How to Benefit from Ramadān

By Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

 In order to fully benefit from this blessed month, the following is recommended:

1. Reading from Fadā’il-e-A‘māl of Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Mawlānā Muhammad Zakariyyā rahimahullāh. We should sit down as a family at a set time, and read and listen to a portion daily. We should study this book before and during Ramadān.

2. Abstain from every disobedience to Allāh ta‘ālā. Safeguard your eyes, ears, tongue and even the mind. As many sins take place as a result of interacting with people we should minimize this.

3. Prepare a timetable and keep yourself occupied at all times. Stay away from every action and speech which has no benefit in this world or the Hereafter.

4. Make an assessment of all the deeds you have carried out daily. Ask yourself two questions:

a) Have I carried out any deed which will attract the Mercy of Allāh ta‘ālā?

b) Have I committed any sin which will deprive me of the Mercy of Allāh ta‘ālā?

5. Spend as much time as possible in reciting the Qur’ān. The Huffāz should set a target of reciting the whole Qur’ān 10 times, and the non-Huffāz at least 5 times.

6. Read salāh ‘alan Nabī sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam, the kalimah tayyibah, the third kalimah, istighfār, etc. in abundance.

7. Engage in du‘ā, asking Allāh ta‘ālā for all the needs of this world and the Hereafter, after the performance of good deeds, before iftār and at the time of Tahajjud.

8. Read in abundance:

    

     Lā ilāha illallāh, astaghfirullāh, as’alukal jannah, wa a’ūdhubika minannār.

     There is no diety except Allāh, I seek forgiveness from Allāh, I ask from You (O Allāh) Jannah, and I seek Your refuge from the fire.  

9. Spend in the Path of Allāh ta‘ālā during the days and nights of Ramadān. Allocate a budget and spend accordingly.

10. Spend the last 10 days in i‘tikāf, for these 10 days are the very cream of Ramadān. Every year Laylat-ul-Qadr (The Night of Power) rotates in these 10 nights.

© Riyādul Jannah 


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The Final Countdown…

All praise is to Allah, the Protector of the final Message which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the Angel Jibreel.

May Peace and Blessings be upon the final Messenger, his family, companions and all those who follow him until the last hour.

Narrated by `Aishah RA: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan.” (Bukhari)

Each year you go through the same routine; the last 10 nights approach and you know that you need to give them your best so you can hit that gold mine of “a night worth a 1000 months!”

However, the 10 nights begin, and you get busy with work, Eid Shopping, some deadline that appeared from nowhere! And before you know it, Ramadan is over and you have this deep sense of guilt that you missed on a very important night that might have saved you on the Day of Judgement.

You regret it, possibly cry, and promise yourself: “Next year, I’ll do better In Sha Allah”.
Guest what? Next year comes and you repeat the exact same routine. Something or the other comes and goes and ruins your last 10 nights of Ramadan.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results”. That’s how it seems for most of us who don’t take reigns over the daily decisions they make to live a productive lifestyle and simply “go with the flow”

But this year – it’ll be different in sha Allah. Why? Because this year, I have prepared an easy-to-follow set of guidelines to act upon on the last ten nights.

If not, then at least last five odd nights (21, 23, 25, 27, 29).

I have taken time out to prepare this for many of my brothers and sisters, who I feel are missing out on the ‘jackpot’ of reward. Yes! Worshipping on Laylatul Qadr is just like winning the lottery! Unfortunately, most of us just worship a single night or 27th Ramadhan and max out our efforts. Rather, we should try and do little every night in the last ten nights or just the odd nights.

So I have come up with a list (feel free to edit) this isn’t set in stone:

Allah grant us all the ability to make the most of Ramadhan, the last ten nights and grant us the opportunity to seek out The Night of Power. Ameen.

In the end, I thank brother Yusuf Issat for the inspiration to write this article by constantly reminding me every Ramadhan to make a timetable for the last ten nights.

P.S Having a second look at the list you can use it for any Holy night or day, such as Arafah day, 10th Muharram, Laylatul Bara’ah etc.

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Ismail Ibn Nazir Satia (In dire need of Allah’s forgiveness, mercy and pleasure).

19 Ramadhan 1436

Guidelines for the Month of Ramadān


by Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh

In order to fully benefit from this blessed month, the following is recommended:

1.   Reading from Fadā’il-e-A‘māl of Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Mawlānā Muhammad Zakariyyā rahimahullāh. We should sit down as a family at a set time, and read and listen to a portion daily. We should study this book before and during Ramadān.

2.   Abstain from every disobedience to Allāh ta‘ālā. Safeguard your eyes, ears, tongue and even the mind. As many sins take place as a result of interacting with people we should minimize this.

3.   Prepare a timetable and keep yourself occupied at all times. Stay away from every action and speech which has no benefit in this world or the Hereafter.

4 .  Make an assessment of all the deeds you have carried out daily. Ask yourself two questions:

a) Have I carried out any deed which will attract the Mercy of Allāh ta‘ālā?

b) Have I committed any sin which will deprive me of the Mercy of Allāh ta‘ālā?

5.   Spend as much time as possible in reciting the Qur’ān. The Huffāz should set a target of reciting the whole Qur’ān 10 times, and the non-Huffāz at least 5 times.

6.   Read salāh ‘alan Nabī sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam, the kalimah tayyibah, the third kalimah, istighfār, etc. in abundance.

7.   Engage in du‘ā, asking Allāh ta‘ālā for all the needs of this world and the Hereafter, after the performance of good deeds, before iftār and at the time of Tahajjud.

8.   Read in abundance:

 
lā ilāha illallāh, astighfirullāh, as’alukal-jannah wa a’ūdhu bika minan nār.

9.   Spend in the Path of Allāh ta‘ālā during the days and nights of Ramadān. Allocate a budget and spend accordingly.

10. Spend the last 10 days in i‘tikāf, for these 10 days are the very cream of Ramadān. Every year Laylat-ul-Qadr (The Night of Power) rotates in these 10 nights.

© Riyādul Jannah


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