Fasting Is the Ultimate Expression of Love – Ustadha Zaynab Ansari
Ustadha Zaynab Ansari shares practical advice on how to make the most of our Ramadan and draw closer to Allah Most High through the Noble Qur’an
Ramadan, the whole experience from beginning to end, is a subtle way of expressing Love of Allah as enshrined in the Qur’an and the Sunna of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace.
The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, has said that “Fasting is an act of worship that Allah Himself rewards.” Meaning that the reward comes solely from Allah.
Fasting is different in that it is not visible, as is the prayer or like acts of worship. It is private. You do not know that someone is fasting unless they disclose it.
It is physically challenging and rigorous. For 29 days you abstain from that which is lawful. For a human to be able to be able to discipline the nafs and break the desires of the lower self is the ultimate expression of one’s love for Allah.
Fasting is the paramount way of bringing Divine love into one’s life. There is no way you can go through something as grueling unless you Love Allah and Allah loves you.
There is something called “al ba‘ith” – it is an impulse or a motivation, and aspiration that Allah creates in the believer to seek His presence, to turn towards Him, to repent. to be mindful of Allah‘s assistance and Divine facilitation for all favours in your life.
When Allah places in you the ability to endure the fast it is a gift from Allah to you.
Ustadha Zaynab studied with Shaykh Khalil Abdul Rashid and Shaykh Faraz Rabbani amongst others.
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