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July 22, 2010

ARTICLE: PREPARATION OF THE WINNERS IN RAMADAN

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

So, who are the winners in Ramadan? Short Answer: Those who strive in Ramadan and outside of Ramadan.

It’s not possible to be a winner in Ramadan, if you slack off after Ramadan. One of the signs that our Ramadan was accepted, is that we continue to do good deeds after it ends.

So, here’s a short reminder on how to be a winner this Ramadan:

[Note: The look of the article has nothing to do with me. My blog decided to make it look that way (see below and you’ll understand). I kept it because I thought it looked….different.]

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http://www.islaam.com/Article.aspx?id=657

Preparation of the Winners in Ramadan

Adapted by islaam.com from the lecture “The Winners in Ramadan” by Sh. Ibrahim ad-Duwaysh.

The following is a reminder of some matters that help one to be among the winners in Ramadan by using its days and nights properly. “Remind, for indeed reminding benefits the believers.” (51:55)

1. Mujaahadah: struggling against the nafs

“As for those who strive hard in Our Cause, We will surely guide them to Our Paths.” (29:69)

Do you want guidance? Do you want steadfastness? Struggle against your soul, for if we bring ourselves closer to Allah, Allah will come closer to us.

2. Having high aspiration and determination

Ibnul Jawzi said, “The sign of completion of the mind is high aspiration, for he who is satisfied with low aspiration is disgraceful, and I didn’t see a severer shortcoming than that of people who are capable of completion yet don’t aspire for it.”

3. Knowing the virtues of the month and its distinguishing characteristics

He who knows something develops interest in it and preserves it. Even if there was nothing in Ramadan but Laylat ul-Qadr (the Night of Power), which is better than one thousand months, that would suffice.

4. Recognizing Ramadan’s few days and its speed of departure

“A fixed number of days…” (2:184) [From the verse, “(Observing fast is) for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days”].

Yesterday we were congratulating each other for the beginning of Ramadan and today we give each other condolences for its departure. This is how both days and life are, passing quickly. So hurry up to benefit in Ramadan.

5. Competition of the righteous people in doing good deeds

The righteous people compete for good deeds, while the others are captives of their lusts and slaves to their desires.

“Then We gave the Book (the Qur’an) for inheritance to such of Our slaves whom We chose. Then of them are some who wrong their ownselves, and of them are some who follow a middle course, and of them are some who are, by Allah’s Leave, foremost in good deeds. That is indeed a great grace.“ (35:32)

6. Remembering death and bewaring its suddenness

You might not reach another Ramadan, so watch for yourself!

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