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29.This Ramadan. . .Make a lasting change. 

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Ramadan was here, Mo became Muhammad again, he started going to the mosque for all his 5 prayers, he stopped watching haram and started lowering his gaze.

Sammy went back to being Samira, she started wearing hijab, listened to Sudais instead of Ed Sheeren and stopped flirting around with guys. 

If only they’d remain that way for the rest of the year, but no, immediately after Ramadan the Hijabs come off, the Quran is put on the shelf again and the mosques become empty. 

Ramadan is the month of change, but  ‘lasting’ change. It’s really sad when everyone is at his best behaviour in Ramadan but after then, they just go back to their old selves, no change at all. 

What is even more fascinating is that people outrightly say things like ‘i only cover up in Ramadan’ or ‘I’m not going to do this just because it’s Ramadan ‘ Do those people not know that the Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the other eleven months? 

Let’s try and make this Ramadan different from the previous ones. Make a firm resolution to keep up the good habits you’ve started and not go back to your old bad habits. Try and make this Ramadan your turning point in life; make plans on how to maintain this better form of yourself and make lots of Dua to Allah to help you.

May Allah make this Ramadan the turning point of each and everyone of us, ameen. 

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28. Finish Strong

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Depending on what part of the world you are in, you anywhere from 1-3 days left of Ramadan. Many of us have regrets that we didn’t make the most of it. We may have had nights where we didn’t wake up for Qiyam, days in which we didn’t control our tongues properly, or spans of Ramadan in which we slacked off with our Qur’an reading. But now is not the time to cry. Nor is it the time to splurge in Eid shopping and act like the month is over.

Reflect on this wonderful statement by Imam Ibn Rajab (RA) in his Lataaif:
“Let those who have failed to make the most of this month of Ramadan end it with good, because actions are judged by their endings.”

The last part of that statement about actions being judged by their endings is an authentic hadeeth and one that should give us much hope. Here’s my challenge:

1. Make this last day or two of Ramadan the BEST days you have spent all month and count on Allah to judge your entire Ramadan by the last day.

2. Spend the last Asr-Maghrib of Ramadan in reading Qur’an, supplication and remembrance. If you can do I’tikaf (seclusion) for that last period in the masjid then do so. If not, then try to make it a time of peace, quiet and reflection.

3. Cry your heart out in that supplication and ask Allah to forgive you for all of your shortcomings in the month and give you the full reward of laylatul qadr  EVEN if you’ve missed it.

4. DO NOT waste your time arguing over moon sighting now. You are not in a position to change anything. If you will differ from your community in regards to the Eid day, do so quietly.                       

Oh Allah, this is what we have presented, understanding our shortcomings but still depending on Your mercy for acceptance.                     

May Allah allow us to finish this month strong. May we meet Allah(subhanahu wa ta’ala) completely forgiven, basking in his Mercy, freed from the gates of hellfire and registered in the highest level of Jannatul Firdaws.       
AMEEN!

Reference :RamadanResolutions.com

27:This Ramadan….Increase in modesty

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Every religion has a manner and the manner of this religion is hayaa” (Ibn Majah).

Modesty (Hayaa) has a list of definitions including being shy, reserved, bashful, having self-respect e.t.c  It encompasses what we say, watch/read, treat others, interact with the opposite gender and even how we speak to Allah (swt).

It is such an important concept in our deen so much so that it a part of faith and the higher our eeman, the higher our modesty. 

In ramadan, Our modesty usually increases as we desist from using shameless, foul words (e.g ashar, mocking others); being careful as to what we are watching or what we are are reading: are they immodest topics? Is it causing us to lose our shame?

Also how we treated others. We tried to  treat everyone with respect and kindness And refrain from shouting and using disrespectful words.

And most importantly, how we related with the opposite sex. I’m sure we tried to lower our gaze as Allah (swt) commands us in the Qur’an and refrain from talking and laughing loudly with them. 

Ramadan is near ending, it would be a shame if we let all these good attributes of modesty just go away because it’s over. It’s up to you & I to try and continue these praiseworthy acts of Modesty beyond Ramadan.

Hayaa and eeman were locked together, so when one of them is uplifited the other becomes uplifted as well” (Al hakim).

We ask Allah (swt) to increase us in modesty and make it a ladder for our eman. Ameen thumma ameen.

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25.This Ramadan. . . Reflect on Creations

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In a Hadith Narrated by Aisha(R.A),
Bilal came to tell the Prophet it was time for Fajr and saw him crying, he said, “O Messenger of Allah! What makes you cry, when Allah has forgiven your past and future sins?” He said, “O Bilal, what are you saying! What would prevent me from crying when on this night, this ayah was revealed to me:

إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِّأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

{Certainly, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are, indeed, signs for men of understanding.} [3:190]

“Woe to the one who recites it but does not contemplate it.”

