TweetWe need to ponder over the points made in the previous post and make a firm resolution from now to reap the benefits of the coming blessed days.
Competition should begin from now regarding the amount of recitation of the Quran we intend doing. We often enquire from others regarding worldly matters like work, earnings etc. Do we ever ask anyone who we think maybe doing a lot more thikr or tilaawat than us in order to do more than them?
After making the intention to increase our worship in Ramadhaan a timetable should be set from now so that we increase gradually. In this there is more benefit and the motivation will increase. Do not put it off for Ramadhaan i.e. I will begin in the month of Ramadhaan.
We should develop the yearning which the pious slaves of Allah subhaanahu wataala have in their hearts for the approach of Ramadhaan by reflecting over the sheer blessings of the month i.e. the increase in the reward of the acts of worship, the sheer grace of Allah subhaanahu wataala in blessing us with the Night of Power, the dua of the fasting slaves which are accepted etc. (to this end reading Fazaail-e-Ramadhaan by Shaykh Zakariyyah is very beneficial)
Shaykh mentioned that Haaji Faruq Sahib (Rahmatullaahi alayh) used to say that since the month of Ramadhaan is enjoined upon us so that we become of the Muttaqeen (Allah-fearing) so ask Allah subhaanhu wataala to make you a Muttaqee as this is what He wants for you.
As for the month of Ramadhaan itself, first and foremost safeguard yourself from all sin and Laayaani (those acts which are time wasting/futile and of no benefit). Refrain from unnecessary intermingling with people where backbiting and such sins are easy to commit. Lessen your time in browsing the internet and increase recitation of the Quran, Thikr, Durud and Dua.
One especially beneficial and unique advice given by our respected Shaykh was concerning charity. Firstly it should be increased and secondly to reap maximum benefit one should reflect on the following:
The Night of Power falls in the last 10 days of Ramadhaan (and in some narrations it could be any night in the month). This night is better than a thousand months which according to the calculation made by Shaykh Zakariyyah (rahimahullaah) is more than 83 years. Now if one was to give charity every night for the entire month one is bound to attain the reward of the Night of Power and the charity given on that night would be similar to giving that amount every day for more than 83 years! So one should try and give whatever amount one can afford every night during Ramadhaan to attain maximum benefit.
Thikr for the month of Ramadhaan:
أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله نَسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُبِكَ مِنْ النَّار
Ashadu allaa ilaaha illallaah, nastaghfirullaah, nasalukal-jannata wa naooudhu bika min an-naar I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and we seek the forgiveness of Allah. We ask You for Paradise and take refuge in You from the Fire.
Du'a for the Night of Power:
اللهمَّ انَّكَ عَفُوٌ تُحبُّ العفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنَّا يا كريم
Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbu-l `afwa f`afu `annaa, Yaa Kareem O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us (3 times). On the third time say O Most Generous (Yaa Kareem)..
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