The Nature Of Fasting

The Nature Of Fasting

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah | Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 46 | Size: 2 MB
This is a translation one of the smaller publications from the words of Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiuddin Ahmad bin ‘Abdul-Halim Ibn Taymiyyah. It has been published in this form a variety of times with a number of minor additions to the text under the title, “Haqiqatus- Siyam,” or “The Nature of Fasting.” This book will help the reader better understand the fine points about fasting. What is the nature of the things that break the fast? What are the rules by which one can know the difference between what breaks the fast and what does not? These question are more answered by Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah in his discussion of the Nature of Fasting.

Table of Contents:

THE NATURE OF THINGS THAT BREAK THE FAST
THE NATURE OF THINGS THAT DO NOT BREAK THE FAST
Questions and Answers
Fasting the Cloudy Day and the Day of Doubt
Fasting and Shortening the Prayer for the Traveler
Fasting for the Traveler: Better or Worse?
Must One Intend to Fast the Night Before?
Is the Intention Necessary Every Day?
How Fast is the Fast to be Broken?
Eating After the Earlier Adhan
If Fasting Causes Fainting and Madness
The Case of A Pregnant Woman

Publishers Note

All praise is due to Allah, and may He grant peace and blessings upon His Last Messenger Muhammad.

This is a translation one of the smaller publications from the works of Shaykh Al-Islam Taqiuddin Ahmad bin ‘Abdul-Halim Ibn Taymiyyah. It has been published in this form a variety of times with a number of minor additions to the text under the title, “Hagigatus-Siyam,” or, “The Nature of Fasting.” We have revised our version to meet the source section of Majmu’ AI-Fatawa (25:219) from where it appears that the original booklet – with the exception of the questions, of which most appear on earlier pages – has been taken. We have inserted brackets to signify the additions, which earlier publishers probably took from other sections of his writings. We have also added brief references to the text for the Hadiths. I would like to express gratitude to brother Ebrahim Aly Ma’rouf for the original translation of this booklet, and the Darussalam staff for their editing and layout work.

In the end all praise is due to Allah, and upon Him we depend.

Abdul-Malik Mujahid, General Manager , Darussalam

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70 Matters Related To Fasting

70 Matters Related To Fasting

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid | Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 28 | Size: 1 MB
Allah has blessed His slaves with certain seasons of goodness, in which hasanat (rewards for good deeds) are multiplied, sayyi’at (bad deeds) are forgiven, people’s status is raised and the hearts of the believers turn to their Lord. Those who purify themselves attain success and those who corrupt themselves fail.

As the status of this act of worship is so high, it is essential to learn the Ahkam (rulings) that have to do with the month of fasting, so that the Muslim will know what is obligatory, in order to do it, what is haram, in order to avoid it, and what is permissible, so that he does not need to subject himself to hardship by depriving himself of it.

This book is a good summary of the rulings, etiquettes, and Sunnah of fasting.

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Why Do Muslims Fast?

Why Do Muslims Fast?

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Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
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Most of us who are fighting the battle of the bulge have experimented with some form of fasting, like an all fruit fast, a water fast or an sugar-free fast, you name it. But what many may find rather strange and intriguing is a whole nation of people; be it man or woman, old or young, rich or poor; going completely without food and drink from dawn to dusk for a whole month – Ramadan. What is the significance of Ramadan beyond shortened work hours? Is it not a very harsh practice? Is it merely a time when Muslims sleep and fast and hardly work all day; and eat, drink, enjoy and stay awake all night? What really is the spirit of Ramadan?

Fasting Prescribed in All Religions

In English “fasting” means to abstain from food or from certain kinds of food voluntarily, as an observance of a holy day or as a token of grief, sorrow, or repentance.[1] This practice can be found in most of the major religions of the world. For example, in Hinduism, fasting in Sanskrit is called upavaasa. Devout Hindus observe fasting on special occasions as a mark of respect to their personal gods or as a part of their penance. Most devout Indians fast regularly or on special occasions like festivals. On such days they do not eat at all, eat once or make do with fruits or a special diet of simple food.[2] For Jews, the day Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”) is the last of the Ten Days of Repentance observed on the 10th of Tishri. It is forbidden on that day to eat, drink, wash, wear leather, or have sexual relations. In addition, prohibitions on labor similar to those on the Sabbath are in force.[3] It should also be noted that Moses (peace be upon him) is recorded in the Torah to have fasted.

