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Masail e Ramzan ul Mubarak By Shaykh Mufti Ahmad Mumtaz


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Implications Of Faded Satanic Influence In Ramadan


Ramadan is the most auspicious time of the year in Islamic Calendar, which comes up with an opportunity for the believers to set their lives back on the right track of righteousness. It is because of barakah (blessing) of this holy month that Muslims all over the world suddenly start praying, learn Quran and carry out other good deeds while fasting. It is also believed according to the Prophetic (PBUH) traditions that major Shaitaan (Satan) are blocked from harming conscious of individuals during Ramadan.

“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The above mentioned Hadith suggests that with the start of this sacred period of time, gates of Jannah (Paradise) are unlocked while those of Jahannam (Hell) are locked along with fastening of the evil spirits. Most of the people argue that if Shaitaan are shackled for the duration of Ramadan, then why Muslims still commit wrongdoings. It is because context of the aforementioned Saying of Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ is misinterpreted. Locking down the devils here means that their influence on a common person is not that much effective in Ramadan as it happens to be in normal days. It is the same reason why all of sudden, Muslims are routinely attracted towards morality and uprightness in this month as compared to others.

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In order to better understand this concept, let us discuss it further in the light of the Holy Quran and Ahadiths.

Ability to Choose between Right and Wrong

Although, manipulation power of the Lucifer is weaken for the period of Ramadan, but it does not mean that one would automatically get rid of all evils. Allah SWT has placed enough consciousness in an individual`s mind to let it choose between the right and the wrong. That is why the Almighty Lord says in His Consecrated Scripture:

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“For each one of you, are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah. Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” [Quran, 13: 11]

This Ayah Kareem clearly indicates that the Creator of the universe has awarded every human being with sufficient willpower and awareness to select the right path. It is up to us how well we utilize our intelligence and embrace the righteousness. Due to our ill routine during other months of the year, we are not always able to live up to the true spirit of Ramadan. That is the reason why our inner self is easily diverted towards immorality and forbidden acts even during Ramadan.

Weaker Authority of Satan

When a country enlarges its security within the city to restrict possibility of potential robberies; it will apparently bring about a decrease of theft in the town. However, some expert and tough burglars will still squeeze through and continue with their unlawful activities; though in a much less effective way than before. Same is the case with Shaitaan, who as compared to great restrictions, can still manage to deceive us in a constrained style.

“The Shaitaan circulates in the body of Adam’s offspring, as one’s blood circulates in it.” (Bukhari)

It means that in ordinary days of the year, Satan is as close to us as circulating blood in our body. But on the other hand, in Ramadan, it is not that nearer that is why its influence is weakened which results in more piety and carrying out of religious actions. But its swaying impulse still can mislead us from the way of righteousness in less effectual way.

Taking Help from Quran and Prostration

Believing in fact that a Muslim can still be influenced by bad side of its nature in Ramadan, we can take help from reading Quran and prostration (Sajdah) in order to get rid of satanic power. Uthman ibn Abi al-’Aas (R.A) narrated the Holy Prophet ﷺ saying as:

‘When the son of Adam recites the Ayat of Sajdah (Prostration) and then falls down in prostration, the Shaitaan goes into seclusion and weeps and says: “Alas!  Woe unto me, the son of Adam was commanded to prostrate, and he prostrated and Paradise was entitled to him; and I was commanded to prostrate, but I refused and am doomed to Hell.’” (Muslim)

This previously stated Hadith tells us the great benefits of reciting the Holy Quran which includes the Verse of Prostration. It leads to one`s falling in Sajdah in front of Allah SWT, which in turn is the resultant of failure of Shaitaan in influencing a believer`s actions as one gets nearer to the Most Merciful.

Seeking Protection of Allah SWT through Prayers

Although Muslims are mostly busy in good deeds during Ramadan, but some of us are still weaker against satanic whispers and lack consistency in upholding decency. That is why the Almighty Lord says in Furqan e Hameed:

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“And if an evil suggestion comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, He is Hearing and Knowing.” [Quran, 7: 200]

It means that whenever one feels being persuaded towards forbidden acts in Ramadan; it should make Dua (Supplication) to the Gracious God to seek His Refuge against the accursed enemy of Muslims.

In short, one is not completely safe from the control of satanic evils and thoughts even in Ramadan rather they are made to have considerably lesser power than in ordinary days. One still ought to protect itself from the influence of Shaitaan through honest efforts.

