Assalamu’alaykum Wa Rahmatullah
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The fast is for Me and I am its reward [Hadith Qudsi]
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed upon you as it was prescribed on those before you so that you may learn self-restraint [2:183]
The glorious verse above clarifies why Muslims are required to fast. Allah neither wishes to punish His subjects nor starve them because neither of these benefits Him. Further examination of this verse reveals that fasting builds righteousness and humility.
Cultivation of righteousness and humility is the wisdom behind fasting. A Companion once asked Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab رضي الله عنه the meaning of righteousness (taqwa), and in reply Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab رضي الله عنه asked, “Have you ever walked a dangerous and thorny path?” The questioner said yes. Then, Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab رضي الله عنه asked him how he would traverse such a path. The Companion answered, “I gather all my loose clothing around me and hold it tight so that nothing gets entangled or torn, and thus I walk very carefully.” Hadrat Ibn Ka’ab answered that this is the very definition of righteousness, to protect oneself at every moment in life so one does not slip and fall into sin.
Fasting in Ramadan is one means to protect oneself and keep oneself righteous. Fasting is not merely abstinence from food and drink, but all the organs of the body must be in a state of fasting. The fast of the eyes is not to look at what is forbidden; the fast of the tongue is not to lie and slander and likewise, every organ must stay away from wrong. A Muslim in Ramadan must be in a state of fasting from head to toe.
The pinnacle of a fast is not realized until a Muslim fasts from head to toe. A person might abstain from food and drink, but during the course of the day or month, he slanders someone else or even steals from someone. This is why the Messenger of Allah said that some people gain nothing from fasting but hunger.
There are different types of fasts and each requires certain etiquette. One type is the fast of the common people, that is to simply abstain from food and drink. Another type of fasting, observed by a special class of people closer to Allah, requires abstinence not only from food and drink, but also requires keeping the organs away from anything that is sinful, such as controlling the tongue from backbiting and slander.
It is obvious that Muslims must always strive for the second type of fasting and be in a complete state of fasting.
Fasting serves to build righteousness and elevates the righteous even higher. Consequently, those who obey Allah and abstain from sin during their fasts do not feel the intensity of hunger and thirst during the day as do those who unfortunately fail to stay away from sin.
Throughout the Prophet’s lifetime, Allah presented circumstances and examples to serve as lessons for the Muslims to follow.
Two women were fasting and came near to death because of sheer hunger. This problem was presented before the Messenger of Allahﷺ who advised that the women should rinse their mouth, which they did. Thereafter, the women vomited small pieces of meat. These women were astonished because they had not eaten anything because they were fasting. The Messenger of Allahﷺ revealed that the women had been guilty of backbiting during their fast, a sin synonymous with eating dead flesh. Allah preserved this incident in time so that future generations may learn a lesson from it.
In the event that someone who is fasting encounters someone quarrelsome or one who would lead them down a bad path, the fasting individual should say the words “I am fasting” three times. This will serve as a shield for safeguarding his faith and the fast will InshaaAllah be regarded as a successful one by Allah.
Fasting has been ordained to cultivate righteousness in mankind. A child may want candy, but knowing its harmful effect a mother will refuse to indulge the child, not because she wishes to see her child cry but for the child’s own good. Likewise, Allah does not wish suffering upon those who fast, but ordains it so that they may become righteous and pure. The command of fasting does not benefit or take away from the glory of Allah but is only for the benefit of those who fast.
Fasting not only has spiritual benefits but it also has immense physical benefits as well. The medical community acknowledges that regular fasting flushes poison from the body, thus purifying it.
The bathrooms in the luxurious homes of certain wealthy individuals alone cost more than the entire home of a poor family. If it were not for the holy month of Ramadan, such wealthy people would be oblivious to the suffering of the poor and hungry. By ordaining the fast, Allah blessed mankind in that at the end of a day without food and drink, one can perhaps gain some insight into the daily life of the homeless and hungry.
Hadith literature records that a man shall be raised on the Day of Judgment and Allah will say, “I was hungry. Yet, you did not feed Me. I was sick but you did not visit Me.”
The man will say in astonishment, “O Allah, You are the Supreme Creator above all such needs and ailments such as hunger and sickness. How could I have fed you or visited you?”
