Let Go!, my article on Muslimatics.
To read it, click on this link: http://www.muslimatics.com/articles/let-go/
By Asma bint Shameem
The beautiful month of Ramadhaan is flying literally by! Its blessed days and fragrant nights are soon about to leave. And it truly breaks our heart to let it go.
Yet, O Muslim, Rejoice! For there is good news for you!
A great opportunity is about to dawn upon you!
A once-in -a -lifetime chance!
An offer that you cannot pass by!
Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala, in his Infinite Mercy, has bestowed upon you a Great and Noble night!
A Night of Power…. A Night of Divine Decree.
A Night in which angels descend and send salutations to the believers…
A Night of innumerable blessings…..full of PEACE and tranquility….
A Night…… in which, Ibaadah is better than a thousand months!
“The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months.” (Surah al-Qadr:3)
A thousand months! Subhaan Allaah!
That is equal to 30,000 nights or 83 years and 4 months!
Could there be a better chance for you than this??!!
Could there be a more Merciful Lord than this??!!
Subhaan Allaah wal-Hamdulillaah!
Here is your chance to repent….to come back to the Most Merciful….to change your life for the better.
Here is your chance to have ALL your previous sins forgiven!
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:
“Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allaah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven” (Bukhaari)
This is a perfect opportunity to earn Allaah’s pleasure…..being saved from Hellfire and entering Jannah. A time when your dua will be accepted.
SO WHAT TO DO?
Search for this night in the LAST TEN nights of Ramadhaan (not just the 27th)
Don’t just single out one night for Ibaadaat. Make sure to do it ALL TEN NIGHTS, because the EXACT date for Laylat al-Qadr is hidden from us.
What if Laylat al-Qadr is some other night and not on the 27th?? Have you ever thought about that? Then you would have no one to blame but yourself if you miss this great Night….this perfect opportunity of goodness and blessings.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) said:
“Seek Laylat al-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)
Strive HARD in your search, worshiping Allaah sincerely and diligently
This is your chance to earn Jannah. So give it ALL you got…. everything you have.
“The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) used to used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadhaan as he never did at any other time.” (Muslim, Ahmad)
Prepare for it mentally and physically
They say, the better you are prepared for something, the better the results.
So prepare for it in every which way you can. Plan out your worship schedule for the night. Take off work, if possible and go for Umrah or make I’tikaaf in the Masjid.
Don’t overtire yourself during the day, such that you don’t have any energy left to worship the Almighty. That goes especially for the sisters, who exhaust themselves cooking different kinds of food all day so that by the evening, they have no energy left.
Take a nap during the day, if possible and remember…DO NOT OVEREAT!
Shun worldly pleasures
Don’t waste A SINGLE MOMENT of your time, such as spending all your precious time in the mall, shopping for Eid or in extravagant ‘Iftaar-cum-fashion show’ parties.
Stay away from anything and everything that might distract you from remembering Allaah (TV, movies, music, unnecessary phone calls, gossip, cooking all day, etc.)
“When the last ten days of Ramadhaan began, the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam) would tighten his waist-wrapper (meaning he would stay away from marital relations), spend his nights in prayer, and wake his family.” (Muslim)
Spend these nights in prayer, reciting Qur’aan, making dua, doing istighfaar.
Stand LONG in Qiyaam….hands folded obediently…your head low…in shame…humbly.
Eyes downcast….hearts trembling…tears rolling…..
Tears of regret and sorrow…..tears of repentance and shame.
Spread out your hands….like a beggar, begging for his life….
Ask Allaah to forgive you and He will forgive you!
Beg for his Mercy and He will give it to you!
Beseech Him to guide you and save you from the torments of Hell.
Rectify your mistakes and improve your shortcomings.
Resolve to be steadfast in your Commitment and firm in your Deen.
What if the sister is on her period?
Don’t let anything stop you from doing good deeds and worshipping Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala.
Even in this situation, there are a million things you can do. You can still make dua or tasbeeh, read Qur’aan (without touching it), read tafseer, memorize Surahs or hadeeth, listen to the Qur’aan or a good lecture, send blessings on the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa sallam), make istighfaar, give sadaqah, clean the masjid, babysit for someone….and the list goes on.
DON’T BE THE ONE WHO SLEEPS and misses out on immeasurable goodness
One who misses this blessed night has indeed missed much goodness, for no one misses it except for the one from whom it is withheld.
“ In it (i.e. Ramadhaan) is a night better than a thousand months, whoever loses the benefit of it has lost something irreplaceable.” (Ahmad, an-Nasaa’i)
There are many chances to sleep, but a chance like this is rare to come by ….only once a year. And that also if you are lucky to be alive next year.
