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Ramadaan Resources (1)

Bismillaah

Ramadaan, the month of Rahmah, the month of forgiveness is just at our door-steps.

Some beneficial and MUST read notes and links that will help us to get ready for Ramadaan &  welcome it in the best way.

Its never too late to start, let’s strive our best to have a fruitful Ramadaan in-shaa’-Allaah.  (Click the blue links)

A detailed practical advice by Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid, about preparing ourselves for the arrival of Ramadaan. Click below & do read it.

Prepare For The Arrival of Ramadaan

Another good read to prepare ourselves & feel the importance of this great month. We prepare our homes, when we have a special guest coming over. Now someone more precious, more valuable, more honorable. is coming! how you are gonna welcome it?

Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

Some of the common mistakes in Ramadaan, that people are un-aware. Its a good read.

Part 1 here & Part 2 here

This is a must read booklet, “70 Matters related to Fasting” by shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid.

This booklet is available in English & Urdu.

Download in English from here & in Urdu from here

Also, some more E-books are available here on different topics. (Virtues, Fiqh & getting most of Ramadaan, Taraweeh, Qiyaam Al-layl, last 10 days & more).

To get the most of Ramadaan, by organizing ourselves and avoiding the time wasters. here are some good articles & videos.

This is a MUST MUST read!! Personal transcribed notes from a lecture. Tips to manage your time & focus during Ramadaan.

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Ramadaan is a special time  & it needs special preparation. To get the best of Ramadaan, we need to have a break from certain things. A Must Read (personal notes from a lecture) click below

Welcoming Ramadaan

These are some personal tips to avoid distraction, that takes away a lot of time, un-noticing & with out realizing. Do read and save your time for 3ibaadah.

Tips To Avoid Distractions During Ramadaan

This is a MUST read for sisters.  

RCTS – Ramadaan Cooking Tips for Sisters 

Different 3Ibaadah & Good Deeds, that can be done in Ramadaan

A short reminder by Shaykh Assim Al-hakeem

A Short Reminder on Preparing For Ramadaan

some beneficial advices from Shaykh Muhammad Hassan, click below

How to Spend Ramadaan

Beneficial advice by Shaykh Nabeel Al-3Awadhi about how to utilize our time during Ramadaan.

Welcome Ramadaan In the Best Way

To be continued in-shaa’-Allaah

Ramadaan Resources (2)

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Ramadaan E-Books

Prepare For The Arrival of Ramadaan

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Preparing For Ramadaan:

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid gave a detailed practical advice about how can we prepare ourselves for the arrival of Ramadaan. He said:

Among the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadaan are:

1. Sincere repentance:

This is obligatory at all times, but because of the approach of a great and blessed month, it is even more important to hasten to repent from sins between you and your Lord, and between you and other people by giving them their rights, so that when the blessed month begins you may busy yourself with acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind. Allaah says:

وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” (1)

It was narrated from al-Agharr ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“O people, repent to Allaah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.” (2)

2. Du3aa’ (supplication):

It was narrated from some of the salaf that they used to pray to Allaah for six months that they would live until Ramadaan, then they would pray for five months afterwards that He would accept it from them.

The Muslim should ask his Lord to let him live until Ramadaan with a strong religious commitment and good physical health, and he should ask Him to help him obey Him during the month, and ask Him to accept his good deeds from Him.

3. Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month:

The arrival of Ramadaan is one of the great blessings that Allaah bestows upon His Muslim slave, because Ramadaan is one of the occasions of good in which the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. It is the month of the Qur’aan and of decisive battles in the history of our religionAllaah says:

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: ‘In the Bounty of Allaah, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Qur’aan); —therein let them rejoice.’ That is better than what (the wealth) they amass”  (3)

4. Discharging the duty of any outstanding obligatory fasts

It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I heard 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) say:

“I would owe fasts from the previous Ramadaan and I would not be able to make them up except in Sha3baan. (4)

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

From her keenness to do that in Sha3baan it may be understood that it is not permissible to delay making them up until another Ramadaan begins. (5)

5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan. (click Ramadaan resources / E-Books)

6 – Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship. (click Time Management Tips for Ramadaan )

7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.

