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Ramadan Rules: Etiquettes of Fasting in Ramadan

Want to learn the rules of fasting in Ramadan?

In this month, our hearts as Muslims turn to the Most Merciful Lord, fearing Him and hoping to benefit His mercy and the greatest victory – that is Paradise.

The status of fasting in Ramadan is so high that it is worth investing some time learning the rules. This way, you will know what you must do and how to do it and what is haram so to avoid it.

This article is a list of some ettiquettes and rules of fasting in Ramadan.

Before we begin…

Just before we begin, it’s important for us to know how these rules impact our Ibadah in the month of Ramadan.

Every action we take in life goes with two components. One is the purpose and spirit, and the other is the particular form chosen to achieve that purpose.

The main purpose of eating, for instance, is to stay alive and maintain strength. To achieve this purpose, you need to take a piece of food, put it in your mouth, chew it and then swallow it.

Anyone who tries to eat mud would be considered insane because he obviously does not understand the real purpose of eating. He thinks that the mere act of passing anything through the mouth to the stomach constitutes eating.

The same way, you will also call someone insane who thrust his fingers down his throat to vomit up the food he had just eaten and then complained that he can’t see the benefits that come from eating.

Such a person will only get thinner and thinner each day, blaming food for his situation instead of his own stupidity.

The outward actions are necessary though. Because without them the food cannot reach the stomach. However, merely fulfilling these outward actions cannot fulfill the purpose of eating.

What is my point here?

Without obeying the rules, your fasting is empty

If you feel empty after Ramadan, you may now understand why.

One of the greatest mistakes of Muslims today is taking the outward shape of fasting as the real Ibadah. We think that merely not eating and drinking the whole day is fasting. We are just like the person who thinks that eating is the mere act of taking food into the mouth and then chewing and swallowing it, expecting to receive the benefits regardless of whether he eat mud or vomit out the food soon after eating it.

Take for instance, as soon as Ramadan is over, we throw to the wind all that we gain from the fasting, just as a man who vomits out the food soon after eating it.

We all know that we cannot attain physical strength from the food we eat until it is digested, transformed into some blood that then spread through our veins. Likewise, we cannot attain spiritual strength from fasting until we are conscious of the main purpose of fasting and allows it to penetrate our hearts and minds and dominate our thoughts, motives and deeds.

This is why Allah, after ordaining the fasting, has said that fasting is made mandatory on you, ‘so that you may attain to God-Consciousness’ – Quran 2:183.

The rules of fasting in Ramadan

The prophet, blessings, and peace be on him, has in various ways pointed out the rules pertaining to fasting in the month of Ramadan, and has explained that to go hungry and thirsty while disobeying these rules carries no value in the sight of Allah.

NOTE: Whilst some of these rules are compulsory (waajib) to follow, others are only recommended (mustahabb) for you by the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be on him).

Below are therefore the rules of fasting in the month of Ramadan:

Niyyah (Intention) is required

Making Niyyah (intention) is a requirement in every obligatory fast including Fasting in Ramadan, making up missed fasts or fasts done as an act of expiation (Kafaarah).

The evidence is found in a hadith where the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “There is no fast for the person who did not intend to fast from the night before.” (This was reported by Abu Dawood, no 2454)

You can make your intention to fast the next day at any time during the night, even if it is just a moment before Fajr.

Niyyah is simply a resolution in the heart to do something and does not need to be voiced aloud.

If you already know that the next day is one of the days of Ramadan and wants to fast, then automatically the intention is fulfilled. Thus, if you are fasting in the month of Ramadan, you don’t need to repeat the intention every night, because of the fact that you know the next day to be a fasting day and you want to fast.

Abstain from Food

This is an obvious rule of fasting in Ramadan: to remain hungry and thirsty every day for the whole month.

Siyaam in Arabic means abstaining; and in Islam it means abstaining from all things that break the fast, between down and sunset, after the making the intention (Niyyah) to fast.

Abstain from Falsehood

Once the Holy Prophet(saw) said,

If one does not give up speaking falsehood and acting by it, God does not require him to give up eating and drinking (Bukhari)

The lesson of this rule is very clear: merely being hungry and thirsty is never by itself worship, but a means for performing worship. The real worship is refraining from that which is haram out of fear and love of God and pursuing activities that please Him.

You must fast Consecutively

Fasting in Ramadan is one of the types of fasting the must be observed on consecutive days, like fasting to expiate for killing someone by mistake or having intercourse during the day in Ramadan.

However, making up missed days after Ramadan does not require you to fast on consecutive days.

Eat something at suhoor

Always try as much as possible to eat something at suhoor and also delay it until just before the call of Fajr.

The prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Have suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing (barakah)” (Al-Bukhari)

Do not Delay Iftaar

The Prophet (Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The people will be fine so long as they do not delay iftaar.”(Bukhari).

Keep away from sin

This is not only a rule of fasting, but also a rule of life for all Muslims. It’s just that sinning in the month of Ramadan is uglier than sinning in the other months.

The Prophet (Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

When anyone of you is fasting, let him not commit sin…” (Al-Bukhari).

When fasting you should, therefore, avoid all kinds of sins such as Zina, backbiting, lies, etc otherwise your hanger and thirst may all be for nothing.

Keep away from worldly destructions

Ramadan is a month of worship and Ibadah. Why would you allow yourself to be distracted with some worldly entertainment?

When fasting in Ramadan, you should not allow yourself to be distracted by movies, games or sports matches or idle gatherings.

Don’t get provoked

When fasting, you should never allow someone or something to provoke you in a manner that may cause you to do or say something unpleasant. Self-control is very important in the month of Ramadan.

The Prophet (Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

If someone fights him or insults him, he should say, ‘I am fasting, I am fasting’” (Al-Bukhari).

The reason for this is to remind yourself and the other person.

Do not eat too much

When fasting one should try not to overeat. The Prophet (Blessings of Allah be upon him) said,

“The son of Adam fills no vessel worse than his stomach.” (Al-Tirmidhi).

The wise person does not live to eat. But rather, he eats to live.

In Ramadan, you’ll see Muslims preparing all kinds of food, making housewives and servants spend all their time on preparing food. This keeps them away from worship. And Muslims spend far more on food than they do outside Ramadan. This makes Ramadan a month of food and indigestion for Most Muslims, where people eat like gluttons and drink like thirsty camels, leaving them lazy to perform the night prayer.

The sick is allowed not to fast in Ramadan

As fasting during Ramadan is mandatory for all adult Muslims, there are exceptions. These exceptions include the sick.

Allah said in the Quran:

“… and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days on which one did not observe sawm must be made up] from other days …” (Surah Al-Bakhara 2:185).

If you have medical proof, or you know your health condition from experience, or you are certain that fasting will make your illness worse or delay recovery, you are allowed to break your fast. It is disliked even for you to fast in such a condition.

If you are sick and only hope to recover, you should wait until you get better, then make up for the fasts you missed.

Feed the poor if you are unable to fast

There are many valid reasons not to fast including being critically ill and also being too old to fast. If you fall into this category of people, you should feed a poor person for every day that you have missed.

You can calculate the days you’ve missed and do all at once on one day at the end of the month, or you can feed one poor person every day.

Also, you should give actual food to feed the poor instead of money. However, you can give the money to a trustworthy person or a good charitable organization that buys and distribute food to the poor so that they may do it on your behalf.

Give as much as you can

Ramadan is a month of giving.

Thus, try as much as possible be generous by sharing knowledge, giving money, using one’s position of authority or physical strength to help others, and having good attitude.

Al-Bukhari and Muslim reported that Ibn Abass (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

“The Messenger of Allah was the most generous of people [in doing good], and he was most generous of all in Ramadan …”

You should therefore not exchange generosity for stinginess in the month of Ramadan. This also means that you should never use fasting as an excuse not to do your work properly or treat people poorly.

Prepare yourself and environment for worship

The Month of Ramadan is the best time to make yourself available for worship by hastening to repent and turn back to Allah, fasting properly, reading Quran, fearing Allah in all your actions and seeking Laylatul Qadr.

Fasting is Compulsory

This rule states that every Muslim who is fit to fast must take part in the fasting of Ramadan. Fasting the month of Ramadan is Obligatory as clearly stated in the Quran and Sunnah.

Allah says in the Quran:

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” (Quran 2:183)

The Prophet also narrated in a hadith saying that “Islam is built on five pillars …” among which he mentioned fasting in the month of Ramadan. (Bukhari)

Thus, whoever breaks the fast during Ramadan without a legitimate excuse has committed a major sin.

Eat secretly when you are not fasting

If your reason for not fasting is obvious, such as sickness, there is nothing wrong if you decide to eat or drink openly. However, if your reason is hidden, such as menstruation, it is better to eat and drink in secret, so as not to attract accusations and the like.

Break the fast as soon as the sun disappears

You should break your fast once you notice that the entire shape of the sun has disappeared. Do not pay attention to the red glow that remain on the horizon, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Once night comes from there and the day disappears from there, and the sun has set, the fasting person should break his fast.” (Al-Bukhari)

It is sunnah to hasten in breaking the fast. It is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) would not pray Maghrib until he had broken his fast, if only with a sip of water.

