Of The Errors Done in Ramadan Is Abiding By Allah's Obedience Daytime
Sheikh Nada Abu Ahmad
Praise be to Allah (may He be Exalted). We praise Him, seek His help and
forgiveness, and we seek refuge with Allah against the evils of our own selves
and our bad actions. Whom Allah guides, there is no one can mislead and
whoever has been misled, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god
but Allah alone who has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is His
Servant and Messenger.
"O you who believe! Fear Allâh (by doing all that He has ordered and by
abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him,
be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of
Islâm [as Muslims (with complete submission to Allâh)]." [Surat Al 'Imran:
"O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person
(Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwâ' (Eve)], and from them
both He created many men and women; and fear Allâh through Whom you demand
(your mutual rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship).
Surely, Allâh is Ever an All-Watcher over you." [Surat An-Nisa': 1].
"O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him, and speak (always)
the truth. * He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive
you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger (peace be upon
him), he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e., he will be saved from
the Hell-fire and will be admitted to Paradise)." [Surat Al Ahzab: 70 - 71].
The most truthful speech is the Book of Allah (may He be Exalted) and the best
guidance is the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The evilest
of all matters are the innovated, and every innovated is a heresy and every
heresy is a deviation and every aberrance is in fire.
Of these errors:
Abiding by Allah's Obedience during the daytime of Ramadan then leaving it
during the night
Many Muslims in these times do not understand the reality of fasting and
believe that the meaning of fasting is to abstain from food, drink, and sexual
People have abstained from what is lawful but they did not avoid what has been
prohibited to them. So, what kind of fasting in which a person says at the
Maghrib Adhan (call to Prayer): The thirst has gone, veins have wetted, and
the reward is confirmed then he lights a cigarette and at night he becomes a
servant to his lust, watches satellite channels, surfs the web, or becomes a
customer in one of night clubs or in demagogic gatherings which are falsely
called "Ramadanic tents." However, if such a person is called to Tarawih Salah
and Qiyam, he will count excuses such as sickness, cold, snivel, and the
aberration of the villains.
Al Hasan Al Basry (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) commented on Allah's
Saying: "And He it is Who has put the night and the day in succession, for
such who desires to remember or desires to show his gratitude." [Surat Al
He said: Whoever fails to perform the acts of worship at night, he may make
them up in the early beginning of the daytime and whoever fails to perform
them in the morning, he may make them up at night because the Lord of the
daytime is the Lord of the night.
Nevertheless, you find some people prevent themselves from indulging into sins
during the daytime of Ramadan but by the Adhan of 'Isha' and finishing the
Tarawih dinner you find the same person enjoying all kinds of sins: Sitting to
watch movies and series, listening to songs, standing in the streets to look
at girls as if Ramadan only comes in the daytime and during which sins should
not be committed and obedience of the Knower of the Unseen should be applied,
but when the night comes, good actions stop and every unlawful action that was
prohibited for him in the daytime is done.
We say to those who look at prohibited matters during the nights of Ramadan:
Are those the eyes which were shedding tears at reciting the Qur'an during the
daytime of Ramadan?
And to those who listen to songs in the nights of Ramadan, are those the ears
which used to listen to the words of the Most Gracious in the daytime of
To those who release their tongues in backbiting and falsehood, are you the
ones who used to recite the Qur'an and say amen to the invocations of imams?
Indeed, this is strange.
To those people, we remind you of the words of the Lord of all the Worlds, who
says in His Book: "And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has
spun, after it has become strong." [Surat An-Nahl: 92].
So, do not waste the rewards of the actions which you were doing in the
daytime and do not be like the woman who undoes the beautiful garment which
she was sewing by the end of the day. In order to know the value of Ramadan
nights, read with me the following words of the Prophet (peace be upon him)
where he said: "Whoever establishes Salah during the nights of Ramadan out of
sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, all his previous sins
will be forgiven."
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: "Whoever established Salah on the
Night of the Qadr [the Night of Decree] out of sincere faith and hoping for a
reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: "When it is the first night of the
month of Ramadan, the devils are chained, and the rebellious jinns are put in
hackles. The gates of Hell are shut and not one of them is opened. And the
gates of Paradise are unlocked and none of them is locked. And, an announcer
calls: O seeker of good, come forward. And O seeker of evil, desist. And there
are many whom Allah frees from Hell-Fire - and that is every night." [Reported
by At-Tirmidhy from the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him)
which was reported in Sahih Al Jami': 759].
So, may the nose of such a person be in dust and mud because all he has done
in Ramadan is to sit and watch movies, series, and competitions, and left the
competitions and race to the Paradise which its width is as wide as the
heavens and the earth.
Such people have missed the great favor because they have abandoned Qiyam and
were not from the diligent in worship at night.