A Journey with the BelovedProphet, sallallahu ‘alayhiwa sallam,in Ramadan english islamic book pdf

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A Journey with the Beloved
Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wa sallam,in Ramadhaan
Produced By:
Islamweb Staff
Editorial & Translation Department
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The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, during the month of Ramadhaan
The virtues of fasting:
The Prophet clarified for us the virtues and merits of fasting. He may
myself, my father and my mother be sacrificed for him, said in aHadeethQudsi
(Sacred Hadeeth): “Allaah The Exalted Says: ‘All the deeds of Adam’s sons
(mankind) are for them, except fasting, which is for me, and I will give the
reward for it. Fasting is a protective shield against Hellfire and the
committing of sins. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relations
with his wife and quarrelling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with
him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in whose Hand my soul is, the
unpleasant smell emanating from the mouth of a fasting person is better in
the sight of Allaah than the scent of musk. There are two pleasures for the
fasting person: one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time
when he will meet his Lord; then he will be delighted because of his fasting.’”
[Al-Bukhaari]
The Prophet also shed light on the great rewards on the Day of
Judgment for those who fasted:
He said: “There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Rayyaan, and those who
had observed fasting will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and
none except them will enter through it. It will be asked, ‘Where are those who
used to observe fasting?’ They will then get up, and none except them will
enter through it. After their entry, the gate will be closed and nobody else will
enter through it.” [Al-Bukhaari]
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The Prophet also said: “Indeed, for anyone who fasts for one day seeking
Allaah’s pleasure, Allaah will distance his face away from the Hellfire for (a
distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” [Muslim]
The Prophet and his preparation for the month of Ramadhaan:
The Prophet was very ascetic. He denounced worldly pleasures hoping for
the rewards of Allaah The Exalted and for Paradise. The optimal example on
his asceticism was his preparationfor the month of Ramadhaan. He was
keen to prepare himself for the blessed month by performing extra righteous
deeds and acts of worship in order to take advantage of this special time of the
year and appreciate and comprehend the virtues of the month of Ramadhaan as
due. This was the nature of the preparation of the Prophet for the month of
Ramadhaan, as he did many things before its arrival, perhaps the most
important of which were the following:
1- Fasting during the month of Sha‘baan:
Abu Salamah said, “I asked ‘Aa’ishah about the fasting of the
Messenger of Allaah and she said, ‘He would observe fasting (at times so
continuously) that we would say that he (continually) fasted, and then he did
not observe fasting until we would say that he had given up – perhaps never to
fast again. I never saw him observing (voluntary fasts) more in any other month
than that of Sha‘baan. (lt appeared as if) he observed fast throughout the whole
of Sha‘baan, except a few (days).” [Muslim]
Moreover, ‘Aa’ishah said, “The Messenger of Allaah would fast till one
would say that he would never stop fasting, and then he would abandon fasting
till one would say that he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah
fasting for a whole month except for the month of Ramadhaan, and did not
see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Sha‘baan.” [AlBukhaari]
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2- The Prophet bore the glad tidings of the arrival of Ramadhaan to his
Companions. He prepared them to devote themselves to worship on these
blessed days by reminding them of this month’s great virtues and generous
rewards:
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet said:
 “When the month of Ramadhaan starts, the gates of Paradise are
opened, the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”
[Muslim]
 “When it is the first night of Ramadhaan the devils and rebellious Jinn
are chained. The gates of the Fire are locked – not a single gate is
opened – and the gates of Paradise are opened – not a single gate is
locked – and a caller calls out, ‘O seeker of good, come forward, and O
seeker of evil withhold’, and there are many whom Allaah frees from
the Fire – and that is every night.” [At-Tirmithi] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh
(Authentic)]
 “Whoever observes fast during the month of Ramadhaan out of sincere
faith and hoping to attain Allaah’s rewards, then all his past sins will
be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari]
 “Whoever establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadhaan out of
sincere faith and hoping to attain Allaah’s rewards (not for showing
off), all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari]
 “Whoever establishes prayers on the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) out of
sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allaah (not for showing
off), then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari]
3- The Prophet was keen to clarify to his Companions the Islamic rulings
relevant to fasting, some of which are the following:
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 The Prophet never started the fast of Ramadhaan except after the crescent
moon ofRamadhaan had been sighted or after the completion of the 30 days of
Sha‘baan:
‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar and his father, reported that the Prophet said:
“Do not fast unless you see the crescent (of Ramadhaan), and do not give up
fasting till you see the crescent (of Shawwaal), but if the sky is overcast (if
you cannot see it), then act on estimation (i.e. count Sha‘baan as being 30
days).” [Al-Bukhaari]
‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar and his father, also said, “Once, people were
looking out for the crescent (of Ramadhaan). I informed the Prophet that I
had seen it, so he fasted (on the following day) and also ordered the people to
fast.” [Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said: “Observe fasting when
you see it (the new moon) and cease fasting when you see it (the new moon of
Shawwaal), but when it is concealed from you (on account of a cloudy sky),
then count it as thirty days.” [Muslim]
Additionally, ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar and his father, reported that the
Prophet made a mention of Ramadhaan and said: “Do not fast until you
see the crescent, and do not break your fast until you see it, and if the weather
is cloudy then calculate it (as thirty days).” [Muslim]
The Prophet also said:
 “We are an unlettered nation; we do not write nor calculate.” He with the
gesture of his hand then added:“The months are (sometimes) like this and
(sometimes) like that (meaning it is sometimes 29 days and sometimes 30).”
[Muslim]
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 “None of you should fast a day or two before the month of Ramadhaan
unless he has the habit of fasting (voluntarily – and if his fasting coincides
with that day) then he can fast that day.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
 Upon seeing the crescent of Ramadhaan:
Talhah Ibn ‘Ubaydillaah said, “Upon sighting the crescent moon of
Ramadhaan, the Prophet used to say:’Allaahummaahillahu ‘alaynabilyumniwal-eemaan was-salaamatawal-Islaam, Rabbee wa Rabuka Allaah (O
Allaah for us let this month be a period of peace, faith, safety and total
submission to Your will. My Lord and your Lord is Allaah].'” [At-Tirmithi]
So, have you prepared for Ramadhaan before its arrival, for Ramadhaan is
indeed a most venerable guest and an excellent opportunity for the Muslims. It
reminds the inattentive worshippers and extends a helpinghand to the attentive
ones. It is a motivation for the active worshippers and the optimal means to
sharpen their will-power. With sincere hearts that abound with faith, they
overcrowd the mosques and their urges to be generous and charitable are
enhanced. Pious and devout as they become, the Mujaahidoon (those that strive
in the cause of Allaah) will be granted success and victory. How deserving
Ramadhaan is then to be well prepared for!
Second, the Prophet and his acts of worship during the month of
Ramadhaan:
The Prophet was the most knowledgeable person of his Lord as well as
being the best worshipper. He perfectly fulfilled the due rights of Allaah The
Exalted over him as no one else did. The Prophet was a living example of
the sublime integrity of Allaah’s final revelation. He reached the summit in
human perfection, beyond the comprehension of many people. Allaah The
Exalted has forgiven all his past and future sins, but nevertheless, he would
pray at night until his feet would swell. The worship routine of the Prophet
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in the month of Ramadhaan reflected his complete obedience, submission and
servitude to his Lord.
 The fasting of the Prophet in Ramadhaan:
The Prophet would, of course, fast the month of Ramadhaan, and the reason
behind highlighting this point is to draw attention to some aspects of the
Prophet’s fastingsuch as:
1- Intention:
Intention resides in the heart and its utterance is an innovation, even if people
assume otherwise. Ibn ‘Umar narrated on the authority of Hafsah both
and their father, that the Prophet said: “Whoever does not intend to fast
before dawn, there is no fast for him.” [An-Nasaa’i]
2- Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal before the Fajr (dawn) Prayer):
The Prophet ordered Muslims to have the Suhoor meal as it distinguishes
their fasting from the fasting of the people of the Book (Jews and Christians).
The Prophet said: “The difference between our fasting and that of the
people of the Book is (our) eating shortly before dawn.” [Muslim]
Moreover, Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said: “How
excellent are dates as the believer’s Suhoor!” [Abu Daawood]
Eating the pre-dawn meal is a blessing; for it implies abiding by the Sunnah of
the Prophet . It also strengthens the fasting person and helps him to endure
the hardships of the daytime fast. Moroever, Muslims should be distinct from
the People of the Book. The Prophet said: “Eat Suhoor; indeed, there is a
blessing in Suhoor.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
One of the best virtues and merits of the pre-dawn meal is the fact that Allaah
The Exalted confers His blessing upon those who eat Suhoor, and His angels
implore Him to forgive them. Abu Sa‘eed Al-Khudri narrated that the
Prophet said: “Suhoor is a blessed meal; so do not leave it, even if one of
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you was to take a sip of water, since Allaah sends mercy and His angels seek
forgiveness for the one who partakes in Suhoor.” [Saheeh Al-Jaami‘]
The Prophet called it the: “blessed meal”. Al-‘Irbaadh Ibn Saariyah
said, “The Prophet once invited me over to have Suhoor shortly before
dawn in the month of Ramadhaan. He said:’Come to this blessed meal.'”
[Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]

  • Delaying the Suhoor:
    The Prophet would eat the Suhoor meal shortly before the second Athaan
    (call) for the Fajr Prayer. Zayd Ibn Thaabit said, “We took the “Suhoor”
    with the Prophet and then stood up for the Fajr Prayer.” He was asked,
    “How long was the interval between the two (Suhoor and prayer)?” He replied,
    “The time it takes to recite fifty verses (of the Quran).” [Al-Bukhaari &
    Muslim]
    Abu ‘Atiyyah said, “I once said to ‘Aa’ishah that one of the
    Companions of the Prophet hastens to break his fast and delays the Suhoor,
    while the other delays breaking his fast and hastens the Suhoor. ‘Aa’ishah
    inquired, ‘Who is it that hastens to break the fast and delays the Suhoor?’ I
    replied, ‘‘Abdullaah ibnMas‘ood.’ ‘Aa’ishah said, ‘This is what the Prophet
    used to do.’” [An-Nasaa’i] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    The Prophet commanded Muslims to delay eating the pre-dawn meal as this
    strengthens the fasting person and gives him energy, making fasting easy and
    endurable for him. It also entails waking up during the blessed time of the night
    to remember Allaah The Exalted, recite Thikr (the mentioning of Allaah), and
    supplicate to Him. This blessed time of the night witnesses the descent of divine
    mercy, blessings and bounty. It is the time when Muslims get ready to
    perform the Fajr Prayer.
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  • What if a fasting person eats or drinks during the fasting-day out of
    forgetfulness?
    The Prophet clarified the Islamic ruling on eating or drinking during the
    fasting-day forgetfully or accidently. He told us that he who eats or drinks
    during the fasting-day out of forgetfulness is not a sinner and should continue
    fasting. Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said: “If anyone
    forgets that he is fasting and eats or drinks, he should complete his fast, for it
    is only Allaah who has fed him and given him drink.” [Muslim]
  • The Prophet and breaking the fast:
    Our beloved Prophet informed us of the time to break the fast. He said:
    “When the night approaches and the day retreats and the sun sets, then the
    observer of the fast should break it.” [Muslim]
    Abu Hurayrah also narrated that the Prophet said:
     “The most beloved slave to me is the fasting person who breaks his fast the
    first.” [Ahmad]
     “This religion will continue to prevail as long as people hasten to break the
    fast, because the Jews and the Christians delay doing so.” [Abu Daawood]
    [Al-Albaani: Hasan (Sound)]
    Sahl Ibn Sa‘d reported that the Prophet said: “The people will remain
    on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.” [AlBukhaari & Muslim]
    Indeed, Muslims will be upon the right path as long as they follow in the
    footsteps of the Prophet and abide by his Sunnah. Islam will thus remain
    strong and will prevail and flourish, no matter who the enemies of Islam are or
    how strong they are. The Muslim nation will then become a good example to be
    followed; for Muslims would not then be blind imitators of the West or East,
    living in their shadow and playing the yes-man role.
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  • Breaking the fast before the Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer and what the
    Prophet ate to break his fast:
    The Prophet would break his fast before the Maghrib prayer with some
    fresh or dried dates or with some water. Anas Ibn Maalik said, “The
    Prophet would urge people to break the fast with fresh dates before he
    prayed. If he did not find fresh dates then he would eat dried dates. If he did not
    find that also then he would drink a few sips of water.” [At-Tirmithi:
    HasanGhareeb (Sound)]
    Abu ‘Eesa narrated that the Prophet would break his fast with dates in
    the winter and with water in the summer. [At-Tirmithi] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh
    (Authentic)]
    Salmaan Ibn ‘AamirAdh-Dhabbi reported that the Prophet said: “If one
    of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates or else with water, for it
    is pure.” [At-Tirmithi]
  • Supplications of the Prophet while breaking the fast:
    Ibn ‘Umar and his father, said, “The Prophet at the time of breaking
    his fast, used to supplicate:’Thahabaath-thama’ wa-btallat al-‘urooq wa
    thabata al-ajr – in shaa’ Allaah (the thirst is gone and the veins are quenched,
    and the reward is confirmed – if Allaah wills.’” [Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani:
    Hasan (Sound)]
    Mu‘aath Ibn Zuhrah reported that he was told that the Prophet used to
    supplicate when breaking his fast: “Allaahummalakasumta wa
    ‘alaarizqikaaftartu. (O Allaah; for You I have fasted and with Your
    sustenance I have broken my fast.)” [Abu Daawood]
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  • The guidance of the Prophet regarding the etiquette of eating:
    Ibn Al-Qayyim wrote in his book Zaad Al-Ma‘aad, “The Prophet
    never criticized any food. He would eat it if he liked the food and leave it if he
    disliked it, without deeming it forbidden for the Muslims. Abu Hurayrah
    said, ‘The Prophet never criticized any food (presented to him), but he
    would eat it if he liked it; otherwise, he would leave it (without expressing his
    dislike).’” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet never refused lawful food and never asked for a certain type of
    food. He would eat what was available and if there was no food available, he
    would be patient – to the extent that he would tie a rock to his belly out of
    severe hunger. He would see crescent after crescent after crescent (three
    consecutive months) and no food would be cooked in his house. ‘Urwah
    reported that ‘Aa’ishah said, “O my nephew, we would see a crescent, and
    then another crescent and then another crescent – three crescents in two months
  • and no fire (for cooking) would be made in the houses of the Messenger of
    Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi was sallam.” He said, “O my aunt, then what
    would sustain you?” She said, “The two black things: dates and water.”
    [Muslim]
  • The Prophet used to mention the name of Allaah The Exalted before
    eating and commanded those who eat to do the same:
    ‘Aa’ishah narrated that the Prophet said, “When one of you eats, he
    should mention Allaah’s name; if he forgets to mention Allaah’s name at the
    beginning, he should then say: ‘In the Name of Allaah at the beginning and
    at the end of it.’” [Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
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    Moreover, ‘Umar Ibn AbiSalamah and his father, said, “I was a young boy
    in the care of the Prophet and my hand used to wander all over the platter
    (of food). The Prophet said to me: ’O young boy, say ‘Bismillaah (In the
    Name of Allaah)’, eat with your right hand, and eat from what is directly in
    front of you.’ That was the way I ate from then on.” [Al-Bukhaari]
  • The Prophet would thank Allaah The Exalted after eating:
    Abu Umaamah Al-Baahili narrated that the Prophet would supplicate
    after eating with this supplication, “AlHamdulillaahkatheerantayyibanmubaarakanfeehghayrmakfi wa la
    muwadda‘ wa la mustaghna ‘anhu, rabbanaa (all perfect praise be to Allaah
    with an abundant beautiful blessed praise, a never-ending praise, a praise
    which we will never bid farewell to and an indispensable praise. He is our
    Lord).” [Al-Bukhaari]
    Sahl Ibn Mu‘aath Ibn Anas narrated on the authority of his father that the
    Prophet said: “Whoever eats some food then says, ‘AlHamdulillaahallatheeat‘amanihathaa At-ta‘aam wa
    razaqneehbighayrhawlinminni wa la quwwah (all perfect praise be to Allaah
    who has fed me this and provided me with it with no power or strength on my
    part)’, his previous sins will be forgiven.”He also said: “Whosoever utters
    the following supplication upon getting dressed, all his past sins will be
    forgiven: Al-hamdulillaah al-latheekasaaneeh wa
    razaqneehbighayrhawlinminni wa la quwwah (all perfect praise belongs to
    Allaah who clothed me with this and bestowed it upon me without any toil
    and effort on my part.].” [Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani: Hasan (Sound)]
    Anas Ibn Maalik reported that the Prophet said: “Allaah is pleased
    with His slave when he eats something and praises Him for it, or drinks
    something and praises Him for it.” [Muslim]
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    The Prophet never ate while leaning. He said: “I do not take my meals
    while leaning (against something).” [Al-Bukhaari]
    Eating with servants:
    The Prophet said: “When your servant brings your food to you, if you do
    not ask him to join you, then at least ask him to take one or two handfuls, or
    one or two bites, for he has suffered from its heat (while cooking it) and has
    taken pains to cook it nicely.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet used the Siwaak (wooden tooth-stick) during the days of
    Ramadhaan:
    ‘Aamir Ibn Rabee‘ah said, “I saw the Prophet cleaning his teeth with a
    Siwaak while he was fasting so many times that I cannot count.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet also said: “If I were to not find it burdensome upon my
    followers, I would have ordered them to clean their teeth with a Siwaak with
    every ablution.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet would pour water over his head during fasting:
    A Companion said, “I saw the Prophet at Al-‘Arj pouring water over
    his head while he was fasting because of thirst or heat.” [Abu Daawood] [AlAlbaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    The Prophet would wash his mouth and rinse his nose while fasting, but he
    forbade the fasting person from inhaling water up the nostrils more than is
    required.
    The Prophet would fast while traveling and sometimes he would break
    his fast:
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    Ibn ‘Abbaas and his father, said, “The Prophet journeyed during the
    month of Ramadhaan in a state of fasting till he reached ‘Usfaan. He then
    ordered a cup of drinking water and he drank that openly so that the people
    might see it, and did not fast fast (and did not resume fasting) till he reached
    Makkah.” Ibn ‘Abbaas and his father, also said, “The Prophet fasted
    and broke the fast, so he who wished fasted and he who wished to not fast did
    not do so.” [Muslim]
    Jaabir Ibn ‘Abdullaah said, “During the course of a journey, the Prophet
    saw a crowd of people, and a man was being shaded (by them). He
    asked: ‘What is wrong with him?’ They said, ‘He is fasting.’ The Messenger of
    Allaah said:’It is not righteousness that you fast while travelling.'”
    [Muslim]
    However, Hamzah Ibn ‘Amr Al-Aslami narrated that he said, “O Messenger
    of Allaah, I find the strength in me for fasting on a journey; is there any sin
    upon me (in doing it)?” The Messenger of Allaah said: “It is a concession
    from Allaah. He who takes advantage of it, it is good for him, and he who
    prefers to observe fast, there is no sin upon him.” Haaroon (one of the
    narrators) in his narration mentioned: “It is a concession”, and he did not
    mention the part “from Allaah” in his narration. [Muslim]
    Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “The Prophet did not specify a certain distance of
    travel entailing abstaining from fasting during traveling. There is no
    authenticated tradition in this regard…” Although many scholars and jurists
    have cited evidence indicating that it is recommended for the traveller to break
    his fast or other evidence indicating that fasting during traveling is desirable,
    both acts are reported from the Sunnah of the Prophet . They are from the
    guidance of the Prophet regarding traveling. Neither the observer of the fast
    should find fault with one who does not fast, nor should the one who does not
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    fast find fault with one who observes it. Therefore, those who hasten to criticize
    the travellers who choose to fast or those who prefer to break their fast should
    first ponder over the Sunnah of the Prophet . Each opinion has its
    considerable pieces of evidence.
    The Prophet would end the month of Ramadhaan according to moonsighting or after the month completed 30 days:
    He said: “Fast when you see it (the new moon) and break your fast when
    you see it and do the same regarding performing Hajj. If it turns out to be
    cloudy over you, then complete thirty days. If two people give witness (that
    they saw the new moon) then fast and break your fast (based on that).” [AnNasaa’i] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    Prohibitions stated by the Prophet :
    1- Overeating:
    Allaah The Exalted Says (what means): {O children of Adam, take your
    adornment at every masjid (mosque), and eat and drink, but be not excessive.
    Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.}[Quran 7:31]
    Al-Miqdaam Ibn Ma‘dikarib reported that the Prophet said: “The son
    of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for
    the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going. If he must do it
    (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink
    and one third with air (for breath).” [At-Tirmithi]
    Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said: “A believer eats in one
    intestine, whereas a non-believer eats in seven intestines.” [Al-Bukhaari]
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    The Prophet ate small, modest meals. ‘Abdullaah Ibn Unays said, “…
    So dinner was brought to him (meaning the Prophet in Ramadhaan), and I
    refrained from eating because of how meagre it was.” [Abu Daawood] [AlAlbaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    Hence, we realize that the extravagant and lavish meals that we witness
    nowadays in the month of Ramadhaan, either in the pre-dawn meals or the fast
    breaking meal, are the furthest thing from the guidance of the Prophet . It is
    sad that our Suhoor and Iftaar tables are filled with sumptuous food. Such
    blameworthy extravagance fosters satisfying one’s ill desires, luring the hearts
    with distractions and overloading us with burdens that hinder performing acts of
    worship duly. Indeed, a wise man would adopt moderation and temperance
    aiming at curbing his human cravings. One should not yield to extravagance
    and lavishness under the pretext of the permissibility of eating good and lawful
    food or hospitality and honouring one’s guests. Such extravagance causes man
    to lose out on many good benefits. Muslims should really follow the guidance
    and example of the Prophet regarding the Islamic etiquette of eating.
    2- Uttering falsehood:
    The Prophet said: “Whoever does not give up false speech (i.e. telling lies)
    and evil actions, Allaah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e.
    Allaah will not accept his fasting.)” [Al-Bukhaari]
    3- Idle, vain, and obscene talk:
    The Prophet said: “Fasting is not [abstaining] from eating and drinking
    only, but also from vain speech and foul language. So, if someone insults you
    or wrongs you, say (to him), ‘I am fasting.’” [Saheeh ibnKhuzaymah]
    Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said: “When any one of you
    gets up in the morning in the state of fasting, he should neither use obscene
    language nor do any act of ignorance. And if anyone slanders him or
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    quarrels with him, he should say (to him), ‘I am fasting, I am fasting.’”
    [Muslim]
    3- Exaggerated rinsing of the nose:
    Laqeet Ibn Sabirah narrated that the Prophet said: “Exaggerate when
    rinsing your nose unless you are fasting.” [Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani:
    Saheeh (Authentic)]
    4- The Prophet forbade observing fasting continuously for more than one
    day:
    Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said: “Do not fast
    continuously day and night (without breaking the fast).” People said, “But you
    observe fasting without a break (without taking food in the evening or in the
    morning).” The Prophet replied: “I am not like you, for I am provided with
    food and drink (by Allaah).” [Ahmad]
    The Prophet also said: “Do not practice Wisaal (fasting continuously
    without breaking one’s fast in the evening or before the following dawn) and
    if anyone of you intends to fast continuously – day and night – then he should
    continue (fasting) till the Suhoor time only.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    Dear readers who are guided to obeying their Lord, you should know that the
    Prophet urged the fasting person to adopt the Islamic refined manners and
    avoid ill manners, obscenity, foul language, vulgarity, rudeness, and all evil and
    blameworthy sayings or practices. Indeed, Muslims are enjoined to avoid such
    evil deeds at all times, not only during fasting. However, committing such evil
    and blameworthy acts is even graver while fasting. Therefore, the Prophet
    admonished those who commit these wrongdoings. He said: “Perhaps a
    fasting person will get nothing from his fast save hunger and thirst.” [Ibn
    Maajah] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
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    Hence, a fasting person should abstain from committing these evil actions that
    would jeopardize his fasting.
    5- Fasting on the doubtful day [the 30th of Sha‘baan]:
    ‘Ammaar Ibn Yaasir said, “Whoever fasts on the doubtful day has surely
    disobeyed Abu’l-Qaasim (i.e. the Prophet ).” [At-Tirmithi]
    6- Fasting on the day of ‘Eed Al-Fitr:
    Abu Sa‘eed said, “The Prophet forbade fasting on two days: the day of
    ‘Eed Al-Fitr and the day of ‘Eed Al-Adhha.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    That was a brief account of the fasting of the Prophet which illustrated his
    keenness to abide by the recommendations, the due manners and the etiquettes
    of fasting. This heartens the Muslim to ponder on his fasting and try to rectify it
    in order to adhere to the guidance of the Prophet and draw closer to him.
    The Prophet and night prayers during the month of Ramadhaan:
    The Prophet would perform Taraaweeh (congregational night-prayers)
    during the month of Ramadhaan, but he never exceeded eleven or thirteen
    Rak‘ahs (units):
    ‘Aa’ishah said, “He never exceeded eleven Rak‘ahs in Ramadhaan or in
    other months; he would offer four Rak‘ahs, and do not ask me about their
    beauty and length, then four Rak‘ahs, and do not ask me about their beauty and
    length, and then three Rak‘ahs.” ‘Aa’ishah also said, “I said to him, ‘O
    Messenger of Allaah, do you sleep before offering the Witr prayer?'” The
    Prophet replied “My eyes sleep but my heart remains awake!” [AlBukhaari]
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    In another narration, ‘Aa’ishah said, “The Messenger of Allaah would
    offer thirteen Rak‘ahs in the night prayer, and on hearing the Athaan (call) for
    the Fajr Prayer, he would offer two light Rak‘ahs.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet did not pray all night long, but used also to recite some
    verses of the noble Quran and do other righteous deeds at night:
    ‘Aa’ishah said, “I never saw the Prophet recite the entire Quran in one
    night, or spend a whole night in prayer until the morning, or fast an entire
    month, except in Ramadhaan.” [An-Nasaa’i] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    Moreover, Ibn ‘Abbaas said, “… And Jibreel (Gabriel) would meet
    him every night of Ramadhaan to teach him the Quran…” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet would pray at night individually due to the fear that night
    prayers would otherwise become obligatory upon the Muslims:
    ‘Aa’ishah reported, “Once, in the middle of the night, the Prophet went
    out and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed with him. The next morning
    the people spoke about it and so more people gathered and prayed with him
    (the second night). They circulated the news in the morning, and so, on the third
    night, the number of people increased greatly. The Prophet came out and
    they prayed behind him. On the fourth night the mosque was overwhelmed with
    people such that it could not accommodate them. The Prophet came out
    only for the Fajr Prayer. When he finished the prayer, he faced the people and
    recited the two testimonies of faith, that is, ‘I testify that none is truly worthy of
    worship but Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah’, and then
    said:’Indeed, your presence (in the mosque at night) was not hidden from me,
    but I was afraid that this prayer (Taraaweeh) might be made compulsory and
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    you might not be able to perform it.’ Then, the Prophet died and the
    situation remained like that (i.e. people prayed individually at night).” [AlBukhaari]
    The Prophet feared that Qiyaam (late-night congregational prayer) would
    become obligatory upon Muslims; some might have neglected performing them
    duly and be punished for that. Our merciful Prophet feared for his people
    from being unable to carry out the obligation in the future. Indeed, he was
    extremely merciful towards his people. Allaah The Exalted Says (what means):
    {There has certainly come to you a Messenger from among yourselves.
    Grievous to him is what you suffer; [he is] concerned over you and to the
    believers is kind and merciful.}[Quran 9:128]
    The angel Jibreel would visit the Prophet every night in
    Ramadhaan to recite the Quran together:
    Ibn ‘Abbaas and his father, said, “The Prophet was the most generous
    of all the people and he would reach the peak of generosity in the month of
    Ramadhaan when Jibreel would meet him. He would meet him on every night of
    Ramadhaan to teach him the Quran. The Prophet would then be more
    generous than the blowing wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable
    deeds).” [Al-Bukhaari]
    Dear readers, we need to ponder over this narration. All this care and attention
    was assigned to reciting and studying the noble Quran by the Prophet the
    very person whom Allaah collected the Quran in his heart and taught its
    meanings to. What about us? Should we not assign greater care and attention to
    recite and study the noble Quran in order to relish following its guidance?
