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

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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…)

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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 22: “Live long and prosper”

Our lives are made up of many relationships.  Our relationship with our family, neighbours, colleagues, friends, pets and most importantly with our Creator.  Islam has come to set all our relationships right, first and foremost with Allah (SWT), then with human beings, with animals and with the environment, to name but a few.

Of the relationships with humans, family ties are perhaps the most sacred.  In Arabic, ‘family ties’ is translated as silat al-arham, the ties of the uterus.  What is more significant is that uterus in Arabic is ‘rahem’, a derivative of the attribute of Allah ‘Ar-Rahman’, The Compassionate One.   In fact, Allah (SWT) says:  ‘I shall keep connection with him who maintains you (‘rahem’) and sever connection with him who severs you.’” [Bukhari]

No doubt maintaining our family ties requires a great deal of sacrifice.  In many cases keeping in touch requires (more…)

Welcome to the 2011 Ramadan Countdown!

Assalamu Alaikum and welcome to the Ramadan 30 Day Countdown! This is a humble effort from a handful of brothers and sisters, hoping to remind themselves and others of daily tips in order to prepare us all to get the most out the blessed month of Ramadan.

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) told us, “When the month of Ramadan comes, the Gates of Heaven are thrown open and the Gates of Hell are shut, and the shayateen are put behind bars.” In another report, the “Gates of Mercy” are mentioned in place of the “Gates of Heaven”. [Bukhari and Muslim]

People have often wondered how is it that we still struggle in the month of Ramadan, and commit sins while even the shayateen are locked up? Ibn Hajjar in his discussion of this hadith in Fath al-Bari, noted that (more…)

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