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Ramadaan Resources (1)

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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

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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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Wash your Heart before Ramadaan

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.

Ramadaan Lecture Series by KIU

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“Knowledge International University”  is offering online Ramadaan lecture series, starting from 5th July 2014. The series is free & there is no registration required.

Ramadaan Lectures:

A New Beginning – Welcoming Ramadaan

By Shaykh Ihsan Hannan

Date : Saturday,  5th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

The Relationship between Taqwa & Fasting

By Shaykh Ahmad 3Abdul-wahab

Date : Sunday, 6th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

The Night of Power – Laylat-ul Qadr

By Shaykh Sajid 3Umar

Date : Saturday 12th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

The Final Third – Maximising from the Last 10 Nights

By Shaykh Ahsan Hanif

Date : Saturday, 19th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

Celebrating Eid and Distributing the Alms

By Shaykh  Mohammad Qahtani

Date : Sunday, 20th July 2014

Time: 5:00 pm [Qatar, Saudi time] & 3:00 pm [UK time]

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

How to Spend Ramadaan by Shaykh Muhammad Hassan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan

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3Abd-Allaah ibn Mas3ood said: The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allaah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is a letter, rather alif is a letter, laam is a letter and meem is a letter.” (1)

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Imaam al-Nawawee said: “Reciting Qur’aan is the most important of adhkar, which should be done regularly. No day or night should be without it and it may be attained by reciting a few verses.” (2)

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Salamah ibn Suhayl used to say: “The month of Sha3baan is the month of reciters (of the Qur’aan)”

Some Tips to build a Daily Relation with Qur’aan:

Set a time for your daily Qur’aan recitation.

✅ Better to make it after Fajr salaah & adhkar, or before Fajr or after 3Asr (depending on each person’s situation).

✅ Do not use this time (after Fajr) for net, emails, Facebook or whatsApp.

✅ Start off with 15-20 minutes to maximum 1/2 an hour (if you aren’t in the habit of reading regularly)

✅ Continue with this for 1 week (to get into the habit).

✅ If you missed the daily Qur’aan sitting any day, take time out from your sleep time or any other activity & cover it up before the next day.

✅ After one week, increase the recitation time to 30 minutes to 45 minutes & continue it for next full week.

✅ Do not use this time for reading Tafseer or translation. If you want to read translation or tafseer, set a separate time for it.

✅ Observe all the manners of reading the Qur’aan.

✅ Have a daily self checklist and mark when you are done.

Download self-Checklist

Pre Ramadaan (Self-Checklist)

(based on lectures, notes by student).

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Fasting In Sha3baan

The Forgotten Promise

References:
(1) Al-Tirmidhee, 2910; hasan saheeh. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
(2) al-Adhkar

Are You Planting the Seeds?

قال أبو بكر البلخي : شهر رجب شهر الزرع ، وشهر شعبان شهر سقي الزرع ، وشهر رمضان شهر حصاد الزرع 

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said:

“The month of Rajab is the month for planting the seeds; the month of Sha3baan is the month of watering the seeds & the month of Ramadhan is the month of reaping the fruits.

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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?

Its Rajab…. are you Planting the seeds of good deeds & 3Ibaadah?

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

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.

A must must watch:

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Preparing for Ramadaan [A must read] [warm-up exercises before Ramadaan]

A Short Reminder about Preparing For Ramadaan

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

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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How to Spend Ramadaan by Shaykh Muhammad Hassan

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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).

The Virtues of Fasting in the Heat

A beneficial reminder for us as we fast this Summer insha’Allaah. The temperature is between 42-47 degree these days… Alhamdulillaah for this opportunity to intend more lofty rewards during Ramadaan.

Fasting in the Heat

Ibn Rajab said about the virtues of fasting during hot days.

“…And from the acts of worship whose reward is multiplied during the heat is fasting, & this is because of the thirst that one experiences in the mid-day heat.”

This is why Mu3adh bin Jabal expressed regret on his deathbed that he would no longer experience this mid-day thirst, as did other early Muslims.

And it was related that Aboo Bakr would fast in the summer & not fast in the winter, & 3Umar advised his son 3Abdullaah on his deathbed: “Try to obtain the characteristics of faith,” & the first one he mentioned was fasting in the intense summer heat”.

And al-Qasim bin Muhammad said that 3Aayeshah would fast in the intense heat, & he was asked: “What drove her to do this?” He replied: “She would take advantage of the days before death”.

And some of the righteous women would choose the hottest days & fast them, saying: “If the price is low, everyone will buy,” meaning that she wanted to do those actions that only a few were capable of due to how hard it was to do them, & this is indicative of the high aspirations these women had.

And Aboo Moosaa al-Ash’aree was on a boat, & he heard someone calling out: “O passengers, stand up!” And he said this three times. So, Aboo Moosaa told him: “How can we stand up? Don’t you see where we are? How can we stand up?” So, the caller said:“Let me tell you of a rule that Allaah made upon Himself: whoever makes himself thirsty for Allaah’s sake on a hot day has the right upon Allaah to have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection.” So, Aboo Moosaa would search out the days that were so hot that one would feel he was being cooked, & he would fast those days.

Ka3b said that Allaah Said to Moosaa: “I made it incumbent upon Myself that whoever is thirsty for My sake will have his thirst quenched on the Day of Resurrection,” & others said that it’s written in the Torah: “Glad tidings for whoever makes himself hungry in anticipation of the Great Day where he will have his hunger satisfied, & glad tidings for whoever makes himself thirsty in anticipation of the Great Day where he will have his thirst quenched.”

Al-Hasan said: “A maiden of Paradise will speak to the walee of Allaah while he is laying with her on the shore of a river of honey in Paradise while she hands him a glass of the sweetest drink, & she will ask him: “Do you know what day Allaah married me to you? He saw you on a long summer day while you were thirsty in the mid-day heat, & He called the Angels & said: “Look at My slave. He has left his wife & pleasure & food & drink for Me out of his desire for what I have for him. Bear witness that I have Forgiven him,” & He Forgave you on that day & married you to me.””

And when 3Amir bin 3Abd Qays went from Basrah to Shaam, Mu3awiyah would ask him to tell him what he needed. He refused to ask of him, & eventually said: “All I need is for you to return the heat of Basrah to me to make the fasting a bit harder, as it is too easy in your lands.”

And al-Hajjaj was on a journey between Makkah & Madeenah. He pulled out his dinner & invited a bedouin to eat with him, & the bedouin said: “I have been invited by One who is better than you & I have accepted the invitation.”

He asked: “And who is this?”

The man replied: “Allaah invited me to fast, & I fasted.” 

al-Hajjaj asked: “On this very hot day?”

The man replied: “Yes. I am fasting it in anticipation of a much hotter day”. 

al-Hajjaj said: “So, eat today & fast tomorrow.”

The man replied: “Only if you can guarantee that I will live until tomorrow.”

al-Hajjaj said: “This isn’t in my hands.”

The man said: “How can you ask me to do something now when there is something of the future that isn’t in your hands?”

And Ibn 3Umar went on a trip once with some companions, & they saw a sheep-herder who they invited to eat with them. He said: “I am fasting,” & Ibn 3Umar said: “You are fasting in heat like this, & while you are between all these plants & sheep?”

The herder replied: “I’m taking advantage of my remaining days.”

Ibn 3Umar was impressed by this reply & said: “Can you sell one of your sheep to us? We’ll feed you from its meat when you break your fast, & we’ll also pay you for it.”

The herder said: “It doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to my master.” 

Ibn 3Umar said: “What would your master say if you told him that it was eaten by a wolf?”

The herder raised his finger to the sky & said: “What about Allaah?” 

Ibn 3Umar kept repeating this phrase that the herder was saying, & when he got to the city, he went to the herder’s owner & bought him & his sheep from him. He then freed the herder & gave him his sheep as a gift.

And Ruh bin Zinba’ was travelling between Makkah & Madinah on a very hot day. A herder living on a mountain approached him, & he said to him: “O herder, come eat with me.” The herder said: “I’m fasting.” Ruh said: “You’re fasting in this heat?” The herder replied: “Should I let my days pass by in vain?” So, Ruh said: “You have used your days wisely, O herder, while Ruh bin Zinba’ has wasted his.”

And Ibn 3Umar used to fast extra days until he would almost faint, & this wouldn’t cause him to break his fast.

And al-Imaam Ahmad would fast until he was about to pass out, & would wipe water over his face. He was asked about fasting very hot days, & he replied: “There is nothing wrong with wetting a towel to squeeze the water on himself to cool down with.” And the Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam would pour water over his head while fasting.

And Aboo ad-Darda’ would say: “Fast the very hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection, & pray two rak3at in the darkness of night in anticipation of the darkness of the grave.” 

And it’s reported in the two ‘Saheeh’s that he said: “You have seen us with the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam) on some of his journeys on very hot days, & a man would hold his hand against his head due to the intensity of the heat, & none of them would be fasting except the Messenger of Allaah & 3Abdullah bin Rawahah.”(1)

And the narration of Muslim states that Aboo ad-Darda’ said: “This was during the month of Ramadaan.”

”When those who fast for Allaah in the heat are patient despite their intense thirst, He will set aside a specific gate of the gates of Paradise for them. This is the gate called Rayyan, & whoever enters through it will drink, & whoever drinks after entering it will never be thirsty again. When they enter through it, it will be locked for those after them, & none will enter through it except them”.

From ‘Lataa’if al-Ma3aarif’ (p. 272-273) by Ibn Rajab

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(1) Bukharee, Volume 3, Fasting, Hadeeth #: 166
 

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