Ramadan Like Never Before – Have a Solid Plan

Verse By Verse Qur'an Study Circle


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

We are going to set five major goals for Ramadan.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Here are some examples for you to create your own Ramadan plan

Now, for example (you live in the West), you are at work and it is prayer time, where are you going to pray? Conference room, outside or can you go to the masjid? Make arrangements right now. 

You can also plan on which Surah you are going to recite in which prayer. 

Setting Our Ramadan Goals

GOAL NUMBER ONE – Fasting at the Best Level
Levels of Fasting 

LEVEL ONE (Ordinary level/Bare minimum) – Not drinking or eating and refraining from fulfilling sexual desires

LEVEL TWO (Special level/Better than previous level) – Controlling one’s gaze, tongue, hands, feet, hearing, and other parts of the body from committing sinful…

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RAMADAN REINFORCEMENT – THE BEST WAY TO START RAMADAN

A question I get asked frequently is, “What is the best way to start Ramadān?”

I thought about this for some time, and here is my answer:

“The best way to start Ramadān is the way you ended it last year.”

Meaning: you should start Ramadān with the same passion, focus and commitment that you completed the last ten days of last year’s Ramadān. (if you didn’t end it well last year, stay tuned for another short reminder soon: “How to fix a broken Ramadān?”)

Do These Seven and Go to Heaven, Inshallah!
I know it sounds easy. But give it a try! Try having the same passion you had last year in the following areas today and see where it takes you tomorrow:

1. When you stand to pray, muster the passion you had a year ago as Ramadān came to a close. The concentration and taste of it should be in your heart; your body should be calm and your soul submerged in the light of prayer. The Prophet (sa) said, “Whoever prays and his/her heart does not disturb him/her during prayer, his/her sins are forgiven.”

2. When you make dua, let it all out, give it to Allāh now, feeling impoverished to him like you did last year at the end of Ramadān. The Prophet (sa) said, “The supplications of a fasting person are accepted.”

3. Let the tears flow now. Dry lands can’t grow much, and neither can dry hearts. A teacher once told me,

“Tears come from fertile hearts like springs come from the fertile soil.”

Sit alone with Allah and cry to him, seek him, beg him and flee to him “You will find him forgiving, merciful.”

4. When you remember Allah, do so with the same focus you did last year. Know that

“Remember Me and I will remember you”  (Surah Al Baqarah 2:152)

is happening every time His blessed names flows from your heart and speech, and that wherever you remember Him (work, home, mosque, school, alone or in a group), He mentions you in front of the angels, says your name and they seek blessings and forgiveness:

“Forgive those who believe, follow your path and save them from Hell.” (Surah Ghafir 40:7)

5. Taste the sweetness of the hereafter, knowing the bitter taste of this life. Recall how your heart felt the last 10 days; there was nothing more valuable to you then drawing nearer to him and farther from excess here. Bring that passion now! Become a stranger in this life or a traveler because this is not your permanent abode!

In the Qur’an, Allah addresses Adam and his wife saying, “You two get out of here (Paradise).” In other places, He says, “You (all) get out of here.”

My teacher said, “You all is all of us, Adam and his progeny. We were evicted from our real home and soon, God willing we will return to it if we lived healthy lives for Allah. This world is not it. Paradise awaits.”

6. Guard your time now like you did last year. Ibn al-Qayyim said,

“I know people more cautious with their time than bankers are with money.”

7. Guard your tongue and your character now like you did the last ten days a year ago! Recall the statement of our Prophet (ﷺ) regarding a person who fails to look after the outer aspects of fasting,

“Allah will say, ‘I have no need that you left your food and drink.”

Gain Infinite Openings:

If you start this now, this struggle, God promises you openings and growth. He says,

“Those who struggle in our way, we will guide them to infinite ways.”

High-Intensity Taqqrub (Seeking Nearness):

What you are doing when you take on Ramadān like this is intense taqarrub (seeking nearness to Allah, distance from sins and Satan). The Prophet (ﷺ) said that Allah (swt) said, “A person does not come to me a hand’s length, except I come to him/her an arm’s length. If he/she comes to me walking, I run to him/her.”