8 – Preparing some books which can be read at home or given to the Imaam of the Masjid to read to the people during Ramadaan.

9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha3baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.

It was narrated that 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we said: He will not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we said: He will not fast. And I never saw the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha3baan. (6)

It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said: “I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha3baan? He said:

“That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” (7)

This hadeeth explains the wisdom behind fasting in Sha3baan, which is that it is a month in which deeds are taken up (to Allaah). Some of the scholars mentioned another reason, which is that this fasting is like Sunnah prayers offered beforehand in relation to the obligatory prayer; they prepare the soul for performing the obligatory action, and the same may be said of fasting Sha3baan before Ramadaan.

10 – Reading Qur’aan

Salamah ibn Kuhayl said: It was said that Sha3baan was the month of the Qur’aan readers.

When Sha3baan began, 3Amr ibn Qays would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’aan.

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said:

The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha3baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops.

He also said:

The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha3baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadaan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha3baan, how can he reap in Ramadaan?

Now Rajab has passed, so what will you do in Sha3baan if you are seeking Ramadaan? This is how your Prophet and the early generations of the ummah were in this blessed month, so what will you do?

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

by shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid

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Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan

Fasting In Sha3baan

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Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan

Prepare for Ramadaan Transcribed lecture by Shaykh Hazim Rajeb

30 Steps to Warm Up for Ramadaan

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References:

(1) Soorah An-Noor 24:31

(2) Narrated by Muslim (2702)

(3) Soorah Yoonus 10:58

(4) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1849) and Muslim (1146).

(5) Fath al-Baari (4/191)

(6) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1868) and Muslim (1156).

(7) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2357); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.

How Do I Excel In Ramadaan

Our Eemaan needs to be renewed and Ramadaan is the best time to renew our Eemaan, our relations with Allaah 3Azza wa Jall.

Do we really long for the pleasure of Allaah, wanting Allaah’s pleasure in every action?  where we stand in our relationship with Allaah?

Reflections on some beautiful aayaat, beneficial steps to feel the sweetness of Qur’aan when we read in Ramadaan & during Taraweeh.

A nice lecture on how to excel and benefit in Ramadaan inshaa’Allaah, by brother Abu Mussab Wajdi Akkari. Brother Abu Mussab works with Jeddah Da3wah Center.

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Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

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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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

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How to Spend Ramadaan

Ramadaan is at our doorsteps.  As we prepare for the month of Ramadaan, here are some beneficial advices from Shaykh Muhammad Hassan about how to spend Ramadaan.

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A Short Reminder on Preparing For Ramadaan

Ramadaan a season of benefits. Examples of some good deeds that will bring us inshaa’Allaah closer to Allaah. A short reminder on Preparing for Ramadaan by Shaykh Assim Al-Hakeem.

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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).

Ramadaan, My Dear Guest, I’m Sorry

A touching & inspiring read!!

(It brought tears to my eyes)

Honoring the guest is mandatory in Islaam. Muslims, due to their religious values and duties, are known as the most hospitable people. Guests should be honored the moment they arrive, and they should honored most at the time of their departure. This practice is a polite way of making the guest feel the most welcomed next time he or she comes back. Imagine, for a whole year you have been expecting an honorable guest to come to your place, and then finally he arrives. He is kind, generous, and the most beloved. For twenty-nine or thirty days, you have developed an emotional relation with him that you started becoming worried and anxious over the day when he leaves. 

Eventually, the time comes and the day of his departure is here, and your beloved and blissful guest, Ramadaan, is leaving, and leaving soon. This wonderful guest is so polite that he does not come back very often, so that you always desire his return later. 

Now that you realize his departure, you do not know if you will ever see him again. He might not come next year, or you may not be there when he comes back. These anxious thoughts of fear and hope provoke your heart to cry and your eyes to shed tears. They make you prepare the best farewell party ever made for a guest who, as he leaves, was the most welcomed, Ramadaan.

How do you bid farewell your honorable guest?

