Dua List

There is nothing more beautiful than bowing down at the end of a long day of fasting to ask Allah for our hearts halaal desires. Remember as well that dua at the time of breaking fast is accepted so don’t be shy to make dua.
Below listed are a few essential things that one should ask for in dua. Remember to add you own things to the list and to share with your loved ones for their benefit:

Ask Allah:
*For guidance (hidayah) and to be kept on the straight path, to be among those whom Allah has chosen to guide and not those who go astray
*To make our hearts open to guidance
*To keep the flame of imaan burning in our hearts always
*To put in our hearts a love of doing good and an abhorrence of sinning
*For forgiveness for our sins and the strength to stay away from those sins in future
*For acceptance of whatever little good we do
*For protection from all types of harm (Physical, spiritual, emotional, monetary, safe from the harms of insects, animals, man, jinn etc.)
*To be kept in good health
*For Allah to never make us dependent on others
*A good death with dignity imaan
*To be taken away in a state in which Allah is pleased with us
*For Allah to ease the pangs of death for us
*Ease from the time our souls are taken away, to the time our bodies are given a ghusl to the time we are lowered into our qabrs
*Good neighbours in the qabr
*Help in answering questioning of the qabr with ease
*Being saved from punishment in the qabr and for our qabrs to be illuminated with noor from Jannah and for our qabrs to be beautiful gardens of Jannah
*To be resurrected with imaan
*To be granted shade under Allah’s Arsh (throne)
*To not drown in our own sweat and blood when the sun is just above our heads
*For the day of resurrection to pass by quickly for us
*For our good deeds to outweigh our bad deeds and for it to be such that no one is able to lay claim to our good deeds nor are they able to give us their bad deeds
*For ease in crossing the siraats
*For entry into Jannah and to be saved from Jahannum
*For help for our Muslim brothers and sisters in war torn countries (Syria, Palestine, Burma, Afghanistan, Egypt, China, Iraq and wherever else in the world they may be facing persecution)
*For help for all those that were taken as prisoners unlawfully such as Dr. Aafiya Siddiqi and all the other thousands of nameless and faceless ones that we may not know about
*For ease for our deceased family members in their qabrs
*For good for our loved ones
*Any other halaal desire that we may have (though it is best to ask for that which is best for us for Allah knows things that we do not)
*Any other good thing that we may have to ask for, for others e.g. A person we personally know in need, a family member going through a difficult time etc.

♡Add your own things to the list, ask for halaal things and make dua for others. The angels will say “Ameen and it is for you as well”.

What Every Muslim Must Know About Laylatul Qadr 

(A bit late but In Shaa Allah we can still benefit from it. It’s a bit long but take the time out to read it till the end, it certainly is worth it)

By now we all know about the basics of Laylatul Qadr, it’s the night of power and is like 1000 months of worship.

But stop for a second and think about this:

Laylatul Qadr is know as “the night of power”. It’s not just known as “a night of power”. That implies that if there was one night that was superior to all others it would be Laylatul Qadr.

Laylatul Qadr was not given to any previous nations. It was only given to the ummah of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the reason for this is that the previous prophets lived for thousands of years whereas nowadays the average lifespan of people is between 60-70 years. Rasullallah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) asked Allah how his ummah was to compete with the previous nations as they lived for so many more years whereas our lifespans are a mere fraction of theirs. And that is when Allah blessed the ummah of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) with Laylatul Qadr so that we have the opportunity to pray in a night that is better than a 1000 months (83 years) of worship.

Allah didn’t say it is equal to 1000 months worships but He said it is BETTER than 1000 months of worship. Which means that it is superior to praying for 83 years.

Even if one lives until the age of 83 and over can we truly profess that we spend every second of every day in worship? The truth is that the average person prays for 2-3 hours a day while research suggests that we will spend one third of our lives sleeping.

If you multiply 24 hours by 83 years that equals 1992 hours of worship. Compare this to 2-3 years of worship for 50 years (because we spend the first few years of our lives growing up) which equals only 100 hours of worship.

That is why it is mentioned in a hadith:

“The blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting during it obligatory upon you. During it the gates to Paradise are opened and the gates of Hellfire are locked, and the devils are chained. There is a night [during this month] which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived [of something great]. [Ahmad, an-Nisa’i and al-Bayhaqi; saheeh]

Let’s not be among those who miss this great opportunity. In Shaa Allah. Even if you have to work the next day try to do as much as you possibly can. Push yourself to pray even if you don’t feel like it or if you’re tired because there is much at stake.

(Extracted from an audio lecture with additions by the admin. Unfortunately I missed the name of the speaker).

