What are the Basic Beliefs of Muslims?

Religion has always been a source of guidance for humanity. And a perfect religion is only that which guides and instructs its followers not only in their day to day dealings but also in their creed to set a right direction for them in this temporary life. Moreover when both these things are combined together and are observed with full spirit only then we find a human being living a life full of internal bliss and peace.

Islam as a religion is exactly like that. Without any exaggeration it is able to guide us in every sphere and phase of life. The comprehensiveness of Islam is enough as an evidence to prove that it is the only real Divine-ordained religion. Here in this blog we shall have a very brief look upon the basic beliefs of the Islam as a faith.

The following are the most basic articles in Islam to have faith in:

  • Faith in Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ
  • Faith in Angels
  • Faith in Divine Scriptures
  • Faith in Messengers
  • Faith in the Day of Judgment
  • Faith in Destiny

Let’s discuss them very briefly:

  1. Faith in Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ: Muslims believe in one God. And they call Him with the name Allah. He is alone. There is no partner to Him neither in His being nor in His attributes. Only He is worthy of worship.

  1. Faith in Angels: Angels are the creation of Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ and they are created by light (nur). They are humble servants of Almighty Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ who carry out His commandments.

  1. Faith in Prophets of God: Muslims also believe in the institution of Prophethood. Almighty Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ chooses whomsoever he wills as his Prophet and that Prophet communicates the Divine message to His bondman. Adam عَلَیْہِ السَّلَام is the first of all the Prophets while Muhammad صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم is the last and final Prophet. There can never be any Prophet after him. Some other Prophets are also mentioned in the Holy Quran. All of them came with the same message of oneness of Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ and that only He is the worthy of worship.

  1. Faith in Revealed Books of God: Muslims also believe in the divine word which is only revealed to the chosen Prophets. The Holy Quran is last of all the book of God. It is free from any distortion and is protected from every forgery and distortion. Many books were revealed to the Prophets before the Prophet Muhammad صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم but all those books were, unfortunately, distorted and manipulated by the people.

  1. Faith in Day of Judgment: Muslims believe in the Day of Judgment as well. The whole creation will be resurrected on this day. It is the day of accountability wherein every human being will have to stand for the accountability of his actions done in this life.

  1. Faith in Destiny and Divine Decree: Muslims believe that the knowledge of Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ is perfect. Everything happens with His will and knowledge.

Dear Islamic brothers! These are the most basics of the Islamic beliefs. And in order to learn more detail please visit our website www.dawateislami.net. And download the book “Welcome to Islam”. In sha Allah this book will illuminate our hearts with true teachings of Islam.

May Almighty Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ enable us to choose the real Divine path and keep us on it for rest of our lives! Amen.

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Islamic Ethics vs Liberal Ethics

Honestly offspring’s of Adam & Eve, Muslims develop their Islamic-ethics from the sacred book Al-Quran-e-Kareem and Hadith shareef (sayings of the Noble Prophet), while Quran-e-Kareem encloses more than a few commands and Muhammad’s (Ummatee) followers must act upon. The Hadith shareef presents Muhammad صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ as the perfect human, whom Muslim-Ummah must imitate in all esteems. Muhammad صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ was revealed upon the Ummah as a mortal-being, appointed by Gracious Almighty Allah (God) to teach the word of Allah (God) and lead a model life, as the best “Model” for mankind in virtues and perfection. The beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ is living evidence, of what man can be and of what he can achieve in the realm of excellence and virtues.

And those who struggled in Our path – We shall surely show them Our paths; and indeed Allah is with the righteous ones. (1)

Muslim believers look at the whole thing in a different way and morality comes from the beloved Prophet’s actions and good is whatever He exercised. Morality does not decide the Prophet’s actions; however His actions decide and outline morality. The acts of the beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ are not conventional acts but are Gracious Almighty Allah’s own acts endowed, guided and permitted by Gracious Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.

Whoever desires harvest of the Hereafter, We increase the harvest for him; and whoever desires the harvest of this world – We shall give him part of it, and he has no share in the Hereafter.(2)

It was for this approach and by this reason that beloved Prophet Muhammad’s sentiments became the beliefs of Islam while his personal lifestyles and habits became moral essentials; Gracious Almighty Allah’s directives for all disciples in all ages and places to follow.

You are the best amongst all the nations that were raised among the people – you command what is good and prohibit what is evil and you believe in Allah.(3)

Islam is a complete way of life, and ethics is one of the keystones of Islam.  Ethics is one of the essential sources of a nation’s power, just as immorality is one of the leading causes of a nation’s failure.  Islam has established some all-purpose essential rights for humankind as a whole, which are to be perceived in all situations.  To endorse these rights, Islam has delivered not only legal safety measure, but also a very operational moral system.  Therefore, whatever leads to the prosperity of the individual or the society and does not face any sayings of the religion is ethically good in Islam, and whatever is harmful is ethically bad.

