ALLAH WANTS EASE

28 Jun

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

  • Allah wants ease for you and He does want difficulty for you.
  • A person may ask, if Allah wants ease why do I have to pray fajar at 4 AM? Also why do we have to fast for 19 hours?
  • Biqaai RA explains this by saying that the meaning is Allah wants ease for you through His legislation. i.e. anytime you go against what Allah ordained, you will find tremendous difficulty in your life.
  • Fajar is one of the greatest means of having blessing in your day. If you did not pray the prayer, the difficulty you will find in your day far exceeds the small difficulty of waking up, praying and returning to sleep.
  • Secondly, the meaning could be literal. Allah never makes a person go through a difficulty simply for the sake of difficulty. Rather the goal may be to have the persons sins forgiven, raise the persons rank, eradicate a weakness, build a strength or to teach a lesson.
  • Never ever is the goal of a calamity or a legislation to make the persons life difficult.
  • Why is the difficulty also mentioned? You could want ease for a person but still have them go through a difficulty. By mentioning both ease and negating difficulty, exclusivity is created: The only thing Allah wants is ease!

HUGE BLESSING

27 Jun

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

  • Allah SWT did not say to fast when the month of Ramadan starts. Instead Allah SWT said whoever witnesses the month should fast.
  • Benefit: It is a huge blessing of Allah that He has not caused you to die, and has made you live to witness another Ramadan (Sheikh Waseem Yusuf).
  • Another implied meaning is that Ramadan is a witness for you or against you.

ARE YOU GUIDED?

26 Jun

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

  • Why is the guidance repeated? ar-Razi RA said the first guidance is general and the second refers to the explanation of the guidance.
  • Another reason is that the first is the guidance of the Quran and the second is the guidance of the previous scriptures found in the Quran.
  • The third reason is that the first guidance is the foundation of the religion and the second guidance is the branches.
  • Why is the criterion mentioned? Someone may be guided but they may not be able to differentiate it form falsehood. By having the criterion, one is both guided and knows what is falsehood.

BETTER THAN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE!

25 Jun

  لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ

The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.

  • Allah SWT did not say that Night of Decree equals a thousand months; rather it is better. Hence the minimum reward is a thousand months worships and the maximum can be limitless.
  • as-Shawkani  RAsaid that a thousand is used by Arabs for hyperbole and the meaning in this ayah is better than all time.
  • Tips for the night:
  1. In order to maximize the night, you need to prepare before the night begins (make sure you are ready mentally, physically and spiritually — i.e. make duaa at the time of iftaar to reach the night).
  2. Stay up the entire night.
  3. Spend the night in the Masjid (as long as you are waiting for the next prayer, the angels are making duaa for you).
  4. Every single second is precious. Whatever free time you have do dhikr or read Quran.
  5. Intention, intention, intention. Before you eat, use the washroom and if you have to sleep, make your intention that you are doing this so you can worship Allah SWT better.
  6. Give in charity (Allah SWT describes this night as being blessed).
  7. Pray taraweeh even if it is only two rakats at home (Prophet SAW said whoever prays in the Night of Decree, his past sins will be forgiven).
  8. Make duaa to Allah SWT even if it is only for a few min.
  9. If there was only one thing you could do in the night, then make sure you pray the maghrib and ishaa in congregation (the goal of the night is to come closer to Allah SWT, and nothing will bring you closer than the congregational prayer).
  10. For a bonus, pray the fajar in congregation, for whoever does that along with ishaa will have the reward as if he prayed the entire night standing.

Prophet SAW said “This month has come upon you and in it is a night greater than one thousand months, whoever is denied it has been denied all good, and no one is denied its good except one who is a true loser.” (Ibn Majah & authenticated by Albani)

WHY WAS THE QURAN REVEALED?

19 Jun

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

The month of Ramadhan is that in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.

  • Unfortunately most Muslims, their relationship with the Quran in Ramadan and outside is limited to reciting.
  • However, the main reason Allah revealed the Quran was for guidance.
  • Even if a non-Muslim approached the Quran looking for solutions to their problems they will find it.

What does Ramadan mean?

16 Jun

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

  • According to Imam Raghib al-isfahani Ramadan is taken from the word ramad, which means that which is intensely heated by the sun.
  • al-Qurtubi said that it is given this name since it burns sins with righteous deeds.

WHY DO YOU FAST?

15 Jun
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you so that you may perhaps become righteous (2:183)
  • This call is called nidaa at-tashreef wa takreem. It has honor, prestige and respect in it.
  • Allah SWT did not say furida — obligatory. Kutiba has the additional meaning of legislated.
  • What does siyaam mean? Linguistically it means abstinence.
  • What is the difference between siyaam and sawom (صوم)? The former is used in the Quran to abstain from eating and drinking, while the later is used to refrain from speaking.
  • This similarity is with respect to the legislation and not the nature or the number.
  • Who are these people? Ibn Abbas said it was made obligatory on all the previous nations.
  • This is also mentioned to encourage the Arabs to fast, as they had never fasted before.
  • Many Muslims inform non-Muslims that the reason they fast is to understand the sufferings of others. This is a small reason but the main reason is to attain Taqwa.
  • Taqwa is a state of fear in which one abandons all evils and engages in all good, in order to guarantee protection from the punishment of Allah.
  • Allah SWT said that if you fast perhaps you will gain taqwa; He did not guarantee that you will receive it. This is because most people do not realize that taqwa is connected to the heart and not the stomach.
  • Prophet SAW “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions and does not abandon foolishness, Allah is not in need of his leaving food and drink [i.e. Allah will not accept his fast]” (Bukhari).
  • Umar ibn Abdul Aziz said, “Taqwa is not attained by fasting during the day nor by praying at night. Rather it is attained by avoiding what Allah has forbidden and only engaging in what He has made permissible. And whoever has been granted above this have been granted good upon good.”
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