Islam/Salaam (al Salamu Allah [swt] Alaikum),
Someone asked me if we will be involved with the SAWM (misspelling) that is practiced in Ramaadan by other Moslems (msilimu) around the world, and the answer is yes.the HOLY PROPHET (asa) who held up the HOLY KORAN (QURAN) OF MECCA (MAKKAH), had to also hold up SIYYAMU RAMADHAN, because that is in the Holy Koran (Quran) of Mecca (Makkah) too.
in fact, it is my personal belief that the reason the ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION was permanently moved to SEPTEMEBER 15th-20th is because that is RIGHT AFTER the MONTH OF RAMADHAN of the HIJRA calendar. And thus right after the great SIYYAM (SAWM) of Ramaadan. I know what is said about why the first convention was held in October, but why move it to September???
think about it, the TEMPLE OF ISLAM (MHTS/MSTA) would have just been coming out of RAMADHAN in 1929. depending how things go, RAMADHAN will be from AUGUST to SEPTEMBER, or SEPTEMBER to OCTOBER. you know how funny our calendars are.I think it was all set up after RAMADHAN on purpose. Even the founding of the FIRST TEMPLE OF ISLAM in 1925 was more than likely set up by the MOSLEMS around that time because of this. Not that it had to be, but it is a strong possibility. that may or may not have been the most pressing issue, but it did not fall out of the Holy Prophets (asa) consciosuness that this was that same period of tiem those other 250,000,000 Moslems would be doing this. it should also be remembered that the importnace of RAMADHAN is not the FAST, it is the REASON for the FAST, which is that in the MONTH OF RAMADHAN is when the GREAT KORAN started to be revealed to PROPHET MOHAMMED (asa), this actually marks the beginning of MOHAMMEDS PROPHETHOOD.
and PROPHET NOBLE DREW ALI (asa) would definitely have known about this, and respected it. just like whether you want to admit it or not, the HOLY KORAN OF THE MSTA being made available to the public on DECEMBER 23rd of 1928, is right on time for CHRISTMAS, especially as it was put together for THOSE THAT LOVE JESUS (asa)....is it just a coincidence??? I dont believe so, especially as MOSLEMS, we also recognize JESUS (asa) as a PROPHET OF ALLAH (swt).
either way, I have re-established SIYYAMU RAMADHAN for the MOSLEMS here, because we are MOSLEMS that FOLLOW THE QURAN (HKOM) like all other 1.3 billion (250,000,000 during the prophet's time) MOSLEMS all over the world.from 632-1924, there were only 250,000,000 Moslems all over the world, thats not a lot of people globally. but in less than 100 years, from 1925-2010, that number has QUADRUPLED. that is no coincidence. while we were wasting our time fighting about everything of why we wanted to follow everything but true ISLAM, the SPIRIT OF ISLAM grew all over the world.the same person (chief protector) in the HKMSTA came into an ENTIRE OIL FIELD, and founded one of the RICHEST financial kingdoms on earth, after he was put into the book. this is no coincidence either.
all that have been practicing TRUE ISLAM have advanced, while the MOORS have almost disappeared from the face of the earth, fought each other beyond recognition, become all kinds of freemasons, astrologers, mother goddesses, and every other form of insanity (non-sense), everything but being TRUE MOSLEMS. there is a sign in that for those who pay attention.even ELIJAH MUHAMMAD BEY (raa), one of our former students/members went out to be GLOBALLY successful because he stayed more to ISLAM than the MOORS of the MSTA have been doing. where are our MALCOM Xs, MUHAMMAD ALIs, and FARRKHANs???
this is also a sign.in ALLAH'S TEMPLE we are going to do what we should have been doing this whole time. we are going to take TRUE ISLAM and ISLAMISM all over the world.The HOLY PROPHET (asa) did not come to do away with the KA’ABAH, MECCA (MAKKAH), KORAN (QURAN), or any of the TRUE TEACHINGS of PROPHET MOHAMMED (MUHAMMAD, asa). Instead, he taught us about them, and gave us MORE INFORMATION about them so we would be BETTER MOSLEMS. This is a fact. From what I can tell, it is only the ones that have spent the last 80 years trying to tear the Moorish from the Science, the Science from the Temple, and the Temple from America, that have removed our TRUE FOUNDATION. But the SCIENCE is the DIVINE SCIENCE OF ISLAM, it always has been, it is, and it always will be, ACT 2!!!!
