Alhamduliah yesterday night we had an amazing lecture titled
Welcome Ramadan by Sh. Navid Aziz
So here is a little ‘to do’ list before Ramadan and some pointers inshaAllah they will be of benefit.
1. A person who enters ramadan with a sick heart will not be able to enjoy it. Few steps to purify your heart:
- Hatred- get rid of all that hatred and forgive anyone that has ever done any wrong to you
- Seek forgiveness from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
- Concept of our tongues- we sometimes realize that we are so used to saying ‘bad words’ or bad phrases’ so try to cleanse your tongue from these habits
2. How to attain most of our prayer. The way we pray will affect our ramadan.
- Understand what you are saying.
- How you approach it. People come late to salah after the iqama was said and the prayer has begun. People view the prayer as a chore, but not an enjoyable chore. The prophet alayhi asalam used to say أرحنا بها يا بلال ‘Make us tranquil with it (the athan) ya Bilal’
The prophet would find salah as his day break, the coolness of his eyes.
- Breaking out of habit of salah. We are programed to say the same thing since we are small. The same duaa in each part of our salah, the same small surahs to just get the salah over with. But to actually taste the sweetness of salah change your recitations and athkar. Find a new duaa to say in your sujood and etc.
3. Relationship with the Quran.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sent down this book full of blessings and sadly people only seek to read it in Ramadan.
If you don’t build a good and stable relationship throughout the year don’t expect to build one in one month. The Quran will abandon you as you abandon it so take good care of it and especially in ramadan.
A good way to do so is by finding as i like to call it a ‘quran buddy’. This ‘buddy’ can be a friend who you can throughout the year keep track with them. 🙂
4. Generosity time! Companions would cry if they were not able to give charity and now we cry if we have to give.
وَإِذَا سَمِعُوا مَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ تَرَى أَعْيُنَهُمْ تَفِيضُ مِنَ الدَّمْعِ
– You should not let your money own you, you should own it!
– The sahaba saw how wealth was only part of this dunya and would find any way to give it all away for the sake of Allah
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: The Prophet was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Holy Qur’an to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare).
5. The Result. What do YOU want to be after Ramadan?
Renew your intentions: Don’t loose that ‘will’ to change.
If you aim for the minimum sadly, all you will attain will be lower!
If I have made any mistakes please correct me 🙂