Our Faults in Ramadan
Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya
At this point we should ponder over our i'baadah. How much importance do we
attach to it in Ramadan? How many nafil do we perform? As for fardh deeds, we
observe how numerous people who after having eaten Suhur get back into bed
with the result that the Fajr salah is neglected. Many perform it, but not
with Jamaa'ah. It gives the impression that we give thanks to Allah for the
food we had eaten for Suhur by not performing the most important fardh or by
not performing it with Jamaa'ah. Such a salah has been termed defective.
Rasulullah (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) said that:
"There is no salah for those near the masjid except in the masjid".
In the kitaab 'Mazhaahire Haq' we find that there is no reward for the salah
for persons who do not perform salah with Jamaa'ah without any valid reason or
Similarly, in numerous cases at the time of iftar Maghrib salah is missed, and
many who do not come to the masjid miss the Takbeer at the beginning or miss
the first raka'ah. Many people hasten to get over the Taraweeh salah early and
even perform the 'Isha' salah before the time of 'Isha' commences. (Some do
not pay any attention to salah even in Ramadan.)
That is the way we look after our very important fardh salah in Ramadan.
Sometimes in the process of performing one fardh, three others are destroyed.
How often do we see even the time of Zuhr salah going by because we are
asleep, while time of A'sr goes by because we are too busy buying, selling or
cooking to prepare for iftar.
If such is the case with the faraa'idh, then we can imagine how much less
importance is given to the nafil actions.
One finds that because of sleep, the time of 'salatul Ishraaq (after sunrise)
and 'salatul Dhuhaa (before noon) go by. Then what about 'salat Awwaabeen
(just after Maghrib)? Here we find ourselves busy with Iftar and when thinking
about Taraweeh after about an hour this salah too is wasted. Further we find
that for 'salatul Ta-hajjud the time is the same as that for Suhur with the
result that this too goes by. One may make a thousand excuses for not finding
time for these nawaafil. These are all excuses for not performing these salah.
We see that there are many who do find the time to do all these 'ibaadahs
during these precious moments. I personally had observed my ustaaz Maulana
Khalil Ahmad during many a Ramadan. He was a weak sickly person and of
advanced age but in spite of these drawbacks he used to read one and a quarter
juz of the Qur'an in nafil salah after Maghrib. Thereafter he used to have
meals for about half an hour. After performing all other necessities in
preparation for Taraweeh salah he used to stand in Taraweeh for about two and
a half hours when he was in India, and when he was in Madinah Munawwarah the
duration was three hours.
Thereafter he used to sleep about two or three hours (according to the
season). Then he used to again recite the Qur'an in Tahajjud salah until about
half an hour before Fajr. Then he ate Suhur. From that time until Fajr he
remained busy with reading the Qur'an or reciting of wazifas. With the
greyness of dawn he performed Fajr salah, thereafter he remained in meditation
(muraa-qabah) until Ishraaq. Having performed Ishraaq he used to write his
famous kitaab, 'Baziul Majhood', commentary on Abu Dawood. Then he normally
attend to letters and dictating replies up to mid-day. Then he used to rest up
to Zuhr salah. Between Zuhr and A'sr he used to recite the Qur'an.
From A'sr Salah until Maghrib he used to be busy with tasbeeh and answering
the queries of those who visited him. When he completed 'Baziul Majhood' then
part of the morning used to be spent in tilaawah and studying some monumental
religious works, especially Baziul Majhood and Wafa al Wafa. This was his
daily programme for nafil 'ibaadah throughout the year.
In Ramadan however, he used to spend a bit more time in his i'baadah, making
the rak'aats longer. For the ordinary person to observe the special programmes
the other pious elders had for Ramadan would be difficult. Shaikhul Hind
Maulana Mahmoo-dul Hasan (Rahmatullah alaihi) used to remain in nafil salah
from after Taraweeh until Fajr, while also listening to the Qur'an recited by
various huffaazh one after the other.
Maulana Shah Abdurraheem Raipuri (1963) remained busy with tilaawah
(recitation) of the Qur'an day and night through Ramadan. There used to be no
time for attending to correspondence or meeting visitors. Only his special
ones were allowed to wait on him after Taraweeh for a short period while he
drank a cup of tea.
Source: Virtues of Ramadan