Elevating Your Spirituality in The Month of Ramadan While Fasting


The common perception among people regarding Ramadan and fasting which Muslims do in it is that it is only to cause suffering to the human body where the body has to live from dawn to dusk without drinking or eating anything. Thus, for such people fasting is only a means of depriving the body of its nutrition and keeping one’s self hungry.

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Fasting is not just nutrition deprivation and hunger; rather it is much more than that. It is an exquisite means of spiritual purification and transcendence. Therefore, thinking of fasting as a compulsion for keeping oneself hungry is undermining its great potential that it carries. The lines below discuss the spiritual importance of fasting and how it can help in elevating the spiritual stature you currently hold.

Fasting And Spirituality:

In Quran, Allah Almighty says:

Fasting Made Obligatory

“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” (2:183)

From this ayah it is clear that the primary objective of fasting is to help people learn self-restraint. The objective of self-restraint is to prevent a person from going down the path of evil and sticking to the righteous path no matter how hard the temptations get. Thus, this sticking to righteousness is what is spirituality all about and when a person keeps a fast, he or she is not keeping hunger and thirst, rather he or she is actually trying to make his or her spirit better. Ergo, fasting leads to self-restraint, which then leads to a pure and serene spirit.

The hunger and thirst in fasting surely helps in increasing self-restraint, which is a means to transcend spiritually. However, in the month of Ramadan, besides hunger and thirst in fasting, there are other ways to elevate spiritually. The lines below discuss those ways with the help of which one can transcend spiritually in the month of Ramadan.

Offer Prayers Regularly:

Prayers are the most effective and most common means of spiritual purification for a Muslim. Moreover, during the month of Ramadan, the reward and the intentions related with prayers increase and a Muslim feels more close and more associated with the prayers, which ultimately results in greater serenity and peace during prayer. Therefore, in order to transcend spiritually during the month of Ramadan, offering regular prayers with congregation is the best means of doing so, hence every Muslim must make sure that no prayer is skipped or delayed during Ramadan. Also, checkout for the prayers you can perform during the Month of Ramadan while fasting.

Connect With Quran:

The best and perhaps the most essential tool that can help in providing spiritual guidance to a Muslim is the Holy Quran. It is a book that contains guidance and each word of it serves as a means of purification of the soul and spiritual transcendence. In Quran, Allah says:

Quran Revealed in Ramadan

“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between the right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend time in fasting, but if anyone is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.” (2:185)

From this ayah it is clear that Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan and it is the source of guidance and it contains signs. This guidance and signs are towards and in the path of Allah Almighty and this is the path of spirituality in Islam. Therefore, when one connects with Quran, actually one connects with the signs that help purify the spirit of a Muslim, which ultimately leads to rising to a higher spiritual status. Ramadan is a special month in which Muslims can particularly pay more attention towards developing strong relations with Quran in Ramadan. Therefore, you are strongly suggested to make use of this opportunity.

In addition, it is also a great opportunity for those who are naive to reading Quran in Arabic. You can daily take sometime out of your schedule and Join the Online Quran Tutoring Academy to start learning the divine book in this holy month of Ramadan.

Make Dua:

It is a part of Muslim belief that the reward of any effort is dependent upon Allah Almighty and He rewards, as He will. Therefore, thinking that offering a particular prayer, or reciting a particular part of Quran guarantees spiritual elevation would be naïve. Until and unless a person is true at heart and supplicates to Allah Almighty for His graciousness, till then all the efforts would be mere efforts and they wont translate into spirituality. Ergo, it is imperative that a Muslim makes Duas in the month of Ramadan to Allah Almighty for helping in spiritual awakening and its elevation later on.

Contemplate:

When it comes to spirituality, there is a grave need of contemplation, as it is contemplation that helps a person realize his or her place in this world and the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon him or her. For a Muslim it is imperative to contemplate and ponder over the sings in this world that point towards Allah Almighty, see all the blessings that He has bestowed upon humans, and how despite all our transgression He keeps on blessing us and wants us to repent on our bad deeds only. Therefore, when a Muslim tries finding answer to such questions, it ultimately leads to spiritual awakening, and when this awakening is guided by Quran, the results I elevation in levels of spirituality.

Conclusion:

In a nutshell, for a Muslim it is imperative to think of fasting as something more than mere hunger and thirst. One should consider Ramadan fasting rules to get maximum blessings as well as a means of spiritual elevation and opt for some of the aforementioned tools that can help in making the spirit transcend at a higher level.

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