DU’AS OF A FASTING PERSON
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “There are three whose supplication is not rejected, one who has just ended a fast, a just imam, and one who has been wronged whose supplication is raised by Allah above the clouds and for which the gates of Heaven are opened. Allah says, ‘I swear by My might that I shall certainly help you, though it be after some time.'” (Tirmidhi Hadith 2248)
The du’as of a fasting person is never refused. The final hour before the setting of the sun is one of the greatest hours of the day. Therefore submit before Allah (SWT) all your needs. However Muslims are generally so absorbed in eating that we neglect this opportunity. The Prophet (pbuh) informed us that when a fasting Muslim prays for anything from Allah (SWT), he definitely receives one out of the following three things: He gets exactly what he asked for. Or Allah (SWT) either removes from his path some great calamity in exchange for what he desired. Or the reward for that which he prayed for is stored for the Hereafter. Therefore, du’a is indeed very important, and to neglect it at any time is a matter of great loss. Should Allah (SWT) find that granting us what we beseech from Him is in our welfare and interest, He grants it, otherwise not. It should be borne in mind that there are certain conditions under which du’as are accepted, in the absence of these, du’a may be often rejected. When ‘Haraam’ is consumed, the du’as are not accepted. A person who fasts and breaks his fast ith “Haraam” food, is like a sick person, who takes medicine as a cure, but also adds a little poison, which destroys him.
ASKING FORGIVENESS IN RAMADAN
The Prophet (pbuh) said “Let there be smeared with dust the nose of the person in whose presence I am mentioned, and he does not invoke blessing upon me, the one who has opportunity to see the month of Ramadan and it comes to an end without his securing pardon for himself and one who finds alive his aged parents, both of them or one of them, and through them (by serving them) he does not enter Paradise.” (Tirmidhi Hadith 927)
By this the Prophet (pbuh) meant the person who in Ramadan, the month of blessings and righteousness, who still spends the days in sin and disregards his duties, thus he doesn’t gain forgiveness. If he cannot gain Allah (SWT)’s pleasure in Ramadan, then when will he do so? The way to seek Allah (SWT)’s pardon for his sins is to fulfil his obligations in Ramadan as enjoined by Allah (SWT) such as fasting, offering
‘Taraweeh’ prayers and repentance on past sins. Those who are sincere with Allah (SWT) will find that all their sins throughout the year will be forgiven in Ramadan, if they avoid major sins. Even the fish in the sea seek forgiveness on their behalf until they break their fast. The Prophet (pbuh) termed the first 10 days of Ramadan as period of Mercy, whereby Allah (SWT)’s mercy is showered on the believers. Those who express their gratitude to Allah (SWT) for his bounties, receive them in large measure as Allah (SWT) says in Al-Qur’an says,
“If you are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you, But if you show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed.” (Al-Quran 14:7)
The second 10 days of Ramadan is when forgiveness is granted to the believers as reward for the fasting during the first part. The last 10 days of Ramadan brings immunity from Hell. In Ramadan, you should endeavour to perform three things in great number:
- Kalima Tayyiba’ (Laa ilaha illala hu muhamadur rasulullah). If the seven heavens, the earth and all its occupants were placed in one pan of a scale and this ‘Kalima’ on the other, the ‘Kalima’ would outweigh everything.
- Istighfaar’ (Beg for Allah (SWT)’s forgiveness). Whoever says a great deal of Istighfaar’, Allah (SWT) opens a way out for him from all difficulties and releases him from sorrows.
- Beg for entry into Paradise and seek refuge with Allah (SWT) from the fire of ‘Jahannam’ (Hell).