Iftar at masjid e nab’abi, following the sunnah of prophet mohammad saw (every1 is sharing with the next person mashallah, n not considering whether he is sitting next 2 a ruler or a begger).
Ramadan is the month 2 repent bcoz this is the month when allah closes the doors of hell n opens the đoors of heavens. This is the month Qur’ans revelations started. In ìts honor allah has declared this month as a month of rewards for the pious, tawakfuĺl n the honest repenters. Every ibadaah during this month is rewarded heavily, specially the prayers during the nite of qua’der the day quran was sent is said by allah 2 carry the weight of 1000 days or more than 80 yrs equivalent of ibadaah.
The month of ramadan has arrived. An extemely significant month for muslims thruout the world. For anybody 2 get this month for another year is indeed a very fortunate event, alhamdulillah
This is the month allah started revealing the Qur’an for the human beings thru hazrat gibril (aws) (gabreal) 2 prophet mohammad (peace b upon him). it started when he was 40 yrs old n continued for 25 yrs (up2 the yr prophet died at the age of 65). So prophet mohammad was ordained as a prophet n messenger of allah at the age of 40.
Quran has 114 suras or chapters. The suras r mostly linked with various incidents, occasions, decisions etc. of the prophets life in the 2 cts mekkah n medina (s arabia) he used 2 live. There r lots of important true stories throughout the history of mankind also in it 2 give guidance n warniing, as appropriate. So, in all sorts n sizes of matters – trivial 2 fundamental or small 2 big, including personal, family, social, financial, governmental, various sciences (some mentioned more than 1400 yrs bak in this book but bing proved only recently by the scientists, also known as the miracles of quran) manners, humanitarian aspects, law n justice, family/ relatives/ friend issues, gender issues, rites of n with the neighbours etc., basically wotever u name it that is required for a human bings lawful n decent living with adequate rites can b found in quran. Bsides, since the time of prophet, for critical matters those having no direct mention in either quran or hadids, hav been resolved by a panel of experts. During the golden times of Islamic rules the people who were experts 2 consider such matters were the rulers, justices, law experts (sharia/ fiqah, common laws), quran specially kalam rules experts n theamatics (tafsir scholars), hadises experts, relevant subject matter specialist n whoever else deemed necessary by this board or the chairman of this board (mandatorily the head of the state). They r responsible 2 get 2gether 2 discuss the matter. First they look for solutions inside quran n hadises close 2 matters like this. If not found, certain incidents or decisions taken in other matters, or hadises, ayats themaetics extrapolated if deemed suitable then reviewed fm all arguable points of view, then phylosophically judged (if needed argued, debated again) for all involved 2 absolutely indipendently n cumulativly agree on all points as in the case of quran n hadis they wud do. Bcoz these r nothing but lawful n necessary extensions of sharia under permission of allah. So ultimate fear of allah must b in mind for all decisions made. Allah has entrusted this board 2 kias ( discuss the matter) n most piously, honestly with patience n wisdom wants them 2 implement expeditiously the izma (an all agreed decision) 2 carry forward the bizness of islam.
Sometimes i wonder n worry how will the heads of states of OIC (probably 57 member states) will face allahs judgement when kias n izma by the virtue of the fact is faraj n none of these countries r following the process. The very people neglecting their duties r the 1s blaming islam not bing up2date, progressive!
My objective in writing this blog is primarily 2 fold. When i talk 2 the young generation i find the sorry state of islamiat teaching in our skools. It was bad during our times. But nothing compared 2 wot it is now. Having an elaborate syllabus is not necessarily teaching with depth n proper emphasis. N the notorious cable, movies, inets dont help the nations good cozes at all. So inshallah i wud like 2 hope the youth wil come out of the dark n take more interest in islam n the relevant subjects that teaches this most beautiful, powerful, decent n most intellectually challenging n stimulating subject.
Now bak tracking a little bit.
All these ayahs or verses of quran came as either halal (allowed), haram (banned) n results of yor deeds ie., jannat (heaven) or jahannam (hell), with vivid descriptions of the 2 places. 2 further caution, the book also gives a few examples of allahs ultimate anger on some extreme transgressor nations for acts like violating others rites, for bing too arrogant, allways cheating fellow humans, sodomy, performing sorcery, challenging allah’s power n authority etc. for which acts the entire nation(s) were destroyed n some remain as examples so that we take lessons fm these – never 2 follow them. Soon after receiving n conveying the last ayah hazrat (arabic vocative for prophets, prophets wives n angels) mohammad bcame sick. N a few days later the best of the best among human beings left us (inna lilla hi wainna ilahi rajiun, we r all for allah n 2 him shall we all return).
This in short is the hilites of allah’s noor (heavenly lite) n human bings ultimate source of knowledge n most important guidance ie., Qur’an. In honor of that n his foremost will 2 pardon humans those who truly repents n goes bak 2 allah, he not only declared undisclosed amounts of heavy rewards straight fm himself (in usual cases it is delegated 2 malaikas (angels) for recording all deeds n corresponding rewards – 10 marks added for good deeds n 1mark for bad deeds (quran 6: 160) that is for.a normal persons normal days usual activities) for all who hav fasted the entire month. Now, imagine wot cud any1 who had tried n did his best 2 earnestly purify himself thru fasting the whole month n promises 2 stay alike for the rest of the 11 months, expect as reward for ramadan fm allah who is “innaka Antal Wah-haab” or “for thou art the grantor of bounties without measure” ( quran 03:08).