    The noble Quran had the greatest portion of the precious minutes and hours of
    the Prophet’s life; for it is his eternal miracle … and a shining beacon of
    guidance to the worlds. Allaah The Exalted commanded the Prophet to
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    recite it day and night. Allaah The Exalted Says (what means): {…And recite
    the Quran with measured recitation.} [Quran 73:4]
    The Prophet did not recite the noble Quran carelessly and without
    pondering over its meanings, Allaah forbid. Indeed, Allaah The Exalted imbued
    the Prophet with the greatest and noblest manners; he was disciplined by his
    Lord. The teachings of the noble Quran were best translated and reflected in his
    behaviour and deeds; in his days and nights, in his residence and travel, in his
    anger and satisfaction, and in his secrecy and in public. Therefore, when
    ‘Aa’ishah was asked about the manners and the character of the Prophet
    she said, “His moral character was (that of) the Quran.” [Muslim]
    The Prophet had a unique bond with the noble Quran. It is well-known to
    Muslims that the Prophet would recite the noble Quran in his night prayers,
    and whenever he recited a verse praising Allaah The Exalted, he would praise
    and glorify Him. Whenever he recited a verse mentioning forgiveness, he would
    seek his Lord’s forgiveness. Whenever he recited a verse that contains a
    supplication, he would supplicate, and so on.
    The humbleness and asceticism of the Prophet :
    There are many pieces of evidence indicating the humbleness and asceticism of
    the Prophet . For instance, when it rained and the rain-water leaked through
    the roof of the mosque forming a puddle in the area where he used to pray, he
    would prostrate and the traces of mud would be seen on the forehead and on the
    nose of the Prophet . [Al-Bukhaari]
    Moreover, the Prophet would perform the voluntary night prayer on a straw
    mat. [Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
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    He would observe I‘tikaaf (retreat for the purpose of worship) in a Turkishstyle tent (a circular structure) in which a mat was placed. [Ibn Maajah] [AlAlbaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    The humbleness and asceticism of the Prophet were also reflected in his
    frugal meals of Suhoor and Iftaar.
    Hence, it is clear to us that adherence to humbleness and asceticism is the
    closest matter to the guidance of the Prophet . Asceticism means denouncing
    the worldly pleasures and amenities which would be of no avail in the
    Hereafter. It denotes adopting a simple lifestyle. However, this asceticism
    should spring from the heart’s humbleness, submission, and obedience to
    Allaah The Exalted. The ascetic person’s heart should beat with love for Allaah
    and abound with eagerness to gain His satisfaction and love. The ascetic heart
    should be full of keenness to draw closer to his Lord and to attain the enduring
    pleasures of the Hereafter. This is the essence of asceticism. Asceticism does
    not mean denouncing and rejecting worldly pleasures while our hearts beat with
    love for them and covet them. Our hearts should not be preoccupied with
    pursuing these fleeting worldly pleasures and amenities, for this is the core of
    worldly servitude – servitude of money and pleasures.
    The Prophet was generous and charitable during the month of
    Ramadhaan:
    The Prophet was a generous and charitable man all his life, and he was
    much more generous and charitable during the month of Ramadhaan. He
    was more generous than the blowing wind then. Ibn ‘Abbaas said, “The
    Prophet was more generous than the blowing wind (in readiness and haste
    to do charitable deeds).” [Al-Bukhaari] He never turned down anyone who
    asked him for charity in compliance to the way his Lord disciplined and raised
    him; Allaah The Exalted Says (what means): {So as for the orphan, do not
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    oppress [him]. And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him].} [Quran 93:9-10]
    The Prophet never said no to any request from anyone in his life.
    Hence, the distinctive qualities of his guidance during the blessed month of
    Ramadhaan were generosity, giving, philanthropy, and munificence. He would
    even give away the clothes he was wearing if someone asked him for them:
    Sahl Ibn Sa‘d narrated, “A woman brought a woven Burdah (i.e. a square
    piece of cloth having edging) having a border to the Prophet .” Then, Sahl
    asked those whom he was narrating this story to, “Do you know what a
    Burdah is?” They replied in the affirmative and said, “It is a cloth sheet with
    woven margins.”
    Sahl confirmed their reply and continued, “Then, the woman said, ‘I have
    woven it with my own hands and I have brought it so that you may wear it.’ The
    Prophet accepted it, and at that time he was in need of it. So, he came out
    wearing it as his waist-sheet. A man praised it and said, ‘Will you give it to me,
    how nice it is!’ The Prophet sat with the people for a while and then
    returned (home), wrapped that waist sheet and sent it to him. The other people
    present said, ‘You have not done the right thing as the Prophet is in need of it
    and you have asked for it when you know that he never turns down anybody’s
    request.’ The man replied, ‘By Allaah, I have not asked for it to wear it but to
    make it my shroud when I die.'” Sahl added; “Later it (i.e. that sheet) was
    indeed his shroud.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet was the par excellence example of generosity and
    philanthropy. Allaah The Exalted Says (what means): {They love those who
    emigrated to them and find not any want in their breasts of what the
    emigrants were given but give [them] preference over themselves, even
    though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of
    his soul – it is those who will be the successful.}[Quran 59:9]
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    Dear readers, have any of you tried to offer something you need for charity,
    believing that Allaah The Exalted will compensate for you with what is even
    better? Allaah The Exalted Says (what means):{But whatever thing you spend
    [in His cause] – He will compensate it; and He is the best of providers.”}
    [Quran 34:39]
    The Prophet urged Muslims to be generous and charitable:
    The Prophet – let myself, my father and my mother be sacrificed for him –
    was the optimal role model in generosity, philanthropy, and benevolence. He
    urged and enjoined us to be charitable and benevolent on numerous occasions.
    He said: “Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast will
    have a reward like his without decreasing his reward in the slightest way.”
    [At-Tirmithi]
    The Prophet and Jihaad during Ramadhaan:
    The Prophet rendered the month of Ramadhaan a month of Jihaad, sacrifice
    and striving for the cause of Allaah. Abu Sa‘eed Al-Khudri said, “We would
    go out on military expeditions with the Prophet during Ramadhaan.”
    [Muslim]
    The Prophet led nine Ghazwahs [battles] during his whole life, two of
    which took place during the month of Ramadhaan. These two Ghazwahs had
    unique a importance and significance in the course of Islamic history. The first
    was the Battle of Badr and the second was the Conquest of Makkah. They both
    had amazing and very fruitful results in Islamic history.
    The Prophet and I‘tikaaf during the month of Ramadhaan:
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    The observer of the I‘tikaaf of the Prophet would notice the following:
     He observed I‘tikaaf each year during the month of Ramadhaan
    in Madeenah. He observed I‘tikaaf during the first, second and
    third ten days of Ramadhaan. Then, he settled on observing
    I‘tikaaf during the last ten days of the month of Ramadhaan in his
    attempt to seek the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree). Abu Sa‘eed Al-Khudri
    reported that the Prophet observed I‘tikaaf in the first ten
    (days) of Ramadhaan; he then observed I‘tikaaf in the middle ten
    (days) in a Turkish-style tent with a mat hanging at its door. He
    took hold of that mat and placed it in the nook of the tent. He then put
    his head out and would talk with people and they came near him, and
    he said: “I observed I‘tikaaf (retreat for the purpose of worship)
    in the first ten (nights and days) in order to seek that night (Night
    of Al-Qadr). I then observed I‘tikaaf in the middle ten days. Then
    (an angel) was sent to me and I was told that this (night) is among
    the last ten (nights). He who among you likes to observe I‘tikaaf
    should do so.” [Muslim] ‘Aa’ishah narrated that the Prophet
    observed I‘tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadhaan till he died. [AlBukhaari]
     Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet would perform
    I‘tikaaf every year in the month of Ramadhaan for ten days, and
    when it was the year of his death, he stayed in I‘tikaaf for twenty
    days. [Al-Bukhaari]
     The Prophet commanded the Companions to set up a tent for
    him inside the Masjid to seclude himself therein with his Lord. [Ibn
    Maajah] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “All this aimed at achieving the objective
    and purpose of I‘tikaaf and capture its essence, unlike what the
    ignorant (contemporary) observers of I‘tikaaf do when turning the
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    I‘tikaaf place into a place of gathering and confabulation, receiving
    visitors, and engaging in idle talk and vain conversations. Indeed,
    such blameworthy practices that take place during I‘tikaaf have
    absolutely nothing to do with the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet,
    sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, regarding I‘tikaaf.”
     The Prophet would perform the Fajr prayer of the first day of the
    last ten days of Ramadhaan and then begin his I‘tikaaf. ‘Aa’ishah
    narrated that when the Prophet wished to observe I‘tikaaf, he
    would offer the morning prayer then enter his place of I‘tikaaf.”
    [Muslim]
     The Prophet was keen to look nice and clean during I‘tikaaf as
    reflected by the incident of ‘Aa’ishah combing his hair when he
    was in I‘tikaaf.
     The wives of the Prophet would visit him in the mosque during
    the I‘tikaaf. Safiyyah, the wife of the Prophet narrated that she
    went to visit him at night in the mosque while he was observing
    I‘tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadhaan. She talked with him for a
    while and then left. [Al-Bukhaari]
     The Prophet would abide in the mosque during I‘tikaaf and he
    never left it except for a need. ‘Aa’ishah narrated that the
    Prophet would observe I‘tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadhaan
    and did not enter his house during I‘tikaaf except to relieve himself.”
