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Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

Imagine.

Someone really, really important is coming to visit you. Surely, you would cook, clean, shop, prepare and plan everything for them, well ahead of time. You would make sure they are comfortable and well taken care of. You would ascertain that everything is perfectly ready and adequately in place before they arrive.

Now imagine someone coming to visit you that is even more important than that….more precious, more valuable, more honorable. Wouldn’t you prepare even more and give it the best you got?

Well, the best month of the year, the most blessed and most precious, is coming up. The month that brings the fragrance of Jannah and the sweetness of Eemaan….the tears of Tawbah and the forgiveness of your Lord. And it’s bringing with it a night that is equivalent in worship and reward, to more than a thousand months.

Wouldn’t you want to prepare for that?

Wouldn’t you want to be ready for it with all your heart and soul so that you don’t miss this great opportunity?

They say the more prepared you are for something, the easier it is for you to handle it and the greater the chances that you will be successful at it.

And what better opportunity to prepare for something than preparing for the blessed month of Ramadaan.

This is a month of Rahmah and Barakah, a month of tawbah and istighfaar, a great opportunity for training oneself… to give up your bad deeds and build on your good ones.

So what to do?

Prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for this great month.

The first thing to do is to purify your niyyah from now. You are going to fast because it is the order of Allaah and NOT because it is culture or your family does so, or even because you want to lose weight.

“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwaa”.  [soorah al-Baqarah, v:183]

Next, be really excited for this upcoming month and be absolutely determined to do your utmost best and exert yourself for this magnificent month of Forgiveness and Mercy from your Lord.

Race with one another and compete with each other for it.

Be excited. Be energized. Get electrified.

Get all pumped up and feel vitalized.

This is a time when the gates of Jannah are all open. W I D E open.

And all the gates of Jahannum are closed. Yes, alhamdulillaah CLOSED.

And here is a chance for you to get all your sins forgiven.

Get invigorated and motivated. Realize that the month of Ramadaan is a month of amazing 3ibaadah and intense du3aa’. astounding khushoo3 and remarkable hope, sincere tawbah and extraordinary istighfaar.

And it is NOT a month of laziness or sleeping, cooking and feasting, or just being plain grouchy and irritable.

Don’t let the thought of the heat or the long day get to you or dampen your spirit. It is only the Shaytaan trying to play with your mind and spoil this wonderful time for you.

Have full intention from now, to read as much of the Qur’aan as you can.

Love the Qur’aan. Build a close relationship with it. Realize that these are the Words of your Lord….Words that will take you to Jannah, your Ultimate Goal.

Don’t just read it with your eyes. Read it with your heart. Let it sink in your soul. Savor the joy and cherish the delight in reading the Book of Allaah. Taste the sweetness of Eemaan. Don’t be in a rush to quickly finish the reading. Rather, take your time to ponder over the words and understand the meanings.

Don’t think…”when am I going to finish this Soorah? Rather….when am I going to implement this in my life?”

Remember, nothing is sweeter and more pleasurable than the aayaat of the Qur’aan that you can understand.

Prepare yourself to do plenty of sujood… long, drawn out sujood, in Taraaweeh and Tahajjud.

Feel close to your Rabb when you do that sajdah. Realize that this is most honorable position for you…placing the thing you value most, your head, on the ground, humbled before your Creator.

You are the slave and He is the Master. You are the 3abd and He is your Owner.

Resolve from today, to make a lot of du3aa’. Make a du3aa list.

Prepare it from now. And when you sit down to break your fast, or when you stand in front of your Creator in Salaah, in Taraaweeh or in the middle of the night, or any time during the night or day, spread out those hands and ask al-Kareem, the Most Generous, the One Who gives to one and to all.

Make sincere, heartfelt du3aa’ whenever and wherever you can. Don’t let a moment slip by. And don’t forget to be thankful to the One Who gave you everything.

Be ready from now to do abundant istighfaar, lots and lots of it. Do it every single day.

In the darkness of the night, when the whole world is asleep, have full realization, that this is no ordinary time, no time to waste away sleeping.

Ar-Rahmaan is calling. Wouldn’t you want to respond??

So knock on the door of the Almighty. He is al-Ghafoor, the Oft-Forgiver and you are nothing… Just a weak and sinful human being. Bend your head with shame, and cry. Cry like you’ve never cried before.

Ask for His forgiveness. Make firm resolve never, ever, to go back to your sins…never, ever to do those bad deeds again. Go ahead, spread out those hands and be sincere and then be certain He will surely respond.

And most importantly, have firm determination from this moment on, to continue all the good deeds and habits that you will develop during Ramadaan to continue even after Ramadaan is over. Remember, you are not a good Muslim just during a special month of the year.Rather you are a Muslim throughout the three hundred and sixty five days. Use the upcoming month of taqwa and training to coach and develop your nafs, to cultivate virtuous deeds and actions and to give up your bad ones.

Tell me, are you going to let all that hard work of fasting, waking up in the middle of the night, reading all that Qur’aan, standing up for Taraaweeh and prayers, and all that du3aa’ go to waste???

Other tips:

1. Get to know the rules of fasting from now, so that your fasting can be closest to the Sunnah and thus be more beloved and acceptable to Allaah.

2. Clarify any doubts that you may have and don’t be afraid to ask a scholar.

3. Cleanse your heart of any anger, hatred, grudges, etc from now. And forgive everyone. That’s because forgiveness is delayed for the one who has anger and grudge against his Muslim brother/sister.

The Prophet salAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The gates of Paradise are opened on Monday and Thursday, and everyone who does not associate anything with Allaah is forgiven, except a man who has had an argument with his brother. It is said: ‘Wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile, wait for these two until they reconcile.” (Muslim)

4. Finish up on your Ramadaan and 3Eid preparation, cooking, shopping, etc. from now so that you can free up all the time during Ramadaan for 3Ibaadah.

5. If you are like most people who give their zakaat during Ramadaan, get it all calculated and worked out before the month starts.

To conclude, think positive and have firm resolve. Strive with all your effort to do your best so that this will be an amazing, hair-raising, awe-inspiring, heart-stopping experience of a lifetime.

Your best Ramadaan ever.

Set your goals at the highest.

Don’t settle for anything less than Jannah

And Allaah knows best.

By Asma bint Shameem

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“Did he not reach Ramadaan, fast and pray…?” A beautiful Hadeeth

How to Spend Ramadaan by Shaykh Muhammad Hassan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Clean The Heart Before Ramadaan

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Ramdaan is just round the corner. A practical beneficial read, that we all need to gain the maximum benefits from Ramadaan as we prepare for the arrival of this blessed month.

“We dont feel the beauty of Ramadaan & 3Ibaadah as our hearts have some problems. unless we clean our hearts from all hatred, sins & all internal diseases, we wont feel the beauty of 3Ibaadah and the sweetness of Ramadaan.

Just like you can’t plant a seed on a tough piece of land or marble, you need to dig & make the soil soft, then water the soil to make it ready for seeding, similarly we need to clean our hearts first to taste the sweetness of 3Ibaadah & to have Ramadaan an effect on us.”

clean heartHow Do we clean our heart. Read below.

Clean Your Heart Before Ramadaan  (click)

[Excerpt from a Ramadaan course]

Notes taken by a student

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Preparing for Ramadaan

 

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 2

(continued from part 1)

3. Make lots of Dhikr:

Do a lot of dhikr, especially in these days.

