By HARUN RAZAQ
The blessed month of Ramadan 1433 AH (2012 CE) has come and gone with mixed feelings. Whenever the month of Ramadan is going to an end the angels, animals, and righteous slaves of Allah would not be happy, because they know many Muslims will stop the good deeds and return to sin. And one of the major causes of this attitude is weakness of iman (faith).
The Prophet is reported to have said: “iman increases and decreases…” it increases as a result of good deeds and decreases as a result of evil deeds. Therefore, one of the ways to increase our iman after Ramadan is through Sunnah fasting. However, the recommended fasting after Ramadan are as follow:
*Fasting of six days of Shawwal as narrated by Abu Ayyub (RA) that Allah’s Messenger, (SAW), said: “He who fasts Ramadan, and six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted a whole year.”
Fasting after Ramadan
It is a misconception that these six days of fasting must be undertaken on consecutive days, as there is no hadith that stipulate so. Also, it is not allowed to observe the six days of fasting during the first day of Shawwal which is the day of Eid ul-Fitr. These six days of fasting after Ramadan fasts, are equivalent to fasting “perpetually”, according to Sahih Muslim.
*Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays (i) it was narrated from Abu Qataadah al-Ansaari that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) was asked about fasting on Mondays. He said: “On that day I was born, and on it the Revelation came to me.” (Narrated by Muslim,1162).
(ii) It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 747; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1041).
*Fasting for three days in every month: (i) it was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: “My close friend-the Prophet (SAW) advised me to do three things which I will not give up until I die: fasting three days of each month, praying Duha, and sleeping after Witr. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1124; Muslim, 721). It was narrated from Jareer ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (RA) that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Fasting three days of every month is like fasting for a lifetime, and ayaam al-beed are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.”
*The Day of ‘Arafat (the days on which pilgrims stand at Mount ‘Arafa in Mecca) for people at home: The Prophet said: “The ‘Arafat fast redeems two years… one past and one future.”
*The Day of Ashura: Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: “I know of no other day than Ashura, which the Prophet fasted in recognition of its merits over all other days”.
The month of Muharram: The Prophet (SAW) was asked about the best fast next to Ramadan. He said: “al-Muharram.”
*The month of Sha’ban: ‘Aisha (SAW) said: “The Prophet (SAW) used to fast for a complete month only in Ramadan. Next to that he fasted most often in Sha’ban.”
However, fasting is fobidden on the doubtful day, the day of ‘Eid-l-Fitr, the day the pilgrims offer sacrifice. the days of tashriq (the three days following the day of al-Nahr, that is, the 11th, 12th and 13th of the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah; Saturday: must not be single out for fasting day according to hadith of Hakim, Tirmizi,Dawud; Friday: must not be single out for fasting day; Siyaamud Dahr; voluntary fast of a woman without the permission of her husband: The Prophet said “No woman shall fast without her husband’s permission except in Ramadan.” (Bukhari and Muslim).
Strive towards Islam, TMC urges Muslim politicians
The Muslim Council, TMC, Eti-Osa branch has urged Muslim politicians to strive towards the propagation of Islam in their various capacities just as it commended the efforts of Hon Kazeem Ademola Alimi member, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Eti-Osa Constituency I, who sponsored Ramadan lectures in the area.
Alhaji Harun Razaq, Director for Islamic Guide (CFIG) and member of the group advised politicians to emulate Hon Alimi even after the month of Ramadan.
The event which was held at Eti-Osa, Local Government Headquarters, Igbo-Efon, Eti-Osa, Lagos was attended by dignitaries including Fadilat Sheikh, Alhaji, Imam, Abdul Bari Y. Afinni- Chairman Council of Imam and Alfas in Eti-Osa, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, Executive Chairman, Eti-Osa, Local Government; Alhaji, (Hon.) Yahyah A. Dosunmu, Seriki Adinni of Eti-Osa, Hon Ismail Azeez (Ija Omode) members of the Lagos State House of Assembly among others.
Be vigilant against terrorist attacks, Nigerians told
President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr. Ona Ekhomu has urged Nigerians to maintain constant vigilance in order to prevent future terrorist attacks.
According to the renowned security expert, the displacement theory of crime postulated that strong enforcement measures in one area will force criminals to migrate elsewhere. So, with the emergency rule in the North East which has been quite effective and commendable, the terrorists would either give up the fight or migrate to border States or elsewhere, he said.
Dr. Ekhomu urged Nigerians to stop denying the reality of terrorism and understating the fatality and casualty figures that result from terrorist attacks. He said that the 45 lives lost in the Sabon Gari Kano bombings could have been saved if the authorities and other Nigerians were not in denial.
He advised state governments to urgently develop and implement a program titled: the State Improvised Explosive Device Prevention Initiative. (SIEDPI). This will be a state-wide improvised explosive device (IED) awareness program that would teach Nigerians about terrorist attacks pre-incident indicators (TAPIs) and thereby enroll citizens in the fight against terrorism.
He explained that since improvised explosive devices (IED) attacks had become quite prevalent and often created mass fatalities and mass casualties, government security agencies should concentrate on rapid response to calls for service ((CFS) while the State Improvised Explosive Device Prevention Initiative (SIEDPI) would help to detect potential bombers and enable contact with the authorities for rapid response.
He said that Kaduna and Kano States two years ago had community bomb prevention initiatives which detected many attempted bombings and kept the Nigerian Police bomb squad personnel busy defusing suspicious devices before they detonated. He credited the discovery of many IEDs to this community initiative and lamented that it was not sustained.
Ekhomu, who is the first chartered security professional in West Africa said that State governments had an urgent duty to formulate, legitimise and implement State Improvised Explosive Device Prevention Initiatives (SIEDPIs).