RECEIVING RAMADAAN– RESCUERS FROM TRIALS BY SHAYKHABDUL BAREE
InnalhamdaLillaahinahmaduhuwanasta’eenahu wa nastaghfiruhu, wa na’oodhubillaahi min shuroorianfusinaa wa min sayi’aatia’maalinaa. Man yahdihIllaahufalaamudillalahuwa man yudlilfalaahaadiyalahu. Waashhadu an laailaaha ill-Allah wahdahu la sharikalahu wa ashhaduannaMuhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhusallalahualayhi wa alaalihiwasallam.
إِنَّ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ وَنَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللَّهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
(Praise be to Allah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, the One, having no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger).
]يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُون[
O you who believe! Fear Allaah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islaam. Soorat-ul-Aal-i-'Imran ayah 102
]يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمِ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا[
O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah , through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer. Sooratun- Nisaa' ayah 1
]يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا]
O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.Soorat-ul-Ahzaabayaat 70-71 
All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his household and companions.
Brothers in faith! The Messenger of Allaah has informed us that among the signs of The Hour is the appearance of trials and they shall continue to appear until The Hour comes.
Among the companions of the Prophet, there was a particular companion who was much concerned about the Hadeeth that have to do with trials. That companion wasHuthaifah Ibn Al-Yamaan. He used to say, ‘The companions of the Prophet used to ask him about good things, but I used to ask him about evil matters out of fear of being afflicted by them.’Sahih Muslim 1847
Fellow Muslims! In these days we are afflicted by different kinds of trials and tribulations that subject people’s thoughts and conduct to changes; trials that come one after the other; waves of trials in these days do not only overwhelm people, but overwhelm them along with their thoughts and beliefs. And the waves of beliefs and realities are probably the essence of trials of this age and many are the victims of these trials.
Allaah threatens Muslims with trials if they turn away from the religion of their Lord and His laws when He says, “And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad’s) commandments beware lest some trials befall them or a painful torment be inflicted upon them.” Quran SurahAn-Noor: 63
The trial in this ayath includes all kinds of punishments like killing, disasters, imposing of a tyrant ruler and disease. It is a general trial that when it occurs leaves none behind. Allaah says, “And fear the trial which affect not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong, (but it may afflict all the good and bad people).” Quran SurahAl-Anfaal: 25
Brothers in faith! Trials are grave in consequences for they leave nothing undistorted. However, the gravest kind of all trials is the one that affects one’s religion; in which one is misled and becomes confused. Trials in religion lead some people to abject despair, make Satan play with their sense of reasoning, lead some to whimsical thoughts and blind others from seeing the truth.
Trials are a divine way in which Allaah has decreed for His slaves great wisdom among which is to test the Muslims and distinguish between the faithful ones and the liars; between the sincere ones and the opportunists. It is by trials that realities become known and insincere ones are exposed and done away with.
During trials, some people maintain their manliness and bear all hardship that comes their way with courage and resoluteness.
A Muslim should therefore be on his guard as far as trials are concerned for the Messenger of Allaah has warned that, ‘There are going to be trials in which the condition of one who is sitting will be better than that of the one who is standing and the condition of the one who is standing will be better than that of the one who is walking and the condition of the one who is walking will be better than that of the one who is running. And whoever exposes himself to those trials will certainly fall into it.’Sahih al-Bukhari Vol5:3601 (vol5:799)
Let every Muslim therefore take precautions against the trials by holding fast onto the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet. Allaah says, “Then, whoever follows My Guidance shall neither go astray, nor fall into distress and misery.” Quran Surah TaaHaa: 123
Muslims should therefore follow the guidance of Allaah, take to the Sunnah of His Messenger and implement the injunctions of these two pure sources on every aspect of their lives.
Supplication is also one of the means of confronting trials for there is no power except with Allaah. Let the Muslims supplicate to their Lord during trials. The Prophet used to say in his supplications, ‘O Allaah, You are the One Who changes the hearts (of His slaves for good to evil, and visa versa), make my heart stead fast on Your religion.’ Classed as hasan in Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3522 He also commanded his companions to seek refuge with Allaah from trials by saying, ‘Seek refuge with Allaah from all hidden and manifest trials.’
Muslims should endeavour to purify their hearts and reform them through good deeds for that strengthens the hearts during trials. Allaah says, “But if they had done what they were told, it would have been better for them and would have strengthened their faith.” Quran Surah An-Nisaa: 66
Perseverance and piety are also good protection against the trials. Allaah says, “You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and in your own selves; and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who receive the Scripture before you (Jews and Christians) and from those who ascribe partners to Allaah, but if you persevere patiently, and become pious, then verily, that will be a determining factor in all affairs and that is from the great matters.” Quran Surah Aal-‘Imran: 186
One is saved from tribulations by turning to Allaah sincerely and invoking Him truthfully. Prophet Yoosuf was saved because of his sincerity and the people of the Cave were saved because of their truthfulness. Therefore Allaah’s protection for us against trials will be in accordance with our own faith and servitude towards Him.
Ibn al-Qayyim said, ‘Allaah’s protection and defending of Muslims will be in accordance with their remembrance of Him. So whoever is more perfect in faith and remembrance will have greater protection and defence from Allaah and whoever has less faith and remembrance gets less defence and protection.’
Dear Muslims! Ramadaan – the month of blessing – is now approaching. Let us use the opportunity of this month to do more good deeds and increase in acts of worship in order that Allaah’s protection for us may be greater.
After a few days, Muslims will be rejoicing over the advent of this great month during which the doors of Hell are closed and the gates of Paradise are opened. Muslims are in need of this great month for purification of their souls and strengthening their resolve.
Ramadaan is a month that should be received with clean souls, pure wealth and free hearts. The greatest acts to be done in this month are therefore reforming of the hearts for the heart that still indulges in sin will lose great bliss.
Let the month of Ramadaan be an opportunity for freeing hearts from rancour and hatred. Let the holy month be used for settling disputes between one and his Muslim brothers; let it be an opportunity for being kind to parents and the kith and kin; an opportunity to play a positive role in the society.
Among the wisdom of Ramadaan is that the Muslim should use the opportunity of the month to share the feelings of his brothers all over the world and let him increase in his endeavour to invoke Allaah, the Almighty, Who says, “And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by my knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me so that they may be led aright.” Quran Surah Al-Baqarah: 186