Oh Allah, let us reach Ramadan || اللهمَّ بلِّغْنا رَمَضَان

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Maximizing on Laylat ul Qadr

 

Laylatul Qadr is more than 1000 months.

1hr = 120 months

1 minute = 2 months

1 second = 22 hours (more than a day)

Make even eating and sipping water for Allah

Pray congregational Isha and every Jama3a prayer thereafter with imam (equals whole night of qiyam)

Pray Isha and fajr at the mosque (equals whole night of qiyam)

Do qiyam all night !

(that’s 3 nights worth in 1 night times 1000 months !)

Make dua for the ummah to receive so much more reward than just for yourself.

Pass this on and make a days reward each time 1 person saves a second !!

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Day 1: Review and Renew

Assalamu Alaikum,

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for following us these 30 days in preparation for the blessed month of Ramadan. Our beloved guest has almost arrived. Before our guest comes, today’s tip is to sit for a few moments and review each previous tip briefly, and once again renew our intentions. Even if this is the first time you are looking at the countdown, these tips can still be used as your crunch-time inspiration insha Allah. Please forward and facebook today’s post far and wide, and get the reward of everyone who benefits from even a single tip insha Allah. This list has been compiled for your convenience from each day:

Day 30: Make a list of your goals, make dua to Allah for each one, and renew your intentions for every action in your day.

Day 29: Get rid of internal friction by building the habits you want for Ramadan early on, purifying your nafs each day.

Day 28: Reconnect to the Quran. If you have been distant, start with at least 20 min. a day, and take a lesson from it each day.

Day 27: If your reliance is on Allah, you don’t lose hope when a downfall occurs. Stop relying on yourself and rely on Him for an illuminated beginning and end.

Day 26: Add just 2 rakahs more than what you usually pray after Isha, and habituate yourself on Qiyam al-Layl. Make dua just 30 min. before Fajr as well.

Day 25: Pass over dunya swiftly, taking only what you need from it and continuing on. Eat moderately at iftar focusing on  your worship afterwards instead of your food.

Day 24: Increase your love of the Prophet (saw) by regularly reading and reflecting on his seerah, by making salawat (peace and blessings) on him and his family, and by following the guidance he came with, imagining how we would act if he was present and among us (saw).

Day 23: Make dua during the preferred times, and as much as possible while never despairing in the answer from Allah.

Day 22: Reconnect and maintain your family ties and Allah (swt) will bless your rizq and prolong your life.

Day 21: Identify your favorite types of worship and start doing them more often. Realize that different contexts in life make different acts of worship more beloved and/or rewarded so find the worships of your context and embrace them.

Day 20: Strive for concentration in prayer by having presence of the heart, witnessing of the mind, stillness of the body, and humility expressed in your limbs.

Day 19: Have true tawakkul by leaving the consequences  and results up to Allah with full trust in His perfect plan, while focusing instead on your immediate responsibilities and choices that He did grant you some control over. (more…)

Day 6: But what if…

By AbdelRahman Mussa

Salamu alaykom wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

A dear brother and good friend emailed me a very good question. I thought I’d share it to spread the benefit. May Allah reward him:

“It’s extremely difficult to detach oneself from dunya whilst seeking aakhirah, unless you have strong imaan, which is difficult to attain.

Can it be that if one makes a decision solely for aakhira without having strong imaan, that they burn themselves out and thus ruining the decision they had made, therefore making matters even worse than before.

i.e should one act on a whim which is for dunya but not haram, then try to overcome it, because its difficult to know if you have overcome it beforehand?

…hope i made sense…”

So there are a few question or assumptions in this question, lets tackle them one by one:

Is it difficult to detach oneself from dunya ?

It’s as difficult as you make it. That’s not a cop-out answer by the way.

You see, some people will make the decision that it WOULD be nice to detach from dunya without having actually made the decision TO detach. But they kid themselves that they did make that decision and then they wonder why they still have difficulties.

Some reverts, for example, will sacrifice everything – cold turkey – without any ‘side effects’ what-so-ever. Others will make the decision that it would be nice, then act like they’ve made THE decision – they burn out as the brother described it.

There are a few ways in which people try to detach from dunya:

  • Theory 1: leaving it physically, so they go to monasteries or caves and they ‘meditate’.
  • This isn’t really detaching from dunya. It’s removing oneself from it.
  • It’s escaping the stimulus of dunya.
  • When they return, guess what ? Same old dunya ! AND Same old person !
  • Theory 2: staying with it physically but (more…)

Day 9: Ramadan Resolutions

By: Abdel Rahman Mussa

9 days to go !

Does it feel like 21 days since we started posting on this blog ? What happened to the last 3 weeks ?

Why do we think that when Ramadan comes we will have all the time in the world?! It’s the same world my dear brothers and sisters. The speed with which the last 3 weeks just passed will be exactly the same speed with which the first three weeks of Ramadan will pass.

