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.’ “
Intensive and progressive research has uncovered astonishing facts about the effects on the human body when faced with threats, like injuries or illness.
Lines of defense and functional responses were uncovered, revealing what occurs in the body at the time of an organ’s affliction. Continue reading
Enter or leave your house with your right foot first, as it was the tradition of the Prophet. Imaam Abul Ala Hasan ibn Ahmad al-Hamazani, a great scholar of Hadith of his time, was so keen on applying this Sunnah to the extent that if someone entered his house with their left foot first, he would ask them to go out and re-enter with their right foot first. He was so much respected that the Sultan of the day would visit him at school and sit in front of him as a student. At one occasion, he told the Sultan to exit with his right foot first and walk on the right side of the road.
When entering or leaving a house, do not push the door violently, or slam it shut, or leave it to close by itself wildly. Such actions stand in contrast to the gracefulness of Islam to which you are honoured to belong. Close the door quietly with your hand. You may have heard a Hadith reported by Imam Muslim whereby ‘Aisha (RA) quotes the Prophet: ‘Gentleness adorns every act. Its absence will tarnish it.’
2.2 ENTERING WHILE OTHERS ARE ASLEEP
If you enter a place where people are sleeping, whether during day or night, be quiet and gentle. Be considerate. Do not cause any undue noise when entering or exiting. You have heard the saying of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم): ‘Whoever is deprived of gentleness, is deprived of all sorts of goodness.’ Muslim and Al-Tirmidhi reported that the honourable companion Al-Miqdad bin Al-Aswad (RA) said: ‘We used to preserve the Prophet’s share of the milk, when he came back at night he would greet us with a voice loud enough for those awake to hear, without disturbing those who were asleep.’ In addition, whenever the Prophet used to pray at night, he would recite the Quran with a voice that pleased those that were awake, without disturbing those that were asleep.’
Princess Qatrul Nada (Dew point) was famous for her intelligence, manners and beauty. She was the daughter of Khimarwaih bin Ahmad bin Toulon, the King of Egypt. She married Al-Mu’taded Billah. Qatrul Nada said: ‘My father taught me an important manner – do not sleep among sitting people and do not sit among sleeping people.’ Continue reading
Islamic Manners have been practically demontsrated to us by Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and have been recorded through numerous hadeeth on the subject. It is sad though that many Muslims do not pay attenttion to the Islamic Manners they should be adopting and instead restrict their view of religion merely to Ibadat (external acts of worship). Below we share some articles that talk about the right manner to be adopted by a Muslim in certain situations taken from the book written by Shaykh Abdul-Fattaah Abu Ghuddah (RA). May Allah almighty give us all the ability to practise upon the Sunnah and teachings of Rasulallah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Continue reading