The MSTA deriving its POWER and AUTHORITY from the GREAT KORAN (HKOM 15:87) OF MOHAMMED, to do what??? P.E.A.C.E. = Propagate, Extend, Appoint, Consecrate, and Establish the LEARNING AND TRUTH OF ALI (asa), and the FAITH OF MOHAMMED (asa), where are these LOFTY TEACHINGS FOUND according to PROPHET DREW ALI (asa), and PROPHET MOHAMMED (asa)???
THE HOLY KORAN (QURAN) OF MECCA (MAKKAH)…aka the GREAT KORAN; “AL QURAN AL ADHIM” (HKOM 15:87), where the DIVINE LAWS of L.T.P.F.J. are also found (derived from)…Even the right to produce a “KORAN” comes out of the GREAT KORAN OF MOHAMMED (asa)…if you but study… So wouldn’t one of these issues we are P.E.A.C.E. also the SIYYAMU (fast of) RAMADHAN (the month of Ramadhan)??? I think so, and thus, this is something we will begin practicing in Allah’s Temple this year, with all of the other MOSLEMS all over the world.
2:185. Shahru ramadana allathee onzila feehi alqur-anu hudan lilnnasi wabayyinatin mina alhuda waalfurqani faman shahida minkumu alshshahra falyasumhu waman kana mareedan aw AAala safarin faAAiddatun min ayyamin okhara yureedu Allahu bikumu alyusra wala yureedu bikumu alAAusra walitukmiloo alAAiddata walitukabbiroo Allaha AAala ma hadakum walaAAallakum tashkuroona
I am going to break this one down word for word, because you need to pay careful attention to this one;
shahru (month) ramadana (ramadhan) allathee (those who are/that which is) onzila (come/handed down) feehi (in the) al (the) quranu (koran) hudan (guidance) li (to/for) al (the) nasi (nation of people), wa (and) al (the) furqani (criterion/separation). faman (whoever) shahida (seen/witnessed) min (among/from) kumu (you all) al (the) shshahra (month) fal (in the) yasumhu (fastings) wa (and) man (whoever) kana mareedan (sick) aw (or) AAala (over/above) safarin (journey) faAAiddatun (number) min (among/from) ayyamin (days) okhara (after/later) yureedu (pleasure/want) Allahu (Allah) bi (in) kumu (you all) al (the) yusra (ease) wa (and) la (no/not) yureedu (pleasure/desire) bi (in/within) kumu (you all) al (the) AAusra (hardship) wa (and) li (to/for) tukmiloo (complete/finish) al (the) AAiddata (number) wa (and) li (to/for) tukabbiroo (greatness) Allaha (Allah) AAala (over/above) ma (that) hadakum (your guidance) wa (and) la (no/not) AAallakum (over you) tashkuroona (gratitude/thanks giving)
in the MONTH OF RAMADHAN, which is when handed down in the KORAN (QURAN) was a GUIDANCE for the NATION OF PEOPLE, and a CRITERION (ability to determine right from wrong). so whoever wintesses (sees) from among you all THE MONTH OF THE FASTINGS, and whoever is SICK, or over a LONG JOURNEY for a NUMBER of the DAYS, later, the pleasure of ALLAH (swt) in you all is for the easy way, and no pleasure dos he take in you all having the hard way, and to complete the number (of days missed while sick or travelling), it is for the GREATNESS OF ALLAH (swt) over that which is now YOUR GUIDANCE, and not over to is GRATITUDE (thanks giving).the last sentence means, HOW CAN YOU RECIEVE SUCH A GIFT, AND NOT GLORIFY THE GREATNESS OF ALLAH (swt) WHO GAVE IT TO YOU???