If you take this bull by the horns and start this month off, with the same passion from a year ago, you are the person mentioned in the hadith above, inshallah.

Illuminated Endings are Rooted in Illuminated Beginnings:

Remember! How you start now, tells a lot about last year and this year. Push yourself, asking God to dilate your heart and soul, filling it with guidance and light.

Sheikh al-Islām, Ahmed Zarūq (ra) said,
“Who’s beginning was with Allah, then his ending is to Allah.”


Written by Imam Suhaib Web

WHAT’S NEXT AFTER RAMADAN……

Ramadan is over and our old routine is back. Our feelings are still intact, the purpose for which we fasted last month is not over and that was GUIDANCE. The ayah that we all heard and read a lot of time,

ۚشَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ

The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.

رمضان کا مہینہ جس میں قرآن (اول اول) نازل ہوا جو لوگوں کا رہنما ہے اور (جس میں) ہدایت کی کھلی نشانیاں ہیں اور (جو حق و باطل کو) الگ الگ کرنے والا ہے

(Surah Al-Baqarah : 185)

Ramadan is the month in which Quran was revealed and Quran is the source of guidance. Alhamdulillah many of us, tried our best to recite, reflect, implement as much possibly during that blessed month. But do you think responsibility is over? Race towards the good deeds is ended? Is our duty to be a thankful servant to Lord no more required? Of course, the answer is NO.

Ramadan was a Trial Period, we were struggling to train ourselves for Future, the year to come. Just like our life in Dunya is short, temporary and limited. Whatever struggle we all could do in Ramadan as per our strength, less or more, we did. Now it’s time to continue those efforts with respect to controlling our desires, earning more rewards with small to big good actions, implementing Sunnah and rectifying ourselves in the light of Quran, loving and helping Allah’s creation with similar passion etc.

Therefore, Ramadan is not a season, it always comes as an opportunity to gain Taqwa and boost our Emaan. If you have achieved 50% what you planned for Ramadan, alhamdulillah, let’s focus on other 50% by sustaining what already is accomplished. The key to being productive in the remaining year is being consistent in maintaining good habits, keep yourself motivated by avoiding or eliminating unproductive environment and joining good company. Always remember, that reward is not dependent on the results, instead it depends on the intentions behind it.

Look we still have a hope before this life ends, so why not maintained the lifestyle and discipline that we had in Ramadan, in the entire year.

May Allah SWT accept our efforts and strengthen us in the path of guidance. Ameen


Written by Bint e Abdul Waheed – Based on the learning during Ramadan

(Shared with some modifications)

DUA LIST FOR RAMADAN

There are Duas in Quran and Hadith that one can make in the days and nights of Ramadan and Laila-tul-Qadr. However, these Du’as are not restricted to be made only in Ramadan. As always, one can make Dua at anytime of the year.

For your convenience, here i have few examples of personal, relevant Duas you can make in these remaining days of Ramadan, Insha Allah. It would be ideal to print this list (or have it on your phone) and keep it handy. Likewise, please add to your list anything else that you would like, especially that which your heart desires.

Ya Rahman, Ya Raheem, Ya Rabb al Alameen.

1. Oh Allah, please forgive me for all of the bad that I’ve done, and I continue to do. You are so Merciful and kind, please forgive me, and help me stay away from all that’s wrong.Ya Afu, Forgive the sins that I don’t remember and the sins that I didn’t even consider as sins. It’s so hard for me, and I’m so weak but You are the Strong. Please increase me in sincerity.

2. Oh Allah, I beg You, please guide my parents and siblings toward You. Do not let them die without realizing who their Lord is. Let them see the truth and help them resist the pressure of friends who try to turn them away from You. Ya Allah, you are Al Ghaffaar. Forgive them, and grant them good health. Ya Rahman, me a sadaqa jariyah for my parents. Ya Allah Reward them in the greatest measures in this dunya & akhirah. Ya Allah Elevate their ranks and grant them Jannah al Firdaus.Ya Allah Make me coolness of their eyes in their old age.

