Preperation for the Blessed Month – Ramadan

Subhahanallah less than 10 days to go before the blessed month is upon us. May we all be granted to opportunity to meet it and live it in the best manner inshAllah!

On Thursday we went over most of the ‘Outstanding Ramadan’ (http://outstandingramadan.com/) manual by Sr. Amirah Mauthoor. Here are some personal observations (please feel free to add to this)-

  • Doing some of the exercises helped to focus one’s thoughts in readiness for what we want to achieve during Ramadan
  • The pages dealing with goal-setting and management/personal development methods were useful, but we noted it was important to focus on the inner as much as outer actions (especially in relation to how we would assess ourselves on the ‘heartwheel’… etc)
  • Overall, the book is very easy to go through, and many pages are devoted to exercises which inshaAllah you will benefit from doing
  • There is great benefit in setting and achieving goals and having the right intention to start this is paramount.

Below is a very useful list of points from the Zaytuna institute re prepping for Ramadan. I especially liked the advise to make a ‘dua-list’ and make it as comprehensive as possible. This is THE MONTH TO ASK so please don’t waste the opportunity, make long lists and asks for all and everything. Remember Allah azza wa’jal loves to be asked so ask to your heart’s content and trust in His mercy. Ask even for help in asking, ask for help to make Ramadan better, ask for every little thing!

I pray to Allah to increase us in imaan, ihsaan, ibaadah and islam, forgive all our sins and guide us to what is pleasing to Him and I thank and praise Allah for the beautiful and beneficial meetings we have had….mashaAllah to have completed almost a whole year! Alhamdulillah.

Please forgive me for all my errors and defects this past year

Jazakum Allah Khairan!

Imam Tahir Anwar’s 5 Simple Ways to Prepare for Ramadan
Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

As Ramadan approaches, it is imperative that we begin thinking about how we can benefit most from the journey ahead of us. Here are five simple ways through which we can prepare for this blessed month:

 

1) Intention (niyyah): Make the sincere intention that you want this Ramadan to be a sacred and special Ramadan.

 

2) Make a plan: Plan how you would like to spend each day this Ramadan. Postpone things that can be postponed, and focus on activities that will benefit you, insha’Allah, in the hereafter. Here are some examples: Set a target for how much Qur’an you will recite, and make a plan for when you will recite it. Set a target for how many prayers you will pray at the masjid, and make a plan for how you will reach this target.

 

3) Make a du’a list: Make a du’a list and include the following: a) your needs for this dunya; b) your needs for the hereafter; c) the needs of your family members and friends; d) the names of your friends and family members. A great book to have for du’as is Accepted Whispers.

 

4) Serve (khidmah): Go beyond just yourself and your own needs during the month of Ramadan. Before Ramadan begins, find an avenue for community service so you can serve others throughout the month.

 

5) Charity (sadaqah): Figure out how you can spend less on yourself so you can spend more on the needy during Ramadan. Begin calculating your assets, so that when Ramadan begins, you are ready to pay your zakat and sadaqah.

 

We pray to Almighty Allah that we are blessed with a fruitful and beneficial Ramadan, during which we may become closer to Allah. Amin.

Du’a Nasiri and Hadith Qudsi for April 7th halaqa

Alhamdulillah for our last session where we had a fruitful discussion on Surah Balad. InshaAllahu ta’ala we will implement all we learned from it in our lives striving to better live the attitude of a believer.

We also did the following hadith and du’a. I will post these up also on the blog. For those of you who have not yet done so, please do subscribe by email to the blog so that you get posts there even if I forget to add you to the mailing list. The site is www.ramadan10.wordpress.org

InshaAllah our next meeting will be on the 22nd at 7 pm. I will confirm the location closer to the date. Inshaallah we will do Surah 91, another hadith and recite again the du’a. Please do try to make it.

The du’a is very special. It is called Du’a Nasiri written by Imam Muhammed al-Dar’ii. He died in 1085, but this is Hijri not Gregorian, my mistake, I got it wrong yesterday. Many great things have been said about this prayer. I will copy some of it below. You will be interested to learn the French occupiers of Morocco were so afraid of it, that they took the extraordinary step of proscribing its recital during the occupation. Sh. Hamza translated this prayer from the Arabic a few years ago and it is available for purchase now. Alhamdulillah, a beautiful recitation by the renowned Fez singers from Morocco is available to listen online as well. InshaAllah next session, we will listen/join the recitation as we read the translation (attached). Recitation here or copy paste the link below in another browser window.

http://www.sandalaproductions.com/images/media/The%20Prayer%20of%20the%20Oppressed.mp3

Here is a youtube video of the same du’a but recited in a different style. –

And we know that Allah answers the prayer of the oppressed. In fact, the prayer of the oppressed is so powerful we are afraid of being in any way oppressive to anyone, lest they make du’a against us!

Please do make this du’a whenever you can. Especially for our brothers and sisters in so many parts of the world, especially Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain to name but a few. The Muslim Ummah is under great strife, internal and external and is in urgent need of good leaders, scholars, and strong Muslims. May Allah accept our prayer.

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Here are some notes on why this prayer is so powerful –

The Power of this prayer of Imam Muhammad al-DarÏ lies in its simplicity, its purity, and its sincere supplication. It is essentially a plea to God that our transgressions be overlooked, that divine mercy be bestowed upon us, that social justice be restored in spite of us, that wrongs be righted, and that righteousness reign once again in our lands, so that the destitute may no longer be in need, the young may be educated, the animals’ purpose fulfilled, rain restored, and bounties poured forth.

It is a plea to be freed from the aggression of foreigners in lands over which they have no right—a plea much needed in our modern world, rampant as it is with invasions and territorial occupations. Ultimately, it asks not that our enemies be destroyed, but simply that their plots, and the harm they cause, be halted. Its essence is mercy, which in turn is the essence of the Messenger of God, Muhammad (saw): “And We have only sent you as a mercy to all the worlds.

More information and purchase links here

https://www.fonsvitae.com/OnlineStore/tabid/58/pid/359/The-Prayer-of-The-Oppressed.aspx

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Here is the hadith we covered yesterday

On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace be upon him) is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord (may He be glorified) is that He said:

O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance of Me and I shall guide you, O My servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food of Me and I shall feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing of Me and I shall clothe you. O My servants, you sin by night and by day, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness of Me and I shall forgive you. O My servants, you will not attain harming Me so as to harm Me, and will not attain benefitting Me so as to benefit Me. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as pious as the most pious heart of any one man of you, that would not increase My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of any one man of you, that would not decrease My kingdom in anything. O My servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you to rise up in one place and make a request of Me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not decrease what I have, any more that a needle decreases the sea if put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him finds good praise Allah and let him who finds other that blame no one but himself.

It was related by Muslim (also by at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah).