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Moosaa Richardson reminds us about the virtuous fast of the Day of ‘Aashooraah’ 1437, the 10th of Muharram, which falls on Saturday, October 24 this year (2015). He explains how the Jews do not truly follow Moosaa and why Muslims are considered more rightfully the true followers of Moosaa. He also warns against the imposters of Iran, the Shiite Raafidhah Religion and their ridiculous practices on this day.
Recorded at al-Masjid al-Awwal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) on 1437.01.09.
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We have more right to Moosa than Jews – Moosa Richardson [Short Clip|En]
October 24, 2015
Ibn ʿAbbās (radhi Allahu anhu) said,
“The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) came to al-Madīnah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ʿĀshūrā. He asked, ‘What is this?’ They responded, ‘This is a virtuous day, as this is the day when Allāh saved the Children of Isrā’īl from their enemy. Thus, Mūsá fasted on this day.’ He said, ‘We have more right to Mūsá than you.” So he fasted on this day and ordered the [people] to fast.”
The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) did not begin to fast the day of ʿĀshūrā, imitating the People of the Book as the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would fast it prior to his arrival in al-Madinah
(Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim no. 1125).
Moosa Richardson explains how the Jews do not truly follow Moosaa and why Muslims are considered more rightfully the true followers of Moosaa.
It is Befitting for the Intelligent Person to Protect His Tongue from Frivolous Speech Whether He is Fasting or Not
[Q]: There is a man who is fasting that speaks much in gatherings about things that don’t contain any benefit. Is his fast valid? [A]: Shaykh al-‘Uthaymeen [d. 1421 AH], may Allah have mercy on him, answered:
His fast is correct. However, it is befitting for the fasting person to spend his fast indulged in obedience: prayer, reading the Qur’aan, remembrance [of Allah], and other than these things.
As it relates to frivolous speech, then this is a loss for a person, rather he is fasting or not. This is due to the statement of the Prophet, prayers and peace upon him, ‘Whoever believes in Allah and the last day, let him say good things or be quiet.’ [al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]
Frivolous speech sometimes turns into speech that is impermissible, such as backbiting or belittling a person, and what resembles these things. Thus, it is befitting for the intelligent person to protect his tongue from everything that there is no benefit in, whether he is fasting or not. (1)
(1): Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, Fataawaa Noor ‘ala ad-Darb, v.7/pg.182/#2771
Explanation of the hadith… “All the actions by the son of Adam are for him, except fasting” By Sheik Fawzan
Fasting is for Allah
Explained by Shaykh Fawzan
Translated by Rasheed Barbee
Explanation of the hadith… “All the actions by the son of Adam are for him, except fasting” By Sheik Fawzan
Q: In the hadith Qudsi, “All the actions by the son of Adam are for him, except fasting for verily it is for Me and I shall reward for it.” (Related in Sahih Bukari, hadith of Abi Hurarrai) I would like an explanation to this hadith. Why is fasting singled out with this specification? A: All praise is for Allah. This is a great hadith and it has been established that the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, has narrated this hadith from his Lord the Mighty and Exalted. “All the actions by the son of Adam are for him, except fasting for verily it is for Me and I shall reward for it.”
This hadith contains the great virtue of fasting, and its great merit in comparison with the other deeds. And Allah singled out fasting for Himself, from amongst the deeds of the son of Adam. The people of knowledge have answered the statement of Allah, (“Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it”), with a number of answers, from them is the one who said the statement of Allah, (“Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it”), means that a person’s good deeds may leave him pending retribution between him and the one that he oppressed; so the one that he oppressed will take retaliation from him on the Day of Judgment by taking something from his good deeds and his charity. This is as appears in the hadith that a man will come on the Day of Judgment with good deeds like a mountain. But he insulted this person and he struck this person and he consumed the wealth of this person. Therefore they will take for this wrongdoing some of his good deeds, and for that wrongdoing some of his good deeds, until when the person does not have any good deeds left then they will have to take the sins of the ones they oppressed, so all of these sins will drop upon them and they will be flung into the fire. Except for fasting, for verily it will not be taken by the creditor (meaning the one who was oppressed and is due retribution) on the Day of Judgment. But rather it shall only be preserved and saved by Allah the Mighty and Majestic for the one who observes it and He shall reward him for it.
The proof is His statement, “All of the actions of the son of Adam are atonement for him except fasting, for verily it is for Me and I shall reward for it.” Meaning that a person’s good deeds may leave him pending retribution between him and the one that he oppressed, and the oppressed person will take from his good deeds on the day of Judgment if he oppressed them, except for fasting, for verily Allah will protect it and He will not give the oppressed person authority over it but rather the good deed of fasting shall be for its companion with Allah the Mighty and Majestic…
And it is said that what is meant by the statement of the Exalted, “Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it”, is because fasting is a hidden action that no one knows except for Allah the Glorified and Exalted. Therefore it is an intention of the heart as opposed to the rest of the actions, because they are apparent and seen by the people. As for fasting then it is a secret action between the slave and his Lord the Mighty and Majestic. And for this reason He said, “Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it, verily he gave up his desires, his food and his drink because of Me.” So the person giving up their desire and food for the sake of Allah is a hidden action and a hidden intention that no one knows except for Allah the Glorified and Exalted; as opposed to giving charity for example, or praying or hajj and those apparent actions that the people see, as for fasting then no one sees it, because the meaning of fasting is not giving up food and drink only or leaving alone those things that break the fast; but along with that it is a must that one fast sincerely for Allah the Mighty and Majestic. Therefore the statement, “verily he gave up his desires, his food and his drink because of Me.” Explains His statement, “Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it.
