Bidding Farewell to Ramadan

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah

As the month of great mercies draws to a close, as the faithful engage in final acts of Ramadan devotions, as believers anticipate divine acceptance and as Muslims across the world prepare for the coming Eid celebrations, let us close our series of Ramadan exhortations from Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali with the following:


‘Servants of God! The month of Ramadan has resolved to leave, and only a little of it now remains. Those among you who have done well in it, let them see it through till its end. Those who have fallen short, let them finish it with goodly actions. Enjoy the remaining few days and nights that are left of it. Bid it farewell with righteous deeds that will testify in your favour before the All-Knowing King. See it off by parting with it with the purest greeting of peace …

O month of Ramadan, be gentle! The tears of the lovers are streaming down at your departure and their hearts torn asunder at the pain of separation. Perhaps standing to bid you farewell may quench the flames of yearning that burn within. Perhaps a few moments of repentance and abstinence may mend of the fast all that has pierced it. Perhaps one cut-off from the caravan [of fasters] may find divine acceptance along with them. Perhaps one who was deserving of the Fire will be set free. Perhaps one shackled by sins will be liberated. Perhaps the sinner shall be shown mercy to by the Protecting Master.’1


Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-siyam wa’l-qiyam. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-tilawati
wa’l-qur’an. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-barakah wa’l-ihsan. Salamun
‘alayka ya shahr al-ghufran wa’l-ridwan. Salamun
‘alayka ya shahr al-Ramadan.
Salamun ‘alayka.
Salam.

1. Lata’if al-Ma‘arif (Riyadh: Dar Ibn Khuzaymah, 2007), 486-7.

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Top Tips For Making The Most of Laylatul Qadr

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah

Laytul Qadr or the Night of Power is the pinnacle of the blessed month of Ramadan, and is the equivalent of spending 1000 months in worship of Allah SWT!

The Prophet SAW ordered us to search for Laytul Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan during the odd nights. However, we recommend you treat EVERY night of the last ten nights with the same amount of effort and fervour, because you don’t want to risk losing this beautiful night!

So here are our top tips to make the most of these last ten nights:

1. Prepare yourself by writing out your dua checklist of all the things you want to make dua for – you can section them into duas for the home, personal duas, family, health, wealth, duas for others and for the ummah.

2. Take regular naps during the day, so that you are ready and refreshed for your worship at night.

3. Pick a room in your home (if you are not going to the mosque) and make it clean and comfortable. Have with you: Quran, Hisnul Muslim (Fortress of a Muslim dua book or other authentic supplications) and water, fruit and dates so you have everything you need to hand.

3. Make thikr often with the recommended supplication for these last ten days which is:

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-afwa fa’affu ‘anni

(Oh Allah, you are Forgiving and you love forgiveness, so forgive me)

4. Vary your acts of worship so you don’t get tired. You can alternate between the Quran, Qiyaam, dhikr and dua.

5. Be generous in your duas! You wouldn’t ask a King for a penny, and Allah SWT is the King of Kings, so be GENEROUS in asking Allah for plenty and don’t limit yourself to Allah’s blessings or limit what Allah is able to give you! Ask of good and Allah will give you good!

6. Make dua in sujood, in the witr, in qiyaam etc and make it ABUNDANTLY

7. Be hopeful in Allah’s Mercy and CERTAIN that Allah WILL respond. Making dua half-heartedly means you’re not fully engaged with connecting with your Lord and also means you have no confidence in your own duas!

May Allah SWT grant us all forgiveness in this blessed month and may ALL of our duas be answered ameen!

—Purematrimony.com

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Allah shows you His Signs..

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah

“And say, ‘Praise is due to Allah. He will show you His signs, and you will recognize them. And your Lord is not unaware of what you do.'” [al-Naml: 93]

Every day, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala sends us some of His Signs. He shows us different things; in His Verses, in the universe, in ourselves, in incidents that occur in our lives etc. Sometimes the signs are general, sometimes they’re very personal. He alerts us to these things so that we may turn to Him, hearken to His Existence, and worship Him. These signs come to us again and again, like the verse which you keep getting reminded about, but sometimes we’re so busy looking for other things that we miss the little things in our lives that keep coming back. Have you ever wondered at your continuous hardship? The test will keep coming again and again until your learn the lesson you’re supposed to learn. There is no such thing as coincidences in this world; but they are all signs, and signs lead the way to greater meanings and purpose.

When we realise that Allah `azza wa jall is guiding us to Himself, the steps we take at that stage become all the more important. Some of us will listen, and some of us will unfortunately turn away. We know the example of the one who will be raised blind on the Day of Resurrection, and he will cry out, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I had sight?” And Allah will simply say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, but you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” [TaHa: 124-126]

When His Signs come to you, take great care not to turn away or to disregard. He knows that you’ve recognised the sign and whatever you do at that point is ever so crucial, because as He says in the end, ‘…Your Lord is not unaware of what you do.’

May Allah grant us insight and understanding, ameen.

—Fajr blog

Hardships…Trials…Tests!

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah

Surah al-Anbiya’, the Chapter of Prophets. In this profound Surah we go through passages where the lives of some of the Prophets are recapped. But it’s not their entire life that is detailed here; instead, Allah `azza wa jall alerts us to their moments of hardship, their trials, and their tests.

About Ibrahim: ‘They said, “Burn him and support your gods – if you are to act.” Allah said, “O fire, be cool and safe for Abraham.” –
“And remember Nuh, when he cried (to Us) aforetime…”
“And remember Dawud and Sulaiman, when they gave judgement…”
“And remember Ayub, when he cried to his Lord: “Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.”
“And remember Isma’il and Idrees and Dhul-Kifl; all were of the patient.”
“And remember Dhan-Nun (Yunus), when he went off in anger…”
“And remember Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: “O My Lord! Leave me not single (childless), though You are the Best of the inheritors.””
“And remember she who guarded her chastity (Maryam)…”

And so the passages unfold, each one giving us an insight into the lives of the Prophets and legends before us. They were tested, and so they called out to Allah for help. The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) was once asked ‘Who from the people are the most tested’, and he said: “The Prophets, then the next best and the next best. A man will be tested in accordance with his level of religious commitment. If his religious commitment is strong, he will be tested more severely, and if his religious commitment is weak, he will be tested in accordance with his religious commitment. Calamities will keep befalling a person until he walks on the earth with no sin upon him.” [al-Tirmidhi, sahih]

Hence it’s no surprise that in the Chapter of the Prophets, these tests are mentioned. But immediately after each mention, Allah `azza wa jall says, “So We answered his call…’ ‘So we saved him…’ etc. And in the end, He says, “Truly! This Ummah of yours is one Ummah, and I am your Lord, therefore worship Me.” [al-Anbiya’: 92].

We are slaves of Allah following trails set by Prophets before us. They encountered hard times, and so we will encounter hard times. They were tested, and so we will be tested. They bore patience, and so we must bear patience, because we are one Ummah, with one religion. It’s truly uplifting when we take these legends and towering figures as our role-models and guides, because despite the struggles, they remain the best men to walk the face of this planet and this is something to truly look up to and be proud of.

May Allah keep us firm on His Path and keep us strong within the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), ameen.