SubhanAllah, i’m sure this hadith is unfamiliar to most of us. Whoever knew that contemplation help such value. Some of the righteous Salaf considered it better to spend some time reflecting on Allah’s creation than to pray qiyaam all night.

With these last few days of Ramadan, take some time off to really reflect;

– Read the last few ayahs of Surat Aal ‘Imran, ayahs 193-200, in their original Arabic, contemplating on what Allah is saying in them. Read a tafsir alongside the ayahs, for maximum benefit.

– Reflect on your own creation. Realize that Allah gave us signs to reflect on, both in His Book, and in the world all around us, and even within ourselves; how your body functions so perfectly on it’s own.

– Reflect on the sun – that star, that burning ball of fire – which Allah made a means for life on earth. Trees that grow from minute seeds to become many times their size, branches growing in all directions, twisting and turning to reach this sun. Birds and animals with species to amaze. A sky lit up and painted daily with so many breathtaking strokes of color.

Marvel at Allah’s creation and power and strength. Soak in the beauty of a world Allah created, all the while hoping and praying for what’s better and more-lasting in the Hereafter.

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24. This Ramadan. . . Develop A Positive Attitude

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Positivity With Allah
This means to have good thoughts about Allah. Our lives are not meant to go how we planned them but how Allah(SWT) decreed them to be. It is now up to us to be think positive about our lives; to be patient and know that Allah(SWT) is a merciful and wise God that loves us and won’t do anything to harm us but only to test us.

Remember the hadith ‘Amazing is the affair of the believer. Definitely, all of his life is good and this is not for anybody except the believer. If something of good happens to him, he is grateful and that is good for him. If something harmful befalls him, he is patient and that is good for him. (Saheeh Muslim #2999)

Positivity With People
There are some people who are always doubtful of people and who always assume the worst about people. They believe that everyone out there is dishonest and untrustworthy. They’re quick to judge others when they make mistakes and are unforgiving.

While we should be careful with our interactions with others as there are bad people in the world, we shouldn’t always have negative thoughts about people. It robs your inner peace and you’ll always be uneasy and will not be able to be  appreciative of others.

This Ramadan, change your attitude to be a positive one. Learn to count your blessings and try to always look on the bright side of things. Stop assuming the worst of people and learn to make excuses for them; You’ll definitely achieve happiness and peace of mind when you have a positive attitude.

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23. This Ramadan. . . Seek Allah’s Forgiveness

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We were created only for worship but unfortunately, constantly we transgress. And none of of us is above the mistakes, the whispers of shaytan, the weakness in our hearts.

Every Ramadan we make plans for all numerous things we want, waiting for Iftar time, the 3rd of the night to ask for all our wants, forgetting that Ramadan is a yearly gift for us from our creator to Purify our selves.

When Aisha asked Rasulillah what she should do when she sees Laylatul Qadr, He taught her the dua – to seek Allah’s forgiveness.

The Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wasallam tells us in a hadith qudsi, that Allah ‘azza wa jall said:

“… O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I will forgive you for what you have done, and I will not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as (the earth)…”

[Sahih at-Tirmithi

In these last days of Ramadan, let’s surrender to our Rabb, seeking forgiveness for all our sins known and unknown to us. Do your best to sit down and try as much as you can to remember all your mistakes, weep for your weakness and transgressions and repent for them. Every night before you go to bed, also seek Allah’s forgiveness.
Truly Allah is Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghafur, Al-Afuwu.

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22. I’itikaf At Home 

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I’tikaf refers to going into seclusion in the mosque for the sole purpose of worshipping Allah and attaching oneself and one’s heart to His worship.
I’itikaf is only valid if done in the masjid.

BUT who says you can’t do the same at home due to circumstances. It might not be an official i’tikaf but we could seclude ourselves for worship.

Throughout the year we have the whole duniya occupying our minds, ranging from our duties in the society to useless stuff like social media, movies etc.
Ramadan is the time to make up for all the time lost.

Go off the grid, sit in the corner of your house, away from all distractions. Ponder on Allah’s might and realise how insignificant you are in everything.

Allah is Al-Malik-The sovereign. He doesn’t need you, you need Him. With all His might, He remains merciful to every being granting you provision from ways you can’t even imagine.
Think of the people of Ad and Thamud, and all the transgressors in the past And how Allah could destroy everything in a blink.
Let the thought that this world is only temporary occupy your mind, remembering that everything we fight and hassle for is basically for nothing.One day we would find only ourselves and only our deeds in the grave. Thank Allah for everything, for even the air you breathe, if He wishes you would not get it.
And emerge after Ramadan as a new being.

This could be difficult due to several reasons but it brings us to an important factor- Make plans for it. Even if it’s for several hours in a day out of the many days in Ramadan, In Sha Allah you would find yourself filled with Allah’s Nur.

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