Friday, July 19, 2013

Common errors made during Ramadan

1)Excessive spending: 

Ramadan should be a time to avoid being wasteful, and learning 
to be prepared in facing harder times by distinguishing the needs 
from the luxuries.
Unfortunately, many people go beyond their limits to spend during 
Ramadan. Whether in the varieties of food that they savor each night, 
or by the other types of spending.

2) Staying awake during the night and sleeping during the day: 

Some people sleep during most of the day when they are fasting. 
Ramadan is not a time of being lazy, and this does not allow the 
full benefit from the experience of fasting. It is as if they have only 
inverted their nights into days and vice versa. 
In addition, some may spend a great portion of the night indulging in 
eating and drinking and socializing.

3) Spending more time in socializing: 

Because people invite each other more often during Ramadan they 
do tend to spend more time socializing with friends, and relatives. 
While it is a good deed to feed the fasting person, this should not 
result in precious time lost in vain talk. Use the occasion for 
remembering Allah (SWT) and offering additional prayers.

4) Reading Holy Quran too fast: 

Some insist on finishing the whole Holy Quran once or more, even if 
they have to read very fast. Although reading the Holy Quran 
many times is desirable, this should not be done hastily, without 
pondering upon its meaning. 

Allah (SWT) said: "This is a Book which We have sent down to you, 
full of blessings that they may ponder over its verses." 
(Holy Quran 38:29)

5) Socializing in Itikaf: 

Many people are eager to do Itikaf but some confine themselves in 
the Masjid not to pray and worship Allah (SWT) but to talk and socialize.

The ways of doing good are numerous in Ramadan. Many people try to 
perform more than they are able to. By going beyond their capabilities, 
they end up not performing any deed in the desired way.

Scholars and Preachers should assume a more prominent role in educating 
the people - both by talking to them and by giving the best example in 
their behavior which should comply to the Shariah (Islamic Law) and 
following the Sunnah.

The Muslim should realize that his priorities dictate that he does what 
benefits him in the Hereafter and should not put worldly interests first.

The Muslim should apply himself to deepen his sense of following 
the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), in every aspect of his life, 
at all times and especially during the month of Ramadan. 

This necessitates seeking more knowledge about the Fiqh of fasting and 
its etiquette, assimilating the wisdom and goals of fasting, and 
facilitating the means that allow all the Muslims to benefit from their fasting.