There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (Laa ilaaha illAllaah), Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdulillaah)”. [12]

So what did the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam tell us to do in these days?

That, we need to make the dhikr of tahleel, tahmeed & takbeer [13] As soon as the announcement of Dhul-Hijjah is made, start your dhikr:

الله اكبر الله اكبر لا اله الا الله

الله اكبر الله اكبر ولله الحمد

“Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah,

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar. Wa lillaahil-hamd.”

Many people mistakenly believe that you chant this only on the day of 3Eed. But, it is meant to be recited from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah.

Bukhaaree related that Ibn 3Umar & Abu Hurayrah said that they used to go out in the streets making loud takbeer. They did not think that this was riyaa [showing off]. They were busy with declaring the signs of Allaah. This practice has now become a forgotten Sunnah.

Why do people feel shy to follow this Sunnah?

These are the days of takbeer, tahleel & tahmeed with raised voices. Therefore revive this Sunnah by doing audible tasbeeh during all of the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

For women, when you are in your homes, raise your voices. You will remind your children, husbands, brothers, etc. Make it like a habit so that you will find yourself doing dhikr automatically. While walking, reclining, working, eating, just keep doing dhikr.

Send a lot of blessings and salaam upon the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam consistently. Just one hadeeth should be enough for the believer who loves sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam. It is enough honor that when you send your salaam to Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam,  Allaah returns his soul to him in order to answer you: “There is no one who sends salaam upon me but Allaah will restore to me my soul so that I may return his salaam.” [14]

Therefore, send your darood & salaam from your heart.

Feel that special honor in doing that deed.

4. Istighfaar:

All kinds of dhikr will make your relation with Allaah stronger and stronger.

How many Muslims are there today? 1.5 billion? In one minute it is possible to gain 1.5 billion hasanaat.

Allaahu Akbar!!

How generous is Allaah subhaanahu  wa ta3aalaa.

No one will give you like Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa gives.

So how can you gain 1.5 million hasanaat?

By making istighfaar [seeking forgiveness] for all Muslims. The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam is reported to have said that when a person seeks forgiveness for all believers, Allaah will write for him a hasanaat for every one of those believers. [15]

Just say “Astaghfirullaah” for yourself and for all the believers, from your heart. Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa is forgiving & generous.

On the Day of Judgement, when you will see your book, you will find the record of your sins in it & you will feel regret. But, SubhaanAllaah, you will find between these sins, Astaghfirullaah, Astaghfirullaah, Astaghfirullaah.

Bi-idhnillaah. Allaah, the Kareem will cancel those sins that have istighfaar beside them, around them, after them.

Indeed, rahamaat are falling down like rain. So try to be under those rahamaat. Look at it this way – there are seasons of mercy during which Allaah sends down abundant mercy [like during Ramadaan, like the days of Dhul-Hijjah, etc.]. Allaah is always generous because that is one of His subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa Attributes, but He says that He gives more during certain periods. Allaah isRaheem always, but He says He has more mercy during a certain period. These days are like those special-rate promotions or sale season. Therefore, don’t leave or ignore this sale.

Go and ask for more. Keep saying ‘astaghfirullaah’, ‘astaghfirullaah’, astaghfirullaah’, keep insisting on it till Allaah forgives you.

Start from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah.

“…nor will He punish them while they seek (Allaah’s) forgiveness.” [soorah Al-Anfaal, v:33]

We are informed that there is no punishment from subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa on the yastaghfiroon [i.e. those who seek forgiveness]. Allaah relieves all problems with istighfaar. Those who are persistent in istighfaar in their lives, disasters and calamities will be repelled from them. Mercy is like a cloud on the head of the mustaghfiroon [those who consistently seek forgiveness].

How do we know this?

“Why seek you not the forgiveness of Allaah, that you may receive mercy?” [soorah An-Naml, v:46]

Allaah is telling us to make istighfaar to gain His mercy. Let your istighfaar ascend to Him and His mercy will descend upon you.

5. Fasting:

Fast as much as you can during these blessed days. If you can fast all of these days, then do so. Even in any regular day, Allaah has promised a great reward for the one who fasts: “Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will keep his face seventy years distance away from the Fire because of it.” [16] So what about these special days for which it is said: “There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allaah, or greater in reward, than a good deed done during the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.”

Allaah loves the good deeds in these days. Allaah loves siyaam. Put these two beloved things together,  you are the doer of the things Allaah loves. He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa will Love you, bi-idhnillaah.

Any 3Ibaadah, be it salaah, dhikr, Qur’aan, that is done during some periods of time and with them are also periods of non-action. Can you do any of them from Fajr till Maghrib continuously?

Which 3Ibaadah will you be able to do non-stop?

Siyaam!

From Fajr till Maghrib during the best days, you will be able to be in a continuous state of worship. So please my sisters [& brothers], grab this chance eagerly. Also don’t forget you have if Allaah wills, at least one du3aa’ guaranteed with each siyaam – at the time of breaking the fast. So that is nine opportune moments during this period.

Regarding fasting on the day of 3Arafah, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Fasting the day of 3Arafah, I hope, will expiate the sins of the year before it and the year to come…” [17]

So how does this happen?

Does this mean that we can fast on that day and for the rest of the year we can do whatever we want of bad deeds?

No! It implies that Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa will help us to abstain from sins. And, if you commit a sin by mistake, He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa will cancel it due to His promise.

6. Charity:

Spending for the sake of Allaah!

Only Allaah knows how many trials & calamities have been pushed away from us, our family and loved ones as a result of our sadaqah. Allaah knows how many times relief and ease has come to us due to the sadaqah we gave.

Therefore, give in the way of Allâh, as much as you can.

Don’t leave any raised hands return empty. Show Allaah that you love Him by spending from that which you love. Show Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa that all these things mean nothing besides gaining His ridha [pleasure].

Don’t look and remind yourself of what you have already spent in the past. If Allaah wills, He subhaanahu wa ta3alaa has accepted and written it for you. Now, think of how you can outdo that sadaqah during these days. Spend from what you love and Allaah will love you.

7. Preserve the Ties of Kinship:

Preserve the ties of kinship for: “No one who severs the ties of kinship will enter Paradise.” [18]

If it is difficult for you to call or meet every relative, then send them a message. But write with your heart and with the right intention. There is a man who connects with all of his near and far relatives. It is almost like a mission for him for the sake of Allaah. He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa loves this 3ibaadah. Even those who are far away, he calls and connects them to the rest of the family and brings them all together. And subhaan-Allaah, Allah has given him a lot of wealth and with such ease and has made his life easy, and as a result of his deeds.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam promised this reward for the one who connects and maintains kinship: “Whoever would like his rizq [provision] to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.” [19]

These were just a few of the wonderful things we can do during the forthcoming best days of Dhul-Hijjah. Therefore, if we want Allaah’s help with these deeds and our schedule for them, we need to do a lot of tawbah. The Salaf as-Salih used to say that they would feel prevented from qiyaam al-layl due to their sins. They knew that when they want to do 3ibaadah and they are unable to do it, it is due sins.

So, what do we need to do?

A lot of istighfaar with tawbah, real Tawbah!

Ask Allaah for help.

Make the du3aa: “O Allaah, help me to remember You, to give You thanks, and to perform Your worship in the best manner.” [20]

Transcription of a lecture “How to benefit from the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah” by Umm 3Abdur-Rahmaan. 

