It is related from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Fasting is a shield, so people should not have sexual relations nor act stupidly. If someone fights them or insults them, they should say, ‘I am fasting’ twice. By the One in whose hand my self is, the changed breath in the mouth of the faster is more fragrant to Allah Almighty than the scent of musk. [He says], 'He has left his food and drink and appetites for My sake. Fasting is Mine and I repay it. Any other good deed I repay with ten like it.’” - Sahih Al Bukhari #1795
MAXIMISE your rewards this RAMADAN – The SUNNAH the BETTER!
1. Wake up for Suhoor 2. Read 20 pages of Quran per day and you will complete it 3. Break your fast on an odd number of dates and if no dates available then break it on water 4. Learn and say the Dua prior to breaking your fast 5. Pray Taraaweeh /night prayers 6. Fast from all types of evil speech – lying, gossip, slander, backbiting, etc. 7. Be generous. Feed the poor and needy 8. Contribute towards breaking other people’s fast and receive their reward without any of their reward being reduced 9. Pray ‘Ishaa’ with the Imam until he has completed the entire prayer including Taraweeh and witr and it will be recorded for you as if you spent the entire night in prayer 10. Make lots of Dua and ask Allah to bless you with His bounties in this life and the next 11. Perform ‘Umrah if you have the ability to do so and you will receive the reward of having performed Hajj with the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) 12. Get into the habit of praying the 12 Sunnah prayers associated with the 5 daily prayers and a mansion will await you in Jannah (2 before Fajr, 4 before Dhuhr, 2 after Dhuhr, 2 after Maghrib and 2 after ‘Ishaa’) 13. ‘Itikaaf - Devout yourself to the mosque during the last 10 days of Ramadan 14. Stay up engaging in various acts of worship during the evenings of the odd days of the last 10 days of Ramadan seeking out Laylatul Qadr which offers the reward of 1000 years of worship (83.3 years) 15. Pay Zakat/Sadaqatul Fitr towards the end of Ramadan and before the Eid prayer
I ask Allah to grant me and you the ability to do all this and more during Ramadan 1435/2014. Shaykh Bilal Dannoun
Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights - by Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury
1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better - Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!
2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!
3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?
4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”
5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).
6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!
7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 'isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get. ready for worship.
8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night - if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!
9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare.has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!
10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.
11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-'Afuww!
12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua'a, reading the Qur'an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!
13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan , if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?
14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-
As we enter this blessed month of mercy, I give this advice to myself first, and then to you:
Don’t let this Ramadan be just a holiday of rituals. Don’t finish reading the Quran without it transforming you. Don’t feed your body at suhoor, but starve your heart of Qiyam. Don’t reduce this downpour of mercy to just a month of sweets and lavish iftars. Seek Him, you will find. Take a sincere step towards change, transformation, redemption. If you do, you will find Him in front of you. Find Him this month. He’s been there all along. Closer than your jugular vein. Look and you’ll find. Walk and you’ll arrive.
Dont give up. Allah is training your patience. Be thankful for your trials. If you’re being tested, you’re being perfected. Allah has mentioned in the Quran (2:286) that He will never burden a soul with more than it can bear. So whatever you’re going through will pass.
Our troubles erase our sins, while patience with them raises us in status, and when Allah loves His creation, He tests him.
Think Positive of Allah and positive things will come.
Prophet Muhammad said:
“Allah says: ‘I am as My slave thinks I am, and I am with him when he calls on Me.’” (Al-Bukhari 7405 and Muslim 2675)
Imagine on a certain day or night in Ramadan, you raise your hands in Du'a and Allah accepts your Du'a & decrees that Hell Fire will never touch this Muslim. A decision can be made in the 29 or 30 days in Ramadan that Hell Fire will never touch you…you are saved. Allah SWT is allowing you after 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years of sin to be completely forgiven regardless of your future sins. Why would anyone with brains not take this month seriously.
Also there is a dangerous hadith which many Muslims don’t know about. The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W refered to the person that is cursed as the Muslim who finds Ramadan in good health but does not use the opportunity to seek his mercy.
As the blessed month of Ramadan approaches, it is time to warm up and get ready. Reading the Prophet’s (Peace be upon him) hadiths about Ramadan and its blessings cleans the believers’ souls and makes them more eager to enjoy the exceptionally spiritual, soul-nourishing experience of Ramadan.
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
Every action a son of Adam does shall be multiplied—a good action by ten times its value, up to 700 times. Allah says: With the exception of fasting, which belongs to Me, and I reward it accordingly. For, one abandons his desire and food for My sake.
There are two occasions of joy for a fasting person: one when he breaks his fast, and the other when he meets his Lord, and the (bad) breath (of a fasting person) is better in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk. (Al-Bukhari)
Ramadan Mubarak! May this month be one that fills our hearts with the zeal and drive to be amongst those that live for the sake of Allah. May every moment nourish our Imaan, and cleanse us of our spiritual, physical, and mental toxins, helping us live on after Ramadan being at our best. May we get closer to our loved ones through growing closer to Allah, and may He bless us with happiness and success in this life and the Hereafter. Ameen!