3. Oh Allah, please guide my neighbors, towards You. Please guide them to the right path.

4. Oh Allah, make every single aspect of my life be for You and in service of Your Creation. Please remove all false intentions that I have. Ya Allah Remove the love of this world in its degrees & forms from my heart.

5. Ya Wahab, Grant me death with the shahadah on my tongue. Expand my grave for me and illuminate it with light. Preserve my record in Illiyeen and Lighten for me the questioning of the grave, Ya Kareem, Grant me death in a state of Ibadah, resurrect me in the same state and my Rabb, please keep me free from fear, anxiety and terror of the Day of Judgment.

6. Oh Allah, Grant my book in my right hand, make me among those who show their books to others with happiness. Make me successful in the Meezan.

7. Ya Allah, let me love You as You deserved to be loved, and let me fear You as You deserve to be feared, and let me leave this world serving Your creation for Your sake.

8. Oh Allah, increase me in beneficial knowledge, but let this knowledge be with sincerity, not seeking fame, glory, status, material wealth. Let this knowledge serve Your cause in a way that You accept, and let it benefit humanity. Oh Allah, guide me to seek this blessed Deen (religion) from those who are sincere, who possess the correct Islamic knowledge, who are moderate and gentle, who are not harsh or impatient with me, and who understand where I’m coming from, my situation as a Muslim in this country, living in this world today.

9. Oh Allah, bless our scholars and leaders who are striving to establish Islam in this world on the balanced path of Your beloved Prophet. O Allah, bless all of those who have taught me about You and Islam.

10. Oh Allah, give me the ability to forgive all those who have hurt me in word and deed and please Oh Allah, join our hearts.

11. Oh Allah, please guide my children and all children. Protect them my Lord from all of the evil influences that are around them. Give them friends who will strengthen their faith and help them stay on the Straight Path. Ya Allah Save our children from the impact of our mistakes in their lives. Ya Allah, assist us with physical & emotional strength to be a good parents & example to our children. Ya Allah Make our children the coolness of our eyes and make them sawaab-e-jaariya for me & my spouse.

12. Ya Allah Protect our children from harm, sicknesses, disbelief, haraam and destruction. Ya Rabb, Grant our children success in Deen, duniya & Aakhirah & grant us a lineage of righteous offspring until Yawm al Qiyaamah. Ya Allah Make them of those who establish Salah and prostrate only to you.

13. Ya Allah Make our children workers for Your Deen, hafidhul Quran, da’ees, imaams, scholars and shaheeds.

14. Oh Allah, please grant my family/friends who are waiting for the gift of “children”.. Please grant them Saleh children who will grow up to be a source of Mercy for them.

15. Oh Allah, please help me stay away from Haram in achieving the best of this world.

16. Oh Allah, guide and protect our teenagers who need Your Help and Guidance from all of the temptations of sex, drugs, alcohol and all of the other Harams in our society.
17. Ya Allah Give me the strength to be steadfast throughout the trials I encounter. Oh Allah, don’t let me ever turn away from You, no matter how many trials and difficulties You test me with.

18. Ya Allah Protect my family from evil, calamities, enviers & the shayaateen from man & jinn. Ya Allah Reward my spouse Your best reward for her/his striving for my family. Ya Allah save me & my entire family from the Hellfire & make us enter Jannah al Firdaus Aa’laa without being accounted.

19. Ya Allah Shield, increase & protect the love/mercy/barakah between me & my spouse for as long as we live. Bind us together with love. Do not let shaytan break our bond.

20. Ya Allah Forgive the sins of those who have passed away in my family & the Ummah – young & old.

21. Ya Allah Unite the hearts of those undergoing family/marital difficulties.

22. Ya Allah Guide me towards performing good accepted deeds for Your Sake only. And Help me to attain khushu’ & ikhlaas in my ibaadah.

