10 Habits We Must Avoid in Ramadhan

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Introduction

Alhamdulillah; all praise is due to Allah. All thanks are for Allah, Who commands us to do good and forbids us from doing wrong. May His Peace and Blessings be upon the best of mankind; Habibi Muhammad, his household, his companions and all those who follow his guided path, till the Day of Judgment.

It’s Ramadhan again! The spirit of Ramadhan is activated, I suppose. At the time that everyone is looking forward, as usual, to welcome Ramadhan, in his own way, this article comes with 10 habits we must avoid in Ramadhan. They are avoidable. But only you can make the decision to achieve that. Before last Ramadhan, 2012, we discussed “6 Things We Muslim Do in Ramadhan” and “A Few Secrets for a More Rewarding Ramadhan”.

As much as we strive to attain rewards, which will eventually bring us close to attaining the Pleasure of Allah, we are expected to observe the boundaries of Allah, by abstaining from some acts, for they may invite to us, the Anger and Displeasure of Allah, Subhanahu wata’aalaa.

So, what are the habits, we, Muslims should avoid in Ramadhan?

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1. Don’t Overeat

They say, if you are able to control what enters your stomach, you shouldn’t therefore, worry much about your health. That statement is true, unless Allah wants to test one of us in his/her health. The same statement applies to the amount of food we consume, on daily basis.

It’s unfortunate, that many Muslims perceive Ramadhan as an opportunity for consumption of the biggest variety of food flavours, as possible.

Although we eat only twice in the days of Ramadhan, most us consume amount of food, more than they do outside Ramadhan. Eating excessively will not protect anyone from any possible hunger in the days of Ramadhan. We are supposed to have had enough experience, with this regards; that the more one eats, the more likely they will be taken by severe hunger.

One of the objectives of fasting, is to reduce the amount of calories and fats in the body. It’s also to also develop contentment after breakfast. We can’t develop contentment if we choose to overeat after sunset.

Here, I’m not advising you to go on diet. All ask is to be fair to your body, in the amount of food you consume in Ramadhan. Allah says, in Surah Al-A’raaf, 7:31:

وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا، إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ

It means, “… and eat and drink, but do not be wasteful: Allah does not like wasteful people.”

We become wasteful, regarding food, when we leave the food to spoil without consumption. However, eating and drinking can be wasteful too, if it exceeds the need of the body. That happens in two ways. First, the food goes wasted in the body. Second, the energy of the individual also goes wasted.

Overeating doesn’t only keep us unhealthy, unfit, and hence unproductive, it also has some negative implications, in addition to the above mentioned. This is to say; if we are able to control our desire towards food, and eat moderately, we are likely to be able to control our desire to cheat, our desire to oppress, our desire to kill, our desire to break laws, etc. This is why, we tend to be more disciplined and Allah-conscious in the month of Ramadhan, or when one fasts.

So, if we succeed in getting rid of such desires during day time (in Ramadhan), we shouldn’t activate or revive it, after breakfast.

Rasulullah has given us guidelines with regards to how to be moderate, in our consumption of food, either or not in Ramadhan, when he said, in a Hadeeth reported by Imam Ahmad and Al-Tirmizhi:

مَا مَلأَ آدَمِيٌّ وِعَاءً شَرًّا مِنْ بَطْنٍ؛ بِحَسْبِ ابْنِ آدَمَ أُكُلاتٌ يُقِمْنَ صُلْبَهُ؛ فَإِنْ كَانَ لا مَحَالَةَ فَثُلُثٌ لِطَعَامِهِ، وَثُلُثٌ لِشَرَابِهِ، وَثُلُثٌ لِنَفَسِهِ

It means, “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is enough for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls to keep him going, but if he must (fill his stomach), then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for air.”

