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An Exceptional Ramadan
الحمد لله رب العالمين
All praise to Allah عز وجل, who made us reach this blessed month of Ramadan.
Deprivation of attending congregational prayers, taraweeh prayers, beneficial gatherings, performing umrah during Ramadan may worry us on losing some of the best deeds of great rewards during this month. However, Allah سبحانه وتعالى has showed us the way to multiply our rewards at all times even during a lockdown.
It’s indeed a great blessing from our Rabb to guide us towards goodness through beneficial reminders. One such reminder is this constructive booklet on ‘Deeds and Means of Multiplication of Rewards’.
Equip yourselves with these beautiful means and build your deeds upon it during this month of happiness.
May Allah عز وجل bestow His guidance upon us, that we may travel this entire month with Imaan and Ihtisaab and end up being among the successful ones who truly attained the benefit of this month.
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We need to perform good deeds with sincerity and remind ourselves of the goal we want to achieve. We must keep the good intention in mind throughout such that we can attain the complete reward of the particular deed.
The heart is called Qalb in Arabic because Qalb literally means turn and the heart is constantly turning. We need to constantly renew our intention and turn our hearts back to Allah to fulfill Tawheed.
In order to do all the good deeds in Ramadan with sincerity, we must train ourselves from now onward.
One of the greatest blessings Allah has bestowed upon us is Emaan. Even if the slave has nothing but Emaan, it will be enough for him to save him from the Hell fire.
For if he has Emaan, it will save him from the Hellfire and wash away his sins.
Who are the people of Emaan? Al Emaan is what is established in the heart and proved by the limbs. What is established in your heart about belief in the angels and messengers, manifests through the actions of the tongue and limbs etc.
What is the issue with most of us? We focus on the actions only. What are the conditions that will make us establish Emaan?
The Emaan about the Jinn: Who are the jinn? They are like us humans. They have families, they eat etc., but one difference is that they are invisible. Read the rest of this entry
We need to fulfil two conditions when performing any act of worship:
2) الإتباع Following the Sunnah of the Prophet
We have to follow the manners of attending the gatherings of knowledge. We will be accounted for the way we sit, listen, ask questions, treat others, etc. These types of gatherings are an act of worship. It is known that the Shaytaan is aware of how beloved the gatherings of knowledge are to Allah. This is why he comes and whispers in each person’s heart, distracting her. Shaytaan is our enemy, trying his best to turn our hearts away. We have to strive hard to repel these whispers from the Shaytaan by seeking refuge with Allah from the Shaytaan, make du’aa asking Allah to help you as He is able to drive away the whispers of the Shaytaan from your heart and make it easy for you to concentrate. If we are seeking the blessing in the knowledge, we have to be sincere and follow the manners of attending the gatherings of knowledge.
In Surah Hujuraat Verse 7:
وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ فِيكُمْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ۚ لَوْ يُطِيعُكُمْ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ لَعَنِتُّمْ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ حَبَّبَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْإِيمَانَ وَزَيَّنَهُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَكَرَّهَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الرَّاشِدُونَ
And know that, among you there is the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). If he were to obey you (i.e. follow your opinions and desires) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble, but Allah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones,
It is not by our own effort that we become believers, Allah is the one who endeared faith in our hearts. Allah guides whomever he wills to Eeman, and His will is related to His wisdom and knowledge. He knows who deserves to be granted faith.
There are 3 actions of Allah in this verse:
1) Allah made faith endeared to our hearts.
2) He adorned it in our hearts.
3) He made Kufr, Fusooq, and ‘Isyan hateful to our hearts.
Belief in Allah is the greatest deed and it is the best of deeds. Afdhal ul A’maal, Belief in Allah, means believing in His names, attributes, actions and legislation we get to know all this from the Qur’aan.
Narrated Abu Huraira (RadhiAllaahu ‘Anhu): Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was asked, “What is the best deed?” He replied, “To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad, Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). The questioner then asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? He replied, “To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause”. [Bukhari]
It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (RadhiAllaahu ‘Anhu) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) which action is most beloved to Allah? He said: ‘Establishing prayer on time, honouring one’s parents and Jihad in the cause of Allah.'” [An-Nasaai]
Your Salaat is the scale for your eeman. If it is good then it indicates that the eeman is strong in your heart, if it is not then it indicates your Eeman is weak.
The first description Allah described the believers with in Surah Mu’minoon was that they offer the Salaat with humility, concentration and submissiveness. This indicates the importance of eeman. We have to take care of the means of strengthening our Eeman; it is not enough to know that Allah is the creator and the Prophet is the Messenger. The Sahabah took care of increasing their eeman because it is the highest matter in the religion. The Sahabah asked about the deeds pleasing to Allah. They did not ask whether it was Sunnah or obligatory. They wanted to know the most beloved deed regardless if it was obligatory or Sunnah. This was their attitude.
1) It is reported that Mu`adh ibn Jabal (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) would often say to his companions when they were walking, “Let us sit down and believe for a while.”
2) It is also narrated that `Abdullah ibn Rawahah (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu), whenever he met one of the sahabah, used to say, “Come, let us believe in our Lord for a while.”
3) Even the rightly-guided khalifah `Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) used to say to his companions, “Come on, let us go and increase our faith,”
[Taken from the book of means of increasing and decreasing of Eeman by Shaikh Abdur-Razzaq Al-Badr ] Read the rest of this entry