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Wasting the Fasting - Mufti Menk

In the month of Ramadan,

we reach out to people,

in a way that our character and conduct should show

that we are changed.

That's why,

the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says,

"Whoever is not going to ensure

the correct use of their tongues,

and whoever is going to engage in abusive language,

and that which is false."

In terms of false accusation,

false witness, etc.

"While they're abstaining from food and drink.

Have actually wasted their time

staying away from food and drink."

Because Allah says, "I don't need

that they have stayed away

from their food and drink,

I don't need it."

In the same way in Ramadan,

we're conscious about what should be going in

and not be going into our mouths,

we should be conscious

about what comes out of the same mouth.

Many of us forget this.

For us, if you say, what's Ramadan all about?

You say, it's about not eating, right?

Yesterday, I was speaking in Glasgow,

and I said, "It's strange

how Ramadan is a month of not eating,

and if you go to our kitchens right now,

we're piling up, stockpiling

for the month of Ramadan

with all the savories and the food

that we're going to be munching away

during the month of not eating."


It's like the minute the sun sets and that's it.

We like, get to this table laid with food

and we're about to do qadha.

Qadha means to recompense yourself

for something you've missed.

That's not what Ramadan is all about.

But anyway,

Just as we make sure

we're conscious about what goes into our mouths

in terms of food.

We need to be conscious

about what comes out of our mouths

in terms of language.

(مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالعَمَلَ بِهِ)

(فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ)

"Whoever is not going to be conscious

about what comes out of his mouth

because he blurts out words that are abusive

and false in their nature.

Allah doesn't need the fact

that he stayed away from food and drink."

For what?

It's a wholesome act of worship.

It's discipline.

If you were to fast,

you didn't say bad words,

part of your fast.

You didn't eat or drink,

part of your fast.

You didn't engage in permissible sexual activity,

part of your fast.

When I say permissible,

meaning that which is otherwise permissible.

But you didn't pray through the day.

What did you do?

Blemish in the fast such

that it's reward is almost nullified

if anything.

So you have people because the fast is long,

they say, "Well I'm going to be sleeping."

So you sleep through Dhuhr,

you asleep through Asr,

and you sometimes even sleep through Maghrib.

And then you get up, "Hey, is the time done?"

"Yeah it's done."

"Quickly, give me the date," for example.

Hang on, hang on!

But you didn't even fulfil your Salah.

What happened?

My brothers and sisters,

if you want to benefit from the month,

you need to do it in a proper way.

It's a package.

You cannot just do what you feel

and call it fast.

And that's the reason

why those who are abused during Ramadan

The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him

talks about it.

If someone swears you,

he says, "If you are abused verbally while fasting,

make it clear,

'I'm not going to abuse you back, I'm fasting!'"

(فليقل اني صائم)

"If someone is abused,

he or she should say, 'I'm fasting!'"

Which means relax, "I'm on cool mode here!"


And that should train us to react and retaliate

to any form of abuse and hate throughout the year.

Today we have a difficulty and we witness it online

more than anywhere else

because now the globe has become a little village.

What is it?

Someone attacks you, you attack them back.

I said a few days ago in another country

that if someone calls you the name of one animal.

You call them the names of all the animals in the zoo?

It didn't help.

How did it make you a better person?

But if they called you an animal,

and you happened to look back at them,

and just say, "Crazy!"

It would be better than to swear them back.

If you swear them back you become the same.

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