The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Breaking of The Fast

Break the fast with some dates or other fruits or a cup of water.

The Prophet himself emphasised the importance of breaking the fast this way, when he said: “If one of you is fasting, let him end his fast by eating a few dates, and if dates are not available, then let him drink some water. Water purifies.” (Ahmad & Tirmidhi).

While hurrying to pray the Maghrib (sunset) salaah, you should not forget to terminate the fast first. Anas reported that: “the Prophet used to end his fast with eating a few dates before offering Maghrib prayers. If no dates were available, he would sip some water.” (Abu Dawud).

What if you are very hungry and the food is ready?

If you are sure your mind will be on the already prepared meal, then you are advised to eat your food before embarking on Maghrib prayer. Anas quoted the Prophet as saying: “If your evening meal is served, then start by eating before offering Maghrib. Do not hasten to pray before eating.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Only problem is that your Maghrib will be delayed, so don’t make it a habit. Islam is simple and realistic. It is a balance or realities and its all to our benefit; because our worship or fasts do not nourish Him. Indeed, Allah desires ease and success for us.

“Say: ‘Verily, my Lord has guided me to a way that is straight, - a religion of right,- the path (trod) by Abraham the true in Faith, and he (certainly) joined not gods with Allah’.” Qur'an 6 verse 161.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The (Hell) Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked undesirable things.” (Bukhari)


Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

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