Then, Allah will say, “Back in the world, your neighbor at one time was hungry and sick but you failed to tend for him. If you had fed him and looked after him in his time of need, it would have been as if you were feeding Me.”
It will only be then that this man will realize the tremendous reward of empathy towards his fellow human beings. Today the worst feuds occur between neighbors because people remain ignorant of the rights of neighbors. At one time the Messenger of Allah said that Hadrat Jibril used to bring so many revelations regarding the rights of neighbors that the Messenger of Allah thought that the neighbor would be included in the last will and testament of the deceased.
Two brothers were very fond of each other but their wives did not get along. One of them invited his brother and sister-in-law to dinner and laid the table in front of them. However, when the host’s wife found out she angrily took the plate from in front of her brother-in-law and said, “We are not feeding this man!”
This woman’s saddened but quick thinking husband tried to salvage the situation and said to his brother, “Once I too was at your house and you placed food in front of me. One of your chickens ran across the room and tipped the curry. Hence I could not enjoy the meal. I could have been angry at that time but controlled myself, so please do not be angry now if my wife hastily took away the plate.”
His brother calmed down and said, “Surely I can extend you the same courtesy that you showed for my chicken.” Hence, a potentially dangerous situation was defused very quickly because of the brothers’ love and pure intentions towards each other. In contrast, if parties have bad intentions from the start, then it is easy for minor quarrels to become long term feuds.
It has been narrated in hadith that the Messenger of Allah came to teach humanity to humanity. Among the lessons of good character that the Messenger of Allah brought is good will and etiquette towards one’s neighbor. This is something that has been relatively forgotten nowadays.
Living as brothers and sisters and as neighbors has become virtually alien to us, but we need to remember that neighbors are merely a mirror image of ourselves.
The true purpose of fasting is to value the tremendous blessings of Allah and realize that a large percentage of people in the world do not have what we take for granted every day. Hopefully a person will carry this realization throughout his or her life and become a better person and member of the community.
People rarely ponder upon the blessings of Allah that they are showered with every single day. Before wheat bread is served for a meal, a seed is sown into the ground. This seed is then nourished by the sun and the rain before it grows big enough that a farmer can reap it. The wheat is then cleaned and sold in the market where it is bought and cooked as wheat bread. Indeed, it is unfortunate that people do not ponder upon these miraculous events that bring this food to their table nor do they thank Allah for this blessing.
Hadrat Fazal Ali Quraishi (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) would plough, sow, and reap his own fields. He would bring the harvest home where both he and his wife would prepare the wheat to be cooked and made into bread. The bread would then be served to the students in Hadrat’s madrasa.
Hadrat Quraishi had a strong work ethic and insisted on doing everything himself. As part of his noble habit, he was constantly in a state of ablution, as was his household. One day, Hadrat served the meal as usual in the madrasa and the seekers sat down to eat. Hadrat used to address his seekers as faqir, and so he said, “Oh Faqirs, for the bread that is before you, a field had to be ploughed and this was done in a state of wudu (ritual purity). Next, a seed was sown and cultivated, all in a state of wudu. The wheat was then reaped, cleaned and cooked, all in a state of wudu. Now that it is before you, my only hope is that you eat it in a state of wudu.”
Every morsel that a person consumes comes through many different routes as detailed above. Allah likes the person who respects and values His blessings.
The Messenger of Allah used to eat with great humility, giving food proper respect. He would not eat like the arrogant who eat while walking and slouching. He would sit down for a meal with the humility of a servant in front of his master, and would value every morsel as a blessing from Allah.
A millionaire once posted an advertisement in a newspaper promising a huge sum of money to the doctor who could treat his illness so that he would be able to eat a bite on his own. This person was a millionaire with apparently every material thing at his disposal. Yet, health was not on his side to the extent that he could not even eat by himself.
Being healthy enough to sit up and eat is a tremendous blessing on its own that people take for granted. We need to realize the greatness of these blessings and to be grateful to Allah.
Allah had given Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام kingship over humankind, jinn, the animal kingdom and all the forces of nature. One day, Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام supplicated to Allah that he wanted to invite all creation to a feast and wanted no food to go to waste. Allah readily permitted this and so Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام commanded the jinn to start preparing the food for such a feast.