Are you going to miss a golden chance like this one…..sleeping??
Or are you going to maybe just stand for some quick pecks on your head for half an hour and think you did enough??
Isn’t there plenty of time to sleep??
And haven’t you been sleeping all this while, anyway??
Haven’t you “SLEPT” enough??
ACTUALLY…….ISN’T IT ABOUT TIME YOU WOKE UP???
Life is about opportunities. They say the wise man is the one who makes the most of his opportunities. Here is an opportunity to enter Jannah.
Dear brothers and sisters, Jannah is calling. Is there anyone who will respond?!!
Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni
(O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).” (Tirmidhi)
Al Huda Institute, Canada
(Taken from Al Huda Canada)
Moments of Gold!, my article on Muslimatics.
To read it, click on this link: http://www.muslimatics.com/articles/moments-of-gold/
By Asma bint Shameem (Taken from Al Huda Canada)
What if I tell you that I know a way that will ensure that all your prayers are answered, that none of your Du’aas will be rejected and anything that you ask for will be granted?
Wouldn’t you like to know what that way is? Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to avail that?
But…..what is that way? How can we achieve all this and more?
The answer to that, brothers and sisters, isn’t anything secret or hidden.
The answer has been there for ages. Actually, its been there for the last 1400 years.. We just didn’t look hard enough. We just didn’t pay much attention to it.
It is what Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala has promised His slaves every single day….every time he sits down to break his fast. The answer lies in the hadeeth of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) when he said:
“Indeed the fasting person has at the time of breaking the fast a supplication, which is not rejected.” (lbn Majah, Saheeh)
And he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) also said: “Three prayers are not rejected: the prayer of a father (parent), the prayer of a fasting person, and the prayer of a traveler.” (al-Baihaqi, Saheeh)
In another hadeeth, he (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “There are in the month of Ramadhaan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication which he can make and will be granted.” [Ahmad, Saheeh]
So Allah answers the Du`aa of the fasting person at Iftaar time.
But, alas, most of us are either unaware of this great blessing of Allaah or are too busy thinking about food at this time. Some of us are frying ‘samosas’ till the last minute, setting the table and preparing ‘hot’ food. Some are too busy talking, arguing about the exact time to break the fast, or watching television (may Allah protect us), reading the newspaper and some are even sleeping until after the Maghrib adhaan has been called! And some are busy filling up their plates even before the time to break the fast has entered!
Allaah is promising us that He will answer our prayers and we are too busy to respond?!!
What a waste of a golden opportunity….a chance of a lifetime to have your supplications accepted!
What is the matter with us? Is food really the most important thing….the ultimate goal of our lives?!!
Is it food that Ramadhaan is all about?!!
Why do we not take full advantage of this great gift of Allah?
Don’t you see?!
Here is your chance to earn Jannah!
Now is the time to ask for forgiveness…for EVERYTHING you have EVER done….And He will forgive you.
Ask Him for guidance for you and your family and He will guide you.
Ask Him to solve all your problems, and He will find a solution for you.
Ask Him for this Dunyaa and He will grant it to you. And the Aakhirah….He will suffice you.
Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
“Du’aa’ should be made before iftaar (breaking the fast), at Maghrib, because this combines weakness and humility, and because he is still fasting. All of these are means of having one’s du’aa’ answered.”
It is said that the intelligent is the one who takes advantage of the situation. So don’t let this great opportunity pass you by.
Know that Allah listens to the fasting person’s supplication and answers it. So finish all your work and preparations 5 minutes before Iftaar time.
Teach this to your kids and your families and encourage them to do the same.
Don’t let the Dunyaa distract you.
Sit down peacefully, clear your mind of all thoughts, bow your head and raise those hands.
Go ahead and make use of this precious…. precious time when you are breaking your fast to ask Allah for all those things that would make your life easy in this world and in the Hereafter.
And do it with full faith and confidence that Allaah will surely respond.
Why wouldn’t He?? He said so and so He will.
May Allaah accept all of our Ibaadah and all our supplications and grant us Jannah. Ameen.
Dua of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) at time of Iftaar:
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to say:
“Dhahaba al-‘zama’ wa abtallat al-‘urooq wa thabata al-ajr in sha Allaah
(the thirst is gone, the veins have been moistened and the reward is assured, if Allaah wills).” (Abu Dawood, al-Bayhaqi; classed as hasan).
The hadeeth with the words “Allaahumma laka sumtu wa ‘ala rizqika aftartu….
