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This video provides useful tips on how to avoid some common problems encountered in Ramadan. If followed, it would enable one to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual benefits of Ramadan
When you have a sip of water after a day, when you have been quite thirsty because you are Fasting, the Dua says:
The Dua when you are opening your fast at the end of the day, we are appreciating the gift of Allah (swt) for having quenched our thirst with what? With water, this is why the Sunnah of Muhammad (sa); either Dates or water or both, to open the fast at the end of the day.
And if, we have opened the fast, and we have this water, don’t you feel so good Subhan’Allah? That wetness has gone down, and the veins, and all the system has now achieved wetness of the water after a day when we kept ourselves hungry for the sake of Allah (swt)- so you appreciate the quenching of your thirst Alhamdulillah! And, you had beautiful water, you appreciate water, Subhan’Allah! (We are not yet talking about Fruit juice we only started with water.)
Imagine in Ramadan, we are spoilt where we have juices, fruit juices and fries, and so many things. Some of them are actually unhealthy- do you know that? Very unhealthy, the worst way to break your fast is with savouries- do you know that? Do you know what savoury is? Samosas and pies and fries- that’s the worst way to break your fast –worst from a health perspective!
I am not saying it’s prohibited- No!
Go Back to the Sunnah! Look at the health benefits of the dates and benefit of the water Look at the benefit of these things Subhan’Allah, it’s healthy- Remain within the health boundaries.
There is another big problem that we have during the month of Ramadan. Do you know what it is?
At night, we do the Qadha of what we missed in the day, sometimes with food.
We will eat all night until we dropped in, I don’t know, if you have seen the cartoon, I think it is done by Abu Productive, if I am not mistaken. But, where it shows a man fasting during the day, and he eats so much at night that he cannot read Taraweeh, and he is just like a dead person, and he is waiting for the next day, and he is enjoying it so much- in fact the belly grew in Ramadan. People gain weight in Ramadan, May Allah (swt) protect us. Ameen.
Remember it’s about discipline, it’s about your health Allah (swt) has blessed you with. From now, cut down a little bit on your food – فَثُلُثٌ لِلطَّعَامِ وَثُلُثٌ لِلشَّرَابِ وَثُلُثٌ لِلنَّفَسِ
Translation: Then one third of food, one third for drink and one third for air (Sunan Ibn Majah)
The Prophet (sa) has taught us how to have a nice meal, Subhan’Allah! Do you really want to eat healthy?
Remember the best way of doing it is: a third of solids, a third of liquids and a third of air. When you get up from the laid table cloth, you would still have one third of air in your system; you are not totally full Subhan’Allah! You are not totally full because we are not living to eat. Remember this- we are eating to live. There is a difference.
And, we are not saying do not enjoy food, enjoy food. Masha’Allah, people like tasty food, people like so many different things by the help of Allah (swt) – enjoy them! Thank Allah (swt) but within limits. Within limits meaning: I am not saying thank Allah (swt) within limits, Thank Allah (swt) unlimited, but eat within limits. Because, for example: you like Samosas, and the ones which have the mince meat in it, because sometimes you see a beautiful Samosa, you bite into it and you see all the veggies in it, and you just say, “Oh no man, it should have something better inside!”
Long time back they dint have all these veggies inside it, but say you like the mince meat one , and you have 1,2, and 5 and 10 and 20, what will happen to you? You will get sick …why? Not because the Samosa was bad, it was very good. The way you ate it was bad, how you chose to eat was bad. Like red meat people say is bad. No! Sometimes you need it but the way you eat is bad. You have a little piece Alhamdulillah. But you want to eat the whole cow .There is a problem. May Allah (swt) safeguard us. Ameen.
Remember the discipline of food and drink during Ramadan should extend beyond Ramadan.
You eat and drink after Ramadan also- but hang on, remember to reach out to those who don’t have, even if it is with 1 Riyal / 1 Dollar. Remember to reach out to them wherever, and however you can- even with small amount. اتَّقُوا النَّارَ وَلَوْ بِشِقِّ تَمْرَةٍ ”
You know the Prophet (sa) encouraging us to do good, He says: “Fear the fire even if it is by a portion of the date. So remember this- when we eat, sometimes we are wasteful. You might have different mechanism that work to help the needy , but at the same time, the point is- don’t be wasteful- it’s very tempting to be wasteful.
When the food is remaining on that table after people have finished eating. Remember, do something constructive with it because there are others who do not have food, there are others who are hungry for that food May Allah (swt) safeguard us. Ameen. There are others who are busy eating that which otherwise would not be permissible Allahu Akbar!
There are people across the globe in different places who are busy picking little grains, and putting them in their mouths. We are sitting here with so much, and it’s just thrown away.
If that is the case, I believe, we can do a lot better Insha’Allah! Let’s not waste respectfully.
We can actually do something; and remember, where there is a will there is a way. If you are really serious about not wasting, you will manage. If you are really serious about it, you will succeed- something good will come out of it. And, this is what we are taught as Muslimeen with the help of Allah (swt). We hope from now to hold back a bit on your food Insha’Allah. If you already have the discipline, then Alhamdulillah; if not, try to have a healthy meal in a healthy manner.
This is for myself, the day I have eaten a lot, I feel lazy, very lazy. I think my system is busy digesting, and so on. And,, by the time it’s over, I am tired, because my system is working without me working- even I am just sitting, I start yawning I start feeling lazy, and you want to sleep and so on. It’s your system operating but the minute or the day I have eaten slightly less, I feel very active, I want to do something, I eat a bit less and I have chosen healthy food, Remember this, May Allah (swt) protect us; may He grant us good health, and may He cure all those who are sick and ill. Ameen.
Transcribed for Hiba Magazine by Hira Naqi