If we are able to practise this teaching of Rasulullah, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam, it will lead us to have healthy, light and active bodies, for lifestyle that will save us lots of pains and regrets, in our old ages. The lighter one’s body is, the easier ibadah becomes, for him, and obviously, the lesser he sleeps, insha Allah. Remember, less (or moderate) sleep in Ramadhan means more time for Ibadah. Isn’t it?

Do you know something? If we manage to overcome the bad habit of overeating, in Ramadhan, we can tackle the next ‘Don’t’; Don’t Oversleep!

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2. Don’t Oversleep

To some, oversleeping happens, as a result of stress and anxiety. But oversleeping happens as a result of overeating, I believe.

As long as we choose to overeat, it’s unlikely that we’ll be active and be productive. Missing lunch doesn’t justify excessive eating during breakfast (after Maghrib).

Fasting in Ramadhan doesn’t give us the ticket to oversleep after Fajr prayers, and then go to our workplaces late. Taking in less amount of meal, and having enough fluids should be enough to keep us energetic, insha Allah, unless one has been doing Qiyaamullail, all night, then it becomes a whole different story, all together. In fact, Qiyaamullail provides you with some kind of energy that make you even more productive. It doesn’t necessarily cause one to oversleep.

In order to sleep less or moderately, we must have objective in life, be it in Ramadhan, or outside Ramadhan. Set targets to achieve in the Holy month. Keep track of your progress towards achieving such objectives. Such objectives can be committing one’s self to memorizing a certain number of pages, chapters or parts (Juz’s) of the Qur’an, or a number of Hadeeth.

Ramadhan is meant for ibadah, more than it’s meant for anything else. This is although, every action of a Muslim is regarded as an ibadah, provided the person has a genuine intention behind such actions.

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3. Don’t Lose Control Over Your Gaze

Eyes is one of the greatest blessings Allah has bestowed upon His Creatures. It’s therefore entrusted upon as an Amanah. With eyes, we are able to appreciate other blessings of Allah, in a better way. No doubt, it’s meant to help us to worship Allah excellently.

However, eyes is one of the most critical organs in human body, after the tongue. It determines what we choose and how we react to happenings surrounding us. We unlikely fall in love to something we haven’t’ seen, even when we are told about it. Unless it’s described in a creative way, that grants us virtual vision of the described objects.

When we talk about lowering one’s gaze, it’s not only applicable to particular gender. The requirement for Muslims to lower their gaze is applicable to males (Muslims) and females (Muslimahs). This is because, males and females share the same self-desires (Shahawat), which requires the use of eyes in achieving it.

Allah says in Surah Al-Nour, 24:30-31:

قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ، ذَٰلِكَ أَزْكَىٰ لَهُمْ، إِنَّ اللَّـهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ * وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ

It means, “Tell the Believing Men to lower their gaze and remain chaste. That is purer for them. Allah is aware of what they do. Also, tell the Believing Women that they should lower their gaze and remain chaste…”

The two verses above, evidence that both men and women are held great responsibility in keeping our communities clean from immorality, that arise through eye contact.

I believe, that we can help ourselves in lowering our gaze and remaining chaste, when we develop the sense of responsibility towards the way we dress. I mean, we must learn to dress modestly. Each of us should tell him/herself, when he dresses: I am responsible to dress modestly, so not to cause any kind of fitnah to a Muslim/ah outside there.

The way we dress determines the way we behave. And the way we behave determines the way we are treated.

If we achieve that, even when we bounce into someone who fails to dress modestly, the fact that we are conscious of modesty and chastity, will remind us of constantly checking on where to set our gaze.

