PUSH THAT BODY TO THE LIMIT

We TRAVEL A LOT. Often journeys become UNBEARABLY PUNISHING. You may be travelling LONG or SHORT, in HARD or LENIENT CIRCUMSTANCES, in GROUPS or SOLO but the urge to WORSHIP and SUBSERVIENCE to GOD ALMIGHTY is OVERWHELMING. It’s the time when one par excellence RELIES HEAVILY ON THE SUPERNATURALS. As a Muslim, you have an added bonus. Your PRAYERS are all ACCEPTED, STRINGENT acts of worship are LIFTED, the prayer UNITS are SHORTENED, THE BANS are LIFTED and PRIVILEGES are added. The further you go the more LENIENT IT GETS. But of course one needs to make a HONEST ASSESSMENT of his SITUATION and make MAXIMUM REAP on the REWARDS. So if you can FAST while traveling PLEASE DO. If you decide to be FOODIOUS simply because you are travelling then KNOW THAT you are MISSING OUT on important POINTS to add onto YOUR SCALE. Be HONEST and fast or be HONEST with GOD and YOURSELF and EAT so that you don’t COLLAPSE while in the TORTUROUS JOURNEY. Worship is MEANT to be ENJOYED and not a PUNISHMENT. Should you eat in an AIRPLANE given the COMFORT in it? Am just wondering aloud. have a lovely fasting season.

حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ يُوسُفَ، أَخْبَرَنَا مَالِكٌ، عَنْ هِشَامِ بْنِ عُرْوَةَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ زَوْجِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنَّ حَمْزَةَ بْنَ عَمْرٍو الأَسْلَمِيَّ قَالَ لِلنَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَأَصُومُ فِي السَّفَرِ وَكَانَ كَثِيرَ الصِّيَامِ‏.‏ فَقَالَ ‏
“‏ إِنْ شِئْتَ فَصُمْ، وَإِنْ شِئْتَ فَأَفْطِرْ ‏”

Narrated `Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) Hamza bin `Amr Al-Aslami asked the Prophet, “Should I fast while traveling?” The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, “You may fast if you wish, and you may not fast if you wish.”

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 1943
In-book reference : Book 30, Hadith 50

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