In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful
Praise to Allah Lord of the Worlds,
Peace and Blessings be upon Muhammad (saws) and his family.
"This thread is dedicated to the 40 days fasting journey and the blessed month of Ramadan this year. InshaAllah a group of Ansar decided to post some narrations from Ahlul Bayt a.s. everyday of this journey to motivate everyone who participates in this year's fasting journey. (Note: this is a READ ONLY thread.) May Allah swt bless all of you, forgive our sins, accept our repentance and our efforts, keep us steadfast and let us attain higher levels each day!"
Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu â€˜Umayr from Hafs ibn al-Bakhtari in a marfuâ€™ manner from Amir al-Muâ€™minin Ali (a.s.) who has said the following. "Relax your souls with new sparks of wisdom, because souls also tire as bodies do."
As brother Abdullah wrote in Tads 2nd Semester episode 97 (The 40 day journey begins):
"The Basic Rules are to have good intentions throughout this time, desiring only good and having Love for God and His creatures in your heart. But this in itself is a struggle. To control your Desires and Anger is another goal and for this you should fast these 40 days for it weakens the desires and puts out the fire of Anger. Fasting should consist of Abstaining from water and food and all impurities from Sunrise to Sunset every day. In fact this whole 40 days you should also be trying to control your Sexual Desires so no Sexual acts of any nature or kind. No Selfishness, Greediness or Self Centered Acts should be committed by you at all during this period. Use your time making something constructive. Avoid work unless necessary and do nothing other that worship of Allah, and spend your free time in seclusion without friends or hanging out or partying. And mediate and pray a lot."
The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s) and the Imams of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s) asserted that: "If a person acts sincerely and purely for forty days, the fountainheads of wisdom will spring up from his heart (they will achieve a certain degree of illumination.)"
Imam 'Ali Zayn al-'Abidin (a.s) narrated that Imam 'Ali (a.s) used to say: "Time is but a period of three days, where you stand in the middle of them - yesterday has gone with all its events and will never return again. So if you did good therein, there is no need to grieve that it has passed on, but rather rejoice at what you have acquired from it. And if you neglected your duties therein or went to excess, then indeed your loss is great, not only as a consequence of your neglect but also because yesterday has now passed on (and with it the opportunity to do good). With respect to tomorrow, you are under a delusion and quite inadvertent - you do not know whether you will even reach that far, and even if you were to live till tomorrow, you might behave in the same way as you did yesterday in neglecting your duties. Your time that matters is the very day on which you have arisen this morning, and it is incumbent upon you that you think and ponder about all the good deeds that you missed yesterday, hence failing to acquire any benefit therein, and to think about all the excess and evil deeds that you failed to stop yourself from committing. So act as one who looks only to the day on which he has arisen, hoping to benefit as much as possible from it. Perform good deeds and abandon evil deeds therein, and Allah is your Helper."
In the words of our beloved Imam Zayn al-Abideen (a.s):
In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the All-compassionate.
O Allah, bless Muhammad and his Household,
cause our faith to reach the most perfect faith,
make our certainty the most excellent certainty,
and take our intentions to the best of intentions,
and our works to the best of works!
Complete our intentions through Your gentleness,
rectify our certainty through what is with You,
And set right what is corrupt in us through Your power!
O Allah, make the wishing, the doubt and the envy which
Satan throws into our hearts a remembrance of Your
mightiness, a reflection upon Your power, and a devising
against Your enemy!
May Allah (S.W.T) be with all of us on our journeys!! And may He (S.W.T) give us all the strength, courage, and determination to achieve success.
Inshallah, May peace and blessings be bestowed upon you all.