The blessed month of Ramadan is here! 🙂
Ramadan is one of the months of the Islamic Calender. During this month Muslims around the globe take up fasting i.e., abstaining from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk. It is also important that they refrain themselves from backbiting, gossiping, slander, telling lies, fighting and various other sinful acts prohibited in Islam.
Allah Almighty says in the Quran:
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desireth for you ease; He desireth not hardship for you; and (He desireth) that ye should complete the period, and that ye should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure ye may be thankful.” (Al-Baqarah 2: 185)
Ramadan is a month where muslims try to come more closer to the One God, Allah! This is done by increasing the time they put into worshipping Him, reading more Quran, giving charity and various other meritorious acts. During this month the reward for every good deed is multiplied, Alhumdulillah.
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Observing al-sawn (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-muttaqoon (the pious).” [al-Baqarah 2:183]
I hope the articles I posted previously were of some help to prepare for Ramadan. Here are a few more links to articles I’d suggest that might be helpful during Ramadan-
- Preparing for Ramadan E-book.
- Ramadan TV.
- The Why of Fasting.
- Notes from Learn Islam(Short courses) on fiqh of Ramadan.
- Video Series on Ramadan fiqh Issues.
- Suggestive Program during Ramadan.
- Misconceptions & FAQs about Ramadan and Fasts.
- I do not have an iPad or iPhone but for those of you who do.. here are few applications on Ramadan for your iPad/iPhone.
- 6 tips for a healthier Ramadan for you. (Sisters)
- The Ramadan Food guide.
- The three levels of Fasting.
- Controlling Your Nafs during Ramadan – Notes & Webinar Recording.
- Benefit Optimally From month of Ramadan.
- Goals of Fasting.
- Virtues Of Ramadan.
- Duas for Fasting.
“Ramadan is a window of opportunity where even smiling gives the reward of praying two rakat fajr salah. “
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said: –
“…Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
(Sahih Bukhari Book# 31 Hadith# 125)
May Allah(SWT) help us make best use of this Ramadan, make it a means for us to get closer to him and keep our enthusiasm to gain taqwa and high Imaan throughout the month. May Allah help us repent in the best of ways during this month such that all our sins are forgiven, Insha’Allah. Ameen!
Ya Allah(SWT), make my fasts the fasts of those who fast sincerely, and my standing up in prayer of those who stand up in prayer obediently, awaken me in it from the sleep of the heedless and forgive me my sins. Ameen Sumameen!