Retaining Our Spirituality After Ramadhaan

We enrolled 30 days in a course called Ramadhaan to reach “Taqwah”(Fear of Allah Ta’ala). It was a time of renewal and re-establishment of our commitment to our Beloved ALLAH TA’ALA and HIS beautiful Deen-ul-Islaam. Al-Hamdulillah! Many have graduated with flying colours – embracing them with positive Deeni (Islamic)changes. Now is a crucial time to put it into practice!
Beloved Reader! We fasted, gave charity, read the Qur’aan Kareem and performed the night especially the last ten, standing in prayer before ALLAH TA’ALA. We avoided gossip, slander and every evil that would invalidate our fasting. But now that Ramadhaan has bid us farewell, many of us, regrettably, will put the Qur’aan Kareem back on the shelves, will suspend fasting until next year and will abandon the night prayer. This is not the way it should be, because all of these acts of worship carry rewards and are of benefit to us throughout the year, in addition to the fact there is no divine prescription limiting them to Ramadhaan.
What is it that happens in Ramadhaan to make you so motivated to change your life around and how can you get that spirit back to make long lasting, sustainable changes in your life? What is it that ALLAH TA’ALA  puts into your life to enable you to make all those changes in Ramadhaan? If we could examine that, maybe we’ll find clues to work out how we can make the Ramadhaan spirit last for more than 30 days, so you can make major sustainable changes in your life!
 
RAMADHAAN CHANGES
1. Purpose
ALLAH TA’ALA TA’ALA give us an amazing purpose, a powerful reason for fasting, HE says it so beautifully:
All the deeds of the son of Aadam (Alaihis Salaam) are for him: the good deeds will be multiplied ten times to seven hundred times, except fasting, which is for ME and I will reward it accordingly.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Al-Hamdulillah! He gives us all hope of His Reward for abandoning food, drink and intimacy for HIS Sake in Ramadhaan.
2. Long Term Vision
HE also gives us a long-term vision of what we will achieve if we follow HIS Orders and avoid the things that HE has forbidden – HE could grant us, according to our intentions, the highest place in Jannah.
3. Structure and Organization
HE gives us clear rules and a daily structure for Ramadhaan to give us a specific rhythm to the month – with a few exceptions and some flexibility such as a change in the pattern of the days for the last 10 nights – but there are definite targets that we have to fulfil throughout.
4. Challenging and Slightly Unrealistic Goals
The non-Muslims often look at what we do in Ramadhaan and say that we are being extreme, that we shouldn’t be as harsh on ourselves as we are. But we are able to rise above their criticism and not pay attention to what they say, because we know that ALLAH TA’ALA never asks us to do anything that would be harmful for us. We are convinced of the value and benefits of our fasting and Qiyaam and that enables us to stretch ourselves.
5. Balance
In Ramadhaan, it’s not only our bodies that are cleansed through fasting, our spirituality is also improved through increased Salaah and reading of the Qur’aan Kareem. Our finances are cleansed through Zakaah, our social relationships are improved through coming together for Iftaar, and our social contribution is increased through extra Sadaqah. The Ramadhaan spirit is developed through a balanced increase in every area of life, with each aspect having its own timing, amount, and purpose.
In welcoming Ramadhaan and bidding it farewell are some points of reflection for the Mu’mineen: Is there for us in fasting an abundance portion of effort to reform ourselves and mend our ways? Yes! It is indeed an excellent period of reflection if one ponders over the sincerity of his/her intention and appropriateness of his/her acts of worship during the blessed month.
Gentle and Discerning Reader! A whole new beautiful chapter in your life has opened – of peace, happiness, blessings and mercy with an elated feeling of spirituality, connecting with ALLAH TA’ALA and being immersed in HIS love, Subhaan-ALLAH. Fear ALLAH TA’ALA as HE should be feared for, the fear of ALLAH TA’ALA is the best treasure for you. Obey ALLAH TA’ALA and keep away from HIS restrictions, you will achieve HIS pleasure and be saved from HIS torment. On tasting the sweetness that comes with obedience, there is no desire to return to any form of disobedience.
A sinful desire is like a rose from afar, we get allured by its fragrance, become blinded by its beauty, and overlook the thorns.
Don’t allow Shaitaan to be an anchor and halt your spiritual journey. Raise the sails of Imaan to reach the beautiful shores of Jannah. Would you rather invest for short term returns, or would it be more sensible to invest for everlasting returns? Don’t let the chains of desire (naffs & shaitaan), bind us to Dunya whilst restraining our soul from pursuing Jannah. May ALLAH TA’ALA make our hearts the throne upon where our Imaan will sit, and let it rule over our Naffs before it tries to enslave us…
 
