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Ramadhan Mubarak – Do not let this time slip away from you

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Ramadhan Mubarak

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم

Friends, Sunday night will be the beginning of Ramadhan for those of you in North America, insha’allah. Other areas please check with your local Masjid as to the beginning of this most holy month.

Today I remind myself and I remind you not to let this time slip through your fingers.

It is like carrying water in your hands. When you fill your cupped hands there is plenty, but as you walk the water seeps through your fingers or splashes out of your hands and before you know it, it is gone.

Ramadan is like that. When we are at the beginning of it, it looks like there is plenty of time. We make promises to ourselves and to Allah (SWT) to do extra prayers, to read Quran, to give in Charity and to fast in all the aspects of fasting. It is such a blessing that we have been allowed to come to and, insha’allah complete this Ramadan, we have a great opportunity for coming nearer to Allah (SWT). Yet before we know it, it is gone and what have we done to avail ourselves of the mercy that Allah shows us in Ramadan?

Ramadan is no small matter. It is one of the pillars of this Deen of Islam – without it one’s Islam would not be complete. In this month, Rasul Allah (saw) would intensify his worship of Allah (SWT). In doing so, he laid the foundation for his Ummah after him to emulate.

Think about the word “Pillar” In a building it is what holds every thing else up. It can be the foundation. Nothing else in the building would exist without the pillars. Or we say about a person “He or she is a pillar of the community” what do we mean by that? We mean that this person is essential to the healthy functioning of the community, that they hold up and exemplify the values of the community. Without these pillars of Islam in our lives we have nothing else. Each one is essential to all the rest of what we do.

Narrated Mu’adh ibn Jabal

I said to Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him): Inform me about an act which would entitle me to get into Paradise, and remove me away from Hell-Fire. He (the Prophet) said: You have asked me about a matter (which ostensibly appears to be) difficult but it is easy to those for whom Allah, (swt), has made it easy. Worship Allah and do not associate anything with him, establish prayer, pay the Zakat, observe the fast of Ramadan and perform Hajj to the (sacred) House (Ka’bah).

This time of Ramadan is given us as part of our deen for the purpose of increasing our acts, Rasul Allah (SAW) used to increase all his acts of worship during Ramadan.

Prayers at night, Rasul Allah (SAW) said:

“Whoever establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven.”

We should also follow Rasul Allah in acts of generosity and charity during Ramadan, it is said about him in a hadith reported by Ibn Abbas:

Allah’s Apostle was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel met him. Jibreel used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Qur’an. Allah’s Apostle was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds).

The people of that time knew that the wind brought cooling and rain and ease from the heat. It was generous in that it did this for all, without judgement. And here we hear that Rasul Allah’s (saw) generosity was even greater than that. And this should be a reminder to all of us to pay our Zakat-al-Fitr. Acts of generosity and charity are magnified during this month.

And again I remind myself as I remind you that as it is narrated by Abu Huraira

Rasul Allah (SAW) said,

“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

But soon the month will be over and the gates of Hell will be unchained again, what have we done during this time to make our deen better?

Part 2

When we fast and when we break our fast, we should always remember to fast for the sake of Allah.

Rasul Allah (saw) used to say when he broke his fast:

Allahumma laka sumtu wa ‘ala rizqika ‘afthartu

“O Allah, for you I have fasted and with your sustenance I break my fast.”

The Prophet also said:

“There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan,and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection.”

And remember our inner state during this time, we remember that Rasul Allah (saw) said:

“Whoever does not give up false statements, evil deeds and speaking (harshly) to others, God is not in need of his giving up food and drink.”

