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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ramadhan - Stages of Fasting - Part 3

5. Avoiding Eating Too Much
It is encouraged to break fast moderately by not eating too much. Some people stuff themselves with food and drinks till it makes them bloated and unable to perform their maghrib prayers. It defeats the purpose of fasting and is contrary to the example shown by the Holy Messenger,Muhammad SAW.

There is no other stomach that is more loved by Allah SWT than the one filled moderately with halal foods. The fasting during Ramadhan is meant to be a way to defeat the urging of the Nafs and is also meant to teach us to be patient and content with being moderate in our feasting and spending, etcetera.

The irony is that some people tend to go overboard in spending more than usual when it comes to buying foodstuff to break their fasts. This is not good and is actually a sin in wasting precious funds which would be better used to save for days when our economies become lean and stretched.

A modern day dilemna facing us today is all the various Ramadan Buffets being offered here and there further enticing those who are flush with cash to forget all the advice and hadiths of Rasulullah SAW about being moderate in everything.

Just imagine, people are willing to spend almost a hundred ringgits each to go and break fast at such Ramadan buffets where so many varieties of rich foods are offered to them.

What will happen to all those who go and break fast at such places? Yes, it will be a classic case of the python that swallows a huge feast and will be incapacitated to move a muscle after their tummies become bloated and immobile!

Forget about Solat maghrib and Isya'! When one becomes so very bloated with food, the eyelids will come down and before you know it, they'd be so sated that they will soon be in the land of the snooze! Before you go and accuse me of badmouthing people, this is the reality of those who over indulge and over consume foods and drinks.

Rich foods tend to be prepared using ingredients that tend to make one feel drowsy and full after eating even a few spoonfuls. Local delicacies and delicious fare such as Nasi Briyani, Nasi Minyak, Nasi Tomato, all those mouthwatering curries and meats tend to make one who feeds on them go into slow mode as their tummies fill up with such meals.

The Prophet Muhammad SAW always broke his fast with a date fruit and a small glass of water. Then the Holy Messenger would perform his Maghrib prayers with the congregation of the Muslims. After the prayers and the dhikrs, only then would the Prophet SAW have a light meal with the people.

After the meal, the Prophet SAW would then again lead the people in the Isya' prayers and after that the Taraweeh prayers. The Prophet SAW prayed 8 raka'ats of the Taraweeh prayers with the congregation. It is reported that the Messenger SAW would offer additional prayers at home.

The 2nd Caliph, Saiyidina Omar Al Khattab during his rule over the Muslims made it 20 raka'ats of the Solat Taraweeh to be prayed in congregation with the ummah.

There are many who do not want to follow such an example for to them it is from the Prophet SAW whom they recognise as the very person from whom they must follow in terms of religious practices and not from anyone else!

It is up to the individual to offer as many prayers to Allah the Almighty as they want to but in Islam, it is enjoined to stick to the limits and statures set by the Greatest Messenger of Almighty God, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam.

Can we be better than our Most Beloved Prophet SAW in our amals? Surely, not! So it is best to be moderate and not overdo anything, especially when it involves matters concerning prayers and religious practices.

Whoever does anything new or more than what the Prophet SAW has laid down for us is an innovator and commits the sin of Bida'ah! Such sins will bring us to Hellfire and that is not what we all want , do we?

So, play it safe and just do as the Prophet SAW did and do not go overboard in anything.

Verily , the fasting of Ramadhan weakens the nafs that leads us to committing sin and forget our obligations to ourselves and to Allah SWT and to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

It is therefore better to reduce our intake of food especially after breaking fast in the month of Ramadhan compared to months other than Ramadhan. A stomach that is not filled to the brim will make it easier for us to go about performing our amals and we will feel lighter to do so.

The realisation of having successfully fasted a whole day and then able to perform our religious practices with an ease and comfort gined by following the example of the Prophet SAW will thus gladden our hearts and souls, giving us peace of mind and happiness of spirit bringing about a purification of the soul! Isn't that the objective of fasting in Ramadhan?

Getting dividends and bonuses of sincerity gained by sticking to the Sunnah of the Prophet and not following the settings of Syaitan set throughout the year to those of us who fail to fortify our hearts and souls from falling prey to his instigations and whisperings into our hearts and our nafs!

