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Encouragement to Make Up for Missed Fasts (Hadith No. 1699)

Bismillah.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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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!

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