Category Archives: Ramadan
The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
لِلصَّائِمِ فَرْحَتَانِ فَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يُفْطِرُ وَفَرْحَةٌ حِينَ يَلْقَى رَبَّهُ
There are two joys for the fasting person: the joy when he breaks his fast, and the joy when he meets his Lord. [At-Tirmidhi]
فرح (joy) is an act of worship, an عبادة, which the believers should feel when they break their fast.
For what reason is the believer happy?
Shaikh Ibn ‘Uthaimeen (رحمه الله) said that when he breaks his fast, his pleasure is from two aspects:
1) That he has carried out the command of Allaah and successfully completed the obligation enjoined upon him by Allaah. How many people are in the graveyard wishing to fast for just one day for the sake of Allaah and yet he is unable to! The believer is happy that Allaah bestowed this favor upon him; that He guided him to complete the fast of that day. This is an important act of worship that one should practice at the time of breaking his fast.
2) Also, he feels joyful because Allaah has made lawful for him what conforms with his nature of food, drinks, and sexual relations with his spouse, after they were forbidden for him.
Pause and reflect: what truly brings you joy in this life and what saddens you? Are you only happy when you attain worldly gain – when you get a gift from someone or when you attain something you desire? Or do you rejoice when you finish Salaat in the proper way, when you complete your fast in the proper way?
Ponder over the moments of joy in your life. When are you happy? Read the rest of this entry
One of the things that will increase our faith before we enter the month of Ramadan is to study the Ahadeeth that are particular to this blessed month.
In one such Hadeeth the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
إذا جاء رضان فتحت أبواب الجنة، وغلقت أبواب النار، وصفدت الشياطين
“When Ramadan begins, the gates of Jannah (Paradise) are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Explanation of the Hadeeth:
As the sun sets on the last day of Sha’ban, the gates of Paradise are opened. The scholars say that the gates of Paradise will actually be opened and the gates of Hellfire will actually be closed; a true opening and closing. It is required from Muslims to believe that the gates of Paradise will be opened and the gates of Hellfire will be closed.
Some scholars like Al-Baaji said that the opening of the gates of Paradise means abundant forgiveness, elevation in ranks, and the giving of abundant reward; while As-Suyooti, when explaining Sunan an-Nasaa’i said: “The gates of mercy are opened. This most probably refers to Allah opening the acts of obedience for His servants which are a means of entering Paradise. The closing of the gates of Hell means the diverting of intentions from committing sins which lead people to Hell.” [End quote]
All these interpretations are correct. Read the rest of this entry
One of the greatest blessings of Allah upon us is that Allah teaches us about His Noble Self. He chooses from among His servants and teaches them about Himself.
Sha’ban is the month in which the deeds are raised to Allah, and a month in which the Prophet (ﷺ) used to fast.
عن أبي موسى الأشعري عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” إن الله ليطلع في ليلة النصف من شعبان فيغفر لجميع خلقه إلا لمشرك أو مشاحن “
It was narrated from bu Moosa al-Ash’ari that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Allaah looks down on the night of the fifteenth of Sha’ban and forgives all his creation except a mushrik or one who harbors hatred against the Muslims.” [Ibn Maajah, 1390]
مشرك Mushrik = The one who associates partners with Allah in worship
مشاحن Mushahin = The one who holds grudges in his heart
If we believe with certainty that this happens, then it should motivate us to take action. This is a warning for us to clear our hearts of hatred, malice, and grudges against other Muslims.
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We praise Allah abundantly for allowing us to reach the month of Sha’ban; a month which most people do not pay attention to.
عن أُسَامَةُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ لَمْ أَرَكَ تَصُومُ شَهْرًا مِنَ الشُّهُورِ مَا تَصُومُ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ . قَالَ “ ذَلِكَ شَهْرٌ يَغْفُلُ النَّاسُ عَنْهُ بَيْنَ رَجَبٍ وَرَمَضَانَ وَهُوَ شَهْرٌ تُرْفَعُ فِيهِ الأَعْمَالُ إِلَى رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ فَأُحِبُّ أَنْ يُرْفَعَ عَمَلِي وَأَنَا صَائِمٌ ”
Usamah bin Zaid (Radia-Allahu ‘anhu) said: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting any month as much as Sha’ban.’ He said: ‘That is a month to which people do not pay much attention, between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds, and I like that my deeds be taken up when I am fasting.“‘ [An-Nasaa’i]
Because the month of Sha’ban falls between the month of Rajab (which is a sacred month) and the month of Ramadan (which is a great month of fasting), people are occupied with these two months and neglect Sha’ban. Read the rest of this entry
One of the greatest blessings of the gatherings of remembrance of Allah is that the Angels look for them. When they find such gatherings, they come and sit with its people. And when the gatherings have concluded, it will be said to those people, “Get up while your sins are forgiven.”
This only happens in the gatherings of religious knowledge.
Allah swore in the Qur’an, in Surat Ibrahim [14:7], that if you are grateful, He will increase you:
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.” Read the rest of this entry
Some of the Salaf said that the month of Rajab is for sowing the seeds of Imaan and Sha’ban is the month for irrigating the crops, while Ramadan is the month for reaping the harvest of Imaan.
We need to sow the seeds of faith now, before and whilst we are in the month of Rajab. When one increases his faith, his certainty increases, and accordingly his actions will increase. Sha’ban is the month of action. We will not be able to take action unless we have strong faith. We need to increase in faith then act upon our faith in these months, so that we can attain the fruits when Ramadan enters upon us. This means that we will enjoy the acts of worship, Allah will make it easy for us and we will get the reward which Allah has promised. But we have to prepare ourselves in advance, before we enter the month of Ramadan. Read the rest of this entry
- Translation of the lecture “Ramadan is an opportunity of a lifetime” by Dr. Nawal al-‘Eid
- Saheeh at-Targheeb by al-Albaani
- Riyadus-Saliheen by Daar-us-Salaam
Read the article: “Ramadan is the opportunity of a life time” (part 1)
Third: Establishing the night with Qiyaam (Voluntary Prayers)
The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever establishes the night of Ramadan with voluntary prayer (i.e. Taraweeh or Qiyaam) with sincere faith and Ihtisaab [i.e. hoping for the reward from Allaah (Ta’ala)], all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaari]
Sincere faith means to believe in the promise of Allaah’s granting reward for establishing the night with prayers sincerely for His Sake only.
Ihtisaab is to hope for the reward from only Allaah (Ta’ala) and no one else. It is to hope for the forgiveness of past sins, to hope for attaining Allaah’s love for following the Sunnah of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), to hope for entering Paradise in peace, and so forth.
Abu Dhar al-Ghifaari (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever establishes the night prayer with the Imaam till he (the Imaam) finishes, it will be written for him the reward of establishing the whole night [with prayer].” [At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jamie’ no. 2417]
Allaah (Ta’ala) praises those who establish the night with prayers in Surat as-Sajdah (32:16) and witnesses for them the complete and perfect faith:
“Their sides forsake their beds, they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend.”
They forego sleep and the desire for resting on a comfortable bed in fear of Allaah’s punishment and in hope of His reward and mercy.
“No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.” [32:17]
Allaah (Ta’ala) will grant them the everlasting joy and delight in Paradise, a fitting reward which suits their deeds. Because they concealed their good deeds, Allaah conceals the reward for them which no eyes have seen and what has never crossed the mind of any man.
The following Ahadeeth indicate the virtue of establishing the nights with Qiyaam: Read the rest of this entry