However, if you cannot find anything to break your fast, you should have the intention in your heart to break it.

Insha’Allah, I will try as much as possible to update this article with more fasting rules and etiquettes you need to know in the Holy month of Ramadan.

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Kissing in Ramadan: Kissing Your Spouse While Fasting In Ramadan

Question:

Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Can a husband and wife kiss during the fast? Jazakum Allah khayran

In short:

Kissing, huggin, embracing, touching and repeatedly looking at one’s wife or concubine is permisible in Ramadan only if the man or the couple is able to control themselves. This is because it is reported in a hadith that the Prophet used to kiss and embrace his wives whilst he was fasting but he was the most in control of his desire.

For more details about Kissing and fasting in Ramadan, let’s read below.

Read Also: Ramadan rules: Etiquette of fasting in Ramadan

Answers by Sheikh Sayyed Sabiq and Sheikh Ahmad Kutty Wa`alaykum.

As-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Kissing one’s wife while fasting in Ramadan isn’t bad, it’s permissible. However, it is better and therefore recommended to avoid kissing during the daytime of Ramadan, as it may lead to further actions for which you may regret (which may nullify your fast), such as sexual intercourse.

In his well-known book, Fiqh As-Sunnah, Sheikh Sayyed Sabiq states: It is confirmed that `A’ishah said:

“The Prophet would kiss and embrace while he was fasting, for he had the most control of all of you over his desires.”

`Umar said: I was excited one time and I kissed [my wife] while I was fasting. I went to the Prophet and said:

“Today I committed a horrendous act—I kissed while I was fasting.”

The Prophet asked:

“What do you think of rinsing your mouth with water while fasting?”

I said:

“There is nothing wrong with that.”

The Prophet said:

‘Then, why do you question about it!’

Ibn al-Mundhir says:

“`Umar, Ibn `Abbas, Abu Hurairah, `A’ishah, `Ata, al-Sha`bi, al-Hassan, Ahmad, and Ishaq permit kissing.

The Hanafi and Shafi`i scholars say that it is disliked if it incites one’s desires. If it does not do so, it is not disliked although it is better to avoid it.’

There is no difference between an old man and a young man in this matter. The question is whether or not the kiss excites one’s desires. If it does, it is disliked. If it does not, it is not disliked although it is best to avoid it.

It does not matter if the kiss was on the cheek or on the lips, and so on. Touching with the hand or embracing follow the same ruling as kissing.”

Elaborating on the issue, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

In optional fasts, kissing, light touching, etc. are permitted so long as one does not engage in sexual intercourse. In obligatory fasts, one is allowed to do these only if one can control himself or herself. Breaking an obligatory fast through sexual intercourse is a serious offense, and it entails a strict form of kaffarah (expiation), which includes fasting two months consecutively; if one cannot do this, one must feed sixty poor persons for a single day of fast thus invalidated. Therefore, no one who is fasting should do such things if there is a genuine risk of overstepping the boundaries. If there is no such fear then light touching, or kissing, etc., when not accompanied by sexual desire, is permissible.

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked by a young man whether he can kiss his wife while fasting, he replied no, but when an elderly person came and asked him the same question, he replied yes.

Kissing in Ramadan old couple

Reasons for this are clear: While it may be easier for an elderly person to control himself, that may not be the case with regard to a young person.

As far as the Prophet’s own example is concerned, his beloved wife ‘A’ishah reported that he used to kiss his wife while he was fasting. But then she added the following comment: ‘Who among you can control his sexual desire as the Prophet himself was able to do?’

In conclusion, since each person knows his own weaknesses better than anyone else, he should be his own judge in this matter and he is better advised to take necessary precautions when dealing with obligatory fasts.

In case of optional fasts, however, because it does not entail any serious consequences if one were to break it because of uncontrollable sexual desire, the issue is far more flexible.

Allah Almighty knows best. Excerpted, with slight modifications, from www.muslims.ca

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Why Music is Haram in Islam (With a Short Story)

Alamgheer was one of the past Moghul kings in India. It is said he was a devout Muslim and a staunch upholder of Islamic tenets. He banned all luxury items in his kingdom including listening to music.

No one dared do so even privately in his home. Those engaged in musical provision for their earnings, got together to discuss what to do. They decided to take out a procession on the streets of Delhi in protest.

So one day they staged a grand procession taking out a big JANAZA (coffin) and marched on the streets of the capital. They passed in front of the king’s palace. They raised their voice as well as the JANAZA to make their amusing protest march conspicuously before the king who was then sitting on the front
terrace.

The king became curious and wanted to know which eminent personality had died to be given such a grand funeral. Some leaders from the procession approached the king and in a lamenting and wailing tone told him that the coffin was, in fact, that of ‘Music’.