“And he was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights, he neither ate bread not drank water.” (Exodus 34:28)

For Catholics among Christians, Lent is the major season of fasting, imitative of the forty-day fast of Jesus (peace be upon him). In the fourth century it was observed as six weeks of fasting before Easter or before Holy Week. It was adjusted to forty days of actual fasting in most places in the seventh century.[4] Jesus (peace be upon him) is recorded in the Gospels to have fasted like Moses.

“And he fasted 40 days and 40 nights, and afterward he was hungry.” (Matthew 4:2 & Luke 4:2)

It is in this context that God states in the Quran: “O believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you become more conscious of God.” (Quran 2:183)

Among the Best Righteous Deeds

Although in most religions, fasting is for expiation of sin or atonement for sin, in Islam it is primarily to bring one closer to God, as stated in the above-mentioned verse. Since, Godconsciousness is the prerequisite for righteousness, great stress is placed on fasting in Islam. Thus, it is not surprising to find that when Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was asked:    Continue reading →

Islam Is The Religion Of Peace

Islam Is The Religion Of Peace

Abdur-Rahman Abdul-Kareem Al-Sheha | Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 122 | Size: 1.5 MB
“Terrorism” is of two kinds: terrorism that is evil based upon wicked tyrannical acts, and terrorism that is good and desired based on necessary and justified acts. The terrorism that is evil is injustice, double standards, tyranny, and aggression, in all the hateful connotations that these words imply. It targets women and children, civilians and noncombatants, trying to force defeat and difficult political decisions by spreading terror. This kind is what most people immediately think about when hearing the word terrorism. Often people associate it with what they have been preconditioned to picture by various government agencies and segments of the mass media. Muslims are routinely portrayed as terrorists even though many are either totally innocent of the charge or are more innocent than many of their antagonists who aggress against them. “Muslim terrorism” is a media and think tank byword, even though one would be hard pressed to find the equivalent term of Jewish, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist terrorism in usage. Certain institutions and individuals – with known agendas and backings – have been instrumental in fabricating and perpetuating misinformation, exaggeration, and previously disqualified and refuted misunderstandings and slanders.

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Holy QURAN

Holy Quran

Holy Quran

God has revealed various Books at different times to guide mankind, such as the Torah, the Gospel and the Psalms given to Moses, Jesus and David. The Qur’an is the last holy book, or scripture; the Word of God, originally transmitted to Muhammad in Arabic by the Angel Gabriel. But it was always meant for all humanity, not for any exclusive group. At its heart is the teaching of monotheism — the worship of One God and no others — but the Qur’an also provides guidance for every part of a believer’s life.

There is only one version of the Qur’an, unchanged since Muhammad received it. A number of his followers had carefully memorized each of God’s revelations, word for word — an achievement still common among Muslims today. Muslim scholars regard versions of the Qur’an in other languages to be interpretations or paraphrases, rather than true translations, and in Arabic literature there is no work whose eloquence, clarity and erudition approach that of the Qur’anic text.

Whatt Do You Know about Islam?

Islam The Only True Religion,bear witness to the truth,Join This Wonderfull Religion Today

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

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Dear Sister, brother.

You may be a Christian Protestant, Catholic, Jew, an atheist or Buddhi; or you may belong to any of many
different religious denominations existing in today’s world. You might even be a coummunist or believe in man’s democracy as the rule on earth,Whoever you are and whatever ideological or political beliefs, social habits you may hold, there is no doubt

You Must Know This Wonderfull religion – Islam

You Must Know This Man – Muhammad (PBUH)
Islam is neither politics nor Terror, Islam is the only true
religion
from  God with best way of life.
You are most welcome to Islam.

JOIN THIS WODERFULL RELIGION TODAY

What is Islam,the only True Religion?
Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events

Allah says in the Qur’an:
“We sent no Messenger before thee but We inspired him that there is no god save Me, so worship Me.”

What is the Wisdom of Islam?  And how will Allah Almighty Judge both Muslims and non-Muslims?

