Fast of Tongue !!

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Fasting is not (abstaining) from eating and drinking only, but also from vain speech and foul language. If one of you is being cursed or annoyed, he should say: ‘I am fasting, I am fasting.’” [Ibn Khuzaimah, Ibn Hibban. Sahih according to Imam Muslim’s criteria.]

Fasting is an act of worship that draws one closer to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Allah has prescribed it to purify the soul and to train it in good deeds. The fasting person must be on guard against any act that may cause him to lose the benefits of his fast. Thus, one must not use foul speech even in retaliation. If one is being cursed or annoyed he should nevertheless practice self restraint and respond to the provocation by saying, “I am fasting.”

While the fact that a Muslim will be fasting in Ramadan should be evident to all, saying so is a reminder to the other person that he too is fasting and should not spoil his fast. Saying “I am fasting” is also a reminder to oneself that he/she is engaged in something too precious to waste by careless words. 

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah does not need the fast of one who does not abandon false speech or acting according to his false speech.” [Sahih Bukhari]

In this blessed month , each one of us must be totally involved in prayers and recitation of Qur’an. May Allah , The Exalted , shower His Blessings over us . Aameen


Contemplate and be Thankful

Remember the favours of Allah upon you and how they surround you from above and below – indeed from every direction.
” And if you would count the graces of Allah , never could you be able to count the”  [Qur’an 14:34]

Health, safety , nourishment, clothing , air and water – these all point to the world being yours , yet you do not realize it, You possess all that life has to offer , yet remain ignorant .

“He has completed and perfected His Graces upon you , [both] apparent [ i.e Islamic Monotheism . and the lawful pleasures of this world including health , good looks , etc ] and hidden [ i.e one’s faith in Allah , guidance for doing righteous deeds and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter in Paradise , etc”  [Qur’an 31:20]

You have at your disposal two eyes , a tongue , lips , two hands , and two legs .

“Then which of the blessings of your Lord will you both [Jinns and men] deny?”   Qur’an 55:13

Can You picture yourself walking without feet? Should You take it lightly that you slumber soundly while misery hinders the sleep of many ? Should you forget that you fill yourself with both delicious dishes and cool water while the pleasure of good food and drink is impossible for some , due to sickness and disease? Consider the faculties  of hearing and seeing with which you have been endowed. Look at your healthy skin and be grateful that you have been saved from diseases that attack it .

Would you sell your ability to hear and see for the weight of Mount Uhud in gold , or your ability to speak for huge castles? You have been given abundant favors , yet you feign ignorance , Not withstanding warm bread , cool water , easy sleep , and good health , you remain despondent and depressed . You think about what  you do not have and are ungrateful for what you have been given You are troubled by a loss in wealth , yet you have the key to happiness and many blessings. Contemplate and Be thankful .

“And also in your ownselves [ are signs ] , will you not then see?” [ Qur’an 51:21]

Reflect upon yourself , your family, your friends , and the entire world that is around you .

“They recognize the grace Of Allah , Yet they deny it.” [ Qur’an  16:83]