We believe that in this holy month of Ramadhan, the Gates of Hell are locked up tight where every evil being from the Spiritual World of Syaitan and his legions of doom are incarcerated by the Will of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala!

Yes, the whole world becomes free from the disturbances of Syaitan Laknatullah and his kind but Mankind is not free from the after effects and the set in programmes of Syaitan that is set to run in auto mode in the hearts and minds of the humanbeings who have let him, the Devil to distract us from the Way of the Lord save for those who have stuck to their religious practices which is the best form of protection from the Accursed One and his evil whisperings.

That is why, even in Ramadhan, there will still be those amongst the Muslims who continue to go against the teachings in Islam and even have the audacity to not fast and do so even in public! Only when the Islamic Religious Department go and take action against them do they say that they are sorry, have gastricitis, etcetera all in vain to claim ignorance and so on! Hmmmm..it's the same old story, year after year, time after time.

Ramadhan is a month of purification of our souls and the elimination of our egos and our pride. It is a month where we are enjoined to put aside our differences and our enmity between us and those in our lifes.

It is the best time to go ahead and apologise to anyone whom we have offended and caused hurt or wronged. It is a time to reflect on our past deeds and to forge a better objective in the pursuit of our goals in our life!

Ramadhan is not about forgoing food and drinks in the day and then going all out in stuffing our tummies when the sun sets.

It is meant to be a month where our stomachs which have been at work all year long, day and night is given a much needed rest and overhaul where unburned fats and toxins accumulated all year long gets to be burned off in the period of fasting when we do not eat or drink during the day.

When we do not eat and drink, the body which needs energy to go on, has to activate the stored fats and cholesterol to be burned off as the alternative supply of energy to keep us going. The result is that those of us who are chubby and on the 'plus side', get a chance to get a bit slimmer, healthier and better looking if we stick to the requirements of Fasting in Ramadhan.

Allah SWT loves us when we follow what's right and stop doing all that is wrong in our lifes.

Insya Allah, we can all try, can't we? Better to do what we can instead of just wasting our precious life away!

May Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala accept our amals and forgive us our sins. Ameen.

8 comments:

Maverick SM said...

Selamat Berpuasa!

mahaguru58 said...

Thank you Brother Maverick,

Will do, God Willing! :)

Have a nice day bro.

Friend from Texas said...

Dear Mahaguru,

I will miss joining my Malay friends back in KL for a breaking of fast...not at the overpriced lavish pish posh hotel buffets, but with some simple kuih or karipap and some tea at the stalls.

Anyways, just stopped by to read your daily blogs and to wish you a Blessed Fasting Season and that the weather may be kind to you during the fasting month.

Friend from Texas said...

Mahaguru said:
What will happen to all those who go and break fast at such places? Yes, it will be a classic case of the python that swallows a huge feast and will be incapacitated to move a muscle after their tummies become bloated and immobile!


Hahaha! That is a witty, but brutally true statement.

You think our Malay friends who partake in these gigantic meals are bad...you should come to Texas and I will take you to restaurants here and show you the servig size these folks consume here. When they say everything is bigger in Texas, they definitely meant it where the serving size of food is concerned!

I virtually get indigestion everytime the server brings me my meal at restaurants here.

Unfathomable how humans can consume that much of food so rich in trans fats and cholesterol and not get an immediate cardiovascular arrest after the last mouthful!

mahaguru58 said...

Dear FFT, I am only stating the obvious.

Gone are the days of simple manners of breaking fast in the cities.

I will take some photos of the various Ramadan Buffets banners strung across various psih posh hotels here in KL.

There are still the local Ramadan Bazaars here in KL which are worth going to like the ones in Pandan Indah, Desa Pandan, Kampong Baru, Jalan Raja Alang, etc.

Traditional kueh and all kinds of delicious fare is on sale at very reasonable prices that one just gets bewildered as to choose which delicacies to buy and bring back home?

Usually, I break fast at home with my spouse after buying some foodstuff at those Ramadan bazaars!

