Preparing for Ramadan (I) – 3rd May 2015
We need to reach Ramadan with strong faith because it is what we need to help us perform all the acts of worship. The higher your faith the higher the chances for your deeds to be accepted. Faith is situated in the hearts therefore we need to purify our hearts from sicknesses such that we can fill it with faith.
We have to focus on our hearts by:
1) Learning about Allah’s names, attributes, actions, etc.
We have to know the detailed meaning of each name of Allah. We have to know what it implies of an attribute, and the impact of that attribute on us and the entire world. We need to worship Allah by every name. This is a duty.
Abu Huraira (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) relates that Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, said:َ Allah has ninety-nine names. Whoever comprehends them will enter Paradise.
[Sahih Muslim, Book 35, Number 6476]
Every name of Allah requires a servitude which we need to fulfill. We need to recall the appropriate name of Allah depending on the situation we are in. We have to put whatever we learn about His name in practice.
2) Noticing the impact of Allah’s attributes in our lives
The attribute of Allah’s names Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem is Mercy. We need to look for the impacts of this attribute in our entire lives, in the universe and decrees. The Qur’an, the Prophet, etc. are all impacts of Allah’s mercy. Open the Qur’an and you will see Allah’s actions. They indicate His mercy, ability, wisdom, etc.
3) Pay attention to your heart
Everyone should look into their hearts and see what sicknesses they have. When you believe in the name of Allah, Al Hakeem, you will be able to remove all the envy, jealousy and self-conceit from your heart. You will not envy people for what Allah has given them, because you know Allah is All-Wise, He gives and withholds with wisdom.
Surat Al-‘Ahqaf Verse 15:
وَوَصَّيْنَا الْإِنسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ إِحْسَانًا ۖ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ كُرْهًا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًا ۖ وَحَمْلُهُ وَفِصَالُهُ ثَلَاثُونَ شَهْرًا ۚ حَتَّىٰ إِذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] is thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years, he says, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims.”
After he reaches that age, he sees the impact of Allah’s wisdom in decreeing events his entire life. He comes to know the wisdom behind it, and that it is good for him. Look into the fine details of your life. You will see and witness the wisdom of Allah and you will be pleased with His decrees. You will reach the state where you will be happy regardless what Allah writes for you, even with the calamities. We need to prepare our hearts to receive Ramadan with faith.