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    Nice article Yasir, JazakAllaahu Khayran

    Ramadaan: Leader of all Months

    In the name of Allaah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
    All praise is due to Allah Who made the succession of day and night a lesson for those who reflect. I thank him for his bountiful blessings and I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah. I equally testify that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, his household and companions who are the people of righteousness and piety.

    Dear brothers and sisters, It should be known that physical and spiritual felicity can only be attained by subjecting ones heart and body to the worship of Allaah and that it is through worshipping Allaah in complete sincerity that this world can be of no importance.

    Dear brothers and sisters, it is a manifestation of Allaah's mercy on His slaves that He ordained fasting for them in order to purify them from excessive tastes and to cleanse their hearts from lustful things. These days, Muslims all over the world are receiving the month of Ramadaan; leader of all months; the month of forgiveness, merits and gifts; the month that gladdens the hearts of righteous people. No wonder that a pious man said in his death bed giving a reason for his weeping:

    "I am only weeping for the fact that people will continue to be fasting and performing prayers after my death while I will no longer be in a position to do likewise."


    Leader of all Nights
    Ramadaan is the month that contains the leader of all nights; a night that is better than a thousand months. Whoever spends the night in prayers with faith and hoping for Allaah's reward will have all his past sins forgiven. Rasulullah sws said:
    "When the month of Ramadaan enters, gates of Paradise are opened, gates of Hell are closed and devils are chained." (Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim).


    Its time for night prayers
    Dear brothers and sisters, whoever wants eternal prosperity should endeavor to worship Allaah and do good deeds sincerely. For, good deeds without sincere intention is of no use. Also, it is a glory for a believer to wake up in the night and perform prayers for, the best prayer after the obligatory ones are the prayers performed in the night. In fact, righteous people do compete with each other to make use of its darkness for doing acts of Ibaadah that bring them closer to Allaah and they loved this world only because of its nights. Aboo Sulaymaan Ad-Daaraanee said:
    "By Allaah! If not because of waking up in the night and performing prayers, I would not have loved this world; for, the night is precious because of its darkness and performing the prayers during the night is one of the characteristics of righteous people."

    Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:
    "Nobody abandons night prayers except that it is regarded as a punishment for a sin he has committed."

    Supplication: a link
    You should also endeavor to supplicate to Allaah during the nights of this noble month because, supplication is the link between man and his Lord; it is an effortlessly clear profit and easy booty; it prevents calamities and brings forth Allaah's treasures and bounties. By supplicating to Allaah during the night, He answers by granting the request generously for, His Hands never get tired of giving.

    Qur'an : The best speech
    There is no way to Allaah's pleasure except through Qur'an. It is revealed in the best of all months. The best way you can spend your time during this month is to recite the Qur'aan as frequently as possible. Read it, reflect on its meaning and work by its injunctions. This is because the Qur'aan contains admonitions and lessons that increase one's humility and humbleness.

    Increase your ranks
    As regards charity, Rasulullah sws was the most generous of all people and his generosity manifested most during the month of Ramadaan. Whenever he gave, he gave in plenty as if he had no fear of poverty. He would never be asked of anything except that he gave it unless if he did not have it.

    Charity, has its positive effects on the giver. It causes blessings to his wealth and children, prevents calamities and brings forth bliss. Ramadaan is a month of charity.

    Ibnul-Qayyim said:
    "Nothing brings Allaah's blessings and prevents His punishment than obeying Him, moving closer to Him through acts of Ibaadah and being kind to His creatures."

    Therefore, spend in charity for, charity elevates one's rank in front of Allaah and know that, man is going to stay under the shade of his charity on the Day of Resurrection.

    Repentence
    Dear brothers and sisters, make good preparation for this honorable month because it is a transient visitor. Receive it with a sincere repentance and spend your time during the month is acts of obedience to your Lord.
    Increase you Reward.

    Further, try to perform 'Umrah during Ramadaan for, a 'Umrah during Ramadaan is equivalent in reward to a Hajj performed with the Messenger of Allaah. Also, provide food for fasting Muslims for whoever does that gets an equivalent of their reward without causing any deduction to the reward of the fasting Muslims.
    Follow the Sunnah I'tikaaf (seclusion in a mosque for the purpose of worshipping Allaah alone) is also a Sunnah that should be kept during the last ten days of Ramadaan. Ibn Shihaab said:
    "It is a strange thing that Muslims should abandon I'tikaaf while the Messenger of Allaah e never skipped it right from the time he entered Madeenah until his death."

    Join the Cord
    Use the period of this noble month to join the cord of kinship (by keeping good relations with your kith and kin). Also repent sincerely to Allaah as long as the door of repentance is still open. Be cautious of undesirable end because leaving this world is actually painful.
    Deeds are your money on the day of judgement , make sure you collect plenty now.


    Say (O Muhammad SAW):"I am not a new thing among the Messengers (of Allh) (i.e. I am not the first Messenger) nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am but a plain warner." (Al-Ahqaf 46:9)

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    Ramadhan Booklet.
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    Deeds are your money on the day of judgement , make sure you collect plenty now.


