Beware of Ramadaan Thieves

There exists some thieves, that are particular to the month of Ramadaan. These thieves have no use for your money, wealth or property, rather they steals your time and good deeds. So beware, my fellow muslims of the following thieves:
?1. Television:

This thief is dangerous and ruins days of people and diminishes their rewards, by watching useless movies and programs it squanders the time in a month where the days are the best of all days and nights are the best of all nights. Moreover, protect your eyes from that which Allah has forbidden and avoid those inappropriate programs.

?2. Too much sleep:

Just because you’re not eating, you shouldn’t pass these blessed hours over sleeping. While you will need a nap to energise yourself for Qiyaam, don’t make sleep your ibadah!

?3. Wasting the night

A thief that steals most valuable time from you. This thief is responsible for turning you away from salatul layl, istighfar and tawbah and reading of specific duas of Ramadan and recitation of the Qur’an. Nights spent eating and gossiping are not worth while, Ramadan only comes once a year.

?4. Stinginess

Give sadqa, iftaar and help the orphans. Give iftaar even if it is half a date or a sip of water, so Allah will forgive your past sins.

?5. Gatherings with out dhikr of Allah

This thief comes with deep regret on the day of judgement. Remember Allah whenever you can, and encourage others to do likewise.

?6. Helping parents

Whoever in this month does good towards their relatives, Allah will multiply the rewards. Take extra precaution with your mother and father. Serve them as much as you can, and uphold the ties of kinship with all your relatives.

?7. Bad Akhlaq (Manners):

Fasting is not just restraining from food and drinks but eyes, ears, tongue and all parts of the body should also be fasting. Stay away from lying, backbiting, cursing, suspicion if you want to pass the sirat with ease, during this month, make your Akhlaq good.

And the biggest thief …

?8. Social media i.e Facebook, Whatsapp etc

If you do not use them in the right way, all your good deeds could be taken from you. Don’t waste time scrolling through posts, use your time wisely for more rewardable deeds.

Dear readers , don’t let this holy month go so that when everyone is receiving their rewards, you are the one who remains empty handed.

May Allah accept our ibadah (Deeds).
Regarding this, the following question was asked to Sh Ibn Baz;
Some people who are fasting spend most of the day in Ramadaan watching movies and soap operas on video and TV, and playing cards. What is the Islamic view on that?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Those who are fasting and other Muslims should fear Allaah with regard to what they do and what they refrain from doing at all times, and they should beware of that which Allaah has forbidden of watching indecent movies which show things which Allaah has forbidden, such as pictures of naked and semi-naked people and evil words; the same applies to things that appear on TV which go against the laws of Allaah, such as images, songs, musical instruments and misleading advertisements.

Every Muslim, whether he is fasting or not, should be beware of playing with cards, because of what that involves of witnessing evil and doing evil, and because it also leads to hard-heartedness, sickness in the heart and lack of respect for Allaah’s laws and finding what Allaah has made obligatory to be burdensome, such as praying in congregation and other obligatory duties, and falling into many haraam things. Allaah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e. music, singing) to mislead (men) from the path of Allaah without knowledge, and takes it (the path of Allaah, or the Verses of the Qur’aan) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell‑fire).

7. And when Our Verses (of the Qur’aan) are recited to such a one, he turns away in pride, as if he heard them not — as if there were deafness in his ear. So announce to him a painful torment”

[Luqmaan 31:6-7]

And Allaah says in Soorat al-Furqaan, describing the slaves of the Most Merciful (interpretation of the meaning):

“And those who do not bear witness to falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity”

[al-Furqaan 25:72].

Falsehood includes all kinds of evil, and what is meant by “[they] do not bear witness” is that they are not present. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There will be among my ummah people who regard adultery, silk, alcohol and music as permissible.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh in a mu’allaq, majzoom report. What is meant by music is singing and musical instruments. Allaah has forbidden to the Muslims the means that cause them to fall into evil. Undoubtedly watching evil films and the evils that are shown on television are means that cause one to fall into evil or to become careless and not denounce it. And Allaah is the One whose help we seek. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (15/315).

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