ASAD 2: 185 - It was the month of Ramadan in which the Qur'an was [first] bestowed from on high as a guidance unto man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as the standard by which to discern the true from the false. Hence, whoever of you lives to see* this month shall fast throughout it; but he that is ill, or on a journey, [shall fast instead for the same] number of other days. God wills that you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [He desires] that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol God for His having guided you aright, and that you render your thanks [unto Him].
YUSUFALI: Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.
PICKTHAL: The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desireth for you ease; He desireth not hardship for you; and (He desireth) that ye should complete the period, and that ye should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure ye may be thankful.
SHAKIR: The month of Ramazan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction; therefore whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or upon a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days; Allah desires ease for you, and He does not desire for you difficulty, and (He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for His having guided you and that you may give thanks.
I also want you to note this translation;
2:185 - The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to men and clear proofs of the guidance and the Criterion. So whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast therein, and whoever is sick or on a journey, (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days. Allah desires ease for you, and He desires not hardship for you, and (He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for having guided you and that you may give thanks.
I want you to note that it says "WHOEVER YOU IS PRESENT IN THE MONTH", present where??? present on EARTH, present in MECCA, present in ARABIA???
the word SHAHIDA means SEEN or WITNESSED, and I have always pointed out, that something must be within a specific LOCATION to be seen or witnessed. some have said the WITNESSING/SEEING represents SEEING THE NEW MOON which begins the MONTH. but most of these so-called SCHOLARS dont seem to think so. they see it as menaing PHYSICALLY SEEN in the PRESENCE.
I have always stated that from my veiwpoint this was talking about those who are PRESENT IN MECCA, during RAMADHAN, and if someone is TRAVELLING FAR AWAY FROM MECCA, they were exempt until they made it BACK TO MECCA. first and foremost, because thats where all of this was taking place. this was not a time of AIRPLANES and CARS, GLOBAL TRAVEL, etc. 50 miles was considered a long way, but today I travel 50 miles in about 45 minutes on the highway. understand me??? when looked at in its true context, I believe I am right in this thinking.
but I am not, I repeat, I am not saying that MOSLEMS all over the world should not practice this tradition wherever they are, I absolutely think they should. this is part of the UNIFORMITY that will keep the UMMAH (OMMAT) unified universally. but I am just pointing out the true HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE of it at this moment.and remember at this time (late 600's) the ARABIANS were strong in MECCA and MEDINA, and NOWHERE ELSE, they didnt even reach a number of 250,000,000 globally (which is not a lot globally) until the 1900's. and just recently it jumped to 1.3 billion world wide. but when MOHAMMED (asa) was speaking to the ARABIANS, at that time, there were maybe some hundred thousands of them. so worrying about what MOSLEMS in RUSSIA would be doing 1,400 years later was probably not on the mind (and thus intention) is this verse (ayat). understand me???
because we also know that MOHAMMED (asa) came SPECIFICALLY to the ARABIAN PEOPLE in ARABIA, as a PROPHET is sent ot EVERY NATION. and he came with an ARABIC QURAN for the ARABIC SPEAKING PEOPLE of ARABIA, etc. that makes everything in this book somehting UNIVERSAL in KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING, but something ARABIAN in FOCUS (CUSTOM/TRADITION).
and MOHAMMED (asa) put a lot of things on the ARABIANS as a sign of their LOYALTIES TO HIM, just as the PROPHETS before him did to their people.
everything MOAHMMED (asa) was focused upon at that time was about "ARABIA", and more specifically about "MECCA", at that time, which would later serve as a model for ALL MOSLEMS.there are many instances where what he was telling the ARABIANS TO DO, has become what ALL MOSLEMS have been told is required for them to do by the ARABIANS. and we must note the differences. not so we can get out of anything, because I think the upholding of the TRADITIONS found in the HOLY KORAN (QURAN) is fundamental to being a MOSLEM. but we must know what is what, and why, as IGNORANCE does not benefit anyone, especially not a MOSLEM.
