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  • Jawaad Ahmad Khan 7:19 am on September 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Quick Gem: Seize the Opportunity! 

    From the Khutbah “Thanking Allah for Ramadan” by Naseeb Khan given on September 18, 2009 at Masjid Muttaqeen.

    During the Prophet’s time, there was a man and an orphan that both had gardens next to each other. They’d both loved their gardens, but there was a problem. There was a tree between the gardens and there was a debate on whose tree it was. The orphan loved that tree and wanted it. They went to the Prophet (SAW) to rule on it. After all the measurements and such were made, it was ruled that the tree actually was part of the man’s garden.

    The orphan was so sad as he’d loved that tree. The Prophet (S) had a moment of sympathy and told the man that if he would give that little orphan the tree, then he would make du’a to Allah to give the man a garden in Jannah.

    In the moment, the man wanted the tree so much, in his  arrogance he refused the offer and kept the tree.

    While this was happening, another companion, Abu Darda (R) overheard this and immediately began seeking that garden in Jannah. He asked the prophet (S) if that offer was still up, if he could get that tree for the orphan, would he have that du’a for the garden in Jannah? The prophet said yes.

    Abu Darda immediately seized that opportunity and asked the man that if he gave him his own garden, filled with date palm trees and such, would give him possession of that one tree? The man agreed and said he didn’t need that tree, and an extra garden is what he’d rather have.

    Abu Darda came home to his garden, where his child was eating dates from the tree and he came frantic saying to drop everything, this isn’t our garden, I’VE SOLD IT TO ALLAH! I’VE SOLD IT TO ALLAH!

    That man who’d lost out on the opportunity chose a garden on Earth over a garden in Jannah. Subhanallah, if you noticed, he’s “the man” while the person that seized that opportunity is who refer to as “Abu Darda”. The man’s name wasn’t recorded or remembered, though we remember Abu Darda. This is because he was the one who’d tried to take every opportunity he could to get to Jannah. Are you seizing all of your opportunities?

    NOTE: This was only one story of the khutbah, the rest of it was about being thankful to Allah for Ramadan and generally taking a more deep interest in our deen.

    SOURCE FOR THE STORY (as referenced by the speaker).

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  • Jawaad Ahmad Khan 3:59 am on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Quick Gem: Surah Yaseen’s Protection 

    Imam Izhaar, at Masjid Jama’at Al-Mu’mineen, 9-13-09

    A small gem I got from the tafseer talk before ‘Isha tonight. I actually took notes on my iPod touch. 🙂

    When Quraish’s youth came to kill the Prophet (S) in Makkah, and they surrounded his home, with ‘Ali (R), he picked up a handful of dirt (or dust), then recited the first few ayaat of Surah Yaseen, and then blew the dust into the air. Those particles of dust went in the eyes of the attackers, and temporarily blinded them allowing Muhammad (S) to walk right past them without them seeing him. Those verses protected the Prophet (S) from death and allowed him to escape to Madinah.

    What do you think?

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    p.s. Thanks to brother Arif, the source for this story is in Ibn Hisham, Vol. Pp. 480-83.

     
    • Arif Kabir 6:51 am on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Masha’Allah, that’s really interesting!

      For all those interested on the source, I looked up the reference to this story and I found out that this is found at Ibn Hisham, Vol. Pp. 480-83.

  • Arif Kabir 8:12 pm on September 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    People Exempt From Fasting 

    By Yasir Qadhi

    Video can be found here

    Who is exempt from fasting? Once we ask this question, we have to realize that the default is that everyone must fast unless they are among the following type of people:
    • Mentally incapable

    • Children – They have to be adults and in Islam, an adult is one who has reached puberty and is between the ages of 11-14.

    • Women who are in their monthly cycles and who are still suffering from the bleedings from childbirth – Unlike children who are allowed to fast and they and their parents get rewarded for it, these women are not allowed to fast; it is actually forbidden for them to do so. They need to make it up after their period is over and that obligation takes place as soon as they have the discharge that finishes their period.

    • The travelers – What is travel? It is whatever your culture considers travel, so commuting to work doesn’t mean travel, but rather if you’re going to another town, city, state, or country, etc. If the travel is easy, that doesn’t mean you have to fast; Allah made this religion easy and you can do whatever’s easy for you. Just realize it’s not extra piety for you to fast while traveling, as the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) stated in a Hadith.

    Suppose you have a flight at 5 and the Iftar is at 6 – you have to fast while you’re still in the city until 5 and since you have only an hour until you have to break the fast, then it is better for u to fast. If u have a difficult travel, then it’s better for you not to fast and to make it when u get home.

    • Sickness – By sickness, it means the type that if you fast, the sickness get worse. The sickness doesn’t have to be life-threatening or severe, but just one that would be impacted by the fast. There are two categories of sickness:

    • Temporary sickness – This includes sicknesses such as fever and such. They don’t have to feed the poor but they have to make up the fast when once they feel fine.

    • Permanent sickness – This includes diabetes, cancer, and other types of sicknesses that remain permanently. A permanent sickness can also mean one who is very old and weak. For these people, they should give food to a poor person per day. They can give a meal per day or they can calculate all the 29/30 meals and give them all out on day. It is also permissible to feed one person 30 meals and it’d be ok. The best thing to give is food and the type of food that should be given is what is regular according to your culture; If chicken and rice are a normal meal, then that is what you should give. However, if that is considered a luxury in that culture, then that definitely is not what you have to give. You should basically give staple food – in some cultures, its chicken and rice and for others, its lentils and bread. As there is no end to these sicknesses, these people do not have to make up the fast.

    • Pregnant women and breastfeeding women – Muslim sisters, realize firstly that just because you’re pregnant or breastfeeding doesn’t get you off the hook. Only if you feel that the fast will make it difficult on you or that a Muslim reputable doctor tells you that the fast will have adverse consequences on you or your child, then you’re exempt from the fasting. There is difference of opinion on whether they should feed someone or if they should make it up for that missed fast – my personal opinion is that they should make it up.

     
  • Amatullah 4:42 am on September 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    A Muslim Day in Ramadan: From Morning Till Evening 

    The following notes are from an Ilminar conducted by Shaykh Riad Ourzazi.

    Ramadan is on the verge of leaving us.  How many people do you know who prayed last Ramadan who are not with us this Ramadan?

    Surah Al Baqarah v. 153:  Siyam has been prescribed for you as it was for those who came before you so that you may obtain piety.

    This is the month of siyam, Quran, forgiveness.  Hadeeth of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam):  A man will come on the Day of Judgment with another man and will want to take back what the other man took from him.  Allah showed him a palace in Jannah in said that if he forgave the other man, then it would be his.  The man said he forgives the other man, and Allah told him enter Jannah.  Then Allah said that He is the most forgiving, so take the other man’s hand and enter Jannah.

    We were just talking about the man who forgave the other, and Allah told him to take his brother’s hand and go to Jannah.  If Allah forgives, then will not you?  Why wouldn’t you?

    As the amal increase in this blessed month, they multiply and likewise the bad deeds multiply as well.  Ibn Abbas (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) said something interesting.  It is not a hadeeth of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) but is only mentioned by Ibn Abbas (radhi Allahu ‘anhu).  Ibn Abbas said:  “The inner sins are greater than the outer sins.”  The sins starting with the heart are greater.  The sins done with the heart are greater than those done with the physical faculties.  For instance, if you are talking to a girl on the phone and all of a sudden your mother or father comes in and your heart starts beating and you change the conversation.  In fact, the heart that starts beating:  the sin in itself is greater because you are not afraid of Allah when you were doing something haram.  That particular sin is greater than the sin itself.

    Allah is watching us not only in Ramadan.  Ramadan is a training we have to endure so that we can get ready for other things.  Jaabir ibn Abdullah used to say to let your tongue fast and your physical faculties also fast along with you.  You leave a lot of halal things in Ramadan.  You leave halal and do haram.  In Ramadan you leave that which is halal and without realizing end up doing haram and eat the haram meat of people by doing gheebah and nameemah.

    Let us take a 24 hour trip on how to live Ramadan from morning to evening.  A day in Shari’ah starts from salat al fajr until maghrib, and the night starts from maghrib until fajr.  This is a very practical talk.  First, we will have a goal.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Allah will save souls from Hell fire throughout the month of Ramadan” (Ibn Hibban, Al Hakim, Ibn Majah, Al Bayhaqi).  Every night souls are saved from Hellfire.  May Allah make us of those whose souls are saved from Hellfire.

    Let us go on this trip from morning until evening.  The adab of fajr should find you inside the masjid especially the brothers.  Hadeeth in Sahih Muslim:  For the women, praying in the home is better than the masjid, but do not prevent women from going to the masjid.  Nowadays, women should go to the masjid for taraweeh and to benefit.  So the adab of fajr is to pray it inside the masjid.  Make sure that you are in the masjid before the adhan of salat al fajr.  One of the salaf said, “For the past 40 years, any time that the mu’adhin would make adhan, he would find me inside the masjid.”  There are so many benefits of being inside the masjid before the adhan.  First of all, I want to give you this example of a person (not you brothers and sisters, but a person who does not fear Allah) who has a meeting with a girl or a girl who has a meeting with a boy, and the boy sits in front of his mirror for half an hour an preparing himself and dressing up and then checks and goes back to the mirror to make sure he is looking cool.  He is getting ready to go and meet this person whom he loves.  You all claim that you love Allah and are going to His masjid and going to meet Him, then how would you go and meet Allah?  How is your heart?  The person’s heart starts beating faster the closer and closer the time comes to meeting the girl.  Do you prepare yourself to go to the masjid and meet Allah?  Or do you prepare to go for the last rak’ah?  There are constantly people who are late for the salah and try to get what they can get, but this person has missed a lot of benefits by being early in the masjid.

    There is a beautiful hadeeth of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) reported by Bukhari and Muslim and narrated by Abu Hurayrah (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) says:  “If people knew what reward is in the call (i.e. the adhan) and the first row, and there is no other way to settle the matter other than drawing lots then they will draw lots for it.”  This means that if people all come on time and try to get into the first row, but there is only limited space, then they will draw lots for the first row.

    Try to get into the right side of the row because a hadeeth in Tabarani talks about this and is reported by Ibn Hajr in Fath Al Bari.  Aisha (radhi Allahu ‘anha) narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said:  “But Allah and all of his angels send all of their salaams and make du’a for those who pray in the right side of the row.”  There is more reward in praying in the right side of the row.  How do you get this?  By being in the masjid early.

    Another benefit:  Obtaining the first takbeerat of the salah.  If you come late, you will not benefit from this.  Anas (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said:  “Whosoever prays forty days in jama’ah without missing takbeerat al ihram, Allah will give him two declarations of immunity / innocence:  one from the Hellfire and the other declaration of innocence from hypocrisy.”  Imagine, may Allah forbid, you go into court and worried about the case and are so scared and know that you are innocent so you hire the dream team of lawyers to defend you and in the end the judge comes back and says you are innocent, how would you feel?  How would you feel if Allah gives you two declarations of innocence?  A declaration of immunity from hellfire and a declaration of immunity from nifaq all from praying forty days in jama’ah and not missing takbeerat al ihram.

    Salat al jama’ah is above all other salah by 25 / 27 levels.  Another benefit is that if you come early to the masjid, you can pray the nawafil between the adhan and the iqamah.  If you come early for salat al dhuhr and pray the sunnah as soon as you hear the sunnah:  Umm Habiba (radhi Allahu ‘anha) narrates that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) says in a hadeeth reported in Ibn Majah and At Tirmidhi: “Whosoever prays 4 rak’at before and after dhuhr will be saved from Hellfire.”

    Another benefit: The du’a between adhan and iqamah is granted and answered, so when you hear the adhan and then do the sunnah and sit waiting for the iqamah, make du’a because it is granted at that time.  The supplication is answered at that time.  When you hear the adhan, send the salat on the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam).  Whosoever says the du’a of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) will receive the intercession of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) on the Day of Judgment. [Found in hadeeth in Bukhari].

    Now you are inside the masjid before fajr and hear the adhan and pray the sunnah of the two rak’at and then recite the Quran.  In Surah Al Isra v. 78, Allah says: “The Quran that is recited in fajr is witnessed by Allah and His angels.”  The ulema by consensus say that here in this ayah, the meaning is the Quran recited in salat al fajr.  Do not miss salat al fajr, especially in a masjid and in Ramadan.

    Many of us in Ramadan pray the sunnah and leave the fard when praying taraweeh.  We pray taraweeh in huge numbers but leave salat al fajr in jama’ah.

    In Vallejo, a friend of the Shaykh said he went to Palestine and to Bayt al Maqdis and was taking pictures.  A rabbi came to him and asked him where he was from.  The rabbi asked how the Muslims are in that country in terms of prayers and asked if more Muslims are going to the masajid.  The man said there are many who go to Friday prayers.  The rabbi asks about the other prayers and said, “How about the early morning prayer?”  The man said only one row or half depending on the masjid.  The rabbi took him to an old school where there were many Jewish children learning Torah, and the rabbi said something in Hebrew, and all the children started jumping up and down.  The man asked the rabbi what he said.  The rabbi said, “I remember when your Prophet was sick and before he died, he could not pray in jama’ah for five days.  Remember the day when he stood up in the fajr prayer and looked at the masjid and it was crowded and smiled and was happy that your nation was in good shape.  You are now telling me the masajid are not crowded, which means to us that we still have the upper hand on the Muslims.”  Salat al fajr!

    After you pray salat al fajr, you sit.  Do not say one salaam in the masjid and the other from your car. You have been standing before Allah and praying.  Sit after the prayer in your place and say the adhkar of salah.  In the Fortress of the Muslim, they have the du’a to recite after salah.  After fajr, say ten times:  “la ilaha ilAllah wahdahu la shareekah la, lahul mulk wa lahul hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer.”  Open the Fortress of the Muslim after the salah and recite the adhkar.  Recite ayat al kursi.  This is all done sitting facing the qiblah.  Then recite Surah Al Ikhlaas, Sural Al Falaq, and Surah An Nas three times. Then you can do the adhkar of as-sabah.  When you do this adkhar, engage your hearts!  Engage your hearts on the pleasure of Allah.  The trees, oceans, and mountains all make dhikr of Allah.  Look at your hand.  SubhanAllah!  Breathe.  SubhanAllah!

    Keep Fortress of the Muslim and a pocket size Quran with you everywhere you are.  If you have spare time, start reading the Quran.

    There is a lot of benefit staying inside the masjid and reciting the Quran and then praying the two rak’ah which have the reward of Hajj and umrah.  Don’t forget to recite at least ½ a juz of the Quran.  You want to complete the recitation of the Quran in Ramadan.  It is not too late and you can do it!  This was the habit of the salaf that they would finish the Quran.  Allah blessed their time and their life so that they would come close to Him.  Try to complete the recitation at least once.  How would you do this?  Recite ½ a juz in the morning and another ½ after salat al asr or whenever you can.

    Do not miss salat al-dhuha.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) called it the salah of the obedient.  Reported by Imam Ahmad in his musnad:  Abu Hurayrah (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet would never miss the salat al-awabeen, which was salat al dhuha.  This is all training and the best training is in Ramadan.

    Try to pray salat al dhuhr inside the masjid.  Try to be there ahead of the adhan so that you can benefit.  If you are at work or school, then try to pray the sunnah and say the adkhar after the salah.  Then pray the sunnah after salat al dhuhr.  You can do this regardless of where you are.  Make time to do this.  You are comforted in the remembrance of Allah.

    Asr approaches.  Get ready for salat al asr.  The hadeeth of the sunnah of salat al asr:  “Whosoever prays four rak’at before asr benefits from the Mercy of Allah.”  Always make du’a.  You have no time to waste!  You do not know if you will make it to the next Ramadan, so take advantage of this Ramadan.  Say the adkhar of the evening.

    Before maghrib, try to complete the recitation of the juz of the Quran.  As soon as you hear the adhan, rush to iftar.  Make du’a and say the du’a of breaking the fast.  Have dates with you at all times and extra dates with you.  Give dates to other Muslims.  Ask Allah to accept your fasting from you.  Pray salat al maghrib.  Sit and say the adhkar.  Pray your sunnah and then go back and eat.

    When we eat, there is something we tend to forget.  Allah says in Surah Al An’am v. 99: “Feast your eyes with the throat…”  Many Muslims do not have anything to break your fast with while Allah has left you with so much food.  Thank Allah for this blessing and eat, but do not knock yourself out.  Leave 1/3 for food, 1/3 for water, and 1/3 for air.

    Now that you have eaten, you may want to take some rest.  Then get ready for salat al isha in jama’ah.  Make family circle time, which is very important.

    Go to the masjid and sit down and wait for the salah.  You can make du’a or read the Quran.  Time is very precious, and you have no time to waste!

    Once you have prayed, then you go back home.  Do not stay up too late!  Many youth are addicted to staying up and when they wake up for fajr, they are sleepy.  Before you sleep, make wudu.  Pray another two raka’ah or so and recite Surah Al Mulk before sleeping.  Ask your spouse for forgiveness before sleeping.  Say the du’a before sleeping.  Recite ayat al kursi, which is very important!  Do not miss out on this before sleeping!  Allah will send an angel who will guard you the entire night.

    Go to sleep with the niyyah of qiyam al layl.  This is one of the times when the du’a is granted.  Eat suhoor before salat al fajr.  The sunnah of suhoor is to make it as late as you can right before the adhan of salat al fajr.

    This is your 24-hour day in Ramadan.

    Some quick advice:

    • Have sincere intentions to Allah in Ramadan.
    • Repent!  Repentance is also for the believers. “O you who believe, repent to Allah.”
    • Be happy in the month of Ramadan.  The sahabah used to be extremely happy in this month.
    • Pray inside the masjid in jama’ah in Ramadan.
    • Try to help people break their fasts.
    • Thank Allah for the bounties He has blessed you with.
    • Do not miss out on any obedience that you can do:  give charity, pray in the janazah, visit others.
    • Make sure that your tongue is busy with the remembrance of Allah.
    • Do not waste time in Ramadan.
    • Make sure your heart and physical faculties are fasting in Ramadan.
    • Ask Allah every night to save you from Hellfire.
    • Give charity every day in Ramadan.
    • Enjoin good and forbid evil.
    • Strive to be good.
    • Strive to tie your bonds of kinship.
    • Bring happiness to the hearts of the Muslims.
    • Be in the service of your brothers and sisters.
    • Be generous.
    • Strive to be good to your neighbors.
    • Do not laugh too much in Ramadan.  Why?  Too much laughter kills the hearts.
    • Stay away from arguments.
    • When you talk, only talk good or be quiet.
    • Increase the recitation of the Quran.
    • Pray taraweeh in the masjid.
    • Pray qiyam al layl.
    • Say the qunoot and make sure you say a long du’a and have a long qiyam.
    • Stay away from the masajid where there is bid’ah.
    • Pray with devotion and concentration.
    • Increase in the nawafil.
    • Seek the best times when the du’a is granted.
    • Seek istighfar early in the mornings before fajr.
    • If you can make umrah, then do it because umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj with the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam).
    • Mix your ibadat in Ramadan.  If you keep doing one thing, you may get bored, so if you try to do different things, then you will not be bored.
    • Beware of the ignorant who want to argue with you or waste your time.
    • Beware of intermingling.
    • Increase your ibadat in the last 10 days.
    • Seek laylat al qadr.  Ask Allah to make you of those to witness laylat al qadr.
    • Decrease from eating in Ramadan.
    • Train children to fast in Ramadan.
    • Beware of the human shayateen.
    • Have patience and perseverance.
    • Be aware that you are fasting on halal and not breaking your fast on haram.
    • Fast as if this is the last Ramadan in your life.
    • Ask Allah to let you enter Jannah through the gate of Ar-Rayan.

    Q&A

    Many people have the question, if the shayateen are locked, then why do we do bad things?  Not all shayateen are locked.  The Shaytan that is always with you is there and the Shaytan who comes to you in salah is there. The human shayateen are always there, and sometimes they are worse!

    The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was the most generous in Ramadan.  In one minute you can make du’a, give sadaqah, make dhikr.  The Prophet said a treasure of Jannah is saying “la hawla wa la quwatta illa billah.”

    The currency on the Day of Judgment is good and bad deeds.  You do not want those who you have oppressed to ask on the Day of Judgment for your hasanat.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said the bankrupt is a person who has mountains of good deeds who oppressed others and they take all of his good deeds and there are still more people waiting in line so they give him their bad deeds.  This is the month of forgiveness.  Break the Shaytan’s back and go and ask people for forgiveness.

     
    • Amatullah 9:44 pm on September 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      jazaak Allahu khayran for posting, however I didn’t write the notes 🙂 Just passed them on from the sister who did, may Allah reward her.

      • Arif Kabir 9:45 pm on September 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        lol, ill change that to ‘shared by’ then…

        • manahil 5:34 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink

          assalamu alaykum

          I see that this site is not longer updated and seems to be un-touched for a long time. if you (creator) of the site is not longer using this,can you hand it over to me, since i wanted this name and its already in ur use. Let me know if possible

          manahil

        • Arif Kabir 5:36 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink

          Wa ‘alaikumus salaam,

          That is because we have acquired a domain name at IlmNotes.net. If you would like to join the team, please let us know by leaving another comment inshaAllah.

    • manahil 5:47 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      assalamu alaykum brother

      I am receiving the updates from ilmnotes, but this one is not updated for a long time, would you mind giving it to me if you don’t use it, since i can not think of any other name.
      Yes, i would like to join the team but since i am a student, i will be doing at my own pace.
      manahil

  • Arif Kabir 1:25 am on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Virtues of Ramadan 

    Yasir Qadhi

    Found Over At HalalTube.com

    Ramadan Special: Virtues of Ramadan

    The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam), during the time of Ramadan, stood up on a Minbar, called the Companions, gave them a Khutbah, and said,

    “Oh people, know that a month is upon you. Know that you witnessing a month that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has made sacred, that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala made obligatory to fast during its days and He has requested that you stand during its nights (it’s not obligatory, but it is rather good to do so).

    Locked Up

    This month, as said by the Prophet, is one that all of the doors of Hell are shut and chained, and all of the gates of Ramadan are opened, meaning that every opportunity to do good is opened up, you are safe from the fire of Hell, and go to Jannah. This is a month that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) has said that all of the evil Shayaateen are locked up, and they are not allowed to go around, whispering evil thoughts and this is a month that every single night, Allah suhanahu wa ta’ala saves people who were destined to go to Hell, and this month has a day that is better that is better than a thousands months. This month is Ramadan.

    The Preferred Month

    Allah has preferred certain months over others, and Ramadan is the most preferred month in the sight of Allah.Realize that this month has been made very easy as the Shayaateen and gates of Hell are locked, and also realize that 100 percent of the evil deeds that you do in this month is solely from your soul. Therefore, Ramadan is a reflection of your soul.

    The Three Ameens

    One day, when the Prophet was giving the Friday Khutbah, he was climbing up the pulpit, which had three steps. When he climbed the first step, he said Ameen. Then he climbed up the second and said Ameen. Then he climbed up the third and said Ameen. So the companions were confused and said, “Oh Messenger of Allah, we have never heard you say Ameen every time you climb a step. What is the reason for this?” The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “When I was climbing the pulpit, Jibreel came to me and told me, ‘Oh Muhammad, anyone in your nation who manages to be alive when Ramadan comes and does not manage to get his sins forgiven, let him perish in the HellFire – Say Ameen!’ So Muhammad said Ameen. Then when he climbed the second step, Jibreel said, ‘Anyone who manages to catch Laylatul Qadr and does not managed to get his sins forgiven, may he perish in the HellFire – Say Ameen!’ So the Prophet said Ameen and when the Prophet climbed the third step, Jibreel said to him, ‘Oh Muhammad, anyone of your Ummah who manages to catch one of them or both, when they are elderly and they need his help and is not able to service them properly and get his sins forgiven, may he perish – say Ameen! So the Prophet said Ameen. So three duas are made – three golden opportunities that even the worst of men can get all of their sins erased by turning to Allah. Two of those opportunities are related to Ramadan – the entire month and Laylatul Qadr. Therefore, if you cannot be righteous in this month, then there is no hope for you because there are no excuses.

    Three ways to forgive all bad deeds:

    So what do you have to do? The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned three things and anyone of them will unconditionally forgive all of one’s bad deeds:

    1. Whoever fasts the entire month of Ramadan, believing in Allah and hoping for Allah’s reward.
    2. Standing up at night in Ramadan  (ex. Taraweeh)
    3. The night of Laylatul Qadr.

    Ar-Rayyan

    One more blessing of Ramadan is that it is the month when you perfect your fasting in it, and you can enter through a special door set aside for those who fast. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “In Jannah, there is a special door called Ar-Rayyan” and Ar-Rayyan means that which will give you a lot of water, because the way to get to that is to deprive yourself of water (by fasting).

    Ramadan has been put for you to achieve righteousness and piety – this is the ultimate goal; Allah does not benefit when you tire yourself out. Rather, you are the one that benefit. May Allah make us among those whose sins are forgiven in this month, whose fasting is accepted, whose reading of the Qur’an is accepted, and whose Qiyyam is accepted, and may He make us among those who enter Jannah through the gate of Rayyan…

     
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