Awake to the call of Islam 1438 – 2017
Some articles in this Awake
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “A Mu’min will not attain the rank of the Muttaqeen as long as he does not abstain from permissible things for fear of involvement in impermissible things.”
Hadhrat Maimoon (radhiyallahu anhu) said: “A man will not become a Muttaqi as long as he does not take a reckoning of himself, and as long as he does not know the source of his food, drink and clothes.”
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “There are many fasting persons who gain nothing from their fasting except hunger.” The aim of fasting is not mere abstention from food, drink and lawful sexual cohabitation. The physical act of Saum (Fasting) is the introductory step to the true Fast, viz., the spiritual Fast. The fundamental constituent of the spiritual Fast is total abstention from evil, sin, and futility. In the spiritual dimension of Saum, it is Waajib for the eyes, ears, tongue, limbs, mind and heart to fast, i.e. to abstain from all sinful acts associated with the specific bodily organ. Thus, the fast of the eye is to restrain it from looking at prohibited women; the fast of the ears is to prevent them from listening to evil talk; the fast of the tongue is to withhold it from gheebat and other evil talk. In this manner, every bodily limb and organ have to be compulsorily restrained from inclining to sin and evil. Minus the spiritual dimension of Saum, the physical fast is like the hunger which a chained dog experiences when food is withheld from it.
ABSOLVED OF QUESTIONING
There is no questioning in the qabr by the two Angels, Munkar and Nakier, for the following:
- The Shaheed.
- The Muraabit, i.e. one who dies guarding the frontiers of Daarul Islam (an Islaamic State).
- One who dies in a plague/epidemic.