And let there be a group amongst you who invites towards goodness, and commands what is good and forbids what is evil; it is they who are the successful ones.(4)

Well-known of its significance in a vigorous society, Islam supports ethics and substances that lead to it, and positions in the way of dishonesty and substances that lead to it.  The administrative principle for the conduct of a Muslim is (Virtuous Deeds) and this term covers all deeds, not only deeds of worship.  The Protector and Evaluator of all deeds is Gracious Almighty Allah (God) Himself.

The most essential characteristics of a Muslim are virtues and modesty and a Muslims should be modest with the Creator Gracious Almighty Allah (God) and also with all His Creations.

And turn not your face away from people (with pride), nor walk in insolence through the earth.  Verily, God likes not each arrogant boaster.  And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice.  Verily, the harshest of all voices is the voice (braying) of the ass. (5)

A Muslim should not be unproductive or devoted to the temporary desires of this world. While record people let the material world to fill their hearts, Muslims should keep Allah (God) in their hearts and the substantial world in their influence.  Instead of being devoted to the Pullman and the work and the credential and the bank figures, all these possessions become tools to mark us better societies.

It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West; but it is righteousness (the quality of ) the one who believes in God and the Last Day and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; who spends of his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, to the orphans, to the needy, to the wayfarer, to those who ask and for the freeing of slaves; and who is steadfast in prayers, and gives Zakah (Alms); and those who fulfill their covenants which they made; and who are patient and perseverant in poverty and ailment and throughout all periods of fighting.  Such are the people of truth, the pious. (6)

Definition of the verse demonstrates that morality and piety is centered before all others on a correct and truthful faith.  The significant to virtues and good behavior has a strong bonding with Gracious Almighty Allah (God), who perceives all, at all times and universally.  He discerns the secrets of the hearts and the plans behind all acts.  And so, a Muslim must be ethical in all situations; Almighty Allah (God), is very well aware of every one, when no one else is therefore, we can deceive the whole world, except for Him.  We can escape from the world, but not from Him, so when there is no escape why disobey Him.  The affection and endless awareness of Gracious Almighty Allah (God) and the Day of compensation enable’s man, to be ethical in behavior and honest in intentions, with dedication and devotion:

Do not ever think of those who rejoice for their deeds and wish to be praised without doing (good deeds) – do not ever think that they are safe from the punishment; and for them is a painful punishment.(7)

Aj banta hun mu’azziz Jo khulay Ḥashr mayn ‘ayb

Haye ruswayi ki afat mayn phansun ga Ya Rab

Translation: Ya Rab! Today, I act as if I am a respected person. Alas, I will be disgraced if my faults are exposed on the Day of Judgement. (8)

Ethics in Islam lectures every feature of a Muslim’s life, from greetings to comprehensive relations.  It is collective in its scope and in its applicability’s, whereas morality rules in selfish needs, arrogance and evil behaviors.  Muslim-Ummah must not only be ethical, they should also command virtues and not only abstain from immoral but must also outlaw them.  Furthermore, must not only be ethically strong, but they must also contribute to the ethical condition of the society as a whole.

You are the best of the nations raised up for (the benefit of) men; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and believe in God; and if the followers of the Book had believed it would have been better for them; of them (some) are believers and most of them are transgressors.(9)

Islamic Ethics <> Conclusion;

When observing Islamic-ethics, Muslims appreciate Muhammad صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ as model human-being, the one all mankind should strive to imitate. Along with extra universal virtues, the 5 Pillars of Islam form a core of Islamic-ethics and supports incentives for ethical deeds along with keenness of final judgment is the strongest.

References;

(1) [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 21, Surah Al-‘Ankabt, verse 69)

(2) [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 25, Surah Ash-Shura, verse 20)

(3) [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 4, Surah Al-‘Imran, verse 110)

(4) [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 4, Surah Al-e-‘Imran, verse 104)

(5) (Quran 31:18-19)

(6) Verse 177 of Surat Al Baqarah

(7) [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 4, Surah Al-e-‘Imran, verse 188)

(8) (Wasail-e-Bakhshish, pp. 91)

(9) (Quran: 3:110)

Is holy Quran significant for the human race?

Are the Stances of the holy Quran just for Muslims? If Gracious Almighty (God) is the creator of the worlds and the noble Prophet is pronounced as the messenger for the worlds and the holy Quran is stated as a notice to the worlds, then what is the significance of the Quranic meaning to the world? How can the Muslims and non-Muslims, benefit from the collective message of a collective and compassionate Creator?