The jinn toiled at giant cauldrons for years and kept storing the food until such a day that Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام became satisfied that there was enough food for all of Allah’screation. Then, he once again requested permission to invite the guests and Allah gave him permission for this. Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام asked whether he should invite the land creation first or the creatures of the sea, and Allah suggested the sea creatures since the sea was very close by.
A fish swam up and opened its mouth, into which the jinn started emptying the food. This fish was so large that it alone consumed everything that had been cooked. Allah’screation is so awesome that it baffles the imagination.
Certain fish are so large that airplanes have been reported to have mistaken them for airstrips and actually attempted landings. Once, I was flying from France to another country and as the airplane rose and crossed over water, I saw a fish swimming thousands of feet below that seemed the size of a car. I marveled at what the actual size of the fish must be if it appeared as big as a car from such a height.
So the fish that the jinn were feeding still had its mouth open even though the jinn had fed it the entire feast. Hadrat Sulayman عليه السلام was amazed and exclaimed to the fish, “You ate so much!” To this, the fish replied, “O Beloved of Allah, I bear witness that Allah feeds me every day three times what you have fed me today!”
Allah does not forget to provide for humankind despite the millions of other species that make up creation. Hence people should be grateful rather than complain when given such food that may be distasteful, because Allah could have easily overlooked such a tiny portion of creation such as humankind in the distribution of sustenance (rizq). The purpose of Ramadan is to develop gratefulness for Allah’s blessings so that man may become humble and righteous.
Excerpt taken from The Sermons of Hazrat Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (DB)
Ramadan is a special month for seeking the mercy and forgiveness of Allah. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said about the month of Ramadan:
The first part of it is mercy; the middle of it is forgiveness, and its last part is freedom from the Hellfire
The first ten days of Ramadan are days of mercy; the second period of ten days is for forgiveness, and the final period of ten days is for seeking refuge from Hellfire.
Bani Qalb Nami was a village outside Madinah Munawwarah whose families owned large numbers of sheep and goats and subsequently, it became very famous for sheep herding. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ once said that in a night of Ramadan, Allah frees people from Hell in numbers as large as the number of hair on all the sheep of Bani Qalb Nami.
This and many miracles like this illustrate that Allah’s mercy searches out excuses for the salvation of Allah’s people.
Price, the Mercy of Allah desires not
But excuses for forgiveness.
Allah opens the doors of His mercy and forgiveness in this blessed month and chains the major devils so that they do not molest the Muslims. However, Muslims who still fail to worship or fulfill the minimum despite these tremendous favors, fail to overcome and train a major obstacle which is their own lower-self (nafs).
Ramadan is a month of struggle and sacrifice during which Muslims need to persevere against their nafs and earn the blessed fruits of this month. If Muslims fail to overpower the nafs throughout the year, they need to try their utmost during Ramadan when the rewards are so great and Allah’s mercy ever so abundant.
Our righteous predecessors would honor a person as a venerable individual and sage by the number of Ramadans he had seen during his lifetime. This was the standard that they used to determine status and honor.
Unfortunately today, standards by which people are judged have deteriorated to worldly wealth and education, but people can never reach the superior way of thinking of the elders of Islam.
At certain times during the year, vendors arrange sales of various items at their stores where items such as shoes and clothes can be bought at relatively inexpensive prices. Women in particular are often very attracted to such sales since they can save a lot of money on items that are on sale.
An examination of the Holy Quran and Hadith reveals that Allah offers Paradise for sale during the holy month of Ramadan through His infinite mercy. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
But Allah calls to the Home of Peace [10:25]
Allah opens wide the gates of mercy and invites His servants to Paradise. Thus, they need to make every effort to work righteously and earn the right to go there.
O Creator, we ask from You Paradise and seek refuge from the Fire [Hadith]
Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariya (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) used to say the following about himself:
My routine was to spend the holy month of Ramadan in solitary worship following in the footsteps of our noble elders. I would spend the whole day reciting the Holy Quran, taking breaks from this only for mandatory and optional prayers.
One day, an old friend who lived in another neighborhood and who was unaware of my strict Ramadan schedule came to see me. I replied to his greeting and retired to my private room to continue my recitation. He followed me into the room where he sat quietly as I read until Asr, at which time he accompanied me to join the prayer.