1. My dear guest, I’m sorry

It’s the last night of the month of Ramadaan. His luggage is packed, placed by the door and the place is full with people who came to have a final look at him and enjoy a last moment with the guest. As we watch the guest sipping his final drops of our hospitality, he asks to be excused; we realize now that all the hospitality we offered was not yet enough to meet his status. So we hold his hand tight wish that he would not let go and hope to keep him longer. We become remorseful and ask for forgiveness and say “My dear guest, I’m sorry.”

At the end of this blessed month we say “O Allaah, forgive me. My Lord, I could have done more but I did not, so forgive me. My Lord, excuse my shortcomings and blemishes, You are indeed oft -Forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me.” (1)

Istighfaar, or seeking forgiveness, at the end of every good deed, not just bad deeds, is the way of the righteous. We need forgiveness to patch the holes we created in our fasting due to our faults and mistakes, or at least for falling short on fulfilling the full rights of hospitality to the guest. After all, arriving with a batched record is better off than arriving with no records at all.

3Umar ibn 3Abdul-3Azeez, the Umayyad ruler famous for his justice, may Allaah have mercy on him, used to send his deputies around the country with the command to summon the deeds of Ramadaan with Istighfaar and charity. Let us have a moment of remorse, and excuse ourselves by seeking forgiveness from the Lord of Ramadaan.

2. My dear guest, a final token of appreciation

Our guest deserves the best farewell party, the 3Eid prayer. We decorate our lives and go out of our way for this party. We take a shower, we come early, we dress nicely, we take different routes back and forth to spread the news of his departure and we bring to the party all people. We bring out our families; our wives and children, the old and young even the most shy maidens and women with legal excuses. It is a procession of goodness, which no one can afford to miss. It is a final token of appreciation. It is a way to say to our dear guest, thank you.

In order not to show our departing guest any sign of sadness on that day, we show him deliberate happiness. Therefore, we eat few dates prior to our arrival at the party site, the prayer area. He now knows that we accept his inevitable departure, we just broke our long time fast.

Anas may Allaah be pleased with him narrated: “The Messenger of Allaah would not leave to 3Eid-ul-Fitr until he eats few dates, and he used to eat them in odd number.” (2)

It saddens our beloved guest not to follow the example of Muhammad sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam. Not breaking the fast until we come back from the 3Eid prayer is indeed a sign of fake piety.

3. My dear guest, this is your legacy

As we prepare for the party, we make sure that everybody around is happy and satisfied. All should participate in this party and no one should be left behind. That was the reason why our guest had come visiting us for anyways, he came to teach us how to care and share. Our guest should not leave us seeing anyone unhappy or dissatisfied. We feed the hungry and keep Ramadaan’s legacy alive. We give Zakaat-ul-Fitr.

Ibn 3Umar may Allaah be pleased with him narrated: “The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam obliged the payment of Zakaat-ul-Fitr, the amount of Saa3 (four cupped hands) of dates, or barley. This should be paid on behalf every male and female, free or slave and adult or young, from all the Muslims.” (3)

4. My dear guest, alwidaa3 (good-bye)

Escorting the guest out with chanting and du3aa’ until he is out of sight is an Islaamic etiquette of honoring the guest. And there is no guest who deserves it more than our beloved Ramadaan. Once the announcement of his departure is delivered, as we sight that gesture at night -the hilaal, we start making our du3aa’ and chanting our takbeer until the party next day is over.

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aala says (interpretation of meaning): “He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him (in takbeer) in that He has guided you, and perchance you shall be grateful.” (4)

Ibn Abbas may Allaah be pleased with him says: “It is an incumbent duty on all Muslims, when they see the crescent for the beginning of Shawwal, to start their chanting with takbeer until they are done with their 3Eid prayer.”

5. My dear guest, I just did what I could, but I’m sorry.

Our guest is leaving and as he slowly walks away, he turns to us and say: “Farewell my dear friends and good companions. Know that I may not see you again after this day.”

The shocking reality strikes, we need to make sure that he leaves happy and satisfied and therefore we concern ourselves with the acceptance of whatsoever we offered of hospitality, even if it was little. It is no longer how much we did; it is how much was accepted and approved. We turn to our guest and present our case and say: “Please, accept the little of our hospitality, for what you saw was indeed the utmost we could afford of our generosity.”