Allah (SWT) tells us in the Quran Sharif:


033.035 إِنَّ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ وَالْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْقَانِتَاتِ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالصَّادِقَاتِ وَالصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّابِرَاتِ وَالْخَاشِعِينَ وَالْخَاشِعَاتِ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقِينَ وَالْمُتَصَدِّقَاتِ وَالصَّائِمِينَ وَالصَّائِمَاتِ وَالْحَافِظِينَ فُرُوجَهُمْ وَالْحَافِظَاتِ وَالذَّاكِرِينَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَالذَّاكِرَاتِ أَعَدَّ اللَّهُ لَهُمْ مَغْفِرَةً وَأَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
033.035 Inna almuslimeena waalmuslimati waalmu/mineena waalmu/minati waalqaniteena waalqanitati waalssadiqeena waalssadiqati waalssabireena waalssabirati waalkhashiAAeena waalkhashiAAati waalmutasaddiqeena waalmutasaddiqati waalssa-imeena waalssa-imati waalhafitheena furoojahum waalhafithati waalththakireena Allaha katheeran waalththakirati aAAadda Allahu lahum maghfiratan waajran AAatheeman

Truly! For Muslim men and women, and for believing men and women, and for devout men and women, and for true men and women, and for men and women who are patient and constant, and for men and women who humble themselves, and for men and women who give in charity, and for men and women who fast, and for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in remembrance of Allah –  for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.

Surely these are clear instructions from our Rabb (SWT) for every moment of our lives and surely they are even more important for us and our deen during this holy month.

We do not know if we will ever come to Ramadan again, considering the great benefit and mercy that Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon us in coming to this time, let us not let it slip through our fingers this time.

Wa allahu alim.


 


Urs of Syedan Shah begins today | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Dargah of Hazrat Sakhi Syedan Shah (ra)

Urs of Syedan Shah Begins Today

via Urs of Syedan Shah begins today | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online.

[from Imam Salim – if you have more information about this person please send to me via the comments. This dargah is in Pakistan]

Published: July 12, 2011

NOORPUR THAL – The three-day annual Urs celebrations of saint Hazrat Baba Sakhi Syedan Shah will commence here on Tuesday (today).

Devotees and spectators would visit the shrine Baba Sakhi Syedan Shah to pay their respect and homage to the sufi saint.

After Fajr prayer, the opening ceremony of Urs will start with ‘Chadar Poshi’ at the shrine of Baba jee. Mehfil-i-samaa and spiritual meetings will be held and renowned qawwals will render poetry on the occasion.

On the second day of the Urs, a seminar will be held regarding the personality and teachings of Baba Syedan Shah in which Ulema and mashaikh will highlight the life and teachings of Baba Sakhi Syedan.

Urs is traditionally characterized by lighting of candles and clay lamps, sufi music and devotional dance.

Security personnel equipped with latest detective equipments will be deployed at the shrine to prevent any untoward incident during the Urs celebrations.


 

Ramadhan Retreat August 12-14, 2011 – Cancelled

Monday, July 11th, 2011

"My Lord, increase my knowledge"

Imam Salim Chishti and Tara Chishti will lead a Ramadhan Retreat at the Abode of the Message from 7:00PM on August 12 to noon on August 14. We will have prayers together, suhur on Saturday and Sunday and iftar. Zikr and tarawhee prayers and sohbet. If this interests you please send an email to Imam Salim for more information. There will be no tuition for this event – only cost of room and board at the Abode of the Message. salimchishti@imamsalim.com

If possible we will try and re-schedule at another venue closer to the end of the month, insha’allah. If you need more information please contact Imam Salim on email at salimchishti@imamsalim.com.

Khutbah – 07/08/2011 – shukr and sabr

Sunday, July 10th, 2011
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

This khutbah is adapted from one given by Imam Muhammad al Shareef. Jazakallahu khairun for this inspiration.

السلام عليكم


Aasiyah was the wife of Fir’own (Pharaoh). Her Iman in Allah thrived under the shadow of her husband who said, “I am your Lord, Most High!” When news reached Fir’own of his wife’s Iman he beat her and commanded his guards to beat her. They took her out in the scalding noon heat, tied her hands and feet and beat her perpetually. Who did she turn to? She turned to Allah! She prayed, “My lord, build for me a home with you in Paradise and save me from Fir’own and his deeds and save me from the transgressive people.