…Read with the name of your Lord Who created. Created man from a clot. Read and your Lord only is the Most Beneficent, The One Who taught to write with the pen. The One Who taught man all what he did not know… (1)

The holy book of Gracious Almighty (Al-Quran), Muslims believe is the ultimate statement, Gracious Almighty revealed for human-beings through noble Prophet, in the 7th century. Muslims also believe that the holy Quran confirms all that was revealed to all the former messengers of Gracious Almighty.

…Indeed following the Noble Prophet of Allah is better for you… (2)

The Muslims believe the guidance of the Quran is for all time, and all people and none shall touch but those who are clean (purified), however more serious among them believe that the verse refers to the pureness and sanctity of the heavenly message highlighting, the fact that it is revealed by the One who is absolutely authentic, Gracious Almighty and delivered by the one who is sacred and pure Guardian, Angel Gabriel and delivered to the one and only dearest Prophet Muhammad, who is acquitted from committing any mistakes in delivering the divine message.

…And O dear Prophet, We have not sent you except with a Prophet Hood that covers the entire mankind, heralding glad tidings and warnings, but most people do not know… (3)

Dignity of Human Beings:

The Laws of Quran do not deprive mankind of their human rights, for their gender, color or even secular view. The holy Quran debates in a wider term and states; no one has a right to disagree mankind’s dignity, which is Gracious Almighty’s given right.

…Whoever wants a long life, increase in his sustenance and protection from bad death, should continue to fear Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and treat his relatives with kindness… (4)

In the past, world had trouble in appreciating the legitimacy of this Quranic memorandum. Societies were victimized on the basis of their culture, status, gender, religious activities and political authorities were in case justifying these perceptions. A model case of rejection of such dignity can be discovered in India where conferring to religious scripture a group of people were written off as low classes or castaways because of their natal in a specific communal group.

Universalization of Natural Resources:

Another Quranic message related to humanity at large is its importance on the universality of nature’s resources. Soil, waters, the skies and wind are equally beneficial for all. None can control them only for their personal use and none can deny others the rights given to them. Therefore the holy Quran states, …Gracious Almighty has created for you all that are on earth; furthermore His design comprehended the heavens, for He gave order and perfection to the seven firmaments; and of all things He has perfect knowledge… (5)

The sharing of these human resources, in a way that would guarantee the self-worth and unity of humankind is a key challenge for human-beings. Battles have been fought for land-dwellings and access to nature’s wealth such as water, land-dwellings or gas without understanding that, none of these nature’s resources were created by human being, yet human-beings have always battled over their greediness to control them.

… And we made every living thing from water… (6)

The holy Quran clarifies the determination to provide these wealth are to make sure that human-beings are not run-down of their basic needs for existence. Today about 1.7 billion people slumber with hunger and over 60% of the population earns less than a dollar a day. Hunger is common and so is penury and people deprived of clean water, even though there is plenty of a fresh water reserve. Today people are forced to slumber on boulevards, underneath the open blues, yet there is quite a land to make available housings for everyone.

Then ponder that, We created you from soil… (7)

Justice for all:

Holy Quran not only highlights justice, but also endorses a pace exceeding justice and reminds that people who are expected to attain success are those who transform their characters and no longer push others away to greedily fulfill their own desires. Realizing that the other person’s need is more severe, they happily allow them to fulfill it first.

…And do not let the enmity of anyone tempt you not to do justice… (8)

Every society demands justice as its core value, however we find that every society violates its own values and supports injustice on the center of divisions that individuals have fashioned amid themselves. So much unfairness, dishonor and rejection of basic human-rights take place in our world, because people incline to view justice for others as not compulsory. On the other hand, without resulting to justice, it is not possible to consider self-respect, harmony or universality of civilization.

…And let not the enmity of the people who had stopped you from going to the Sacred Mosque tempt you to do injustice… (9)

Peace is the goal:

Quran’s ultimate goal is to secure a peaceful human-society so that a peaceable family can safeguard the wellbeing, of an individual for getting true prospective of life and organizing a life that is perpetual in every sense. The harmony of people, the self-esteem, the integrity and the universality of human-wealth surface the route for harmony.

…Whoever kills a human being except in lieu of killing or causing turmoil in the earth, so it shall be as if he had killed all mankind…? (10)

Conclusions:

Therefore, the message of the holy Quran is collective and perpetual, while the Divine sets the principles through messages sent to human-beings. It is upon us to strive for the path of harmony, self-respect, universality, integrity and ceasefire, not the path to claim with each, who is superior to the other or who would succeed for the Grace of Almighty Allah (God) and who would not.