also I would like to note here, that when it comes to the sighting/confirmation of the "New Moon", for the beginning of Al SiyyamuRamahdan, we will follow the Arabians as far as when they sight/confirm it, not becuase we hold Arabians to be more important than any other moslems, but becuase Mohammed lived inArabia, and I practice things like he is still standing there today, and if was, then when he sighted the New Moon and began his Fast (Siyyam), then that is when All Moslems should begin theirs, but that is just my thinking, as I could not see any Moslems anywhere in the world not fasting when Mohammed was fasting. thats just me. so our Fast (siyyam) begins when the Arabians begin theirs, out of respect for Prophet Mohammed (asa).
this also makes MECCA (MAKKAH/MECCAT, which is in ARABIA) the FOCAL POINT again, not just at HAJJ (HEGG), or the SALAT, but also during RAMADHAN, as it was in MOHAMMED'S (asa) time. when ONE MOSLEM who is qaulified SPOTS the NEW MOON, it has been legally and lawfully SPOTTED by the whole ISLAMIC UMMAH (OMMAT = GLOBALLY ORGANIZED DOMINION). and to my understanding, anyone who in these mdoern times DENIES it has already been spotted, just becuase it wasnt someone (a LOCAL IMAM) next to them that spotted it, is guilty of being a KAFFIR.
in the 1700's there were no radios, televisions, computers, etc. so you had to do for self where you where in the world, YOU DIDNT HAVE ANY OTHER CHOICE, and that became the CUSTOM/TRADITION. but the KORAN (QURAN) does not tell us we must follow this TRADITION, it only gives us ONE COMMAND, it tells us when it is SPOTTED we are to begin our FAST, it doesnt make distinctions based upon global locations. man made those distinctions because of his level of technology. but todays level of technology is far greater than the ARABS in the DESERT, and to DENY, what IS, because we simply dont want to yet, it not a tradition we can afford to PROMOTE, as this is how all of the other madness comes about in human thinking.
we must keep ISLAM as CENTRALIZED (and thus UNIFIED) as POSSIBLE, when it comes to our CUSTOMS/TRADITIONS.
when the NEW MOON (which begins RAMADHAN) is spotted, it is spotted, and you cannot UNSPOT it. just becuase it is not YOUR NAKED EYE that has seen it, is of no consequence. A TRUSTWORTHY MOSLEM has seen it, and thus the ENTIRE UMMAH has SEEN IT, ALL MOSLEMS ARE ONE UNDER THE DIVINE LAW. and please remember we
are dealing with DIVINE LAW, not just NATURAL LAW in these cases. and DIVINE LAW is not concerned with SPACE (distant locations upon the earth) and TIME (different time zones of the earth) in the usual manner.
some of you may agree, some of you may disagree, but this is OUR TRADITION/CUSTOM/PRACTICE as MOSLEMS of the MOORISH NATION here on the shores of NORTH AMERICA. we are not SUNNIS, SHIITES or SUFIS, we are thinking MOSLEMS (men and women) OF/FOR ALLAH (swt) who WORSHIP NONE BUT ALLAH (swt), OUR ONLY LORD...
it is this same mentality we must have when practicing things given to us by Prophet Drew Ali (asa), and Prophet Jesus (asa), and Prophet Moses (asa), and Prophet Ibrahim (asa).....when must do things like they are still stanbding there today doing them, this will get rid of most of the problems man has introduced intoAl Diynu Allah (swt)...
thus I will tell you when I see something as FARD (obligatory/manditory), and when I see something as TRADITION, but still something we will be practicing because I see the good within it. bu any TRADITION that is HARMFUL, or UNLAWFUL (ANTI-KORAN), we will avoid it like the plague. I dont care who else is doing it. now, The ritualized reading of the HOLY KORAN (AL QURAN AL ADHIYM) OF MECCA (MAKKAH) is also done in the MONTH OF RAMADHAN, the KORAN (QURAN) is broken up into 30 sections called "JUZ" (parts), one section per day of RAMADHAN, and these 30 JUZ are usually demsontrated in three MEASURES/SECTIONS;
HKOM 1:1-9:3, HKMSTA 1-19, KEYS 1-401.