Since it was strictly banned in the country, they were suffering the loss of daily income. On hearing this, the king smiled and said:

“Very good! Dig the grave so deep as to ensure that the DEAD MUSIC does not rise again for hundreds of years to come.”

Why Haram Music is not allowed in Islam

Let us ponder over the reasons why Islam has forbidden the playing, hearing and even the handling of musical instruments.

The Islamic philosophy of life dictates that this worldly life is transitional and a quick passing one, whereas the life hereafter is eternal and more important.

Therefore Islam has forbidden those things which distract our attention from this fact and which leads us towards the loose character and overlooking the moral duties of our life.

A number of these forbidden things in Islam are not only morally but physically and mentally harmful as proved by a number of modern scientists.

Professor Horst Hecheck of Vienna reports:

“The disharmonies of modern music frequently cause severe psychological and physical damage to musicians. Doctors and music experts say complaints range from nervousness, depression, and headaches to ulcers and impotence”

The toxic effect of the musical sound cannot be denied. Some years before, it was reported in a local newspaper in Daressalaam that a pregnant Hindu woman was much mentally engrossed in listening to a moving musical program in a cinema that she delivered a baby on the spot without realizing what was happening.

The newspaper in criticizing the incident remarked whether the place was a cinema hall or maternity home!

A professor at Columbia University in America, Dr. Adler, writes that the best melodious record of music can badly harm the human body nerves and the warmer the weather, more the harm. He also proved that music does upset the human nerves unnaturally causing considerable fatigue. The shaking effect of music also causes unnatural perspiration.

This research of Dr. Adler on music had such a widespread effect on the American people that many were led to stop listening to music. The belief that music was harmful to progressive nations reached a stage when a resolution to ban it by law was presented with relevant proofs and arguments in the American senate.

But in a nation where luxury and lust are widespread, how many could be expected to vote for such a ban?

It may be claimed that music has a soothing effect and as such, it is good entertainment, but taking into consideration that it causes more harm than good, it becomes undesirable and one should abstain from it.

Islam, as such, has forbidden music as we can see from the following Quranic Ayat and the traditions of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.):

“But avoid the uncleanliness of the idols and avoid vain (false) words” (22:30)

According to the interpretations of all the major sects of Islam, the above mentioned vain (false) words include false utterance and music.

It is worth noting that the divine instruction to avoid vain words (music) is in conjunction with the instruction to avoid the uncleanliness (pollution) of the idol.

Thus the condemnation of music is along with that of idol-worship. The Prophet of Islam had said:

“Two kinds of voices are resented by Allah: the wailing at the time of a calamity and musical rhythm at the time of rejoicing.” (Nafahat Risaliyya)

For More Information about Haram Music and its effects, read this book.

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BISMILLAH-RAHMAANIR-RAHIIMIn the name of Allah, Most Beneficient, Most Merciful.“All praise be to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and peace and blessings be upon His messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

This is a collection of Verses and short Surah’s from the Quran that are to be recited as a means of protection and cure from Black Magic, Jinn, Shayateen, Witchcraft, Sihr, Sorcery, Evil Eye and the like as well as other harmful things.

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This is a collection of Verses and short Surah’s from the Quran that are to be recited as a means of protection and cure from Black Magic, Jinn, Shayateen, Witchcraft, Sihr, Sorcery, Evil Eye and the like as well as other harmful things.

This is a collection of Verses and short Surah’s from the Quran that are to be recited as a means of protection and cure from Black Magic, Jinn, Shayateen, Witchcraft, Sihr, Sorcery, Evil Eye and the like as well as other harmful things.

Shykh Muhammad Zakariya al‐Kandahlawi (May Allah have mercy upon him) collected these verses in book form, which were already in use in his family as an antidote to witchcraft.

This collection is popularly referred to as Manzil. The collection has been recommended by the likes of Allama Shah Waliullah Dehlawi
(May Allah have mercy upon him) and Shaykh Muhammad Zakariya al‐Kandahlawi (May Allah have mercy upon him).

It is recommended that it should simply be recited once in the morning and once in the evening.

The elders were particularly punctual in reciting this it from amongst other dua and formulas for protection and cure.

It was customary to make special arrangements for children to commit this “Manzil” to memory.

Undoubtedly the ayah of the Qur’an and the dua that is mentioned in the ahadith are more effective and beneficial than the wearing of a ta’aweez.

In the formula of these amaliyaat (reciting of certain ayah and dua for a particular purpose), preference must be given to the Qur’an and ahadith.

The noble leader of the Ambiya, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), has taught us a du’a for every occasion of our religious and worldly needs, In the experience of the scholars reciting of certain Ayaat and Du’a for particular purposes has also been experienced to be successful.

