Claimers Of Fasting
Dr. Muhammad Hassan At-Tayyan
There are people from the claimers of fasting who like to make Ramadan a rack
on which they hung their errors, unpleasant practices, their bad manners, and
cruel treatment to others. You see them like a time bomb and they gather in
their chest malice and anger. When someone speaks to them, they answer back
with malice and hatred, justifying their bad actions with fasting or Ramadan.
Who told you that Ramadan is the month of bad manners, tight chest, and the
release of the tongue with every bad word?
If you use bad manners justifying your action with fasting, do you think
people will accept that? Or would Allah be satisfied with you? Or your devil
decorated your bad actions and turning people away from the way then went too
far in your seduction when he made you justify your actions with Ramadan or
Our Lord (Glory be to Him) says: "O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the
fast) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that
you may become Al-Muttaqűn (the pious)" while you understand it: So that you
may do wrong.
Our Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Fasting is a screen (from Hell) So, the
person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should
not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses
him, he should tell him twice, 'I am fasting'" while you understand fasting as
a permission to insult and cursing, a cause for bad manners and tight chest,
and an argument to hold your tongue against foul language!
Where are you from the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he
said: "How many fasting people do not benefit anything of his fasting but
hunger and thirst. And how many people observe the voluntary night Salah but
does not benefit except fatigue." Moreover, where are you from the Prophet's
saying: "Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not
in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his
Dear Muslim brother, fasting is a school in which a fasting person learns how
to follow the manners of the righteous and raise his degrees among pathfinders
to purify himself, expand his chest, beautify his words, and forsake
everything that may disturb his fasting such as bad manners and corrupted
If bad manners and foul language are dispraised all year long, they are more
dispraised in Ramadan where devils are chained, evil is reduced, and goodness
By Allah, those who allow themselves to spread corruption, curse, slander, and
bad manners in a time where devils are chained are far away from goodness and
are nearer to evil in other times.
It came in the words of Luqman to his son: If your keeper is trustworthy and
your safe is locked, you shall be guided in both the world and the Hereafter
(i.e. The heart and the tongue).
When someone claims that his chest is naturally impatient, quick-tempered, and
bad-mannered, he should know that fasting should cultivate his temper and
behave his manners because if he does not do so, his fasting shall be lost and
his obedience shall be corrupted.
No doubt, a person cannot have good manners without suppressing anger,
becoming patient, becoming forbearing and knowledgeable. The Messenger of
Allah guided us to this way by his saying: "Knowledge is obtained by learning,
forbearing is obtained by observing forbearing, whoever pursuits goodness
shall have it, and whoever pursuits evil shall have it."
I ask Allah (Glory be to Him) to grant us the manners of the truthful fasting
people, to make us avoid every disgrace, and make us from those who listen to
words and follow its best; and praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.