The Holy Month of Ramadan is here and it will only be effective for those who seek piety, an Islamic cleric, Abdul Afis Oladosu, has said. Oladosu who stated this in a statement added that those who know that fasting during Sha’aban will weaken them for the Ramadan fasting should discontinue it.
“While it is good to fast some days in this month (of Sha’ban), it should be borne in mind that such an exercise is essentially for those who are able and capable. “Therefore, if one fears that after fasting in Sha’ban, he will lose strength or freshness for the fasts of Ramadan he should not fast in Sha’ban.
This is because fasting in Ramadan, is obligatory, while fasting in other days of the lunar calendar is optional,” he said. He continued: “Let me begin this essay today with a disclaimer: it is not addressed to those who are usually sad once Ramadan is at the corner.
It is not meant for those who have become hostages to their bodies. It is not intended for those who are only a step above the realm of animals: those who eat, drink and engage in excessive, and I should say, perverse sexual relations all in the erroneous belief that that is all there is to life. “ Each time Ramadan appears in the corner, this group of people becomes jittery.
Each time they hear the following verse being rehearsed they tremble: “O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may learn self-restraint. Fast the prescribed number of days; except if any of you is ill or on a journey, then fast a similar number of days later. For those who cannot endure it there is a ransom: the feeding of one poor person for each missed day.
Whoever does more good than this voluntarily, it is better for him.
However, if you truly understand the rationale of fasting, it is better for you to fast.[Q2:183-184].
“The extremely vegetative among human beings would, however, see no rationale in fasting. Call him an hypocrite and you would discover gravitas of hypocrisy in him as he goes about pooh-poohing the divine wisdom which makes fasting in the month of Ramadan obligatory on every able Muslim.
Each time the verses quoted above are recited by those who constantly derive pleasure in reciting al-Dhikr, the hypocrite begins to experience some trepidation and anxiety. To him, the month of Ramadan is a nemesis It is a threat from which he frowns and frets; it is seen as a plot not a writ for divine redemption nor a pathway to celestial prosperity.
“This essay is, therefore, addressed not to the above but to youthose who usually rejoice with the advent of Ramadan. I hasten to call your attention to the fact that the month of Ramadan is less than two weeks from today.”
Going by the calendar, according to Oladosu, traditionally, the month of Shaaban is deemed a holy month because it precedes the holy month of fasting, the month of Ramadan.
“While it is good to fast some days in this month, it should be borne in mind that such an exercise is essentially for those who are able and capable. Therefore, if one fears that after fasting in Sha’ban, he will lose strength or freshness for the fasts of Ramadan he should not fast in Sha’ban.
This is because fasting in Ramadan, is obligatory, while fasting in other days of the lunar calendar is optional. Our leader, may the peace and blessings of Allah be on his soul, in an hadith reported by Abu Hurayrah, says: “Do not fast after the first half of the month of Sha’ban is gone.”