On Saturday 21st July, 2012 our brother, Ustadh Hasan as-Somaalee (hafidhahullaah) delivered a LIVE tele-lecture to Muwahhideen Publications across several masaajid in Trinidad & Tobago and U.S.A. Masjid Ibn 'Abbaas, Tobago and Masjid us Sunnah, Trinidad, Masjid Al-Bukhari, FL, Masjid Ibn 'Abbas, GA, and Masjid Uthaymeen NJ.
Our brother, Abu 'Abdullaah Hasan as-Somaalee (hafidhahullaah) reiterated the legislation of fasting prescribed by Allaah. Then in highlighting the affair of purifying the soul, he mentioned the importance of fasting, and that it is from the wisdom of Allaah he legislated fasting in order for the soul to return to the fitrah (the natural disposition that Allaah created mankind upon). He emphasized that we are affected by our surroundings, especially by our company and friends and in this regard he mentions the statement of Ibn Qudamah (620 AH) that a person may acquire good character through accompanying the righteous people and the people of good character, and that the character is a thief. It steals that which is good and that which is bad, so we must be careful with the company that we keep. In this, a person may acquire good character through accompanying the righteous. Our noble brother, said that Ramadhaan is a great opportunity to benefit and to purify our soul through it so that one may return to the fitrah. He continued that from the virtue of fasting is that it trains the soul to be patient, and it combines the three types of patience. And the Prophet (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) referred to this month as the month of patience. Expounding on this further, he said that there is a relationship linguistically between fasting and patience, and in the explanation he brought the statement of Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al-'Abbad (hafidhahullaah) referring to the relationship between the linguistic and religious meaning of fasting. The shaykh said that fasting in the Arabic language is to refrain from something, and Islamically it is to refrain from eating, drinking and all things that breaks one's fast, doing so to draw closer to Allaah. The Islamic definition, therefore, is a part of the linguistic definition. Fasting, as the brother states, trains the soul to be patient and to endure hardships in the path of Allaah. He then mentions it controls chastity, and extinguishes the flames of lust, and it is a means to control one's desires. Our teacher, Hasan as-Somaalee (hafidhaullaah) reminded us that Ramadhaan is an opportunity to struggle against the nafs (soul). Indeed Ramadhaan is a madrassa (school). Fasting also teaches us to control our anger and refine our character. The brother encouraged us to learn to be generous in Ramadhaan, and that righteous deeds are multiplied in this blessed month. Our noble brother continues with his heart warming encouragement and extremely beneficial reminder.
May Allaah purify our fasts and purify our souls by our fasts.
[taken from a tele-link session with Abu 'Abdullaah Hasan as-Somaalee (hafidhahullaah) and the brothers at Mpubs on Saturday 21st July, 2012]