Thursday, October 18, 2007

"Ramadhaan is Over" - from MAW

Bismillahir Rahmaan Nir Rahim
3 Shawwaal 1428 / 15 October 2007
Ramadhaan is Over
Early on the day of Eid, Muslims throughout the world perform a special Eid Salaah. This is a silent reminder that even on the day of celebration and happiness a Muslim can never forget Allah Azza Wajal. A Muslim does not remember Allah only on auspicious days or nights. Allah has to be in our hearts and minds perpetually, during times of sadness and happiness, during difficulty and ease. The Eid Salaah teaches us that the spirit and training during the month of Ramadhaan must not be wasted after the great month ends, by indulging in sin. Although the warmth and barakah of Ramadhaan has left us we should remain strong the steadfast against Shaitaan.

The Quran gives the example of a foolish woman in Makkah who used to spin cotton during the day and then undo all her effort at night. “And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun after it has become strong.” (Surah Nahal, Verse 92)

If during Ramadhaan Salaah was performed punctually, why should Salaah be discarded after Ramadhaan is over?
If in Ramadhaan the television was switched off , why should it be switched on after Eid?
If sinful places were avoided during Ramadhaan why should they be frequented after Ramadhaan?
If during Ramadhaan the Quran was in our hands and on our tongues why should the Quran be returned to the shelf after Ramadhaan?
May Allah keep us steadfast and may He grant us death on Imaan. Aameen.

Six Fasts in the Month of Shawwaal

The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Whoever completes the fasts of Ramadhaan then adds to them the fast of six days in the month of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for the whole year. (Sahih Muslim)

This hadith describes the great reward of six extra fasts in the month of Shawwaal. These six fasts should preferably be kept immediately after the day of Eid. However, if they are kept later during the month it is hoped that the reward will still be achieved.
Some scholars have given a beautiful explanation of this hadith. They mention that Allah says in the Quran : “He that does good shall have ten times as much to his credit.” (Surah An’aam, Verse 160) Thus, the 30 fasts of Ramadhaan will be equivalent in reward to 300 and the 6 extra fasts will be equivalent to 60. The combined reward will now be 360, which equals the number of days in the Islamic year.

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