WAYS TO MAINTAIN THE GOOD HABITS YOU PICKED DURING RAMADHAAN:
Make Du’a
It was ALLAH TA’ALA who gave you the ability to keep the good habit in Ramadhaan, and only HE can help you maintain it afterwards. Make Du’a that ALLAH TA’ALA helps you not only keep the habit, but that HE accepts it and makes it a way for you to grow in closeness to HIM
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Make it a Habit
If you want to keep good habits, you’ve got to make sure they remain part of your daily schedule. For instance, fasting. Our beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) encouraged fasting on Mondays and Thursdays? He said: “A man’s deeds are reported (to ALLAH TA’ALA) on Mondays and Thursdays and I prefer that I should be fasting when my deeds are reported.” (Tirmidhi)
Evaluate yourself Weekly
This helps you see the bigger picture. You’ll be able to evaluate on a more long-term level how well you’ve been keeping your habit in practice. You can do the same thing on a monthly and yearly basis.
Don’t fall apart once you make one Mistake
The beauty of Taubah (repentance) in Islaam, is that ALLAH TA’ALA blesses us with this opportunity to return back to HIM after doing something wrong. We should remember that we are humans and that we will err. Only ALLAH TA’ALA is Perfect.
Ask yourself WHY you kept the habit
Niyyah or intention is a key to ALLAH TA’ALA’S acceptance of our good deeds. If we developed a habit to impress others, for instance, we may be able to keep the momentum for a while, but most probably it’ll wear out afterwards.
But if we maintained a habit sincerely for the sake of ALLAH TA’ALA, Inshaa-ALLAH , not only will we be rewarded for it, but our intention will help us maintain the necessary motivation to continue to do good.
Work your Way up slowly
Aa’ishah (RadhiAllah Ta’alau Anha) reported that Rasulullah said: “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately, and remember that you shall enter Paradise only through ALLAH TA’ALA’S Mercy, and also remember that the most beloved deed to ALLAH TA’ALA is that which is regular and constant even if it is little.” (Al-Bukhari)
The wisdom in this Hadith is tremendous and it is one way of keeping up good habits you have picked up in Ramadhaan.
For example, let’s say you were motivated to read Qur’aan Kareem for half-an-hour on a daily basis in Ramadhaan. But now that it’s over, you feel sluggish, lazy and want to give it up. Yet, you had wanted to maintain this habit after the blessed month was over.
Instead of trying to read Qur’aan Kareem for the same amount of time, reduce the time period to as much as you are initially able to do, even if it’s just ten or twenty minutes a day.
If you keep up this ‘ten minutes a day’ habit, Inshaa-ALLAH TA’ALA, you will see the amount of Qur’aan Kareem you read will increase slowly but gradually, perhaps even surpassing your Ramadhaan maximum in the long-term, Inshaa-ALLAH !
Beloved Reader! Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of ALLAH TA’ALA at all times, for you do not know when you’ll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin. Forgiveness are always billowing around us, but we must raise the sails of remorse and repentance, to feel it. Now is the time to reprogram your life, rise up and get rid of the negativities, develop your potential, plan and execute, change and get changed, and you will become one of those gain happiness and blessings in this life and enjoy the bliss of the Hereafter, Inshaa-ALLAH TA’ALA! Be sure that reform is possible, seek help from our loving ALLAH TA’ALA, and do not feel unmotivated or lacking in strength.
May ALLAH TA’ALA accept our fasting, our Ibaadah and  other righteous actions, that our condition after Ramadhaan be a better one, the state of our Ummah improves and that we are granted honour and submit to HIS obedience. ..Aameen
Enjoy your Eid by remaining consistent on the those good deeds and keep away from undesirable things that are capable of removing ALLAH TA’ALA’S favours from you. One of our righteous predecessors said:
“Each day in which no act of disobedience to ALLAH TA’ALA is committed is Eid and each day a believer spent in acts of obedience to his Lord is Eid.”