3Ali bin Abi Talib may Allaah be pleased with him once said, “Be concerned more over the acceptance of your deeds than over the deeds themselves for Allaah does not accept deeds except from the righteous. Didn’t you read Allaah’s statement: ‘Verily, Allaah accepts only from the Muttaaqeen -Righteous.” (5)

Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The pious predecessors used to spend their efforts on completing their deeds perfectly and precisely. They then, concern themselves over their acceptance, fearing it might be rejected. Those are the people about whom Allaah says (interpretation of meaning): “And those who dispense their charity with their hearts full of fear, because they will return to their Lord.” (6)

So here we are in a moment of muhaasaba and self reckoning. We remember the days we spent with our guest, how much good did we do? And how much of what we did we can count on as a sincere act of hospitality?

It’s time to prepare our presentation for the angels to see and report to Allaah. How professional do you think our presentation will look? This is the time when you need all the skills of du3aa’ and invocation you have learned so far. And if you feel it’s too late to prepare for this presentation, then know that Allaah accepts from the deeds their ends. Therefore, make your last deeds the best of all deeds.

We ask Allaah to accept from us the little, regardless of how much it was, of what we offered from acts of worship during this blessed month of Ramadaan.

6. My dear guest, I’ll keep in touch

Our guest is now taking his ride, and his departure becomes inevitable; we start running after him hoping for one final glance from him. He turns the window down and waves to us gracefully saying with a loud reminder: “Don’t forget about me.” “Never,” we vow,

“Keep in touch, and write back,” he says and we answer back, “of course we will.” Then as we start slowing down we reiterate to ourselves the pledge we have just given to our guest, that we will never forget about him and we shall keep in touch, we build loyalty to our guest and our friend, the month of Ramadaan.


How can we keep loyal to Ramadan? And how can we stay in touch with him?

Obviously, Ramadaan and the reminisces of Ramadaan should remain in our hearts. Then we keep loyal to him and in touch with him, by keeping our deeds, which we had established with him, continuous. Because of this blessed guest, we were able to establish a new way of life, a life of regular fasting, night prayers, recitation of the Qur’aan and other Ramadaan deeds. Moreover, as loyal friends of Ramadaan, even long after his departure, we shall keep in touch with him by keeping alive what we have learned from him. We sure love Ramadaan.

3Aaeysha may Allaah be pleased with her narrated the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: “The most beloved deeds to Allaah, are the continuous ones even if they were little.”  Once the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam establishes an act of worship, he used to maintain it continuously.

Therefore, follow the example of your beloved Messenger and keep in touch with Ramadaan. Continue the good work, continue fasting.

7.  My dear guest, thank you for coming

In a final moment of showing our gratitude to our beloved guest and how much we were honored with his presence, we raise our voices with thanks and praises, with shukr and takbeer to Allaah.

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aala says: “He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him (in takbeer) in that He has guided you, and perchance you shall be grateful.” (7)

Moreover, as our guest leaves, we return to our inner homes, and then in a moment of contemplation, immediately we go and check on him and act as if he was still there. We could not wait long to display our loyalty to him and our love for him, therefore, we followed his example and fasted six days of Shawwal right after 3Eid day.

Abu Ayyoub al-Ansaari may Allaah be pleased with him narrated the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan and then followed it with six days of Shawwal, it would be counted for him as if he had fasted the whole year.” (8) 

We do not want to stop thinking of him and from that point onward, we will keep in touch and join his fans club, club Ar-Rayyaan.

8.     My dear guest, I’m sorry I forgot

It has been awhile since our guest left, we thought we will never forget about him, unfortunately we were wrong. Soon as he came out of sight, our hearts changed on us and changed on him. We’re no longer entertained by his presence which always worked for us as a frequent reminder.

As time passed by, the vow of loyalty we had given him faded away, and life chores took the best of our hearts. We forgot about Ramadaan and we forgot the dear lessons of Ramadaan. We went back to the old bad habits we had prior to his graceful visit. Naturally, the prolonged separation caused a great damage to our connection with Ramadaan.

