Are you ready for the Breeze of Ramadhaan?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Every farmer looks forward to the harvest season to reap the benefits of planting seeds, every businessman looks forward to the holiday season to get maximum profits from their trade, every worker looks forward to their bonus at the end of the year, and every Muslim should be looking forward to the month of Ramadan where you can receive the maximum rewards from Allah ﷻ and rid yourself of all your sins.
Narrated by Abu Huraira (RA) that the Prophet ﷺ said: “When Ramadhaan arrives the doors of Paradise are opened and the doors of the Fire are closed and the devils are chained”
Narrated by Abu Huraira (RA) also that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadhaan with faith and having hope in reward from Allah ﷻ will have all their previous sins forgiven”
What to work hard in doing this Ramadhaan:
- Salaah with Jama’ah – Fardh Salaah should always be performed for the men in the Masjid and this is the month where you should do your best to do so, so that after Ramadhaan this practice will become a habit and remain with you and be a means of your safety on the day of Judgment. (For a women the best place to perform salaah is in the most concealed place in her room. [al-Tirmidhi])
- Taraweeh Salaah – The taraweeh salaah was a practice of the Prophet ﷺ in Ramadhaan and established by the Sahaba after him ﷺ, it is an established sunnah and there is great reward in it, (you should not leave it out without a valid reason, such as sickness or travelling and you should not be lazy by sitting in the back of the Masjid, or only joining at Ruku, or loitering outside the Masjid while it is on, as you will be missing out on great rewards from Allah ﷻ)
- Read Quraan – Ramadhaan is the month in which Quran was revealed and it is the month of excessive reciting of Quran, that is why Taraweeh salaah is established, so that the whole Quran can be at least heard in full once a year, In addition you should try to at least complete one reading of your own in Ramadhaan, many people complete a whole reading every day in Ramadhaan!!
- Give charity – The Prophet ﷻ would increase his generosity in the month of Ramadhaan and spend freely on others, besides the compulsory Zakaat, optional charity should also be given to feed the poor, to help the needy, to assist muslim organisations etc, these are all opportunities to increase your balance in the Hereafter and thereby build and expand your own Jannah!
- Recite Laa ilaaha Illallaah and Astaghfirullah abundantly and ask Allah ﷻ for entry to Paradise and safety from the Fire.
- Feed others – If you feed one person at the time of Iftar you will get the reward of their fasting also without their reward diminishing in the least, even if it is a date or a sip of water.
- Tahajjud salaah – The Prophet ﷺ would increase the duration of his salaah at night in the month of Ramadhaan and also wake his family up to perform the tahajjud salaah.
- Search for the Night of Qadr – The Prophet ﷺ would spend the last 10 days of Ramadhaan in I’tikaaf in the masjid searching for the night of Qadr and the ladies would do the same in their homes. If you cannot do I’tikaaf then at least spend the last 10 nights in additional ibaadah.
- Spend the day of Eid with family – Eid is the day of happiness for a Muslim who has made good efforts in Ramadhaan and it is an example because if we spend our whole lives carefully like we should in Ramadhaan then our death will also come to us in happiness like the day of Eid.
- Give da’wah to others to do the same – Many Muslims have become neglectful of Ramadhaan and in some areas they do not even know it is Ramadhaan, it is our duty to remind them and help them, not to abuse them and insult them.
What to avoid in Ramadhaan:
- Watching videos, playing games and spending hours on social media – This is the one month where you can get so much reward for each second you spend remembering Allah, so why waste that time in activities where there is no reward?
- Arguing with others – Don’t let yourself get involved in arguments and quarrels, if someone wants to argue or quarrel then say “I am fasting” and remain silent, or if necessary leave that area and go somewhere else.
- Backbiting – Speaking ill of others, whether it is true or not, is like eating the flesh of your dead muslim brother or sister, avoid it completely especially in Ramadhaan and if someone else is doing it, then tell them not to, or leave and go somewhere else, otherwise your good actions will be taken away by the person you backbited on the Day of Judgment.
May Allah ﷻ give us all the ability and guidance to benefit from this month of Ramadhaan and to see many more insha’Allah, Aameen.