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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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“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”

 

Living Ramadaan: Goals and Aspirations

 

        

If one was to embark on a business project, they would study the project, plan it, define its goals, have an agenda, know exactly what they want to accomplish with this project. This is a fundamental principle.

Shouldn’t the people of deen (us) who want Allaah’s pleasure, be the first to use this principle, when our goal is Jannah/paradise!!

Before the arrival of Ramadaan, we need to define/set up our goals & define the ways to fulfill/reach them.

1st Goal

Our hearts should truly yearn for Allaah’s Rahmah:

Every day & night of Ramadhaan, Allaah’s Rahmah (mercy) descends upon some people & we should sincerely yearn/desire for it from the bottom of heart. 

It can change your life forever in a way you can never imagine. We must understand that we are in dire need of Allaah’s Rahmah. We won’t get in Jannah without His Mercy. There is no survival without Allaah’s Rahmah..

2nd Goal

Consciously intending & desiring Allaah’s Forgiveness for all our sins:

Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever fasts Ramadhan with Eemaan and Ihtisaab (seeking Allaah’s reward), will be forgiven all his previous sins.” (1)

We should be fasting with Eemaan (faith) in submission to Allaah because He ordered us to do so & we should have Ihtisaab (consciously taking account of our selves) hoping for Allaah’s reward.

Remember that we should be doing the actions for Allaah. We shouldn’t be doing acts routinely like robots just for the sake of it. Fasting is not just about refraining food/ drinks and things that He made Haraam during the day but you must be conscious because this is indeed Allaah’s order. We want to feel this feeling: “I am doing this because You ordered us. You are my Master and I am Your slave. I will follow your order. and i will consciously wait and yearn for Allaah’s reward. This is ihtisaab.

3rd Goal

Desiring Protection & Freedom from the Hellfire:

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will place between him & the fire a ditch as (large as) the distance between the heavens and earth.” (2)

Every night in Ramadaan Allaah sets people free from the Hell-fire. 

Think/imagine if you are from people of fire !!!

We have 29–30 nights in Ramadaan to be freed from the Hellfire. We can’t afford to be lazy. Throughout the Ramadaan, every night, beg & make du3aa’ to Allaah to free you from the fire.

4th Goal

Allaah to boast to His Angels about us :

Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Ramadaan has arrived to you a month of Barakah, Allaah envelops you (with His mercy & blessings). so He descends His mercy, erases the sins, answers the du3aa’ and watches in (this month) your competition/race for goodness and He boasts to His angels about you. So let Allaah see the best from you, for truly the miserable one is the one who is prevented Allaah’s mercy.” (3)

Allaah will boast to the honourable angels who just worship Allaah all the time and never tire or feel lazy in their worship of Him, about people by name.

5th Goal

Intercession:

Fasting will intercede for us on the Day of Judgement. Imagine you are standing on the day of Judgment, & you see all your sins, a lifetime of sins in-front of you, you will feel doomed, then fasting will come to intercede for you. 

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa salaam said: “Fasting and the Qur’aan will both intercede for the slave on the day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, “O Lord! I prevented him from his food and desires throughout the day, so accept my intercession for him. And the Qur’aan will say, ” I prevented him from sleep at night, so accept my intercession for him. So their intercession will be accepted.” (4)

6th Goal

Removal of the heart’s diseases:

Our hearts have many illnesses. Many we know and many we dont know. We want to remove the love for this world from our hearts. We want to elevate ourselves beyond the material/lowly fulfillment of dunya.

Ibn Qayyim said: “Fasting is a protection against the diseases of the heart, body & mind.”

7th Goal

Establishment of Allaah’s laws on Ourselves (our nafs):

Most of us live in heedlessness except for a few. We follow our nafs (self) which drives us, fulfilling her desires and whims. One has to be controlled by Allaah’s law.

In Ramadaan we are consciously making our nafs feel that Allaah is the One who has authority on us. The nafs is put in its place and made humble. Nafs (self) is like a spoilt child that needs to be controlled. Do not feel sorry for the nafs. Do not give in to the nafs’ whims and desires.

Train and teach your nafs to obey Allaah’s commandment to a greatest degree and don’t allow her to control you.

8th Goal

Establishment of complete manners:

Ramadaan is a training school to train ourselves in manners.  Manners are not according to customs or personalities.  Don’t make excuses for yourself that this is my personality, this is just how I am.

In Ramadaan, intend that this is the time to train yourself.  Think how I shall elevate myself. Imagine the person you would like to be.

Control your behavior & reactions when someone argues with you, Remember you are in state of 3Ibaadah. Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa salaam said, “Fasting is a shield. So if it is a day where one of you is fasting, then he should not fulfill his desires, nor sin, nor yell, nor behave ignorantly. And if anyone insults him or fights with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.’” (5)

9th Goal

Training ourselves to be consistent:

Be consistent in good deeds even if they are little. One of the biggest calamity is stopping our deeds. Ramadaan is an opportunity to train ourselves, our nafs to be consistent to do 3Ibaadah/ acts of worships.

Be consistent and increase your 3Ibaadah during the last 10 days. Remember actions are judged according to their endings.  Strive for istiqaamah (steadfastness). Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa salaam said: “The most beloved deed to Allaah is the most regular and constant even though it were little.” (6)

Summarized from Ramadaan course “Reaping the fruits of Ramadaan” .
(Notes taken by students) 
 

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Welcoming Ramadaan

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References:
(1) Saheeh Bukhaaree & Muslim
(2) At-Tirmidhee, Saheeh ul-Jami’, no. 6209).
(3)  Saheeh Tabaraanee
(4) Ahmad
(5) Saheeh Bukhaaree & Muslim
(6) Saheeh Bukharee, Volume 8, Book 76, # 471
 

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