HKOM 1:1 - 2:141, HKMSTA 1-2, KEYS 1-42.
HKOM 2:142 - 2:284, HKMSTA 3-4, KEYS 5-83.
HKOM 2:285 - 3:91, HKMSTA 5-6, KEYS 9-124.
HKOM 3:92 - 4:23, HKMSTA 7-8, KEYS 13-165.
HKOM 4:24 - 4:147, HKMSTA 9-10, KEYS 17-206.
HKOM 4:148 - 5:82, HKMSTA 11-12, KEYS 21-247.
HKOM 5:83 - 6:110, HKMSTA 13-14, KEYS 25-28 8.
HKOM 6:111 - 7:87, HKMSTA 15-16, KEYS 29-329.
HKOM 7:89 - 8:40, HKMSTA 17-18, KEYS 33-3610.
HKOM 8:41 - 9:93, HKMSTA 19, KEYS 37-40
HKOM 9:94-29:45, HKMSTA 20-29, KEYS 41-7111.
HKOM 9:94 - 11:5, HKMSTA 20, KEYS 41-4412.
HKOM 11:6 - 12:111, HKMSTA 21, KEYS 44-4613.
HKOM 13:1 - 14:52, HKMSTA 22, KEYS 47-4914.
HKOM 15:1 - 16:128, HKMSTA 23, KEYS 50-5215.
HKOM 17:1 - 18:74, HKMSTA 24, KEYS 53-5516.
HKOM 18:75 - 20:134, HKMSTA 25, KEYS 56-5817.
HKOM 21:1 - 22:78, HKMSTA 26, KEYS 59-6118.
HKOM 23:1 - 25:20, HKMSTA 27, KEYS 62-6419.
HKOM 25:21 - 27:55, HKMSTA 28, KEYS 65-6720.
HKOM 27:56 - 29:45, HKMSTA 29, KEYS 68-71
HKOM 29:46-114:6, HKMSTA 30-48, KEYS 72-10221.
HKOM 29:46 - 33:30, HKMSTA 30, KEYS 72-7522.
HKOM 33:31 - 36:27, HKMSTA 31-32, KEYS 76-80 23.
HKOM 36:28 - 39:31, HKMSTA 33-34, KEYS 81-8424.
HKOM 39:32 - 41:46, HKMSTA 35-36, KEYS 85-8825.
HKOM 41:47 - 45:37, HKMSTA 37-38, KEYS 89-92 26.
HKOM 46:1 - 51:30, HKMSTA 39-40, KEYS 93-9627.
HKOM 51:31 - 57:29, HKMSTA 41-42, KEYS 97-10028.
HKOM 58:1 - 66:12, HKMSTA 43-44, KEYS 101-10429.
HKOM 67:1 - 77:50, HKMSTA 45-46, KEYS 105-10830.
HKOM 78:1 - 114:6, HKMSTA 47-48, KEYS 109-102
it is preferred that you either read "THE MOORISH HOLY KORAN OF MECCA" (pkse translation) or "AL QURAN AL KARIYM" of MUHAMMAD HABIB SHAKIR (M.H. SHAKIR), which is the officially designated KORAN TRANSLATION of ALLAH'S TEMPLE (MASJIDU ALLAH, swt).the whole point of RAMADHAN is LAYLATU-AL-QADRI,which means "NIGHT OF POWER", but it is also called the NIGHT OF DECREES, and the NIGHT OF MEASURES. it is believed the KORAN (QURAN) began to be reveiled on either the 19th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th of RAMADHAN. the most universally acknowledged/accepted date is the 27th of RAMADHAN. and this is the date we accept. and the SIYYAM is over when the first day of SHAWWAL arrives, the first month (shahru) after RAMADHAN( from the root word R-M-DH means VERY HOT, BLAZING HEAT, etc.) this day is known fro the GREAT FEAST (EID) that ends the SIYYAM, called "EID-AL-FITR", THE BLESSED FEAST. every morning before SALAT-AL-FAJR, it is recommended you get up and EATwas is called the SAHUR meal, you want to eat it, and then perform "salat-al-fajr", and after salat-al-fajr, you should fast all day until all light has left the sky.
