to the effects of over-eating, as the poet
“Your enemy was once your friend, so do not have too many companions,
For, as you see, most diseases come from food and drink.”
I’tikaaf also offers protection from the evil consequences of talking too much,
because a person usually does I’tikaaf on his own, turning to Allah by praying
Qiyaam al-Layl, reading Qur'an, making Dhikr, reciting du’aa’, and so on.
It also offers protection from sleeping too much, because when a person makes
I’tikaaf in the mosque, he devotes his time to drawing closer to Allah by doing
different kinds of acts of worship; he does not stay in the mosque to sleep.
Undoubtedly a person’s success in freeing himself from socializing, talking and
sleeping too much will help him to make his heart turn towards Allah, and will
protect him from the opposite.
During the period of I’tikaaf, the Muslim is not allowed to go out except in
the case of definite needs which serve to facilitate his staying in the mosque
for I’tikaaf. Apart from that, he should not go out, even if it is for a
permissible purpose. So – for example – he cannot go out and walk around in the
market-place, even for a short time, to buy things that have nothing to do with
his I’tikaaf. If he goes out to buy siwaak, this will not affect his I’tikaaf
because it is something that is required for his prayer during his I’tikaaf.
But if he went out to buy a gift for his wife or for one of his children, that
would invalidate his I’tikaaf, because the Messenger, Peace and Blessings of
Allah be upon him, did not go out except in the case of “human need”, as
mentioned above. So how about if the person in I’tikaaf goes out to do
something haraam such as smoking cigarettes for example, or to watch a
satellite TV show that he usually watches? Undoubtedly this would invalidate
So if he goes out to drink wine or to smoke, this invalidates his I’tikaaf. In
general, any going out for any invalid reason invalidates one's I’tikaaf, and
more so if the purpose of going out is to commit a sin. Even when he goes out
for a legitimate purpose, it is not permissible for him to light a cigarette on
I’tikaaf is an annual opportunity in which a person can get rid of these bad
habits by repenting and turning to Allah, and by weaning himself from these
sins during the period of I’tikaaf, not giving in to his desires, and getting
used to this.
This continual worship of Allah requires continual patience on the part of the
person in I’tikaaf, which is a kind of training for a person's will and a kind
of self-discipline for the soul which usually tries to escape this worship to
turn towards other matters which it desires.
There is also the kind of patience which is required for dealing with the
absence of things which a person may be used to, such as different kinds of
food that he eats at home but which are not available in the mosque. So he puts
up with having little for the sake of earning the pleasure of Allah, may He be
exalted and glorified.
And there is the kind of patience which is required for putting up with the
place where he is sleeping, for he will not have a bed put in the mosque for
him, or a comfortable mattress on which he could sleep. He sleeps on a very
modest mattress or even on the carpets in the mosque.
And there is the kind of patience which is required for putting up with the
conditions in the mosque, the crowds of people around him, the lack of peace
and quiet such as he enjoys at home when he wants to sleep.
And there is the kind of patience which is required for suppressing his desire
for his wife, with whom he is not allowed to have sexual relations if he goes
home for any purpose; he cannot even kiss her or hug her, even though she is
halaal for him. Thus the value of patience, strong will power and self-control
is manifested. Through these practices and others, a person can train himself
to delay many of the things he desires for the sake of things which are more
important, so he puts off these psychological and material needs for the sake
of earning the pleasure of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.
(9) Peace of mind
(10) Reading the Qur'an and completing it
(11) Sincere repentance
(12) Qiyaam al-Layl (praying at night) and getting used to it
(13) Making good use of one's time
(14) Purifying one's soul
(15) Reforming one’s heart and focusing on Allah.
Seeking Laylat al-Qadr
This was the main purpose behind the I’tikaaf of the Prophet, Peace and
Blessings of Allah be upon him. At first his I’tikaaf lasted for the entire
month, then he did I’tikaaf during the middle ten days, seeking Laylat al-Qadr.
When he learned that it is in the last ten days of the month of Ramadhan, he
limited his I’tikaaf to these blessed ten days.
We ask Allah to help us to remember Him, thank Him and worship Him properly.
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