After Asr prayer, I once again retired to my room and continued my recitation, and my friend again followed me in only to see that I had already started my recitation. After waiting patiently for a while he said, “My friend, Ramadan also comes to us but never like such a fever.” He meant that it seemed as if the month of Ramadan would overwhelm me like a fever overwhelms its victim.
Hadrat Zakariya further stated that he would remain in such an enthusiastic state for the entire month.
Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan’s (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) tarawih would conclude at the time of the pre-dawn meal (suhur), at which time he would eat and get ready for Fajr prayers. Thus, he would spend the entire night in worship.
After a few days of following this strict regimen, the women of his household grew concerned about his health after noticing grave symptoms of fatigue. Therefore, they implored Hadrat to take a break and rest, after which he could continue after getting refreshed. However, Hadrat would reply that he may not be alive to see another Ramadan.
Then, the women sent a message to the qari leading the tarawih explaining the situation to him and requesting him to end the tarawih early, with the excuse that he was tired. They were well aware that Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind was very considerate of others’ welfare and would accept that excuse without question. The qari agreed because he too wanted his shaykh to be able to get some rest.
Consequently, the qari completed the tarawih after just one or two juz because he had already informed his shaykh that he was tired and could only recite so much. After tarawih, Hadrat insisted on having the qari sleep on his bed on the mosque grounds instead of going home. Hadrat’s murid had to comply with this request and lay down on his shaykh’s bed. Hadrat shut off the lights and urged his murid to sleep.
The qari dozed off, but was awakened soon thereafter by someone pressing his feet. He got up and upon looking closely was shocked to realize that it was none other than Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind! He said incredulously, “Hadrat! What are you doing?” Hadrat replied, “You yourself said that you were tired so I thought I should press and massage your feet so that you may feel better.”
At this, the qari got out of bed and said, “Hadrat, if you intend to be awake all night anyway, let us go into the mosque and I will read the Holy Quran to you so that you can pass the night listening.” So both of them went into the mosque where Hadrat’s murid started reciting in prayer and Hadrat lined up behind him listening to his recitation of the Holy Quran.
The righteous predecessors used to worship Allah like someone who works hard to appease an annoyed beloved. If a house servant erred gravely and was caught, he would beg forgiveness from his master and vow to be more careful in the future. Such was their worship.
Our attitude needs to be the same in this blessed month. We must acknowledge and understand the gravity of our sins, be ashamed in front of Allah, beg forgiveness, and vow righteousness in the future.
The noble elders would sacrifice their rest during this month for the sake of worship, and we need to follow their example. If we sleep and awaken according to our own will eleven months out of the year, then surely we can sacrifice our sleep and rest for the blessed month of Ramadan.
People experience no difficulty in staying awake all night for worldly purposes, and it would also be good if for once, the eyes and body are forced to stay awake for the sake of worship and consequently, cry out for rest. When raised in front of Allah on the Day of Judgment, we will at least be able to say that there was one month out of the year during which the eyes and body were fatigued and wanted to rest, but were forced to stay awake and working for the sake of worship.
Muslims today find it difficult to listen to one Holy Quran to completion and search out mosques where tarawih prayers are completed in the shortest amount of time. This is the sad extent of laziness today that Muslims try to search for places where they can save five minutes.
Women would also attend tarawih prayers at Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind’s (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) residence where his son would lead and the women would listen behind the curtain. One day, when his son was ill, Hadrat sent another qari to lead the tarawih.
The next morning when Hadrat Shaykh ul-Hind came home for suhur, he noticed that the women of the house seemed very annoyed. He asked them what was wrong and his wife said, “That qari that you sent ruined our whole tarawih!” Hadrat grew concerned and asked why and his wife continued, “I don’t know what his hurry was that he just recited four juz and ran away.” It was later learned that these women were accustomed to listening to a total of seven completions of the Holy Quran every Ramadan.
This is the manner in which our righteous predecessors strove hard and pushed themselves to the limits during this precious month to earn righteousness. Ramadan is the month of tiring oneself in the pursuit of rich rewards.