in between these times, there is no eating, no sex, no smoking, no drinking alcohols or unnatural drinks. in the MSTA (ALLAH'S TEMPLE) we consider the TRUE FAST of RAMAHDAN to be the 26th, 27th, and 28th, the DAY BEFORE, the DAY OF, and the DAY AFTER LAYLATU-AL-QADRI, because all the other FAST are usually THREE DAYS, as just stated. but in this case it has been extended for the whole month out of RESPECT for the importance of that event. and it is well deserved as the HOLY KORAN (QURAN) controls the ACTIONS and CUSTOMS of over 1.3 billion MOSLEMS today.
the practicing of the SIYYAM (plural -SAWUM) should begin at puberty (14, 7x2), under that age it is not required for them to participate. the elderly (70, 7x10, or above, who cannot do it), very sick, mentally ill, also are not required to participate. travellers for long distances (by foot, or riding horses or camels or something, at least 50 miles in a day) that will take up a lot of the period, are not required to participate while travelling (musafir), but must make the time up.
pregnant women, or women nursing are not required to participate, but that goes back to the children uner 14 (7x2) rule. and they usually say that women on their menstraul cycle do not ahve to participate, but that doesnt make sense to me, I know they may get a little cranky, but unless they are having a really bad time, they should FAST too.
but again, if it is time for your cycle, and you do feel WEAK, or ILL, then do BREAK THE FAST and TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF...this is a BLESSING not a PUNISHMENT. now, usually at the end of RAMADHAN, food is given to the POOR, and this is called ZAKAT-AL-FITR, but I would like to say to al of the TRUE AND FAITHFUL, and attempt should be made by ALL MOSLMS to help feed the NEEDY at evry "FITR" (breaking of the FAST), usually called IFTARS, which happens every night. it might be some poor relatives you have, it might be some poor neighbors you have, who ever it is, the IDEA is not just to go without food, but to realize those WITHOUT FOOD NEED YOUR HELP (AID and ASSISTANCE), nothing in ISLAM is ever just ABOUT YOU.
also, because you are a human being, and have basic needs to be met, as even ALLAH (swt) still wishes some MERCY upon you, I have given you certain liquids you can drink if NECESSARY to get you through the day. I have been through these FAST, and everyone does not adjust the same, and everyone is not built the same, and truthfully everyday is not the same. I have watched some easily go through the DAY without any real problems, but I have also seen others PHYSICALLY suffer, especially after two or three weeks. but they try to force themselves through it. and I cannot believe that is what ALLAH (swt) in all his MERCY which is specificlaly mentioned in this verse (2:185), would want his FAITHFUL suffering, when they could have some comfort, if it is NECESSARY. the purpose of RAMADHAN is a lesson, not a punishment. but fi you are just being GREEDY or SELFISH or REBELLIOUS, this MERCY is not for you. for those who need it, we have;
1. spring water
2. vitamin water
3. tea (actual tea, not sweetened tea)
6. concentrated orange juice
7. concentrated apple juice
8. concentrated grapefruit juice
9. concentrated coconut milk/water
10. non-fat milk
* all juices must be 100% natural.
*I know gatorade and powerade are not really all natural, but they are solely designed for replenishing the body of those things necssary to keep it functioning. and many times plain water is not going to help you when you are feeling physically weak after starving the body. and just like when athletes loose those elements in their bodies, so do you, if you are not replenishing them.
people will not like me saying you can drink these if necessary, but I am more concerned with your personal health, then what they think, say and feel.and when you make it through the FAST this year, I say to you as all MOSLEMS say; EID-AL-MUBARAK!!!!
which reminds, finally I would like to briefly demonstrate that upon much modern consideration, it has been decided that we will stop saying RAMADHAN MUBARAK and RAMADHAN KARIYM, as other MOSLEMS and MUSLIMS do. why???