23. Ya Allah Help me get closer to you as my end draws near. Ya Allah Make me love You, Your Prophet (pbuh), Your Deen, Your Quran the way it deserves to be loved. Ya allah Increase my iman, tawakkul, yaqeen in You. O Allah Increase me in Taqwa, Make me of shakiroon (grateful slaves) and Oolil Albaab (People of sound understanding).

24. Ya Allah Grant me a soft heart & content with Your Laws. Ya Allah Make the Quran be my companion in both worlds.Ya Allah Guide me to the siraat mustaqeem until my last breath, never be deviated in shirk, kufr or bid’ah. Ya Qaadiru, Make me among the muhsineen, muttaqeen, mukhliseen, the sabiqoon fil ilm.

25. Ya Allah Favour me with the ability to do tazkiyah of my soul throughout my life journey.

26. Oh Allah, please get my (father/brother/husband/ name of any person) out of this horrible debt that is burdening him. Please give him means that are to get out of this as soon as possible, so that we can face You on the Day of Judgment free of all debts.
27. Oh Allah, open a way for brothers/sisters to marry as soon as possible. Let them marry who is sincere and devoted to You and who is compatible with them.

28. Oh Allah, cleanse my heart of the sicknesses of arrogance, malice, jealousy, hatred, self-admiration, show off, envy and pride and let me die as one of the sincere, humble Muslims.

29. Oh Allah, open a way for me to make Hajj and umrah with my family again and again.

30. Oh Allah, all of my brothers and sisters who are suffering for Your sake through torture, violence, in jails, etc., around the world please forgive their sins and grant them Paradise. Oh Allah, help orphans and poor wherever they are and Forgive the Muslim ummah -the living and the dead. Bless the Muslims. Grant victory to the oppressed. Fill their hearts with Eman. Ya Qawiu, Ya Azizo, Bring the downfall of those (modern day pharaohs) oppressors & Relieve those who are deprived, burdened, oppressed, in debt. Ya Allah Protect my brothers & sisters across the warzones & from the persecution, rape, slaughter, humiliation.

31. Oh Allah, bless whole Muslim Ummah with tranquility and love, and end their hardships specially muslims from Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Pakistan, India, Kashmir, Srilanka .. (the list is endless).

32.Oh Allah, please help brothers give up smoking this year but only You can make it easy.

33. Ya Waliu, be the Helper of Single mothers and Widows.

34. Oh Allah, protect us against fitna of grave, Dajjal, Yujuj & Majuj, the last Day and Hell fire.

35. Ya Rahmanu, Expand my grave and illuminate it with light and Ya Allah Make my grave & barzakh a peaceful, cool abode.

36. Ya Allah Grant me the Shade of your Arsh on Yawmul Qiyaamah. Ya Allah Give me my record of deeds in my right hand and make my mizaan (scale) heavy with the good deeds.

37. Oh Allah, make us amongst the Sabiqoon as mentioned in Surah Al Waqiyah also make us worthy so we will drink water from the fountain of Al Kauthar from Prophet’s ﷺ hands on Day of Judgment.

38. Ya Allah Ease my crossing of the Siraat & Qantarah (bridges before Paradise) with the speed of light and more.

39. Oh Allah, lift the veils from the eyes of those who have been deceived into seeing Islam as something bad because of ignorance and media stereotypes.

40. Oh Allah, bring all humans closer to You and each other. Please do not make us Muslims a test for them with our misrepresentation of Islam because of our bad behavior. Oh Allah, save humanity from being its own enemy. Protect Your creation from oppression.

41. Ya Aleemo, Help me understand, write and speak Arabic

42. O Allah, Help me maintain good ties with my relatives

43. Ya Ghaffaro, Help me see my faults and cover it from others

44. Ya Raz’zaqo, Bestow me with wealth to spend in your way

45. Oh Allah, help me stop my bad habits of eating and talking too much. Grant me soft speech, protect my tongue from lying, backbiting, hurting others.

