Ramadhan 1427

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..and eat and drink until the whiteness of the day becomes distinct from the blackness of the night at dawn, then complete the fast till night.. (2:187)

The following is from the Islam in Perspective section of Arab News.

The author discusses how fasting was before the Revelation regarding the stipulated times between sunrise and sunset, and then describes how it was first interpreted by some of the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum.

“The Qur’anic verse speaks of distinguishing the whiteness of the day against the blackness of the night. This is an idiomatic translation of this Qur’anic statement. A more literal translation may be rendered as follows: “You may eat and drink until you can distinguish the white line from the black line at dawn.” The Arabic term, khayt, used for “line” also means “thread”. Some of the Prophet’s companions, RadhiAllahu anhum, however, took this expression literally. Adiy ibn Hatim RadhiAllahu anhu reports that when the verse was revealed he said to the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam: “Messenger of Allah! I placed under my pillow two ropes, a white one and a black one, so that I could distinguish night from day.” The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said to him: “Your pillow is certainly wide. This is a reference to the blackness of the night and the whiteness of the day.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Adiy ibn Hatim RadhiAllahu anhu was not alone in doing so. We have several Hadiths that suggest that many of the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum understood the statement literally and tried to determine the time for the beginning of fasting by holding a white thread and a black one. They continued to eat and drink until they couls clearly distinguish one from the other. We note here how the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam explained to Adiy RadhiAllahu anhu what was meant by the Qur’anic verse.

He first told him that his pillow was wide. He meant that Adiy RadhiAllahu anhu would be sleeping late if he waited until he could distinguish one rope from the other. The break of dawn takes place earlier. Much of the light of the approaching day would be needed before we are able to distinguish the two ropes. Ibn Hajar, a great scholar of Hadith in his own right, mentions in his extensive commentary on Al-Bukhari’s Sahih anthology of Hadiths that the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam reply was figurative, pointing in a different direction. He is of the view that Adiy RadhiAllahu anhu’s pillow must be very wide indeed if he could cover the two ropes Allah Ta’ala meant, i.e. the blackness of the night and the whiteness of the day. When the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam made this abundantly clear to his companions, they were in no doubt about the time when they had to start their fast. Anyone could determine that by merely looking at the sky. He is certain to note when the first ray of light shows against the blackness of the night.”

I wonder how many of us actually rely on looking at the sky to determine when to begin our fast and when to break it? How it must have been during the time of Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, when there was no electricity flooding the true depth of the sky and all its wonders! SubhanAllah! How it must have been to wander from a simple dwelling to directly observe the conditions. Maybe children would excitedly watch the sky and then excitedly relay their observations. Allowing the mind to wander back in time conjures such a different feel in the heart. Now the majority of us set the alarm clock, based on a printed calendar. Some places fire canons, beat drums, some villages use a caller to run around verbally announcing the time to stop eating and drinking in the morning.

I wonder how many of us actually rely on looking at the sky to determine when to begin our fast and when to break it? How it must have been during the time of Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, when there was no electricity flooding the true depth of the sky and all its wonders! SubhanAllah! How it must have been to wander from a simple dwelling to directly observe the conditions. Maybe children would excitedly watch the sky and then excitedly relay their observations. Allowing the mind to wander back in time conjures such a different feel in the heart. Now the majority of us set the alarm clock, based on a printed calendar. Some places fire canons, beat drums, some villages use a caller to run around verbally announcing the time to stop eating and drinking in the morning.

Maybe take time during this Ramadhan, to go outside, with your family, watching the pre-dawn signs, as well as at Maghrib, then comparing your observations with the clock, Insha’Allah.

Many of our actions towards this glorious Deen have become habitual and mechanical, cast in a mould and become second nature and performed like lifeless rituals. Let this Ramadhan herald some great change and progress in our lives. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the ability to appreciate this Ramadhan, who knows it may be our last. Only Allah Ta’ala knows who may not even make it to celebrate the coming Eid. Each night as Taraweeh prayers are performed here in Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Allah Ta’ala has deemed that we pray the Janazah prayers on the new inhabitants of Jannatul Baqi. May their new abode be full of Nur and perfumed by the heady fragrance of Jannah. Ameen.

May we value this Ramadhan and exert ourselves to the fullest, and make this time a real turning point in our lives.

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Ameen.

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  • saimah Reply
    August 6, 2010 at 9:07 am

    ameen thumma ameen to all your prayers.

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