What is the Wisdom of Islam?
–  Allah Almighty knows what’s in the heart and will judge us according to our intentions.
–  Allah Almighty listens to our prayers; He is close and listens!
–  The Wisdom of Islam is the same as the Wisdom of Moses’ Tablets (the Ten Commandments) and the Golden Rule.
How will Allah Almighty Judge the non-Muslims? Should a person be a Muslim first to be accepted in Paradise by Allah Almighty?
–  As long as the person believes in “Absolute One GOD” and does Righteousness, then he should be ok.
–  So how will we be judged at Judgement Day?
So am I suggesting that there is no need to believe in the Noble Quran?  Or there is no need to try to spread Islam to Unitarians such as the Jews?
Conclusion.

As I read the Noble Quran almost everyday, I always gain more and more respect to this Wonderful True Religion of GOD Almighty.  Humans today had so corrupted the beauty of believing in the Absolute One and Living GOD, that they no longer became certain of which path to take. (Read More)

The Faith of Islam
God is the Creator of all that exists, unique
incomparable, eternal, absolute, perfect, and without peer or associate
God sent Messengers to humankind, of whom Muhammad (PBUH)was the last
The Qur’an is the Word of God;
Humans are responsible to God for their actions;
On Judgment Day, an All-Knowing and Merciful God will judge all humans according to their faith, intentions, and deeds in this life.
which have come to be associated with there faith… (Read More)

What Are the Five Pillars of Islam?

The ‘Five Pillars’ of Islam are the foundation of Muslim life:

Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
Establishment of the daily prayers;
Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
Self-purification through fasting; and
The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

Iman or Faith
“There is none worthy of worship except God and Muhammad is the messenger of God.” This declaration of faith is called the Shahadah, a simple formula that all the faithful pronounce. The significance of this declaration is the belief that the only purpose of life is to serve and obey God, and this is achieved through the teachings and practices of the Last  Prophet, Muhammad.

Salah or Prayer
Salah is the name for the obligatory prayers that are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and God. There is no hierarchical authority in Islam and there are no priests. Prayers are led by a learned person who knows the Qur’an and is generally chosen by the congregation.

Prayers are said at dawn, mid-day, late-afternoon, sunset and nightfall,  and thus determine the rhythm of the entire day. These five prescribed prayers contain verses from the Qur’an, and are said in Arabic, the  language of the Revelation. Personal supplications, however, can be  offered in one’s own language and at any time.

Although it is preferable to worship together in a mosque, a Muslim may  pray almost anywhere, such as in fields, offices, factories and universities. Oftentimes visitors to the Muslim world are struck by the centrality of prayers in daily life.

A translation of the Adan or Call to Prayer is:

God is Great.
God is Great.
God is Great.
God is Great.
I testify that there is none worthy of worship except God.
I testify that there is none worthy of worship except God.
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Come to prayer!
Come to prayer!
Come to success!
Come to success!
God is Great!
God is Great!
There is none worthy of worship except God.

Zakah
The financial obligation upon Muslims.
An important principle of Islam is that everything belongs to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The word zakah means  both “purification” and “growth.” Our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need and for the society in general. Like the pruning of plants, this cutting back balances and encourages new growth.

Each Muslim calculates his or her own zakah individually. This involves the annual payment of a fortieth of one’s capital, excluding such items as primary residence, car and professional tools.

An individual may also give as much as he or she pleases as sadaqa-h,  and does so preferably in secret. Although this word can be translated as “voluntary charity” it has a wider meaning.
The Prophet said, “Even meeting your brother with a cheerful face is an act of charity.” The Prophet also said: “Charity is a necessity for every Muslim.” He was asked: “What if a person has nothing?” The Prophet  replied: “He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.” The Companions of the Prophet asked: “What if he is not able to work?” The Prophet said: “He should help the poor and needy.” The Companions further asked: “What if he cannot do even that?” The Prophet said: “He should urge others to do good.” The Companions said: “What if he lacks that also?” The Prophet said: “He should check himself from doing evil. That is also an act of charity.”

Sawm or Fasting
Every year in the month of Ramada-n, all Muslims fast from dawn until sundown–abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations with their spouses.

Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and women who are menstruating, pregnant or nursing, are permitted to break the fast and  make up an equal number of days later in the year if they are healthy and able. Children begin to fast (and to observe prayers) from puberty, although many start earlier.

Although fasting is beneficial to health, it is mainly a method of self-purification and self-restraint. By cutting oneself from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person focuses on his or her purpose in life by constantly being aware of the presence of God.  God states in the Qur’an:  “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self-restraint.” (Qur’an 2:183)

Hajj or Pilgrimage
The pilgrimage to Makkah (the hajj) is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to do so. Nevertheless, over two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe providing a unique opportunity for those of different nations to meet one another.