Original source Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Yaqoob’s lecture.

(Download as pdf ) Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah

References:

[12] Ahmad, 7/224
[13] Tahleel [“Laa ilaaha ill-Allah”], Tahmîd [“Alhamdulillah”] and Takbîr [“Allaahu Akbar”]. See: Ahmad, 7/224
[14] Aboo Daawood, 2041 – classed as hasan by al-Albaanee
[15] Classed as hasan by al Albaanee
[16] Muslim, 2/808
[17] Muslim, 1976
[18] Saheeh Muslim
[19] Al-Bukhaarî, 5986 and Muslim, 2557
[20] Saheeh Aboo Daawood, 1/284

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah

وَالْفَجْرِ .وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ

“By the ten nights.” [Al- Fajr, v:2]

The “ten nights” which Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa is swearing here, are the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. [1] Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa] swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.

Ibn 3Abbas radi Allaahu 3anhu narrated that Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days”.

He was asked: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” [2]

So, my sisters [and brothers] take note of the following:

Have the intention to spread this important information.

It is a great chance to collect uncountable hasanaat [rewards].

It is a great chance to renew your relation with Allaah [subhaana wa ta3alaa].

Prepare now so you can start from the first night/day of the month [i.e. as soon as Dhul-Hijjah is announced]. You don’t want to miss a moment of the best days in the sight of Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa].

Since the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam referred to the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah as: “…no days better than these days in the sight of Allaah.” [3], the scholars have said that these are better than Ramadan. [4]

Therefore, be very vigilant and don’t waste these precious moments. Ask Allaah to help you to benefit from this period of His special Grace.

Ask yourself these questions [non-rhetorical]:

Did you intend to benefit from these days?

What have you done to prepare for these 10 days?

Did you prepare a program?

What is your plan of action?

Here is a brief guide to help you to prepare for the best days of the year:

1. Read the Qur’aan:

Plan to complete the reading of the Qur’aan within this period.

If you read three juz (parts) a day, it can be accomplished. It is not difficult. Ask Allaah to make it easy for you. We know reciting one letter is equal to ten hasanaat [rewards]. If you read three juzz’ everyday, it translates to thousands of millions of hasanaat.

Subhaan-Allaah!!

And this calculation is just based on the 1=10 ratio. These are special days of His Grace. Therefore, don’t even think about how much Allaah can/will increase & add it for you. You cannot fathom it. He is Al-Kareem. He knows that you have ikhlaas [sincerity]; He will not count it as 1=10. He could raise it to 1=700 or even more. And this is what you can earn every day of these special days.

Keep in mind that reciting the Qur’aan is a good deed and Allaah specially loves the good deeds done in these days: “And if He [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa] loves the good deeds, He will love the doer of those good deeds.” [5] If Allaah loves someone, He will not punish them.

Remember this concept so that the deeds you do come from your heart [don’t be like a machine].

Honor the rights of the Qur’aan when reciting it.

2. Increase in Nawaafil Prayers:

Increase your supererogatory prayers.

Ask yourself these questions and make sure that your heart gives you sincere answers:

Do you have an aim?
Do you really want to be closer to Allaah?
Do you live with this craving?
Do you really love Allaah and seek His closeness?

If, you want this, then know that Allaah teaches you the means to gaining His qurb [closeness].

Allaah says: (interpretation of meaning)

“Fall prostrate and draw near to Allaah!” [soorah Al-3Alaq, v:19]

This is the way! Prostrate in sujood to Him [subhaanahu wa ta’alaa] and you will be closer to Him.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a great deal of du’aa then.” [6] 

He sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam is commanding us to make a lot of du’aa while in sujood. Are we obeying his order? Yes? We need to do more. For he sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said to: “…make lots of du3aa.”

Remember, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam loved us and he knew that we have a lot of needs from Allaah. This is why he taught us the way to get those needs fulfilled. Therefore, if you have needs, then you cannot leave sujood. Any sajdah without khushoo3 [focus] & without du3aa’ [like your forehead is touching the ground and your mind is in the kitchen or the office] is a big khasaara [regretful loss].

Let us not be losers from now on bi-idhnillaah.

When the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam instructed us to do a lot of sujood, it means to perform a lot of salaah [prayer]. “With each sajdah for Allaah, He will raise you a level with it. And cancel a sin with it.” So, the more you increase in your sujood, the closer you are to being a winner.

Examples for increasing nawaafil salaah [voluntary prayers]:

a] Salaat Duhaa: Also known as al-Awwaabeen, may be offered as 2, 4, 6 or 8 rak3aat, prayed after the sun has risen and before the time for Dhuhr approaches. [7]

“Al-Awwaab’ (الاوّاب) means one who is obedient, or one who turns to obedience. Bi-idhnillaah, we want to show Allaah that we are of those who are obedient.

b] 4 rak3aat before and 4 after Dhuhr: Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever regularly performs four rak3aat before Dhuhr and four after it, Allaah will forbid him to the Fire.” [8]

c] 4 rak’aat before 3Asr: The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “May Allaah have mercy on those who pray four rak’aat before ‘Asr prayer.” [9] 

Bi-idhnillaah, you stand to gain the mercy of Allaah because of the du3aa’ of Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam.

Do you want the mercy of Allaah to reach you?

Don’t leave these 4 rak3aat.

d] Tahhiyyatul Masjid:  Greet the masjid with two rak3aat: “If any one of you enters a masjid, he should pray two rak3aat before sitting.” [10]

e] Salaat at-Tawbah: It could be any bad deed, any sin, you hear something bad [backbiting], you see something bad, you feel your heart constricted because of something you have done and you didn’t mean it, etc, you can erase it immediately with your prayer of repentance. Make a good wudhoo’ and offer two sincere rak3aat of repentance. Ask Allaah to forgive you. If it’s from your heart, then know that Allaah will cancel your sin.

 g] Qiyaam al-Layl: With this prayer, we hope that Allaah will illuminate our graves; will bestow Noor on our faces; will cancel our bad deeds, bi-idhnillaah.

Pray at least two rak3aat. If you are able to follow the Sunnah, then pray all 11 rak3aat [including witr].

Remember that in these special days and nights, Allaah is sending His special mercy. 

Do you think that this special mercy will reach everybody?

Do you think that it will reach the one who is in front of the TV watching a movie?

Or listening to music?

Or do you think it will reach the one who is making sujood, rukoo3, tilaawah, making istighfaar, etc.?

We have to show Allaah that we want this special mercy. We need to make ourselves eligible for it.

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa swears by the night [Soorah Fajr]. Therefore, take care of the nights. Don’t be among the losers.

Write this in bold and make it your motivational factor for the special days: “We won’t be among the losers!”

Remember: “Our Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, comes down to the lowest heaven every night when the last third of the night is left, and He says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will ask Me for forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’.” [11] 

And, now that it is winter, we get really long nights. So it’s a good chance to maximize our hasanaat. Don’t forget while you are praying qiyaam that Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa loves this deed. Therefore, He subhaanahu wa ta3alaa loves the doer of this deed also.

If we were lazy before, we will be active and good from now on bi-idhnillaah. We will not be among the losers. If these days and nights are a king who is distributing gifts of gold while announcing: “Come take these gold nuggets”, wAllaahi, you will find people standing in long queues and hordes to collect them.

Subhaan-Allaah!!  Allaah is sending [special] mercy during these days. He subhaanahu wa ta3alaa is accepting supplications. He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa is offering unimaginably wonderful blessings that we don’t even know of.