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Following is the announcement of the Central Hilaal Committee of North America regarding the Eidul Fitr:

Following is the announcement of the Central Hilaal Committee of North America regarding the Eidul Fitr:

Shawwal 1433H

The Hilal for the month of Shawwal was sighted in North America on the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2012. Therefore Insha’Allah 1st of Shawwal 1433 is Sunday, August 19, 2012.

JazaakAllah Khair

The Day of Eid-ul-Fitr

• EID-UL-FITR

• BEAUTIFUL HADITH ABOUT EID-UL-FITR

• SUNNAH ACTS ON EID-UL-FITR

• TIPS ON HOW TO SPEND EID DAY

EID-UL-FITR is celebrated on the first day of Shaw’waal, at the completion of Ramadhaan. Shaw’waal is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. Eid-al-Fitr is a very joyous day for the believing men and women. On this day Muslims show their real joy for the many blessings Allah Ta’ala has given to them to fulfil their obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed month of Ramadhaan.

BEAUTIFUL HADITH ABOUT EID :

The Messenger of Allah Muhammad is reported to have said: “And then the night of Eidul fitr, the night that is called Laylatul Jaa’izah(night of prize giving), comes along. On the morning of Eid Allah sends down the Malaa’ikah(angels) to all the lands of the earth where they take their positions at access points of roads, calling out with a voice that is heard by all except man and jinn, “O Ummah of Muhammad(Salallaho alaihe wassallam), come forth from your houses towards a Lord that is noble and gracious, who grants much and pardons the major sins.” When they proceed towards the places for their Eid salaah, Allah says to the Malaa’ikah: “What indeed is the reward of that employee who had rendered his services?” The Malaa’ikah reply’ “O Lord and Master, it is only right that he should receive his reward in full for his services.” Allah then says, “I call you to witness, O My Malaa’ikah, that for their having fasted during the month of Ramadhaan, and for their having stood in prayer by night, I have granted to them as reward My pleasure and have granted them forgiveness. O My servants ask now of Me, for I swear by My honour and My greatness, that whatsoever you shall beg of me this day in this assembly of yours for the needs of the Hereafter, I shall grant you; and whatsoever you shall ask for worldly needs, I shall look at you favourably. By My honour I swear, as long as you shall obey my commands, I shall cover your faults. By My honour and by My greatness do I swear that I shall never disgrace you among the evil-doing ones and disbelievers. Depart now from here, you are forgiven. You have pleased Me, and I am pleased with you. The Malaa’ikah an seeing this great reward bestowed by Allah upon the Ummah of Muhammad (Salallaho alaihe wassallam) on the day of Eidul Fitr become greatly pleased and happy.” (Hadith-Targheeb)

IBADAH(WORSHIP) ON THE NIGHT OF EID:

Our Beloved Rasulullah (Salallaho alaihe wassallam) said : “The person who stays awake on the nights preceding the two Eids occupying himself with ibâdah(worship), his heart will not die on the day when everyone’s heart will perish.” (His heart will not die during the time of evil and corruption). It could also mean that with the blowing of the trumpet his soul will not become unconscious. (Hadith –Ibn Majah)

SUNNAH ACTS ON THE DAY OF EID:

Wake up early.
Take a Ghusl (bath) before Eid Salaah
Brush your teeth (use Miswaak)
Dress up, putting on best clothes available.
Use itr (perfume)
Eat something sweet before proceeding to the Eid Musallah e.g. Dates etc.
Pay Zakaat-al-Fitr before Salaatul-Eid (on Eid-al-Fitr).
Go to Eid Musallah (Eid Gah/prayer ground) early.
Offer Salaah-al-Eid in congregation in an Eid Musallah except when weather is not permitting like rain, snow, etc.
Use different roads en route to the Eid Musallah and back home.
Recite the following Takbir on the way to Eid Musallah :
Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. La ila-ha ill-lallah.Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar. Wa-lilahill hamd. (Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is Greatest, Allah is Greatest. And all praises are for Allah)