It was narrated that when she said this, the sky opened for her and she saw her home in Paradise. She smiled. The guards watched astonished, she’s being tortured and she smiles? Frustrated, Fir’own commanded a boulder to be brought and dropped on Aasiyah, to crush her to death. But Allah took her soul before the boulder was brought and she became an example for all the believing men and women till the end of time:

wa- d.araba ‘allaah mathal(an) li- ‘alladhena ‘aamano imra’ah fir’awn ‘idh qaalat rabb -i ibni li- -y ‘inda -ka bayt(an) fe al- jannah wa- najji -ne min fircawn wa- ‘amal -hi wa- najji -ne min al- qawm az.- z.aalimen

And Allah has set forth an example for those who believe: the wife of Fir’own (Pharaoh) – when she said, “My Lord, Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir’own and his deeds, and save me from the transgressive-disbelieving people.] -Tahreem 66/11

In the hadith of Jibreel, when he came to the Prophet (saw) and asked him about Islam, Iman, and Ihasan, the Prophet (saw) said about Iman,

“Iman is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His Messengers, the Final Day, and the divine decree, the good and the bad thereof.”

Today we shall look into this last article of Iman: to believe in the Divine decree, the good and the bad thereof.

As you and I travel though life we find ourselves in one of two situations. Either something good is happening in our lives and in which case – as Muslims- our role is to thank Allah for the blessing. Or something bad is happening to us, something we dislike and our role here is to be patient (Sabr). This is the formula for a happy life, a life cruising towards the pleasure of Allah. Sabr or Shukr, the worry stops here.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said,

“Strange is the affair of the Mu’min (the believer), verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks (Allah) and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient (Saabir) and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the Mu’mmin ”

Ibn Al-Jowzee said,

“If this Dunya was not a station of tests it would not be filled with sicknesses and filth. If life did not also have hardship, then the Prophets and the pious would have lived the most comfortable of lives. Nay, Adam suffered test after test until he left the Dunya. Nuh cried for 300 years. Ibrahim was thrown into a pit of fire and later told to slaughter his son. Ya’qub cried until he became blind. Musa challenged Fir’own and was tested by his people. ‘Isa had no provision except the morsels his disciples provided him with. And Muhammad (saw) met poverty with patience, his uncle – one of the most beloved relatives to him – was slain and mutilated and his people disbelieved in him … and the list of Prophets and the pious goes on and on.”

What happens to us happens by the will of Allah. It is an article of our Iman in Qada’ and Qadr that we are pleased with Allah’s choice, Good or seemingly bad it is all the test of this Dunya. How could we imagine that we shall not be tested when those who were better than us suffered what they suffered. They however came away with the pleasure of Allah, Subhaanahu wa Ta’Aala.

Al Hasan ibn Arafah narrated,

“I visited Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal after he was whipped and tortured. I said to him, “O Abu Abdillah, you have reached the station of the Prophets!” He said, “Keep quiet. Verily, I saw nothing more than people selling their Deen. And I saw scholars that were with me sell their Faith. So I said to myself, ‘Who am I, what am I. What am I going to say to Allah tomorrow when I stand in front of Him and He ask me, “Did you sell your Deen like the others did?” So I looked at the whip and the sword and chose them. And I said, “If I die I shall return to Allah and say: ‘I was told to say that one of Your Characteristics was something created but I did not.’ After that, it will be up to Him – either to punish me of be Merciful on me.”

Al-Hasan ibn Arafah then asked,

“Did you feel pain when they whipped you?” He said “Yes, I felt the pain up to 20 lashes then I lost all feeling (They whipped him over eighty times). After it was over I felt no pain and that day I prayed Dhuhr standing.”

