Ramadhan Of Hakeemul- Ummah Part 2

Sheikhul Hadeeth Moulana Zakariyya رحمه الله states:

In “HUSNUL AZIZ” Vol 1 regarding sayings of the saints in Ramadan 1334 H, Hadhrat himself writes while switching his political discussion to one of preaching:

“During that time the month of Ramadan with all its innumerable blessings dawned upon us. This is a time when usually one’s relationship and meetings with others is limited to a minimum. But for me this was especially the case and as a result of ill-health the Jumua lectures for the whole month had been entrusted to someone else. For taraweeh salaah too someone else has been appointed. And unlike in the past, no teaching of any new class has been started. Even in zikr and teaching a postponement has been declared, which was also the case last year. Hence this Ramadan has been one without any contacts and meetings. Therefore for the sake of implimenting this resolution, this month has been most suitable. Thus in the name of Allah I exchange the ways of political involvement towards ways of preaching, seeking help from Allah in this endeavour…”

Thereafter Hazrat Thanwy writes thus:

“At iftar time you should eat very little so that at sehri time you will be able to eat with a sound appetite… If I eat any extra things like mangoes, etc, I do so after taraweeh so that I do not feel any heaviness and difficulty in taraweeh. After all, during Ramadan some extra delicacies are definitely put in front of you. Someone will bring mangoes, another will bring some other fruit and even at home some extra things are prepared. Even the hadeeth says: شهر یزادنیه رزق المؤمن

“It is the month where in the riziq of a believer is greatly increased…”

“For me there are no extra ibadat in Ramadan. Otherwise there will be confusion in my time schedule. In these times all other ibadat are of less significance in the face of fasting and taraweeh. It is as a result of my own lack of courage and resourcefulness that I say this by way of excuse that all other ibadat are faded in the face of taraweeh and fasing as if the full blessings of Ramadan are still obtainable by me through these two. Having listened to the Quran recited from Qari Saheb, 1 proceed home to lead the ladies of the household for four raka ‘ahs, reciting the Quran to them. Thereafter I lie down for a while till twelve o’clock.. Then I wake up at half past two for sehri, whereafter, normally I do not sleep until fajr time.”..

Hazrat always had great difficulty in falling asleep. Sometimes it did happen that he fell asleep at that time and sometimes not. He always used to complain about this but even if he did not fall asleep he went to lie down for about two hours. He himself says:

“In this way I call it sleep but if I should really speak the truth, may take the courage and say that I am awake the whole night apart from two hours while I sit and read a bit. But perhaps the reason for not having that courage is this that my ‘nafs’ will not be able to boast that I have stayed awake the whole night.

When someone asked him whether the fact that extra ibadat is being performed in Ramadan, is not contrary to the generally accepted view that one should be constant (in the same) ibadat, while being punctual therein, he replied:

“Should one increase his normal actions in ibadat in Ramadan, it will not be contrary to the order of constancy (but/with regularity), because in the first place the intention is not made to be constant in that (increased form). The hadeeth teaches us that Rasulullah himself increased his devotions during Ramadan.”

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