    Say (O Muhammad SAW):"I am not a new thing among the Messengers (of Allh) (i.e. I am not the first Messenger) nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am but a plain warner." (Al-Ahqaf 46:9)

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    I was sent this in an email. Its a Ramadan Checklist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aboo 'Umar View Post
    I was sent this in an email. Its a Ramadan Checklist
    I want to print that out , sorry this is going to sound as though I am thick , but do I zoom and make it bigger then print , or just print as it is . and will it be big enough ?
    Deeds are your money on the day of judgement , make sure you collect plenty now.


    Say (O Muhammad SAW):"I am not a new thing among the Messengers (of Allh) (i.e. I am not the first Messenger) nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am but a plain warner." (Al-Ahqaf 46:9)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umm Ahmed View Post
    I want to print that out , sorry this is going to sound as though I am thick , but do I zoom and make it bigger then print , or just print as it is . and will it be big enough ?
    InshaAllah if you print it should fit on a A4 page.

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    Ramadhn: Have You Got What It Takes?
    by Abu Eesa

    There are things in life which are not very important, those which are quite important and then those things which are absolutely vital for our collective well-being.

    Let this be a reminder to me and anyone else who wishes to read on there is simply nothing more vital for us in our very short and limited lives than to take absolute maximum benefit from the blessed month of Ramadhn.

    The really interesting thing about the statement of Allah, the Most High: So remind (them), for indeed the reminder benefits those who have faith, [Al-Qurn 51:55]

    is that those who have the pure characteristics of faith do indeed benefit, even though human nature by itself would seem to oppose that. Isnt that sadly true? When someone believes they know what to do, they dont necessarily appreciate being told again how to do it. If someone believes that theyve heard everything they need to hear, it takes a seriously patient and magnanimous person to sit there and hear it again.

    By now weve certainly heard all the Prophetic narrations on the blessings of this very special time; a time in which our righteous ones delight as the gates of Paradise are flung open, and in which our sinful ones breathe a sigh of relief and take time to reflect as the gates of Hell are locked up.

    So at this moment of clarity, where the stomachs, hearts, eyes, ears, tongue and mind are all enjoying their greatest moment of purity, let us all try and make sure that we profit from the following points gleaned from the advice of our Pious Predecessors

    1. Make sure that this blessed month becomes a period of accounting for your actions, a revision of your daily routine, an opportunity for the betterment of your life for all your years to come. To enter Ramadhn not believing it to be so will be a total loss. Youve actually made it all the way here now, so lets reap the harvest! Think about all those who were aiming for this month but found a dark grave instead. Reflect on all those who woke in the morning but found that their evenings never materialised.

    Consider for just a second as our scholars said: if you cant change your ways and gain at such a blessed time then at what time will you change?!

    2. Try to make sure you perform all of the tarwh prayers in congregation for the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: Whoever prays with the Imam until he leaves, it is written for him that he prayed the entire night.

    3. Do not be wasteful or extravagant with your wealth, for not only is that impermissible, but you reduce the opportunities of giving more in charity for which you could be rewarded for. They said about the Prophet, peace be upon him, that he gave in charity especially during Ramadhn like the one who didnt fear or even recognise poverty.

    4. Commit yourself to continue after Ramadhn that which you have prepared yourself to do during Ramadhn. The salaf would say: The sign of ones fasting being accepted from him in Ramadhn is the continuation of his good actions and character after Ramadhn.

    5. Remember: this is a month of worship and hence action, not lethargy and sleeping. This is even more relevant here in the West considering winter is so close with its short days and long nights. It is well known from the Companions, in emulation of the Prophet, upon whom be peace, that they used to say: Reap the benefit of winter by fasting its days and standing (in prayer) during the nights.

    6. Make your tongue habitual in the dhikr of Allah so that you dont become from those: who do not remember Allah except little.

    7. When you feel the pangs of hunger, just remember how weak you actually are, how dependent you are upon food and other such necessities from the immense blessings of Allah, may He be glorified.

    8. Make a concerted effort to permanently leave that which doesnt benefit you, but rather causes you harm. This is even more so when you are fasting. Maymn used to say: The weakest of fasts is that in which only food and drink is left out.

    9. Remember: your actions are a trust from Allah so audit yourself like any successful company does; have you performed and fulfilled your deeds as is deserving of them? This obviously applies to all our actions such as prayer, dhikr, manners but particularly fasting. Ibn Rajab, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: Our fasts need istighfr to make up for their deficiencies, and good deeds to intercede for them.

    10. Hasten to seek forgiveness from those whom you have oppressed in any way, before they take from your (very few) good deeds. Dont forget, the greatest oppressive tool is the tongue so tether it as strongly as possible. Shabi narrated that Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said: Fasting is not just refraining from food and drink, but refraining from lying, falsehood, backbiting and swearing (by Allah).

    Abu al-Âliyah, may Allah have mercy upon him, used to say: The fasting one is in a continual state of worship until he says about another person that which they would not like to hear.

    11. Strive to feed the fasting one so that you can obtain a reward equal to his. Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, used to always break his fast sharing with the poor; if any of his family tried to prevent him from that, he would refuse to spend the night with them. It was also reported from him that whenever someone would come to him asking for food, he would give them his share and then return home to find his family had eaten what was left of food in his house. He would not let on and would end his fasting day without eating anything.

