بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[So, I write that I’m going to continue this series because I’m enjoying learning about the Names of Allah. After this, I get a flood of comments asking me to continue the series.
Did I miss something?]
The dua (supplication) which I referred to in yesterday’s post is as follows:
[Congratulations to the one who guessed it correctly.]
ما يمنعك أن تسمعي ما أوصيك به ؟ أن تقولي إذا أصبحت و إذا أمسيت : يا حي يا قيوم برحمتك أستغيث ، أصلح لي شأني كله ، و لا تكلني إلى نفسي طرفة عين
Anas ibn Malik (radiallahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said to Fatima (radiallahu anha): “What prevents you from listening to what I have advised you with, or saying at the onset of every morning and evening: “O Ever Living One, O Self Sustaining One, by Your Mercy I seek assistance, rectify for me all my affairs, and do not leave me to myself even for the blink of any eye.” [Sahih At-Targhib Wat-Tarhib, Hadeeth No. 661]
What can we learn from this hadeeth?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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.
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.
Okay, this isn’t a lecture per se, it’s just a short reminder from Productive Ramadan.
I mentioned this website during Ramadan. It was really quite nice. They sent out iman boosting tips via email (I needed that). Now they’ve moved back to their parent page: http://www.productivemuslim.com/
It’s quite nice and the concept is wonderful, masha-Allah. May Allah reward Brother Muhammad (he’s the one behind the website).
[Note: They’re working on a new website and are looking for duas, donations and sponsorships. Why not help out?]
Here’s the reminder (and a much needed one at that):
Is it the End or just the Beginning?
You know what’s sad?
I have an excellent article that I’m going to put up.
And who’s probably going to read it? The people who still want to know about Ramadan after it’s over.
Who needs to read it? The people who forget about Ramadan 2 minutes after the new moon of Shawwal is sighted.
I finally figured out the difference between Ramadan and Shawwal.
You know what it is?
It’s mostly our perspective.
“Mostly” because it is a bit easier to do things in Ramadan with the devils locked up and all. However, I don’t think that this is the main reason why we can get so much done in Ramadan.
The reason is very simply because we tell ourselves that we can do it and we aim to do it. And guess what? We do it.
People that think that it is Ramadan that makes them good. Perhaps it’s just that they decide to become good in Ramadan?
It’s as simple as that. In Ramadan, we stop making excuses. However in the other 11 months….
Don’t believe me? Okay then, try it. Try to give yourself a few days where you behave like you did in Ramadan. Tell yourself that you HAVE to do it.
Guess what? You’ll see that your level will come close to your Ramadan level, insha-Allah. Perhaps it may even exceed it.
What will that prove, you ask?
It will prove that you don’t need to be in Ramadan to be a righteous servant of Allah. You can be that way at any time of the year.
[And if you think about it, you’ll realise that’s the whole point of Ramadan anyway: to show us that we can be righteous.]
So, that’s all we need: a little change in perspective.
Here’s a short reminder about this issue:
Everlasting Ramadan by Yasir Qadhi
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Ah, yes. Back to ibaadah. There’s still that huge mansion in Paradise that we want to occupy, correct?
The second thing that people start to discuss after Ramadan ends (the first thing being Eid) is the fasts of Shawwal.
Allow me to provide a summary (please check the links provided for more details):