About Fasting

7 April 2023 by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

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It is not enough to talk about the virtues of this holy month. Fasting has existed in all nations. To every Muslim since Adam ‘alayhi s-salam, to all Prophets on the way of Allāh ﷻ, it was farḍ to fast for all of them. It is farḍ to fast for us as well, says Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla in āyatu l-karīmah.

Moreover, some people without religion, or in crooked religions fast in order to train their egos. But what they are doing is a useless thing and in vain. Unless it takes to Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla, whatever you do is in vain. It has no benefit. You must be on the way of Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla so that it gives benefit both visible and invisible. Physical and spiritual benefits are for people who are with Allāh ﷻ. How lucky are those whom Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla has granted them this. There are many people who go by being Muslim. Most of them neither fast, nor pray, nor know anything about the religion. But they say they are Muslim. They are not granted this. May Allāh ﷻ give them guidance. May He ﷻ let them taste this beautiful taste.

This taste cannot be found elsewhere. This beautiful taste is not found in disobedience and sins. It is only with īmān. People taste it in everything they do then. Otherwise, it is of no benefit. It has nothing but harm, because you are feeding your body. Feeding the body is for animals. It is special for them. We feed their bodies to make them fat and benefit from them. But you feeding your body is harmful to you. The larger your body gets, the more harmful it is. They themselves and everyone know this matter. The larger you are, the heavier your weight is, the more harmful it is. Therefore, they always warn not to gain weight. It is clear anyway.

Therefore, you must feed your soul and not your body. And feeding your soul is through worship, through praying and fasting, through charity, through obedience to Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla, through the love of our Holy Prophet ﷺ and through love towards people he ﷺ has told about and towards believers. All of these are food for your soul which is beneficial. They are food for the soul. If you do them, even if your body is big or small, it doesn’t matter then. But otherwise, if you don’t care about these things, ḥāshā mina l-ḥuḍūr – you don’t want to even name these animals. People become similar to them. They are the fattest ones. May Allāh ﷻ protect us.

In Ramaḍān, fasting has its adab and rules. And people must break their fast according to its rules. Our Holy Prophet ﷺ says, “Break your fast with dates.” Dates have all nutrients in them enough for the body. If a person eats 5-6 dates a day, or ten dates, he may skip eating other things. The body will have taken its nutrition. But of course, people shouldn’t do so. Break your fast with dates and then eat other things. If not, make it with water, says our Holy Prophet ﷺ. Sometimes you cannot find dates. Break your fast with water. Certainly, then come prayers, tarāwīḥ and tahajjud.

Also, get up for saḥūr, says our Holy Prophet ﷺ. Certainly, there is benefit in the ordered time of saḥūr. Our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says, “Saḥūr is barakah.” Having saḥūr brings barakah to people. Get up in order to attain that barakah. He ﷺ says, “وَلَو بِشَرْبَةِ مَاءٍ”, “Even if a sip of water.” Even if you drink a sip of water with the intention of saḥūr, that is valid. Our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam tells to do that. Don’t do without saḥūr. Also, what is eaten in saḥūr is not questioned. We read that in the hadīth sharīf just now. Allāh ﷻ won’t take its account. Neither saḥūr, nor ifṭār, nor the food you eat with the brothers. You will not be questioned for them.

Our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says saḥūr is what differs us from other nations. Other nations used to eat just once: only ifṭār. They ate in the evening, and then they didn’t eat for 24 hours. But it became barakah for us, in terms of health and thawāb, Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla gave saḥūr to us, to Ummati Muḥāmmad ﷺ.

May Allāh ﷻ bless it. And may Allāh ﷻ give guidance to those who don’t fast so that they do. Some people boast and act arrogant about breaking their fast in front of people. May Allāh ﷻ guide them as well. We have nothing else to say. They are people to feel sorry for. They must not boast. And we should not be angry at them. We should feel sorry for them that Allāh ‘Azza wa-Jalla didn’t give it to them. Don’t boast, “You and I are fasting but he is not”. May Allāh ﷻ protect us. Allāh ﷻ didn’t give it to him, but He ﷻ gave it to you. This is important. May Allāh ﷻ make this beautiful state last upon us. May He ﷻ make us all steadfast.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

7th April 2023/ 17th Ramadhan 1444

Shaykh Nazim Dergah, Lefka, Cyprus

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