References:

(1) Translation of Quran Kanz-ul-Iman Surah-e-A’laq 96:1-5
(2) Kanz-ul-Iman Translation of Quran Part 21, Al-Ahzaab, verse 21
(3) Translation of Quran Kanz-ul-Iman Surah-e-Saba 34:28
(4) Al-Mustadrak, vol. 5, pp. 222, Hadees 7362
(5) Kanz-ul-Iman Translation of Quran 2:29
(6) Translation of Quran Kanz-ul-Iman Surah-e-Ambiya 21:30
(7) Kanz-ul-Iman Translation of Quran Surah-e-Hajj 22:05
(8) Translation of Quran Kanz-ul-Iman Surah-e-Maidah 5:8
(9) Kanz-ul-Iman Translation of Quran Surah-e-Maidah 5:2
(10) Translation of Quran Kanz-ul-Iman Surah-e-Maidah 5:32

Authorities of the beloved Prophet to See the Unseen

Quran is a star house of knowledge and wisdom containing references, related to knowledge and its results. This obviously indicates the great importance on knowledge and its acquirement at all stages of life.

This (Quran) is enlightenment for mankind and guidance and mercy for a people who are certain (in faith). (2)

In its intellectual wisdom, there are 2 types of Knowledge or education, one which is educated in Madrasa, schools, academies and institution of higher education called (the knowledge of the books), in the advanced order. For an untrained-man as well as for the majority of the population this is what institutes the knowledge and it is believed to be enough to fulfill our physical seek and desire in this behalf.

These are the tidings of Unseen that We reveal to you in secret. (7)

However, there is yet another branch of knowledge, which is skilled and achieved directly or straight through the divine support, requiring neither the educational institutes, nor skilled teachers and degree holders. This is the mystical or heavenly region of knowledge, which in Quranic terms is known as the “Knowledge of the Hidden” or (Eilmay-Ghayeeb), constituting one of the essential principles of Islamic faith. In detail, the faith and unfaith in the Hidden “Ghayeeb” is the differentiating spot of an individual being a Muslim or a Pagan.

Conviction of the Ahle-Sunnah about Eilmay-Ghayeeb

Mufti Ahmad Yaar Khan (رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه) say’s;

Gracious Almighty Allah has informed His Prophets about certain things from the Unseen. The knowledge of the Prophet is more than anyone else’s. Nobody can be equal to the knowledge of the Prophet’s knowledge in the world. The 5 special things of the Unseen, Allah has informed some of these parts to the Prophet. (4)

This is the office of knowledge, Super-human in nature beating the human intelligence and dominant over all other knowledge, in any other field of human activity, challenging all methods of conveying and getting education and knowledge. This is basically an emblem of Heavenly Grace presented upon the chosen servants of Gracious Almighty Allah, alike tender blissful rain showered upon the hearts and souls of the esteemed inheritors on earth.

I know well that Allah is Capable to do all things. (1)

However, this does not mean that Gracious Almighty Allah restricts and retains the Knowledge of Hidden exclusively to Himself and does not disclose any part of it to any other person. These marvels have been verified at different places in the Holy Quran.

Imam Tabari writes under this verse:

Gracious Almighty Allah  has told the Prophet, you must thank Gracious Almighty Allah Who has informed you of what has already happened and what will happen in the future and this is a great grace of Gracious Almighty Allah upon you.(5)

In the verses of the Holy Quran it is clear that Gracious Almighty Allah bestowed the Knowledge of the Hidden upon His chosen Ones, but unfortunately, most people do not know this and contrarily, refuse to believe it, without realizing the consequences. These religious souls at times disclosed this Marvelous bestowment in order to influence the people and clear their suspicions and diverting them on the right track of religious belief and Faith.

KOI GAIB KYA TUMSE NEEHAN HO BHALA

JAB KHUDA

HI NA CHUPA TUMPE KARODON DAROOD

The Hidden Knowledge was also bestowed upon the noble Prophet, the most revealing and surpassing miracle given to the dearest Prophet of Gracious Almighty. More or less, one lack and twenty four thousand Apostles were elevated, at different ages of time with specific knowledge of the Hidden realm. However the Knowledge of Hidden bestowed upon the noble Prophet was boundless in space and scale with, Hidden secrets the Holy Prophet learned thru the knowledge bestowed upon him by the Grace of Gracious Almighty Allah.

Sayyiduna Sahl Bin Sa’d رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has narrated:

The Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said on the day of Khyber, ‘Tomorrow I will give this flag to that person, by virtue of whom, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will bestow victory. He loves Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His Rasul (صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم) and Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His Rasul (صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم) loves him as well. (6)

The undisputed point remains that Gracious Almighty Allah granted the Hidden Knowledge to the noble Prophet and thru Him to “Auliya Allah” Friends of Allah. If someone denies and suspects the genuineness of this Divine Truth, he is certainly guilty of falsehood and declining the prominence of Divine Favor. An individual if convicted as a (Foul mouth), is worthy of being disqualified from the position and rank of Muslim-hood. The eminence of a true Muslim is that he admits and believes each and every command of Gracious Almighty Allah and deeds upon it ungrudgingly and completely and encourages others to do so.

