Advice to Muslims in Ramadhan

Shaykh Abdullah al-Jarullah


http://islaam.com/ramadan/advice_to_muslims.htm

Few intoductory and complementary notes by the translator:

1. Ramadhan is an auspicious opportunity for believers to renew their
commitment to their Creator and the Sovereign of the Day of Recompense.
This commitment must be both outward and inward, so that a Muslim not 
only
recites more Qur'an and offers more units of prayer, but that she or he
does so with reflection, humility and attentiveness.

2. Muslims must ensure they are not formalists who concentrate only on 
the
outward.  Achieving Allah's acceptance must be a believer's priority 
and
is not easy.  "Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous [who fear 
him
- al muttaqoon]." [Qur'an 5:27]

3. Ramadhan is a wonderful opportunity for accounting of one's sins and
making repentance.  If one does not repent in Ramadhan, when will he or
she do so?

4. Muslims should strive to worship Allah as best as they can from the
beginning of the month, for that increases chances of the end of the 
month
being good as well.

5. Muslims should consider what is it that they truly want to achieve 
in
Ramadhan, whether they want to be from the winners or from the losers, 
and
should make sure they do not perform acts of worship simply because it 
is
the surrounding people's custom to do so.

6. Muslims must be firmly aware that Ramadhan is only a means and not 
an
end.

 


Advice to Muslims in Ramadhan

From the book "Khulaasatul Kalaam" by Shaykh Jaarullah.

Brother Muslim, Sister Muslima:

1. Fast Ramadhan with belief and truly seeking the reward of Allah the
Most High so that He may forgive you your past sins.

2.  Beware of breaking your fast during the days of Ramadhan without a
valid Islamic excuse, for it is from the greatest of sins.

3.  Pray Salat ut-Taraweeh and the night prayer during the nights of
Ramadhan - especially on Layatul-Qadr - based on belief and truly 
seeking
the reward of Allah, so that Allah may forgive you your past sins.

4.  Make sure that your food, your drink and your clothing are from 
halal
means, in order that your actions be accepted, and your supplications
answered.  Beware of refraining from the halal while fasting and 
breaking
your fast with the haram.

5.  Give food to some fasting people to gain a reward similar to 
theirs.

6.  Perform your five prayers on time in congregation to gain the 
reward
and Allah's protection.

7.  Give a lot of charity for the best charity is that of Ramadhan.

8.  Beware of spending your time without performing righteous deeds, 
for
you will be responsible and reckoned for it and will be rewarded for 
all
you do during your time.

9.  Perform `umrah in Ramadhan for `Umrah in Ramadhan is equal to Hajj.

10. Seek help for fasting during the day by eating the sahoor meal in 
the
last part of the night before the appearance of Fajr.

11.  Hasten breaking your fast after the sun has truly set in order to
gain the love of Allah.

12. Perform ghusl before fajr if you need to purify yourself from the
state of major impurity so that you are able to do acts of worship in a
state of purity and cleanliness.

13.  Cease the opportunity of being in Ramadhan and spend it with the 
good
that has been revealed in it - by reciting the noble Qur'an and 
pondering
and reflection of its meanings so that it be a proof for you with your
Lord and an intercessor for you on the Day of Reckoning.

14.  Preserve your tongue from lying, cursing, backbiting and slander 
for
it decreases the reward of fasting.

15. Do not let fasting cause you cross your boundaries by getting upset
due to the slightest of reasons.  Rather, fating should be a cause of
peacefulness and tranquility of your soul. 

16. Upon completion of fasting, be in a state of taqwa of Allah the 
Most
High, being aware of Allah watching you in secret and in public, in
thankfulness for His favors, and steadfastness upon obedience of Allah 
by
doing all what He has ordered and shunning all that He has prohibited.

17. Increase in remembrance of Allah, seeking of forgiveness, asking 
for
Paradise and protection against the Fire, especially when fasting, 
while
breaking the fast and during suhoor, for these actions are among 
greatest
causes of attaining Allah's forgiveness.

18.  Increase in supplication for yourself, your parents, your children
and Muslims, for Allah has ordered making of supplications and has
guaranteed acceptance.

19.  Repent to Allah with a sincere repentance in all times by leaving
sins, regretting those that you have done before and firmly deciding 
not
to return to them in the future, for Allah accepts repentance of those 
who
repent.

20.  Fast six days of Shawwal, for whoever fasts Ramadhan and then 
follows
it with six days of Shawwal, it is as if he fasts all the time.

21.  Fast on the Day of `Arafah, the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, to attain 
success
by being forgiven your sins of the last year and the coming year.

22. Fast on the day of `Aashuraa', the 10th of Muharram, along with the
9th, to attain success by being forgiven your sins of the past year.

23.  Continue being in a state of iman and taqwa and perform righteous
actions after the month of Ramadhan, until you die.  "And worship your
Lord until there comes to you the certainty (i.e. death)". [Qur'an 
15:99]

24.  Ensure that you attain the positive effects of your acts of 
worship
such as prayer, fasting, zakat and hajj, sincere repentance and leaving 
of
customs that are in variance with the Sharee`ah.

25.  Invoke a lot of salawat and salam upon the Messenger of Allah, may
Allah's blessings and peace be upon him, his Companions and all those 
who
follow them until the Day of Judgment.

O Allah make us and all Muslims of those who fast and stand in prayer
during the month of Ramadhan based on belief and truly seeking Your 
reward
so that we are forgiven our past and future sins.

O Allah make us of those who fasted the month, attained full reward,
witnessed Layatul-Qadr and attained success by permission of the Lord,
Blessed and Most High.

O Allah, verily you are Forgiver, like to forgive, so forgive us.

O Lord, accept from us, verily you are the All-Hearing, all-Seeing, O
Living, O Independent, O Owner of all majesty and honor.

And may Allah's blessings and peace be upon Muhammad, his family and 
his
Companions.









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