Exactly the same. Maybe quicker, even.

This article isn’t intended to be a guilt trip, nor should it be taken that way. It’s an objective assessment of where you are and where you are not.

This blog is intended to warm you up. To get you doing before hand, so lets review:

  • Quran
  • Fasting
  • Strengthening the family ties
  • Manners
  • Zuhd
  • Qiyam
  • Dhikr
  • Self accountability
  • Patience
  • Khushu’

All of these topics have been touched upon and more, so now…

Have you fasted Monday or Thursday and how many times ? Have you contacted family ? How have your manners been ? Quran, did you increase the amount you read ?

and so on… really take account.

The prophet (pbuh) taught us that Abu Bakr’s faith outweighs the faith of the whole ummah. He (pbuh) describes him as not beating us by actions alone, but rather that something stabilized in his heart (faith).

Any yet, in the famous incident where the prophet asks, after fajr, if any of the sahabah had helped a needy person, visited someone that was ill, helped an orphan… he kept asking. No one but Abu Bakr (raa) raised his hand… and he did so for every question !

The sahabah bettered one another in their race to Allah through their hearts. They supersede us because of their hearts. And we rank, and out rank, one another as per the purity of our hearts.

And most importantly, what’s in our hearts manifests into action. This is the only way that Abu Bakr (raa) was able to so blatantly out do all the sahabah in the example above.

What does it take to have a healthy heart ?

In verse 44 of surat al Naml the Queen of Sheeba says the same thing that the Prophet Mussa (pbuh) says in verse 16 of Surat Al Qasas:

“My Lord, I have transgressed against myself”

Would you hurt someone that you truly loved ? Impossible – unless it was a mistake or you didn’t realize what you were doing ! Right ?

The Prophet Mussa kills a man – accidentally. The queen of Sheba didn’t know better, but the second she saw the miracle, she realised.

They felt sorry for themselves – the way a parent feels guilty when they find out that they were unwittingly harming their child whilst thinking they were strengthening him or her. The parent adores his/her child.

How is it that we end up not loving, but instead loathing or despising ourselves ?

Well, for most people as they grow up, they are reprimanded whenever they DO something bad or naughty and they are praised whenever they DO something that is good.

Whilst there might not be anything wrong with that as a child, as you grow, you need to shed that programming. Approval comes from within.

Most people walk around disapproving of themselves, seeking approval from others – either through positive or negative attention seeking. They look for dunya to make them feel happy, not realising that they hold the key and the lock themselves. (more…)

Day 12: Plan Ahead

 

by AbdelRahman Mussa

The prophet (pbuh) informs and educates us that:

“…Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional / nafl / sunnah) good deeds in (this month: Ramadan) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month: Ramadan) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time… ”

[Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]

Truly Allah is The Most Kind, The Most Generous !

Due to this hadeeth and the likes of it, we see the mosques are crammed in tarawih, we see the optional acts everywhere and it’s so heart warming to see.

We look forward to Ramadan because we know of it’s blessings, but also – and especially in the West – because of the warmth of community. That buzz of meeting your brothers and sisters in Tarawih, or earlier if you break your fast together.

There is however one trend that is a little disturbing.

Brothers and sisters will come to the mosque for Taraweeh. This is an optional prayer. BUT THEY’LL MISS CONGREGATIONAL ISHA PRAYER !

They miscount the reward that Allah bestows upon them.

I asked a friend once: “Do you not finish work any earlier ? I noticed that you arrive just in time for the first rak’ah of Tarawih and that you miss Isha”

He replied telling me that he (more…)

Having Technical Difficulties

Assalamu Alaikum,

 

Thank you for following the Ramadan Countdown blog. We just wanted to apologize for the delay in today’s post as we’re having some technical difficulties.

Insha Allah, the problem should be fixed in a few hours.

 

Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your patience!

Ramadan Countdown Team

Day 16: Others this Ramadan

We’ve focused on ourselves mostly up till now. How can I get the most of Ramadan ? How can I get ready for such an auspicious occasion ?

But is Ramadan only about the self ? In a way, it’s only about the self. And yet. Strangely. In order for it to truly be about just you, it has to include others.

In Sahih Bukhari, it is narrated that the prophet (pbuh) said:

“And whoever was at the need of his brother, Allah will Be there for his need. And whoever relieves a difficulty from a Muslim, Allah Relieves from him  difficulty of the difficulties of the resurrection, and whoever hides the faults of a Muslim, Allah will Hide his faults in the resurrection”

How beautiful.

Merciful.

Aspirational.

You’ll notice how the prophet (pbuh) uses the past tense. This is an Arabic linguistic technique to indicate the strength of action, like saying “that you could do something with your eyes closed”. It also indicates that you should not be so distant from your brother that you need to start helping him, rather, that you are already there and the Prophet (pbuh) is merely showing you the magnitude  of what you are already doing. (more…)

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