Adhkar in Ramadan

        Ramadan Sharif is the month of Ibadat, the month of Adhkar (remembrance of Allah), the month of Salawat and profuse Dua (supplication). These are listed here in summary to facilitate the drawing of your personal time-table for the month. Time is wasted when time is not planned, and a life without a schedule of program is a life in shambles.

Ibadats

     Apart from the compulsory daily Salats which must strictly come at their times, you should try also including the following:

  • The recognized nafilats coming before and after the obligatory salats.
  • The nafilat of Tarawih following the Ishai salat.
  • The nafilat of Tahajjud.
  • The two raka’at Ishraq nafilat which comes approximately fifteen minutes after sunrise.
  • Salatul Duha which is the mid-morning salat, approximately two hours before noon.
  • Salatul Awwabin: A six raka’at nafilat following the maghrib salat.
  • Recite the Holy Qur’an many times over.
  • Try to recite the Holy Qur’an in Tahajjud and between Sahur and Subhi and at all times. Strictly avoid sleeping immediately after Subhi. Try not to miss the Ishraq nafilat (see above).
  • Recite the Yasin surah daily in Ramadan. It gives reward of ten complete recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
  • Give special time to Zikr, Istighfar and saying salawat on Rasulullah {alaihi’s-Salam}.
  • Dua, profuse supplication from the heart is a special blessing in Ramadan. So make Dua constantly every possible moment, in the day, in the night and especially at Iftar [breaking time] and

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Adab of Ramadan at a Glance

Adab, literally translated as ethics, may come to mean giving every person and every event its due honours and deserved attention. it is to avoid negligence in every affairs – worldly or concerning the akhirah (hereafter). Here are the summary of the adabs of the blessed month of Ramadan.

  • Joining other believers to search for the crescent of Ramadan Sharif from the 29th of Shaaban.
  • To be full of joy when one sees the crescent or hears the news of the commencement of Ramadan Sharif.
  • Make Istighfar for past sins and mistakes.
  • Making the intention to fast the month to please Allahu Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
  • Reciting the Fatih surah on the first night to seek the endless fortunes coming with the blessed month.
  • More than any other time, we should strictly avoid sins in Ramadan Sharif. To sin in this glorious month is to slight, to disrespect the month. Anger, insults and unnecessary talks should be avoided.
  • Fast throughout the month unless there is a compelling hindrance.
  • Make a personal time – table for the month so that you can make the best of the month.
  • Stand up for Tarawih every night.
  • Listen to the whole Qur’an in Tarawih if possible.
  • Recite the whole Qur’an at least once. The more you recite the better. This is the month of Qur’an al-majid.
  • Eat the early morning food and stop before the dawn (Fajr). ‘Surely, Allahu ta’ala loves to see His servant eat the Sha’ri’. [Hadith]
  • Break your fast as soon as you see that the sun is set.
  • Break your fast with date, salt, olive or Date being the best.
  • Guard your eyes from the opposite gender and other evils. Guard your ears from music and immoral talks and guard your tongue from all evil utterances.
  • Eat halal food only, in Iftar and Sahur, and eat very moderate too. It goes against adab to go into excess, filling your stomach.
  • Make Dua {supplication} profusely throughout the month. But specially do not break you fast [Iftar], nor eat [Sahur] without making much Dua.
  • Fill all your time in Ramadan Sharif with Dhikr. The exalted Prophet {alaihi ‘s-salam} specially recommended saying: La ilaha illallah, Astaghfirullah, seeking Jannat and seeking protection against Hell fire. These four are brought together in the saying:

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The Realities of Ramadan Sharif

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulullah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

As written in the Arabic script, the word Ramadan is made up of five letters, namely raa, miim, daad, alif and nuun. The initial raa stands for Rahma (mercy) and ra’fa (compassionate kindness). The miim stands for mujaazaat (recompense), mahabba (loving affection) and minna (gracious favour). The daad stands for damaan (guarantee) meaning the assurance of spiritual reward. The alif is the first letter of the Arabic word ulfa, meaning intimate affection and nearness. The final nuun stands for nuur (light), and nawaat (the receiving of benefit).

If you give this month (of fasting) its proper due, and perform its requirements as you should, all of this things will come to you from the Lord of Truth I. In this world, you will receive them as an enlightenment for your hearts, and as a blessing and benefit to be enjoyed both outwardly and inwardly. In the Hereafter, you will receive that which no eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard of, and which has never even occurred to any human heart.

