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Preparing for Ramadan (part 6)

The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

لِلصَّائِمِ فَرْحَتَانِ فَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يُفْطِرُ وَفَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يَلْقَى رَبَّهُ

There are two joys for the fasting person: the joy when he breaks his fast, and the joy when he meets his Lord. [At-Tirmidhi]

فرح (joy) is an act of worship, an عبادة, which the believers should feel when they break their fast.

For what reason is the believer happy?

Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) said that when he breaks his fast, his pleasure is from two aspects:

1) That he has carried out the command of Allaah and successfully completed the obligation enjoined upon him by Allaah. How many people are in the graveyard wishing to fast for just one day for the sake of Allaah and yet he is unable to! The believer is happy that Allaah bestowed this favor upon him; that He guided him to complete the fast of that day. This is an important act of worship that one should practice at the time of breaking his fast.

2) Also, he feels joyful because Allaah has made lawful for him what conforms with his nature of food, drinks, and sexual relations with his spouse, after they were forbidden for him.

Pause and reflect: what truly brings you joy in this life and what saddens you? Are you only happy when you attain worldly gain – when you get a gift from someone or when you attain something you desire? Or do you rejoice when you finish Salaat in the proper way, when you complete your fast in the proper way?

Ponder over the moments of joy in your life. When are you happy? Read the rest of this entry