I know that RAMADHAN has become the popularized term, but RAMADHAN is but a calculated MONTH, it is not a REAL THING, a REAL PERSON or a REAL PLACE. it is a CONCEPT of human thinking.
it is in this IDEA MADE MANIFEST ON PAPER, that the HOLY KORAN (QURAN) OF MECCA, a REAL THING began being handed down to MOHAMMED (asa, a very real person), from ALLAH (swt), a very REAL PERSON (person = living being), at Mecca, a very REAL PLACE.
the FAST, a REAL EVENT of human action, is done because of the above. it is all about ALLAH (swt) and the WORD OF ALLAH (quran), and yet we are running up to each other saying "RAMADHAN IS A BLESSED ONE", and responding with "RAMADHAN IS KARIYM", isnt that kind of SHIRK-ISH??? it is to me.
we know our ZEALOUS brothers and sisters in the east can sometimes be kind of SHIRK-ISH with some of their "TRADITIONS". and so we want to re-examine all TRADITIONS and CUSTOMS that come from them, so that we will not also end up being kind of SHIRK-ISH.
this is one of the reasons we dont say the phrase "LA ILAHA ILLA ALLAH, MOHAMMED AL RASULU ALLAH", or call it TAWHID (SAYING OF ONENESS), when there are TWO being mentioned there. we only say "LA ILAHA ILLA ALLAH" as MOSLEMS, because THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH (swt). that is TAWHID, that is our KALIMAT, that is our SHAHADAH. get me???
let us remember it is ALMIGHTY ALLAH (swt), and ALMIGHTY ALLAH (swt) alone that is OUR LORD!!!
in 2:185 we are told that this month is our opoortunity to "EXALT THE GREATNESS OF ALLAH" (swt), and in some translations, it says to "MAGNIFY ALLAH" (swt), now look carefully at these next verses;
YUSUFALI: When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.
PICKTHAL: And when My servants question thee concerning Me, then surely I am nigh. I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he crieth unto Me. So let them hear My call and let them trust in Me, in order that they may be led aright.
SHAKIR: And when My servants ask you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way.
notice it specifically speaks about HIS (ALLAH'S, swt) "CALL", this whole thing is about THOSE WHO HAVE HEARD ALLAH'S CALL, which of course is coming through the HOLY KORAN (AL QURAN AL ADHIYM), so even here, RAMADHAN is about "ALLAH'S CALL", the focus being ALLAH (swt).
YUSUFALI: Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah Hath ordained for you, and eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast Till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are Limits (set by) Allah: Approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint.
PICKTHAL: It is made lawful for you to go in unto your wives on the night of the fast. They are raiment for you and ye are raiment for them. Allah is Aware that ye were deceiving yourselves in this respect and He hath turned in mercy toward you and relieved you. So hold intercourse with them and seek that which Allah hath ordained for you, and eat and drink until the white thread becometh distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn. Then strictly observe the fast till nightfall and touch them not, but be at your devotions in the mosques. These are the limits imposed by Allah, so approach them not. Thus Allah expoundeth His revelation to mankind that they may ward off (evil).
SHAKIR: It is made lawful to you to go into your wives on the night of the fast; they are an apparel for you and you are an apparel for them; Allah knew that you acted unfaithfully to yourselves, so He has turned to you (mercifully) and removed from you (this burden); so now be in contact with them and seek what Allah has ordained for you, 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, and have not contact with them while you keep to the mosques; these are the limits of Allah, so do not go near them. Thus does Allah make clear His communications for men that they may guard (against evil).
it should be about LEARNING TO RESTRAIN YOUR DESIRES AND PASSIONS, and thus STRENGTHENING YOURSELF INTERNALLY
(MENTALLY and SPIRITUALLY). this is done by focusing on ALLAH (swt), and ALLAH (swt) alone, through his call (revealed word). this is also where the idea of STRICTNESS (self discipline) comes into play, which is also made manifest in the MOSLEMS ability to FOLLOW ORDERS (commands and communications) and BE OBEDIENT.
