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)

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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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!

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Du’as for Layla-tul-Qadr as taught by the Prophet

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Often times we are at a loss of words. We can babble all day long, but when it comes to making du’a we don’t know what to say. We are lost and therefore don’t make the best of our prayer time. The irony however is that we do not analyze our own shortcoming, but rather blame it on being short on time. i.e. we give ourselves the excuse “we don’t have time to make du’a”. Later we complain that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala doesn’t answer our prayers. How ironic!

Then there are those who do not run through or skip their du’as but do dhikr throughout the day. The problem here is that at times they choose words that are not proven by Qur’an or Sunnah. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala says in Surah al-Baqarah ayah 239,

فَاذْكُرُواْ اللَّهَ كَمَا عَلَّمَكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُواْ تَعْلَمُونَ

“…remember Allah [in prayer]…

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10 TIPS FOR LAST 10 BLESSED NIGHTS OF RAMADAN

  1. Well Prepared: No matter how good or bad your Ramadan went, enter the last 10 Days well prepared, with pure intentions, full energy and a positive outlook.
  2. Listen/Read Tafsir Surah Al-Qadr:  Listen to or read the Tafsir of Surah Al-Qadr to know about this amazing night, to switch that mode ON and to keep it remained ON for all the nights. It could fall on any of the last 10 nights.
  3. Comfortable Place: Choose the most comfortable place for worship in your home or Masjid. Avoid leaning on pillows & cushions while reciting Qur’an or Adhkaar so as to keep your back straight.
  4. Switch off Gadgets: Switch off your mobile phones, iPads and Laptops if possible.
  5. Recitation to Comfort: If you’re alone, recite the Qur’an in a loud beautiful voice so that your ears & heart remain involved with the recitation and you don’t feel drowsy. Plus it has an amazingly calming effect trust me. If you’re not alone then you can recite in a normal volume not to disturb others but can listen to a Qiraa-at in high volume using your high volume using your earphone.
  6. Elongate Sujood: Elongate your Sujood and make loads and loads of Du’aas in it. Cry hard and ask ALLAH everything you wish for in Dunya and Aakhirah.
  7. Raise your Du’aa – Remember it’s the night of decree and angels are precisely writing down whatever is gonna happen in your life for the next coming year, be specific in your Du’aas and ask for each and everything you need – Hajj, Job, Career, Spouse, Children, Home, whatever. Don’t play small in your Du’aas as you’re asking the KING OF ALL KINGS.
  8. Salatul Tawbah: Pray 2 Raka’ah Salatul Tawbah every single night and ask for forgiveness from ALLAH – Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghafoor, Al-Tawwab and Al-’Afuww. Repent sincerely with full hope and firm resolve of not repeating those sins again.
  9. Memorize Dua: Memorize and keep asking the Du’aa of Lailatul Qadr: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).
  10. Dua:  Ask ALLAH to grant you Lailatul Qadr and accept from you whatever ‘ibaadaat you did by His tawfeeq.

Shared By: Sr. Aina Shah

10 Great Goals To Set For This Ramadan

  1. Eat, drink and be moderate :   Almost all of us do it – once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it’s hard to move afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, through which we’re supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let’s try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan.
  2. Give a dollar a day in charity…or five or ten:  The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let’s open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it’s the intention that counts.
  3. Memorize 4 new Surahs
    Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you’ve started, you’ll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.
  4. Go to Tarawih prayers
    Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan’s blessings. Don’t miss it this year. If going every day is not possible, try going at least one week.
  5. Attend the Tarawih prayer in which the recitation of the Quran will be finished:  Call the local mosque and find out which day the Imam will be finishing the recitation of the Quran in prayer. Attend to not only hear part of the Quran’s recitation in prayer, but also participate in the heart-rending Duas that follow it.
  6. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box:
    It’s hard not to shoot our mouths off when someone’s upset us. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn’t the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we’ve got to wage Jihad against our bad habits. Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment. At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you’ve backbitten the most against.
  7. Call/email your relatives:
    You’d think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we’d keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life’s “busyness.” Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a Ramadan card and ask them how their fasting is going.
  8. Go on a technology diet:
    Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.
  9. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day…just five, not more, not less:
    Even if you feel you’ve got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.
  10. Forgive everyone who has hurt you
    Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it’s also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah’s forgiveness, shouldn’t we lesser beings forgive too? If you find it very difficult to forgive everyone, forgive at least three people.

 

Written By:  Sound Vision Staff