Al-Hasan ibn Arafah started weeping when he heard what had happened. Imam Ahmad questioned him,

“Why are you crying? I did not lose my Iman. After that why should I care if I lose my life?”

They were better than us but this was how they were tested.

Let us discuss some facts about these tests of life, the good and the bad that befalls us: Allah (swt) says:

wa- maa as.aaba -kum min mus.ebah fa- bi- maa kasabat ayde -kum wa- ya’fu ‘an kather

[And whatever misfortune befalls you it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.] – Sura 42/30

Muhammad ibn Seereen used to say when his debts piled up and he felt sad,

“I know that the cause of this sadness is a sin I committed over 40 years ago.”

People understand that when something bad happens it is a test from Allah. But dear Brothers and Sisters, the good things that happen to us are also a test.

Allah (swt) says

wa- qat.t.a’naa -hum fe al- ‘ard. ‘umam(an) min -hum as.- s.aalih.on wa- min -hum dona dhaalika wa- balawnaa -hum bi- al- h.asanaat wa- as- sayyi’aat la’alla -hum yarjicon.

[And we tested them with good (blessings) and evil (calamities) in order that they might turn back] – A’raf 7/168

Abd alMalik ibn Ishaq said,

“There is no one that is not tested with health and prosperity to measure how thankful he is (Shukr).”

And the Companion – AbdurRahman ibn ‘Awf (ra) said,

“We were tested with hardship and were patient. And then we were tested with prosperity and we were not patient.”

Because of this Allah states:

yaa ‘ayyuhaa ‘alladhena ‘aamano laa tulhi -kum amwaal -kum wa- laa awlaad -kum can dhikr ‘allaah wa- man yaf’al dhaalika fa- ‘olaa’ika hum al- khaasiron

[O ye who believe! Let not your wealth or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers.] – Munafiqun 63/9

Patience must happen from the beginning, not three days later or one day later, at the first news of the calamity, when it first happens. The Prophet (saw) said,

“Verily patience is only Sabr when practiced at the first hit (of news).”

There are things that contradict Sabr. Tearing ones shirt, for example, slapping ones face, slapping hands, shaving ones head, and cursing and wailing. Umm Salamah narrates:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say, “Any Muslim that says when a calamity befalls him that which Allah commanded him: inna allahi wa inna allahi rajayun, To Allah we belong and to him we return. O Allah reward me in this calamity and give me better then it – (any Muslim that says this) Allah will grant him better than (that which he lost).” – Muslim

These tests and hardships wash our sins. Aisha (ra) said,

“Verily fever sheds sins like a tree sheds leaves.”

The hardships that befall us distinguish the believers from the insincere. Shumayt ibn Ajlaan said,

“The pious and the ungrateful are hidden by health. Yet when calamities befall the two men are separated (by how they react).”

Allah says in the Quran [Alif/Laam/Meem..Do people think that they will be left alone because they say, “We believe,” and will not be tested? Indeed We tested those who (lived) before them] Al-Ankaboot 29/1-‘

Part II: Towards Sabr

Ali (ra) said,

“Verily Sabr is to Iman what the head is to the body. When the head is cut off, the body falls. (He then raised his voice) Verily there is no Iman for he who has no Sabr (patience).”

Ali (ra) said, “Verily Sabr is to Iman what the head is to the body. When the head is cut off, the body falls. (He then raised his voice) Verily there is no Iman for he who has no Sabr (patience).”

There are three types of Sabr that the Muslim must have:

a. Sabr in the obedience of Allah. For example, One must be patient and perform their Fajr at it’s time.

b. Sabr in not disobeying Allah. Like someone might say, “I just have to insult him.” No, we are command by He who gave us our tongues to not follow the whispers of Shaytaan. And we must have Sabr in not disobeying Allah.

c. Sabr in what Allah Decrees on us. For example, if our child was to pass away we should be patient and seek the reward of Allah in our patience and say only that which is pleasing to Allah.