So will we not work to get in those lines to gather Allaah’s gifts?

…to be continued

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah (part 2)

Transcription of a lecture “How to benefit from the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah”
by Umm 3Abdur-Rahmaan. 

Original source Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Yaqoob’s lecture.

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References:

[1] Ibn 3Abbas, Ibn az-Zubayr, Mujâhid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.” [Tafseer ibn Katheer, 8/413]
[2] Al-Bukhaarî, 2/457
[3] Ahmad, 7/224 – Ahmad Shaakir stated that it is saheeh
[4] The verses [Al-Fajr 89:1-2] and various hadîth indicate that these 10 days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadaan are better, because they include Layl al-Qadr [“the Night of Power”], which is better than a thousand months. Thus the various reports may be reconciled. [See: Tafseer ibn Katheeîr, 5/412]
[5] Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen
[6] Muslim, 482
[7] Muslim, 1238
[8] At-Tirmidhî, 428 – classed as sahîh by al-Albânî in Sahîh al-Nasaaî
[9] At-Tirmidhî, 395 – classed as hasan by al-Albânî in Saheeh al-Jâmi 3493
[10] Al-Bukhaarî & Muslim
[11] Al-Bukhaarî, 1094 and Muslim, 758

The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

Slaves of Allaah!

You are approaching virtuous days; they are the best days as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said in an authentic hadeeth: “The best days in this life are the (first) ten days of Dhul-Hijjah”.

Furthermore, Allaah swore by them in His Book, and when Allaah swears by something, it is a reflection of its great importance. Allaah says that which translates to: “By the dawn. And the nights of the ten days”. (soorah Al Fajr, v:1-2).

These are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and they include the day of 3Arafah, about which the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “There is no day in which Allaah frees more of His slaves from The Fire than the day of 3Arafah” (1).

These ten days are concluded by the day of An Nahr (sacrifice); then follows the day of Al Qarr. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The greatest days in the scale of Allaah are the days of An Nahr and Al Qarr” (2).

The day of An Nahr is the major day of Hajj and the day of 3Eed; the day of Al Qarr is the following day. Virtuous deeds have a magnified position during these days. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than the (first) ten days of Dhul-Hijjah” (3). In another narration the companions asked: “Not even Jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Not even Jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except for a man who loses (sacrifices) both his wealth and life in a battle” (4).

What great virtues and what a great season!

What an opportunity this is to collect greater rewards than that of Jihaad, which is the best deed after sound belief and punctual salaah. This season represents a wonderful opportunity for those who want to compete in collecting rewards and a miserable loss for the idle, who shun such opportunities.

Slaves of Allaah!

Compete for and rush towards the forgiveness of Allaah and paradise which is as wide as the heavens and earth and do not slacken and be unhurried, because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Being laid-back is best in every matter except for good deeds” (5).

One must compete and march forward when it comes to working for the hereafter as Allaah says that which translates as: “… So for this let the competitors compete(6) and also, “…So race to (all that is) good…” (7).

In this season, the roads leading to goodness are numerous, so do not miss out on any of them. The intelligent ones are those who exhaust themselves during this season to gain abundantly; you see many of them joining their days with their nights, continuously doing righteous deeds and hardly sleeping in order to get the most out of this season. On the other hand, you see those who put all their efforts into the attainment of worldly gains. The sad fact is that the result of all this effort would be, at most, the doubling of their capital – if indeed they do not actually lose it.

As for the wise believers, nothing is dearer to them than increasing their efforts and righteous deeds that please the Lord, get them closer to Him and elevate their ranks; Allaah told us what pleases Him in His Book and through His messenger; Allaah will guide those who truly wish for goodness (if He Wills).

1) Salaah is one of the ways leading to goodness and something that Allaah loves. The slave must be keen to perform it in congregation as Allaah says that which translates to:

“…And bow (in rukoo3) with those who bow” (8),

and the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said, “He who hears the Adhaan (call for Salaah) and does not respond, his Salaah is not accepted, except with the congregation, unless he has a (valid) excuse” (9). The excuse is either fear, sickness or rain.

A slave of Allaah who is guided would supply himself with optional salaah in these ten days, because it is a path to goodness and something that Allaah loves. Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  said: “Salaah is the best thing that one can do, so perform as many as you possibly can” (10) and he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  also said: “Two light rak3aat which you may think as insignificant to add to you deeds, is better for you than possessing the whole world” (11)

He SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said, as narrated by Abu Hurayrah, “The son of Aadam could not do anything more beneficial for himself than salaah, reconciliation (between Muslims) and being well mannered” (12).

These were three examples of good deeds that lead to righteousness, salaah, reconciliation and being well mannered which are better than anything else that the son of Aadam can do, yet you see some people slight the performance of obligatory salaah, let alone optional salaah; you see them instigating disputes between people; and you see ill-mannered people who have lost out on the great reward for having a good character. So let us repent to Allaah from our sins, reform our situation and improve our manners. 

Some of the Ahaadeeth which mention the virtues of optional salaah are as follows: “Prostrate as much as you can, because whenever you prostrate, Allaah elevates your rank by a degree and wipes out a sin from your record” (13)

And in another narration“Whenever a slave prostrates to Allaah, Allaah writes a reward for him, wipes out one of his sins and elevates his rank by one degree; so prostrate as much as you can” (14).

The way to perform salaah is as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam described: “The night salaah is done two (rak3aat) at a time” (15) and in another narration: “The optional salaah at night and during the day is done two Rak3aat at a time” (16).

Slaves of Allaah!!

2. Another of the paths to righteousness and fields of competition is reciting the Qur’aan. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The best amongst you are those who learn the Qur’aan and then teach it” (17)

He SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said: “He who recites a letter from the Book of Allaah will get a reward and each of these rewards will be multiplied ten times. I do not mean ‘Alif Laam Meem’ is one letter, but rather ‘Alif” is a letter, ‘Laam is a letter and ‘Meem’ is a letter”. (18)

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  also said: “If one of goes to the masjid and learns a verse or reads two verses from the Book of Allaah, is better for him than owning two she-camels, (reading) three are better than (owning) three, (reading) four are better than (owning) four and so on”. (19)

3. Another of the fields of goodness is fasting as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam encouraged us to “Fast on Mondays and Thursdays”. (20)

“Fast the day of 3Arafah”. (21)

Also: “Fast like the Prophet Daawood (who fasted every other day)” (22).

I do not know of any specific reference that relates to any special virtue for fasting these ten days in particular, but, having said this I would add that one should still fast during these days because of the general texts encouraging good deeds during these ten days.

4. Another way is giving in charity. 3Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Saburah, radiaAllahu 3anhu, narrated that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “(Every day) An Angel calls out in the heavens saying, ‘O Allaah! Bless and compensate for the wealth of the one who spends (for your sake) and ruin the wealth of the one who holds back (from spending)'” (23)

Also Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said to Bilaal, radi-Allahu 3Anhu: “Spend (charitably) O Bilaal! – and do not fear that Allaah will decrease your provision (due to your spending)”

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  addressed Asmaa’, radi-Allahu 3anhaa, saying: “Spend (charitably) and don’t count (i.e. don’t be cautious in spending in this manner) otherwise your provisions will become limited and don’t hold back (from spending in charity) otherwise your provisions will be held back” (24)

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said: “I swear that these three things are true: That giving in charity does not decrease the wealth of the slave …..…” (25).