At times we will break fast at any of those Ramadan Buffets that are reasonably priced and worth going to but depends on our moods, also.

I have seen on TV how the Texans always want to have the largest, biggest, longest, etc in all that they do!

Tell them, Malaysia's the most suitable place other than Texas for them to follow their inclinations because we too have our fair share of those who are stricken with such obsessiveness!

Malaysia Boleh? Hehehehehe..

Anyway, if you are ever back home in Malaysia and in KL, give me a ring.

We can go to any of the local Mamak Bistro's to have a Nescafe Tarik and some local curry puffs!

RPK should seriously consider my call to him to form our own association- Malaysian Bloggers Association.

It will make us have a legal standing and be able to address any issues arising from cases like Jeff Ooi's brush with the powers that be, etcetera.

Anyway, such an idea needs to be shared and supported by all serious bloggers.

What we have today is sadly, a bunch of people who only dare to speak or cuss behind a pseudonym and have not the spine to stand up behind their opinions online.

Back to the topic, aren't there any Malaysian students studying in Texas, near your place?

From what I have heard, they usually congregate and have a mini Malaysia Food Fest amongst themselves.

Why don't you go join them if you miss our local foods?

It is true that Malaysians tke for granted our country, foods and culture when being home.

You start missing all that we have here only when you are overseas!

Then , you come home with a vengeance and stuff yourself silly with all the delicious Malaysian foods we have here.

As a Penangite, I miss all those Penang foods and even the Transfer Road Ismalia Bakery's famous Roti Benggali's and Sup Hameed at Penang Road and also the Market Street Apom and Teh Halia!

Aiyaaa FFT, you have made me miss home so much!...

Keep in touch and take care bro.

Meriza said...

Hey FFT, are you Muslim or not? Just went to your blog and all you do is insult us Muslims.

Hipocrite!

Friend from Texas said...

Mahaguru said:
Anyway, if you are ever back home in Malaysia and in KL, give me a ring.
We can go to any of the local Mamak Bistro's to have a Nescafe Tarik and some local curry puffs!


Yes, I will do....and that sounds like a splendid idea. Thanks.


Mahaguru said:
Back to the topic, aren't there any Malaysian students studying in Texas, near your place?

Why don't you go join them if you miss our local foods?


Ah yes......those were the good old days. There were quite a few of us during university days. We did get together for cook outs and such.

Since I've graduated, and so have the others, we've all gravitated towards our careers and such and rarely meet up.

There actually was a Malaysian restaurant in North Dallas called Penang! Run by a Malaysian couple from Penang. The food was excellent...but alas...the Malaysian menu wasn't doing so well, so they changed their business model to a sushi restaurant.

Now I get my Malaysian fix when I'm in LA or New York.


Mahaguru said:
What we have today is sadly, a bunch of people who only dare to speak or cuss behind a pseudonym and have not the spine to stand up behind their opinions online.


I'm halfway in agreement with you. The situation is created by the authorities over the decades. The fact that there are folks who are standing up to speak out, regardless of anonymity, is something good in and of itself. It has to start somewhere.

But really, anonymity is merely an illusion. If the authorities do indeed want to find out who one is, they can do so quite easily.

I wouldn't be too worried about MT. What is happening has less to do with random anonymous snipers in the comments section than it has to do with a political agenda.

The shutting down of MT's free speech is an event marker for a political earthquake about to hit Malaysia.

It is also no surprise that this "demise" of free speech also goes hand in hand with the return into the political arena of that enemy of free speech, Mahathir.

Not implicating RPK in any way, I can't be the judge of that, but too many incidents seem to be converging in one direction both within MT and, especially, beyond.

Let's just hope that ordinary Malaysians are not affected when these political dinosaurs battle.


Meriza said...
Hey FFT, are you Muslim or not? Just went to your blog and all you do is insult us Muslims.

Hipocrite!


Why don't you come over and post this in my turf, so I may give you the response you so richly deserve, without having to drag poor Mahaguru and his personal blog into this?

Meriza said...

I was just informing mahaguru58 if he doesn't know of you real thoughts about us Muslims.

I don't want to pick a fight with you, especially this month of Ramadhan.

You be on your own. I am not bothered.

Meriza