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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 16th June 2013 10:53
By Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat ḥafiẓahullāh



1. We must wake up for suḥūr as itis a sunnah of our Rasūl s. He has informed us that the food of suḥūr is full of barakah: "Eat suḥūr,because in it lie great blessings." (Bukhārī, Muslim)



We should arrange our time forsuḥūr in such a way that we are also able to perform at least 4 to 8 raka'āt oftahajjud together with du'ā for about 15 minutes or more. Rasūlullāh s has said that the du'ā in the darkness of the night (aftertahajjud) is readily accepted by Allāh. (Tirmidhī)



2. The ideal way to performtahajjud with suḥūr is to wake up early and perform tahajjud and make du'ābefore suḥūr. Everyone in the house should wake up and engage in 'ibādah in thedarkness and isolation of their own rooms. Shed tears and ask Allāh S for your needs just as a small child cries and gets hisneeds fulfilled. Rasūlullāh s has encouraged his followers to cry when making du'ā.



Crying and weeping attractsmercy. Just as a mother who, upon seeing her child crying for a sweet, willsuccumb at the sight of the child's crying and treat it with mercy, similarlywhen one sheds tears whilst beseeching his Lord, the Mercy of the Lord willenshroud him.



3. After tahajjud and suḥūr, wemust pray our Fajr Ṣalāh with congregation. Ladies should also perform theirobligatory Ṣalāh.



4. After Fajr remain engaged in'ibādah till 15-20 minutes after sunrise and perform 4 raka'āt ishrāq.



5. Before zawāl, perform Ṣalāt-ad-Ḍuḥā(chāsht). Rasūlullāh s said, "There is charity due upon you in lieu of every joint thatexists in your body. To say sub'ḥānallāh is a form of charity, to say alḥamdulillāhis also a charity, to say lā ilāha illallāh is also a charity, tocommand goodness and forbid evil is also a charity, and two raka'āt at the timeof ḍuḥā (chāsht) is sufficient for all this charity (i.e. to compensate thefavour of every joint that Allāh S has given you)." (Muslim)



6. Perform Ẓuhr with congregation.If possible, engage in 'ibādah for a while and have a short rest with theintention of qaylūlah - a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet s.



7. Perform 'Aṣr. The time between'Aṣr and Maghrib is very valuable especially for du'ā. We must make the effortto perform our 'Aṣzr with congregation and then remain in the masjid untilMaghrib. Unfortunately, Shayṭān and nafs have deceived us so much that many ofus cannot do without food in the masjid at the time of ifṭār. My friends, weshould try to change our habits and keep the Ākhirah in our minds. Shayṭān andnafs will take us home for some food, which should only take a few minutes, andwill not let us come to the masjid until just before Maghrib. This is the bestpart of the day, which we do not value, only because of our desire for food. Rasūlullāhs said, "There are threegroups of people whose du'ā is not rejected; the fasting person until he breaksthe fast........" (Aḥmad)



When Allāh S has made a promise through His Prophet s, there is no doubt in the acceptance of thesesupplications. In spite of this, we find some people whose prayers are notanswered. This does not mean that their prayers have been rejected. It is AllāhS's Favour upon us thatshould He find that granting us what we ask from Him is in our interest, Hegrants, otherwise not.



Another point to remember isthat there are certain conditions in the absence of which they may be rejected.Among these is ḥalāl food and making du'ā with attention and concentration. Ifour hearts and minds are not in our du'ās, then they may not be answered.



My friends, we must make thehabit of bringing a few dates with us at the time of 'Aṣr, and after 'Aṣr wemust engage in dhikr, tilāwah, tasbīḥ, etc. until just 10-15 minutes beforeMaghrib, when we should raise our hands in du'ā until Adhān. In this way,everyone will be engrossed in their own 'ibādah and we will find that if someof the individuals are crying, others will also get the inclination to do thesame. Therefore value this time between 'Aṣr and Maghrib and do not waste it inworrying about food. The saintly people are such that not even gold and silverwill distract them from the Worship of Allāh S, let alone food. Their concentration in their du'ā is notaffected even if heaps of treasure were to be placed before them, whereas, wewould not be able to concentrate if only a small morsel was to be put in frontof us. I would request my sisters not to spend the time between 'Aṣr andMaghrib in the kitchen.



8. After performing Maghrib, we shouldperform 6 raka'āt of awwābīn after the two raka'āt sunnah and two raka'āt naflof Maghrib. However; those who do not feel inclined to do this, some 'ulamāhave said that two raka'āt sunnah and two raka'āt nafl of Maghrib can alsobecome part of the 6 raka'āt awwābīn. Hence, performing only two raka'āt afterthe sunnah and nafl of Maghrib will suffice.



9. After food prepare for 'Ishā Ṣalāhand go to the masjid. Perform 'Ishā Ṣalāh and tarāwīh. The sisters should notethat 20 raka'āt tarāwīh is sunnah mu'akkadah for them too. They must performtarāwīh after 'Ishā.