اللهم لك صمت وعلى رزقك أفطرت
This is a da’eef (weak) hadeeth , as stated by Ibn al-Qayyim (Zaad al-Ma’aad), and so it is better to avoid it and stay with the authentic dua.
And Allaah knows best.
Al Huda Institute, Canada
Assalam u ‘alaikum,
I want to share a little experience of mine. It breaks me from inside when I recall it…
A few days ago we were travelling and had to stop for Maghrib prayers in the central masjid of Wah Cantt. It is a very big masjid and is often talked of when the famous masjids of Pakistan are discussed (or so I have heard). Anyway, though we were in a hurry and mentally preoccupied, I couldn’t help feeling a tinge of excitement somewhere inside my heart. After all it was the big ‘pink’ masjid we used to visit with our grandfather (may Allah have mercy on him) when we were little. And now I was going inside it again after years. The sky was just turning pink and the muaddhin (caller toward prayer) could be heard loud and clear. We took of our shoes and stepped inside and………… It was as if someone pricked the balloon inside me. I deflated. You know the feeling when you feel going weak in the limbs? :'(
The biggest masjid in the town and only one and a half row for the Maghrib prayers??? Allah u Akbar! Do you feel the grief? If not, then you should. I wonder why do people wonder that our nation is in the worst decline ever? How can we ever progress with this state of events? Next time, someone talks to you about our nation being down in the dumps or about the corrupt leaders or any such matter, just ask them directly: “Do you offer prayer in congregation?” Seriously, let’s spread this question. Make people think!
(I’m only talking about the congregational prayer right now. Not the fact that when we got out of the masjid there were people busy selling things on carts and busy in their other worldly dealings, right outside the masjid). Know, that at the time of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w there was no concept of not offering prayers in congregation. Even the pure hypocrites could only get away with their claim of being a Muslim by offering prayer in congregation. So it was a sort of distinguishing factor between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Get an idea from the following:
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, The Book of Adhaan, Hadith no. 650:
Narrated Saalim: I heard Umm-Dardaa’ saying, “Abu Dardaa’ entered the house in an angry mood. I said to him, ‘What makes you angry?’ He replied, ‘By Allaah! I do not find the followers of Muhammad s.a.w doing those good things (which they used to do before) except the offering of congregational Salaat (prayer).” (This happened in the last days of Abu Ad-Dardaa’ during the rule of ‘Uthmaan).
The above narration implies that there was no concept of not offering prayer in congregation even though Muslims of that time had left other good things. But they just had to do this one. Imagine Abu Dardaa’ coming to visit us now… Would he even survive?
Scholars have always talked about the immense importance of prayer in congregation. Some scholars talk about congregational prayer being fard (obligatory) and some talk about its not being obligatory. Whether obligatory or not, in either case its importance is not lessened.
Feel the intensity by the following hadith:
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, The Book of Adhaan, Hadith no. 644:
Narrated Abu Hurairah r.a: Allah’s Messenger s.a.w said,
“By Him, in Whose Hand my soul is, I intended or planned or was about to order for collecting fire-wood (fuel) and then order someone to pronounce the Adhaan for As-Salaat (the prayer) and then order someone to lead the Salaat (prayer), then I would go from behind and burn the houses of men who did not present themselves for the (compulsory congregational) Salaat. By Him, in Whose Hand my soul is, if anyone of them had known that he would get a bone covered with good meat or two (small) pieces of meat present in between two ribs, he would have turned up for the ‘Ishaa prayer.”
The above hadith implies a number of things:
O Muslim men! Wake up. Wallahi! Don’t wait anymore. This Ramadan, if only you could develop the habit of offering prayer in congregation, your Ramadan would not be wasted.
I’ve been wanting to write something about pre-Ramadan since so many days but what with this and that, got no chance!
BUT lots of awesome people have been on the go regarding it. I’m sharing some gems here with you.
Also, sharing some written material from last Ramadan which will be of benefit this year again, inshaAllah. If you’re worried about how to not waste even a single moment this Ramadan then this is for you!
Be sure to go through the following video links, they’re fab!
First one’s just for a treat:
Ramadan Prep Series by Quran Weekly:
Hisham al Hadi’s Ramadan prep series:
Muhammad Al Shareef’s Heart Wheel Journal (yes, it’s not this year’s but it does not mean it’s not beneficial anymore):
A Ramadan Changing series I just found:
AND here is a note telling you about Ramadan Programs you can join this month:
Hope you have a beneficial Ramadan, remember me in your duas! :)
P.S. Have you gone through Ramadan – 30 days; 30 to-dos already? :P