TIPS ON HOW TO SPEND THE DAY OF EID:

Keep in mind the pleasure of Allah and uphold Shari’ah at ALL times.
Adorn yourself and your family modestly in the best of garments (not necessarily new).
Avoid over eating and other festivities that have no benefit.
Visit the poor, needy, orphans, elderly and sick.
Should Eid be made at “my mum or your mum or whoever/wherever?” This requires Mashurah (mutual consultation). Mashurah is a Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (Sallalaho alaihe wassallam).Try to compromise and accommodate each other.
Maintain and strengthen family bonds- Rasulullah (Salallaho alaihe wassallam) is reported to have said, “Anyone who wishes to have his means of livelihood enlarged and a prolonged life, should treat his relatives with kindness.”(Hadith)
Don’t forget the oppressed, poor and needy Muslims in all parts of the world in your du’as and charity.
Be punctual with your acts of worship and on this joyous day.
And Enjoy the day being a Muslim.

LAYLATUL QADR – The Night of Power

Amongst the nights of Ramadhaan, there is one called ‘Laylatul Qadr’, a night that is noted for its greatest blessings.

The Noble Qur’an describes it as being greater in blessedness and spiritual virtue than a thousand months, which in turn means that it is more valuable than eighty three years and four months. Fortunate indeed is that person who attains the full blessings of this night by spending it in the worship of Allah, because he has then attained the reward of ‘Ibaadah’ (worship) for eighty three years, four months and even more. Indeed (the granting of) this night for the faithful Muslims is a great favour.

Hazrat Aisha Radhiyallaahu Anha reports Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, “Search for the Night of Power in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhan”. (Bukhari)

Hazrat Aisha Radhiyallaahu Anha once asked Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, “If I find Laylatul Qadr, what Dua should I recite?” Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam replied:

اَللّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

“O Allah! Verily You are most forgiving. You love to forgive, therefore forgive me” (Tirmizi)

May Allah give us the taufeeq to do Ibadaah in this night and make it easy for all of us .

Ameen

Remember me in your
Prayers & Duas
& all Ummat – ul – Muslimeen..

I’TIKAAF (To seclude oneself in the Masjid for the last ten days of Ramadan)