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Mas’ud رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has stated, ‘Amir-ul-Mu`minin Sayyidunā ‘Ali-ul-Murtada کَـرَّمَ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَـالٰی وَجۡـھَـهُ الۡـکَـرِیۡم is such a scholarly person of great eminence who possesses both the knowledge of the seen and unseen.’(3)

Respecting the throne of the beloved Prophet is an essential part of a Muslim’s faith!

Darbaar “Throne of Pre-eminences” of the holy Prophet is a (Grand Darbaar), surpassing the dignity of worldly Rajahs and crowned heads. It is an action of misbehavior and misdemeanor to even utter loud words in His Grand presence; such an act reasons the loss of all other virtuous deeds of a Believer, deprived of the Heavenly Grace.

But if anyone opposes the Messenger after the guidance has become clear to him, and follows a path other than that of the believers, We will hand him over to whatever he has turned to, and We will roast him in Hell. What an evil destination! (8)

The companions of the holy Prophet used to sit in his company in due respect holding their breaths and not making any movements to disturb the self-esteem of the gathering. They would only utter courteous phrases like: Dear Prophet of Gracious Almighty Allah! May well, my parents be sacrificed at the feet of your self-respect. Every question positioned to them, their answer used to be, (Gracious Almighty Allah and his Dearest Prophet knows better).

Conclusion;

Progenies of Adam and Eve, countless Praises be upon Gracious Almighty Allah for, He has gifted us one of his dearest amongst (approximately) 1, 24000, Forecasters rejoiced upon earth. It is clearly understood there is a Prophet amongst us that knows about tomorrow and everyone knows that our Prophet did know about the future events up to the Day of Judgment and even after. If considered that he knew nothing of the Unseen, how else could he have told us about Hazrat Mehdi (عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام), the Dajjal, the return of Hazrat Essa (عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام) Jesus, the examination (Question & Answers) of the grave, (pull-e-serath) bridge over hell, which every soul will have to cross, the weighing scale (meezaan), where everyone’s deeds will be weighed up.

 

References;

1- [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 3, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 259) page 32 Quranic wonders Part-1

2- (Al Quran 45:20)

3- Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 42, pp. 400, book miraculous wonders of Sayyiduna Ali

6- Book miraculous wonders of Sayyiduna Ali

7- Surah-Ale-Imran, verse 44.

4- See book Ja-alhaq, chapter Masa’la Gaib by Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan.

5- Tafsir Tabari under verse 113 of Surah Al-Nisa. Surah Al-Nisa, Verse 113.

8-(Surah an-Nisa`: verse 115)

A Healthy Ramadan with Precautions is better than Cure

Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is a heavenly month, queued at the 9thspot, in the order of the Islamic calendar. It is an Islamic month in which, Muslim Ummah is encouraged to practice and exercise self-control. Fasting in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, we can recover health, only if attended in an appropriate way. Monitor our fasting tips and make life-style reforms to get the best out of this Ramadan-ul-Mubarak. Let this time of year, be a time of revival in spirit, soul and body.

Zakāĥ of body

Sayyidunā Abū Ĥuraīraĥ رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ has narrated that the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: “There is Zakāĥ (charity) for everything, and the Zakāĥ of your body is fasting, and fasting is half of patience.” (1)

Guidelines for a healthy fast in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak

Fasting in Ramadan carries a high-risk of dehydration, as nutrients are limited from early sunrise till sunset. In addition for fasting, Muslims are encouraged to wake-up very early to have their pre-dawn meal Sahari, but please remember to consume the right type of food and in the right quantity is the key.

Eat Saḥarī because it is a blessed (food). (2)

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Don’t skip “Sahari” [pre-dawn meal]

According to a popular saying, “breakfast is a very important meal of the day” and in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, it turns out to be even more significant!

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His angels send mercy upon the people who eat Saḥarī. (3)

Avoiding Sahari prolongs the abstaining period, as our body relies on the earlier meal to provide all the nutrients and liveliness till Iftar. Due to lengthier hours of fasting, we are expected to feel dehydrated and exhausted throughout the day. Furthermore, missing Sahari also encourages overeating in Iftar, which can reason an unhealthy digestive system.

Sayyidunā ‘Irbāḍ Bin Sāriyaĥ رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ has narrated that once the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم called him to eat Saḥarī with him during the month of Ramadan and said: “Come for a blessed breakfast”. (4)

Important Note:

Fajar Azaan is just for Salah (prayers), not for fasting; therefore Sahari must not be delayed to such a point that the time of dawn Subh-e-Sadiq appears to start. A number of Muslims keep eating even after dawn, in progress of Azaan sayings: Pay attention! This act does not close the fast; in fact it leaves the fast absolutely open and makes it null and void. As a result you will gain nothing, but will have to bear thirst and hunger the entire day.