46. Ya Allah, Do not let others humiliate/oppress/mock/take advantage of me

47. O Allah, Help me be courageous and take correct decisions. Grant me correct Aqeedah, excellent memory and understanding of the deen with daleel

48. Grant me modesty in clothing and speech in front of non Mahrams.

49. Oh Allah help me leave behind a legacy with humility.

50. Ya Shaafio, Grant your perfect cure to those who are sick and give them beautiful Patience.

Ya Allah, O my Allah, Ya Rehman, Ya Rahim, Ya Kareem, Ya Sattar, Ya Ghaffar, Ya Qadir, Ya Sami, Ya Aleem, Ya Zuljalaali Wal ikraam be rahmatika astaghees.

Ya Allah I turn to you in repentance, in submission. I beg you plz fulfill my duas. Ya allah Forgive my sins, a complete forgiveness that leaves no trace. Ya allah Forgive my transgressions of Your Commands & the violations of the rights of people. Ya allah Grant me victory over my shortcomings, Reform and upgrade me Ya Kareem. O Allah, accept my duaas, ibaadah & deeds. Ameen Ya Rabul Ala’meen

 

Planning is a First Step to Build on….Let’s Plan for Ramadan

Ramadan is the name of a month in Islam.This month is known as one of most blessed month due to its special relation with the Divine Book of Allah swt, The Quran. It’s revelation was First introduced to Prophet Mohammad ﷺ in the Month of Ramadan۔ Later، its revelation continued for next 23 years.This month has special night which is better than the worship of 1000 months. If one encounters this blessed night and stands for worship during the night, get the opportunity of reward equivalent to 1000 month. Invocations have special importance in this blessed month more importantly at the time of breaking fast. If one attains Taqwa, obeys Commands of Allah swt and refrain from unlawful, insha’Allah they ll become source for acceptance of Duas.

Allah swt says in Quran,

And when ask you My servants about Me, then indeed I am near. I respond (to the) invocation (of) the supplicant when he calls Me. So let them respond to Me and let them believe in Me, so that they may (be) led aright.

(Surah Al-Baqarah: 186)

Ramadan is a wonderful opportunity to refresh our iman and to remove our impurities. In this time of year, we are blessed with pure quality time to look in our hearts, to see our mistakes and an opportunity to get rid of bad habits that are harming our affairs of this world and Hereafter.

Let’s make a planner to groom and organize ourselves in this month with intention to improve the quality of our Iman.With intention to enter in coming month with improved qualities and high status in Iman near Allah swt through purification, striving, internal training, invocations, and with lots Istighfar (seeking forgiveness of Allah swt for sins).

Why Planning is Important?

Planning is most important to have a clear framework and structure before working and to decide all required steps to be taken. It makes one organized and provides a timeline to start and complete the target properly.

Things to Remember before Planning for Ramadan, a self grooming project:

1- Set short/easy goals: It will make it easier to achieve your goals with less burden on mind and soul. Once you will achieve your short tasks, it will give you sense of achievement and will encourage you to proceed further.

2- Equilibrium: It is an important rule of Balance. Do not add too many things in your to do list from beginning of month. It will tire you by the last 10 special days of Ramadan when Our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would be most devoted for worship. Make sure, you’ll be fresh and ready for more in the end of Month.

3- Continuity & Firmness: It is most divine rule that we maintain consistency in our routine. Allah swt likes those deeds which are smaller but continuous. In your to do list, set some goals from start and make sure you remain consistent throughout.

Every Day Schedule/Day Planner:

  1. Divide your activities in half hour/ smaller chunks.
  2. Assign activity to yourself from each category such as Prayer, Invocations, hifz review, Juz recitation, preparing Sahoor, kids school getting ready time, Dawa Time, Time for your parents on phone, study time etc.
  3. Prioritize activities those are must to do while you can compromise others if some thing unusual comes up.In this way you’ll attain continuty on “Must to do goals’ and will remain patient on missed activity.