The annual hajj begins in the twelfth month of the Islamic year (which is lunar, not solar, so that hajj and Ramada-n fall sometimes in summer, sometimes in winter). Pilgrims wear special clothes: simple garments that strip away distinctions of class and culture, so that all stand equal before God.

The rites of the hajj, which are of Abrahamic origin, include going around the Ka’bah seven times, and going seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwa as did Hagar (Hajir, Abraham’s wife) during her search for water. The pilgrims later stand together on the wide plains of ‘Arafat (a large expanse of desert outside Makkah) and join in prayer for God’s  forgiveness, in what is often thought as a preview of the Day of Judgment.

How to become a Muslim?
In order to become a Muslim, there are no specific religious rituals or customs that you need to perform, neither in specific areas nor in front of people. This is due to the fact that in Islam man has direct relationship with his Lord without any intermediaries.

Also you don’t need to exert great efforts [to enter its folds] you merely need to utter a few words, which are easy on the tongue, while understanding their great meanings.

One who has decided to become Muslim should utter Shahaadataan’ in order to enter the folds of Islam, which is:

Al-Shahada:
I Bear Witness that there is No god, but Allah
and Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah

“Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allah, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abd-ullahi wa rasooluh.

Meaning: I testify that there is no true god except Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

This statement is the key to enter Islam. Whoever utters it shuns all other religions besides Islam and all beliefs which differ with it. Through this statement, he receives the rights which all Muslims receive, and he must fulfill the rights which all Muslims fulfill. His wealth, honor and blood become inviolable, except for that which is prescribed by Islam.

It is true that one is considered a Muslim by his apparent actions, but only Allah knows what is truly in the hearts…so what are the meanings of the Shahaadataan?

“This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.”     [Qur’an 5:3]

“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him.”   [Qur’an 3:85]

“Abraham was not a Jew nor a Jew nor yet a Christian; but an upright Muslim.”     [Qur’an 3:67]

Who are Muslims?

The Arabic word “Muslim” literally means “someone who is in a state of Islam (submission to the will and law of God)”.  The message of Islam is meant for the entire world, and anyone who accepts this message becomes a Muslim.  There a over a billion Muslims worldwide…

Islamic Principles For The Muslim’s Attitude During Fitan

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Ash-Shaikh Saaleh Aal-Shaikh
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Islamic Principles for the Muslim’s Attitude during Fitan (trials, tribulations, afflictions, calamities)

This is the translation of an extremely important book by the eminent scholar Ash-Shaikh Saaleh Aal-Shaikh. In it are essential guidelines from the Sunnah and the example of the sahabah, on how a Muslim should think and behave in situations of tribulations, trials or calamities.

Excerpt from this book …

Allah’s Messenger used to frequently seek refuge with Allah from Fitan. And he used to warn against Fitan. Therefore Imam al-Bukharee (rahimahullah) began, ‘The Book of Fitan’ in his Saheeh (al-Bukharee) with the following chapter:

Chapter: The Saying of Allah, “Fear the Fitna which affects not only those of you who do wrong…” and the warnings of Allah’s Messenger against Fitan.

So it is necessary for us to warn (ourselves and others) against Fitan before it arises and stay far away from any thing that might take us
close to or lead to Fitan.

Such is because when Fitan arise, it does not only seize the unjust, rather it afflicts everyone. (Moreover,) when it arises, it does not spare anyone to say anything.

Verily, increase in the emergence of Fitan is from amongst the signs of the final days (of this world) as is authentically related in the Saheeh that the Prophet said, “Time will pass rapidly, good deeds will decrease, miserliness will be thrown (in the hearts of the people), Fitan will appear and there will be much al-Harj.” …

It is thus necessary for us to remind them and ourselves to adhere to the beneficial knowledge and hold fast to the Aqeedah of the Salaf as-Saleh and Aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. (because) we hope that this blessed awakening propagates the religion of Allah and inculcates the love of Sharee’ah (religion) and steadfastness in the people.

We hope that this Islamic awakening will keep steadfast upon the beneficial knowledge because today our youth seek the beneficial knowledge and they crave for the statements of the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah.

