How we should receive Ramadhaan – II

How we should receive Ramadan – II

(Continued)

5. Receiving Ramadan by making the best use of time
 
Time is very precious because every minute that passes can never return. Ramadan is also a means of success or failure, salvation or destruction…
Amongst the obligatory and recommended acts of worship in Ramadan are:
First: Fasting during the daytime:
Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days.} [Qur’an 2: 185]
Moreover, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and seeking the reward of Allah, his previous sins will be forgiven.”  [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
 
Second: Performing voluntary night prayers (the Taraaweeh prayer):
It was narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whoever stands (in voluntary prayer at night in) Ramadan out of faith and seeking the reward of Allah, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
 
Third: Reciting the Qur’an:
Ramadan is the month of the Noble Qur’an. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.} [Qur’an 2: 185] The angel Jibreel (Gabriel)  may Allaah exalt his mention would study the Qur’an with the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, in the month of Ramadan. Hence, our righteous predecessors would devote themselves and their time to reciting the Qur’an in Ramadan. So would used to recite the Qur’an in the prayers and at other times. Az-Zuhri  may Allaah have mercy upon him said at the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, “It is only for reciting the Qur’an and giving food.”
Fourth: Giving Iftaar (the fast-breaking meal) to fasting people:
It was narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whoever gives food to someone who is fasting to break his fast with will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward in the slightest.”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
 
Fifth: Generosity:
It was narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was the most generous of people, and he was the most generous during Ramadan. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].
 
Sixth: Performing ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in Ramadan:
It was narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent (in reward) to Hajj.”In another narration:“To Hajj with me .” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
 
Seventh: Performing I‘tikaaf (seclusion in the mosque):
I‘tikaaf is in the last ten days of Ramadan. It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah  may Allaah be pleased with her said, “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would practice I‘tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadan until he passed away and then his wives would practice I‘tikaaf after him.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
 
Eighth: Seeking the Night of Al-Qadr (Divine decree) and spending its time in prayer:
It was narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whoever stands (in prayer) during the Night of Al-Qadr out of faith and seeking the reward of Allah, he will be forgiven his previous sins.”  [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
This is is during the last ten days of Ramadan.
6. Receiving Ramadan by perfecting and excelling in deeds
 
Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
{Indeed, We will not allow to be lost the reward of any who did well in deeds.} [Qur’an 18: 30]
{For indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.}[Qur’an 11: 115]
 
We mentioned this because some people, may Allah guide them, made the fast a pretext for neglecting public duties and the tasks that they are assigned. If one were to ask one of them why, he would reply, is it not sufficient that I am fasting? It is as if fasting entails laziness, neglecting public duties, and making things difficult for others. On the contrary, it calls for being active, striving, treating people kindly and making things easy for them.
 
7. Receiving Ramadan with forgiveness, tolerance and good morals
 
It was narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relations with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody fights or quarrels with him, he should respond: ‘I am fasting.’[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
 
Thus, we have to adhere firmly to the noble morals of Islam in this month as well as in all other months. That is to say, everyone should fulfill his obligations towards his Lord, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and his fellow Muslims and ask for his needs kindly so that he may attain piety, which is the main aim behind fasting as Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.} [Qur’an 2: 183]
 
Consequently, fasting entails:
1-    Refraining from satisfying the desires of the stomach and the sexual organs.
2-    Restraining the eyes, tongue, feet, ears and all other organs of the body from committing sins.
3-    Making the heart refrain from ill thoughts and thoughts that would direct it away from Allah The Almighty and from thinking about anything except Allah The Almighty.
 
8.  Receiving Ramadan by calling oneself to account
 
Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do. And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves.}[Qur’an 59:18-19]
Furthermore, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab,  may Allaah be pleased with him said, Hold yourself to account before you are held to account, and weigh yourselves before you are weighed, as reckoning yourselves today will make it easier for you to be reckoned tomorrow.”
 
Self-reckoning should be before and after doing any action:
Doing it before doing any action is to reckon oneself on his intention and in following the way of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
Reckoning after the action is of three types:
First, one should reckon his soul for its gross negligence wit respect to the acts of worshiping Allah The Almighty which it has not performed properly, and the right of Allah, in acts of
Worship, has six requirements:
1- Sincerity of intention in doing any action.
2- Attempting to do it perfectly and in a way that would Allah The Almighty.
3- Doing it in accordance with the guidance of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
4-    Worshiping Allah as though one sees Him
5-    Acknowledging the Blessings of Allah The Almighty upon him with regard to enabling him to do the act.
6-    Acknowledging one’s shortcomings with respects to it.
Second one should reckon his soul for any action that he has done when it would have been better for him not to have done.
Third one should cast a critical look back at whatever permissible acts he has done and ask himself why he did them: Were they for the sake of Allah The Almighty and the Hereafter? If so, he will be rewarded greatly, however, if he did it for this world and its trivial gains, he will miss great rewards.
Therefore, we could receive, live, feel delighted and benefit from the blessed month of Ramadan, and if we cannot do that, we would be like the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “It may be that all a fasting person gets from his fast is hunger and thirst, and it may be that all a person who prays at night gets from his prayer is sleeplessness.” [Ahmad] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh (Authentic)]
We ask Allah The Almighty sincerely to accept our good deeds and not to return them as empty.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s