There are two keys. If we understand them we shall open the door to Sabr
in our lives:

The First Key: know that our souls, families and wealth do not belong to us, they belong to Allah. He gave it to us as a loan to see what we would do with it. And when he takes it back He is taking back what belongs to Him. We had nothing before the blessing and we’ll have nothing after it. We did not create the blessing from nothing, so how can we claim that it belongs to us.

The Second Key: We are on a journey and the destination is the hereafter – Paradise or Hell. We shall be leaving the Dunya behind us and we’ll come back to Allah by ourselves. This is what needs our focus. And if Allah is pleased with us then no worry. If He is not pleased with us then all worry.

Let me draw your attention to a verse. Listen carefully. Allah revealed:

h.aafiz.o ‘alaa as.- s.alawaat wa- as.- s.alaah al- wust.aa wa- qomo li- ‘allaah qaaniten

[Guard strictly the observance of the salawat, especially the middle Salah and stand before Allah in obedience.]- alBaqarah 2/238

The verses before this deal with divorce. The verses after it deal with divorce. Why was this verse placed in the middle?

The Ulama’ have suggested, Wa Allaahu a’lam, that in the hard times that a person goes through (especially in a divorce) they should not forget the remembrance of Allah, the Salah. And it is that Salah coupled with Sabr that will pull them through.

yaa ‘ayyuhaa ‘alladhena ‘aamano ista’eno bi- as.- s.abr wa- as.- s.alaah ‘inna ‘allaah ma’a as.- s.aabiren

[O you who believe! Seek Help in Patience and Salah. Truly, Allah is with those that are patient.]-Baqarah 2/153

In conclusion, Allah (swt) wants us to pass on the following good news: for the patient who, when afflicted with calamity say, “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”

‘olaa’ika ‘alay -him s.alawaat min rabb -him wa- rah.mah wa- ‘olaa’ika hum al- muhtadon

They are those on whom the Salawat (i.e. the blessing and forgiveness) of their Lord is upon them, and who shall receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones] -Baqarah 2/157

Allah (swt) promised anyone who wants to work on his or her patience three things: Forgiveness, Mercy, and guidance. Who could ask for more?

And Allah (swt) knows best.


 

Kutbah – 07/01/2011 – entering Shaban

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

السلام عليكم 

bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

My dear brothers and sisters. This weekend we enter the month of Shaban, alhamdul’illah. It is a great gift that Allah (swt) has allowed us to again come to this time of the year. And soon, insha’allah we will enter the most blessed month of Ramadan. Shaban is a great opportunity for us to think about the things we need to from the past year and to look forward to and prepare for Ramadan.

Oftentimes we have talked about the great guidance that Allah (swt) gives us in the Qur’an. Guidance for prayers, guidance for tauba, guidance for taqua. We see that every ayah in the Qur’an sharif is a sign from Allah (swt) about what direction to take in our lives. Indeed our hearts and our intention should always be towards Allah (swt) and that we should act in the way he has enjoined us to act and to avoid all those things which we are told to avoid.

Of course our other great guidance in our deen comes from the sunnah of our beloved prophet Muhammad (saw) who was brought to us as a mercy to the worlds as Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:

wa- maa arsalnaa -ka ‘illaa rah.mah li- al- ‘alameen

We sent thee for nothing but as a mercy for all the worlds

Which means “We sent thee for nothing but as a mercy for all the worlds”

And so there is no separation here, Allah (swt) says “for ALL the worlds” The worlds of men and jinn, of all creatures, of all nations and races and worlds unseen to us and beyond our imagination.

And so we follow in the traditions of our beloved prophet (saw) and a great body of knowledge has been brought to us today through the years since his (saw) revelation.

