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]


Friday, July 20, 2012

Ramadan Mubarak Ramadan Kareem 2012

Ramadan 1433 (2012)

Dear Readers of The Ramadan Blog,

Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan Kareem! For many of us in the world, the first day of Ramadan is already underway. In Asian countries, the first day of Ramadan will be on Saturday, July 21 2012.

It is with Allah's great blessings that we have reached Ramadan, and have the opportunity to fulfill our religious and spiritual obligations. Thank Allah for this great occasion, and take this month seriously. There is no other month such as Ramadan. Do not let it pass you by.

Imam Suhaib Webb from the Islamic Society of Boston shares the following words of wisdom and advice on how have a successful Ramadan.

The Prophet (sa) said that this month is one of the “pillars” of our faith. Its goal is piety and its means is to increase good works at all levels - the refinement of the soul and good character and increasing in acts of worship. In order to have a successful Ramadan, it is encouraged to focus on the following:

1. Repentance - The Prophet (sa) said, “A person who repents sincerely is like a person who has no sins.” Starting the month with a clean heart and record is one of the best ways to energize your relationship with Allah. 

2. Establishing the individual obligations (Fard al-‘Ayn). A person who fasts and fails to establish the individual obligations, such as prayer, does not understand the purpose of fasting.

3. Increase in voluntary acts of goodness such as charity, community service - volunteering at a local masjid, supplications, prayers and God’s remembrance.

4. Focus on making this the month of Qur’an. It is encouraged to read as much Qur’an as possible. This includes listening to it on the way to work, during the day at home, or on your computer or phone on the train.

5. Increase the din, reduce the dunya. Meaning: focus your talks, chats, tweets and Facebook posts on the Hereafter, reducing your conversations about things of no benefit in the Hereafter.

6. Make this a month for your family. Strive to be home for Iftar after work. Studies show that family meals act as major influences in keeping families healthy and strong.

7. Forgive those who have wronged you and hold nothing in your heart towards others. ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ood said, “Everyone is forgiven in Ramadan, except those who have hatred in their hearts towards their brethren.”

8. Be a constant source of good wherever you are. Whether waiting in the line for food, driving to work, at home with your kids, or preparing for prayers, keep the light of goodness on all the time. The Prophet (sa) said, “Best person is the one who is best to others.”

9. Spend time with your family or friends. Meaning: parents should worship Allah together by completing a reading of the Qur’an together (with their children if possible). And roommates or friends should try to complete one together as well. Praying in the night together is commendable as is remembering God in gatherings - driving in the car or at home.


Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

The Ramadan Series will send you emails with practical tips on how to gain and maintain the physical and spiritual energy necessary to embark on increased religious oligations so that you will reap the benefits from this blessed month. This includes special Ramadan duas to say during the month. Do sign-up today!

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