The reading of the “Manzil Dua” has been confirmed to be extremely effective for protection against the evil influence of Jinn, Sihr (witchcraft, sorcery etc.) and other evils.

These ayaats of the Qur’an have also been mentioned with a slight variation in the number of ayaat, in the book “Al Qawlul Jameel”, wherein it has also been mentioned that there are these thirty-three ayahs which ward off the effects of Sihr (witchcraft), and that they are a protection against the Shayatin (devils), thieves and harmful wild beasts.

Whenever anyone suggested the reading of these ayahs to a victim, they had to either indicate these verses in the respective books or write them down, Therefore it was felt that it would simplify this task if these ayahs were printed separately.

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It should be considered and borne in mind that the effectiveness of the recital of these ayaat and du’as as a formula for specific purposes depends on the sincerity and; undisturbed and earnest devotion of the reader.

The effectiveness of the response to du’a is relative to the determination of one’s conviction and the depth of one’s sincerity with which Du’a are made.

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Benefits of surah-al-Jumuah (The Friday)

Surah al Jumuah is a ‘Madani’ surah and it has 11 ayaat.

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if this surah is recited frequently in the mornings and evenings, the reciter is protected from the influence of Shaitan and his temptations. His sins are also forgiven.

In another narration, it is said that if a person recites this surah daily, he will be safe from every dangerous and frightening thing.

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Surah Benefits

Benefits of reciting Surah Ale-Imran (The Family of Imran)

There are a total of 200 verses in Surah Ale-Imran and it was revealed in Madinah.

  • The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that whoever recites surah Ale-Imran on Friday, then until the setting of the sun, he will be showered by the Mercy of Allah (s.w.t.) and the angels will beg for his forgiveness.
  • The Prophet (s.a.w.) has also recommended this surah for those women who are not able to conceive.
  • The surah should be written using saffron and then given to her to wear as a talisman and by the Will of Allah (s.w.t.), she will conceive.
  • Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) has said that if a person faces hardship in earning his livelihood, he should write this surah and wear it as a talisman and Allah (s.w.t.) will increase his sustenance greatly.
  • The Imam (a.s.) also said that if anyone recites both surah al-Baqarah and Ale-Imran, then these surahs will come in the shape of clouds on the day of judgement to protect him from the scorching heat.

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Benefits of Reciting Surah al-Balad (The City)|Quran chapter 90

This surah has 10 verses and it was revealed in Makkah.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has said that whoever recites this surah will be safe from the Wrath of Allah (s.w.t.) on the Day of Reckoning.

Those who recite this surah in their faraa’idh prayers, will be counted among the pious and will be given a high status in the company of the Prophets and martyrs.

Writing this surah as a talisman and tying it around the neck of a child keeps him safe from illness.

Water in which this surah has been dissolved, if put in the nostrils acts as a cure for nose ailments.

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Benefits of Reciting Surah al-Hadid (The Iron)|Quran chapter 57

This is a ‘Madani’ surah and it has 29 ayat.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said that the reciter of this surah will be counted from among the staunch believers.

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) has said that whoever recites all the surahs that start with Tasbih of Allah (s.w.t.) before going to sleep, will not die before meeting the 12th Holy Imam (a.s.) and after his death, he will have the honor of being a neighbor of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.).

It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq that if surah al-Hadid and al-Mujadilah are recited in the faraa’idh (compulsory prayers) frequently, then the reciter will never face any punishment of Allah (s.w.t.) in this world and will not see any evil from his family.

If recited by a prisoner, he will be released soon. If worn on the neck as a talisman, the wearer will not be killed in war. This surah also makes one courageous.

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Criticizing others In Islam – How and How not to do it!

Sometimes we think that criticizing others somehow gets us closer to them, or strength our own personality.

The truth is that criticism does not prove your shrewdness. On the contrary, your ability to avoid it as much as possible, and attempt to correct people in ways that do not cause them any hurt or embarrassment is the indication of an astute person.

There are cases, in which it is preferable you remain oblivious, especially when they involve worldly issues and personal rights. The leader of a people is not the one who is foolish. The leader of a people is the one who pretends to be foolish. The one who is criticized views criticisms as sharp arrows directed towards him, because he feels he is deficient. This is the first point.

The second point is to try to avoid as much as you can, advising someone in public.

Advise me in private freely. But do spare me of your advice in public. For the advice given in public is a form of rebuke I do not like to hear.

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When a mistake becomes widespread and you feel compelled to advise a person publicly, then adhere to the principle: “What is wrong with the people that they do such and such?” as the Prophet used to say.

