Zakaatul-Fitr and other acts of worship during Ramadan

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Zakaatul-Fitr and other acts of worship during Ramadan

Post by ala' on Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:27 pm








Zakaatul-Fitr:

Zakaatul-Fitr is one of the things that the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, mandated upon all Muslims. Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, made Zakaatul-Fitr, one Saa’ (almost 3kg) of dates or one Saa’ of barley, obligatory on the Muslims, slave and free, male and female, young and old. He ordered that it should be given before people go out to the ‘Eid Prayer” [Al-Bukhaari]

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri, may Allaah be pleased with him: “During the lifetime of the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, we used to pay one Saa' of dried dates or of barley, or of cheese, or of raisins.” [Al-Bukhaari]

Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him explained the wisdom behind paying Zakaatul-Fitr when he said: “The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, made Zakaatul-Fitr obligatory as a means of purifying the fasting person from idle talk and foul language, and to feed the poor. Whoever pays it before the prayer, it is an accepted Zakaah, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is just a kind of charity” [Abu Daawood]

Other acts of worship during Ramadhaan:

During Ramadhaan, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, would continue performing the same acts of worship he used to perform before its arrival, and would actually increase, like in the case of the optional night prayers. The following are more acts of worship he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, used to perform:

The recitation of Qur’aan and spending in charity: The evidence for this is the narration of Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, in which he stated: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadhaan when Jibreel met him. Jibreel used to meet him every night of Ramadhaan to teach him the Qur'aan, and when he met him, he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, would be more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (i.e. in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds)” [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]. This narration proves that he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, used to reach the highest level of generosity during Ramadhaan. He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, did not only offer charity in the form of money, but rather he offered his time, knowledge, conveyed all that would benefit the people and guided them to the correct path, strove to help people fulfill their needs and sacrificed himself for the sake of spreading the religion of Allaah and making it supreme.

Ibn Al-Muneer, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, resembled the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, with the uncontrollable wind, because this type of wind is the one that Allaah sends with rain and it spreads the rain on all the lands, fertile and non fertile and benefits it all. Likewise, the benefit of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, overwhelmed all people”

Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported: “The Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam used to review the Qur’aan with Jibreel once every year during the month of Ramadhaan, but on the year he died, he reviewed it twice. He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam used to perform I’tikaaf every year in the month of Ramadhaan for ten days, and when it was the year of his death, he stayed in I’tikaaf for twenty days”. [Al-Bukhaari]

Jihaad: The Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam went out during the month of Ramadhaan to fight Jihaad on more than one occasion when the need arose, like in the case of the battle of Badr and the Conquest of Makkah.

When reflecting on the practice of the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam in worshipping one notices the following:

· His continual performance of virtuous deeds.

· Increasing his worship during the month of Ramadhaan over the rest of the months of the year.

· The feelings of mercy he harbored towards his nation, as he was always keen to guide and instruct them to that which benefits them the most.

· His practical implementation of the commands of Allaah.

· Not neglecting his duties due to fasting, were he used to pray all night and wake his family to pray. Moreover, he sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam fought two major battles during this month as we mentioned.

We ask Allaah to enable us all to follow into his footsteps and exert our utmost during this blessed month.

Ramadan Kareem!

Fee aman ALLAH
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