Friday Sermon 25 December 1998
The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was sent down as guidance for mankind with manifest principles for guidance which distinguish. Therefore whosoever of you finds themselves in this month let them fast throughout. But whoso is ill or on a journey should do so on a corresponding number of other days. Allah desires ease for you and He desires not hardship for you so that you may complete the number and that you may glorify Allah for His having guided you and that you may be grateful. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Baqarah [The Heifer]: 186). I would present some Ahadith with reference to the blessed month of Ramadan that stress its importance and offer important guidance to friends. The traditions say about the Holy Prophet ﷺ that he would spend in the cause of Allah abundantly during Ramadan. It is indeed the beneficence of his spending in the cause of Allah that the state treasuries of the Muslims swelled. So those who give in Ramadan should remember that their spending would not lessen their wealth. So the poor should benefit from it and spend it in the cause of God. Following in the footsteps of the Messenger of Allah in this age the Promised Messiah gave whatever he had for the cause of God. Then God blessed this expenditure so much that if you look at the Jamat's Budget it now runs into billions. This blessing is also possible on an individual level but the Hadith also makes it conditional that such a spender should be regular in Salat, fasting and in remembrance of God. Try to shed some boldily fat as well alongside the ills you shed in Ramadan so that one comes out of Ramadan light in both spirit and body: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet ﷺ said 'If somebody eats or drinks forgetfully then he should complete the fast for what has been eaten or drunk has been given by Allah.' (Bukhari, Muhammad ibn Ismail. 'Sahih Bukhari: iii.' Tr. Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan. Darussalam, 1997. 97). Some people keep spitting all the time suspecting that swallowing saliva would break the fast. It is not mentioned anywhere about the Holy Prophet that he used to spit like this so it is only a suspicion. Regarding the Ahadith about Tarawih it is usually said that Hazrat Umar started the process of Tarawih. This is not correct. It is proven that the Holy Prophet himself began it but then stopped it. The Tarawih being led in congregation by an Imam began with the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Hazrat Umar brought back the time to create some ease and that is another issue. 11 Rakahs are proven from the Hadith: Narrated Abü Salama bin Abdul Rehman: I asked Ayesha about the Prayer of Allah's Apostle during the month of Ramadan. She said 'Allah's Messenger never exceeded 11 Rakah in Ramadan or in other months; he used to offer 4 Rakah, do not ask me about their beauty and length, then 4 Rakah, do not ask me about their beauty and length, and then 3 Rakah.' Ayesha further said 'I said '0 Allah's Messenger! Do you sleep before offering the Witr prayers?' He replied, '0 Ayesha! My eyes sleep but my heart remains awake!' (Ibid, ii. 150). The Ahadith record these issues so spend your Ramadan bearing these issues in mind. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19981225-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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