    [Al-Bukhaari]
     ‘Aa’ishah narrated that the Prophet would embrace her
    during her menses. He also would head out of the mosque while he
    was in I‘tikaaf, and she would wash it while she was in her menses.
    ‘Aa’ishah also reported in another narration that she would comb
    and oil the hair of the Prophet during her menses while he
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    was observing I‘tikaaf in the mosque. He would stretch out his head
    towards her while she was in her chamber. [Al-Bukhaari]
     The Prophet would come out of his I‘tikaaf on the morning of
    the following day after the last night of his I‘tikaaf. Abu Sa‘eed AlKhudri reported that the Prophet would observe I‘tikaaf in
    the middle ten days of Ramadhaan and once he stayed in I‘tikaaf till
    the night of the twenty-first, and it was the night in the morning of
    which he used to come out of his I‘tikaaf.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet would do I‘tikaaf in order to strive to mention Allaah The
    Exalted and worship Him devotedly on those ten days, and this is although he
    shouldered the heavy responsibility of delivering the message of Islam to
    mankind and handling the affairs of the Muslim nation. This proves that all
    preachers and scholars are in dire need of doing the same. They should allocate
    times of retreat andseclusion to review and question their intentions and bring
    themselves to account. Indeed, neglecting these times of self-reckoning and
    self-reproach fosters shortcomings, widens the scope of flaws, and adds to the
    diseases of the hearts, thus, they become chronic and incurable. Add to this that
    depriving the heart of its due nutrition incurs its harshness, negligence and lack
    of insight. Moreover, neglecting to seek the help of Allaah The Exalted is the
    path to failure.
    One of the best ways to remedy this and circumvent such foul results is to
    allocate times of retreat and seclusion for the purpose of spiritual revival.
    Indeed, the best means to achieve this is I‘tikaaf. Alas, many Muslims ignore
    this act of the Sunnah. Imaam Az-Zuhri said, “How strange the Muslims
    are! They have abandoned the Sunnah of I‘tikaaf, although the Prophet
    never abandoned it since he arrived in Madeenah and until Allaah The Exalted
    took his soul!”
    The Prophet was keen to seek the Night of Al-Qadr:
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    Ibn ‘Umar and his father, reported that the Prophet said: “He who is
    anxious to seek the Night of Al-Qadr should seek it in the last seven nights of
    Ramadhaan).” [Muslim]
    -The Prophet displayed diligence and industriousness in worship
    during the last ten nights of Ramadhaan and he barely slept:
    ‘Aa’ishah said, “With the start of the last ten days of Ramadhaan, the
    Prophet would tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard), pray all night, and
    would awaken his family to pray.” [Muslim]
    ‘Aa’ishah also said, “The Prophet would strive (to do acts of worship)
    during the last ten days of Ramadhaan more than he would at any other time.”
    [Muslim]
    -The Prophet was keen to stress the distinction between the fasting of
    Muslims and the fasting of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians]:
    The Prophet said: “The people will remain on the right path as long as
    they hasten to break the fast. Hasten to break the fast for the Jews delay it.”
    [Ibn Maajah] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    -The Prophet was keen to perform extra acts of worship during the
    month of Ramadhaan near the end of his life:
    Abu Hurayrah reported that the angel Jibreel would repeat the
    recitation of the Quran with the Prophet once a year, but he repeated it
    twice with him in the year he died. He would perform I‘tikaaf every year in
    the month of Ramadhaan for ten days, but when it was the year of his death, he
    stayed in I‘tikaaf for twenty days. [Al-Bukhaari]
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    Zakat-ul-Fitr (the poor-due at the end of Ramadhaan):
    Ibn ‘Umar and his father, said, “The Prophet deemed Zakat-ul-Fitr
    obligatory for the Muslims; the slave and the free, male and female, young and
    old, being a Saa‘ (a unit of measure equalling two handfuls) of dates or a Saa‘
    of barley. He commanded that it be paid before people went out to the ‘Eed
    Prayer.”
    Fasting six days in the month of Shawwaal:
    The heart of the Prophet was deeply attached to this great pillar of Islam
    that is fasting. Therefore, as soon as he completed fasting the month of
    Ramadhaan, he would yearn to fast again so he would fast six days of the
    month of Shawwaal. He said: “He who observed the fast of Ramadhaan
    and then followed it with six (days) of Shawwaal, it would be as if he had
    fasted the whole year.” [Muslim]
    That was a brief account of the life of the Prophet and his maintenance of
    the greatest and noblest bond in the life of man: his bond with his Lord. It also
    reflects his attainment to the objective of loving Allaah The Exalted through
    fulfilling His due rights over him, defending His religion, and perfecting acts of
    worship and obedience. The Sunnah of the Prophet has been the beacon of
    guidance for whoever wishes to tread the straight path. If one went astray and
    deviated from the straight path, he would have fallen into the abyss of troubles
    and loss. He who has gone there would be wrestling against adversaries, loss
    and hardships until he finds a way back to the Sunnah of the Prophet .
    The Prophet with his wives during the month of Ramadhaan:
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    The Prophet maintained a harmonious balance between shouldering his due
    responsibilities and duties as a Prophet and leader of the Muslim nation and as a
    husband. He best described himself when he said: “I am the most pious
    and knowledgeable of Allaah amongst you.” [Al-Bukhaari] He also said:
    “The best of you is the one who is best to his family, and I am the best of you
    to my family.” [At-Tirmithi] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    The relationship between the Prophet and his wives during the month
    of Ramadhaan can be highlighted in the following aspects:
  • Teaching them: ‘Aa’ishah said, “O Messenger of Allaah; if I knew what
    night was the Night of Al-Qadr, what should I say during it?” The Prophet
    replied: “Say, ‘AllaahummaInnaka ‘AfuwwunKareemuntuhibbu al-
    ‘afwafa‘fu ‘anni (O Allaah; You are the Pardoner, the Generous and You
    love to pardon, so pardon me).” [Muslim]
    ‘Aa’ishah also reported that the Prophet said: “Whoever died and he
    ought to have fasted (the missed days of Ramadhaan) then his guardian may
    fast on his behalf.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
    Hafsah and her father, reported that the Prophet said: “Whoever does
    not intend to fast before dawn, there is no fast for him.” [Abu Daawood] [AlAlbaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    Undeniably, what the wives of the Prophet narrated about his life during the
    month of Ramadhaan serves as a beacon of guidance for all Muslims.
    *The Prophet urged his wives to do righteous deeds during the month
    of Ramadhaan:
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    ‘Ali Ibn AbiTaalib narrated, “The Prophet would wake his wives up
    during the night in the last ten days of Ramadhaan.” [At-Tirmithi] [Al-Albaani:
    Saheeh (Authentic)]
    ‘Aa’ishah also reported that the Prophet would observe I‘tikaaf during
    the last ten days of Ramadhaan and that he said: “Seek the Night of Al-Qadr in
    the last ten days of Ramadhaan.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    Abu Tharr said, “…When there were three nights left of Ramadhaan, the
    Prophet brought together his family, his wives and the people, and led us in
    Qiyaam (late-night prayer) until we were afraid that we would miss Al-Falaah.”
    Abu Tharr was asked, “What is Al-Falaah?” He said: “Suhoor.” [AtTirmithi] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
    Zaynab, the daughter of Umm Salamah said, “Whenever the last ten nights
    of Ramadhaan came, the Prophet would not leave any member of his family
    who could physically pray the night prayers, but would wake him up.” [AtTirmithi]
    These narrations reveal one of the rationales behind the marriage of the Prophet
    to more than one wife in spite of his preoccupation with the affairs of the
    Muslim nation. It was an essential element of the process of guiding Muslims
    and imbuing them with the teachings of Islam with its comprehensiveness. In
    fact, none of this would have happened without the keenness of the Prophet
    to teach his wives and edify them about Islam. He attached great attention
    to teaching his wives, guiding them, answering their questions, clarifying
    matters to them, encouraging them to attain reward and instilling fear of divine
    punishment in them so that we would learn this from them after his death. Add
    to that, the efforts of the Prophet in teaching his wives and edifying them
    about Islam were due to his responsibility towards them as a husband. Indeed,
    Muslim husbands should tend to their wives in order to preserve the Muslim
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    family and shield it against the perils of ignorance and laziness. O followers of
    Muhammad let us take good care of our families; Allaah The Exalted Says
    (what means): {O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families
    from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones…} [Quran 66:6]
    The Prophet gave his wives permission to observe I‘tikaafwith him:
    ‘Aa’ishah said, “The Prophet mentioned that he would observe I‘tikaaf
    during the last ten days of Ramadhaan.” ‘Aa’ishah asked his permission to
    let her observe I‘tikaaf and he allowed her. When Hafsah heard about that,
    she asked ‘Aa’ishah to ask the Prophet’s permission for her to observe I‘tikaaf,
    and she did. [Al-Bukhaari]
    The Prophet’s kind treatment of his wives during the month of
    Ramadhaan:
  • The Prophet would kiss his wives while he was fasting. ‘Aa’ishah said,
    “The Prophet would kiss (his wives) while fasting; and he had the greatest
    control over his desire (as compared with you).” [Muslim]
  • Zaynab, daughter of Umm Salamah, reported on the authority of her mother,
    may Allaah be pleased with the two of them, that she said, “I got my menses
    while I was lying with the Prophet under a woolen sheet. So, I slipped
    away, took the clothes for menses and put them on. The Prophet said:
    ‘Have you got your menses?’ I replied, ‘Yes.’ Then he called me and took
    me with him under the woollen sheet.” Umm Salamah added, “The Prophet
    used to kiss me while he was fasting, and we used to wash from a single
    pot.” [Al-Bukhaari]
  • The Prophet used to have sexual intercourse with his wives during the
    nights of Ramadhaan. ‘Aa’ishah and Umm Salamah said, “Dawn would
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    break upon the Prophet in Ramadhaan while he was in a state of Janaabah
    (post sexual-intercourse impurity) on account of sexual intercourse (not a wet
    dream) and he would wash and observe the fast.” [Muslim]
  • The wives of the Prophet would visit him during his I‘tikaaf in the mosque.