For a reference you can divide following activities as per our Ramadan Planner

Ibadah Improvement Self Grooming Improvement Dawa/Spreading Divine Message Project Cooking/Feeding a Source of Ibadah a way to enter In Paradise
First and main Goal Punctuality Sharing the Blessings Cooking/Feeding/ Serving is Ibadah:
Put most effort in Beautifying and Betterment of Ferd Prayers If you lack Punctuality; like can’t wake up on first alarm, delay prayers for making up wudu, or waste time doing other chores even on your way to prayer rug, spend extra time on phone, in cleaning/cooking or in just sitting, Now it’s time to divide each hour in useful little chunks for attaining continuity. Praying on Time is one of the Most Beloved deed near Allah swt Different ways of sharing are to: Renew your Intention,
1- Write a Letter to your Neighbour about importance of Ramadan. 1- Offering Food to hungry, is itself a Sadaqa. Each day when you’ll present food with love to your family, it will cheer your heart as well. According to meaning of an Hadith, to feed others is a way to enter in paradise.
2- Mention sharing my Iftar with you 2- You are cooking healthy nutritious food to actively perform in your Ibadah.
3- Take a Brown bag add some dates or any sweet you want to add 3- To share this food with others
 4- Wrap in an Envelope with some rose petals in it 4- Eating and enjoying good Healthy food, is also a way to be thankful for the blessings of Allah swt.
5- Add some Dawa Cards.  5- Balance is a Rule for success. Make sure not to spend a big portion of day only in cooking
Make an intention to share your Iftar with above package at least with one Neighbour/Muslim or Non Muslim. With the Help of Allah swt and one’s determination message can be delivered to 30 families in 30 days of Ramadan. May Allah swt help us to achieve our goals, Ameen.
New Adhkar and Dua Anger Management: Quantity doesn’t count: Instant receipe Plan:
Add one New Dua/adhkar in your prayers every day. If you feel you need to work on your temper control, look for strategies from sunnah and start applying, also make lots of Duas along with your effort to achieve this target.You will see improvemnt. Having big Iftar at your place can be time consuming in this precious month.Buy some dates boxes and deliever to your family Friends/Relatives with intention, if they break fast with these dates, reward for Iftar will instantly go in our Bank of deeds Inshah’Allah Find some healthy instant food recipes before Ramadan and remain prepared with ingredients.

1- Freeze chicken/Kabab/ pre-cut vegetables in small packets.

   2- Cut Fresh Fruits Daily

3- Avoid soda such as coke, sprite, etc.

4- Lemonade is good for digestion.

Add Sunnah Prayers: Talkative:   Time for Iftar:
If you pray Ferd only, add sunnah from now on with intention to continue later after Ramadan as well. We all need to watch our words as are being written.To speak good and beneficial is better then lots of Gossips/lyin/backbiting/etc Do not spend too much time in Iftar. It is better to break the fast by eating dates or drinking water first; then, the evening prayer (maghrib) is performed. It is also appropriate to eat the dinner quickly and then perform the evening prayer.
*start working on this with asking aid from Allah swt to attain persistence to talk useful.
Add Nafil Prayers: Spending on unnecessary stuff:   Water intake:
If you pray ferd and sunnah, add obligatory prayer Nafil in your ibadah with intention to continue after Ramadan Spending extravagant is that effects the strength of our Iman and weakens our relationship with Allah swt Do not drink too much water at once or too fast, after iftar drink here and there in short intervals to avoid dehydration. Water Deficiency will make you tired and less active.
 *Avoid buying extra that has no benefit or use
Addition in Nafils: Breaking bad habits:   Eat in Balance:
If you already have continuity on Ferd/sunnah/Nafil add 2 Nafil for Wudu before any one or Two prayers such as before Asr and Maghrib for this Year. Figure out one of your bad habit first, and activate conscious thinking of your brain because it is important stage, initially it ll be battle between the strength of your conscious mind and programmed behaviors in your subconscious control. And with the blessings of Ramadan, you’ll insha’Allah attain grip on it later. Do not fill your stomach as you need to stand for (Taraweeh) Night prayer.