Although waking up for tahajjud might prove difficult the rest of the year, we wake for suhuranyway during Ramadan, so a few rakats should be easy to pray at this time. For this one month, we should strive to spend our waking hours reading the Holy Quran, staying away from gatherings that waste time, and control our tongue from vain and hurtful speech such as backbiting.
Every Muslim should cut all negative ties with society at least for this month and view it as the month of working diligently on oneself. This is the month of earning and we should work hard to earn reward and righteousness.
Hadrat Jibril e once came to the Messenger of Allah and cursed to eternal Hellfire anyone who did not repent and have himself forgiven in Ramadan, to which the Messenger of Allah said amin.
An Archangel’s curse would have been more than enough on it’s own as a stiff warning, but the Prophet’s amin and stamp of approval makes this curse all the more potent. There is no doubt that whoever is fortunate enough to live through Ramadan but does not seek repentance, will be sentenced to Hellfire.
We will be terribly ashamed on the Day of Judgment when the righteous predecessors present worthy deeds in front of Allah such as forty years’ regular tahajjud. At that time, we will wish that we had enormous number of fasts and recitations of the Holy Quran to present to Allah, had we not been lazy during Ramadan.
If we are lazy and unable to conquer our nafs eleven months out of the year, we should be able to say to Allah that there was one month in which we tried our utmost to worship and win Allah’s favor.
Please accept O Lord,
These flowers that I have picked for You
When Hadrat Yusuf عليه السلام was put up for sale in Egypt, an elderly woman set out for the slave auction with just a ball of yarn and needles. Someone asked her where she was going and she replied that she was going to buy Hadrat Yusuf عليه السلام.
The man said in amazement, “Rich people and statesmen will be gathered from across the land to buy (Hadrat) Yusuf. How do you think you will be able to buy him?” To this, the elderly woman replied, “I am fully aware that I will not be able to purchase him. However, at least I’ll be able to join in the group when Allah commands all the bidders of Hadrat Yusuf e to come forward on the Day of Judgment.”
Likewise, the Muslims today may not be able to compete on any level with the righteous predecessors on the Day of Judgment, but at least, they should be able to put forth the worship and hard work of the holy month of Ramadan.
King Nimrud had Hadrat Ibrahim عليه السلام put in a fire that was so strong that it blazed for forty days and was so fierce that no one could approach it. All this time, a small bird would fill water in its small beak and pour it over the fire.
Another one of the birds questioned the futility of this act since it was obvious that such small efforts would have no effect on such a huge fire. In reply, the bird carrying the water said, “I know that, but at the same time, Hadrat Ibrahim KhalilUllah is a friend and I must fulfill the rights of friendship.”
The Muslim nation today is weak and the baggage of sins is very heavy and unlikely to decrease because of this very same weakness. The only way to forgiveness and salvation is to humbly admit this weakness and beg for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness during this holy month.
Even a rich man of this world will open his door if a beggar knocks and cries at his doorstep for a month. In the month of Ramadan, Muslims knock at the door of the “Most Merciful of the merciful ones”, and if they humble themselves and repent with true sincerity, then Allah’s infinite mercy will be awakened and will envelope them in forgiveness. The fate and destiny of a Muslim depends on but a glance from the Lord.
Nor is that (at all) difficult for Allah [35:17]
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We Pray to Allah swt, that he give us taufeeq to fast like those who fast (sincerely), and to stand up in prayer like of those who stood up in prayer (obediently), awaken us in it from the sleep of the heedless, and forgive our sins , O Allah forgive our sins, you are the one who forgives the sinners. Aameen
Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses
Hazrat Mujaddid Alf Saani (RA) says any Momin (a person with Iman) cannot be complete in his Iman until he does not consider every person better than his own self. What is the way to do so? We perform an effort with shortcomings and all the efforts brought about by the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, whichever effort Allah has granted us the ability to contribute towards, we should think our efforts has ostentation and show-off in it and our actions have lot of short comings in them. The other who is contributing to the other effort(s) is doing so with sincerity, he is better than all of us, a man always likes the business of the other in this world. This is a commercial area, everyone likes the other’s business, and do you know why? What is the reason, yours truly has for days and years contemplated on the reason of why this is so. Irrespective of the fact that the business is big he always says the other fellow businessman business is good, he always praises the work of the other, why? The benefits that every person yields from his work, he considers it his right and the difficulties of this business are considered as problems because he start experiencing these difficulties therefore irrespective how big a business Allah may have granted someone, others’ business is always liked. People who have the opportunity of working on multiple businesses never succeed in anything they do because soon as they encounter a difficulty in the business they start another one, every eleven months witnesses the start of a new venture just as there is new contract in the market for eleven months.