2 make the month of ramadan very rewarding, allah has also made it a month of fasting or roja (bangla) or siam, arabic. On top of this Allah has made ramadan a month of huge bonuses for each kind of religious n charity acts. wot it means is that if eg., namaj aka salah (like roja another 1 of the 5 essential pillars of islam) which is mandatory 5 times a day (sounds a lot but practically thinking all 5 of it added up demands all 2gether roughly 1 hour out of 24 hours of a day) will b rewarded many times more during ramadan than the namajes performed during the rest of the 11 months. N it dosent stop there. the extra discretionary prayers known as nafals (1 can pray as much as he likes during the rest almost 23 hrs left over aft finishing the 5 mandatories) will also b rewarded many times more during the ramadan. During ramadan people prefer 2 pay their jakah (another pillar of islam) too. bcoz like siam n namaj charity donations r also calculated n rewarded many times more in the month of. Ramadan. If an individual holds certain amounts of gold or silver or corps ( here it is called ushar), and .his net liquid assets worth is in excess of that certain amount of golds or certain amount of silvers or certain amount of corps then on these excesses over the fixed amount mentioned above will b calculated @ 2.5% on the excess for jakat N for ushar net liquid assets after deducting a certain amount of crops. In addition if 1 cud afford there is zakah e fitr n sadakah (alms).
Now a basic question how a siam is performed? Usually an hour before the dawn u take a meal (must wake up n eat something). Its called sahoor. Then till sunset u can perform all yor regular chores n duties but cannot eat, smoke, drink, hav sex with yor wife after iftar which Is breaking fast at dusk, then up2 next seheri all halal that bcomes haram between sahoor 2 iftar bcomes halal between iftar 2 sahoor.
Siam has been made compulsory for muslims 2 b compassionate towards the poor. Unfortunately now a days u c more richer n varieties of food bing consumed in ramadan then the rest of the year. More or less it feels as if a. month for food festivals. This is indeed sad 2 c the ummats of hazrat mohammad gossipping loudly while eating iftars for an hour or so with table filled items even forgetting about another faraj, maghrib namaj, even though we all know the prophets sunnah of having all meals quietly n mashallah preferred mostly dates n water for iftars.
Given the heat wave pls make sure u drink sufficient water otherwise next days roja might bcome difficult or even impossible. may allah save us fm such unfortunate situation. Another imp rule might come 2 rescue. When fasting if u accidentally eat or drink something n then realize u were fasting then do the following n inshallah yor fasting will b saved:
– as soon as u remember u r fasting, stop eating
– if there is food in yor mouth throw it away
– quickly wash inside yor mouth with water
– ask forgiveness 2 allah for this unwanted mistake n also for his help against shytwan which makes u forget
– continue on fasting n break the fast with iftar, as usual. No kaja (replacement) roja or kaffara (fine for mistakes, usually feeding the poor) necessary.
Now last but not the least. America with its aggression under the disguise of arab n non arab spring has successfully created a zone of influence fm all the way in the west morocco 2 all the way in the east upto bangladesh except iran n india. Lots of geo political calculations n natural resources 2 b exploited. Syria falls under strategic geo-political calculation. Under the blaff of tunisia, libya n egypt ( all of them bak 2 allmost square1) syrians bcame hopeful n started their revolution against west’s bloved tyrant bashar al asad, thinking it can b done in a short period of time. But by now west was not happy 2 loose 3 of its long tested agents some wud argue about quaddafi, but as circumstances later proved the doubt he was indeed their agent. Same like quaddafi, bashar, after lots of hypocracy, also proven an western agent too. So the west this time didnt respond 2 the popular movement (even though they hav huge bases n armouries in s.arabia) but was in a revenge mood. N wot a revenge they r taking yr aft yr. Also making sure that the most oil reach kingdoms in the region like quatar, kuwait, s. arabia etc. countries undemocratic, authoratarian n arrogant rulers sheikhs dont get affected by all these turmoils. For protection sheikhs pay them heavily n willing n unwillingly allow them 2 open army, navy n air force bases. While it is a significant 1st step 2wards making arrangements 2 rule the countries or a significant country in the region in future, if needed. Also it cud b their contingency location in case relationship gets sour with europe.
The prolonged war is turning syria like afghanistan. Now a days the situation in there is hardly shown in the tv news. Wotever rarely comes shows the devastation of a civilization. Wot can happen when a big eagles evil eyes falls on a camel!
The syrian part I haven’t changed a single word from last year. Wot I wud like 2 add is it is quickly becoming like filistin. Despite the devastation n occupation they hav arranged friends 2 hide their names. Just like filistin where British had fooled us with Belfore treaty n America by financing creating a military Base named Israel for the jews/ zionists 2 operate it. Now no1 seems 2 know that or even mention that even y the Americans pay unquestioned billions of dollars (basically as payment for Base maintenance). Similarly there will b a few unethical countries who will allways b willing 2 help Britain n America 2 cover their ugly evil deeds in syria. So let us not forget that which countries r systematically trying 2 crusade islam out of existence.
I mourn for all dead in syria n asking allah 2 end their sufferings. Let’s inshallah keep praying everyday in ramadan for the syrian rebels n a total humiliating defeat for bashar with invading foreign forces leaving. May syria b a prosperous Muslim independent n sovereign country inshallah soon. We shud take this as a lesson 2 create a proper ummah not just a names sake OIC.
Ramadan being the month of Allah’s rahmah (blessings), barakah (special blessings) n najah (forgive n save from hell), let us pray for filistin, syria, chechnya, kashmir n all other Muslim countries n their islam followers 2 b blessed n forgiven. Also let us pray for a fair n peaceful world.