Don’t overeat during Iftar (dinner)

Evenhanded, as it is not suitable to escape Sahari, over-eating can also harm your body, while opening the fast. Iftar must be a well-balanced healthy diet, and not an extensive meal! Over-eating and too much intake of large calories food, can affect the digestive system. People usually eat to their full in both Sahari and Iftar times and come across constipation and high-blood pressure.

Avoid eating fried foodstuffs

It is not rare, about fasting Muslims to compensate themselves with fried pakoraas, samosaas, rolls, kacchoriyaan, and other deep fried sticky dishes which are considered essential at Iftar meals. Even though these foodstuffs seem good to eat, but for a short ride, they can make abstaining the next day more challenging.

Instead, we should try foodstuffs from all light food groups, as well as fruits and vegetables. Eating fiber rich food, in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is also acceptable, as they are digested easily than junk food. “Health is wealth” is a very popular saying in our lifecycle, which is time and again referred by our elders. Physical health is very essential for our natural life and to acquire that we need to eat in a measured style.

And eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread at dawn; then complete the fasts till the coming of night. (5)

Drink plenty of water

Use of liquid refreshment, as much as possible, amid Iftar meal and Sahari pre-dawn meal, can reduce the risk of dehydration in fasting.

Liquids include juices, milk, soft drinks and thirst-quenchers, but water is the best option, ideally, we have to also cut down on caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee and Colas as these drinks promote liquid loss.

Conclusion:

A well-secure intake is extremely vital for a healthy fast, in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak!

Blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak approached with the note of endurance, virtues and serving the deprived. Eating according to limit and abstaining from hefty-oiled diet is not the directive of Almighty Allah, but is the designed need of a human digestive system. Fasting not only safeguards us from misconducts but also protects us from diseases. By taking these precautionary measures we can stay healthy, so thank Almighty Allah for good health and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitar in a dazzling mode.

References:

(1) (Sunan Ibn Mājaĥ, pp. 347, vol. 2, Ḥadīš 1745)

(2) (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī, pp. 633, vol. 1, Ḥadīš 1923) blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

(3) (Al-Iḥsān bittartīb Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān, pp. 194, vol. 5, Ḥadīš 3458) blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

(4) (Sunan Abī Dāwūd, pp. 442, vol. 2, Ḥadīš 2344) blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

(5) [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ, verse 187) from blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

Virtues of Fasting in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak

Dear brothers and sisters of Muslim Ummah! Inshallah we are about to host very soon, a generous and an honorable guest; a visitor, who stopovers once in a year and brings all sorts of goodness and happiness, along with the widespread mercy and forgiveness of Gracious Almighty. Imagine a visitor passing the Aroma of Heavens, nearing us towards Gracious Almighty and His promised (Jannah) Paradise. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak certainly, trying to driving us away from Hell fire, well-known as the month of Quran, mercy, forgiveness, praying at nights, Charity giving month, solidarity, mutual help and the month of all blessings.

In Islam Muslims are advised to be kind and generous towards the guest and what if the visitor is the best guest, what are we supposed to do, think? Should we exert ourselves in generosity, which is a sign of good conduct and great worship or should we just ignore. Response! Be thankful for the immense mercy of Gracious Almighty upon us, that He made us Muslims and extended our lives to welcome the most honorable guest. Therefore, be thankful and grateful to Gracious Almighty, for allowing us to witness Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and also try to please Him as much as possible during this remarkable month.

Fast is a hidden form of worship; no one can come to know about your fast until you tell it to others. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ likes hidden worship more. A blessed Ḥadīš says, ‘Fasting is the door of worship.’ (1)

Muslims fast why? It is a human persona to enquire and to speculate why things happen. Muslims ensure things to please Gracious Almighty, and we can please Him only by submitting and practicing Islam. As a result, in response to the query, why do we fast?, we answer back, that it is a directive and a clear order from Gracious Almighty upon us and we have no other choice but to obey Gracious Almighty  and gratify Him with Love and Fear at the same time.

Karlay tawbaĥ Rab kī raḥmat ĥay bařī

Qabr mayn warnaĥ sazā hogī kařī (2)

The month of Ramadan in which was sent down the Quran – the guidance for mankind, the direction and the clear criteria (to judge between right and wrong). So whoever among you finds this month, must fast for the (whole) month; and whoever is sick or on a journey, may fast the same number in other days. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ desires ease for you and does not desire hardship for you so that you complete the count (of fasts), and glorify Allah’s greatness for having guided you, and so that you may be grateful. (3)

Islam means submission to Gracious Almighty, we have no other choice, but to surrender our-selves to Gracious Almighty and follow His orders. It is from the mercy of Gracious Almighty toward us, that though He recommended us to fast and presented us with the Virtuous of Fasting in Ramadan hereafter.