10. After tarāwīh, go straight home.Do not loiter around outside the masjid wasting time. At home, remain in'ibādah until you go to sleep. Sleep with the intention of waking up fortahajjud and suḥūr.



11. Apart from the above, we knowthat in Ramaḍān there are always various programmes taking place in the masājidled by our 'ulamā. These are for our own benefit. There are many of us who arevery sinful and during this month our hearts are softened and more receptive;by listening to the wise words of our 'ulamā the chances of bringing good deedsinto practice are greater. Although the month of Ramaḍān is solely for 'ibādah,we should try and attend these programmes in the masājid because by listeningto these discourses, inshā'allāh, changes will come into our lives for thebetter. Our hearts are blackened by and full of sins and by listening to thesediscourses and sitting in the company of the 'ulamā and the pious, change willdefinitely occur in our hearts, inshā'allāh.



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The household should sit togetherdaily at a specified time and read from Virtues of Ramaḍān compiled byShaykh-al-Ḥadīth Muḥammad Zakariyyā v for at least 15 minutes. This will create a good atmosphere andenvironment in our homes and at the same time Ramaḍān will pass joyfully withan abundance of barakah in the home, inshā'allāh.





Whilst in the masjid engageyourself in 'ibādah. Take great care not to get involved in any worldly talk.It is very upsetting and disheartening to see people wasting their time infutile talk in the masjid, even during the month of Ramaḍān. Try and restrainyourself and remain engaged in 'ibādah.





Perform i'tikāf of the last tendays in the masjid. Sisters may perform i'tikāf in their homes. Rasūlullah s used to perform i'tikāf in the final ten days of Ramaḍān.(Bukhārī, Muslim)





Recite as much Qur'ān as possibleduring the month of Ramaḍān





Du'ā, istighfār and tawbah shouldbe made in abundance throughout the blessed month.





Intermingling with people shouldbe decreased to a minimum.





Everyone should try to take restin order to conserve energy for the compulsory 'ibādah. There is no point inremaining in nafl 'ibādah and not getting rest, which will result in tirednessand laziness at the time of compulsory ṣalāh, etc.



Allāh S's Mercy is in abundance throughout the year, butespecially during this month. We should yearn in our hearts for this Mercybecause we need mercy, blessing and forgiveness from Allāh S. We are sinful and in this month we want to win Allāh S's Attention so that we can become His Beloved Slaves. Ifwe are eager to perform good deeds then, inshā'allāh this month will become a monthof great blessing for us.



May Allāh S accept our efforts and make every moment of thismonth a means of receiving His Mercy, Blessing and Forgiveness. May we all begranted a place in Jannah. Āmīn.



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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 27th May 2017 00:49
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 5th June 2018 19:25
We often see the sign “Free Wi-Fi”. In fact, we often search for this sign, as people fear becoming ‘disconnected’. Whether in a hotel, airport, restaurant or anywhere else, this sign is a sure draw card, attracting people to the premises.

However, it is doubtful that any of us would have seen a sign saying “Wi-Fi Free”, even though this is the sign that we all need to hang in our homes at the very least for the last ten days of Ramadhaan.

The last ten days of Ramadhaan are unlike the first twenty days. It is most probably during one of the odd nights of these ten days that Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) occurs which is more virtuous than a thousand months. Showing his Ummah the importance of these ten days, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) exerted himself even further during this blessed period.
After understanding the significance of these ten days, we all desire to exert ourselves and reap the great rewards offered by Allah Ta‘ala. However, there are numerous distractions which lie in ambush, waiting to ‘pounce’ and trap us, preventing us from fulfilling our ambition. Among these, perhaps the greatest distraction is the internet.

During the final ten days of Ramadhaan, many people will sit in i’tikaaf, and similarly many will try to go out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. One of the purposes of i’tikaaf and going out in the path of Allah Ta‘ala is for a person to cut off from his responsibilities and remain in an environment of righteousness so that he can connect with Allah Ta‘ala. However, if he is seated in the musjid but is connected to the internet, then he has brought the entire world into the musjid with him. Through his phone and the internet, he has access to social media platforms such as WhatsApp, and he is also able to follow the news, etc.

In essence, such a person only has physical solitude. Mentally, he will fail to connect with Allah Ta‘ala as he ought to. Furthermore, people who use their phones in the musjid often commit the grave and serious sin of watching videos and viewing pictures of animate objects while within the precincts of the house of Allah Ta‘ala. While this sin is grave regardless of location, it is definitely worse when committed in the house of Allah Ta‘ala.

Hence, to ‘nip the distraction in the bud’, we should aim to make the last ten days (rather make the entire month of Ramadhaan) Wi-Fi and internet free. If a person is unable to sit in i’tikaaf or go out in the path of Allah, but he disconnects from the internet, insha-Allah he will find it easy to connect with Allah Ta‘ala, and at the very least, he will be in a state of ‘mental i’tikaaf’. When connecting with Allah Ta‘ala is the very objective of the month of Ramadhaan, we should do whatever is necessary to assist us to achieve this goal.

May Allah Ta‘ala assist us all to make the most of this blessed period and truly connect with Him.
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