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

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

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.       

Reference :RamadanResolutions.com

27:This Ramadan….Increase in modesty


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

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


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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21. Maker Every Night Count.

In getting ready for the last 10 nights of Ramadan, I wanted to share a few tips to make the most of them:

1. Do not be like the majority of people who wait for the 27th to spend a night in worship. The Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wa salam) stayed in I’itikaf (seclusion) for all the 10 nights seeking Allah’s pleasure. We have no guarantee that laylatul qadr will be the 27th night and in fact with moon sighting issues,(yes, I’m bringing it back up :)), we don’t even know for a fact which night is the 27th. So seek laylatul qadr every night and you will certainly catch it(in shaa Allah). Not only that but you would spend the other 9 nights conversing with your Creator, receiving His mercy and elevating your status.

2. Catch Fajr and Isha in congregation. ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: “I heard the Messenger of Allah(salAllahu ‘alayhi wasalam) saying: “One who performs ‘Isha prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs Fajr prayer in congregation, id as if he has performed Salat the whole night.”” [Muslim]

3. Pray the entire set of Taraweeh with the Imam. Taraweeh is qiyamul layl. Yes, it is permissible to pray as little or as much of it you want in any given day. But the Prophet(salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said that whoever prays with the Imam “until he leaves” would receive the full reward of qiyamul layl for the whole night. No one of us will be able to spend the entire night praying, so this, along with tip 3, is a good way to ensure that you get the entire credit.

4. Spend the night in different forms of worship so that you don’t get bored. You don’t have to spend the whole night in prayer. Instead you can take breaks and just make du’a. You can also specify a certain number of chapters of the Qur’an you want to read every night. You can also read a translation of the Qur’an or some ahadeeth as a break between prayers. Just keep yourself engaged. It’s also good to give charity and perform any extra good deeds in these nights.

5. Plan your du’as. This is the night for which the entire next year will be decreed. So choose your du’as wisely and make sure you make them with a clean heart.

Here is a tafseer that Omar Suleiman did some few years back on Suratul Qadr:

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20.This Ramadan. . . Worship out of Love of Allah

To love Allah is undoubtedly the only way for one to live a happy and serene life in both worlds. But exactly does it mean to love Allah?

As humans when we love one another we are willing to go to great lengths for them. Sometimes things that do not even make perfect sense. Then why not Allah? When He is the one most deserving of our love.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Undoubtedly love of Him leads to submission and obedience to Him, seeking His pleasure, doing one’s utmost in worship of Him and turning to Him. This is the best and strongest motive to do acts of worship. Even if there were no commands and prohibitions, no reward and punishment, one would do one’s best and devote one’s heart to the true God.

Therefore one of the salaf said: Loving Him motivates me in such a way that is even stronger than His commands. And ‘Umar said concerning Suhayb: Even if he did not fear Allah, he would not disobey Him…

We are always of the thought that worshipping Allah is a burden, or perhaps we want something from Allah therefore we pray our Salah on time, fast, give charity etc.
How about this Ramadan we worship only because we love Allah. We act as selfless lovers and not focus our worship for something in return.

Increase your love for Allah and He would love you- What better achievement compared to Allah’s love?  : «When Allah loves a slave, He says to Jibreel, “I love so-and-so, so love him”, so Jibreel loves him and then calls out to the people of heaven, “Allah loves so-and-so, so love him”, and the people of heaven love him, and then acceptance is placed in the Earth for him».

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