The reward for fasting is immense, as mentioned in the following Hadith:

‘On the first night of Ramadan, the portals of the skies and Paradise are opened which remain open until the last night (of the month). So if anyone offers Ṣalāĥ in any night of this month, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will reward him with 1,500 virtues for every Sajdaĥ (prostration) and make a palace of red rubies for him that will have 60,000 gates. The gates will have hinges of gold that will be embroidered with red rubies. Thus, the one who fasts on the first day of Ramadan will be forgiven for his sins until the last day of the month and 70,000 angels will ask for his forgiveness from morning till evening. Each time he prostrates during the day or at night, he will be granted a tree in Heaven and each tree is so huge that a horse rider can ride under its shadow for 500 years.’ (4)

After, we understand the Importance of the Blessed month of Ramadan and what success it can lead to, we need to put all our energies in carrying out fasting in the finest way possible. Since fasting is worship, we must do it solely for Gracious Almighty’s sake, and remember other intentions are not accepted, further than pleasing Gracious Almighty and seeking His forgiveness with sincerity. Deprived of a true intention, no deed is of any worth in the Hereafter.

Conclusions:

Welcome the, Glorious month of holy Ramadan by making the best use of time, as we all know time is very precious, because every minute that passes can never return. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is a means of success or failure, recovery or devastation…

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Reference:

(1) (Al-Jāmi’-uṣ-Ṣaghīr, pp. 146, Ḥadīš 2415) from the 1st page of the book “Blessings of Ramadan” a chapter of (Faizan-e-Sunnat).

(2) Poetry of Ameer-e-Ahle-sunnat founder of (Dawate-Islami propagation of Quran & Sunnah)

(3) [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ, verse 185) from the 2nd page of the book “Blessings of Ramadan” a chapter of (Faizan-e-Sunnat).

(4) (Shu’ab-ul-Īmān, pp. 314, vol. 3, Ḥadīš 3635) from the 3rd page of the book “Blessings of Ramadan” a chapter of (Faizan-e-Sunnat).

Empty your Stomach to feed your Soul in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak!

Many, many years ago, a man was chosen by Gracious Almighty, to title the crown of ultimate prophecy, of peace and became author of a novel religion. He was known as Muhammad, the beloved prophet of Gracious Almighty, who gave birth to Islam and was gifted with the blessed knowledge of Quran in the holy month, well-known today as Ramadan-ul-Mubarak.

Ramadan kareem

Fragrant Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is the 9th blessed month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which is an important month in the diary and also culture. Fasting in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is compulsory (Farad) upon every healthy, mature, strong Muslim not traveling. As far as Muslim females are concerned, to fast they must not be menstruating or having post-childbirth bleeding, for they are ordered to make up the days later which they have missed.

The key objective of not drinking and eating is to attain beneficial virtues and to become conscious of our Originator, growing awareness towards His Majesty, praising and worshiping His titles and features, evoking His sacred signs as the Gracious Almighty praises in the holy Quran.

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me.” (1)

Throughout Ramadan while Muslims abstain from nutrients during day hours, they get together over foodstuff with friends and families in the evenings at (Aftar) timings. Refraining from nutrients has great value on the Muslims, fasting physically as well as spiritually. It is an exercise for self-restraint and control of the immoral self. Through fasting one absorbs how to detain one’s desires and releases person from the burden of wants and wishes. Refraining from nutrients also prompts us of the less privileged ones, the deprived and the penniless. It also lifts the spirits of the deprived by knowing that even Crowned heads have to starve for a while and on the other hand abstaining makes the rich understand and realize what the deprived go through time to time. Fasting moreover cleanses one’s soul and heart and is counseled to control and learn how to withhold from useless dialog, double-dealing and cheating. Even though fasting is supportive to health, it is primarily a way of self-ablution and self-control. By disconnecting oneself from knowing comforts, a fasting individual’s heart on the purpose of life becomes aware of the presence of Gracious Almighty (God).

When the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak knocks at our doors, cheers and delight yields among the Muslim Ummah because fragrant Ramadan-ul-Mubarak carries two of the most paramount gifts of Gracious Almighty, firstly the month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak itself and secondly the celebration of the revelation of the Holy Quran. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is not simply the month of abstaining but also the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed, as a guideline for mankind with clear “Signs” for guidance and the distinction amid right and wrong.

