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Friday, September 5, 2008

Weekly Wisdom - 9/5

Imam WD Mohammed on Ramadan and Traveling:

No matter how comfortable my travel is, this modern time we know that no matter how comfortable my travels G'd said when I am traveling I don't have to fast, if I'm not present in my town. Why is this? Al Islam is a religion, the teaching of Prophet Mohammed saw, the Qur'an respects human goodness and human excellence.
So Allah swt say when traveling you are exempted from the fast. We reason and go back in the time and we say "because there was great hardship," that's true, this is why. But isn't G'd the All-knowing? Didn't he know that transpiration was going to be improved, the world was going to be advanced and one day it wouldn't be so hard to travel and man would have comforts He promised him? Even in that time the comforts were not here, G'd promised man great comforts and said a time is coming in life when it is going to be ways for you.

So G'd knew the time of ease was coming for your travel, so why did he leave it like that--if you are traveling you are exempt? Because that's not the only reason, the hard ship they endured or the hardship they encountered was not the only reason fro exempting them from fasting. Allah swt didn't say "You have to travel on your pack animal for days and nights or have to walk for months to get to the Hajj to pilgrimage or other reason I'm going to exempt you from fasting during travel. Or you're traveling for suffering this long, long time on the road and hardship you encounter, so for that reason I exempt you from fasting. " That is not the reason. And look, Allah swt says of fasting in the inspired hadith of Mohammed the Prophet saw, one that is treated as revelation to Mohammed saw, it comes from a group inspired hadiths called Qudsi that are called holy, sacred hadith. meaning they came from G'd

Hadith Qudsi Fasting is Mine
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, 'I am fasting." The Prophet added, "By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), 'He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times."

G'd inspired this in him as he gave him revelation but not on the high level that revelation that came through Jibril. It is said," Fasting is for me" G'd said that to us. Now if fasting is for G'd, how can you say, " well it's not hardship anymore, it's easy? You are not the subject, whether it's hard or easy is not the subject, G'd has required it, that is the subject. G'd has asked you to do that for Him, for G'd we fast. And you know what fasting is, an exercise in self restraint to increase our obedience to G'd, an exercise in self restraint, denying yourself what you would ordinarily take or want.

So be aware of this blessed month. getting back to Allah's swt allowances that he has made for us, that you don't have to fast if you are traveling. I don't believe Allah said you can break your fast, I believe Allah swt He said you are exempt. He didn't say it is up to you, He said He exempts you, yes and it is hard when you you want to be obedient, it is hard when you want to show, present yourself before your Lord in the best state you can. it is hard to break your fast, when your own strength is saying "I don't need to eat, I can keep my fast" and then something else comes into play. : I don't want to make up for any days, It is hard to fast when there's nobody fasting with you" G'd knew that too. And that's is going to make you stronger and G'd wants to see how many of us are truthful. " did you fast the month of Ramadan brother? Oh yeah brother," he missed about 10 days- " Oh yeah brother "and he is lying. But if you see him fasting ten extra days in the next month, don't we look at him and love him ".

So what Allah swt orders for us brother is the best, and when we let our own thoughts come into it, we can spoil the beauty and the blessings."


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Anonymous said...


Thank you for the post. I've actually read strong ahadeeth that state, we should break our fast when traveling.

I was just reading this in Al-Wazjeeh, a book of Shafi'i fiqh written by Al-Ghazali, early this week.

The imam's explanation is so wise and logical. Al-Ghazali didn't explain it like this!


amirah:the uncool said...

Thank you for this post...and I agree with the brother who previously responded to this. The Imam's explanation was amazingly simple and logical. He's beautiful. I hope that you and all my other people of faith have a great Ramadan.



thelegacymaker said...

«مَنْ أَفْطَرَ فَحَسَنٌ، وَمَنْ صَامَ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْه»

(Those who did not fast have done good, and there is no harm for those who fasted.)

In another Hadith, the Prophet said:

«عَلَيْكُمْ بِرُخْصَةِ اللهِ الَّتِي رُخِّصَ لَكُم»

(Hold to Allah's permission that He has granted you.)

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