A man being involved in worldly affairs, social problems and personal commitments, tends to forget the actual purpose of his creation. Evil thoughts capture his heart and mind to such an extent that he becomes unable to think positively and even, going to the Masjid and fasting doesn’t bring any change in his approach. As a result, his Salaat is full of worldly thoughts and his fasting gets wasted in useless discussions. This creates a disheartening and deplorable condition for the Muslim community in general and for the pious people, in particular.
The only way to avoid the wrath of Almighty Lord and to be benefited by His mercy is to be present in His house with full commitment, zeal and submission. The same spirit of love, hope and begging for more mercy is called I’TIKAAF.
I’tikaaf is actually Sunat-e-Kifaayah, which means it is not obligatory on every Muslim but even if one person from the neighborhood performs it, the rest can be saved from sin of discarding a Sunnah. However, this Sharee ruling does not affect its significance and benefits. It’s a great mercy of Allah (SWT) that it was not made obligatory or mandatory on every Muslim otherwise it would have been very difficult for us. Rather it was made Sunnah keeping our necessities and ease in mind so the true seekers of the nearness of Allah (SWT) can easily benefit from this Ibaadah.
The fact of the matter is that the real blessings of the most valuable moments of Ramadan can never be attained without I’tikaaf. No matter how enthusiastic a person is, he gets bored and tired after sometime and the continuity of the Ibaadah stops. But I’tkaaf is such an Ibaadah that even if a person is not praying or engaged in any type of Zikr while in the Masjid, still he is considered in Ibaadah. Therefore, not a single moment of his time in I’tikaaf gets wasted and he gets the reward of many good deeds while sitting in the Masjid. Therefore, Abdullah bin Abbass (RA) narrates a Hadith from Rasoolullah Salallahu Alahi Wasallam that; “The Mautakif (person performing I’tikaaf) is secured from sins and he is indeed given the same reward as for those who do righteous deeds (in spite of not having done these deeds) as a result of having being secluded in the Masjid”. Ibn Maajah
In another Hadith Rasoolullah Salallahu Alahi Wasallam said; “Whoever observes I’tikaaf for one day seeking Allah’s pleasure then Allah creates between him and the fire of Hell, three trenches, the width of each trench being greater than the distance
between the heaven and the earth”. (Al-Mustadrak and At-Tabarani) It is also a proven fact that once the Hukum (command) for I’tikaaf was revealed, Rasoolullah Salallahu Alahi Wasallam never missed it in his life. In another Hadith, it is said that; “Whoever observes I’tikaaf for ten days of Ramadan, gets a reward equivalent to that of two Hajj and two Umrahs”. (Al-Baihaqi)
Let us consider the fact that with just a small amount of sacrifice, Allah (SWT) has bestowed His unlimited bounties and blessings to us, which is an honor. These days if someone gets a chance to spend a few days in the residence of some renowned leader or a celebrity, he would consider it an honor and would proudly inform his friends and family about it. On the Contrary, consider the honor of staying in the house of the Lord of the Universe and the King of the Kings. Isn’t it much more honorable?
We also have to consider the spiritual refreshment and uplifting that comes within ourselves due to spending a few days in this environment. And we clearly feel the increased strength in our Imaan. The reality is that one definitely becomes fortunate enough to do Ibadah in Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Power.
Unfortunately, even with all these numerous virtues and benefits, the practice of I’tikaaf is gradually diminishing from our society these days. Although Muslims do make special arrangements in the month of Ramadan, for Salaah with Jama’ah and Taraweeh MashAllah, yet the interest towards I’tikaaf-e-Masnoonah seems less. The reason seems to be that we want to spend enough time for the preparation of Eid that none of our wishes remain unfulfilled. People are so busy in their businesses and worldly pursuits, that they cannot even spare ten days for this most significant Ibadah of Ramadan, which indeed is a huge loss.
Our purpose is not to make every Muslim observe I’tikaaf, rather we suggest that at least one person from every Muslim family should make an arrangement for it. This way, the significance of this Ibadah will be revived among the Muslim communities and its positive effects will obviously be felt by one and all, Insha Allah.
Youngsters should especially make an intention to perform it since it will keep them away from many evils of the society and will provide them with an environment of Deeni (religious) upbringing.
Therefore, before the start of the last Asharah (last ten days) of Ramadan, all Masjid should make special arrangements of this significant Ibadah, so that the awareness develops among Muslim communities and all Masjid get filled up with people observing I’tikaaf.
May Allah (SWT) guide us all and help us in such pursuits, Aameen.

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Checklist – The Last Ten Nights and Days of Ramadan…

In this blessed month of Ramadan, we have now come to the grand finale – the last ten days of Ramadan that are even more blessed than the rest of Ramadan. In it is a night that Quran tells us is better than 1000 months (yes, months – not days).

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” Narrated by al-Nasa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.

So, in preparation for the grand finale, here is a checklist of some of the things that we can all do to make the remaining days of Ramadan work to our advantage –

1) Get in high gear for the next 10 nights and days –

Time is of the essence. Every moment counts. Whatever you need to do for the next ten days to make the most in Ibada, good deeds, reciting Quran, dhikr, making dua, etc., rewards are going to be multiplied. No one knew about the importance of these days more than the prophet (saws). Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan began, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would stay up at night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. According to Ahmad and Muslim: he would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times.

Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said “When Ramadan would come, the Messenger of Allah would say,

Verily, the month of Ramadan has come to you all. It is a blessed month, which Allah has obligated you all to fast. During it the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are shackled. In it there is a night that is better than one thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good, then he has truly been deprived.)” An-Nasa’i recorded this same Hadith.