Most of you will get nothing of any value out of the month of fasting (shahrassiyaam). Respect for the commandment (ihtiramalamr) is in proportion to the respect that is paid to the one who commands it (ihtiramalamr bih). So how can a person derive any benefit from this month, if he is one of those who have no respect for Allah I, His Messengers (Rusul), His Prophets (ambiyaa’), and the righteous (Salihin) among His servants (may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon them all)? Continue reading “The Realities of Ramadan Sharif”

Welcoming Ramadan

All thanks and glorifications belong to our Owner and Creator, Allahu tabaraka wa ta’ala, by right. He originated creation when it was not and sustained existence without the slightest stress. Every atom in existence proclaims His glory, acknowledging His perfection and His pure sublimity.

We thank Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala specially for the greatest fortune of Iman and for the great grace of witnessing another blessed and sublime month of Ramadan. The sacred month of Ramadan is an opportunity, a rare and very unique favour from our most Gracious Lord, and every opportunity is an invaluable gem which a believer must never allow to be wasted at all.

The Prophet of mercy, our beloved Nabiyy, Rasulu-Karim Sayyidina Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi ‘s-salam) mentioned that only the aged ones know the value and bliss in youthfulness, only the bed-ridden and terribly sick know the value of health, and only the dead ones can truly perceive the value of life. So, those who can sincerely comprehend the blessing of this noble month of Ramadan are those who witnessed the last Ramadan but are now in the grave. They longingly hope to see another of this great month, the kings of all months, but fate, in its very strange ways has sent them to the cemetery. The living in reality are not very far from the dead, we are fortunate to see another month of grace and excuse from Allahu ta’ala, we need to struggle to maximize its gains to escape regrets when Qiyama (resurrection) comes.

TO EVERY BUSINESS A SEASON

Every business has its season and every season also has its peak. The farmers give up rest when rains come, the tailors are ever awake as Eids (Festival) approach and the politicians become restless as elections get near. The month of Ramadan is the season of believers, the true people of Iman who desires Allahu ta’ala forgiveness, love and pleasure, and who crave the higher stations in Jannat. Such true believers would put aside all plays, amusements and distractions, reduce their worldly businesses to the minimum and focus ibadats and services to Allahu ta’ala’s creation and giving up sins throughout the auspicious month of Ramadan. The saintly elders, past and present, see this as the ultimate sign of success. If we miss the other months out we have only lost something, but if we play with Ramadan sharif, we have lost everything. May Allahu ta’ala, barkat of Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam), save us from temporal and eternal misfortunes, amin. Continue reading “Welcoming Ramadan”

ACT WELL YOUR SHA’BAN FOR A FRUITFUL RAMADAN

Auzubillahi min ash-Shaytanir rajim

Bismillahir Rahamanir Raheem

As we bid the auspicious month of Allah, the noble month of Rajab bye, and resume the exalted month of Sha’ban, it is imperative to mention few words from our learned and saintly past encouraging towards the proper efforts in Sha’ban to get a successful and accepted Ramadan. It is said that if our Sha’ban is not proper, our Ramadan can never be perfect or good enough. The most blissful month of Ramadan is nothing but a downpour of Allah’s mercy and invaluable gifts, the clouds of this Divine rains forms in Rajab, and the strong winds heralding the rains comes in Sha’ban.

  • Rain waters are collected in clean pots after rinsing the pots clean, the heart is the depository of Divine graces and the cleanser for the receptacle of the heart is Tawba, profuse and sincere Tawba. This is the foundation of every noble aspiration in our Deen and also our recourse at every junction of our spiritual journey. The saintly ‘alim and Mujahid, the noblest Imam, Shaykh Uthman bn Fundi al-Qadiri al-Maliki (rahimahullah) once mentioned that Tawba is the veil over the filth of our disobedience, our sins, and a veil over the inadequacy of our devotions. Tawba is the security for our past and an assurance for our future. Tawba is life after death, since hearts become dead and decadent with sins and their coming to life again is only through most sincere Tawba.

So, as we gradually journey through Sha’ban enroute Ramadan, it is most imperative to increase our prayers of Istighfar and returning often in repentance so that we arrive the noble month of Ramadan with a clean slate. Any prayers of Tawba from the sunnah would do, and we can as well use few of them interchangeably. Saying Astagfirullah, Astagfirullah, in hundreds or a thousand of times with attentive heart post salat throughout the month of Sha’ban would prove very beneficial. Other longer versions of Dua of Tawba are: Continue reading “ACT WELL YOUR SHA’BAN FOR A FRUITFUL RAMADAN”