If the Messenger of Allah ever noticed a person making a mistake, he would not confront him directly. Rather, he would say, “What is wrong with the people, who do such-and-such?” which would indirectly imply, “I mean by that you, dear neighbor, so please pay attention!”

What can be better for you than to say to your wife, who does not keep the house tidy, “Yesterday, we stayed with a friend of mine, and everyone praised the cleanliness of his house.”

What can be better than for you to say to your son, who does not pray in the mosque, “I am amazed at this person in our neighborhood! I never seem to miss him in the mosque at all!” Meaning, “It is you I am referring to so please pay attention!”

It is right for you to ask why people dislike criticism, to which I would say in response, “Because it makes them feel deficient. Everyone loves perfection.” It is the constant feeling in a person to be recognized and acknowledged as being important that drives him.

A bee and a fly… Be like a bee that seeks out the scent and ignores the filth. Do not be like a fly that seeks out the bloody wounds.

Criticism is like a whip which the critic uses to lash someone’s back. Some people repel others either by the excessiveness of their criticisms or by criticizing bygone things where their criticisms do not rectify any wrongdoing or achieve any objective.

Once upon a time, there lives the plight of a poor man who had left his land for another country to work as a truck driver.

One day, he was very tired, but he managed to force himself to sit in the truck and drive it a long way between two cities. On the way, he was overtaken by slumber. He tried to fight off sleep and accelerated a little.

He overtook a car in front of him without paying full attention, only to encounter another small car heading towards him with three passengers. He tried to steer away from but could not and collided into the car head-on.

There was a lot of dust and smoke at the scene, and the passersby began to stop their cars to witness the accident. The truck driver came out and looked at the car, then looked at the passengers to find them all dead.

The people took the passengers out of the car and called an ambulance. The truck driver sat there waiting for the ambulances to arrive. He began to think about what might happen to him from imprisonment or having to pay blood-money.

He began to think about his young children and his wife. Poor man! His worries heaped onto him like a mountain.

The people began to verbally attack him as they passed by. Astonishing! Was this the time to heap criticism on the poor fellow? Could it not have been delayed a little, until the driver came out of his shock?

One of them said, “Why do you drive fast? This is the result of speeding!”

The other said, “I have no doubt you were sleepy, and despite that, you continued driving! Why didn’t you stop the car and sleep?”

Yet a third person said, “People like you should never be given a driving license!”

People were making these comments very harshly, screaming violently.

All the while, the man was sitting silently on a rock with his head in his hands, and suddenly, he fell to his side − dead.

They killed him by the spontaneity and ruthlessness of their criticisms. If only they had waited for a little, it would have been better for him and them.

Just place yourself in the shoes of the one who is criticized, the one who is wrong, and think from his point of view. If you were to be in his place, you would probably make a mistake bigger than his.

The Prophet (pbuh) was always conscious of this. When the Prophet (pbuh) with his Companions departed from Khaybar, they traveled for a long time until they became tired.

When evening approached, they stopped at a place to sleep. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Who would make sure that we wake up for Fajr so we may sleep in peace?” Bilal – may Allah be pleased with him – who was very eager, said, “I shall wake you up, O Messenger of Allah!”

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) then lied down, as did the people and they all fell asleep. Bilal stood up and prayed until he became tired since he too was tired due to the long journey. He sat down and leaned against his camel to rest.

As the time for Fajr began to enter, his eyelids felt heavier and heavier till he slipped into a slumber. They were all very tired, hence they all overslept. The night passed and morning came, whilst they all remained asleep and were only awoken by the heat of the sun.

The Prophet (pbuh) woke up, and so did the people. When they saw the sun they became confused and clamorous. Everyone by now was looking at Bilal.
The Prophet (pbuh) looked at Bilal and said, “What have you done to us, O Bilal?”

In response, Bilal said briefly, yet explaining what precisely happened, “O Messenger of Allah! My soul was taken by the One Who took your soul.” Meaning, I am a human being. I tried to ward off sleep but I wasn’t able to. I was overtaken by sleep just as the rest of you were!

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “You have spoken the truth”, and remained silent. What would the benefit have been in blaming anyone? When the Prophet (pbuh) saw that the people were confused, he said to them, “let’s embark!’ They all set off. He then walked for a while and stopped by a place as they all did. They all made ablution for prayer, and the Prophet led the people in prayer.

After concluding the prayer, the Prophet (pbuh) turned to the people and said, “If you ever forget to pray then pray as soon as you remember.”

How excellent he was! How wise he was! He served as a learning center for every leader, unlike some modern-day leaders who rarely avoid blaming and scolding.

