Don’t Be Afraid of Fasting

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Sheikh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 7th of June, 2016.

As-salāmu alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.

A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni rrajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlina Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalina wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūl Allāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣ’ḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Haqqāni. madad. ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

Belief of our ṭarīqah is Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah. There are 73 sects, 72 of them are out of this group. Firqah nājiyah (saved group) is Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah. And they are trying to destroy it too. Someone appears who claims he is from Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah, then he says something that confuses people. When they are confused, doubt appears, their faith becomes weaker. The rest, the other groups, are weak in faith completely. They are using religion as they like. They are capable of doing completely the opposite of what Allāh shows clearly in Qur’an and they claim it is Islām. But Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah are not like this. They continue the way shown by Allāh and our Prophet in the right way because they are connected to our Prophet. They follow his sunnah and don’t do makrūh (disapproved acts) and manhiyy (forbidden) he didn’t do.

Now they made up a new thing in Ramaḍān which hasn’t been known before. They put doubt in people’s minds saying saḥūr can be done until a certain time – “You make saḥūr too early. You can make it longer so that your fast is better.” Ḥadīth sharīf of our Prophet says you make ifṭār as soon as adhān is called without waiting much. You can delay saḥūr. Delaying it is sunnah but it has its time too. Diyanat (religious affairs of Turkey) made time very well known. Its time is determined. Some people wake up very early. Some say you can eat until the sunrise. The situation is like this. And people are eating without knowing. However, fasting has its time, as worship. If you miss this time, you break your fast without knowing. You pass the whole day without knowing it. The time of fasting and saḥūr is from the start of adhān. You have to wash your mouth before the adhān ends. After that, it’s finished.

But this person, we can’t call him a scholar, he came on television and said this and that. They come and ask. We reached this age and never heard such a thing. Saḥūr is not something to make bargain about. Saḥūr is saḥūr. It’s written when saḥūr is made. At the time of imsāk the adhān is called and you must stop. There is nothing saying you can eat half an hour or an hour more. As we said, before adhān is over you must clean your mouth, make intention, and keep going. It gives no benefit if you eat 5 minutes longer or half an hour more. Even if you eat two bites of saḥur it gives baraka and health to your body. But if you eat more than saḥūr, then you destroy everything. You won’t get any benefit. As we said, these are people of shayṭān, who are out of Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah. Don’t listen to them.

Follow the timetable we’ve been using since old times. Make and break your fast according to it.
Some people are asking how they knew the timing during our Prophet’s time. They knew much better than we know. They didn’t have watches but they were so sensitive to time that since then until now the same timetable is being used. When it comes to hours, as it was during the time of our Prophet, Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah makes it in same manner. We don’t interfere with others. Everyone does what he wants. Our religion gives advice. It is an advice. We are warning so that our worship does not become makrūh or broken.

Al­ḥamdu liLlāh our ṭarīqah there is… Prophet (sas) said 73 parts will be ummah [divided into]. And all, they will go to hell, only one will survive. They asked “Who is that?” He said “The majority who following what I bring” and this meaning Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah because they continue from Prophet (sas) through mashāyikh until now, same way. It is alive and it is pure. But people, even in this Ahl s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah they are trying to make something to spoil your worship, your sincerity, and saying “You must do this you must not do that, this is good, this is not.” But since 1400 years it is same, continue. If you will change you will be out of this Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah. You will be like other 72 parts because they are doing what they like. Even in Qur’ān clearly writing what Allāh order, they can make opposite exactly and they said: “This is from, this is Islām.” They use Islām as they like.

But Ahl s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah you must be follow Prophet (sas), what he was doing, what he ordering, what his sunnah, what he is forbidding – this we must follow. And it is not difficult. Everybody can follow. Who like Prophet (sas), like Allāh – he can follow him. But if he like his ego, he like shayṭān, he is not happy with this. He trying every time to find a new thing to change. This, you cannot change. Allāh say by Prophet (saws) al-yawma akmaltu lakum dīnakum wa-atmamtu ‘alaykum ni‘matī waraḍītu lakumu l-islāma dīnan (5:3) I complete this religion. You cannot change. And now for new thing – one or two years beginning – They are saying about fasting.

You must fast since Prophet (sas) what he said, and order of Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla, to fast from imsāk until maghrib. imsāk meaning saḥūr time -when it finish beginning to make adhān, fajr adhān and from when you hear adhān of fajr. Now in our country only in Ramaḍān they are doing it exactly [on] time because other days in other months in Cyprus or in Turkey they are using Ḥanafī madhhab, they make it little bit later. So if you are fasting out of Ramaḍān, you must be careful for this also. But in Ramaḍān, when you hear adhān you must quickly clean your mouth and make niyyah and continue. So there is people in this country, this side of – they are saying, “this imsāk it is very early. You can eat until, some of them, until sunrise, some of them it is little bit better after fajr half an hour you can eat” they said. No, you cannot do this.

And it is not benefit for you to do this. if you eat, and drink little bit before imsāk and make your intention to fast Allāh make this, what you eat, what you drink, barakah for you. And they will be blessed because saḥūr barakah and blessed. You will get reward for this.

But if you try to do like these people who are saying “no, you can eat more” – It is, you spoil your fasting because you eat after when time is forbidden to eat. This is… Now, every people here sending for them, they have now message by telephone, by internet, making people to confuse.

This is also little bit, maybe not so bad like what people they are doing I hear in Europe. They are, the Arab people, they make fatwá who they have day more than 18 hour daytime they can follow Mecca for fasting. They, when Mecca opening, break fast [at] maghrib time, they can open. And this is the real ridiculous and this is completely take your, make your worshipping, fasting, finished. What Prophet (sas) only for people who they are very north of Earth, because its time so short, maybe 22 hours they have, or 23 hours daylight. So, they cannot, they must open their fast. But they are open until the nearest city – not Mecca. The nearest city, maybe 22 hours or 21 hours. Who are fasting they can open like this. Not for London, for Germany, for other. Afternoon they all people they must open their fasting. This is making big fitnah.

And but I heard I was laughing for this I thought it is joke! But I met some people they were real scholars and they have good knowledge and they were happy with this! I am surprised. And so for this, we try to say to tell people – Don’t follow people who are following ego. Only follow the Ahlu s-Sunnah wa l-Jamāʻah, ṭarīqah people especially, Naqshbandi people especially. We are created for worshipping. Allāh say “I created human beings and jinn to worship”, not to work or to other things. So we must be patient. You must be, not be complain. As much as it is difficult, as much Allāh help us and reward us. Not only leave you. You will not die with fasting. Allāh help you and make you healthy, more healthy and more light, belief give, He will give you, inshā’ Allāh, with this big worshiping, fasting. Don’t afraid from fasting!

wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq al-Fātiḥah

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