Mawa’ed Al-Rahman in Ramadan

Mawa’ed Al-Rahman in Ramadan

Table of contents

  1. Mawa'ed Al-Rahman since the time of the Prophet
  2. The reason for giving it this name
  3. The beginning of Mawa'ed Al-Rahman in Egypt
  4. Mawa'ed Al-Rahman currently

Mawa’ed Al-Rahman are very common throughout the Islamic countries during the holy month of Ramadan, following the example of what the Messenger did with the Taif delegation, and a reflection of the extent of generosity and social cohesion among Muslims.

Mawa’ed Al-Rahman since the time of the Prophet

Three years before the Hijrah, the Prophet Muhammad, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him, went to Taif to urge the Thaqif there to convert to Islam, but he was attacked to the point of throwing stones at him until his blood flowed, after about 12 years, specifically in the ninth year of the Hijrah, after Islam had become a dominant force, they came to Medina to announce their entry into Islam, and at that time the Prophet began sending them food with Bilal bin Rabah, and the rightly guided caliphs followed him

The reason for giving it this name

Some opinions say that its name is taken from Surah Al-Ma’idah, as God Almighty says in the verses (112:115) “Remember when the disciples asked, “O Jesus, son of Mary! Would your Lord be willing to send down to us a table spread with food from heaven?” Jesus answered, “Fear Allah if you are truly believers (112 )They said, “We only wish to eat from it to reassure our hearts, to verify you are indeed truthful to us, and to become its witnesses (113) Jesus, son of Mary, prayed, “O Allah, our Lord! Send us from heaven a table spread with food as a feast for us—the first and last of us—and as a sign from You. Provide for us! You are indeed the Best Provider (114) Allah answered, “I am sending it down to you. But whoever among you denies afterwards will be subjected to a torment I have never inflicted on anyone of My creation” (115), God Almighty has spoken the truth, hence it was named Mawa’ed.

In other narrations, there was a person called “Abd al-Rahman” who was a good man and liked to help the people in need, so he used to prepare outside his house Mawa’ed of food for the needy and passers-by, hence it was called Mawa’ed Al-Rahman.

The beginning of Mawa’ed Al-Rahman in Egypt

There are different Narrations about the beginning of the emergence of Mawa’ed Al-Rahman in Egypt, some say that they appeared during the Tulunid state, beginning with its establishment at the hands of Abu al-Abbas Ahmed Ibn Tulun, who became independent from the Abbasid caliphate, and about whom the historian “Ibn al-Atheer al-Jazari” said (he was sane, firm, used to do a lot of good and charity, was religious, loved scholars and people of religion, and did a lot of charitable deeds for Muslims), Ahmed Ibn Tulun, after 4 years of his rule, gathered the senior officials of the state and merchants to urge them to help the poor and the needy, he used to serve these Mawa’ed throughout the month of Ramadan, and in one of his sermons he said (I’ve gathered you around this table to teach you the path of righteousness to people), and in 880 AD, he issued an order to circulate Mawa’ed Al-Rahman throughout the Tulunid state and to held them in known public places in order to facilitate the access of those in need.

In other accounts, it appeared in the era of the Fatimid state, as Al-Muizz li-Din Allah al-Fatimi used to held them so that worshipers at Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque could eat from them, in addition, he was serving food that was prepared inside his palace to the poor and needy.

Mawa’ed Al-Rahman currently

Mawa’ed Al-Rahman spread to this day in all Islamic countries, as they are no longer limited to feeding the poor and the needy only, but also for passers-by, which spars the poor the shame and embarrassment, as all groups gather at Mawa’ed Al-Rahman now, so there is no difference between the rich and the poor. In Egypt, the residents of some neighborhoods set up these Mawa’ed for all the residents of the neighborhood, which relieves the embarrassment of the needy, and brings joy and happiness to their heart, not only did they serve Mawa’ed Al-Rahman, but some people, who have the financial ability, prepare food and stand on public roads and distribute it to passers-by at the time of breaking the fast, the holy month of Ramadan will always be the month of increasing blessings for all Muslims.

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