The Prophet (pbuh) would place himself in the shoes of those under him, and think from their perspective. He would deal with the hearts, before dealing with the bodies. He knew that they were merely human beings and not machines!

Verify the fault before criticizing

How many are those who draw a conclusion or form views based on a rumor they may hear! Many of them come to advise you only to discover that they were following hearsay.

Many of them allow these rumors to become imprinted in their hearts and on that basis they paint a picture of you, which happens to be false.

Sometimes it becomes widespread that so and so did such and such. In order to preserve the respect he has for you, verify the news before speaking to him, and this was the methodology of the Prophet (pbuh).

A man came to the Prophet (pbuh) and the Prophet looked at him only to notice a man in a shabby state, his hair covered in dust. The Prophet (pbuh) wanted to advise him to improve his appearance, but he feared that the person might be a pauper who had no money.

So he asked him, “Do you have any wealth?” The man said, “Yes, I do.”
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “What sort of wealth?” The man said, “All sorts of wealth: camels, slaves, horses, cattle, etc.”

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “If Allah has given you wealth, then let it be shown on your person.” Then he said, “Does your camel give birth to young ones with sound ears, but you get hold of a blade and cut off the ears and call it Baheerah? And do you cut a bit of it, or cut its skin and call it Sarm, thereby making it forbidden for yourselves and your family?”

The man said, “Yes.” The Prophet (pbuh) replied, “Verily, what Allah has given you is Halaal. Allah’s blade is the sharpest!” (al-Hakim who declared in Sahih)

Now whip me gently, Kill gently…

What has preceded does not mean that we should not criticize at all. Often it is required to criticize others, including your son, wife or friend. It is, however, possible to delay your criticisms slightly or to use subtle tactics. Let him retain some of his honor.

“Verily, Allah has enjoined excellence with regard to every- thing. So, when you kill, kill in a good way; when you slaughter, slaughter in a good way; so every one of you should sharpen his knife, and let the slaughtered animal die comfortably.”

Source: Enjoy Your Life By Dr. Muhammad ‘Abd Al-Rahman Al-‘Arifi

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A beautiful Advice For the young Muslim!

As a youth, taking this very serious will not only help you acquire the wealth of reward but also add a great deal towards creating your awareness of the significance of acts of worship in life. Youth is worth enjoying but only in a wise way.

To catch my vibe well, let’s learn something from this old man’s story.

Once an elderly man was passing by some area, extremely old and was very bent as if he was looking for something on the floor. A comical young guy saw him and asks in jest, ‘Oh old man! What are you searching for?

Even though what the boy said was so annoying, the old man still replied whilst showing great tolerance and maturity. In return for his abusive remark, he said, ‘son! I am in search of my Youth.’

The young man was really confused and astonished to the puzzling reply to his snide comment. He (the young man) then asked, ‘Dear Grandpa, I did not understand what you mean. Is youth some kind of thing that can be searched for? Has anyone ever been able to recover it once gone?’

The old man responded, ‘This is my regrets now. When I was young, I couldn’t avail myself of it. But today, I have realized its importance and no longer have it. If only I had recovered it so that I would make up for my past errors and foibles and devote to worshiping Allah wholeheartedly.’ ‘If only my youth had returned to me so I would inform it of how old age has treated me.’

Poor old man! Having a deep sigh of remorse and regrets, extremely regretful, he has lost his will of youth. Now it is useless to cry over spilled milk.  He couldn’t benefit from his youth. He neither perform virtuous deeds nor makes any preparation for his afterlife, he rather misbehaved deeply over matters of heedlessness.

He is in his dotage with deteriorating health and a weakening body. He lost courage as a result of being old.

Fellow Muslim youth, we are now young Insha-Allah; from the wisdom of this old man, why not take full advantage of our youth today?

Let’s expert ourselves to worship Allah (our only Creator), let’s bow in His court before we get bent. Otherwise, just like the old Man, we will also be searching for our youth after we are old and bent.

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The sad part, as at that moment, you will have nothing but wistfulness and shamefulness. You will be disappointed in yourself to have wasted your childhood in playing and lost your youth in sleeping, and yes, you will cry in aging. sad!

Dear Islamic brothers and sisters! Youth is a heavy favor from Allah (SWT). We those who still have it should value it by spending most of it in the acts of worship and obedience in Allah (SWT).

Consider Time Very Important

You will definitely end up regretting it later when you choose to spend your youth in idleness, carelessness, and heedlessness.

If you choose to spend your youthful life in the dark cave of sins, you definitely will find it very hard to opt-out of it in the bright daylight of righteous deeds because your unappealing old age would never serve you right, I mean the too late syndrome.

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At a young age, strive and struggle hard to perform more acts of worship and good deed, and stay steadfast in them, that’s Jihad after all.

