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11
Jul

Ramadan 2012 Prep Event for Sisters in Dubai

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Still not prepared for Ramadan?

Well, sisters in Dubai (and thereabouts) could try to attend this lecture by Dr. Mamdouh Mohamed (a very qualified man who we in Dubai have underutilized!):

[Click on the picture to enlarge the image.]

Note: I don’t have any information about this (other than what’s on the flyer) so please do not ask me. You may call the number mentioned in the flyer.

Please remember to pass on the word.

Baarakallahu feekunn.

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2
Apr

Ramadan 2012 Prep: The various things that we need to work on…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Insha-Allah, I’ll be starting a new series on preparing for Ramadan 2012 (much like the ones I had the previous 2 years).

I think that all of us need to work on the following ahead of Ramadan:

1) Ibaadah (worship)

This includes our prayers, fasting, charity, dua (supplication), adhkar (remembrance), reciting the Quran, etc. 

2) Seeking knowledge

This is something that each and every one of us needs to do: seek knowledge.

Why? Because we need to worship Allah based on knowledge, not on our own fantasies, desires or logic.

So in order for us to worship Him based on knowledge, we need to learn this knowledge first. Simple, isn’t it?

Insha-Allah, the first few posts of this series will focus on this aspect because this is the main problem that most people have (from what I’ve seen anyway).

I’m going to cover learning Arabic (and understanding the Quran), as well as give an overview of the various sciences of Islam.

3) Health and Fitness

[Yes, I am rather obsessed with this topic. I’m sure you’ve noticed.]

So, we want to fast the whole day (without sleeping) and not end up stuffing our faces at iftar time.

We also want to then stand up in prayer the whole night without dozing off.

Okay, this is not going to happen if the only time we use the word “walk” in our daily lives is “I’m going to walk to the elevator.”

We need to MOVE. And we also need to eat properly.

This is our third major problem (after lack of knowledge and ibaadah). It’s one of the reasons why many of us are always tired. We’re just not fit enough.

So, in order for us NOT to sleepwalk through Ramadan, we have to start working on this aspect.

4) Logistics and planning

Okay, I wasn’t sure how to phrase this one. What I meant was all the other stuff that we need to take care of.

For example, suppose you are not sure what you’ll be doing come July and August (especially as this is holiday time for most people). You need to plan and make sure that the environment you’ll be in is conducive to having a proper Ramadan.

Many people want to have their summer holidays so they go abroad. Well, one needs to make sure that they aren’t going for Kenyan safaris during Ramadan, if you know what I mean.

So, those are the four areas that I plan to cover, inshaAllah.

[I had originally planned to make worksheets as I’ve found them to be very helpful, but seeing that most people have difficulty finding time to participate in polls and surveys, etc, I realised that it wouldn’t be very helpful because most people wouldn’t use them.]

Are there any others that you can think of? If so, please do share, barakallahu feekum.

As for the other series, yes, I plan to continue with them as well, insha-Allah. This will include the Lord of the Worlds series.

Are there any other things that you’d like me to focus on? Or any particular topics that you’d like me to address? As I’ve said before, this is our blog, not my blog.

[I’ve read all the previous suggestions and I plan to implement them, insha-Allah. I meant something else in addition to these.]

Lastly, please remember that if we truly want something, we will put in the effort. [Remember this post?]

PS. I don’t think I’ll be very consistent in posting for the next 2.5 months because of other work that I need to focus on. I’ll try, insha-Allah but no promises.

28
Mar

Three steps that will help us to prepare for Ramadan…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, less than four months to go for the Big Event.

How can we prepare?

Well, I would suggest the following:

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

We all dream of having an ideal Ramadan preparation (along with an ideal Ramadan, of course). The operative word here is “dream”.

Then when the time comes to prepare for it we say “Insha-Allah, we’ll see” or “Not at the moment because I have too much to do.”

In fact, many of us plan but very few of us actually get around to executing the plan.

So when are we* going to get around to preparing for Ramadan?

[We = those like me who haven’t started yet.]

Let’s just start, insha-Allah!

PS. We could finally start implementing the plans of Ramadan Preps past…

8
Jul

Ramadan: The Month of… – Part 1

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

I thought that it would be a good idea to remind ourselves of the virtues of Ramadan from the Quran and the Sunnah.

[Yes, many of us might know these but we all need reminders now and then.]

The Month of Fasting

“O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious).” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 183]

“[Observing Saum (fasts)] 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. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man, etc.), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskeen (poor person) (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast, it is better for you if only you know.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 184]

The Month of the Quran, Guidance, Gratitude and Generosity

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, 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 Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allah 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 Allah [i.e. to say Takbir (Allahu-Akbar; Allah is the Most Great) on seeing the crescent of the months of Ramadan and Shawwal] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 185]

كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود الناس ، وكان أجود ما يكون في رمضان حين يلقاه جبريل ، وكان يلقاه في كل ليلة من رمضان فيدارسه القرآن ، فلرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود بالخير من الريح المرسلة

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallahu anhu): Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel* met him. Jibreel used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Quran. Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihi wasallam) was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds). [Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume No. 1, Hadeeth No. 5]

[*For those new to Islam, Jibreel = Gabriel (the angel).]