    They would talk to him for some time and he would walk them back to the
    house. Safiyyah, the wife of the Prophet visited him in the mosque while he
    was in I‘tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadhaan. He told her to wait so that he
    would walk her home. Her house was in the house of Usaamah so the
    Prophet walked out with her. [Al-Bukhaari]
  • The Prophet laid great emphasis on his personal hygiene and cleanliness.
    He was keen to keep his body and clothes clean at all times.
    How does that compare to some Muslims who neglect their families totally,
    adopt the worst manners with them and give them the smallest share of their
    time and attention? Their families no longer aspire to any good on their side and
    they feel the same about their families. Indeed, one reaps what he sows.
  • The wives of the Prophet would tend to him during his I‘tikaaf in the
    mosque. ‘Aa’ishah during her menses would comb and oil his hair while he
    was observing I‘tikaaf in the mosque. He would put his head out through
    the opening to her room and ‘Aa’ishah would wash and comb his hair. His
    wives would set up a tent for him inside the Masjid to observe I‘tikaaf therein,
    as narrated by Imaam Al-Bukhaari . They also would fetch him a straw mat
    over which he would pray and then fold it for him, as reported by Imaam
    Ahmad . Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet said: “I was
    shown the Night of Al-Qadr; then some members of my family woke me up,
    then I was caused to forget it. So, seek it in the last ten days.” [Muslim]
  • The Prophet married Zaynab Bint Khuzaymah (the Mother of the Poor),
    Hafsah, and Zaynab Bint Jahsh during the month of Ramadhaan.
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    Dear readers, the most fundamental duty of the Muslim husband in general and
    the caller to Allaah in particular is to educate his ward and relatives and edify
    them about Islam. Allaah The Exalted Says (what means): {And warn, [O
    Muhammad], your closest kindred.} [Quran 26:214]
    The Prophet taught us that what a man spends on his family is better than
    charity and greater in reward, as narrated by Imaam Al-Bukhaari .
    Likewise, edifying one’s family about Islam and treating them with kindness
    are preferable and more rewarded than doing the same with strangers; though
    both are important. We need to revive the motto, “Start with your dependents.”
    [Al-Bukhaari] This should be done along with resurrecting the harmonious
    prophetic balance that does not fulfill one duty at the expense of another.
    The Prophet with his Ummah (nation) during the month of
    Ramadhaan:
    The loving treatment of the Prophet to his nation during the month of
    Ramadhaan was part and parcel of his kind treatment to them in general all year
    round. However, the Prophet was keener to edify Muslims on the Islamic
    rulings regarding the month of Ramadhaan. The guidance of the Prophet
    with Muslims during the month of Ramadhaan had many aspects that may be
    summarized as follows:
  • The Prophet instructed his friends. Shaddaad Ibn Aws said, “The
    Prophet took me by the hand and we passed by a man in Al-Baqee‘ on
    whom Hijaamah [cupping] was being performed on the eighteenth of
    Ramadhaan. He said:’The cupper and the one being cupped have both

broken their fast.’” [Abu Daawood] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]

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Indeed, teaching people is one of the duties of the prophets and their followers.
The Prophet said: “Allaah did not send me to give difficulty or to wish to
give difficulty; rather (He sent me) as a teacher and facilitator.” [Muslim]
The Prophet would instruct and advise his Companions, may Allaah be
pleased with then, during the month of Ramadhaan. Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be
pleased with him and his father, said, “The Prophet observed I‘tikaaf in the
last ten days of Ramadhaan. He pitched a tent of palm leaves inside the mosque
to retreat therein.” Ibn ‘Umar and his father, also said, “One day, the
Prophet heard people reciting aloud, so he stretched his head out of the tent
and said:’Lo! Each one of you is privately conversing with his Lord, so do not
inflict harm upon one another. Let not some of you raise his voice in
recitation over the voices of others.’” [Ahmad]

  • The Prophet encouraged his Companions to hasten to do righteous
    deeds and informed them of the rewards for these good deeds. Abu Hurayrah
    narrated that the Prophet said: “By Him in whose Hand my soul is, the
    smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of
    Allaah than the scent of musk. (Allaah Says about the fasting person): ‘He
    has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will
    reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied
    ten times.’” [Al-Bukhaari]
    He was keen to hearten and urge Muslims to do more good deeds in the
    month of Ramadhaan out of his love for them and his keenness that they gain
    many rewards. This also indicates that even if the hearts have attained higher
    levels of perfection and if they are competing in doing good, still, advice and
    instruction are needed.
  • The Prophet gave Muslims Fatwas (verdicts) during Ramadhaan. ‘Aa’ishah
    said, “A man came to the Prophet and said that he had been ruined.
    The Prophet asked him what the matter was. He replied, ‘I’ve had sexual
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    intercourse with my wife in Ramadhaan (while fasting).’ The Prophet said:
    ‘Then, offer charity (as expiation).’ The man responded, ‘O Messenger of
    Allaah, I am a poor man.’ The Prophet commanded the man to sit down.
    Then, a basket full of dates was brought to the Prophet and he asked:
    ‘Where is the questioner?’ He replied, ‘I (am here).’ The Prophet said (to
    him): ‘Take this (basket of dates) and give it in charity.’ He said, ‘(Should I
    feed it) to poorer people than we? There is no poorer house than ours between
    its (Madeenah’s) mountains.’ The Prophet said:’Then feed your family with
    it.’” [Al-Bukhaari]
    Another similar narration was reported by Salamah Ibn Sakhr Al-Ansaari [AtTirmithi] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
  • The Prophet led his Companions in the late-night prayer on some
    nights of Ramadhaan. However, he did not do the same all the month long so it
    would not become obligatory upon the Muslims and some of them may not be
    able to do it.
  • The Prophet would deliver a sermon to his Companions after some of
    the daily prayers in Ramadhaan, as narrated by Imaam Al-Bukhaari .
  • The Prophet presented practical examples of an educational nature to his
    Companions some of which are the following:
  1. He would go out to pray at night in the mosque and the Companions
    would follow him. ‘Aa’ishah said, “Once in the middle of the night, the
    Prophet went out and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed with him.
    The next morning the people spoke about it and so more people gathered and
    prayed with him (in the second night).” [Al-Bukhaari]
  2. The Prophet would observe I‘tikaaf every year in the month of Ramadhaan
    seeking the Night of Al-Qadr. He urged his Companions to do the same.
  3. The Prophet while he was once travelling, broke his fast after the ‘Asr
    Prayer before the Companions in order to show them that it is permissible
    to break the fast while traveling if the traveller is tired.
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  • The mercy of the Prophet towards his Companions was reflected in the
    following:
  1. The Prophet commanded his Companions to not fast before travelling
    for a battle. One of the Companions said, “I saw the Prophet telling the
    people on a journey in the year of the Conquest of Makkah to break their fast.
    He said:’Gain strength to face your enemy,’ and he continued his fast.’” [Abu
    Daawood] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
  2. Another sign of the mercy of the Prophet towards his Companions was
    his forbidding them from fasting continuously day and night. This continuous
    fasting of day and night was declared strictly forbidden by the Prophet for
    his followers. When certain Companions asked why, he replied: “I am not
    like you, for I am provided with food and drink (by Allaah).” He also
    ordered them to hasten to break their fast and delay the pre-dawn meal. The
    Prophet led his Companions in the late-night prayer. However, he did not
    do that all month long, so it would not become compulsory upon Muslims and
    some of them would be unable to do it. Add to this that he never prolonged
    the prayer unless he was praying individually.
  3. The Prophet urged the Muslims to purify their inner selves and avoid
    committing sins. He said: “Perhaps a fasting person will get nothing from
    his fast save hunger and thirst.” [Ahmad]
    Many people assign greater attention to rectify their outward life, forbidding
    wrongdoing and sins severely, while neglecting to purify their hearts and
    rectifying their inner selves, although the Prophet advised us otherwise. He
    said: “There is in the body a clump of flesh, if it becomes good, the whole
    body becomes good and if it becomes bad, the whole body becomes bad.
    Indeed, it is the heart.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    This means that rectifying the outward life is quite difficult if one does not
    assign the required attention to rectify his inner self, without neglecting to
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    rectify the outward. This two-dimensional process of purification and
    rectification enables one to be deserving of the satisfaction of Allaah The
    Exalted. The Prophet said: “Indeed, Allaah does not look to your bodies or
    to your property but He looks to your hearts and to your deeds.” [Muslim]
  4. The Prophet hosted his visitors during the month of Ramadhaan. Ibn
    Is’haaq said, “The Prophet came back to Madeenah from Tabook and
    a delegation of Thaqeef came to Madeeneh during the same month.” Indeed,
    the interactions of the Prophet with people during the month of Ramadhaan
    added to his striving to deliver the message of Islam, and so each caller to
    Allaah should follow in the footsteps of the Prophet in this regard.
  • The Prophet commanded his Companions to offer the Zakaat-ul-Fitr of
    Ramadhaan.
