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.
In case any of you was wondering why I’ve been going on a posting binge lately, that’s because it’s my subtle way of saying: “WAKE UP! RAMADAN IS ALMOST HERE!”
So now you know.
Another day, another lecture on preparing for Ramadan. And insha-Allah, I still have so many more to share…
How a Believer Prepares for Ramadan by Abu Saifillah Abdul Qadir (Download):
Just woke up and realised Ramadan is less than a week away?
On a more serious note, I’m quite worried as to the way all of us are approaching Ramadan this year. Last year in Dubai, there were more pre-Ramadan lectures than there are this year. Also, there were more pre-Ramadan articles written (on websites, I mean) than there are this year.
Am I the only one who feels that people are still in the “holiday” mood and still haven’t realised that Ramadan is so close?
I really hope that I’m imagining things…
Anyway, for those who are struggling to prepare for Ramadan: don’t fret and take things step-by-step.
One of the things that everyone needs to do is read or listen to an article/lecture that talks about basic fiqh for Ramadan i.e. the dos and don’ts of fasting.
And as usual, I’m going to save you the hassle of searching by providing you with the required information.
So, here goes:
Basic Ramadan Fiqh by Abu Taubah
[He’s using the Consice Fiqh. Nice book. Good for fiqh and hadeeth.]
Yes, another lecture. Why am I providing so many? So that you have a huge collection to choose from. You might like some speakers and not like some others.
I’m in the process of listening to this lecture. The lecturer starts with a really eye-opening example of how much preparation we put in for this measly worldly life.
It’s quite sad when you think about it. If only we would put in the same amount of work for the hereafter.
Preparing for Ramadan by Navaid Aziz (Download):
Yes, another book.
It’s amazing just how much (free) information we have available, isn’t it? And are we trying to benefit from it?
This book is online: Ramadan and Fasting by Abdel Kader Kamel Tayeb.
There’s a nice intro where he explains why we fast. He also has a nice long section where he mentions the virtues of fasting and Ramadan.
Attention all parents [Yes Brothers, educating your child is your responsibility too, not just your wife’s.]: He also has a section called “Educating your children in Ramadan“.
I just discovered this book today so I haven’t read it. Overall, it seems quite decent though.
What do I mean by that?
Well, let me explain. We have 11 more days to go before Shaban. Rather than dreaming about how you’re going to be worshipping Allah in Ramadan, start worshipping Allah in the remaining days of Shaban. You don’t know if you’ll reach Ramadan.
Also, instead of dreaming about the last 10 days of Ramadan, first focus on the first 20 days.
Also, instead of dreaming about how you will make a change in your life one day, start making a change today even if it’s a small step.
All I’m saying is this: Do things steps by step and don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.
I think the following animation summarises things perfectly:
[Click on the animation to view it.]
Yup. You think you’ve made it and then…
I haven’t listened to this lecture yet but it’s part of the “From the Moon to the Spoon Seminar“.
[I can’t believe that the people who chose an awesome title called “Fasting for the Everlasting” would also chose a dud like “From the Moon to the Spoon.”]
Fasting for the Everlasting By Shakiel Humayun
It seems people have started to prepare for Ramadan – with 15 more days to go.
Alright, here’s another lecture on how to prepare for Ramadan
Preparing for Ramadan by Yasir Qadhi (Download)
What I liked about the lecture: He made some points that I haven’t heard mentioned elsewhere.
What I did not like: He messed up on two points*. But that’s okay. I think he was jet lagged (he sounds tired in the lecture). And everyone has an off-day.
[* This is what I recall. If I made a mistake, please let me know.]
Point # 1: He states that Ramadan is one of the four sacred months.
No, it isn’t. Ramadan is the greatest month of the year (hey, that sounds like a great title for a website) but it is NOT one of the four sacred months. Proof? Here you go:
Narrated Abu Bakra: The Prophet said (salallahu alaihi wasallam): “The division of time has turned to its original form which was current when Allah created the Heavens and the Earths. The year is of twelve months, out of which four months are sacred: Three are in succession Dhul-Qa’ da, Dhul-Hijja and Muharram, and (the fourth is) Rajab of (the tribe of) Mudar which comes between Jumadi-ath-Thaniyah and Shaban.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 4, Hadeeth No. 419]