I, therefore find it incumbent upon myself to convey, remind and explain to them what I know of the sayings of our scholars and the statements of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah that are based upon the saying of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihewa-sallam) and Allah, the Exalted.

Verily, if Fitan are neglected, its (impending) consequences ignored and if the people of knowledge do not have the insight/foresight or prudence that causes them to (fittingly) deal with the contemporary situation or the emerging Fitan – in accordance with the commandments of Allah and His Messenger – then the situation will become worse in the future. [End Quote]

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The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) From A To Z

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Yusuf Estes | Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 49 | Size: 1 MB
The following is based on books, manuscripts, texts and actual eyewitness accounts, too numerous to mention herein, preserved in original form throughout the centuries by both Muslims and non-Muslims. Many people today are discussing Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Who was he (PBUH) exactly? What did he (PBUH) teach? Why was he (PBUH) loved so much by some and hated so much by others? Did he (PBUH) live up to his claims? Was he (PBUH) a holy man? Was he (PBUH) a prophet of God? What is the truth about this man (PBUH) ?

First before listing the A-Z Facts about Muhammad (PBUH), let us begin with the very simple historical evidences.

Here are the facts as narrated by thousands of people, many of whom knew him personally.

Muhammad (PBUH) ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Mutalib (Muhammad, the son of Abdullah, the son of Abdul Mutalib) was born 570 C.E. (Christian Era); died 633 C.E. Muhammad means “praised one” or “praising one”

Muhammad (PBUH) was born from the lineage of Abraham’s (Ibrahim in Arabic) peace be upon him, his oldest son was Ishmael (Ismail in Arabic), to the noble tribe of the Quraish who were the leaders of Makkah in those days.

 

He (PBUH) never fell into the common practice of his tribesmen to
worship statues, idols or man-made “gods.”

He (PBUH) believed that God ( Allah in Arabic) was truly One
God, and as such, and that God was to be worshipped alone,
without any other “gods” beside Him.

He (PBUH) held the Name of God ( Allah ) in the highest of
reverence and never took God’s Name in vain or for any
vainglorious purpose.

He (PBUH) despised false worship and all of the complexities and
degradation to which it leads.

He (PBUH) insisted on keeping the Commandments of Almighty
God, just as prophets of old had done in the past.

He (PBUH) never committed adultery, and he forbid others
from doing it.

He (PBUH) forbade usury and interest on money lending, as Jesus,
peace be upon him, had done centuries before him.

He (PBUH) never gambled and did not allow it.

He (PBUH) never drank alcohol or strong drink, even though it
was a very normal thing for people of his time and place.

He (PBUH) did not engage in gossip and used to turn away from
hearing anything related to it.

He (PBUH) offered prayers in the manner and direction (toward
Jerusalem, until Allah ordered the change toward Makkah) as
was prescribed of prophets in the Bible, standing, bowing,
kneeling and prostrating as they had done before him.

He (PBUH) fasted for days at a time to be closer to Almighty God
and away from the narrowness of worldly attractions.

He (PBUH) taught that Jesus, peace be upon him, was the
immaculate conception and miracle birth of Mary (peace be
upon her), and that she (peace be upon her) was the best
creation of Almighty God.

He (PBUH) insisted even to the Jews of Al-Madinah, that Jesus,
peace be upon him, was the Messiah, the Christ, the one
predicted to come in their Torah (Old Testament).

He (PBUH) said Jesus, peace be upon him, did many miracles by
the permission of Almighty God, curing the lepers, restoring
sight to the blind and even bringing a dead man back to life.

He (PBUH) stated clearly that Jesus, peace be upon him, was not
crucified, rather Almighty God had raised him up.

He (PBUH) predicted Jesus, peace be upon him, is going to return
again in the Last Days to lead the true believers in a victory
over the evil and unrighteous people, and he will destroy the
Anti-Christ.

He (PBUH) commanded the payment of charity to the poor and he
was the defender and protector of widows, orphans and the
wayfarers.

He (PBUH) ordered people to unite with their families and honor
the ties of kinship and he restored relationships between
family members.

He (PBUH) required his followers to engage only in lawful
marriage relationships with women, and forbid sex outside of
Almighty God’s Ordinance.

He (PBUH) insisted on giving women their proper rights, dowries,
inheritance and property.

His (PBUH) patience and humble attitude were exemplary and all
who knew him had to admit to these virtues.

And So On…

 

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