  • The Prophet assigned certain missions to his Companions such as
    assigning the collection of Zakaat-ul-Fitr of Ramadhaan to Abu Hurayrah
    as Imaam Al-Bukhaari reported. This involved relieving him of part of the
    effort that he had to exert. Indeed, no leader can shoulder all the needed tasks
    by himself; therefore, it is inevitable that he assigns some tasks to others. In
    fact, such delegation of authority reflects the confidence of the caller to Allaah
    in his companions. The Prophet trusted his Companions and this trust
    generated capable statesmen.
    Finally, I hope that these lines have shed some light on the blessed life of the
    Prophet . Indeed, we are in dire need of pondering over his Sunnah and
    following his example. Muslims should savor the breeze of musing on his life,
    identify with his Sunnah, and follow his example. Why would we not do so
    when his path is the straight path and is the only way to earn the love of Allaah
    The Almighty, our Creator, and draw closer to Him? Allaah The Exalted Says
    (what means): {Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allaah, then follow
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    me, [so] Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is
    forgiving and merciful.”}[Quran 3:31]
    Events that took place during the month of Ramadhaan in the lifetime of
    the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam
     The Prophet received the Divine revelation of the Quran and the Divine
    commission to bear and proclaim the message. Monday the 21st of Ramadhaan
    marked the beginning of the call to Islam. Allaah The Exalted Says (what
    means): {The month of Ramadhaan [is that] in which was revealed the
    Quran}[Quran 2:185] In a Hadeeth narrated by Imaam Muslim it is
    explicitly stated that this took place on a Monday.
     The death of Abu Taalib, the uncle of the Prophet ten years after the Bi‘thah
    (Divine commission of the Prophet to bear and proclaim the message),
    shortly after leaving the confinement at the defile of BanuHaashim.
     The death of the Mother of the Believers, Khadeejah in the tenth year after
    the Bi‘thah and approximately three years prior to the migration to Madeenah.
     Among the events that occurred in the month of Ramadhaan on the first year of
    the migration was sending the Sariyyah (military expedition) of Hamzah Ibn
    ‘Abdul-Muttalib which was known as SariyyatSayful-Bahr.
  • In the month of Ramadhaan of the second year of Hijrah (migration to
    Madeenah) and specifically on the 17th of Ramadhaan, the Greater Battle of
    Badr took place.
  • The death of Abu Jahl (‘Amr Ibn Hishaam), Umayyah Ibn Khalaf, and Al-‘Aas
    Ibn Hishaam Ibn Al-Mugheerah, the uncle of the Commander of the Believers
    ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab took place during the month of Ramadhaan. They
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    were killed in the Battle of Badr. Their idols, Al-Laat and Al-‘Uzza, did not
    avail them anything and, indeed, unjust people are far from the mercy of Allaah
    The Exalted.
  • In the same month of the second year of the Hijrah, Ruqayyah who was
    the daughter of the Prophet and the wife of ‘Uthmaan Ibn ‘Affaan
    passed away.
  • In the third year of the Hijrah, on the middle night of Ramadhaan, Faatimah,
    the daughter of the Prophet gave birth to her son Al-Hasan .
  • In the same month of the third year of Hijrah, the Prophet married Zaynab
    Bint Khuzaymah Bint Al-Haarith, the Mother of the Poor .
  • In the fifth year of Hijrah, the verses of the Noble Quran were revealed stating
    the chastity of the pure Mother of the Believers, ‘Aa’ishah after the
    Incident of the Slander. On their way back from the Battle of Banu AlMustaliq, which took place in the month of Sha‘baan, the Incident of the
    Slander took place. ‘Aa’ishah said, “I was ill for a month after we arrived
    in Madeenah and the people were circulating these accusations against me
    while I was unaware of it…” This proves that the Incident of the Slander
    continued to the month of Ramadhaan for sure.
  • There is disagreement among the scholars regarding the exact date of the
    Sariyyah that was led by ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Ateek to kill Sallaam Ibn Abi AlHuqayq. Some historians said that it took place in Ramadhaan in the sixth year
    after Hijrah.
  • The Sariyyah of Zayd Ibn Haarithah was sent to BanuFazaarah in
    Ramadhaan in the sixth year after Hijrah.
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  • The Sariyyah of Ghaalib Ibn ‘Abdullaah was sent to Al-Mayfa‘ah. It was
    in this battle that Usaamah Ibn Zayd killed a man after he had pronounced
    the two testimonies of faith.
  • On the first day of Ramadhaan in the eighth year after Hijrah, the Sariyyah of
    Abu Qataadah was sent to BatnAdham.
  • In the eighth year after Hijrah, the Conquest of Makkah took place. The
    Prophet left Madeenah on the 10th of Ramadhaan and reached Makkah on
    the 19th of Ramadhaan.
  • In the same year, the Sariyyah of Khaalid Ibn Al-Waleed was sent to
    demolish the idol Al-‘Uzzah five days before the end of Ramadhaan.
  • The Sariyyah of Sa‘d Ibn Zayd Al-Ashhali was sent to demolish the idol
    Manat six days before the end of Ramadhaan.
  • The Sariyyah of ‘Amr Ibn Al-‘Aas was sent to demolish the idol Suwaa‘,
    the idol of the tribe of Huthayl.
  • The return of the Prophet from the Battle of Tabook in 9 AH. The Prophet
    left Madeenah to Tabook in the month of Rajab and the battle lasted 50
    days, 20 of which were spent in Tabook and the rest were spent on the way.
  • The delegation of Thaqeef arrived in Madeenah, declaring their Islam in 9 AH.
  • The advent of the messenger of the kings of Himyar with their messages was
    in Ramadhaan of the ninth year of Hijrah.
  • The advent of Jareer Ibn ‘Abdillaah Al-Bajali, may Allaah be pleased with
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    him, seeing the Prophet proclaiming his conversion to Islam in Ramadhaan
    of the tenth year.
    These were the major events that took place during the lifetime of the Prophet
    in the month of Ramadhaan. The Prophet fasted nine Ramadhaans from
    when the fasting of Ramadhaan was made obligatory in Sha‘baan 2 AH. The
    Prophet passed away in Rabee‘ Al-Awwal in the year 11 AH.
    The Fataawa (Fatwas) of the Prophet on the month of Ramadhaan
    FataawaRasool-ul Allaah by Ibn Al-Qayyim
    The Prophet was once asked, “What is the best fasting after the fast of
    Ramadhaan?” He replied: “The month of Allaah that you call
    Muharram.” He was then asked, “What is the best prayer after the obligatory
    ones?” He replied: “Prayer deep in the night.” [Al-Bukhaari]
    ‘Aa’ishah asked him, “O Messenger of Allaah; you were fasting, but you
    ate Hays (a special meal that the Prophet loved which is a mixture of goatmilk, dates andcream). The Prophet said: ‘Yes, I did. The example of he
    who observes voluntary fasting, or makes up for the missed fast-days of
    Ramadhaan, is like the man who takes out money [to give] in charity, he gives
    of it what he wishes to give and he keeps what he wishes to keep.’” [AnNasaa’i]
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    The Prophet once visited Umm Haani’ . She gave him a drink and then
    he handed it over to her (to drink). She said, “I was fasting.” The Prophet
    said: “The one who is fasting voluntarily is in charge of himself. If he wishes,
    he may fast and if he wishes, he may break his fast.” [Ahmad]
    Imaam Ad-Daaraqutni reported that Abu Sa‘eed cooked some food
    and invited the Prophet and some of the Companions over to his house
    for lunch. One of the Companions said, “I am fasting today.” The Prophet
    said: “Your brother has invited you and incurred expenses for your sake.
    Break your fast and fast another day in its place.”
    Imaam Ahmad reported that Hafsah, may Allaah be pleased with her and
    her father, was once given a goat as a gift on a day when she and ‘Aa’ishah
    were observing a voluntary fast. They ate from it then went to the Prophet
    to ask him and he said: “Make up for it.”
    A man once asked the Prophet “My eye hurts me; can I apply kuhl while
    fasting?” The Prophet said: “Yes, you can.” [At-Tirmithi]
    ‘Umar Ibn AbiSalamah asked the Prophet “Should one observing fast
    kiss (his wife)?” The Prophet said to him: “Ask her (Umm Salamah, May
    Allaah Be Pleased with her).” She informed him that the Prophet did that,
    whereupon he said, “O Messenger of Allaah, you are not like us; for Allaah has
    pardoned all your sins – the previous and the later ones.” Upon this, the
    Prophet said: “By Allaah, (I do it and) I am the most conscious of Allaah
    The Almighty among you and I fear Him most among you.” [Muslim]
    Imaam Ahmad reported that a man kissed his wife while fasting and he
    was worried about what he had done. He sent his wife to ask Umm Salamah
    who told her that the Prophet would kiss his wives while fasting. The
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    wife told her husband, but he was even more worried and said to her, “We are
    not like the Prophet; Allaah The Exalted may deem some acts permissible for
    His Prophet.” His wife went back to Umm Salamah and the Prophet
    was home. The Prophet asked Umm Salamah about the woman and she
    told him her story. The Prophet said: “Did you not tell her that I kiss my
    wives while fasting?” Umm Salamah replied, “Yes, I did, but her husband
    got even more worried, saying that Allaah The Exalted may deem some acts
    permissible for His Prophet.” The Prophet got angry and said: “By Allaah,
    (I do it and) I am the one who fears Allaah the most amongst you, the most
    pious of you, and the most knowledgeable of the ordinances of Allaah.”
    [Maalik, Ahmad, & Ash-Shaafi‘i]
    Imaam Ahmad narrated that a young man once asked the Prophet “Can I
    kiss (my wife) while I am fasting?” He replied: “No.” Then an old man
    came and asked, “Can I kiss (my wife) while I am fasting?” He replied:
    “Yes.” Then, he added: “An old man can have control over himself.”