Now, if you indulge in bad deeds and shrinks from the good ones, losing your courage, capability, and treasure of time, I’m sorry but you will have to regret later, I mean a regret which is in vain and without any gain.

Is there someone to stop this flying time? The sharp-edged ax of time is continuously clearing off the trees of our life. Who dares to slow down or stop what Allah has executed?  So take time seriously; value it today by taking advantage of it. Otherwise, it will be regretted but cannot be regained if lost.

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Pursue Knowledge, only that can save you

That’s right, stop wasting this precious but speedy time, stop being idle, also stop trading time for worldly pleasure – cut off the time you spend on TV, gaming or any activity that will only add-up nothing to your future.

What should you use the time for?

To search for Knowledge!

Dear young ones in Islam! Youth is a stage in life where intellectual and physical abilities can greatly be beneficial. It is the best age to gain religious knowledge, study the scriptures of Islam (holy books of Islam), and apply it to achieve the best results throughout life.

When in old age, a man usually goes crazy losing his wisdom and power. Treasures of memory get buried. Now having problems with mentalities, making the old ones behave like children sometimes.

But there is good news for the young ones who are habitual and consistent in studying and reciting the Quran because they will remain protected from such tribulations and troubles in the later life.

Come Close To Allah, Gain Love and Stay Safe

Your knowledge should lead you to the straight path, path of the righteous of course; after which, love will then be showered by Allah (SWT).

The very fortunate ones are the young Muslims who spend their youth following divine rules and neglecting their desires despite being able to fulfill them.

They are left overcome with deep Divine fear, achieving the rank of becoming beloved slaves of Allah. There is good news for these fortunate young people. Not only will they attain the love of Allah (SWT), they also gain a great status and respect in society.

Deal with Modesty

To achieve the best out of life, stay down low like humble. Allah will elevate all those who are humble. Your honor will only be increased if you are humble. But wait a moment! As for the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), He said,

“No one with an atom’s weight of arrogance will enter Paradise!” (Sources: Tirmidhi (19999), Abu Dawood (4091) and Ibn Maajah (59)

Do you dream of paradise or not? I know you do and I know you will work hard to achieve this awesome dream.

What will you get?

I mean the benefit of making good use of your youth. From the parable at the beginning of this post, we could see clearly that one who spends his youth performing righteous deeds with divine fear will get a deserving reward in so many folds.

In this world, both young and old, you will remain in the bounty of Allah till the day you will be laid to rest. Sound promising right?

Well, that’s not all, because on that day when others are heading towards (hell) and regretfully seeking for second chances from Allah, your regrets will only be that you should have done better including sharing this piece to others, but in your case, you must have relaxed well in Paradise (Insha Allah).

One thing is for sure, on that day every soul shall regret. But strive hard so that when they are regretful for not obeying at all, your regrets shall be for not doing much better forwarding this message. But then Allah will say to everyone, it’s too late, you have many chances in this world but you live only once in this world.

What about the regretful old Man?

The Holiest and Greatest Prophet has said:

Do not pull out white hair as it is Nur of a Muslim. The person who gets old in [the state of] Islam – for this reason – Allah will record good deed for him, remove misdeed and raise the rank. (Sunan Abi Dawud, vol. 4, hadith 4202)

My dear aged Islamic fathers, mothers, uncles and aunties, you already lose your youth, it’s a fact that can never be changed, but don’t lose heart. Every cloud has a silver lining.

If you have spent youth already, then consider your old age important because you will not even reach the old age when you meet death. It doesn’t matter when, if you ever realize the aim of your life at any stage, you should never be a pessimist.

Take Old age as a blessing, something very important and get busy pleasing Allah by shedding tears in His court and embracing piety before the sun of your life sinks.

With sincere faith, hope and fear, come close to Allah, asking Him for mercy. Hopefully focus on the Quran verse that says: Despair not of the mercy of Allah (Quran 39:53).

With this verse in mind, you will never return disappointed and empty-handed but rather, you will be blessed with a great wealth of forgiveness. Remember that repenting even in old age is a trait of the lucky ones.

Don’t be blind in your old age; it’s a second chance for you from Allah. A windstorm of death will soon make the candle of your life go off. The blade of the knife of death is at your throat. So, consider yourself among the dead because someday, you will have to respond to the call.

It’s now your turn…

What do you think? Our dotage parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties, brothers and sisters, about what exactly do you regret for and what advice do you have for the youth out there?

And the youth out there, what are your thoughts about this piece of advice? Do you have something that can add up to our productivity as a happy youth in Islam?

Let’s hear it and discuss in the comments bellow Insha-Allah…