If we lose this opportunity, we get our next opportunity next year – assuming we are still around and are in good health and shape to make use of it. Even if we are – we have the past years’ sins on our shoulders and life’s normal trials and tribulations to face the coming year. So, there is no better time to ask Allah to make all that easier than NOW.

2) Get a Quran and recite as often as you can –

A few lines on this post can’t even come close to explaining the benefits and virtues of Quran. It is proven in the saheeh Sunnah that the Quran will intercede for those who read it at night, as Ahmad (6626) narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

Fasting and the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of his food and his desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ And the Quran will say: ‘I deprived him of his sleep at night so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will intercede.” Narrated by Ahmad; classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jami’, no. 3882.

Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said,

The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron (a citrus fruit) which is good in taste and good in smell. And the believer who does not recite the quran is like a date which has a good taste but no smell. And the example of an impious person who recites the Qur’an is that of Ar-Rihana (an aromatic plant) which smells good but is bitter in taste. And the example of an impious person who does not recite the quran is that of a colocynth which is bitter in taste and has no smell.” (Book #93, Hadith # 649)

As is stated in the hadeeth narrated by ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with them both), in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

Whoever recites ten aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ibn Hibbaan. It is a hasan report. Saheeh al-Targheeb, 635).

3) If your sins are holding you to move forward, this is the time to get them forgiven –

First the bad news – In Musnad Ahmad it is narrated that Thawbaan said: The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said:

A man is deprived of provision (Rizq) because of the sins that he commits.’” (Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4022, classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah).

And now for the good news –

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.”

4) What to say on Laylat al-Qadr –

One of the best dua’s that can be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her). It was narrated by al-Tirmidhi, who classed it as saheeh, that ‘A’ishah said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, If I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say?” He said: “Say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me).”

5) Get in the class of the Pious People –

Allah has described the pious as follows (interpretation of the meaning):

They used to sleep but little by night (invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope). [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (17)]

And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness, [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (18)]

6) Finally……

Think of all that you need to ask Allah for and ask Him now. If you haven’t before, this is the time to connect with Him and feel closer to Him. And when you do during these last ten nights and days of this Ramadan, you would want to do this again and again – even after the month is over.

And finally, when you are in a state of prayers and worship, please open your heart for others as well and please do remember your brothers and sisters in your prayers. Remember what the Prophet said:

“The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.” Reported by Abu Daw’ud and Tirmidhi

May we all make the most of the last ten nights and days of Ramadan…

– End

The Sweetness of Ramadhan!!!

Since the month of Ramadhan is close at hand, I figured that it would be good for me to post this poem, about Ramadhan itself, displaying the importance of this month to Muslims, everywhere.

The Sweetness of Ramadhan!!!

Ramadhan is upon us, so get ready for the blessings that are ahead!!!
Utilize all of your time in this month & be grateful you are not dead!!!

There are so many of us, who have not made it this far.
They’ve returned to Allah, as either Muslims or Kuffar.

Chase the goodness of Ramadhan, for some, it’s our only shot!!!
We need this to shield us from the Fire, because the Fire’s hot!!!

Don’t do the same lame things that you’ve done last year!!!
When you hear the Qur’an recited, shed at least one tear!!!

When having Iftar, we should eat much less!!!
Don’t have arguments or fights, avoid stress!!!

Chase the goodness of Ramadhan, for some, it’s our only shot!!!
We need this to shield us from the Fire, because the Fire’s hot!!!

We all need the coolness of Allah’s mercy in this month, just like our tongues need cool water.
Make sure that you’re focused on the true objective, don’t waste time & end up being a loser.

This month is when the Qur’an was revealed, so we need to read it more!!!
We must attach ourselves to the Qur’an, make it something that we adore!!!

Chase the goodness of Ramadhan, for some, it’s our only shot!!!
We need this to shield us from the Fire, because the Fire’s hot!!!

If we don’t attain the great mercy within this month, we will all fail!!!

Let us not fail!!!

By Gareth Bryant/2012

Muslim…Poet…Writer…Lover…Fighter