Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Twelve

Foodie Lesson 12 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Today I want to talk a little about the Prophet Ibrahim AS. He is mentioned in the Quraan 69 times –  truly a special role model from the legacy of Islam.

When Prophet Ibrahim AS built the Kaabah with his son, Ismaeel AS, one scholar says, he must have stepped  back and thought wow! Just like when we see the tallest skyscrapers  today, the Kabah was the skyscraper of that time. It must have looked so magnificent standing alone in the desert.

After this Allah asked him to call people to do pilgrimage to this newly built holy site of Islam. And so he did so and Allah made it that his voice was heard far and wide, further than the human voice could ever reach. This is why we say Labbayk when we go for our pilgrimage today. It means ‘I am present’ –  an answer to Ibrahim AS’s call.  

The reason why I have mentioned this is because from that day till the day of judgement the Kabah will always be a symbol of Islam. It is a place we all yearn to visit and so it holds a special place in the heart of a Muslim. Allah take us all to visit this blessed place. Ameen.

Allah says in Surah Al Hajj “And whoever honors the symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.”

Therefore to honour the Kaabah is a sign of a heart which is full of an awareness of Allah.

However some scholars also say that the symbols of Allah not only include the houses of Allah or masjids but it can be anything that reminds us of Allah; such as a picture of the Kabah, or a framed Quraanic ayaat or haeeeth, or a tasbeeh, or a book about islam or even scholars themselves. They must all be honoured- treated with respect and revered.

I don’t know about you all but it dawned on me when I heard about this that some of our parents, our grandparents and great grandparents have always had this quality. They would honour any small thing that reminded them of Allah. Be it a Azaan alarm clock or one of those plastic cameras, full of pictures of the haramain, bought for little children from Makkah as gifts. They never threw them or abused them. The Quraan is always kissed and put down gently. The scholars are always obeyed without abuse, questioning and judging. The love they had for the Quraan and Sunnah always seemed so strange when we were young. But it was true love.

Despite the lack of access they had to Islamic knowledge in their own language, like we have in English today, they acted upon this Quraanic ayaat. It’s quite beautiful thinking of the sincerity of their faith and we find it surprising but we can learn from them above all, that the symbols of Islam are to be honoured and respected, for us to have pure faithful hearts. Makes me think of my late great grandmother. She showed me what love for Islam really is.

Allah bless our elders, those who are with us; with good health and happiness and those who have left us with light in their graves and Jannatul Firdaus. Allah help us to understand what it means to honour the symbols of Islam and love everything that reminds us of Allah. Ameen

🌼 Happy 16th Ramadhan 🌼

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