Sunday, August 29, 2010
'I am observing fast.'
Abu Hurairah (Radi-Allahu Anhu) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (Sall-Allahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,
"When any one of you is observing fast on a day, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise the voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him he should say,'I am observing fast.'"
- Al-Bukhari and Muslim
This Hadith has already been mentioned and is repeated here for its being relevant to this chapter. We learn from it that during the fasting not only food, drink and sex are prohibited but the improper use of the tongue and the other organs of the body as well. When one is observing fast, he should neither use abusive language nor talk foolishly nor tell lies nor make obscene conversation nor indulge in backbiting nor quarrel with anyone. If someone provokes him, he should keep himself quiet and remember that he is observing fast and he has to abstain from such things. As far as possible, he should keep his tongue engaged in the remembrance of Allah and recitation of the Qur'an.