Laylatul Qadr, The Night of Power 

With the approach of the last 10 days of Ramadaan comes the approach of Laylatul Qadr, The Night of power.

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadaan” (Bukhari)

Therefore we should search for Laylatul Qadr during the last 10 odd nights in Ramadaan (i.e 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th nights). In Islam night precedes day, therefore the odd night will precede the odd numbered fast.

Allah says in Surah Qadr:
“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.”

Therefore we gather that Laylatul Qadr is better then worshiping for 1000 months or 83 years.

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”
[At-Tirmidhi]

The Prophet said: “Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira).

What to do on Laylatul Qadr?
-Make Magrib, Esha and Taraweeh salaah
-Read Quraan
*-Make dua
  -Read nafl or qadha salaah
*-Make Dhikr
*-Read durood
*-Make istigfaar (seek forgiveness)
*-Give in charity
*-Try and gain Islamic knowledge by reading Islamic books, kitaabs, articles, listening to Islamic lectures etc.
*-Listen to the recitation of the Quraan
*-Read your eating, toilet and after Azaan duas
*-Read morning and evening duas
*-Share Islamic knowledge with your loved ones
  -Wake up for tahajjud
(Ladies in haidh, nifaas etc. Can do all the ones marked with a star*)

Have a dua/dhikr list with you so that you have things to read. It’s also advisable to set goals for the nights e.g
*500× durood
*500× subhanallah
*Give in charity
*Read 1 juz etc
(Make your own list according to your own capabilities).

Repeat the list on each of the odd nights to avoid missing Laylatul Qadr. In Shaa Allah.

Things I Wish the Youth Knew About Ramadaan 

When I look back at my younger self I realize that there is so much I didn’t know about Ramadaan. I wasted endless hours just because I didn’t know what I know now. And when I look at the youth of today I see my former self and that’s why I’ve complied a list of things I wish I knew when I was younger:

*I wish you knew that there’s so much more to Ramadaan than just starving in the day. We fast to control our nafs, to form a constant awareness of Allah and to attain piety

*I wish you knew that the objective in Ramadaan is not to waste time but rather to make use of every precious second to make ibaadat

*I wish you knew that those few moments before iftaar are the best in which to make dua, those are not moments to be spent on the last iftaar preparations, iftaar parties nor on watching the minutes tick by until we can eat again

*I wish you knew how sacred every action of ibaadat is in Ramadaan instead of wasting endless hours playing video games, shopping, meeting friends, browsing through social media or driving around

*I wish you knew that taraweeh is not a burden but a blessing. You’re not doing it because mummy and daddy are forcing you but because Allah is calling you so that He may reward you

*I wish you knew that every day and night in Ramadaan Allah saves thousands of souls that were destined for the fire of Hell

*I wish you knew that those exams you stress about and consider leaving ibaadat to study for, are all in the hands of Allah

*I wish you knew that the last thing you should be doing is picking a fight. Calm down, nobody thinks your little street/cafe brawl is cool. If anything people are appalled by you

*I wish you knew that shaytaan is locked up during this month, so that bad that we feel inclined to do is in fact our nafs and not shaytaan. We probably have a bigger personal enemy than shaytaan

*I wish you knew that wearing scarf and growing a beard in Ramadaan shows you that you are perfectly capable of doing it throughout the rest of the year too.

*I wish you knew that the night before Eid is the night of prize giving for those who stay up in worship. It’s not the night to have pre-Eid suppers, lavish get togethers or the night to faff about your Eid clothes.

*I wish you knew so many things that I didn’t know and that I now do

Dhikr List

Below listed are a few things that one can read in Ramadaan (and any other time of the year) to gain reward. Copy, save and share with your dear ones so that they may benefit from it too. Add your own things to the lists as well.
Dhikr/things to recite:
1. Allahu Akbar (Allah is the greatest)
2. Alhamdulillah (All praise be to Allah)
3. Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah)
4. Astagfirullah
5. Subhanallahi wa bihamdihi Subhanallahil Azeem
6. Kalimah tayyibah (first kalimah)
7. Durood shareef
8. Laa hawla wa laa quwata illah billah
9. SubhanAllahi Wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa ridaa nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi
10. Allahumma innaka afuwan tuhibbul afwa fa’fu anni
11. Allaahmma anta rabbee laa elaaha illaa Anta khalaqtanee wa ana ‘abduka wa ana ‘alaa ‘ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu. A’oothu bika min sharri ma sana’tu. Aboo’u laka bi ni’matika alayya wa aboo’u laka bi thambee. Faghfir lee. Fa innahoo laa yaghfiruth-thunooba illaa anta
12. Rabbana aatina fid dunya hasanato
12. Surah ikhlaas (Qul huwallahu Ahad)
13. Surah Zil Zaal (Izaa zul zila)
14. Surah Kaafiroon (Qul yaa ayyuhal kaafiroon)
15. Surah Qadr (inna anzal na hu Fi laylatil qadr)

Significance of reciting the above:

1-3. Allah showers his mercy on the one who makes dhikr and the angels make dua for him/her. Allah blesses the one who makes dhikr with guidance and understanding of deen. Allah will greet those who made dhikr with the words ‘As salaamu alaikum’ on the day that we meet Him. (Surah Ahzab)

4. “If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” [Abu Dawud].

5. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon him) said, “There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

6. The words that profess the Oneness of Allah and the words that need to be on our tongue when we breathe our last.

7. The Holy Prophet said that: “Whoever from my ummah sends durood on me once ten good deeds are recorded on his behalf, his ten (minor) sins are pardoned and he is elevated by ten stages” (Sunan Nisai and Musnad Ahmed, AI-targhib li al Mundhari)

8. Hadhrat Abu Dharr narrated that Rasulallah said: “Should I not tell you of one treasure of the unlimited treasures of Paradise?” I replied spontaneously “Oh Rasulallah (Peace be upon him) that would be an honour indeed!” Rasulallah said: “That rare treasure is LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH.” (“The strength to do good and to refrain from evil comes from the grace and mercy of Allah!”) -(Ibn Majah)

9. The Mother of the Believers, Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith reported that, “the Prophet came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet said, ”Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allah Wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi (Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise).” [Narrated by Muslim]

10. Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:
I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”
[At-Tirmidhi]

11. Shaddad ibn Aws narrated that the Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] said; “the most superior request for forgiveness is to say:

‘Allaahmma anta rabbee laa elaaha illaa ant. Anta khalaqtanee wa ana ‘abduka wa ana ‘alaa ‘ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’t. A’oothu bika min sharri ma sana’t. Aboo’u laka bi ni’matika alayya wa aboo’u laka bi thambee. Faghfir lee. Fa innahoo laa yaghfiruth-thunooba illaa ant.’

[O Allah, You are my Lord. There is no god besides You. You created me and I am Your servant, following your covenant and [my] promise to you as much as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil that I have done. Before You I acknowledge Your blessings bestowed upon me and I confess my sins to You. So forgive me, for surely no one can forgive sins except You.]

The Prophet [صلى الله عليه وسلم] then added, ‘anyone who says this during the day, firmly believing in it, and dies before the evening; or says it in the evening, firmly believing in it, and dies before the following morning, will be among the people of paradise.’ ”
[Sahih al-Bukhari]

12-14. Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas and Anas Ibn Malik (Ra) reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112)would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’. (At-Tirmidhi 2818/A)

15. The Surah explaining what the night of power is.

* Ladies that are in haidh/nifaas can recite 1-11.

Experiencing Haidh/Nifaas in Ramadaan?

If you are experiencing haidh/nifaas (menstruation/post natal bleeding) in Ramadaan do not feel bad. It is Allah’s will. We will have to catch those fasts up at a later stage so dont feel guilty.

While we may not be able to fast, read namaz nor read Quraan in that state there are still other things we can do to earn reward:

●Listen to the recitation of the Quraan. (We may not be able to read but we can listen)

 “So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy” [Quraan 7:204]

●Make dhikr (while driving, cleaning, cooking, washing up, lying down etc.)

“And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Jannah).” [Quraan 33:35]

●Give charity (even if it’s just a little food from last night’s iftaar)

The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allaah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower. [Quraan 2:261]

●Listen to lectures covering Islamic topics (with the intention of gaining beneficial knowledge)

“Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.” [Al-Tirmidhi]

●Seek Islamic knowledge through books, magazines or articles etc.

“Whoever treads on a path in search of Islamic knowledge, Allah will ease the way to Paradise for him. The angels will lower their wings, pleased with this seeker of knowledge, and everyone in the heavens and on earth will ask forgiveness for the knowledgeable person, even the fish in the deepest of waters will ask for his forgiveness” [Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi]

●Make dua

“There is nothing more dear to Allah Ta’ala than a servant making dua to him.”
[Tirmidhi]

●Teach your family something beneficial (so that they may practice upon it, provided that you yourself practice upon it)

“The one who guides to something good has a reward similar to that of its doer.” [Muslim]

●Read durood shareef

The Holy Prophet said that: “Whoever from my ummah sends durood on me once ten good deeds are recorded on his behalf, his ten (minor) sins are pardoned and he is elevated by ten stages” [Sunan Nisai and Musnad Ahmed]

●Help someone in need (whether it is by offering them a lift, giving them food or relieving them of whatever distress they may find themselves in)

“Allah is helping the servant as long as the servant is helping his brother” [Muslim]

●Visit the sick

“When the Muslim visits his (sick) Muslim brother, he is harvesting the fruits of Paradise until he returns.” [Muslim]

●Prepare food for the fasting

Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”  [Tirmidhi]

●Read eating duas

‘Rasullallah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Adhere to my Sunnah and the way of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs who come after me” [Abu Dawood]

●Even those menstrual cramps we experience can be a means of expiating our sins.