The Month of Tawheed (worshipping Allah alone) and Dua (supplication)

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 186]

To be continued…

3
Jul

What is the one thing that…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

…YOU need to do in Shabaan in order to have a great Ramadan?

Now, you might say “Oh, there are so many things!”

Well, there might be but what is the most important thing?

For me, I’d say: I need to improve my health and fitness.

Once I do that, I’ll have more energy to do all the ibaadah (worship) that I want to do.

What about you?

Think hard, decide and then make sure you focus on that issue for the next month, insha-Allah.

The reason I said “one” thing is because many people might try to focus on many different things as they only have a month to go, and they might end up going nowhere.

Of course, if you want to focus on more than one thing, that’s fine, but prioritise them so that the most important thing is always done.

30
Jun

4 weeks more to go…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Just one month left before the main event…

We should all ask ourselves:

1) Have we finished our pending fasts from last year?

2) Do we do dua to Allah to enable us to reach Ramadan and benefit from it?

3) Have we started to increase in our ibaadah (worship)?

4) Are we just daydreaming or do we really have goals which we are striving to attain this Ramadan?

5) Do we have a plan for pre-Ramadan (Shabaan), Ramadan and post-Ramadan (Shawwal) so that we can maintain out high levels of iman?

If we haven’t gotten started, we need to do so now.

It doesn’t matter if we have work, we still have to make time for this.

And for those who haven’t prepared much for Ramadan, I’d ask you to work backwards:

1) Write the 5-7 major goals that you want to achieve in Ramadan. [It helps to try to remember the things which messed up past Ramadans and then write the exact opposite thing.]

2) Write what you need to do in Shabaan to achieve them.

3) Start working!

For example, if one of your major goals is to understand the taraweeh prayers, then you need to be able to understand Quranic Arabic.

Impossible in a month? Well, no.

If you dedicate some time to do the Understand Quran courses and also follow this simple tip, you’ll get somewhere, insha-Allah.

What about if your goal is to get healthy by Ramadan?

Too late? Of course not.

Just change your diet (starting from right now!) and start walking. You should see a big improvement in your health in a month’s time, insha-Allah.

So, it’s not that difficult.

Remember: Just write everything down and start working.

Also, remember one more thing: If you get into action now, it will benefit you whether you reach Ramadan or not.

If you reach Ramadan, you will be prepared for it, insha-Allah. And if you die before Ramadan, you’ll die in a higher state of iman, insha-Allah. So, it will be a win-win situation.

7
Jun

Countdown to Ramadan: Choosing the second habit

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Remember that we wanted to work on a whole bunch of habits?

We even started a special blog just for that purpose.

We chose to start with staying up after Fajr.

That challenge was supposed to last for 21 days.

As those 21 days are almost up, it’s now time to choose the next habit that we want to work on.

What would you like it to be?

4
Jun

A Pictorial Summary of what we will be like by Ramadan, insha-Allah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

So, by Ramadan, we will be:

Insha-Allah.

So, let’s do dua, have good thoughts about Allah and try our best.

1
Jun

8 more weeks to go…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, just 8 more weeks to go before The Greatest Month is here.

I have a feeling that, like me, you find it both depressing and exciting.

Depressing – because we haven’t prepared much for it.

Exciting – because we all love Ramadan.

So, what do we need to work on during these 8 weeks?

Well, to summarise my previous posts, we need to:

1) Improve the quality and quantity of our salaah (prayer)

2) Increase the amount of time that we spend with the Quran

3) Improve our Arabic so that we benefit from both points 1 and 2 above

4) Make up any missed fasts or start doing some voluntary fasts (for those who have no missed fasts to make up)

5) Improve our health and fitness

6) Learn the fiqh of fasting and other aspects of Ramadan (for those who haven’t done so already)

In case you’re wondering why I didn’t mention “improve our character”, that’s because I personally believe that Points 1, 2 and 4 will help do that. However, that’s a topic for a later blog post, insha-Allah.

That’s just a short list of some of the things that we need to work on.

Insha-Allah, I will try to go over all of them in more detail in future posts.

A question for all of you: Is there anything else that you’d like me to cover? If so, please let me know, insha-Allah.

I’ll have more time starting from next week so I plan to:

a) Dedicate the next two months solely to all the Ramadan series, meaning that I won’t be putting up the websites/books/articles/lectures that I usually do.

Your thoughts? Look, if you want me to continue putting them on this blog, then just say so.

As I’ve said before, this is not my blog, rather this is our blog so your opinions do matter.

b) Finish all the pending series, insha-Allah.

c) Write in more detail about various scenarios e.g. how pregnant women can benefit from Ramadan or how those that work and study at the same time can find time for the ibaadah (worship) during Ramadan.

Any more ideas?