I came across the following list of advice from the Islam Q&A website (http://islamqa.info/en/ref/20229). I’m highlighting some of them here (after rephrasing them, for the benefit of this book), in the hope, that we find them useful, and that they may guide us in the process of constant lowering of our gaze:

  1. One has to bear in mind that Allah is watching him/her: Allah sees him and is with him wherever he goes. It may be a secretive glance of which your neighbour is unaware, but Allah knows of it.
  2. Let’s seek the help of Allah: Beseeching Him and calling upon Him (du’a).
  3. Constant conscious that eyes is a blessing and an Amanah, entrusted upon us: Blessings require us to be thankful for them, and trusts (Amanah) requires us to be responsible caregivers.
  4. Practice makes perfect: We can train ourselves to lower our gaze. With time, one will perfect in doing so, insha Allah.
  5. Remember that lowing our gaze instills great pleasure in one’s heart: “Whoever leaves something for Allah’s Sake, Allah will compensate him with something better.” [Hadeeth].
  6. Surround yourself with good company: “Show me your friend, and I’ll tell you, whom you are.” Good company will advise you, remind you and guide you.
  7. Do yourself a favour: Avoid places where you feel you are likely to be exposed to the temptation of raising your gaze. This includes TV, websites, forum pages, window shopping (going to shopping malls just to spend time, not for specific need) and sitting in the street.

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4. Don’t Make TV Your Ramadhan Buddy

Devils are chained during the month of Ramadhan, but human devils are still at large. Most of them use the media to keep us away from activities that are more pleasant to Allah, Subhanahu wata’alaa. Devils who claim to possess Muslim identity can be even more dangerous, with regards to this, than non-Muslims.

Don’t let TV series, telecasted just during Isha prayers, targeted to Muslim audiences, take you away from the great rewards of Taraweeh, and congregational prayers. We shouldn’t make an excuse that we can pray our own congregational prayers at home, so to create convenient excuses to stay home for TV series. What makes it even worst is when such series are Korean Drama, or the likes.

Besides fasting, Taraweeh is the most significant act of worship a Muslim experience in any Ramadhan. On the other hand, the probability of TV taking away that significance, to earn us sins is 99.99%.

For our sisters, who are housewives, please don’t spend your time watching TV all day long, just because you are fasting. You have so much to do, without TV, how then can you include TV in your ‘already packed’ to-do lists? When you become tired of reading Qur’an, do Zikr. When you become tired from doing Zikr, think of Allah’s creations. Remember that Allah is present with you, and He’s observing you, when you are online.

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5. Don’t Lose Control Over Your Tongue (1)

In my book, “How to Memorize the Qur’an in 10 Years, Regardless of Age and Profession”, I mentioned about this, and how important it is, for anyone who wants to memorize the Qur’an has to make it a point to put a stop to backbiting.

Here, let me repeat it for the sake of this book, and for the fact that it relates to our subject matter.

Nothing has hurt man as much as the tongue has done. Nothing has created separation and violence among people, as much as the tongue did. Nothing has created ‘Fitnah’ as much as the tongue has created. The tongue is known to be a weak and very sensitive organ, yet the sharpest and the most harmful.

The only way one can control their tongue is to be able to control their emotion and observation of Allah. This is where they can choose to refrain from uttering words that can be considered undesirable to men of wisdom.

Someone who is busy with Qur’an (fasting in this case) should have enough to engage them from backbiting.

The truth is, until today, I’m yet to meet someone, so far, in my life, who does not backbite others. Not even the closest person to me is safe; and the closest person to me is myself. Lutfak… Yaa Allah! (Your Mercy… O Allah!)

Backbiting usually starts when we don’t have anything to share, or when we want to boost that we are better than others.

In Surah Al-Hujurat, 49:12, Allah commands us to abstain from backbiting, when he said:

وَلا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلا يَغْتَبْ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًا أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَحِيمٌ

It means, “And do not spy on one another and do not backbite. Would any of you like to eat his dead brother’s flesh? No, you would hate it. Fear Allah, Allah is ever forgiving and most merciful.”

The Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam, said in a Hadeeth narrated by Sayyidina Abi Hurairah, radhiya Allahu ‘anhu, that:

المُسْلِمُ أَخُو المُسْلِمِ. لا يَخُونُهُ وَلا يَكْذِبُهُ وَلا يَخْذُلُهُ. كُلُّ المُسْلِمِ عَلَى المُسْلِمِ حَرَامٌ؛ عِرْضُهُ وَمَالُهُ وَدَمُهُ

It means, “A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. He should not alarm him nor lie to him, nor disappoint him. The honour, property and blood of every Muslim is unlawful to another Muslim.”

So, don’t eat the flesh of your dead brother or sister. I’m sure you are not going to do that. Don’t take away or temper with the honour, the property or the blood of your Muslim brother or sister.

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6. Don’t Lose Control Over Your Tongue (2)

Today, telling lies has become a common phenomenon, to the extent that, some only find their comfort and peace only when they tell lies.

وَيْلٌ لِلَّذِي يُحَدِّثُ فَيَكْذِبُ لِيُضْحِكَ بِهِ الْقَوْمَ… وَيْلٌ لَهُ… وَيْلٌ لَه

It means, “Woe to the one, who lies when he speaks, to make others laugh…Woe to him …Woe to him.”

Telling lies comes in different forms. The worst is to lie, and pass it on to your child, spouse, co-worker, classmate or friend, to lie on your behalf. Sometimes, some parents ask their child(ren) to pick up the phone and respond that they are unavailable. This is unfortunately a lie, in an ugly presentation. Some friends pass messages to their friends to tell their teachers that they are sick, when they are not. This is also a lie. A boss may hide in his office, and ask his secretary/worker to lie that he is in the middle of an important meeting, whereby he is probably engaged in facebooking or playing Angry Birds. This too is uncivilized and professionally unacceptable.

Telling lies is forbidden in Islam, even, if it doesn’t seem to have an impact. Allah says, in Surah Al-Taubah, 9:119:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

It means, “O you who have believed. Fear Allah and be among the truthful.”

In the Sunnah, the Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam, has said in a Hadeeth authenticated by Imam(s) Al-Bukhari and Muslim, that:

إِيَّاكُمْ وَالكَذِبَ، فَإِنَّ الكَذِبَ يَهْدِي إِلَى الفُجُورِ، وَإِنَّ الفُجُورَ يَهْدِي إِلَى النَّارِ

It means, “Beware of lying, lying leads to immorality, and immorality leads to Hell.”

Telling lies also can include false witness, where one testifies for what did never happen, or for an incident he did not attend or witness. The Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam, says in a Hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurairah, radhiya Allahu ‘anhu, and authenticated by Al-Bukhari:

مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ

Meaning: “If one does not avoid lies and false witness, Allah has no need that he should abstain from his food and his drink.”

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7. Don’t Contaminate Your Earnings

Fasting is one of the acts that can’t be judged by others. Only Allah knows who fasts genuinely and who isn’t. However, one can nullify his fast when he fails to purify the source of his earnings, with which he provides for his fasting.

One may contaminate his earnings by cheating, stealing, and engaging in corruption.  Perhaps, Ramadhan is a good opportunity for us to take courageous decisions, and stop this kind of bad acts, once and forever.

Stealing is obviously obvious enough to be given much emphasize here, but cheating and corruption are equally stealing. One cheats when he deals directly with the victim, or there’s a possibility that he may deal with the victim. The same thing applies to corruption to some extent.

Such acts do not only damage the image of societies and break the trust individuals have for one another in their respective communities, it also deny blessings (Barakah) on the actor and unfortunately, on his household and offspring, as well.

The Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam, has said, in a Hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurairah, radhiya Allahu ‘anhu, and authenticated by Imam Muslim:

أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ طَيِّبٌ لا يَقْبَلُ إِلا طَيِّبًا، وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ أَمَرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ بِمَا أَمَرَ بِهِ الْمُرْسَلِينَ، فَقَالَ: يَا أَيُّهَا الرُّسُلُ كُلُوا مِنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَاعْمَلُوا صَالِحًا إِنِّي بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ عَلِيمٌ. وَقَالَ: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُلُوا مِنْ طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ. ثُمَّ ذَكَرَ الرَّجُلَ يُطِيلُ السَّفَرَ أَشْعَثَ أَغْبَرَ يَمُدُّ يَدَيْهِ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ “يَا رَبِّ يَا رَبِّ!”، وَمَطْعَمُهُ حَرَامٌ، وَمَشْرَبُهُ حَرَامٌ، وَمَلْبَسُهُ حَرَامٌ، وَغُذِيَ بِالْحَرَامِ، فَأَنَّى يُسْتَجَابُ لِذَلِكَ؟

It means, “O people, Allah is Good and does not accept anything but that which is good. Allah enjoins upon the believers the same as He enjoined upon the Messengers. He says (what means): “Messengers, eat what is wholesome and do good deeds: I am well aware of what you do”. He also said (what means): “Believers, eat the wholesome things which We have provided for you”. Then he mentioned a man who travels for a long distance and is dishevelled and dusty, and he stretches forth his hands towards heaven saying, ‘O Lord, O Lord,’ but his food is haram, his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, he has been nourished with haram. So how can he be responded to?!”

Here, it’s important that we remember, that our flesh is refreshed from what we consume. So does the sperm which we release in the process of procreation. If the source of our flesh, and the foundation, on which we raise our children are from unlawful sources, how then, do we expect our deeds to blessed?

So, we shouldn’t allow the desire for temporal enjoyment, which one may make from overriding others’ rights, to blind us from the eternal happiness, which can partially be attained in this life, and fully attained in the Hereafter.

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8. Don’t Be Objective-less

It will be such a waste, if Ramadhan comes and passes us by, without us have set objectives to achieve within the blessed month.

Such objectives, can be to recite a certain number of pages from Qur’an, and/or reciting and reflecting upon Hadeeth, on daily basis, to commit one’s self to praying all Taraweeh in congregations, to perform all obligated prayers in congregation, to give charity on daily basis no matter how little it may be, to perform Dhuha prayers throughout Ramadhan, and there are several more of such objectives which one can set and easily achieve, insha Allah.

Some of the objectives which one can also set is to strengthen the bonding between him and his household, not only at the dining table, but also at the spiritual level. You can come to an agreement, to go Taraweeh together, and ensure that, you are all committed to finish with the Imam, and not to leave half way, unless there’s necessity to do so.

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9. Don’t Argue, Unnecessarily

Some of us tend to lose focus on the purpose of seeking knowledge. Thus, anytime they learn something new, they would like to test that “new knowledge” on someone, who may be busy and more knowledgeable that they are. This is applicable to those of us who attend a few religious classes, and become obese with a particular opinion, out of many.

On the other hand, some spend significant amount of time arguing which football team is better than which; which player is more handsome than which, which celebrity is more charming than which, which chef provides better recipes than whom, which (Hollywood, Bollywood, Noniwood, Korean, Chinese) movie or drama is more worth to be watched and which is not.

In Islam, arguing on issues that are worth arguing for, is not encouraged, what more about issues that are meaningless, in the character building of a Muslim and his household?

The Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam, has made a great promise, to the one who gives up arguing, according to the Hadeeth, narrated by Abu Umamah, radhiya Allahu ‘anhu, and reported by Imam Al-Tirimizhi, and authenticated by Shaikh Al-Albany. He says:

أَنَا زَعِيمٌ بِبَيْتٍ فِي رَبَضِ الجَنَّةِ لِمَنْ تَرَكَ المِرَاءَ وَإِنْ كَانَ مُحِقًّا، وَبِبَيْتٍ فِي وَسَطِ الجَنَّةِ لِمَنْ تَرَكَ الكَذِبَ وَإِنْ كَانَ مَازِحاً، وَبِبَيْتٍ فِي أَعْلَى الجَنَّةِ لِمَنْ حَسُنَ خُلُقُهُ

It means, “I am a guarantor of a palace around Heaven, for the one who gives up arguing, even when he’s right, and [another palace] in the middle of Heaven for the one gives up lies, even if he is joking, and [another palace] in the upper part of Heaven, for the one with good manners.”

