بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Although we are almost a week into the blessed month, I am yet to greet you properly, so to my dear brothers and sisters, I come to you with a very warm Ramadan Mubarak! Firstly I would like to apologise for not having blogged since mid-May! I have had much to do during my blogging absence, but hopefully I will remain more faithful in consistency. But To Whom It May Concern, it may be worthwhile checking out and following me on FaceBook, I tend to post interesting things (in my opinion in the least and hopefully you would feel the same) on it quite regularly, and I like to call it my Da’wahBook. (lol).
Your Ramadan Progress Check.
Otherwise just a few things I would like to get you all thinking about are of course the kinds of things you would like to be doing this Ramadan. So…
- What targets have you set yourself?
- You helping out with the making iftar?
- What of Suhur?
- Will you aim to complete reciting the whole Qur’an during this blessed month?
- Have you ever read the translation of the whole Qur’an in your life?
- A year ago I went a Qur’an overview course, in which Shaykh Shafi Chowdhury asked the audience that question. Sadly, only handful of people raised their hands…
- What about your sadaqah? So far I have received many messages from sisters about donating for something they are doing, such as sky diving. Right now though, there’re way too many causes to raise money for than any of us could ever count… anyways, the links to donate to the pages of my fellow sky diving sisters:
- Are you conscious of your Akhlaaq and your Adab? Bearing in mind that whatever you do is SOLELY from you, as saytaan is locked up. See we are habitual beings, so even if saytaan gave the initial push, the process of it manifesting within your daily behaviour comes from you, and registers within you only, so what are you doing to purify your bad and unislamic habits?
- Such as delaying salaah, back biting, unnecessary chit chat, getting angry, complaining, etc.
- How are you going the extra mile?
- Here’s a little Ramadan prep talk by Abdul Nasir Jangda about going the extra mile
- Are you staying away from the things which distract you most from Allah swt? Yes, I mean your guilty pleasure, ahem, (sitcoms, dramas, anime, fifa- I mean games, and so forth).
- What changes would you like to make within yourself, that stays for ever after Ramadan? Would it be to recite one hizb (half of a Juz) a day? You could complete that in 30 minutes every day, reading the translation ayat by ayat, and most of us are blessed with smart phones, and therefore having access to the iQuran app, so that really shouldn’t be a problem.
- What about your Hifdh? How is the memorisation of the Holy book coming along? Perhaps you could consider learning a certain amount a week? Perhaps dedicate sometime every day to memorise Quran?
`Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`As (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The one who was devoted to the the Qur’an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: `Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.”’ [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].
- How is your tajweed?
- What of your understanding of the Qur’an? It is all well and good reading translations, but that in and of itself will never do justice to the true meaning of each ayat.
- Have you ever thought about learning Arabic? To connect more with our creator, don’t we need to understand what He is saying when He is speaking to us? Then every single Salaah will make much more sense.
- Have you been praying on time? How early within the time interval we have to perform our salaah? And have you been praying more than your usual amount?
- How are you certifying your place in Jannah? Are you aware of your 12 sunnah prayers that if you perform every day you are promised a house in Jannah?
‘Anbasah ibn Abi Sufyan quoted Umm Habibah as saying “Allaah’s Messenger (May peace and blessings be upon him) said: “A house will be built in Heaven for one who prays 12 Rak’aat in a day and evening as follows: 4 Rak’aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib Prayer, 2 after the ‘Ishaa’ Prayer and 2 before the Fajr Prayer.” At-Tirmidhi.
- What’s happening with your Qiyaam al’layl? Aren’t there things you want in this life from Allah swt?
”The Dua made in tahajjud is like an arrow that didn’t miss its target.”(Imaam Shafi)
- Are you visiting those who have been struck with ill health? (Don’t forget Mr Peter Chatfield!)
- Are you at all interested sharing your knowledge with other people? If so, how are you going about this?
