Episode 16: The First Friday in Ramadan 1439/2018
Welcoming the month of openings, the month of victory, and the month pf purification. Some high-level thoughts to help us gain more from the blessed month of Ramadan.
Chapter of Victory (Fath): Chapter 48
“Fasting prescribed to have taqwa”, 2:183
“If My servant asks about Me, indeed I am near”, 2:186
“Doors of heaven are opened, doors of hell fire closed”, Bukhari and Muslim
“Allah was and nothing with Him”, Bukhari
Eve of first day of Ramadan and eve of Eid day are days of forgivness, Bayhaqi
“The Prophet was the most generous of people”, Bukhari
“Die before your actual death”, this is not an established hadith, but rather a statement of the Sufis.
“Person only gets hunger and thirst from their fast”, al-Tirmidhi
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
‘Abdallah Bin ‘Amr Bin ‘Āṣ said that he heard the Messenger of God (God bless him and give him peace) say, “There are forty acts, the best of which is giving food, if any are done seeking their reward and believing in their promise, God will grant them Paradise by this act.” (Bukhari). Shaykh ‘Abdullah Bin Siddīq al-Ghumārī (d. 1993) wrote a small book enumerating these forty acts and finding all the supporting hadith for them. I took the liberty of distilling this book in the following list, finding the appropriate modern English equivalent of the Prophetic expressions so as to make these acts easy to do and incorporate in our day-to-day life.MORE