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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A special Ramadhan post....

Salam everyone, 

I found this amazing book on Ramadhan written by Um Imtiaz( Mazalina K. Ghouse) distributed by Al-khadeem....I would love to share it here....some of the articles that i find is an absolutely amazing reminder for all of us on preparing for Ramadhan....

1) seek sincere repentance 
first- seek forgiveness from Allah swt and feel regret for all the sins committed.
second- ask the people whom we know to forgive our mistakes and foults.
third- free our hearts from negative attitudes and thoughts towards others...This will help our heart to be at peace and happy.

2) complete missed obligatory(wajib) fasts.
please make sure we have ganti ALL our fasts before Ramadhan comes.

3) seek knowledge on Ramadhan (very very important!!!!)
It is advisable to read books which are related to the rulings on fasting and it's virtues. This will develop better understanding of Ramadhan. Those who are head of family, it is their duty to educate the family about the acts of worship that should be performed during Ramadhan.

4) avoid activites which distracs acts of worship
Ramadhan is only 29-30days, therefore it is wise if we organise our work our work so that it does not distrac us from fulfilling our duties towards Allah swt.

Oh mashaAllah it may be only 4 things, but i can say, its a lot harder to do...I would like to share one of my past experience during Ramadhan.

 a few  years ago, before Ramadhan started, I went for a talk , to preparing for Ramdhan...And the scholar mashaAllah gave a detail explanation on ganjaran and dosa during Ramadhan....once of the things he mentioned was that some poeple yang puasa in ramadhan, mmg tak dapat pahala langsung, hanya sekadar haus and lapar sepanjang hari...base on the hadith sahih below....

Hadith - Al-Tirmidhi #1989, Narrated AbuHurayrah [Darimi transmitted it.]
Allah's Messenger  said, "Many a one who fasts obtains nothing from his fasting but thirst, and many a one who prays during the night obtains nothing from his night prayers but wakefulness."

Here are 8 very important things to do , to make Allah swt accept our puasa, inshaAllah for those that practise this will recieve the full reward of ramadhan...

1)Niat (intention): Remind yourself again and again that you are fasting in obedience to Allah. Be sincere in your intention. You want Allah to accept your fasting. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Whosoever fasts in Ramadan with faith and seeking Allah’s reward, all his past sins are forgiven.”(Reported by Al-Bukhari)
2.Sunnah: Observe the sunnah in fasting. Take the sahur meal a little before dawn and end your fast at sunset. Observe all the rules of fasting. It is very important to fast according to the example of our Prophet Muhammad SAW.

Wara`(Avoiding everything haram(forbidden) or makruh (disliked): Be conscious to have halal(lawful) food,halal income, halal relations. Avoid watching bad TV programs, videos, movies, etc. always but especially during this month. Keep your body and mind very clean. Avoid wasting your time in useless things and pursuits.

4.Qur’an: Spend more time with the Qur’an. Read Qur’an every day. Try to finish at least one time the whole Qur’an during this month in your own personal reading. Read some hadiths and the books of 
seerah(the Prophet’s biography).

Salat, du`a’ and dhikr of Allah: Pray on time and observe all Prayers. Do not ignore the Tarawih Prayers. Perform more supererogatory Prayers. Do as much worship as you can. Make more dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and du`a’(supplication) for yourself and for others. Repent and ask Allah for forgiveness as much as you can. This is the best time for devotion and seeking Allah’s forgiveness. Seek Laylat Al-Qadr (the Night of Power) by special devotion during the last ten nights of this month.

Zakah, sadaqahand generosity: Be very charitable and generous. Give more and more to help the poor and needy and to help good social and community projects. Also be good to your friends and neighbors. Let your non-Muslim neighbors and co-workers know that this is your blessed and sacred time.

Husn As-Suluk(good relations with others): Try to be extra kind and courteous during this month. Forget your quarrels and disputes. Reconcile and forgive. Do not get involved in backbiting, lying, cheating, and anything that is wrong. Be very good to Muslims and to all human beings.

Tafakkur(contemplation): Think, reflect, and plan to improve the moral and spiritual condition of your own self and your family. Think about any wrong things and sins you may have been doing and decide to correct yourself. Think about any deficiencies you have in your Islamic observances, and plan to change yourself. Think what you can do for the Ummah and for humanity to make this world a better place for everyone.

"O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain taqwa." 

[Noble Quran 2:183]