- Are you conscious that this may be your last Ramadan? I have already been informed of multiple deaths only in the last few weeks, so these people already had their last Ramadan.
- How is your supplication coming along? Are you making as much du’aa for as many different things, for as many different people as possible?
- Are you doing you adhkar after every fard salaah, and before you go to sleep? Did you know that you get a tree in Jannah for each one you say? Keep certifying your place in Jannah people!
- Are you seeking istighfar atleast a little over 70x every day?
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.” (Bukhari)
- Do you feel as though you’re reaping the rewards? Are you making positive changes to your lifestyle? Changes you think could last? It takes approximately 21 days for something to become a habit. So you should make use of that conditioning factor to stop bad habits, and replace them with that which would bring about your good deeds for after Ramadan inshaAllah.
- Don’t forget your niya (intentions)! This has to be right, or everything you do will be of no use to you! Personally I don’t think I judge for myself what a pure intention is. So I do the obvious. Ask my Maker to purify my intentions, and save me from corruption. He swt certainly knows how to that! And that is easy! In all honesty however, it was the following Hadith Qudsi that has really made me question the sincerity of my intentions…
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say: The first of people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died a martyr. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favours and he will recognize them. [ The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I fought for you until I died a martyr. He will say: You have lied – you did but fight that it might be said [of you]: He is courageous. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. [Another] will be a man who has studied [religious] knowledge and has taught it and who used to recite the Quran. He will be brought and Allah will make known to his His favours and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I studied [religious] knowledge and I taught it and I recited the Quran for Your sake. He will say: You have lied – you did but study [religious] knowledge that it might be said [of you]: He is learned. And you recited the Quran that it might be said [of you]: He is a reciter. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. [Another] will be a man whom Allah had made rich and to whom He had given all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make known to his His favours and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I left no path [untrodden] in which You like money to be spent without spending in it for Your sake. He will say: You have lied – you did but do so that it might be said [of you]: He is open-handed. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. [Muslim, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasa’i]
Now these are all ideas and hopefully they useful, so do take from them, however be practical ensuring you really do go that extra mile! During the time of our Prophet’s (saw), the Muslims were doing jihad which ran a long way into Ramadan! The battle title was “The Battle of the Ditch”, which wasn’t over, until Allah swt unleashed a storm which destroyed the enemy’s camp. The Muslims were before that rationing and enduring a slow, painful, and tiring battle! Can you believe that?! But hopefully you would be doing as much i’badah as possible, because you are obviously smart enough to be taking advantage of this month! Last year a week in to Ramadan I broke my leg, so this year I will be making sure I can do the things I wouldn’t have been able to do if my situation were otherwise! I am sure you all know the following saying like the back of your hand:
The Prophet (saw) advised us: “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” [Al-Hakim]
So let’s try to be like the Muslims from back in the day, who would make their Ramadan such a Ramadan that they would spend half the year after Ramadan yearning the Ramadan that left them, and spend the latter half of the year preparing for the upcoming Ramadan.
Abdul Azeez ibn Abee Ruwaad said: I have met people very diligent in performing actions, and upon completion of those actions they are faced with sadness in fear of the action being accepted or not. Some Salaf used to say: The people of the past would supplicate 6 months to Allah to allow them to reach the month of Ramadan, and then upon completion of the month, they would again supplicate 6 months (begging) for acceptance of their fast. Some of the Salaf would display sadness on the day of Eid. It was said to them: This is a day of happiness and joy! They would respond: You have spoken the truth, but I am a servant, my Lord has ordered me to perform an action but I am not sure if He will accept it from me or not.
To conclude, I am sure most of yous are aware of the ‘Gaza Under Siege’, that has been taking place, I won’t be saying much about it now, but here is a reminder from Dr Bilal: ___________________________________________ Do share if you benefited from this post. You will get the same rewards they get for benefiting from it themselves, inshaAllahkhairun. Much love, Apple.