RUINING THE FAST, BODY AND SOUL

FASTING the Month of Ramadhaan is a wonderful spiritual and physical remedy. Allah Ta‘ala is the Creator of the Rooh (Soul) and the physical body, and He has designed all practices of Ibaadat for the welfare and development of both the soul and the body. Although the intention underlying Fasting is only to gain Allah‘s Pleasure by fulfilling His Command, the Fasting comes with many health benefits.
An expert non-Muslim naturopath observed that the Islamic practice of Fasting a month is a wonderful health benefit, however, Muslims nullify the beneficial effects of the Fasting when they break their fast in the evening. They go overboard in reckless gluttony. This gluttony commences immediately at Iftaar. Instead of heeding Rasulullah‘s advice and command of breaking the fast frugally, Muslims nowadays indulge in nauseating gluttony.
The gluttony begins with the commencement of the Athaan. Elaborate meals are spread out in the Musaajid for anti-Sunnah and physically and spiritually ruinous feasting. The holy moments of Iftaar are treated as an occasion of haraam merrymaking. The fasting ones devour to the point of satiation or even more. Then generally they leave their mess on the Musjid carpets. After Maghrib Salaat, they rush home for the ‗primary‘ and main meal. It boggles the mind to fathom how they manage to locate space in their bellies for the deluge of the harmful foods they ingest after Maghrib. Then after Taraaweeh, commences another round of feasting with deserts, etc.
A human being should utilize his intelligence to understand the physical and spiritual villainy perpetrated to the body and soul by such reckless gluttony unknown to even dogs and the beasts in the jungle. The inevitable consequence of this style of horrible, nauseating gluttony is the ultimate breakdown of the physical body which becomes afflicted with many diseases, and the utter ruin of the Muslim‘s spiritual fibre. In the wake of this self-destruction the evil nafs becomes bloated and remains in full control of the intelligence.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered us to make iftaar with only dates and/or water.
This exhortation is for practical implementation and has been designed by Allah Ta‘ala for our all-round welfare.

IFTAAR IN A SYNAGOGUE

IFTAAR IN A SYNAGOGUE
A Brother writes:

Sympathising with the Muslim community of Cape Town in the aftermath of the New Zealand killings, Rabbi Greg Alexander of the Progressive Jewish Congregation at Cape Town had this to say;

” I want to invite any Muslim in Cape Town or beyond to join our Synagogue for our Ifthar Shabbat on Friday 31st May 2019, during the Holy month of Ramadaan.

For the past three years it has become an annual tradition to invite our Muslim neighbours to come and break your fast with us at our Shul. We will make a space available in the centre of our sanctuary for you to pray Maghrib and we will provide Halaal food for you to break your fast with our community as we welcome our Sabbath together.”

(End of the Brother’s letter)

COMMENT
It is not permissible to have Iftaar in a synagogue. Muslims should have their Iftaar at the Musjid as is the usual practice all over the world.

Iftaar is an Ibaadat, and an occasion when duas are readily accepted. This Ibaadat should not be in a synagogue. The Musjid is an abode where Malaaikah are present, and they say, “AAMEEN”, to our duas.

The community which has been invited, should write to the Rabbi thanking him for his kindness and compassion. It should be briefly mentioned that whilst the invitation is appreciated, for religious reasons, the community has to decline.

12 Rajab 1440 -19 March 2019