Giving in charity enables one to be among the seven categories of people who will be protected under the shade of the Throne of Allaah; regarding this, the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “… and a man who gave charity so secretly that even his left hand would not know how much his right hand had spent” (26)

Also, “Charity given in secret extinguishes the wrath of Allaah”. One of the best forms of charitable giving is to give someone a drink of water as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The best form of charity is giving someone water (to drink)” (27).

O slaves of Allaah! One of the best deeds in these days is to initiate Hajj as a way of drawing closer to Allaah and fasting the day of 3Arafah for those who are not performing Hajj.

5. Offering a sacrificial animal is also one of the most virtuous deeds that one can perform. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said“He who does not offer a sacrifice while being financially able to, let him not come close to our masjid (i.e. pray with us)”

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said: “When the ten days (Dhu’l-Hijjah) have begun and one of you intends to offer a sacrifice, then let him not cut any of his hair or remove anything from his skin” (28)

In another narration he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Let him not cut anything from his hair or nails until he sacrifices” (29).

These are examples of virtuous deeds, so take advantage of them; beware of laziness and neglect and know that Allaah has favored certain seasons over others, so let us take advantage of these opportunities and increase our righteous deeds; perhaps Allaah will forgive us for our sins and shortcomings.

By Shaykh 3Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sudays
Translated by Hazem Ragab

Dhul Hijjah by shaykh Sudays (Download as pdf)

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Perfect Days For Perfect 3Ibaadah by Asma Bint Shameem

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References:
1. Muslim
2. Abu Daawood
3. Ad-Daarimee
4. Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah, At-Tirmidhee
5. Abu Daawood & Al-Haakim
6. Soorah Al Mutaffifeen:26
7. Soorah Al-Baqarah:148
8. Soorah Al Baqarah:43
9.  Ibn Maajah
10. At-Tabaraanee
11. Ibn Al Mubaarak
12. Al Bayhaqee and others
13. Muslim
14. Ibn Maajah
15. Al Bukhaaree
16. Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and others
17. Al Bukhaaree
18. At Tirmidhi
19. Muslim
20.Ahmad & Nasaa’ee
21. Muslim
22. Bukhaaree & Muslim
23. At-Tabaraanee
24. Bukhaaree & Muslim
25. Ahmad & Tirmidhee
26. Bukhaaree & Muslim
27. Ahmad, An Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah
28. Muslim
29. Ad Daarimee

The Goodness Remains…

The deeds of a servant do not come to an end with the end of a month and the beginning of another. Rather they continue and extend until one reaches death. Allaah says:

وَاعْبُدْ رَبَّكَ حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَكَ الْيَقِينُ

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death)..”

If the fasting of Ramadaan comes to an end, then indeed the voluntary fasting is still prescribed throughout the entire year, and all praise is due to Allaah.

If standing in prayer at night during Ramadaan comes to an end, then indeed, the entire year is a time for performing the night prayer.

And if the Zakaat-ul-Fitr comes to an end, then there is still the Zakaah that is obligatory as well as the voluntary charity that lasts the whole year.

This goes the same for reciting the Qur’aan and pondering over its meaning as well as every other righteous deed that is desirable, for they can be done at all times.

From the many bounties that Allaah has bestowed upon His servants is that He has placed for them many different types of acts of worship and He provided many means for doing good deeds. Therefore, the enthusiasm and the zeal of the Muslim must be constant and he must continue to remain in the service of his Master.

Excerpt from “Remaining Steadfast After Ramadaan” by Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzaan

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Are We Muslims Only During Ramadaan

Clean Your Heart Before Ramadaan

Ramadaan is a month when we do huge 3ibaadaat, Fasting, reading Qur’aan, qiyaam, du3aa’. but as soon as Ramadaan is over we are back to our routine & normal lives. These huge acts of worship do not affect us!!

Do you know how to do gardening?

Can you plant on cement? NO!!

You have to remove the cement, bring soil to plant the plants.

Why is that many of these acts of 3ibaadah have not changed us, they didn’t affect us? Because, we are planting on hard grounds.

In order to have these 3Ibaadah affect us, we have to clean our hearts first.

We have to clean our hearts from all the dirt, junk and rust of the sins before we fill them with the beautiful, powerful acts of worship in Ramadaan.

We have to repent with توبة النصوحا (sincere repentance).

Sit with yourself, list and write each of your sin (in a journal) in front of your face.

Sins of the tongue: backbiting, lies, slander, bad temper, speaking to people in an insulting way, making fun of others.

& if you feel that you have nothing (no sin) then this is عجب.

عجب = feeling you are too good to do have sin/feeling good about yourself in terms of your deen, It burns all the good deeds you have done.

It is Allaah, who gave you الهام  to do good deed, inspired you so that you have will, then He gave you the means, then He gave you tawfeeq to do the good deed. Is there any more generosity?

Make sincere tawbah.

Sins of the heart: Hasad, showing off, jealousy, Hatred, envy, greed, selfishness, 3ujub.

Go deep in your heart. Be honest with yourself.

If anyone did wrong to you, forgive and forget & if you can’t forget at least do not hate anybody.

When making tawbah, remember that no sin is greater for Allaah to not forgive. Allaah says in Qur’aan:

قُلۡ يَـٰعِبَادِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسۡرَفُواْ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمۡ لَا تَقۡنَطُواْ مِن رَّحۡمَةِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغۡفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ

Say: “O 3Ibaadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allaah, verily Allaah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [ soorah Az-zumar, v:53]

Clean your heart, forgive others and forget, hoping for Allaah’s forgiveness.

[Excerpt from a Ramadaan course]
Notes taken by a student
 

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Welcoming Ramadaan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

“Ramadaan has arrived to you, a month of barakah (blessing), Allaah envelops you (with His mercy & blessings),  so He descends His mercy, erases the sins, answers your du3aas, and He watches your competition in virtuous deeds and He boasts in front of the angels about you. So let Allaah see the best from you, for truly, the miserable one is he who is deprived from the mercy of Allaah (in this month).”

[Tabaraanee, Saheeh]

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Some practical tips to maximize the time during Ramadaan & to prepare ourselves for 3Ibaadah & worship during this blessed month.

TIPS:

Clean up the time:

a) Telephone:

Minimize your chat on the telephone. If you are used to chat with your friends on a regular basis, try to make it short. Share with her the importance of this month & tell her that you want to devote yourself for 3Ibaadah in order to get the maximum reward during this month. 

Share these tips with her.

b) Cooking:

Try to cook something simple during Ramadaan as this is a month of 3Ibaadah & Qur’aan, not the month of food. There are some husbands who push their wives to cook different varieties of food & sisters have to spend their time in the kitchen. If it’s very necessary, keep a tape of Qur’aan in the kitchen & listen to it while you are busy in kitchen, or keep your tongue moist with the Dhikr.

[find out some short cut & tips to prepare the food quickly].

C) Shopping:

Get all your shopping done before Ramadaan. Make a list of the things/grocery/ items, that is enough for one month & buy it all together.

Important: Try to do the 3Eed shopping NOW. The last ten days of Ramadaan when we have to be doing more 3Ibaadah & spend our time in doing good deeds, most of the Muslims are busy in doing shopping for 3Eed & their kids.

Sisters! These ten days, we have to exaggerate ourselves in doing more 3Ibaadah & to catch Laylat-ul-Qadr.

