Friday Nasiha: Rule For Salvation, Fasting In Shaban, Fried Frog Addictions

Friday Nasiha - Weekly Reminders for Successful Life
This week's Friday Nasiha gives advice on the real definition of one who 'submits' to God, the reward of fasting in the month of Shaban and how an addiction is similar to a fried frog.

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Living the Quran
Rule for Salvation
Al Baqara, The Cow (Qur'an, 2:112)

"Indeed, whoever surrender themselves to God, while being sincere, shall have their reward with their Lord; they shall have nothing to fear nor shall they grieve." (Qur'an, 2:112)

Since the face of a person is the most expressive part of his body, it is used in classical Arabic to denote one's whole personality, or whole being. This expression (aslama), repeated in the Qur'an several times, provides a perfect definition of Islam, which - derived from the root-verb aslama, "he surrendered himself" - means "self-surrender to God": and it is in this sense that the terms Islam and Muslim are used throughout the Quran.

It is sincerity on which depends the weight and worth of an act. Allah will not accept anything that is not purely for Him. Pure sincerity need to be produced through the conviction of the heart and mind.

Thus the verse lays down a rule for salvation. It does not lie in being a Jew, a Christian, or a Muslim. It lies in total submission to Allah and in leading a righteous life in accordance with the dictates of the Revelation. Quite unmindful of this rule, the Jews, Christians and Muslims, all lead a life of sin with total disregard for the Hereafter, and yet fasten hope on their Lord that they will be ushered into Paradise simply because of the fact that they are Jews, Christians or Muslims.

Compiled From:
"Tafsir Ishraq Al-Ma'ani" - Syed Iqbal Zaheer, vol. 1, pp. 140, 141

Understanding the Prophet's Life
Fasting in Shaban

`Ayesha (ra) said: "I never saw the Messenger of Allah ﷺ (peace be upon him) fast a complete month except for Ramadan, and I have never seen him fast more in a month than he did in Shaban." [Bukhari, Muslim]

Usamah ibn Zaid (ra) inquired: "O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, I never find you fasting in any month like you do during the month of Shaban." The Prophet ﷺ responded:
"That is the month the people neglect. It comes between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the Worlds. I love that my deeds be raised while I am fasting." (An-Nasaa'i, authenticated by ibn Khuzaimah. Hasan according to al-Albaani)

Narrated Abu Hurairah (ra), Allah's Messenger ﷺ said: "When the month of Shaban is halfway, do not fast." (Reported by the five, Ahmad disapproved it).

As-San`aanee says in Subul us-Salaam: "One can fast provided he has to observe a compensatory fasting (in lieu of the Fard - obligatory ones) or the other prescribed ones which may be categorised as Wajib (compulsory). However, the volitional fasting is prohibited lest one should be subjected to exhaustion and weakness that may in turn render the Ramadan obligatory fasting difficult for him."

Compiled From:

Planning for Ramadan

The blessed month of Ramadan is less than 30 days away. We need to plan ahead to reap the benefits of the month. Here are some links that will insha'Allah help you plan for this Ramadan.

A Quick Checklist of Ramadan
Outline to help develop a Ramadan plan & report card

Fried Frogs

Addiction of all kinds - whether it's to drugs, gossiping, shopping, overeating, or gambling - have common characteristics.

  • Creates short-term pleasure
  • Becomes the primary focus of your life
  • Temporarily eliminates pain
  • Gives an artificial sense of self-worth, power, control, security, and intimacy
  • Worsens the problems and feelings you are trying to escape from

One of the more subtle but dangerous addictions is pornography, and it's available everywhere. Now, you can argue all you want about what pornography is and isn't, but I think that deep in your heart you know. Pornography may taste sweet for the moment, but it will gradually dull your finer sensitivities, like that inner voice called your conscience, until it's smothered.

You may be thinking, "Take it is easy, Sean. A little skin isn't going to hurt me." The problem is that pornography, like any other addiction, sneaks up on you. If you put a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you put it in lukewarm water and then slowly turn up the heat, the frog will get cooked before it has the sense to jump out. It's the same with pornography. What you look at today may have shocked you a year ago. But because the heat was ever so slowly turned up, you didn't even notice that your conscience was being fried.

Compiled From:
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" - Sean Covey, pp. 238, 239


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