Some of the Scholars have said that the meaning of Allah’s statement, “Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it” to mean that shirk is not associated with fasting as opposed to the other actions. This is said because the pagans used to put forward acts of worship to their false gods, such as slaughtering, and vowing and other types of worship, like supplication, fear, and hope, so many of the pagans would seek to get closer to their idols and their objects of worship with these types of deeds, as opposed to fasting, because it has not been mentioned that the pagans used fast for their idols or their objects of worship. Therefore fasting is exclusively only for Allah the Mighty and Majestic, so for this reason the meaning of His statement, “Fasting is for Me and I shall reward for it” means that shirk is not associated with fasting because the pagans did not use it as a way to seek closeness to their idols but rather fasting is only used to get close to Allah.
What should one Preoccupy his Time with during the Month of Ramadaan?
Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan
All praise be to Allaah for His blessings and generosity. He has blessed us by allowing us to reach the month of Ramadaan and enabling us to do good deeds by which we can draw nearer to Him. And may the peace and blessings be on our prophet Muhammad – who was the first to hasten to do good deeds – as well as upon his family and Companions – those who believed in him, supported him and followed the light that was revealed to him. They are the successful ones.
As for what follows, then:
I advise you and myself to fear Allaah during this blessed month as well as in any other month. However, this month has a special merit by which Allaah has distinguished it, since it is a unique occasion for performing good deeds. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would supplicate to Allaah to allow him to be able to reach Ramadaan. So when the month of Rajab would come in, he (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would say: “O Allaah! Bless us during Rajab and Sha’baan and allow us to reach Ramadaan.”
The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would also give his Companions the glad tidings of its arrival and explain to them its many virtues, saying to them: “O people! A great and blessed month has come upon you.”
The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would encourage his Companions to strive hard in performing good deeds during this month, both the obligatory and recommended ones, such as prayer, charity, showing goodness and kindness, being patient while obeying Allaah, spending one’s day with fasting, one’s night with praying and one’s hours with recitation of the Qur’aan and remembering Allaah.
So do not waste time by being heedless and refusing, as is the case with the wretched ones who have forgotten Allaah and so He has caused them to forget themselves. Such people do not extract benefit from the passing of occasions for doing good, nor do they realize their sanctity or know their worth.
Many people don’t know this month except as a month for various types of foods and beverages. So they go to great extents in giving their souls what they desire. And they exceed in buying fancy types of foods and drinks. It is well known that the intake of too much food and drink causes one to be lazy with acts of worship. What is required for the Muslim is that he decrease in his intake of food and drink such that he is energetic when it comes to acts of worship.
Some people don’t know the month of Ramadaan except as a month in which one sleeps during the day and stays up all night doing things that have no benefit or things that cause harm. So these people stay awake most of the night or all of it then sleep in the daytime even over the times of the obligatory prayers. So they don’t pray with the congregation or in the prescribed times of prayer.
Another group of people sit at the dinner table when it’s time to break fast and abandon performing the Maghrib prayer in congregation. These types of people do not know the value of the month of Ramadaan nor do they refrain from violating its sanctity by committing the forbidden type of sleeplessness (i.e. all night), abandoning the obligations and doing the prohibited.
Next to these people are those individuals who don’t view the month of Ramadaan except as an opportunity for doing business, displaying their products and chasing after the worldly life, which is temporary. So they are active in buying and selling, thus spending all their time in the marketplaces and abandoning the masaajid. And if they do go to the masaajid, then they are in haste and anguish. They do not relax while in the masaajid since their joy and comfort lies in the market areas.
And there is another type of people that do not know the month of Ramadaan except as a time for begging in the masaajid and in the streets. So they spend most of their time going back and forth from here and there and traveling from one country to another in order to collect money through begging and by presenting themselves as being needy when they are in fact wealthy, and as injured when they are in fact healthy! Such people are denying Allaah’s blessing on them and taking the people’s wealth unjustly. And they are wasting their precious time in things that are harmful to them. So there are no special merits that can be found in Ramadaan for these types of people.
O servants of Allaah! The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would strive hard during this month more than he would in any other month. Even though the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was strong in performing worship at all times, he would free himself up during this month from many of the duties, which in reality were acts of worship, leaving off these righteous deeds for deeds that were better than those. The Salaf would follow his example in this regard and so they would particularize this month with higher ambitions, thus keeping themselves unoccupied in it so that they could perform good deeds. They would spend their night in Tahajjud prayer and their day in fasting, remembrance of Allaah and recitation of the Qur’aan, thus frequenting the masaajid for that purpose. So we should compare our conditions to their conditions and see what the extent of our abilities is in this month.
And we should know that just as the good deeds are multiplied during this month, then likewise, evil acts are worse and their punishment is greater. So we should fear Allaah and magnify the sanctity of this month.
“And whoever magnifies the sacred things of Allaah, this is better for him in the sight of his Lord.” [Surah Al-Hajj] May Allaah grant us all the ability to have righteous statements and actions.
And may the peace and blessings be on our prophet Muhammad, as well as all of his family and Companions.
Published: October 5, 2005 | Modified: October 5, 2005