Dengan nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah Lagi Maha Penyayang; selawat dan salam ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.
"Orang-orang yang meninggal dunia di antara kamu dengan meninggalkan isteri-isteri (hendaklah para isteri itu) menangguhkan dirinya (beredah) empat bulan 10 hari." (Maksud ayat 234 Surah Al-Baqarah)
Secebis Kisah Ramadan 25
RAMADAN adalah bulan terbaik untuk kita terus berhenti merokok. Kini sudah hampir sebulan perokok 'tak pekena' pada siang hari Ramadan. Mereka yang terus merokok pada siang hari itu mungkinkah daripada spesies 'geng plastik hitam'...
Selepas sebulan berjaya menahan gian pada siang hari, apabila pada Syawal nanti, perokok boleh lanjutkannya pada malam hari. Apabila siang dan malam tidak lagi merokok, bermakna seseorang itu bukan lagi perokok.
Cakap memang mudah, tak serupa bikin. Hakikatnya perokok makin kuat 'sedutnya' selepas Ramadan. Saya pun tak berjaya berhenti merokok selepas Ramadan.
Tetapi 'perubahan kehidupan' berjaya membuat saya beransur-ansur menghilangkan tabiat itu dan akhirnya bebas daripada MEMBELI dan MENGHISAP rokok. Saya katakan ini kerana ada orang yang berjaya berhenti MEMBELI ROKOK tetapi terus menghisap dengan meminta-minta daripada teman 'segeng' perokok. Atau mereka 'offer' rokok kepada kita, Jadi pengaruh teman itu sangat penting.
Apabila menyedari usia sudah tak berapa muda, saya mula 'geng' dengan orang berkopiah, berserban dan berjubah (pak dan tok syeikh). Hampir semua tidak hisap rokok...jadi apabila duduk-duduk bersama mereka termasuk di kedai kopi terasa sungguh janggal dan malu untuk saya merokok.
Lama kelamaan, saya pun 'give up' merokok...
Getting nothing from fast...
A ‘hadith’ narrated by Darimi: Abu Huraira related that Rasulullah said: “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness.”
I quoted an ustaz (religious teacher) saying: “"Fasting is not just about abstaining from food and drinks. We are also requested to 'fast' our tongues, eyes, ears and minds.
"If we only refrain ourselves from taking food and drinks, but 'free' our sights, hearings and tongues, then at the end of the day, we will be rewarded only with hunger, thirst and tiredness."
He also said we had to 'fast' our stomach. It was true, during Ramadan, we had to refrain from eating and drinking during the day, but it would be of no value if during breaking of the fast, we took food that was forbidden (haram).
He said all the food that was laid on the desk had to be ‘halal’, and there were regulations when eating. For example fill only one third of the stomach with food, the next one third with drink and leave the rest empty for easier breathing as said by the Prophet.
Another aspect of wastage that is regarding time. How many people waste their precious time of Ramadan for example playing ‘dam haji’ (checkers) and carom or watching TV while waiting for the time for ‘berbuka puasa’ (breaking of the fast or iftar)?
The ustaz reminded Muslims to gain maximum benefits from the gifts of Allah SWT during Ramadan. In this holy month, one ‘sunat’ (optional) deed done would be rewarded like a ‘wajib’ or ‘fardu’ (obligatory) deed, and a ‘fardu’ deed would be rewarded 70 times or more than in other months.
He said we should not waste any time during Ramadan because it is very precious. “Grab the opportunities given by The Almighty by considering this is our last Ramadan. If it is our last, then we should do our best to please our Creator, Allah SWT. Every second counts thus fulfill it with activities in accordance to the Creator’s wish.
“Our Ramadan days should not be wasted by doing unrewarded deeds such as playing checkers while waiting for the breaking for fast. Fill it with ‘zikir’ (dhikir that is eulogizing Allah in the words taught by the Prophet or in the words prescribed in the Qur’an),” said the ustaz.
One’s tongue should be wet with words of praising Allah SWT (lidah perlu basah dengan kalimah Allah) with the chants of ‘Laa Ilaha IllAllah (there is no God except Allah) which is the heaviest in weight in the side of Allah SWT.
“Then there are many more ‘kalimah’ that should be read such as ‘Subhanallah, Walhamdulillah, Wala Ilaha Illallah, Wallahuakbar’, Astaghfirullah al Lazi La Ilaha ‘illa Hual Hayyul Qayyum Wa Atubu Illahi’, ‘La Haula Wala Quwwata Illa Billah’, and ‘Subhanallahi Wabihamdihi Subhanallahil ‘Azim’. There is a hadith saying that chanting ‘Subhanallahi Wabihamdihi’ once, a ‘nakhlah’ tree would be planted for that person in Paradise.
These ‘kalimah’ should be chanted in full concentration for the maximum rewards by Allah SWT but for the ‘zikir selawat’ (praises to Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.) its reciters' would also be rewarded even if his mind is not on what they recite, what more if he pays full attention to it. Among the simplest ‘selawat’ is ‘Allahumma Salli Ala Saiyidina Muhammad, Wa’ ala Ali Saiyidina Muhammad’.
Ramadan and the noble Qur’an cannot be separated. It was in this month that the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet s.a.w. through Angel (Malaikat) Jibril a.s. So to Muslims brothers and sisters do always bring a small Qur’an with you and recite it during your free time/