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Fasting in Ramadhan & Building Taqwa in the Long Summer Heat

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August 27, 2019

Let’s be honest we all know fasting in the long days in the summer heat is going to be difficult! The aim for all Muslims should be to attain Taqwa in the month of Ramadhan, but how many of us know what Taqwa really means? Allah legislated fasting for gaining Taqwa, “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa.” [Noble Quran 2:183] Here’s some brief explanations by the scholars to help us understand. Insha’Allah. Abu Qasim (rahimahullah) said that whoever fears something runs away from it, and whoever fears Allah runs to Him. (Ihya Ulum 4/153). Abu Hafs (rahimahullah) said Khawf is the whip of Allah that disciplines those who desert Him. Khawf is a lamp in the fear: a person can see by its light what is good and what is evil. Everybody who fears creation runs away from it. Those who fear Allah run to Him. (Madirij Salikin 1/550 and Qushariyah epistles). Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) said escaping means to run away from something to something. There are two kinds of escape: one of the fortunate and the other of the unfortunate. The unfortunate run away from Allah, not to Him. The fortunate run to Him. As running away from Him to Him, that is escape of His friends. (Ibid 1/504)

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