Business stability is the result of hard work and resilience, those who stop their efforts being scared of the difficulties never succeed and those who do not have another option are continue since they cannot do anything else with a do or die situation these are the ones whom Allah helps succeed. Thus a person who is too confident of his abilities does not succeed in the work of Deen too, (he claims) I will do this and I will do that. One who is humble says I am very weak and cannot do anything Allah. So and so is doing very well in his business and so and so has earned a lot of blessings and tread ahead in getting to heaven I am so weak and do not know anything beyond this (the work he performs), it is this man who Allah likes immensely and makes him succeed. To the least may we acquire the thought process of the businessmen of the world. The businessmen of the world can see the losses and difficulties of their own ventures and the benefits of others businesses. May Allah also make us see the shortcomings of our efforts and the benefits of others’ efforts. Deception occurs from here when we start seeing the benefits of our work and not the faults and we cannot see the benefit of the efforts being made by others but only their faults.
Our Hazrat (Hazrathjee D.B) states other’s faults are visible to someone who cannot see his own faults, one who sees his own faults does not see other’s faults. Since Allah Ta’ala has distributed abilities, a person cannot do every task. Allah has not given even his Auliya (friends of Allah) this state of unanimity in this day and age. This state of unanimity has left (the world) with the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. Allah has distributed abilities, it befalls the Ummah to contribute according to the ability Allah has bestowed on them. Beyond this, treat every work with respect and view everyone with respect too. Accept each effort, contribute to other efforts and do not oppose it, help other efforts, do not become a hurdle in their path.
May Allah give me and you the ability (to work in this manner).Aameen
Excerpts taken from Hazrat Shaykh Talha Qasmi Naqshbandi Damat Barkatuhum’s discourses
The Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said, “The kind of imbalance that will be born (in my Ummah) will be like the ones witnessed by Bani Israel, and Bani Israel were split in two sects. One as Jews and the other as Christians.” Jews are astray and so are the Christians. Let’s find out what were the reasons for them to go astray? Why did the Jews and Christians go astray? These faults were such that Allah mentions in Surah Fatiha if you do not strive to save yourself from these faults and wish to be saved from both faults (because of which the two sects went astray) until then your Sajda will not be accepted. The disease of which Surah Fatiha advises to cure ourselves from, if we continue to keep them inside us then how will the prayers be accepted? The Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said with regards to the Quran and its verses where there is a visible side to it there is also a hidden side. Come let’s find the visible and hidden sides of Surah Fatiha.
Allah’s Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said about Surah Fatiha “la Salata illa bi-fatihatil kitab“(Bukari & Muslim), I cannot dwell into the details, a simple translation for now is “without reciting Surah Fatiha the prayers are incomplete.” Remember this note, the leader’s (Imam) recitation is sufficient for the followers (in the prayers), this has also been said by Allah’s Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم). Just as there are twenty boogies attached to a train, each boogie is not driven individually, the engine driving is sufficient (to pull all the boogies attached) and if each boogie occupant starts driving the boogie individually then what would be the end result? The entire train (all its boogies) follows the engine. Does only the engine travel? Does the remaining part of the train (boogies attached) do not travel along? In the same manner, the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) said without reciting Surah Fatiha prayers are not completed. It is not required that all of us recite (the surah) if the lmam recites it then it is as good as we recite it. It is sufficient and simple, so without reciting the words of Surah Fatiha the prayers are not completed, if we are behind an Imam then the Imam should recite, and if we are performing prayers alone then we should recite it. However what is that truth that has been explained in Surah Fatiha?