“No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” [Bukhari]

While we may feel like we’re missing our remember my dear sisters that there is still much we can do.

Ramadaan Goals 

At times we may feel like we’re not doing enough or like we don’t know what we should be doing to earn reward. It may also feel like we’re wasting time and not making the most of this month. In order to avoid wasting time we should try and set daily goals for ourselves.
For example in one day set the following goals for yourself:
°Read 1 Para of Quraan
°Read surah Yaseen
°Read 500 durood
°Read 500 kalimah tayyibah
°Read Istigfaar 500 times
°Listen to an Islamic lecture
°Give in charity etc.

Bear in mind that the purpose of the goals is not to read 500 durood etc but rather to set it as a goal so that you work towards it, thus spending every free minute engaged in ibaadat. The actual goal is to be perpetually engaged in ibaadat.

Personally I find that setting goals works for me. Draw up your own list of goals with things that you know you would be able to accomplish. As time goes by add to your list so that you’re able to accomplish more.

Set realistic goals and if you don’t meet your goals for the day introspect and ask yourself whether you were wasting time and whether there was more that you could do.

May it be a rewarding Ramadaan for all of us. Ameen.

Practical Tips to make the most out of Ramadaan for the Busy Muslim 

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to spend most of Ramadaan at home. However this year I’m working throughout the entire Ramadaan and I know many out there are facing the same predicament or are in situations where they may be busy. While we want to spend this time in ibaadat it may not always be possible.

Below listed are a few practical tips to make the most out of Ramadaan and earn reward even though we may be busy:

*Say “Bismillahir Rahmaan nir Raheem” before starting your days work so that everything that you do for that day is an ibaadat. You are going to work to provide for your family (Even better if you’re doing work that benefits someone), you are preparing food for the fasting people in your family etc.

*Make wudhu before leaving the house and read surah Yaseen or any other surahs you know off by heart on your way to work/school/university/while doing errands.

*If you don’t have wudhu make dhikr instead. Make dhikr in your free time, when walking, waiting, during break, during namaz time, while doing the dishes, while preparing iftaar, while running errands etc.

*If you’re tired listen to the recitation of the Quraan. Even though we may not be reading Quraan we still get thawaab (reward) for listening to the recitation of the Quraan.

*Listen to a lecture covering a deeni topic while on your way to work/while completing daily chores/after a long exhausting day etc.

*Share the knowledge you learnt (from the lectures) with your loved ones. Even sharing a deeni post on social media with your friends would be of benefit  (provided that you yourself derived benefit from it)

*Take your Quraan to work and read during your tea/lunch break (only if you are certain that you would be able to look after the Quraan)

*Even if you can’t manage to make a khatam of the Quraan read at least a page a day. Remember we get rewarded for every letter we read.

*Give in charity even if it’s just a few coins. If you pass beggars on the way to school/work etc. give them some food if you’re wary about giving money.

*Give food to a fasting person. You’ll get reward equivalent of a fasting person without detracting from their reward.

*Read your everyday duas i.e. morning and evening duas, dua for keeping fast and breaking fast, toilet duas, wudhu duas, studying duas etc.

*Buy a small gift for your children even if it’s their favorite chocolate for iftaar time. The best of that which we spend is that which we spend on our families.

*Help someone in any way you can. Help your colleague/neighbour with a lift to the bus stop because they don’t have a car. Help your friend with the work that he/she doesn’t understand.

*Smile at your Muslim brother or sister (of the same gender)

*Encourage others to do good. Encourage your children to fast, encourage your struggling friend to stay away from their vices.

*Perform your fardh acts Salaah, fasting etc.

*Make the intention of doing things for Allah’s pleasure.

The Month of the Quraan 

(#Throwbackpost but still relevant)

Ramadaan is the (month) in which the Quraan was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgement (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong)..” (Quraan, 2:183)

To honour both Ramadaan and the Quraan we attempt to make a khatam of the Quraan in Ramadaan. By doing so, we gain immense reward.

Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward, and this reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that ‘Alif, Laam, Meem’ (a combination of letters frequently mentioned in the Holy Quran) is a letter, rather I am saying that ‘Alif’ is a letter, ‘Laam’ is a letter and ‘Meem’ is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi]

The Quraan has approximately 323 670 words that means approximately 3 236 700 rewards for making a khatam of the Quraan!

Furthermore the Quraan will intercede for its reciters on the day of Qiyamah.

“Read the Quran, for indeed it will come on the Day of Standing (Judgement) as an intercessor for its companions.” [Muslim]

Yes we may experience difficulty reciting the Quraan, however if we persevere despite the difficulty we receive twice the reward.

Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:

Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Make it a Ramadaan goal to finish the Quraan and Allah will reward us for our efforts. Even if we do not succeed Allah will certainly reward us for our intentions and efforts. Ameen.

Welcome Ramadaan 

The blessed month of Ramadaan is on our doorsteps once again. While it is the month of abstinence it also is a month with great blessings.
A couple of months back I was asked by a non-Muslim, why do you fast? The truth is do we as Muslims know why we fast and what we get out of fasting?

* Firstly we give up that which is halaal (eating, drinking, spousal relations) for the pleasure of Allah. If we can abstain from that which is halaal surely we can abstain from that which is haraam?

* Secondly it teaches us self control and Allah consciousness. You could eat while no one is watching, but you don’t because Allah is watching and you are keeping fast for Him.

Abu Huraira (Radiyyallahu Anhu) reported the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: ‘Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.’  [Bukhari and Muslim]

*It inculcates in us good actions. People stop watching TV, put scarfs on, grow their beards, and try to abstain from getting angry and using foul language because we understand the magnanimity of this month.

Abu Huraira (RA) narrated the Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting) [Bukhari].

*It gives us a glimpse into the lives of so many others. Remember those beggars you ignored on the street? The hunger you feel when fasting is nothing compared to the hunger they feel daily. While our iftaar tables groan under the weight of so much food, they go through days and possibly months without proper food. Think about the poor who are starving, countries where there is famine. What we experience is only a small fraction of their everyday reality.

Why should we be excited about Ramadaan? What blessings does Ramadaan hold for us?

♡It is an expiation of our sins if done properly. 
“Whoever observes fasting during the month of Ramadaan with faith, seeking his reward from Allah, will have his past sins forgiven” [Muslim].

♡We experiences two types of joy, joy at the time of breaking fast because you can finally eat all those yummy savouries prepared by mummy, nani, dadi, etc. And we will experience joy at the time of meeting Allah.
“The one who fasts, experiences two joys: he feels pleasure when he breaks the fast. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rubb.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

♡Every day Allah saves the souls of thousands of people who were destined for Jahannum.
“There are in the month of Ramadan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication which he can make and will be granted.” [Ahmad]

♡We have the opportunity for our duas to be accepted.
‘Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are: when a fasting person breaks fast (in another narration, the fasting person until he breaks his fast), the just ruler and the one who is oppressed’ [Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi].

♡ ‘When Ramadan comes, the Doors of Mercy (another narration says Paradise) are opened, and the doors of Hell are closed, and the Shaitans are locked up’ (Bukhari).

♡ In Paradise there is a gate called al-Rayyaan, through which those who used to fast will enter on the Day of Resurrection, and no one but they will enter it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who fasted?’ They will get up, and none will enter it but them. When they have entered, it will be locked, and no one else will enter.” [Bukhaari, Muslim]

Many of the youth make it their objective to pass time as quickly as possible. Either by driving around, sleeping most of the day or hanging around with friends waiting for iftaar. Ramadaan has so many blessings let’s try not to squander this time, but instead to accumulate good deeds.
How many of us can safely say we’ve done enough good deeds to get us admitted to Jannah? We’re all always in need of good deeds on our records. What better time than Ramadaan to do good?

Drive around doing your mother’s errands or taking someone who doesn’t have a car to their destination and don’t forget to make dhikr when you drive. Sleep in the morning but wake up before Zohr so that you have energy to read taraweeh and pray thereafter. Take your friends and start a charity project. Visit the elderly, go to an orphanage, feed the poor, visit the graveyard.

Don’t waste this time because it may be our last Ramadaan. Sounds cliché right? But think about it, whether it’s this year or in a few years time, one year it really will be our last Ramadaan. What if that’s the Ramadaan that we wasted?

Let’s not be among those unfortunate souls for whom Ramadaan was just the month where we starved, the month where we gained nothing but weight.

Huraira related that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness” (Darimi).

Ramadaan Mubarak to one and all. Remember this struggling servant in your duas. Have a blessed Ramadaan.