Ramadaan Series {Day 4} – Ramadaan Targets

Things to Give Up in Ramadaan

  1. Anything that you spend too much time on e.g the phone
  2. Unnecessary speech
  3. Try not to get angry

Ramadan Targets

  1. Make plenty of tawbah
  2. Try to pray every salaah in the musjid
  3. Pray with khushu
  4. Finish the Qur’an slowly with contemplation and translation
  5. Make a list of your worst habits and try to give them up.

Targets for The Last 10 Nights

  1. Make sure you pray Isha and Fajr in jamaat without fail.
  2. In the last third of the night (or when you wake up for suhoor) make sure you have a list of du’as to make.
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Ramadaan Series {Day 1} – Why Do We Fast?

Allah says:

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.

[2:183]

It is clear from this Verse of the Qur’an that fasting was not prescribed to just feel hungry and thirsty, rather it was prescribed by Allah for us to attain taqwa. This means to have Allah on our minds at all times. To make Allah our concern in all our matters.

This Verse is not only to be practiced in Ramadaan but also outside Ramadaan.

This month is an excellent opportunity for us all to make small changes in our lives that can be carried through the entire year, insha’Allah.

Targets for Ramadan

Make a list of targets for Ramadan and include:

  • Finishing the Qur’an multiple times
  • Repent a lot and try to cry everyday
  • Read a bit of tafseer, even if only one page
  • Dhikr
  • Increase in Ibaadah (acts of worship)

Always make your intentions for Ramadan before it arrives in case your soul is taken beforehand, then you’ll get rewarded based on your intention.

How Can One Race Towards Good Deeds?

Ibn al-Mundhir narrated – as reported in al-Durr al-Manthoor (2/314) –  from Anas ibn Maalik (ra) about the meaning of the Verse (interpretation of the meaning):

“Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord”

[al-Hadeed 57:21]

That it refers to the first takbeer. This was narrated by some of the Mufassireen from Mak-hool and Sa’eed ibn Jubayr among the Taabi’een.

Purify Through Charity

{خُذْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ صَدَقَةً تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِمْ بِهَا} التوبة: 103

Transliteration: Khuth min amwalihim sadaqatan tutahhiruhum watuzakkeehim biha.

“Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [ Allah ‘s blessings] upon them. Indeed, your invocations are reassurance for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

Furthermore, the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, said: “Treat your sick ones with charity.” [Reported by Abu Dâwûd]

«داووا مرضاكم بالصدقة» رواه ابو داود

Night Prayer in the Qur`an

Allah Almighty said: {Their sides forsake their beds…} [Surat As Sajdah 32:16]

{تَتَجَافَى جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ] {السَّجدة: 16]

Transliteration: Tatajāfá Junūbuhum `Ani Al-Mađāji`

Mujahid and Al-Hassan said: “It means night prayer”.

Ibn Katheer (rh) said in his interpretation: “That means night prayer, leaving sleep and rest on comfortable beds”.

Abdul Haqq Al-Ishbili said: “Those who their sides repel from their beds, where it doesn’t rest on it nor be fixed from their fear of the warning and in hope for what they were promised”.

Lowering Your Gaze

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts)”

[al-Noor 24:30]

Imaam Ibn Katheer (rh) said:

This is a command from Allaah to His believing slaves to lower their gaze and refrain from looking at that which is forbidden to them. So, they should not look at anything except that which they are permitted to look at, and they should lower their gaze and refrain from looking at forbidden things. If it so happens that a person’s gaze accidentally falls upon something forbidden, he should quickly avert his gaze.

[Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 3/282]