Thursday, September 13, 2007

Preparing for Ramadan lesson 3: Shaykh Al-Habib Kadhim in Sweden

The women's prayer room at Uppsala Mosque in Sweden

Shaykh Al-Habib Kadhim went on to mention the second part of Ramadan, after talking about Intention. That of feeling a sincere happiness that Ramadan is here yet another year. A feeling we should do our best to spread to our friends and family through our meetings and talks with them.

He mentioned a hadith where the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said that a person who fasts will be happy on two occasions; when he breaks his fast and when he meets his Lord.

The third and final important part of Ramadan is doing righteous works and deeds. "It is possible," he went on, "that a man goes through the whole of Ramadan fasting without getting any reward from it. The Prophet (pbuh) was concerned about this and wanted nothing but for us to attain the highest place in paradise; Al Firdaus." He then tells us about the instructions left to us by our Prophet (pbuh) on what to make sure one avoids during Ramadan, besides food:
  • backbiting and slander
  • corruption (of soul or mind, like e.g. telling lies.)
  • raising ones voice
  • and if insulted or angered by someone to reply "I am fasting"
Quran Ch. 16 Verse 90 Allah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality
to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion:
He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.

Through the mercy of our Prophet (pbuh) we have been left with recommendations on certain times when it is highly recommended to supplicate:
  • Supplication (Dou'a) in the middle part of the night.
  • Supplication while prostrating (Sajda/Sujood)
The two times when God pays extra attention to the prayers of His creation.

1 comment:

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