My dear guest, my dear Ramadaan, I’m sorry that I forgot.


As Ramadaan announces his departure, it is hard to believe that this blessed season has ended.

Never lose hope from the mercy of Allaah, celebrate the end of Ramadaan with another act of worship, with Istighfaar and do not forget to pay your Zakaat-ul-Fitr. Make your concluding act with Ramadaan perfect, pray 3Eid on time with perfect, halaal style. Celebrate the departure of Ramadaan with takbeer, dhikr and du3aa’, you definitely need your deeds be accepted.

Stay in touch with Ramadaan, continue the good work and start with the sequel event of the six days of Shawwal. Finally, keep the beautiful memories of Ramadaan; they will always come handy and will always be a source of inspiration. 

Ramadaan, my dear guest, may Allaah forgive me. For seeing you departing so quickly, I will always be sorry.

By Yaser Birjas (The night of 27th of Ramadan 1429 H)

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References:
(1) اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني ( O Allaah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me)
(2) Bukharee
(3) Bukharee and Muslim
(4) soorah Al-Baqara, v:185
(5) soorah Al-Ma’idah, v:27
(6) soorah Al-Mu’minoon, v:60 
(7) soorah Aal-Baqara, v:185
(8) Muslim

3Ibaadah in Ramadaan (1)

Qur’aan In Ramadaan

Reading Qur’aan during Ramadaan is one of the best and most virtuous of good deeds, because Ramadaan is the month of the Qur’aan.

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa says (interpretation of the meaning): “The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)” [soorah Al-Baqarah, :185] 

Jibreel used to come to the Prophet salAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam, every night in Ramadaan, and study the Qur’aan with him. (1).

Abu Hurayrah narrated that Jibreel used to review the Qur’aan with the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam once each year, and in the year in which he died, he reviewed it with him twice. From this it is understood that it is mustahabb to read Qur’aan a great deal and to study it during Ramadaan. (2)

The Salaf & the Qur’aan in Ramadaan

This is the month of the Qur’aan. The scholars used to leave teaching or attending all other classes in Ramadaan in order to devote themselves completely to the Qur’aan. They used to read Qur’aan a great deal during Ramadaan, following the example of the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam.

Qataadah (may Allaah have mercy on him) used to complete the Qur’aan every seven nights all the time, and every three nights in Ramadaan, and every night during the last ten days of Ramadaan.  

Ibraaheem al-Nakha’i used to complete the Qur’aan in Ramadaan every three nights, and in the last ten days every two nights. (3)

Al-Aswad (may Allaah have mercy on him) used to read the entire Qur’aan every two nights throughout the month. (4)

It was narrated from Mujaahid that he used to complete the Qur’aan every night in Ramadaan.  

Al-Rabee3 ibn Sulaymaan said: al-Shaafi3ee used to complete the Qur’aan sixty times in Ramadaan. 

We & Qur’aan In Ramadaan:

In Ramadaan, don’t simply schedule one or two hours for Qur’aan. Do Qur’aan at every living moment that you have, when you don’t have something necessary to do.

For example, when one is not at work, or is not cooking, and not praying, she should be doing Qur’aan. Before Fajr, after Fajr, after 3Ishaa’, any break in between; if free in the daytimes, then all day; between 3Asr and Maghrib; after taraweeh. I.e. whenever it is humanly possible.

If you are working, do it between coffee/tea break, during free time. Every available opportunity, spend it for Qur’aan. Don’t limit yourself. (5)

How to attain the sweetness of reciting the Qur’aan:

 Some Tips:

  1. Sit in a humble manner; in a state of wudoo’. Imagine you are sitting before Allaah & reciting to Him.
  2. Remind yourself and try to feel that these are the words of your Lord, the Creator of the heavens and earth. And and how blessed we are to have such access to them.
  3. Begin with Istiaadah (seeking refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan).
  4. Read in a slow and melodious way.
  5. When you read/recite aayah (verse) about Jannah, pause and ask for it. When you recite any aayah about the Hellfire, stop & seek refuge from it.
  6. Make sajdah at-tilaawah when you recite a verse of sujood.
  7. If the verse says to make tasbeeh, stop and make tasbeeh (subhaanAllaah).
  8. Imagine that Allaah is personally speaking to you in each and every aayah. If you did not concentrate in an aayah, repeat it. (6)