Make this Ramadaan a very different from all the previous ramadaan.

D) Dinner Parties/Iftaar:

Iftaar parties during ramadaan are getting very common now.

This is the Month for you sisters!! We have the rest of the full year to do parties & to socialize. 

Indeed it’s a great reward to break someone’s fast but give food to people who are needy & poor. The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast, will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi,  Saheeh al-Targheeb).

E) Sleeping:

Cut less the time of sleep during this month. It’s a month of 3Ibaadah, doing good deeds. Who knows this could be our last Ramadaan.

Reduce your sleeping hours. Its only one month & then you can get back to your normal routine.

F) Computer & Internet: (*1)

This is a personal experience & request. Spending a lot of time on the internet, even if visiting Islaamic sites really takes hours without notice.

Try to minimize your internet timings by just checking emails/stuff once a week.

Now we have cleaned up a big amount of time, let’s schedule it for 3Ibaadah.

1) Fard:

Pray the Obligatory salaah (prayer) on time with Khushoo. Get yourself ready as soon as the time of salaah comes in. Make du3aa to Allaah to give you Khushoo & try to get rid of all the thoughts & waswaas that comes in the mind. 

Think as you are standing in front of your LORD, the Almighty.

2) Sunnah & Nawaafil:

If you are already praying the 12 sunnah, continue them & add the 2 raka3ah of sunnah after Dhuhr. [making them 14 altogether]. (2)

The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever maintains 4 raka3ah before Dhuhr & 4 raka3ah after Dhuhr, Allaah will make the fire Haraam on that person” [Ibn-Maajah, Tirmidhee]

4 raka3ah before 3Asr:

The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “may Allah have mercy on him who prays 4 raka3ah before 3Asr”. [Tirmidhee]

Salaah Al-Duhaa: 

Increase the number of Rak3ah if you are already in a habit of praying salaah al-Duha. (3)

3) Qur’aan:

Ramadaan is the month of Qur’aan. Try to schedule it all the moments you have. If you are working, keep a pocket size Qur’aan with you & read it whenever you get the time, like coffee break, lunch break, when traffic signals are red etc.

Read with reflection. Read slowly in a beautiful voice & reflect on its meanings. 

Try to read this time, with translation & tafseer.

4) Taraweeh/Qiyaam-ul-layl:

Pray the taraweeh in the masjid where the Imaam does long Qiyaam.

5) Tahajjud:

Try to get up a little earlier to pray 2 raka3ah before suhoor & make du3aa. Its the best time for making du3aa & a time of acceptance of du3aa.

6) Du3aa’:

Write down all the du3aa you want to make for yourself, your children, family or any du3aa that you want to make for your deen or dunya. 

Each day, focus on one du3aa & keep on repeating it throughout the day & at times when the du3aa is accepted (between aadhan & Iqaamah, iftaar time, in sujood, last 3rd of night).

Make du3aa to Allaah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make du3aa that you catch laylat-ul-Qadr. make du3aa for the whole Ummah.

[Repeat the du3aa that are very important to you, during the last ten days of Ramadaan]

7) Dhikr:

Select one Dhikr for a day & focus on it daily, reflecting on its meaning & thinking about its reward, while repeating it through out the day. Keep your tongue moist with dhikr.

8) Charity:

Give as much charity as you can, as the reward gets more during the month of ramadaan. Give food to the poor & needy people & help those in need.

Last 10 days:

Double & triple the amount of 3Ibaadah that you are already doing (reading Qur’aan, nawafil, Dhikr, du3aa, qiyaam) in the last ten days of Ramadaan.

Sleep less & worship more…

pray as much as you can & make a lot of du3aa.

(notes taken by a student)

[Original source: Excerpts from a lecture “How to get the best out of Ramadaan”, held in 2004 in QCPI/Fanar]

Time Management Tips  (right-click & download as pdf)

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Footnotes added by the student

(1) This tip is added by the student who scribed the notes.
 
(2) Prophet sallallaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said in a hadeeth:“Allaah will build a house in Jannah for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak’aat (as follows): 4 Rak’aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr (Midday) Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib (Sunset Prayer), 2 after the ‘Ishaa’ (Evening) Prayer and 2 before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer.” Hadeeth saheeh narrated by at-Tirmidhee No. 379 and by others. Hadeeth No. 6183 in Saheeh al-Jaami
 
(3) The time for Duhaa prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, which is fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise, until just before the sun passes its zenith (and the zenith is when the time for Dhuhr prayer begins). What is meant by just before the sun passes its zenith is ten to fifteen minutes before it reaches the zenith, i.e. before the time when it is forbidden to pray begins. End quote.
Majmoo3 Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), (14/306).

Tafseer:(All) Praise Be To Allaah,Lord of the worlds

“An excerpt from “Tafseer of Soorah Al-Fatihah 

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

[All] praise is [due] to Allaah , Lord of the worlds

[soorah Al-Fatihah, v:2]

الحمد

الحمد:  is translated as “All praise”.

we can praise anyone:

  1. When we want something
  2. Because of having awe of them
  3. Out of fear for them

In case of human, it is not called حمد, we don’t use it for human.

حمد  means praising & thanking Allaah with Love & ta3dheem (exaltation)

حب  = Love

تعظيم = to make it great/ to glorify/ exaltation/ to respect, elevate

we are praising Allaah with Love & gratitude.

There is another word used for praise in Arabic:

مدح = حمد = praise

Hamd ( حمد) has something in it that Madh (مدح ) doesn’t have. We don’t do exaltation when we praise the human.

Hamd ( حمد) is special, only used for Allaah.

Why we are praising Allaah (using Hamd)?  due to His complete perfection.

When we praise a human, it becomes a Madh (مدح ) without Love or ta3dheem. You can thank a human without having love for them. But for Allaah it is perfect. We thank Allaah praising Him for His mercy, Love, for being As-Samee3, Al-Mujeeb, Al-3Adheem, At-tawwaab, ArRahmaan, Ar-Razzaaq, Ar-Raheem …………

لله

لله =  for Allaah

رب

رب = Rabb (generally translated as Lord) but it has no equivalent in English

رب = Rabb (one who nurtures & rears , upbring & give tarbiyah, takes care)

Allaah has created the human & prepared for them all the tools that they can used, He takes cares of them. In Arabic a person taking care of the house or master of the house is called:

رب البيت  (Rabb-ul-bayt) or

ربة البيت (Rabbat-ul-bayt)

The word رب (Rabb) comes from the word tarbiyyah (رب–> تربيّة) which means nurturing, training, educating, bringing up, nourishing. Allaah being the Rabb; He gives tarbiyyah to His slaves, takes care of His creation.

There are two types of Tarbiyyah:

  1. General Tarbiyah
  2. Special/Exclusive Tarbiyyah

1). General Tarbiyyah:  for all of His creation without exception. He created them, provided them, gives everything to them (ears, eyesight, rain, crops etc)  whether they worship Him or not, guide them to things that are beneficial for them in duniya, to reach higher in duniya, everything for a better life.

Just like a mother who takes care of food, drink, good school, medical care,  provides for child, do everything for him etc.

2). Special/Exclusive Tarbiyyah: This is Only for His Awliyaa’ (special slaves) Close believers whom He loves.

Whats that Special Tarbiyyah?

He up-brings them, raises them on Eemaan. How?

