After performing the dusk prayer, Muslims return to their homes either to continue with their appetizers or eat dinner. Most people, however, choose not to eat much, as it will hinder them in performing that worship which is the delight of the believer in Ramadan – the taraweeh prayer. This prayer is held immediately after the night prayer, which is performed when the last traces of dusk disappear, about an hour and a half after the dusk prayer. Continue reading
Every year Muslims from all over the world and from all ethnic and economic backgrounds begin fasting from dawn to sunset every day during a most blessed month in the Islamic tradition, known as Ramadan. But what makes Ramadan a blessed month? Why do Muslims fast during this month? What are the spiritual benefits of fasting? All these questions and more are addressed in this article that introduces you to a month long spiritual journey that over 1.4 billion Muslims engage in worldwide. Continue reading
Fasting in Ramadan teaches people how to practice a good manners while dealing with others. And also teaches the reactions when receives insults from others. So Abu Huraira(Allah is pleased with him) narrated, Allah’s messenger said:” Saum( fasting) is a shield(or a screen or a shelter from the Hell-fire) So the person observing Saum(fast) 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 say to him twice ,” I am observing Saum(fast) ” the prophet (pbuh) added “by him in whose Hands my soul is the smell coming out from a mouth of a person observing Saum(fast) is better with Allah the almighty than the smell of musk.(Allah says about the fasting person ) “he has left his food , drink and desires for my sake . The Saum(fast) is for me so I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times”. Bokhari 3;118-O.B.
Shaban is the 8th month in the Islamic calendar and is considered one of the meritorious months for which we find particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad . It is reported that Prophet Muhammad, used to fast most of the month in Shaban except the last few days of the month.
These fasts are supererogatory (nafl). Shaban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan.
- The blessed companion Usama ibn Zaid , reports that he asked Prophet Muhammad : “Messenger of Allah, I have seen you fasting in the month of Shaban so frequently that I have never seen you fasting in any other month.” Prophet Muhammed , replied: “That (Shaban) is a month between Rajab and Ramadan which is neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the universe, so, I wish that my deeds be presented at a time when I am in a state of fasting.”
- Ummul Mu’mineen ‘Aishah (r), says, “Prophet Muhammad , used to fast for most of Shaban. I said to him, ‘Messenger of Allah, is Shaban your favorite month for fasting?’ He said, ‘In this month Allah prescribes the list of the persons dying this year. Therefore, I like that my death comes when I am in a state of fasting.’ “