Suggestions & Tips for non-Arab speakers:

  1. If you can read the Qur’aan, read the aayah in Arabic then the translation in your language.
  2. If you can’t read properly, then listen and repeat each verse after the tape. After completing 1 page, read the translation.
  3. If you cannot recite Qur’aan at all, then beg Allaah to bless you with the ability to recite it fluently. You should listen to a Qur’aan tape/CD, then read the translation and then read the tafseer. (7)

Make Big Goals:

  • If you can finish the whole tafseer (Ibn-Katheer) in Ramadaan, go for it. (its takes around 6 hours to complete the tafseer of one Juzz’).
  • Make a journal & write what you benefit from, write the verses/soorahs that touch/effect you deeply & read the tafseer of those verses.
  • Memorize a Juzz’ or 2 Juzz’ in Ramadaan. [e.g., Juzz’ 3Amma (last part) or 29th Juzz’]
  • Read the whole Qur’aan with translation, verse by verse & write the meanings of the words that you find new or difficult. this will help to improve your vocabulary of the Qur’aan & Arabic inshaAllaah. (8)

Resources: 

Complete the Qur’aan in 30 days (easy & simple way)

Complete the Qur’aan in 15 days

Complete the Qur’aan in a week /7 days

Word to Word Dictionary

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Main Source “Reaping the Fruits of Ramadaan” course & other sources.

References:
(1) Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268
(2) Al-Bukhaari (4614) 
http://islamqa.com/en/ref/66063
(3) AlSiyar 5/276
(4) Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan by Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) p. 65. 
http://islamqa.com/en/ref/50781
(5)(6)(7) Excerpt from course “Reaping the fruits of Ramadaan”
(8) Based on the above lecture & lecture “How to Benefit from Ramadhaan Practically”

Don’t Make Ramadaan an Eating Contest!!

Assalaamu 3Alaykum wa Ramatullaah,

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Welcoming Ramadaan

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

Talhah ibn 3UbaydAllaah radi-Allaahu 3anhu reported that two men came to the Prophet sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam who had accepted Islaam at the same time. One of them used to partake in Jihaad more-so than the other, and so (one day) he fought in a battle and was martyred therein. The other remained behind him for another year, and then he passed away.

Talhah said: “I saw in my dream that I was at the door of Paradise when behold, I was with both of them (the two men). Someone came out of Paradise and allowed the man who passed away later to enter first. Then he came out again and allowed the martyred one to enter. Then he returned and said to me, ‘Go back, for your time has not come yet.’”

Talhah woke up and began to inform others about this and they were all surprised. This reached the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam and when they informed him of it, he said:

من أي ذلك تعجبون؟ قالوا: يا رسول اللهّ هذا كان أشد الرجلين اجتهاداً ثم استشهد ودخل هذا الآخر الجنة قبله فقال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم) : أليس قد مكث هذا بعده سنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: أدرك رمضان فصام وصلى كذا وكذا من سجدة في السنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم): فما بينهما أبعد مما بين السماء والأرض

He sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: “What are you surprised about?’”

They said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! Out of them both, this one strove harder (in Jihaad) then he was martyred but this other one was entered into Paradise before him.’ 

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said: “Did he not remain behind him for one year?’” They said, ‘Yes (he did).’ 

He said, “Did he not reach Ramadaan, fast and pray with such and such number of prostrations in the year?’” They said, ‘Yes.’ 

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3alayhi wa sallam said, “So the difference between them is greater than what is between the heavens and the earth.” (1)

Make the most out of Ramadaan, we seriously don’t realise its greatness, worth and reward.

May Allaah let us reach Ramadaan & give us tawfeeq to do good deeds. ameen

 
Reference:
(1) Saheeh Ibn Maajah (2/345, 346) see Shaykh Al-baani’s “al-Silsilah al-Saheehah”

 

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