 

 


Written by Bint e Abdul Waheed 

RAMADAN WITH KIDS – 30 ACTIVITIES FOR 30 DAYS

Ramadan is around the corner and parents must be looking some fun and productive activities for their kids. So, here we designed 30 activities for our little munchkins 🙂 hope they like them and ll have very happy ramadan insha’Allah.

Please print the Activity sheets given below, you can make changes as per kid’s age and interests. You can cut them out of the paper, and challenge them with daily task.

We make sincere dua that each of one of us witnesses this special month and utilises it, so it benefits us on the Day when Allah will announce for the blessed souls to enter Jannah from the gate of Ar Rayyan. Ameen.

 


Download Activity Sheets for kids.

Original idea shared on blog Modest Munchies

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What is to be done after Ramadan?

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The state in which one comes out of Ramadan is very important, because it pertains to two things:

First: After the great season is over those destined to win have won forgiveness, mercy and emancipation from Hell, and started proceeding on the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and those destined to lose and fail have lost and failed. However, both parties wonder. As for the former, they ponder: how could one maintain those states he has reached in Ramadan, and show gratitude to his Lord for what he has received of mercy and forgiveness? If he has achieved nothing and rather comes out with failure (i.e. if he is one of the other party), then, how could he return to his way to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala once again?

Second: after Ramadan, the believers continue to receive the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala successively. He opens for…

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Ramadan, My Dear Guest, I’m Sorry

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By Yaser Birjas
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, Ramadan, 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…

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HOW TO FIND LAYLAT-UL-QADR

Laylat-ul-qadr is an honorable night. Worship during this night is equivalent to worship performed for a period of one thousand months. Allah says about this night in Surah AlQadr Ayah 1-3:

“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree.And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.”

Ibn Abbas narrated that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said,

Look for the Night of Qadr in the Last ten nights of Ramadan,’on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan (i.e 21,23,25 respectively).” Sahih Bukhari Hadith# 238

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“Whoever stands (in Qiyam) in Laylatul-Qadr (and it is facilitated for him) out of faith and expectation of Allah’s reward, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Anas bin Malik(RA) narrated that Ramadan started and the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

This month has come to you, and in there is a night that is better than a thousand months. Whoever deprived of it is deprived of all goodness, and no one is deprived of its goodness except one who is truly deprived.”Daif  (Ibn Majjah hadith# 1644)

Aishah, the mother of Believers, said that

Allah’s Apostle  ﷺ would strive (to do acts of worship) during the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would at any other time.” (Muslim)

Aishah reported that with the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet ﷺ used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Aisha(RA) also reported:

I asked,” O Messenger of Allah! if I realise Laylat-ul-Qadr, what should I supplicate in it,”He(saws) replied,”You should supplicate Allâhumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul ‘afwa, fa’fu ‘annî (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).” [Tirmidhi]

Definition of Al-Qadr

1- Al-Qadr is an arabic word meaning Allah’s predestination of measurements and substance of everything and everyone, according to His Knowledge and Wisdom.It means Allah dispose off the affairs of the whole year in one night. Allah says in Surah AlQadr, ayah 4

《تنزل الملائكة والروح فیها باذن ربهم من کل امر》
The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.

2- The other meanings of AlQadr is the Night of Power. This Night is claimed better than thousand nights whoever finds it, worships in it, will be granted the reward of worship equivalent to 80 years. One of the major virtue of this Night is that AlQuran was revealed in it.

3-  The third meanings of AlQadr is “constrained”. Since a vast number of angels decent from the sky the earth is constrained. These angels stay on earth the whole night till Fajr. Allah says in Surah Al-Qadr ayah 5,

《 سلام هی حتی مطلع الفجر》
“There is peace until the appearance of dawn.”

Du’a and azkar to be recited on Laylat-ul-Qadr:

May Allah showers His bounty on the mother of the believers Aishah (RA) who asked Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to teach her the special du’a of the this night, and now we know it through her efforts. We should recited this supplication a lot during the last ten nights.

(اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي (ترمذی
“O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness, so forgive me”

On should strive hard in worship and remain busy in performing extra Nawafil, Quranic recitation, Dihkr/Tasbeeh of Allah, and Istighfaar(repentance and seeking forgiveness of Allah) during the last ten days of Ramadan.

The Reward of availing the Night of Power.

The interpretation of a Hadith Nabawi is that a person who spends the night in worship seeking Laylat-ul-Qadr and he finds it, all of his previous sins will be forgiven. Lets not forget that even in this honorable night, the affairs of anyone who cuts off the ties of kinship will be delayed until they forgive each other.

Which night is Laylat-ul-Qadr?

Allah has blessed Ummat-ul-Mulsim with His bounty and Rahmah. One of His many blessings is the Night of Qadr (Laylat-ul-Qadr). The narration of Ahaadith prove that this night does not appear on the same night every year rather it moves about, so in one year it will be one night, and in another year it will be a different night. It can be 29th one year and the next it can be 25 or 27 vice versa . Imam Bukhari (RA) explains in one of his narration that Allah’s Apostle said,”seek it is the lat ten nights.” Allah subhana’watalah says,”

《ولیال عشر 》《والشفع والوتر》
And (by) ten nights
And (by) the even(number) and the odd.
Surah Al-Fajr Ayah 2-3

There is wisdom in this rotation of night, so that Muslims might earn more reward by seeking it in last ten nights.

Indications of Laylat-ul-Qadr:

1-  It was reported in Saheeh Muslim from the hadeeth of Ubayy ibn Ka’b (may Allaah be pleased with him) that

The Prophet ﷺ announced that one of its signs was that when the sun rose on the following morning, it had no (visible) rays. (Muslim, 762)

2- It was reported from the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas narrated by Ibn Khuzaimah, and by al-Tayaalisi in his Musnad, with a saheeh isnaad, that

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Laylat al-Qadr is a pleasant night, neither hot nor cold, and the following day the sun rises red and weak.”(Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 2912; Musnad alTayaalisi)

3- It was reported by al-Tabaraani with a hasan isnaad from the hadeeth of Waathilah ibn al-Asqa’ (may Allaah be pleased with him) that

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Laylat al-Qadr is a bright night, neither hot nor cold, in which no meteors are seen.” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer. See Majma‘ al-Zawaa’id, 3/179; (Musnad Ahmad)

These three saheeh ahaadeeth explain the signs which indicate Laylat al-Qadr. MayAllah give us sincereity and pity to find this Night of Power.

By Sr. Shazia Nawaz (Shared with slight modifications)

 

Tafseer of Layla-tul-Qadr

Laylatul Qadr is the crowning glory of the holy month of Ramadhaan. The worship and the vigil of the Night of Power are a treat to the soul. The heart tends to melt into tears of heartfelt gratitude. The body is in a state of angelic ecstasy The soul strives to reach nearer to Almighty Allah. In this holy month of Ramadhaan let us strive to seek the Night of Power and its bliss. May Allah reward us with His bountiful blessings. Aameen.

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Why is it called Layla-tul-Qadr?

It is called Layla-tul-Qadr for the following reasons as explained by various scholars:

MEANING # 1:

One meaning of the word ‘Qadr’ is honor, ability, dignity or status. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has the greatest Qadr. No one has the position of Allah.

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَـهُ فِى لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ

“Verily, We have sent it down in the Night of Al-Qadr.” [97:1]

On this night of Qadr [or the night of nobility and dignity] Allah Who has the greatest Qadr [He is the Most Dignified] sends His Angel Jibreel [Gabriel] who has the greatest Qadr[ status among all angels] with the Book of Allah which has the greatest Qadr to Prophet Muhammad sallAllahu aalyhi wa sallam who has the greatest Qadr [he is the most noble and dignified human being]. Subhan’Allah!

Its status among all nights can be gauged from the ayah where Allah subhanahu wa…

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