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Ramadan Reflections 1

1. Fasting curbs our animalistic indulgence and carnality, and enables us to break free of the shackles of bestiality and soar to spirituality.

2. The Islamic purpose of fasting is to create taqwa: the soul’s own immune system, which develops resistance to spiritual diseases and sin.

3. Fasting curbs the cravings of the lower self, for when the body is hungry the nafs is full but when the body is full the nafs is hungry.

4. The first sin the Prophet (saws) warned against while fasting is vulgarity. Let us observe the fast of the tongue by avoiding all obscenity.

5. Ramadan is a quarantine: a sanitised and blessed atmosphere in which we spiritually recuperate, and immunise and heal our afflicted souls.

6. In Ramadan we should deny our overindulged bodies their earthly gratification and instead provide heavenly food for our malnourished souls.

7. The body is earthly and its nourishment comes from the earth. The spirit, however, is celestial and its nourishment comes only from Heaven.

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Am I responsible?

Imam Nasa’i and others relates a ḥadīth where it is mentioned that Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم led Fajr salah. He was reciting the Holy Qur’an and experienced some difficulties in the recitation. After salah he turned to the congregation and said to ‘Oh people! Make good your wudhu. Some of you do not complete your wudhu and because of that I was being affected in my recitation of the Qur’an’.

Thus, someone failing to perform wudhu correctly had an effect on the Rasūl Allāh’s صلى الله عليه وسلم recitation of the Holy Qur’an, even though he was the Messenger of Allāh سبحانه وتعالى and the recipient of the Holy Qur’an. This ḥadīth shows that before we question others about their behaviour and think anything negative regarding them we should pause for thought and ask ourselves what have I done to contribute to that? Am I responsible for this in any way? For example, if the Imam is making errors in his recitation during salah could it be possible that my own sins and lack of purity (physical and spiritual) may be having that effect?

We always blame the other. We never think about ourselves.We should remember that we cannot change the world as many things are beyond our control. The only person we can change is ourselves. We can change the way we react to any given situation.

[This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 17th May 2015].
    


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Brief Sojourn on Earth

Some deny the existence of the spirit but Islam tells us that it is really only the spirit that lives in man and makes us who we are. The spirit is more important than our mind or body. We are not our body or mind rather the spirit as it is our spirit that existed before we came into this world i.e. before our body and mind existed. The body is a container of life but real life is the spirit. The container may disappear but the spirit will live on. The ruh (spirit) has a long journey and this brief sojourn on earth is extremely transient as compared to the great expanse of time before and after (this life). This is why we are told again and again that we are merely travellers on earth and that this life is not everything. When we begin to devote ourselves to our body and mind at the detriment to the spirit, we will begin to perceive our whole existence being only for this brief life on earth. This will lead us to miss the greater picture of life beyond this fleeting journey on earth.

[This excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2014].

    

Guarding Oneself

The most succinct definition of taqwa is to guard oneself from the displeasure of Allah by guarding oneself from the disobedience of Allah.

We must guard our eyes, ears, tongue, hands, feet and even our heart from any act, thought, sentiment and emotion of disobedience and displeasure.

How does a person develop taqwa? There are many ways of developing taqwa and one of them is by fasting. Allah prescribes fasting for us so that it may create this consciousness of Him in us:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ

عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

O believers, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you so that you may attain taqwa [al Baqarah 2/183]


[This excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2014].
    

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