“The entire dunya is a month of fasting for the muttaqeen”

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, in his beneficial work, Lataa’if al-Ma’aarif, wrote the following beautiful words:

الدنيا كلّها شهرُ صيامِ المتقين ، وعيدُ فِطرِهم يوم لقاءِ ربِّهم ، ومعظمُ نهار الصيام قد ذَهَبَ ، وعيدُ اللِّقاء قد اقترَبَ

The entire dunya is a month of fasting for the muttaqeen, and their ‘Eid al-fitr is the day of meeting their Lord. And most of the days of fasting have already passed, and the ‘Eid of meeting is swiftly approaching.

[Lataa’if al-Ma’aarif pg 85]

And in another part of the same work, he expanded on this theme by writing:

قال بعض السلف : صم الدنيا واجعل فطرك الموت . الدنيا كلها شهر صيام المتقين ، ويصومون فيه الشهوات المحرمات ، فإذا جاءهم الموت فقد انقضى شهر صيامهم واستهلوا عيد فطرهم.

And some of the Salaf said: Fast this dunya and make your breaking of the fast death. The entire dunya is a month of fasting for the muttaqeen, and they fast from their unlawful desires. So when death comes, it has completed their month of fasting and ushered in their ‘Eid al-Fitr.

وقد صمت عن لذات دهري كلها ***** ويوم لقاكم ذاك فطر صيامي

I have fasted from my appetites the entire time
And the day of their meeting, that is the breaking of my fast

من صام اليوم من شهواته أفطر عليها بعد مماته ، ومن تعجّل ما حرّم عليه قبل وفاته عُوقب وحرمانه في الآخرة وفواته ، وشاهد ذلك قوله تعالى : (أَذْهَبْتُمْ طَيِّبَاتِكُمْ فِي حَيَاتِكُمُ الدُّنْيَا وَاسْتَمْتَعْتُم بِهَا ) الآية . وقوله النبي ﷺ : (مَنْ شَرِبَ الْخَمْرَ فِي الدُّنْيَا لَمْ يَشْرَبْهَا فِي الآخِرَةِ ) ، و (مَنْ لَبِسَ الْحَرِيرَ فِي الدُّنْيَا فَلَنْ يَلْبَسَهُ فِي الآخِرَةِ ) . ـ

Whoever fasts from his desires today breaks that fast after his death. And whoever hastens unto what has been forbidden for him before his death incurs the punishment of being deprived of it in the hereafter and for eternity. And a witness to that is Allah’s statement:

أَذْهَبْتُمْ طَيِّبَاتِكُمْ فِي حَيَاتِكُمُ الدُّنْيَا وَاسْتَمْتَعْتُم بِهَا فَالْيَوْمَ تُجْزَوْنَ عَذَابَ الْهُونِ بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَسْتَكْبِرُ‌ونَ فِي الْأَرْ‌ضِ بِغَيْرِ‌ الْحَقِّ وَبِمَا كُنتُمْ تَفْسُقُونَ

You exhausted your pleasures during your worldly life and enjoyed them, so this Day you will be awarded the punishment of [extreme] humiliation because you were arrogant upon the earth without right and because you were defiantly disobedient [46:20]

And also the statement of the Prophet (ﷺ), “Whoever drinks intoxicants in this world, he will not drink it in the Hereafter.” and “Whoever wears silk in this world shall not wear it in the Hereafter.”

[Lataa’if al-Ma’aarif pg. 278]

See also: “Jannah is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by desires”: Sharh al-Nawawi

See also: The Three Legislated ‘Eids for the Believers: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

See also: The fast is not perfected until one abandons the forbidden actions: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

See also: An encouragement towards rectification in the last days of Ramadan: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

See also: Khutbah at the Close of the Year: Imam al-Sa’di

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