    A man said to the Prophet “I have eaten and drunk while fasting out of
    forgetfulness.” The Prophet said: “Your Lord has provided you with food
    and drink.” [Abu Daawood] Imaam Ad-Daaraqutni reported the same
    narration with the following wording: “Complete your fast; Allaah The
    Exalted has provided you with food and drink. You do not have to make up
    for that day.” It was the first day of Ramadhaan. [Saheeh (authentic) chain of
    narrators]
    A man asked the Prophet about the white and black thread that was
    mentioned in the verse that reads (what means): {And eat and drink until the
    white thread of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of
    night].} [Quran 2:187]. The Prophet responded: “The white thread means
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    the daylight and the black thread means the darkness of the night.” [AnNasaa’i]
    The Prophet forbade Muslims from practicing Wisaal (fasting continuously
    without breaking one’s fast in the evening or eating before the following dawn),
    although he practiced it. The people inquired, “But you practice Wisaal?” The
    Prophet replied: “I am not like any of you, for my Lord provides me with
    food and drink.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
    A man asked the Prophet “The dawn broke upon me during Ramadhaan
    while I was in a state of Janaabah because of sexual intercourse and I observed
    fasting.” The Prophet said: “The dawn broke upon me too during the
    month of Ramadhaan while I was in a state of Janaabah because of sexual
    intercourse and I observed fasting.” The man added, “But you are not like us;
    Allaah The Exalted has forgiven your past and future sins.” The Prophet
    said: “By Allaah, (I do it and) I am the most pious and fearing of Allaah The
    Almighty among you.” In another Hadeeth, the Prophet said: “I am the
    most knowledgeable one of you about the limits of Allaah The Almighty.”
    [Muslim]
    When the Prophet was once asked about fasting while traveling, he said:
    “You may fast if you like and break it if you like.” [Muslim]
    Hamzah Ibn ‘Amr said, “O Messenger of Allaah, I find myself strong
    enough to fast while I am traveling. Is there sin upon me?” The Prophet
    said: “It is a concession from Allaah. He who takes advantage of it, it is good
    for him, and he who prefers to observe fast, there is no sin upon him.”
    [Muslim]
    A man asked the Prophet about making up for the missed fast-days of the
    past Ramadhaan, should they be fasted consecutively or one day at a time? The
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    Prophet said: “This is up to you. If one has a debt, is he not entitled to
    pay his debt gradually, one or two Dirhams at a time? Indeed, Allaah The
    Exalted Is worthier of forgiving and pardoning.” [Ad-Daaraqutni: Hasan
    (Sound)]
    A woman came to Prophet and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, my mother
    has died and there is due from her a fast of vow; should I fast on her behalf?”
    The Prophet said: “What if your mother had died in debt, would you not
    have paid it on her behalf?” She said, “Yes.” The Prophet said: “Then
    observe fast on behalf of your mother.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
    Imaam Ahmad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, reported that Hafsah and
    her father, asked the Messenger of Allaah “ ‘Aa’ishah and I were
    observing voluntary fast, then we received some food as a gift, so we broke our
    fast and ate from it.” The Messenger of Allaah said: “Make up for it.”
    Indeed, this narration does not contradict the other Prophetic narration stating:
    “The one who is fasting voluntarily is in charge of himself.” Making up for
    that day is preferable.
    A man came to the Prophet and said that he was doomed to ruin. The
    Prophet asked him what the matter was. He replied, “I’ve had sexual
    intercourse with my wife in Ramadhaan (while I was fasting).” The Prophet
    asked him: “Can you afford to manumit a slave?” He replied in the negative.
    The Prophet asked him: “Can you fast for two successive months?” He
    replied in the negative. The Prophet asked him: “Can you afford to feed
    sixty poor persons?” He replied in the negative. The Prophet said: “Then,
    offer charity (as expiation).” The man responded, “O Messenger of Allaah, I
    am poor.” The Prophet commanded the man to sit down. A basket full of
    dates was brought to the Prophet and he asked: “Where is the questioner?”
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    He replied, “I (am here).” The Prophet said (to him): “Take this (basket of
    dates) and give it in charity. Feed poor people with these dates as atonement.”
    The man said, “Should I give it to some people who are poorer than we, O
    Messenger of Allaah? By Him who has sent you with the truth, there is no
    family between Madeenah’s two mountains poorer than we.” The Prophet
    said: “Then feed your family with it.” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]
    A man asked the Prophet “Which month should I fast aside from
    Ramadhaan?” The Prophet replied: “If you want to fast a month after
    Ramadhaan, then fast Muharram, for it is a month in which Allaah forgave
    an entire people, and He will accept others who would turn to Him in
    repentance.” [Ahmad]
    The Prophet was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, we have not seen you fast
    in any month more than you fast in Sha‘baan.” The Prophet responded:
    “That (Sha‘baan) is a month between Rajab and Ramadhaan which is
    neglected by many people. And it is a month in which an account of the deeds
    (of human beings) is presented before the Lord of the Worlds, so, I wish that
    my deeds be presented when I am in a state of fasting.”[Ahmad]
    The Prophet when asked about fasting on Monday, said: “That is the day
    on which I was born and the day on which the Quran was revealed to me.”
    [Muslim]
    Usaamah Ibn Zayd asked the Prophet “O Messenger of Allaah; you
    fast for a long period and almost never break your fast, and then you break
    your fasting for a long period and almost never fast, except for two days that
    you always fast, whether they coincide with your fasting habit or not.” The
    Prophet said: “What days do you mean?” Usaamah replied, “Mondays
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    and Thursdays.” The Prophet said: “These are two days on which the
    deeds are raised before the Lord of the Worlds, and I like that my deeds be
    raised while I am fasting.” [Ahmad]
    The Prophet was asked about fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, and he
    said: “On Mondays and Thursdays Allaah forgives every Muslim, except for
    two who are boycotting each other. He Says: ‘Not until they have
    reconciled.’” [Ibn Maajah]
    ‘Umar asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, what is the case of one who
    perpetually observes fasts?” The Prophet said: “He neither fasts nor
    breaks it.” ‘Umar asked, “What about him who observes fast for two days
    and breaks the fast one day?” The Prophet said: “Would anyone be
    capable of doing it?” ‘Umar asked, “What is the position of him who
    observes fast for a day and breaks it on the other day?” He said: “That is
    the fast of Daawood (David), may Allaah exalt his mention.” ‘Umar
    asked, “What about him who observes fast one day and breaks it for two
    days?” The Prophet said: “I wish I were given the strength to observe
    that.” Then the Prophet, said: “The observance of three days’ fast every
    month and that of Ramadhaan every year is a perpetual fasting. I seek from
    Allaah that fasting on the day of ‘Arafah (the 9th day of Thul-Hijjah) may
    atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming years, and I seek from
    Allaah that fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’ (10th of Muharram) expiates the
    sins of the preceding year.”[Muslim]
    A man asked the Prophet “Should I fast on Fridays and abstain from
    talking to others?” The Prophet said: “Do not fast on Friday unless you
    fast it together with other days or in a month. As for abstaining from talking
    to others, by Allaah, enjoining good and forbidding evil is better than keeping
    silent.”[Ahmad]
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    ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab went to the Prophet and said, “I had vowed
    before embracing Islam to perform I‘tikaaf for a day in Al-Masjid Al-Haraam.”
    The Prophet said to him: “Fulfil your vow and observe the I‘tikaaf.” [AlBukhaari]
    The Fataawa of the Prophet regarding the Night of Al-Qadr
    The Prophet was asked about the Night of Al-Qadr, “Is it in the month of
    Ramadhaan or in another month?” He said: “It is in Ramadhaan.” People
    inquired, “Will it remain as long as you live with us or till the Day of
    Judgment?” The Prophet answered: “It will remain till the Day of
    Judgment.” The people asked, “In which part of Ramadhaan is it?” The
    Prophet replied: “Seek it in the first ten or the last ten days.” People asked,
    “When exactly?” The Prophet said: “Seek it in the last ten days of
    Ramadhaan, and do not ask me about anything else about it.” A man said, “O
    Messenger of Allaah; I beg you to tell me which night is the Night of Al-Qadr
    among the last ten nights, for the sake of my right over you.” The Prophet
    got angry and said: “Seek it in the last seven days of Ramadhaan and do not
    ask me anything else about it.” [Ahmad; and the questioner was Abu Tharr
    ]
    ‘Aa’ishah asked the Prophet “If I knew what night the Night of AlQadr is, what should I say during it?” He said: “Say: Allaahummainnaka
    ‘afuwwuntuhibu al-‘afwafa’fu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are The Pardoner and
    You Love to pardon, so Pardon me).”[Saheeh (Authentic)]
    Conclusion:
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    Dear Muslim brother and sister, this is your golden month; it is the month of
    repentance and of turning to Allaah The Exalted in submission and obedience.
    This is your chance, so do not waste it. You should know that you would savor
    the essence of real life when your heart travels to its Lord, when you live with
    Allaah The Exalted and His Messenger. Dear readers, let us adopt the slogan
    that was raised by Prophet Moosaa [Moses] one of the Messengers with
    firm resolution: {…I hastened to You, my Lord, that You be pleased.}[Quran
    20:84]
    Bear in mind that deeds are judged according to the final ones and the happy
    person is he who would be happy to meet his Lord, as the poem reads:
    “O son of Adam!
    Your mother gave birth to you while you were weeping,
    and those around you were laughing with joy.
    Work then for the day you die,
    so that while they weep for you
    you would be laughing with joy.”