He gives them the ability to achieve Eemaan, raises & nurtures them on Eemaan  & He increases the Eemaan &  completes it for them – by guiding them to causes that will help increase their Eemaan (e.g., classes, righteous kids, knowledge etc). He gives special attention. He will bring everything on his way which will bring him closer to Allaah. Out of His Mercy & love, He will remove any obstacles that come between the slaves & Him. Allaah protects them & brings good in their path even if they didn’t specifically ask Allaah. He will give them tawfeeq (توفيق ) to do everything good.

توفيق = ability to achieve/ ability to do

We need intention & ability to do any good deeds & it’s from Allaah’s tawfeeq. He will protect them from all harms. He takes special care of their deen. (e.g., a mother who gives tarbiayh to her son, gives him  good company, removes any harm that comes his way etc)

Allaah’s tarbiyyah is much more on scale. The slave is under special tarbiyyah of Allaah.

Shaykh As-Sa3dee said something very beautiful about it. He said: “perhaps this is the secret behind all the du3aa’ of Anbiyaa’ (prophets) start with Rabbi/Rabbanaa, due to it carrying this meaning, for all that they were asking & requesting & desired fell under His specific tarbiyyah.

They asked with so much khushoo, complete ifitqaar, humility, whatever they asked: to be protected from fitnah, knowledge, victory..,  they said rabbi. At the end of du3aa they used different names of Allaah, but the beginning of their du3aa’ , they used rabbi.

We are heedless of this word “رب”. It has a beautiful feeling. When you make du3aa’ feel that special closeness to Allaah. Say it with your tongue & heart:

(Ya rabbi, give me beneficial knowledge, give me righteous companions etc)

رب العالمين  

رب العالمين  = The Rabb of 3Aalameen (general tarbiyyah) giving bounties to the worlds

Shaykh Uthaymeen said; العالمين is everything beside Allaah

العالمين = Plural of عالم (derived from word علامة = a sign)

Everything in Allaah’s creation is pointing to; is a sign to a great creator who is Allaah.

Download as pdf: Tafseer

Notes taken by students
from online class “Tafseer of Soorah Al-Fatihah”.
Based on tafaseer of Shaykh 3Uthaymeen  & shaykh As-Sa3dee.
 

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah

 

(its never too late to start)

وَالْفَجْرِ .وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ

“By the ten nights.” [Al- Fajr, v:2]

The “ten nights” which Allaah subhaana wa ta3alaa is swearing by here, are the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. [1] Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa] swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.

Ibn 3Abbas radi Allaahu 3anhu narrated that Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days”.

He was asked: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” [2]

So, my sisters [and brothers] take note of the following:

Have the intention to spread this important information.

It is a great chance to collect uncountable hasanaat [rewards].

It is a great chance to renew your relation with Allaah [subhaana wa ta’alaa].

Prepare now so you can start from the first night/day of the month [i.e. as soon as Dhul-Hijjah is announced]. You don’t want to miss a moment of the best days in the sight of Allaah [subhaana wa ta3alaa].

Since the Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam referred to the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah as: “…no days better than these days in the sight of Allaah.” [3], the scholars have said that these are better than Ramadan. [4]

Therefore, be very vigilant and don’t waste these precious moments. Ask Allaah to help you to benefit from this period of His special Grace.

Ask yourself these questions [non-rhetorical]:

Did you intend to benefit from these days?

What have you done to prepare for these 10 days?

Did you prepare a program?

What is your plan of action?

Here is a brief guide to help you to prepare for the best days of the year

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah (right click & download)

(Excellent Read!!)

by Umm 3Abdur-Rahmaan
Transcribed from a lecture by  Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Ya3qoob, “how to benefit from Blessed day of Dhul-Hijjah”.

We are POOR

For all the college students out there, we know that being broke (without money; penniless) is normal. But I’m here to tell the rest of you that you are all broke too. Every. Last. One of you.

You may be thinking: “I just graduated, I make an awesome salary, I just bought this brand new 09 car, and I’m doing very well!” Or, “I live my parents and they take care of me!”

Well my response to you is that you’re still broke. Very very poor.

Confused?

Read the words of your Rabb:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَنْتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ هُوَ الْغَنِيُّ الْحَمِيدُ

“O mankind! You are all Fuqaraa’ (who stand in need of Allaah, but Allaah is Rich (free of all wants and needs), Worthy of all praise!” (1)

Allaah ta3aalaa addresses all of us, every last one of us. Not just the believers, Not just the Prophet but Muslim, non-Muslim, white, black, woman, man…every last human on this earth.

 يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ O Mankind!

أَنْتُمُ الْفُقَرَاءُ  You are all Fuqaraa’ to Allaah. 

Al fuqaraa is plural of the word faqeer (فقير)which is from the root

fa-qaaf-ra (ف ق ر)

and faqr means poverty. Faqeer is one who has poverty and one who is poor. If we look at the root of this word, Faqrah is used for part of the spine and faaqirah is used for that which breaks the spine. So a faqeer is one who is suffering from back-breaking poverty, one who is extremely needy, so desperate for anything that could save them.

In the Qur’aan, there are two words used to describe a poor person: faqeer and miskeen.

What is the difference?

Faqeer is someone who has no wealth and no means of obtaining wealth. So they have no money in the bank and they don’t have a job. While a miskeen is one who is also poor, but they have the means, they just need a little extra to make it.

So Allaah ta3aalaa doesn’t call us masakeen (plural of miskeen) but He says: You are all Fuqaraa’you are all extremely poor. You do not own or possess a thing. And if wasn’t for Allaah ta3aalaa, you would have nothing. You are all in need of Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa, in the dunya and aakhirah. In every state of your existance: in the womb, as a baby, as a toddler, as a young person, as an old person, at the time of death, in the grave and in the hereafter.

So we are fuqaraa’. Who is Allaah?

Allaah is: الْغَنِي Al-Ghaniyy, the One who is Rich, the Independent.

Ghaniyy is from root:

ghayn-noon-ya (غ ن ي) and ghaniyy means richness. 

So Allaah is The One who is Very Rich, the One who is Self Sufficient, the One who is Free of All Wants and Needs. He needs nothing from us. Absolutely nothing. He has everything and we have nothing.

And He is: الْحَمِيد Al Hameed: The Most Praiseworthy.

Hameed is from ha-meem-daal (ح م د) and Hameed is the One who is deserving of praise, if one does hamd of Him or not. He doesn’t even need our hamd!

What lessons can we take from this ayah?

