Ramadaniyat 14: Are You a “Ramadan Muslim”?

Common Mistakes Made During Ramadan

Common Mistake 14. Being a “Ramadan Muslim”

We all know what this is about.  Suddenly, in Ramadan, the masjid is full.  There may even be more than one row at Fajr.  Sisters suddenly start wearing hijab, for exactly 30 days.  We dust off our Qur-an and read the whole thing, without translation, in one month, then put it away for the next eleven.  Astagfirullah, some of us commit major sins like zina (adultery/fornication), drinking or drugs in the nights of this holy month, and think our fasting will be accepted because we took the day off.  I ask those brothers and sisters what it is about the rest of the year that makes such acts permissible?  Ramadan Muslims.  It’s all over after Eid prayer, and anyone who attends the mosque for Thuhr that day can hear his echo.  I looked up this phenomenon on Islam Q & A (islamqa.com) and found an answer that should make us stop and think, rather than laugh about, the Ramadan Muslim.  Though scholarly, it is only an opinion, but what if it’s right?

Question 

If a man is keen to fast in Ramadaan and to pray in Ramadaan only, but he gives up praying as soon as Ramadaan is over, is his fasting valid?

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.

Prayer is one of the pillars of Islam, and it is the most important pillar after the Shahaadatayn (twin testimony of faith). It is also an individual obligation. To not do it because one denies that it is obligatory or because of laziness and/or heedlessness is widely considered to equal kufr. As for those who fast in Ramadaan and pray only in Ramadaan, are they trying to deceive Allaah? How bad are those who only acknowledge Allaah in Ramadaan! Their fast is not valid if they only pray in Ramadaan, even if they do not deny that prayer is obligatory; this is according to the more correct of the two scholarly views.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The covenant that stands between us and them is prayer; whoever does not pray is a kaafir.” Narrated by Imam Ahmad, 22428; al-Tirmidhi, 2621; al-Nasaa’i, 431; Ibn Maajah, 1079 – with a saheeh isnaad from Buraydah al-Aslami (may Allaah be pleased with him).

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The head of the matter is Islam, its foundation (or its pillar) is prayer and its pinnacle is jihad for the sake of Allaah.” Narrated by Imam al-Tirmidhi, 2616, with a saheeh isnaad from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (may Allaah be pleased with him).

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Between a man and kufr and shirk there stands his giving up prayer.” Narrated by Imam Muslim in his Saheeh, 82, from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Ansaari (may Allaah be pleased with him). And there are many similar ahaadeeth.

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

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