Joined: 09 April 2015
The Prophet demonstrated to his people
how this world is less important than the next, and how the body is less
important than the soul. In fasting, the Prophet taught them step by step how
to ignore the physical demands so that the spirit reigns supreme.
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 one who 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 avoid obscene 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'. (Saheeh Al-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 them difficult, and cheer people up and do not drive them away. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
He also said: "The most beloved of actions to God Almighty, 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 two people is enough for three, and the food of three people is enough for four. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
Bilal Philips - Ramadan is A Secret Between You and Allah ...
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Joined: 09 April 2015
someone told me
in non Muslim countries
have to put up with it like it's one of our own festivals?
the number of people who take it serious is growing as the influence of religion is growing here
Gentleness in Hardship
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 so that He Who is in Heaven will have mercy on you. (Tirmidhi)
"The believer is not the one who eats his fill when the neighbor beside him is hungry.
So it was not surprising that the Prophet'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 infirmities of 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 Prophet would 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 or thirst 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 (the supererogatory night prayers performed in Ramadan), . Thus while he demonstrated through his example that the Tarawih Prayers are better offered in congregation, he allowed leniency in the matter out of his mercy.
Ramadan Reminder - Sh. Abdurraheem Green [HD] - ...
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