YUSUFALI: And do not eat up your property among yourselves for vanities, nor use it as bait for the judges, with intent that ye may eat up wrongfully and knowingly a little of (other) people's property.
PICKTHAL: And eat not up your property among yourselves in vanity, nor seek by it to gain the hearing of the judges that ye may knowingly devour a portion of the property of others wrongfully.
SHAKIR: And do not swallow up your property among yourselves by false means, neither seek to gain access thereby to the judges, so that you may swallow up a part of the property of men wrongfully while you know.
YUSUFALI: They ask thee concerning the New Moons. Say: They are but signs to mark fixed periods of time in (the affairs of) men, and for Pilgrimage. It is no virtue if ye enter your houses from the back: It is virtue if ye fear Allah. Enter houses through the proper doors:And fear Allah: That ye may prosper.
PICKTHAL: They ask thee, (O Muhammad), of new moons, say: They are fixed seasons for mankind and for the pilgrimage. It is not righteousness that ye go to houses by the backs thereof (as do the idolaters at certain seasons), but the righteous man is he who wardeth off (evil). So go to houses by the gates thereof, and observe your duty to Allah, that ye may be successful.
SHAKIR: They ask you concerning the new moon. Say: They are times appointed for (the benefit of) men, and (for) the pilgrimage; and it is not righteousness that you should enter the houses at their backs, but righteousness is this that one should guard (against evil); and go into the houses by their doors and be careful (of your duty) to Allah, that you may be successful.
notice here, that even the SIGHTING OF THE NEW MOON is not about WORSHIPPING THEM, or maing them into any form of IDOL, or attributing any SUPER-NATURAL like powers to them, or giving them any CONTROL over you. as you must always have SELF CONTROL, get me??? and if this is true about the MOON, and the calculations (moons) of its orbit around the planet earth, then this is also true about MONTHS (which literally means MOONS, belonging to the MOON, etc).
I would also like for ones to think about the above terms used in 2:189, and the connection to PAGE THREE concerning the "APPOINTED TIME", when ISLAM (STAR AND CRESENT) was seen in the LIGHT OF A NEW DAY (AGE/ARA OF TIME)....it is all about fulfilling the will of ALMIGHTY ALLAH (swt), so let us stay focused, even in our greetings and celebrations...
this is the main reason we here say "Al Salamu Allah Alaikum" (The Peace of Allah Be Upon You). anyway, you get the main idea of all of this...
OBSERVE YOUR DUTY TO ALLAH ALONE!!!
now, think about this, why are we not saying SIYYAM MUBARAK, which would relate more to the person who is fasting, or KORAN (QURAN) MUBARAK, as it is the KORAN (QURAN) that is really the ONE BLESSED (to hold ALLAH'S WISDOM), and a BLESSING to MAN (AL NAS) from ALLAH (swt). or even MOHAMMED AL MUBARAK, after all he was the one blessed to receive the KORAN (QURAN)....get me???
if we must have, or practice a tradition, I personally would prefer for the MOSLEMS to say KORAN AL MUBARAK and respond KORAN AL KARIYM, that would make the most sense, if we are going to be saying something, especially as the KORAN is already called KORAN AL KARIYM....right??? and this would tie all of this in together better...
we must stop focusing on RAMADHAN (which is but an artificial calcultaion of time), and focus more upon ALLAH (swt) and his REVEALED WORD (quran)...and as the KORAN (QURAN/REVEALED WORD) is ALLAH'S (swt), when you show it respect, you are showing the one whose WORD it is the same respect, and ALL PRAISE IS DUE TO ALLAH ALONE!!!!
so whenever someone comes to you saying any of these sayings when speaking about AL SIYYAMU RAMDHAN, just respond "AL HAMDU LILLAH" (ALL PRAISE IS DUT TO ALLAH ALONE), or respond "ALLAHU AKBAR" (ALLAH ALONE IS THE GREATEST).
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