Many wonders occurred in this wondrous month, the complete Quran was reveled down from Lawhay- Mahfooz in approximately 23 years; there is also that marvelous night “Layla-tul-Qadar” which is proclaimed superior than 1000 months. In this glorious month, the virtues of good deed are equivalent to the obligatory (fard) of a different month and with patience the reward of this tolerance is “Heaven” Jannah. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak teaches the message of compassion towards others and the daily bread of Muslims is improved. The month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is divided in phases, the 1st ten days reveal mercy of Gracious Almighty, 2nd ten days reveal forgiveness of Gracious Almighty and the 3rd and last ten days reveal safety from hell fire.

Ramadan-ul-Mubarak helps in renewing our promise and reforming our relationship with our Almighty Creator. The holy month is a spring-tide season for decedents and virtues when righteousness flourishes thru the Muslim societies. This month stretches every Muslim an opportunity to brace his faith “Iman”, refine his soul and get rid of the sinful effects of the evil committed by him.

Dear Islamic brothers and sisters practicing Muslims assemble at mosques offering the nightly prayers consisting of 20 Rakaats called “Taraweeh” these prayers begin about 1 ½ hour after sunsets “Esha” prayers. Each night the Imam “leader in prayer” narrates an equal percentage of the Quran so that by the 27th night of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak the complete Quran can be narrated by the Imam “leader in prayer” from his remembrance.

As the departure of our noble guest Ramadan-ul-Mubarak approaches, Muslim Ummah prepare for Eid ul-fitar, which brings Ramadan-ul-Mubarak on your doorstep. Eid day is a time of celebration, giving gifts, sharing foodstuff, gatherings with family members and winning a holiday.

THE WISDOM BEHIND FASTING

There are many reasons and wisdoms behind every single action in Islam, prayer “Salah” for example, is an everyday drill for cleansing the devotee and retelling them that they are associated in a community of Muslim believers. Whereas abstaining, is an annual drill inclosing all possible features for human excellence? It is an exercise for the body and soul, a rebirth of life, cheering the spirit of sacrificing and sharing.

The following are some of the general benefits:

Self-Restraint (Taqwaah): Fasting inspires taqwaah or awareness of Gracious Almighty, by controlling two parts of the body, which are the basis reasons of human disgrace, the stomach and the private parts of the body.

Heath Benefits: Abstaining also supports to right the problem of fatness and diabetes and other illnesses originated from upset stomach.

Patience: Fasting helps in taming the heart, the soul, and the body on the qualities of patience, firmness and control in harsh conditions.

Social Benefits: Generally, fasting is an expression of unity with deprived families and the entire Muslim community. This is the time when rich face the experience of starving and feel the pain, which deprived feel in normal living conditions.

Family Ties: Ramadan-ul-Mubarak helps Muslim families to gather and eat together at Iftaar and Sahree two times a day for the whole month. Fasting improves and strengthens relationship, as Ramadan is celebrated as the month of invitations, as family members and neighbors extend visits to have Iftaar together.

Besides Fasting, the Muslims Ummah should emphasis on offering maximum prayers, so that more and more reward can be attained in this Blessed month. Hence, prayers need to be offered along with abstaining during Ramadan-ul-Mubarak as this is the only mean to seek forgiveness from Gracious Almighty and attain your desired objectives.

Nawafill: Nawafill is the 3rd type of prayer Muslims can specially perform in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak; these are called additional prayers which Muslims can offer separately at any time of the day. Performing Nawafill prayers in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak are equivalent in virtuous to Obligatory prayers.

Supplication in Ramadan: A unique act of worship legislated upon us by Gracious Allah is supplication (Du’a), which should be made on consistent basis through the year but supplications made in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, hold a greater importance than the rest of the year. Muslims appeal Gracious Almighty for His mercy and forgiveness and supplicate excessively. A direct link between du’a and fasting in Ramadan according to Hadith;

“The supplications of three persons are never turned away: a just ruler, a fasting person until he breaks his fast, and the supplication of an oppressed person which is raised by Allah to the clouds on the Day of Resurrection, and the gates of heaven are opened for it and Allah says: By my might, I will help you even if it is after a while” (2)

Conclusion:

Muslim Ummah in Ramadan can gain maximum sacred signs and forgiveness from Gracious Almighty Allah and seek compassion for whatever sins they have committed. Hence, prayers and supplications need to be safeguarded throughout the month, as these are the two aspects that can help a Muslim achieve the desired goals.

REFERENCES;

(1)- (Surah Baqarah v. 186) this verse of the holy Quran is from surah Baqarah a (Madani-Surah), revealed in praise of the Muslim Ummah, in regards of supplication.

(2)-(Sunan Ibn Majah No. 1624) stanza of the sayings of the noble prophet regarding supplication and fasting in the month of Ramadan.