What are the diseases that have been taught to be safe from? If those diseases are nurtured in the heart then how will the prayers be accepted? Then not just the prayers all other good deeds will not be accepted. Allah has especially taught to be safe from these two diseases and has taught (us) to supplicate to be kept safe from these two diseases. These are those very two diseases that had emerged among the people of Bani Israel. One disease emerged among the Jews and other emerged among the Christians and are so grave that Allah mentions whoever has this diseases is incurable. Now their punishment is that they will always fail in the world and humiliated, where ever in the world they stay, they will always fail and will be humiliated. The Jews have been punished for their disease (in this world). The Christians will be cured of their disease when the time arrives. However they are infected with the disease and therefore cannot be considered healthy until such time they are not cured. However their disease is not incurable. How will they (Christians) be cured and who will become the means of curing them? After the arrival of Prophet Sayyidna Isa (عليه السلام) and before his death everyone who is infected by this disease will be cured. Everyone will get Iman (become a muslim) and this diseased will be cured by Prophet Isa (عليه السلام). Yes, the Jews will not be granted health, they cannot be cured now, on the contrary their germs that has grown multifold and affected the entire humanity will be removed to save humanity.
What were those two diseases that exist even today and the scholars have to treat them? One disease is “Love without knowledge” and the other is “Knowledge without love”. However the treatment of the former disease (Love without Knowledge) is easy. Friendship is sought, heart is illuminated and Hidayah (Guidance and blessing) is received. The latter disease, knowledge without love, usually leads to a dead heart, treatment for this does not happen, this is a Jew mindset, and former is a Christian mindset, are these not prevalent amongst us? This is the spirit of Surah Fatiha. Until these two diseases are not treated, Allah does not want such prostrations. Performing lot of worship will not be accepted, before we perform Salah we have to treat ourselves, learn to love in the light of knowledge and acquire knowledge with the love for Allah.
The Jews had a lot of knowledge, they do even today. Furthermore, they are the drivers of the misunderstandings being propagated in the entire world in the name of knowledge and education. Yes, even today they are the drivers of the misunderstandings and this is no guess in any form. There are experts amongst them who are bestowed with unparalleled talents. However their hearts have fallen astray due to their wrong doings though they witnessed the miracles through of Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم).
Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has described the mindset of the Jews in the Quran. There has always been knowledge prowess amongst them. So much so that when the Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم)’s prophet-hood was announced, the Jews taught the residents of Makkah to ask educated questions. Go and ask him (Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) who were the As’haab-e-Kahf? Go and ask him, “Where did Prophet Musa (عليه السلام) travel to?”. “Who did he go to meet?”. Go and ask him, “Who was the Zulqarnain of Allah?”. Who used to teach these questions? The Jews did. Allah has acknowledged their knowledge prowess in his last book (Quran) (Arabic Verse) . This is an acknowledgement from Allah of their knowledge prowess they certainly has immense knowledge. However even after being blessed with such depth of knowledge Allah has narrated their criminal mindset (Arabic verse). They used to kill the Prophets. Why? Because, the teachings of Prophets, only depth of knowledge is not sufficient, they have to strive to create the love for Allah in the hearts and this was not acceptable (to the Jews). If the love for Allah was created in the heart then they would be led by someone, have to agree to obey someone which is something this community was not ready to do. The people who spoke of adjoining love with knowledge the Jews used to kill these Prophets. And even today wherever the way to the path of Allah is being taught and whoever is striving in the path of Allah, Who is conspiring to finish them? They (Jews) are. Where are the conspiracies to finish Islamic schools being made? We believe our parliaments pass amendments. Our representatives travel to their country, the ministers of our country travel to Israel, our policemen travel there. The entire world knows where from does these propaganda arise against the descendants of the Prophets. Allahu Akbar! This is the miracle of the Quran, the Quran had mentioned the name of the Jews stating (Arabic verse), “You will have to listen to very heart wrenching propaganda”, from the people of the book (Jews and Christians) from the hypocrites. This is what is happening in our times. This is the miracle of the Quran, the people of the book and hypocrites and especially the Jews and the hypocrites have great compatibility in their mindsets. Both (Jews and Hypocrites) the communities are struck with inferiority complex and their judgments are due very shortly in the courts of Allah, InshaaAllah (we) will not need to wait long.
“We ask Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to keep us firm on the straight path that Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has opened up for us, we pray to Allah that he saves us from all the ailments and protect us from all the physical and spiritual diseases, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evils of enemies”. Aameen