[Okay, a little apology before I begin. It seems that some people really liked the last couple of reminders. However, one should not have high expectations for every post.
This is going to be a simple, possibly drab post and might be more negative as compared to the earlier ones. I say what I have to say and I’m not going to go out of my way just to please any readers who might be expecting great posts.]
[A note: I haven’t added any references for some of the things that I’ve mentioned because: 1) It’s already late and I’m tired and 2) These things are well-known. However, if you want the references then please feel free to ask because it is your right to do so.]
So, we’ve finished 8 days of Ramadan now (less if you’re in other countries).
Is it just me or does that sound like far too much considering the fact the Ramadan seemed to start just yesterday?
I had all these high aims but the first week of Ramadan has been a disappointment for me. I didn’t do all the things that I set out to do. Perhaps some of you might have the same issue.
So, what do we need to do?
We need to check and see what we did do, what we didn’t do, and what we need to do in the next 21-22 days.
If you’ve skimmed my blog, you might have noticed a category that states “Ramadan: Month of…”. There are lots of subcategories below that.
So, insha-Allah, I thought I would review our Ramadan in the context of these subcategories:
[Note: the subcategories are in alphabetical order but my list is not.]
[I’m just going to list a whole lot of questions that we need to ask ourselves.]
Yes, this is a commonly doled out piece of advice.
So, what should you include in this dua list?
Short answer: Absolutely everything.
First, you need to start with the akhira (hereafter). Be ambitious and ask for the best.
Second, you need to write down all the halal dunya (worldly) things that you want. Why? Because Allah is the only one that can grant you these things. Don’t worry about how “little” it is. Just make sure that it is a halal thing and write it down.
[By the way, you’d be surprised at the amount of things that we want that we actually never ask Allah for. Write down the things that you’ve always wanted even if it was a childhood dream.]
Also, ask yourself: “Will this dunya thing help me in the hereafter?” If not, then why do you want it?
Third, remember all the people around you? Especially those that keep asking you to do dua for them? Write them down too. One’s parents come first obviously (but you do dua for them AFTER you’ve done dua for yourself).
Fourth, start asking. Try to observe the manners of dua.
Insha-Allah, I’ll write a short piece later on WHY we actually do dua because unfortunately many people are under the impression that it is their right to have their duas answered. Far from it.
Outstanding Ramadan, you say? Of course. Why would you want it to be anything less than outstanding?
First step towards an outstanding Ramadan: do dua.
Second step: remember that even if your first few days suck, you still have the rest of Ramadan! It ain’t over until the moon for Shawwal is sighted.
For more on how to have an “Outstanding” Ramadan, you have to listen to this lecture:
[Note: The brother mentions “good intentions”. What is an intention? It’s not just a thought. It means that if you intend to do a thing, and the doors open for you to be able to do that thing, then you will actually go ahead and do it.]
Towards an Outstanding Ramadan by Muhammad Alshareef
Ramadan is the Month of Dua, as I mentioned in an earlier post. That’s what we do the whole day and the whole night.
Remember that beautiful book called “Hisnul Muslim” (Fortress of the Muslim)? There’s an online version of it here: http://www.makedua.com/
[Completely irrelevant point: I think that “do dua” is grammatically more sound than “make dua”. And no, I’m not an English teacher.]
By the way, this book is available in many languages. I’ve seen it in French, Urdu, Malayalam, Swahili and Chinese. I think I saw a Hindi one too, but I’m not sure. Darussalam in Sharjah has the translations. Also, the English translation by Darussalam also has the transliteration for all those who have trouble reading Arabic.
I’d advise everyone to buy a hard copy of the book. It’s one of those must-have books.
Here’s a soft copy for those interested.