Ramadan is a preparation

** Preparing full-timers **

Now that we’re three days into Ramadan, it’s usually around now where the initial hype of Ramadan begins to dampen.

Tonight, cast a quick glance around you at the Masjid during the night prayer, and you’ll probably realise that numbers have in fact started to dwindle.

It therefore comes as no surprise why Laylatul Qadr/The Night of Decree – the most rewarding night of the year – hasn’t been placed in the beginning of Ramadan, but during its end.

This, on its own, is a treasure of a lesson that Ramadan teaches its students year in year out;

Being a *consistently* practicing Muslim, during both Ramadan and after Ramadan, is what Allah wants from us.

As Imam Ibnu Taymiyyah said,

أعظم الكرامة لزوم الاستقامة

“The peak of *all* honour is in Istiqaama/ steadfastness”

It’s true.

So many started off with the Hijab then later abandoned it, and many started planning for an Islamic project then gave up, and many started as very adherent Muslims then their views changed. Similarly, many start Ramadan with huge enthusiasm, then it changes.

Ramadan is a preparation –

A preparation of full-timers.

O Allah, allow us to live and die upon Islam, and allow this Ramadan to seal the deal.

-Ustadh Ali H.

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Your Faith Wears Out

Think of your favorite shirt. It fades slightly each time you wash it, and will eventually wear out if you don’t take proper care of it. Faith is the same way – but unlike a piece of clothing, it’s the most valuable asset you have. Without faith, you have nothing. Use this du’aa to ask Allah to renew your faith.

The great companion Abdullah ibn Mas`ud used to regularly pray, “O Allah, increase us in faith, certitude, and understanding (Allahumma zidna imana(n) wa yaqina(n) wa fiqha(n).” [Ibn Hajar, Fath al-Bari]

اللهم زدنا إيمانا ويقينا وفقهاً

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the faith of one of you will diminish just as a shirt becomes worn out, so ask Allah to renew faith in your hearts.”

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani