THE MONTH OF RAMADAAN
The auspicious month of Ramadaan is such a great month that innumerable Kitaabs have been written specifically about the virtues and laws applicable to the holy month of Ramadaan. It is indeed only a very unfortunate person who does not derive benefit from Ramadaan and who is unable to abstain from sin during this great month.
THE MONTH OF MUCH BARAKAAT (BLESSINGS)
Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has described Ramadaan as a ‘Mubaarak month’! The fact that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam declared Ramadaan as a Mubaarak month is indeed a great gift for the Ummah of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. This gift deserves much respect. Watching Television, Facebook, etc. is amongst the worst forms of disrespect to the Mubaarak Month of Ramadaan!
THE MONTH OF EXCESSIVE SABR
With specific reference to Ramadaan, Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said, “It is the month of Sabr (patience) and the reward of Sabr (patience) is Jannah!” It is very important that we control our anger.
THE MONTH OF (THAWAAB) REWARDS
It is mentioned in the Hadeeth that one receives the reward of a Fardh of another month for performing a Nafl in Ramadaan and one receives the reward of 70 Fardh performed in another month just for performing one Fardh in the month of Ramadaan. May Allah grant us Taufeeq to practise good deeds. Ameen
THE MONTH OF EXTRA TILAAWAT
Allah Ta’ala mentions explicitly the month of Ramadaan in Surah Baqarah and describes Ramadaan as the month in which the Qur’aan was revealed. The Qur’aan has also rights upon us. One of the rights of the Qur’aan is that we should make Tilaawat (i.e. reciting the Qur’aan). We should increase our Tilaawat during Ramadaan. Hadhrat Imaam Ahmad Bin Hambal (rahmatullah) once when he saw Allah Ta’ala in a dream, enquired: “O Allah! Show me a short route unto You.” The Divine Response came: “Tilaawat of the Qur’aan.” Imaam Hambal: “With understanding or without understanding?” The Divine Response: “With or without understanding.”
THE MONTH OF MAKING MORE DUA
Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has mentioned that the Dua of a fasting person is not rejected. The time of Iftaar is also a very auspicious time for making Dua. We should at least know the Duas when breaking the fast. Instead of indulging in worldly talk, we should rather make Dua individually with humility.
THE MONTH OF EXTRA SALAAH SUCH AS 20 RAKAATS TARAWEEH
The one who does not read Taraweeh is indeed a loser. He has lost the great Thawaab of Taraweeh. Taraweeh is Sunnah and a Muslim without the Sunnah is like a ‘zombie’. Let us not destroy our Ibaadat and our Taraweeh by watching and looking at Haraam! It is necessary to state that it is Haraam to watch Makkah Taraweeh or any Taraweeh on TV. It is indeed sad that we show such carelessness to the month of Ramadaan and we have hardly any love for Taraweeh Salaah. Taraweeh is not difficult. It is very easy to perform 20 Rakaats Taraweeh. The Shayaateen are chained, yet a person misses Taraweeh???
Many people do not perform their Esha Salaah everyday in the Masaajid. Some don’t perform Taraweeh every night. The Qur’aan makes mention of Shayaateen in human form. Are we of this category which deserves Allah’s severe punishment or are we of that group of people, which qualify, for the great rewards mentioned in the Qur’aan and Hadeeth due to following the Sunnah and the laws of Allah Ta’ala?
THE MONTH OF PROTECTION
It is mentioned in the Ahaadeeth that the Shayaateen are chained in Ramadaan. Thus, there is much wisdom in this. It aids us in making Ibaadat. But, it also indicates that most of the sin which we commit is due to our own negligence and flagrant inconsideration to the laws of Allah! Let us not destroy the rewards of our fasting and Taraweeh by indulging in that which is Haraam such as TV, photos, etc!
THE MONTH WHICH TAKES US TO JANNAH.
One of the Doors of Jannah is ‘Ar-Rayyaan’ which is for those for those who fasted in this world. Allah Ta’ala decorates Jannah for those who fast. Before the Haraam weddings which take place 99% of times amongst Muslims, we prepare months in advance for the Haraam wedding in which intermingling, music, women and girls dressing up like prostitutes, men dressing like kuffaar, videoing etc. takes place.
Now just look at the fasting person in comparison to the participant of a Haraam wedding. The real fasting person is honoured so much by Allah that long before he even enters Jannah, Allah prepares Jannah for him. One makes such preparations well in advance only for someone who is special. May Allah make us all Jannatis. Ameen. It shouldn’t be that Jahannam is being prepared for us because we attend Haraam weddings and Haraam functions. Thus, take heed and abstain from Haraam gatherings!
THE MONTH OF ABSTINENCE
Whilst it is Fardh to fast from food and drink during the days of Ramadaan, it is Fardh to abstain from Haraam and all sins throughout the entire year, and even more so at auspicious places and during holy times such as Ramadaan. The Month of Ramadaan is a month whereby one gets close unto Allah. It is not a month of entertainment and dramas! It is a month of performing more good deeds and definitely abstaining from all sin. Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has said Ameen on the Mimbar to the curse of Jibreel Alayhis Salaam upon the one who finds Ramadaan, but is not forgiven (due to sin, not fasting, not reading Taraweeh, etc.)
THE MONTH OF FORGIVENESS
Let us be kinder and more generous in the month of Ramadaan. It is mentioned in the Ahaadeeth that even the fish seek forgiveness for those who are fasting. Subhaanallah! Our great isn’t Allah! The Ummah of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is indeed very fortunate.
It shouldn’t be that instead of our sins being forgiven, we invite Allah’s punishment. Ramadaan is a powerful month which has a powerful effect on one who treats the month of Ramadaan with due respect and act according to the demands of this noble month. Many Muslims behave like Kuffaar on Eid’s Day! They behave as if Ramadaan was a jail for them. Inna Lillaahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji’oon. Undoubtedly, Ramadaan will be a jail for all hypocrites, but not for a true Muslim who follows the Shariah. We indulge in too much Haraam, hence we find Ramadaan difficult. Follow the Sunnah and the Shariah meticulously and you will feel the difference. For Allah’s sake, kindly boycott the TV for the rest of your life!
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