If you had to live your day again, would you still do the same actions you did or would you be more efficient. Could you sit down and plan your most effective doable day? As previous Ramadans have come and gone, it is our chance to evaluate and prepare for the guest month. Consider this, what if this Ramadan is your last Ramadan before you meet Allah? What if this was your last chance to correct one self?
Islam is not a word which are said; it is a building which one have to build in our hearts. A building that have five solid pillars.
117310 – بني الإسلام على خمس : شهادة أن لا إله إلا الله وأن محمدا رسول الله ، وإقام الصلاة ، وإيتاء الزكاة ، والحج ، وصوم رمضان
الراوي: عبدالله بن عمر – خلاصة الدرجة: صحيح – المحدث: البخاري – المصدر: الجامع الصحيح – الصفحة أو الرقم: 8
Meaning: Islam is built on five (pillars): Witnessing that there is no deity worthy of worship except for Allah and that Mohammed is his messenger, establishing prayer, giving Zakat, Pilgrimage and the fasting of Ramadan.
Each one of us needs a fresh start from time to time to re-adjust one’s self. For Muslims, Ramadan is the one occasion where it means a whole new start for oneself. A start where you can wash yourself of your past sins and be the person you aspire to be in any and all aspects of life. But as with any great step in one’s life, we need to prepare mentally and emotionally. We need to sit with ourselves and put a guideline for our selves. We need not be like the hypocrites whom Allah described:
Translation of the meaning:
And if they had intended to march out, certainly, they would have made some preparation for it; but Allâh was averse to their being sent forth, so He made them lag behind, and it was said (to them), “Sit you among those who sit (at home).”
So to preparing ourself is a must for this situation but where do we start? The first step for any deed is to fix our intentions and sincerity. Even though this is the first step, it is the hardest step of all. It requires going through many articles, books, audio lectures of the scholars to soften the hearts to be ready for this step. So keep on reading with this step in mind.
One main aspect is for all of to live this month for the sake of Allah. This month is purely for Allah and none else. Escape everything that bothers you and run towards Allah as Allah said:
Truly, close your eyes and rid them of all things except your real purpose which is to worship Allah alone. Feel it when you bow down to God that you are in sync with all creatures which are all praising Allah in ways we do not understand. Give this month to Allah; turn off the TVs. After all, you have just given this month to Allah.
Liberation of the heart is one aspect which we somehow let slip in this material life. We usually focus on deeds and doing good and we forget about the source of it all. One lecturer said: instead of asking: How are you? You should ask: How is your heart with Allah? What have you done to soften it? Read, listen, study, talk all for the sake of Allah
One of the main things to focus on:
a. Repentance which is the new spark of life. Repenting of what you know and what you do not know. Repent to Allah for wasting one’s time on the TV, Internet, phone, etc. Repent from what your tongue has said; repent from what your hands have done and what your eyes have seen; repent from the bad that you have said or heard. Repent from not being fully in aware of the Quran and its meaning.
Allah is so merciful of his servants; he gave them the month of Ramadan. Where good deeds are multiplied. It is our chance to repent.
1401 – من صام رمضان إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه ، ومن قام ليلة القدر إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه
الراوي: أبو هريرة – خلاصة الدرجة: صحيح – المحدث: البخاري – المصدر: الجامع الصحيح – الصفحة أو الرقم:
Meaning: Whomever fasts Ramadan with faith and trust n Allah’s bounty, his previous sins would be forgiven, and whomever stands the night of Qader (in good deeds from prayer and supplication), his previous sins would be forgiven.
What if you know that doors of Jenna is open? Would you walk through them? What if you know that the doors of hell are closed? What if you know that the Shaytans are chained? It is the ultimate test where we know the steps we need to take to succeed, only the foolish ones would fail.
117374 – إذا دخل رمضان فتحت أبواب الجنة وغلقت أبواب جهنم ، وسلسلت الشياطين .
الراوي: أبو هريرة – خلاصة الدرجة: صحيح – المحدث: البخاري – المصدر: الجامع الصحيح – الصفحة أو الرقم: 3277
Meaning: Once Ramadan is seen: The doors of Jenna will be opened and the doors of hell will be closed and the Shaytans will be chained.
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b. Learning the rules and details of fasting: What breaks the fast and what does not? Learn the fiqh of Seyam. Listen to tapes, read some books, develop your knowledge.
c. Drive your will to invest in this Ramadan. Once we think that it might be our last Ramadan we read, we can begin to understand the importance of planning our days. If you had to invest, you need to know where and how to invest. Some of thehadeeths concerning these deeds can be found in this piece.
How about building yourself a house in Jennah everyday?
How about a trip to the throne of Allah where you your name is mentioned there?
65926 – إن مما تذكرون من جلال الله : التسبيح والتهليل والتحميد ، ينعطفن حول العرش ، لهن دوي كدوي النحل ، تذكر بصاحبها ، أما يحب أحدكم أن يكون له – أو لا يزال له – من يذكر به
الراوي: النعمان بن بشير – خلاصة الدرجة: صحيح – المحدث: الألباني – المصدر: السلسلة الصحيحة – الصفحة أو الرقم: 3358
Meaning: The prophet peace be upon him said: From the ways which you remember the glory of Allah with are: praising Allah, witnessing that LaElaha Ella Allah and thanking Allah; these words revolve around the throne of Allah making a sound like that of the bees; these words mention the person who said them. Does not one of you like to have who mentions his name (in that great place).
How about planting a palm tree for yourself in Jenna?
11356 – من قال سبحان الله العظيم وبحمده غرست له نخلة في الجنة
الراوي: جابر بن عبدالله الأنصاري – خلاصة الدرجة: حسن صحيح غريب – المحدث: الترمذي – المصدر: سنن الترمذي – الصفحة أو الرقم: 3464
Meaning: Whomever said: “Sobhan Allah Wa Behamdeh”, a palm tree would be planted for his in Jenna.
How about saying words that are beloved to Allah?
6174 – كلمتان خفيفتان على اللسان ، ثقيلتان في الميزان ، حبيبتان إلى الرحمن : سبحان الله العظيم ، سبحان الله وبحمده
الراوي: أبو هريرة – خلاصة الدرجة: صحيح – المحدث: البخاري – المصدر: الجامع الصحيح – الصفحة أو الرقم: 6406
Meaning: Two words (statements) are light on the tongue, heavy on the scale, beloved to the most merciful: Sobhan Allah Al A’deen, Aobhan Allah Wa Behamdeh
How about following the prophet Muhammed pace be upon him?
114167 – كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود الناس ، وأجود ما يكون في رمضان ، حين يلقاه جبريل ، وكان جبريل عليه السلام يلقاه في كل ليلة من رمضان فيدارسه القرآن ، فلرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود بالخير من الريح المرسلة .
الراوي: عبدالله بن عباس – خلاصة الدرجة: صحيح – المحدث: البخاري – المصدر: الجامع الصحيح – الصفحة أو الرقم: 3554
Meaning: The prophet of Allah peace be upon him was the most generous of people; he was at his most generosity in Ramadan when he meets Jebreel. Jebreel used to meet him every night in Ramadan to study it with him (study: teaching the words and the meaning). The prophet peace be upon him was more generous than the blowing wind.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list but as a spark for the discussion. Let us prepare for this blessed month and make it a new start.
Note: The translation of the hadeeths are my best effort to carry the meaning. If you find that I have not did a full job, please correct me.