Assalamu Alaikum Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Ramadan Reminders : Let's make it the special Ramadan
فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ
“Hence, whoever of you lives to see this month (Ramadan) shall fast throughout it…” 2:185.
As in years past, the beloved guest of millions, "Holy Ramadan" once again has entered our lives, Alhamdulillah. Ramadan is actually a time of increased activity wherein the believer, lightened of the burdens of constant eating and drinking, should be more willing to strive and struggle for Allah. The Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) nine Ramadans were filled with decisive events, and he left us a shining example of sacrifice and submission to Allah.
Qur’an [2:183] describes attainment of Taqwa to be the real purpose of Fasting. But, what is Taqwa? Sayyid 'Umar ibn al-Khattab: "A person with the quality of Taqwa is like a person walking with caution on a thorny road. The way he would take care to save his clothes from getting entangled in the thorns, so is a person with Taqwa conscious of every action he does (for fear of falling into wrong)." Sayyid 'Ali ibn Abi Talib: "Taqwa means fearing Allah, acting in accordance with the Quran, contentment with whatever little you have, and preparing for the day of departure (death)." Imam al-Ghazali narrates: "Whoever fears something (in the creation of Allah) runs away from it, whereas whoever fears Allah runs to Him (out of love and obedience)!"
Let us all begin to live a life of Taqwa this Ramadan to avoid the 'thorns' that come our way in the form of worldly temptations in the media and society in general.
- Let us make this Ramadan one of the most exceptional Ramadan of our life, the special Ramadan ever
- Let us try to recite some Quran after every Prayer. In fact if we read 3-4 pages after every Prayer we can easily finish the entire Quran in Ramadan! Let us study the Quranic Tafseer (commentary) every morning
- Let us invite a person we are not very close with to our home for Iftar, at least once a week. We will notice the blessings in our relationships!
- Let us bring life to our family! Every day, try to conclude the fast with our family and spend some QUALITY TIME together to understand each other better
- Let us commit to an Islamic study circles to enhance our Islamic knowledge and practice. Let us plan to complete reading a book on Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) life in these 30 days
- Let us donate generously to the masajid, Islamic organizations, and any where people are in need. Let us remember that "This is a month of sharing!"
- Let us share Ramadan and its teachings of love & patience with our neighbors
- Let us volunteer at food bank or Anti-Poverty campaign, while fasting!
- Let us make a resolve to win the maximum favour of Allah: Let us perform extra voluntary prayers (Nawaafil), make frequent Du'a and increase remembrance (Dhikr)
- Let us weep in private for the forgiveness of our sins: It is the month of forgiveness and Allah's Mercy! It's never too late
- Let us learn to control our tongue and lower our gaze. Let us remember the Prophet's warning that lying, backbiting, and a lustful gaze all violate the fast! Let us abandon foul language forever
- Let us encourage others to enjoin and love goodness, and to abandon everything evil. Let us play the role of a Da'ee(one who invites to Allah) with passion and sympathy
- Let us experience the joy of Tahajjud prayers late at night and devote ourselves purely and fully to Allah in the I'tikafretreat during the last 10 days of Ramadan
- Let us seek the rare and oft-neglected rewards of 'the night better than 1000 months', Laylatul-Qadr
- Let us give gifts on 'Eid to at least 5 people: 2 to our family members, 2 to our good friends, and 1 to a person whom we love purely for the sake of Allah
I wish each and every one of you a happy, blessed, fruitful, and an extraordinary Ramadan.
Abu Noman Tarek