  1. Do not let the thought pass in your mind that you are benefiting Allaah 3azza wa jal in any way. Don’t be an arrogant broke person!
  2. Be humble to Allaah 3azza wa jal. Remember that Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa needs nothing from us. Why would He, Al-Ghaniyy, need something from a puny, weak, broke human like ourselves when He Possesses the Kingdom (mulk) of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them? We are nothing.
  3. Ask Allaah ta3aalaa, and He will give you. “…O My servants, all of you are hungry (needy) except for those whom I feed, therefore seek food from Me so that I may feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked (need clothes) except for those whom I provide garments, therefore seek clothing from Me so that I should clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day and I am there to pardon your sins, therefore seek forgiveness from Me so that I should grant you pardon…” (2)
  4. Attribute all good to Allaah 3azza wa jal, and not to ourselves. You didn’t memorize the Qur’an yourself. You didn’t study the deen yourself. You didn’t graduate yourself. You didn’t get that job yourself. You didn’t, you didn’t, you didn’t. Allaah 3azza wa jal gave us all of these blessings, we did not will it for ourselves. Don’t take credit for something you didn’t do.
  5. Be grateful for what Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa has given you and thank Him. Do hamd of Al Hameed. How would we feel if we gave a load of cash to a homeless person who was in so much need of anything, yet they just took the money and didn’t even say thank you? We’d be angry, right? And for Allaah is the Highest Example! How can we, al fuqaraa’, receive blessing after blessing and not thank Allaah for it? He is not in need of our thanks and gratitude, Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa says in soorah Ibraheem:

  لَئِنْ شَكَرْتُمْ لَأَزِيدَنَّكُمْ ۖ وَلَئِنْ كَفَرْتُمْ إِنَّ عَذَابِي لَشَدِيدٌ

“Indeed if you are grateful and give thanks, surely I will definitely increase you, but if you are ungrateful (then know) My punishment is indeed most severe. (3)

What have we done to show Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa we are truly thankful? 

Remember: Shukr (gratitude) is by action! The Prophet salAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam would pray qiyaam until his feet would swell, and when asked by 3Aeyshah radi-Allaahu 3anha why he still prays even though his past and future sins are forgiven, he said the famous answer:

يَا عَائِشَةُ أَفَلَا أَكُونُ عَبْدًا شَكُورًا

“O 3Aa’ishah, should I not be a thankful slave?” (4)

So we should use these blessings that Allaah has given us to do good, and not use them to disobey Him. Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa says in soorah Saba:

وَقَلِيلٌ مِنْ عِبَادِيَ الشَّكُورُ,

“But FEW of My slaves are thankful” (5)

Will you be among those few?

Or will you be an arrogant, ungrateful broke person?

Alhamdulillaah. Hamadan, katheeran, tayyiban, mubaarakan feeh.

The most perfect praise is only for Allaah, a praise that is countless, good and blessed. 

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

Allaahumma a3innee 3alaa dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni 3ebaadatik.

O Allaah, help us to remember You, to thank You, and to worship You in the best way.

Notes by Amatullaah (from bayyinah Tafseer)
Taken from Tayyibaat with slight modifications

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Reference:
(1) soorah Fatir, v:15
(2) Hadeeth Qudsee, Saheeh Muslim
(3) soorah Ibraheem, v:7
(4) Bukhaaree (4557) and Muslim (2820).
(5) soorah Saba, v:13

What Have We Gained From Ramadaan?

Ramadaan is a school of Eemaan and a ‘stop to recharge one’s spiritual batteries‘ – to acquire one’s provision for the rest of the year. 

For when will one take a lesson and change for better if not in the month of Ramadaan?

The noble month is a true school of transformation in which we change our actions, habits and manners that are in variance with the Law of Allaah 3azza wa jall.

“Verily, Allaah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (1)

If you are from those who benefited from Ramadaan, fulfilled the requirements of taqwa, truly fasted the month, prayed in it with truthfulness, and strove against you soul, then praise and thank Allaah, and ask Him for steadfastness upon it until you meet your death.

Be not like one who has sewn a shirt and then destroyed it… Have you seen one who sewed a shirt or thawb, so when she looked at it, she liked it. Then she destroyed it pulling a thread by thread for no reason.

What would people say about such a person?! 

Or have you seen one who earns a fortune trading throughout the day, then when the night comes, he throws away all that he earned, dirham by dirham. What would people say about such a person?

This is the condition of one who returns to sinning and evildoing after Ramadaan and leaves obedience and righteous actions. So after he was favored with the blessing of obedience and enjoyment of communicating with Allaah he returned to the blaze of sins and evil actions. How evil are the people who know Allaah only in Ramadaan!.

My dear ones, falling short in one’s commitment to Islaam after Ramadaan is manifested in many ways, including:

  1. Men leaving the five prayers in congregation, after they filled mosques for Taraweeh prayers, thus going to the masjid for recommended prayers and leaving obligatory ones.
  2. Return to musical entertainment, forbidden films, women displaying their adornment beyond that which ordinarily appears thereof, free mixing etc.

This is not thankfulness for blessings and favors, nor is it the sign of acceptance of one’s actions, rather this is opposition to favors and absence of thankfulness. 

These are from signs of one’s deeds not being accepted – and Allaah’s refuge is sought – for one who truly fasts rejoices on the occasion of 3Eid, praises his Lord for helping him complete the fast, and remains fearful that Allaah may not accept his fasting, just as the Salaf would continue asking for acceptance of their actions in Ramadaan for six months after it.

From the signs that one’s deeds are accepted is that he or she has improved in his or her obedience to Allaah 3azza wa jall. 

“And remember when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor].” (2)

Increase you in good, faith and righteous actions. So if the servant is truly thankful to his Lord, you will see him guided to more obedience and distanced from sinfulness. Thankfulness is leaving sins, as the early Muslims said.”

“And worship your Lord until there comes you to the certainty [i.e. death].” (3)

The Muslim must continuously be in the state of obedience of Allaah, firm upon His Sharee3ah, steadfast upon His Deen, so that he or she is not of those who worship Allaah only during one month or only in one place. Rather, the believer knows that the Lord of Ramadaan is also the Lord of other months, and that He is the Lord of all times and places, so he is steadfast upon the Sharee3ah of Allaah until he meets Him while He is pleased with him.

Allaah ta3ala said (interpretation of meaning): “So remain on a right course as you have been commanded, [you] and those who have turned back with you [to Allaah].” (4)

And: 

“So take a straight course to Him and seek His forgiveness.” (5)

And the Prophet sallallahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, said, “Say ‘I believe in Allaah’, then be steadfast.” (6)

  • If the fasting in Ramadaan has ended, then there remains voluntary fasting, such as fasting six days in Shawwal, on Mondays and Thursdays, the three days in the middle of the month, the days of 3Aashoorah and 3Arafah, and others.
  • If standing in prayer at night during Ramadaan has ended, then there remains voluntary night prayer throughout the year. “They used to sleep but little of the night.” (7)
  • If the charity in Ramadaan and zakat ul-fitr have ended, then there is the obligatory Zakaah, and also there are many other open doors to charity, voluntary actions.
  • Reading of the Qur’aan and contemplating it is not only for Ramadaan, rather it is for all times.

Righteous actions are for all times and all places, so strive – O my brother and sister – and beware of laziness. And remember that it is not allowed for us to leave the obligatory actions or delay them, such as the five daily prayers on time, in congregation etc.

And do not fall into forbidden actions, such as forbidden sayings, food and drinks, or by looking at or listening to what is forbidden.

Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of Allaah at all times, for you do not know when you’ll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin.

“O Allaah, Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon Your Deen.”

I ask Allaah to accept from us and you our fasting, our prayers and other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadaan be a better one, that the state of our Ummah improves, that we are granted honour and that we truly turn to our Lord… Ameen

Taken from: “What After Ramadaan” 
Adapted from “Wa maadha ba3da Ramadaan” by Dar Al-Watan
 

More Resources:

After Ramadaan Resources

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References:
(1)  soorah Ar-Ra3d, v:11
(2) soorah Ibraheem, v:7
(3) soorah al-Hijr, v:99
(4) soorah Hood, v:112
(5) soorah Fussilat, v:6
(6) Muslim
(7) soorah Adh-Dhaariyaat, v:17
 

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