In this Hadeeth, clearly, we are discouraged from arguing in righteous topics, even if we are right. What more when we spend our precious time, in precious days, in a precious month like Ramadhan, arguing on topics and issues, which possess no significance to us, as Muslims, who have Hereafter (Akhirah) in mind?

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10. Don’t Smoke!

Did I say, “Don’t Smoke!”? Yes. You heard me! That’s exactly what I said, and I mean it. If you are already a non-smoker, you may not react to what I’ve just said. But believe me, I know; every smoker who may be reading this, might have already said in his heart, “Do you think it’s that easy?!” Yeah. I know it’s not easy, when one doesn’t have the strong will to quit any bad habit, including smoking. I do also know, that it’s very easy to quit any kind of bad habit, including smoking, once one develops a strong will for that purpose.

I know people who have tried to seize the opportunity of Ramadhan, to quit smoking, but have failed. I also know people who have seized the opportunity of Ramadhan to quit smoking, and have succeeded.. Alhamdulillah. The difference lies in how one has mentally prepared himself for the challenge of quitting smoking, and what kind of alternatives he or she has in hand to console himself or herself, for the cigarette they are going to miss, so dearly.

Allah commands us no to kill ourselves, in Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:195:

وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ، وَأَحْسِنُوا، إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

It means, “…and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction. And do good, for indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.”

Allah also orders us; not to kill ourselves, in Surah Al-Nisaa, 4:29, as He is the Most Merciful to us:

وَلا تَقْتُلُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ، إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا

It means, “And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.”

I know, some of us who smoke, activate that “sense of guilty” whenever they fire their cigarette, however they can’t help themselves, but to burn it, to infect their lungs, and to pollute the air. Since there’s “sense of guilt” whenever the cigarette is lighted, why don’t we consider giving some meaning to that sense of guilt, so to say, we don’t fire the cigarette in the month of Ramadhan, at all, until Ramadhan is over. In the meantime, we pray hard, to Allah, during the month, that He assists us to overcome our nafs and quit smoking, once and forever.

Here, I pray, that Allah helps anyone who intends to quit smoking for good. May He also abundantly reward that person for the courage and willingness to quit smoking for His Sake. Ameen.

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Conclusion

We all (or most of us) know, that the Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam, has said, in a Hadeeth narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah, radhiya Allahu ‘anhu, which was authenticated by Imam(s) Al-Bukhari and Muslim that:

إِذَا جَاءَ رَمَضَانُ، فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ الجَنَّةِ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ النَّارِ، وَصُفِّدَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ

It means, “When Ramadan begins, the gates of Heavens (Jannah) are opened, the gates of Hell-Fire are closed, and the devils are chained.”

Yes, the gates of Heavens are open (in Ramadhan) and the gates of Hell are closed, and on top of that, the devils are chained. However, human devils remain unchained. Our souls are attracted to disobedience, as in following our human desires. With the absence of devils in action, during the month of Ramadhan, we have no one to blame, other than ourselves, if we fail to observe our manners during the holy month of Ramadhan.

We can achieve Allah’s Pleasure, more if we succeed in avoiding the bad deeds highlighted above in this article.

The “Don’ts in Ramadhan”, highlighted in this article are not specifically for Ramadhan alone. They are avoidable in Ramadhan and outside Ramadhan. I however, tagged them to Ramadhan, based on the fact that, many Muslims seek perfection in Ramadhan, more than they do, outside Ramadhan. Thant’s why many choose to pay their Zakat in Ramadhan, even if are supposed to pay them before or after Ramadhan.

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