The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Preparing for Ramadan 2009: Video Lectures in English

Ramadan Mubarak Ramadan Kareem 2009!

In the continuing series on how to prepare to meet the challenges and reap the benefits of Ramadan 2009 (scroll below for links to more articles in the series), we have found a series of lectures by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi. He talks about a series of topics: why Muslims fast during Ramadan; why Ramadan is considered the most holy month in the Muslim calendar; what benefits Muslims gain by fasting; how we can better ourselves during this month; what are the minimum requirements asked of us during Ramadan, are just some of the topics addressed.

One of the interesting things he mentioned is that the gates of hell and Shaytan will be chained up during Ramadan. On other occasions, when we sin and we recognize that we have sinned, we tell ourselves that it is not we have who willingly sinned. Rather it was Shaytan who caused us to sin. In actuality, Shaytan only tempts us, or gives us suggestions, but it we who acts. But during Ramadan we have absolutely no excuse. Whatever sins we commit, we do it of our own accord. It is all us! So be wary of what we do during Ramadan. If we lose our temper, it is not Shaytan who has made us that way. It is doing of our own accord.

Allah's apostle said "When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of hell and the devils are chained" [Bukhari]

The series of Ramadan lectures by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi is highly recommended. Well worth the time spent listening to it.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

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