by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya (Rahmatullah alayhi)

My late father had a fixed programme and routine for Ramadan. The programme changed annually according to prevailing circumstances. I cannot remember any of his travels in Ramadan while resident in Gangoh. I have already said that in the last Ramadan of the life of Hazrat Gangohi in 1322 A.H my late father led the taraweeh salaah in Gangoh at the instruction of Hazrat himself.

That was the year when for the first time since having memorised the Quran, he sat down on the 29th Sha’baan to recite 1-1/4 paras from the Quran as preparation for taraweeh out of fear for Hazrat Gangohi and out of fear for making a mistake. After the first day of recitation, the fear left him and thereafter he never again had to make ‘daur’.

I have-already mentioned repeatedly that my father was so addicted to Quranic recitations by heart, that he did the manual work of running a bookshop, taking out books, making parcels, addressing them, while all the time reciting Quran.

During his stay in Saharanpur, I do not remember him having performed taraweeh in any other place, except for the year 1332 A.H when the mosque of the old Darul Talabah was being erected. On the erection of my late Shaikh, Maulana Saharanpuri, my father was the first person to recite the Quran from the mehrab of this mosque in 1332 A.H.

During his stay in Saharanpur, my father’s routine was that he spend most of his time in the Masjid of the shoemakers next to the house of Hakeem Yaqoob Saheb. This was apart from the time he used to spend in teaching. It was here that he performed iftar without any special preference for anything special. Of course, if there were some dates and zam-zam available, these were given preference over all other things. (At the iftar table of Hazrat Maulana Khaleel Ahmad Saheb great importance was given to having dates and zam-zam for iftar. Any dates and zam-zam brought to him by Hajis, as presents were stored away in tins and in bottles. In those days there was not this free availability of dates and zam-zam as is the case in our times when Allah made travel so fast and easy.

Read more: The Ramadaan of Hazrat Mol Yahya Saheb

Extracted from Faza'il Amal, Children's Devotion to Islam

Hadhrat Rubbayi' bint Mu'awwaz (Radhiyallaho anha) (who was mentioned in the last chapter) says:
"Once the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) enjoined on us to fast on the 10th of Muharram. Since then
we have always been fasting on that day. Even the children were made to fast with us. When they cried out in
hunger, we diverted them with toys made of cotton flakes till the time of Iftaar.”

We learn from Hadith that the nursing mothers of those days would not feed their infants during the fast. No
doubt they could bear all this. as their general health and endurance were decidedly of much higher standard
than ours. But. are we really doing even what we can easily bear'? Surely we should not impose on our
children what they cannot stand, but we must tax them with what they can easily endure.

Although Maulana Ilyaas has been mentioned already in ‘AAP BETI’, I now only wish to mention something here about his Ramadan routine. It was the general habit of this uncle of mine that whatever he was to eat at night was eaten at iftar time. He did not have a habit of drinking tea. His meal was indeed a very simple one - not the “meal of your fathers” as mentioned in the hadith of Abu Dawood Shareef.

The hadith says that if the time for Esha is at hand and the evening meal was ready, than the evening meal should be eaten first. Then it so happened that a certain person in surprise said to Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbaas that we have heard the word of Rasulullah (SAW), and if we are going to get busy with the evening meal, the congregational prayer, will be lost. Thereupon Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas said:

“How do you think was their meals? Do you think it was like the” meal of your fathers”?”

In other words: Do you think it was such a multiple-course meal, which took such a long time to eat like that to which your fathers are used to? Their meal merely consisted of a few dates and a cup or two of 'abattu’.

And so was the meal of my uncle in its simplicity. It sometimes consisted only of a piece of roti. In any case after iftar, he performed Maghrib salaah. After maghrib it had always been his practice to perform long raka-’aha of nafl salaah, but in Ramadan, it used to be so long that he finished very near to the time for Esha.

Read more: The Ramadan Of Hazrat Maulana Ilyaas Saheb

Unlike the month of Rajab, there are peculiar instructions regarding the month of Shabaan in the Sunnah of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam.

Firstly, although it is not obligatory to fast during this month, it is a Sunnah and Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam is reported to have said that, after Ramadhaan, it is most meritorious to fast during the month of Shabaan.

Shabaan is the month during which a record of our deeds is being presented before Allah Ta’ala. Therefore it is the most favourable month in which we could fast. However, it is important to know that we should not cause any weakness to our bodies by fasting so much that we cause a deficiency in our fasts during the month of Ramadhaan. The fasts of Ramadhaan are compulsory, while the fasts of Shabaan are not. This is important to remember. Being fit and able to endure the fasting of the month of Ramadhaan is of the greatest importance. This is why Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam has suggested that we do not fast in the second half of the month of Shabaan.

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