    12. Know that Allah is the Most Generous and that He is the Most Merciful. He accepts the repentance of the penitent, more so than ever at such a special time.

    13. If you have committed a sin or done something wrong which Allah, may He be glorified, has concealed for you from the people, know that this is an opportunity for you to seek repentance for those mistakes. Hasten to seek forgiveness and make sure that you do not return back to that sin.

    14. Try to increase your knowledge of the explanation of the Qurn (tafsr), the narrations of the Messenger, his biography (srah), and the principles of our religion to seek such sacred knowledge is one of the highest forms of worship.

    15. Stay away from such company and people which dont benefit you; try to accompany righteous good folk as much as you can. Good people always spread their blessings to others.

    16. Going significantly early to the Mosques is a sign of great love and desire to please Allah; a sign that you are in need of him at all times, not just those times in which all the congregation are together. Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: The Companions would often spend much of their fast in the Mosque so as to purify it (i.e. purify the fast itself from useless talk, gossip, backbiting etc).

    17. Pay attention to those who are under your authority such as your family, guiding them to that which will benefit them in their dn, for they will far more willingly take their example from you than from other people.

    18. Do not go to extremes by preparing many different dishes for the iftr meal. This leaves the women of the house no opportunity to benefit during the daytime of Ramadhn such as reciting the Qurn etc., especially if they are just busy cooking all day.

    19. Reduce the amount of time you spend shopping in the night-time during Ramadhn, especially the last ten nights. This will prevent you wasting your time at such a precious and blessed period of your life.

    20. Strive to spend these last ten special nights of Ramadhn standing in prayer. Remember: there is one particular night amongst these ten, known as laylat al-qadr which is in fact greater than a thousand months of worship. Surely to hit the jackpot on such a night is beyond our wildest dreams yet it is a jackpot available to everyone with no need to purchase a ticket and no need to take any risk thats gambling dn style.

    21. Dont forget that Eid is a special day of thanksgiving to our Lord, so dont make it a day where you lose control of yourself, wasting all the good works of your heart and soul as it kept your desires in check for the entire month.

    22. Set aside for yourself, even but for a small time, a period of isolation in the mosque known as itikf you will probably never enjoy such an intensely beneficial period for your soul to reflect upon how it is so cultured by day-to-day life in the 21st Century. This period of respite for the heart, mind and soul will allow you to replenish your vital organs with what they really need the elixir of life which is nothing other than to be immersed in the worship of Allah, the Most Exalted.

    23. On the festive day of Eid as you enjoy yourself with your family, take a brief moment to remember all those brothers and sisters of ours who are orphans, stricken by poverty, famine and war. Know that if you have the ability to make a difference, hasten to such an excellent deed; if you are unable, do not forget to thank Allah for His unlimited favours He bestows upon us.

    24. Set aside for yourself regular days of fasting throughout the year dont just make your relationship with fasting limited to Ramadhn only. Now that you have seen the rewards on offer for the fasting one, his special entrance of ar-Rayyn in Paradise, his supplication which is not rejected, his closeness to his Lord during his fast, his moment of joy as he breaks it, his increased ability to refrain from the bad and embrace the good now that youve actualised these benefits, carry them over to the six days of Shawwl just after Ramadhn which is equivalent to fasting the entire year! Dont forget also the middle three bright days of every month, Mondays and Thursdays when our actions are presented to our Lord, as well as a host of other special occasions to double up from such as the Days of Arafah, Tsah, Âshr etc.

    25. Finally, reflect upon your overall condition; make an audit of all your daily affairs so that you can identify areas for improvement and rectification. These will include: sticking to the congregational prayers, paying zakt fully and on time, maintaining your family ties, being honourable with the parents, being mindful of your neighbours, rectifying old feuds and problems between previous friends and colleagues, cutting out extravagance and the wasting of wealth, culturing and educating those under your guardianship, being concerned with the affairs of your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters around the world, delighting in and then acting upon sincere advice, protecting oneself for riy (showing off), loving for your brother that which you love for yourself, not allowing yourself to fall into the trap of backbiting others. Carry on reciting the Qurn and reflecting deeply upon its meanings and last but certainly not least, humble yourself as you listen to His Words being recited.

    The list could simply go on and on surely there are enough points here to make even the most heedless one reflect upon their state and consider changing their actions for the better.

    O Allah, give us the ability and strength to make this Ramadhn our Ramadhn, a time for change and maturity, a time for quality and success, amn.

    May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon His Beloved Messenger, his family and all those who follow in his footsteps until the Final Day.
    Source: AE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aboo 'Umar View Post
    InshaAllah if you print it should fit on a A4 page.
    Excellent , JazakAllaahu khayran.
    Deeds are your money on the day of judgement , make sure you collect plenty now.


    Say (O Muhammad SAW):"I am not a new thing among the Messengers (of Allh) (i.e. I am not the first Messenger) nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am but a plain warner." (Al-Ahqaf 46:9)

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    wa iyyaki.

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    Ma'salaama,
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