It is so important for us to follow his example (saw) that Allah (swt) enjoins this upon us:

042.052 وَكَذَلِكَ أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ رُوحًا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا مَا كُنْتَ تَدْرِي مَا الْكِتَابُ وَلا الإيمَانُ وَلَكِنْ جَعَلْنَاهُ نُورًا نَهْدِي بِهِ مَنْ نَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا وَإِنَّكَ لَتَهْدِي إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ

wa- ka- dhaalika aw haynaa ‘ilay -ka ruh.(an) min ‘amr -naa maa kunta tadre maa al- kitaab wa- laa al- ’emaan wa- laakin ja’alnaa -hu nur(an) nahde bi- -hi man nashaa’ min ‘ibaad -naa wa- ‘inna -ka la- tahde ‘ilaa s.iraat. mustaqim

Thus, have We revealed to you O Muhammad, a message of spirit by Our command. While you did not know what is The Book and what is the Iman (faith)? We have made it a light whereby We guide those of Our servants whom We please; and surely you are guiding mankind to the Right Way

And in this way Allah (swt) is telling us that if we follow Muhammad (saw) we are following one who has the light of guidance from Allah (swt) bestowed upon him and the he will guide us on the right way – Siraat al mustaqeem.

And

qul ‘in kuntum tu-hibbon ‘allaah fa- ittabi’u -ne yuh-bib -kum ‘allaah wa- yaghfir la- -kum dhunob -kum wa- ‘allaah ghafor raheem

Say: “If ye do love Allah follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

And so throughout the generations, people of wisdom and knowledge have collected these traditions, the sunnah. This is no news to you, but I am reminding you as I remind myself today how important it is to learn and know these for every aspect of our lives. For as we have spoken about many times, we can not know how or when we will be called back to Allah (swt). We cannot control these things, but we are given the opportunity in this life to follow Allah’s guidance, to be true muslims.

Part 2

And so I want to leave you with some hadith to learn about Muhammad’s (saw) own practice during the month of Shaban.

The first comes from Aaishah (ra)

`Aaishah (ra) said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allah (saw) fast a complete month except for Ramadan, and I have never seen him fast more in a month than he did in Sha`baan.” [Bukhaari, Muslim]

and from Fiqh as-Sunnah

The Prophet would fast most of the month of Sha’ban. ‘Aishah said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allah fast a complete month save for Ramadan, and I have never seen him fast more in a month than he did in Sha’ban.” This is related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

And in another hadith, related by Abu Dawud and others: Usamah ibn Zaid inquired:

“O Messenger of Allah, I never find you fasting in any month like you do during the month of Sha’ban.” The Prophet responded: “That is a month the people neglect. It comes between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the Worlds. I love that my deeds be raised while I am fasting.”

and from Ali ibn Abu Talib

“Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: When it is the night of Sha’ban observe the prayer during the night and observe the fast during the day for Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, descends to the heaven of the world as the sun sets and says: Is there anyone who seeks forgiveness so that I may forgive him? Is there anyone who seeks sustenance so that I may provide for him? Is there anyone in trouble so that I may relieve him, and so on and so forth till the dawn breaks.” [Tirmidhi]

And again Aaisha (ra) narrates;

I missed Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) during the night and found him in al-Baqi’. He said: Were you afraid that Allah and His Messenger would deal unjustly with you? I said: Allah’s Messenger, I thought that you had gone to some of your other wives. He (the Prophet) said: Verily Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, comes down to the heaven of the world in the middle night of Sha’ban and forgives sins even more abundant than the hair of the goats of Kalb. [Tirmidhi]

So I leave you with these thoughts, brothers and sisters, and I remind you as I remind myself of the benefit of fasting during the month of Shaban. Our prophet (saw) considered it and did it himself, so should we not follow his example? And remember also that we are not only fasting from food, but from anger, hate, greed, avarice, and all those things which are diseases of our hearts and separate us from others, remember that the mercy of Allah is for all the worlds. So when we fast, we fast to bring ourselves closer to Allah (swt) and we cleanse our hearts of these diseases as we cleanse ourselves through these fasts.

And Allah knows best.