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‘Glad tidings for whoever makes himself hungry in anticipation of the Great Day’

Abu Musa al-Ash’ari was on a boat, and he heard someone calling out: “O passengers, stand up!” And he said this three times. So, Abu Musa told him: “How can we stand up? Don’t you see where we are? How can we stand up?” So, the caller said: “Let me tell you of a rule that Allah made upon Himself: whoever makes himself thirsty for Allah’s sake on a hot day has the right upon Allah to have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection.” So, Abu Musa would search out the days that were so hot that one would feel he was being cooked, and he would fast those days.

Ka’b said that Allah Said to Musa: “I made it incumbent upon Myself that whoever is thirsty for My sake will have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection,” and others said that it’s written in the Torah: “Glad tidings for whoever makes himself hungry in anticipation of the Great Day where he will have his hunger satisfied, and glad tidings for whoever makes himself thirsty in anticipation of the Great Day where he will have his thirst quenched.”

The Virtues of Fasting in the Summer

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The likeness of Ramadan & prophet Yusuf

 

Ibn al-Jawzi  wrote concerning this great month of Ramadan:

“The month of Ramadan to the other months is like Yusuf to his brothers. So, just like Yusuf was the most beloved son to Ya’qub, Ramadan is likewise the most beloved month to Allah.

A nice point for the nation of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) to ponder over is that if Yusuf had the mercy and compassion to say {“There is no reproach for you today…”} [Yusuf (12): 92], Ramadan is likewise the month of mercy, blessing, goodness, salvation from the Fire, and Forgiveness from the King that exceeds that of all the other months and what can be gained from their days and nights.

Another nice point to think about is that Yusuf’s brothers came to rely on him to fix their mistakes after all those they had made. So, he met them with kindness and helped them out, and he fed them while they were hungry and allowed them to return, and he told his servants: “Carry their belongings with you so that they don’t lose them.” So, one person filled the gaps of eleven others, and the month of Ramadan is likewise one month that fills the gaps of our actions over the other eleven months. Imagine the gaps and shortcoming and deficiency we have in obeying Allah!

We hope that in Ramadan, we are able to make up for our shortcomings in the other months, to rectify our mistakes, and to cap it off with happiness and firmness on the Rope of the Forgiving King.

Another point is that Ya’qub had eleven sons who were living with him and whose actions he would see at all times, and his eyesight did not return because of any of their clothing. Instead, it returned due to Yusuf’s shirt. His eyesight came back strong, and he himself became strong after he was weak, and seeing after he was blind. Likewise, if the sinner smells the scents of Ramadan, sits with those who remind him of Allah, recites the Qur’an, befriends on the condition of Islam and faith, and avoids backbiting and vain talk, he will (by Allah’s Will) become forgiven after he was a sinner, he will become close after he was far, he will be able to see with his heart after it was blind, his presence will be met with happiness after it was met with repulsion, he will be met with mercy after he was met with disdain, he will be provided for without limit or effort on his part, he will be guided for his entire life, he will have his soul dragged out with ease and smoothness when he dies, he will be blessed with Forgiveness when he meets Allah, and he will be granted the best levels in the Gardens of Paradise.

So, by Allah, take advantage of this greatness during these few days and you will soon see abundant blessing, high levels of reward, and a very long period of rest and relaxation by the Will of Allah.

By Allah, this is the true relaxation…”

[‘Bustan al-Wa’idhin wa Riyad as-Sami’in’; p. 213-214]

I ask Allah to grant us life long enough to witness this Ramadan, may He swt grant us the tawfeeq to make preparations so that we may gain the most benefit from this month! ameen

Translated by Tarek Mehanna, may Allah swt hasten his release, check out his blog here

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The bunjee jump of the heart – all or none

 

masha’Allah wise words from our brother Tarek Mehanna (Abu Sabaayaa)  in reply to some questions submitted to him by users Islamic Awakening Forum, something for us all to reflect upon. May Allah swt hasten his release. aameen.

How long do you expect to be in prison?

Tarek: In the story of the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) told the Companions, based on his dream, that they would make ‘Umrah. So, when they set out for Makkah and were prevented by the pagans from the ‘Umrah, ‘Umar became disheartened and said to Abu Bakr: “Didn’t he say that we would make tawaf around the Ka’bah?” Abu Bakr said: “Did he tell you it would be this year?” ‘Umar replied: “No.” Abu Bakr said: “You will make tawaf around it…” And the following year, they were performing ‘Umrah, just as the Prophet had promised.

So, Allah had promised them that they would complete the ‘Umrah. It happened, but on Allah’s terms, not those of ‘Umar or even the Prophet himself. The fulfilling of the promise was 100% certain, but the ‘when’ was known only to Allah.

Such is the case with the question of how long I will be here. All I know is that Allah promised that if I do the right thing, stay true to my principles, and have full certainty & reliance on His Aid, He will make me victorious in the end. The ‘when’ aspect is not my concern. All I know is that the promise itself will undoubtedly be fulfilled because it is Allah who made the promise – not once, but numerous times in the Qur’an. Why is it that when someone promises to meet us for dinner, we expect that we will be having dinner with that person, but when Allah promises something to us we don’t take it as literally? Understand that Allah is a Living, Aware, reacting entity Who deals with you according to how you deal with Him. Did you ever read the Hadith Qudsi: “I am as My slave expects Me to be”? What it means is that Allah looks to how much confidence you have in Him, and deals with you accordingly. If you trust Him fully to do what you want Him to do for you, He will surely fulfill that trust and expectation. But if your trust and confidence in Him are so-so, then what trust is there for Him to fulfill? None, and that is when you are left in the gutter. It’s like a bunjee jump of the heart – all or none; an internal test to see if you will put your life in His Hands. Some pass, some fail.

read more questions & answers from brother Tarek at: http://forums.islamicawakening.com/ 

for more information about our brother Tarek’s, to support the campaign & details on how to write to him visit: www.freetarek.com

please do not forget him & his family in your du’a.

JazakAllah khayr wa BarakAllah feek

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