Volume 3, Book 31, Number 204:
Narrated Mutarrif from ‘Imran Ibn Husain (radiallaahu `anhu):
That the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked him (Imran) or asked a man and Imran was listening, “O Abu so-and-so! Have you fasted the last days of this month?” (The narrator thought that he said, “the month of Ramadan”). The man replied, “No, O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)!” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said to him, “When you finish your fasting (of Ramadan) fast two days (in Shawwal).” Through another series of narrators ‘Imran said, “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, ‘(Have you fasted) the last days of Sha’ban?”
I had to wait long to understand this Hadith. Confusing really, but not anymore Alhamdulillah.
In this Hadith, Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) is asking the man why he didn’t keep the two fasts in the last days of Sha`baan, and telling him to make up for them once Ramadaan is over. Going through the issue of fasting in Sha`baan, we learnt that fasting in its second half is not allowed unless a person has a habit of fasting throughout the year, or he started fasting in the first half of Sha`baan to continue in the second half as well, or he’s making up missed fasts (fard).
So in the commentary of this Hadith, 3 scenarios have been given of which 2 are more stronger and more correct inshaAllah, and I’ll mention them here:
- The man had vowed to fast the last two days of Sha`baan for whatever reason. (A vow to fast any day will make that fast obligatory, except Eid.)
So Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked him to make up for them.
- The man had a habit of fasting, so he could have continued in the last half of Sha`baan. He was asked to make up for those two days in order to encourage him to keep his practice.
Alhamdulillah for clarity. Feels so good. <3
This is the first collaborative work we’ve done, and it turned out to be quite good Alhamdulillah. Tell us what you think about it :) The first two stanzas are mine, addressing the brothers; the last two were written by Sister Mariam, addressing the sisters.
I know what you do when you hang out after school;
Showing off with your friends thinking you’re so cool;
“Check out that girl”, to your friend you say;
Making sure your sister always in hijab does stay!
This hypocrisy, I can’t really seem to comprehend;
At someone’s sister you stare, while your own you defend?!
O Muslim! You’re astounding; you continue to amaze!
Pretending you don’t know we’re supposed to lower our gaze?!
But to me, my friend, you’re just a fool!
You don’t control yourself; your desires rule!
Your Nafs for Shaytaan is an excellent tool!
Your body is satisfied, but your soul does pule;
Cuz if you only knew what’s really cool…
Beauty; the likes of which you’ve never seen;
Untouched by the Jinn or any human being;
Reclining on cushions of silver and gold;
A sight so beautiful, it would make you drool;
Respectful, joyful, youthful and beautiful;
The promise of the truthful; most gracious and Merciful;
There is still time, if you be a bit mindful;
Heedful, watchful, thoughtful and careful.
The ultimate goal if you wish to achieve;
You better start acting on what you believe;
If you truly want Jannah as your final abode;
Make Siraat-ul-Mustaqeem your only road!
Sisters, the rest of this message is for you!
Protecting your chastity is your duty too!
Your beauty is sacred, not anybody’s tool;
Refuse to bow down to their rules!
Now is the time to wake up, step up;
Your beauty’s not limited to this superficial make-up;
This world you run after, it’s not gonna last;
Whatever you do, YOU need to act fast;
No, no, no, a man is NOT your goal;
No matter what he does, he can NEVER make your world whole!
By the One in Whose Hands is my soul,
Gaining HIS pleasure is your ONLY role!