The early generations used to start preparing for Ramadan 6 months in advance.
6 months in advance.
Ramadan is 5.5 months away.
So, just how much have we prepared?
What are waiting for anyway? Shaban?
Well, if truth be told, yes we are…
Here’s a nice article on how we need to prepare for Ramadan. It points out how we need to analyze ourselves.
I’d advise everyone to write down how they feel (with regards to acts of worship, health, manners, etc) during these last few days of Shaban. After this, you can compare it to how you feel after Ramadan ends. There will be a big difference, insha-Allah.
Also, remember to write down your Ramadan resolutions.
What should we say to the Muslims on the occasion of the beginning of Ramadaan?
Praise be to Allaah.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allaah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allaah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allaah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.”
This blessed month is a great opportunity for goodness, barakah (blessing), worship and obedience towards Allaah.
It is a great month, a noble season, a month in which hasanaat (rewards for good deeds) are multiplied and in which committing sayi’aat (bad deeds) is more serious than at other times. The gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut, and the sinners’ repentance to Allaah is accepted. It is a month whose beginning is mercy, its middle is forgiveness and its end is redemption from the Fire.
So give thanks to Him for the season of goodness and blessing that He has bestowed upon you, and for the means of bounty and various kinds of great blessings for which He has singled you out. Make the most of this blessed time by filling it with acts of worship and forsaking haraam things, so that you may attain a good life in this world and happiness after death.
For the sincere believer, every month is an occasion for worship and his whole life is spent in obeying Allaah, but in the month of Ramadaan he has even more motives to do good and his heart is even more focused on worship, and he turns even more to his Lord. By His grace, our generous Lord bestows His bounty upon the fasting believers and multiplies the reward for them on this blessed occasion, so He gives abundantly and rewards generously for righteous deeds.
Been waiting for Ramadan Prep lectures (live ones I mean)? Well, so have I. Finally, everyone has woken up, alhamdulillah (with 6 days to go).
People keep complaining that “we have no lectures here (in the UAE) “.
We have lectures in Arabic, Urdu and English not to mention Chinese, Tagalog, Malayalam, etc. Sadly, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman are really underrated by many when it comes to seeking Islamic knowledge. There’s so much going on. Sadly, most people are unaware of this.
So, what’s happening before Ramadan?
[Note: There’s probably more stuff going on than mentioned in this post. The really awful thing about us here in the Emirates is that when the time comes for us to share information, we’re as slow as the good old days when they used pigeons. It’s a total disgrace.]
For those in Ajman (and Sharjah), there’s a lecture TONIGHT in Preston University:
For those in Dubai, the Jumeirah Islamic Learning Centre (JILC) has a lecture series TONIGHT and tomorrow (registration is required):
The Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) said:
*Virtues of Ramadan *Fiqh of fasting with Q &A
*Reaping the Opportunities of Ramadan * The excellence of Lailatul Qadr
Join us on the 4th & 5th August, 2010 for an open forum & much more
with our esteemed speakers, Inshallah.
Limited capacity 50 seats. Early registration preferred and a must.
For those who wish to educate their kiddies about Ramadan, JILC also has a special series for them:
** The Amazing Ramadhan
Workshop for Kidz**
Let your children learn about the importance of this special and holy month of Ramadhan and the role
it plays in our lives as Muslims.
This Saturday, Inshallah, 7th of August, 2010
From 10.00 am. -12.00 noon
Boys aged 7 – 10 and Girls aged 7 – 13
Conducted by talented and experienced primary teachers
Registration is a must via email or a phone call to 04 3949461
Also for those in Dubai, Brother Zaid Patel will be conducting quite few lectures starting from TONIGHT:
Al Qusais Masjid (near Karachi city restaurant)
Friday 6th August 8:30 – 11:30 AM
(Friday Night Reflections)
Friday 6th Augst 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Saturday 7th August Maghrib to I’sha
Karama Grand Masjid (behind Lulu centre)
*Separate seating for sisters
• “Financial Transactions in Islam and Islamic Banking” (Duration: 20 hours),
• “Dawah Training Program” (Duration: 72 hours),
• besides training workshops on 15 other topics
And finally, last but definitely not last, our very own Sister Eman will be giving us a Ramadan Prep talk :
[For those of who in Dubai who have no clue who Sister Eman is, let me introduce her: She’s a very good sister, masha-Allah, who gives very heart-warming lectures based on the Quran and the Sunnah. We can all learn something from her, both with regards to knowledge and character. If you think I’m exaggerating, then attend one of her lectures and see for yourself.]
[Obviously, this lecture is for sisters only.]
[Click on the above link for location details.]
If anyone has any more information about lectures by Ahlus Sunnah, then please let me know.