Friends of Allah, Ramazan September 1st, 2008
اَعُوْذُ باِﷲ ِ مِنَ شَّیطَانِ الرَّجِیْم
بِسْمِ اﷲ ِ الرَّحمن ِ الرَّحِیْم
يَايُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءامَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمْ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
(Al Quran 2:183)
Allah Ta’ala (Jalla Jalalahu) is showing His divine favor and mercy by saying ‘O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you’. Allama Aloosi Syed Mahmood Baghdadi have said in Tafseer Roohul Ma’ani that this ayat is revealed to provide comfort by informing that Fasting is not difficult. Fast, as people before you did. It means that this evil doubt that comes to your mind about dying by being starved from sunrise to the sunset during the Fast (is false). No one ever died. The people before you did it and lived.
كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ
‘As it was prescribed to those before you’. The people before you had fast and they survived and no one ever died. So the suspicion of being starved to death by fasting, is fallacious. You will sustain. Because this is an order of the Sustainer. You will get a new life (energy) in your life by obeying His command.
Why did I (the almighty Allah) made the Fasting obligatory? So that you can become a friend of Mine. You are only a slave right now. Believer enters into slavery by believing but you will only be crowned with My friendship when you will Fast. Are you all hearing the reward of Fasting? You are only a slave at the moment. If you Fast, I (the almighty Allah) will put the crown of My friendship on the head of your slavery. Because in another ayat Allah Ta’ala informs the believer اِنا اولیاء الالمتقون. ‘No one is My friend except those who are muttaqi (the pious)’. Those who abstain from sins.
By Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab (damat barakatuhum)
Urdu Version: حکمت۔ صوم اور اسکی عاشقانہ تفسیر