Ramadaan Series {Day 15} – Being Generous in Ramadaan

In Saheeh al-Bukhari, in the Book of Wahyi (Revelation), Ibn ‘Abbaas is recorded as saying:

كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَجْوَدَ النَّاسِ، وَكَانَ أَجْوَدُ مَا يَكُونُ فِي رَمَضَانَ حِينَ يَلْقَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ، وَكَانَ يَلْقَاهُ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ فَيُدَارِسُهُ الْقُرْآنَ، فَلَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَجْوَدُ بِالْخَيْرِ مِنَ الرِّيحِ الْمُرْسَلَةِ

The Messenger of Allah (saw) was the most generous of people, and he was even more generous in Ramadaan when Jibreel (as) used to meet him. Every night of Ramadaan Jibreel (as) used to come to him and the Messenger of Allah (saw) would study the Qur’an with him. So, the Messenger of Allah (saw) was more generous in giving good than the blowing wind.

[Saheeh al-Bukhari #6]

In part of his commentary on this HadeethIbn Hajr al-‘Asqalaani (rh) wrote:

قوله : ( فيدارسه القرآن ) ـ

His statement, “So he would study the Qur’an with him”.

قيل الحكمة فيه أن مدارسة القرآن تجدد له العهد بمزيد غنى النفس ، والغنى سبب الجود . والجود في الشرع إعطاء ما ينبغي لمن ينبغي ، وهو أعم من الصدقة . ـ

It is said that the wisdom in this is that studying the Qur’an refreshed his knowledge by increasing in a feeling of self-contentedness, and contentedness is a cause of generosity. And al-Jood (generosity) according to the religious terminology is: giving what is appropriate to whom it is appropriate, and this is more general than al-sadaqah.

وأيضا فرمضان موسم الخيرات ; لأن نعم الله على عباده فيه زائدة على غيره ، فكان النبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم – يؤثر متابعة سنة الله في عباده . ـ

And also, Ramadan is a season of goodnesses, for Allah has blessed His slaves with an increase (of good) therein compared to other times, so the Prophet (saw) imitated following Allah’s Sunnah with His slaves.

And ibn Hajr also wrote:

والمرسلة أي : المطلقة يعني أنه في الإسراع بالجود أسرع من الريح ، وعبر بالمرسلة إشارة إلى دوام هبوبها بالرحمة ، وإلى عموم النفع بجوده كما تعم الريح المرسلة جميع ما تهب عليه . ـ

And “the blowing wind” – meaning: in his hastening to be generous he was swifter than the wind. And the word choice of “blowing wind” indicates the persistence of its blowing with rahmah (mercy, kindness) and the broad impact of the benefit of his generosity, just as the wind of this type (strong blowing wind) encompasses all of whatever it reaches.

ووقع عند أحمد في آخر هذا الحديث ” لا يسأل شيئا إلا أعطاه ” وثبتت هذه الزيادة في الصحيح من حديث جابر ” ما سئل رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – شيئا فقال لا ” . ـ

And the Hadeeth comes in Ahmad and elsewhere that, “he would not be asked for anything except that he would give it,” and that addition is confirmed in the Saheeh in the hadeeth of Jaabir, “The Messenger of Allah was never asked something to which he responded, ‘no’”.

وقال النووي : في الحديث فوائد : منها الحث على الجود في كل وقت ، ومنها الزيادة في رمضان وعند الاجتماع بأهل الصلاح . وفيه زيارة الصلحاء وأهل الخير ، وتكرار ذلك إذا كان المزور لا يكرهه ، واستحباب الإكثار من القراءة في رمضان وكونها أفضل [ ص: 42 ] من سائر الأذكار ، إذ لو كان الذكر أفضل أو مساويا لفعلاه . فإن قيل : المقصود تجويد الحفظ ، قلنا الحفظ كان حاصلا ، والزيادة فيه تحصل ببعض المجالس ، وأنه يجوز أن يقال رمضان من غير إضافة وغير ذلك مما يظهر بالتأمل . ـ

And al-Nawawi (rh) said: In this Hadeeth there are a number of benefits:

-Encouragement to be generous at all times.

-Increasing in gatherings with righteous people during Ramadaan.

-Visiting the righteous people and the people of goodness, and this is emphasised if the one being visited does not mind that.

-The recommended nature of increasing in reciting the Qur’an during Ramadan and its being more virtuous than the rest of the forms of dhikr, for if dhikr had been more virtuous or equal in virtue, then he would have done that.

-And if it is said that the intended purpose [of studying the Qur’an with Jibreel (as)] was improving (his) memorisation, then we say that his memorisation was already achieved, and increasing in reciting is achieved through some gatherings.

-And that it is permitted to refer to Ramadaan without saying ‘shahr Ramadan‘ [the month of Ramadan’], as well as other benefits which would present themselves with reflection. [end quote from al-Nawawi]

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Ramadaan Series {Day 14} – Seeking Forgiveness Before Dawn

وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ – 51:18

“And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness,”

Ibn Katheer (rh) mentioned that some would use this Aayah to show the merits of seeking forgiveness just before the start of Fajr time until Fajr time actually starts.

Imaam Qurtubi (rh) said al Hasan al Basri from the pious people of the past said the “it” means seeking forgiveness for one’s sins.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Lord descends every night to the lowest heaven when one-third of the night remains and says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Try to be from those that take advantage of this time, even if it’s only 5 minutes before Fajr! And success is from Allah alone!

Ramadaan Series {Day 9} – Acts of Worship to Do During Ramadaan

Many think that reciting the Qur’an is just during the day when fasting whereas the Prophet (saw) would meet Jibreel (as) in the night. So, try to read some Qur’an at night too.

Also, remember that if you can, even if it’s only 5 minutes, pray more after tarawih. A person may pray tarawih, go home and miss out on the blessed last third of the night.

Finally, do some istighfar in the time just before fajr as this was the practice of the Sahaabah and the righteous of the past.

Ramadaan Series {Day 6} – Praying Salaah on Time

When the Prophet (saw) was asked what the MOST beloved action to Allah was, he (saw) would consistently answer, “Prayer performed on time.” (Bukhari, Nasaai).

Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) describes the later generations of Bani Israeel as having “Lost the prayer” because they stopped praying on time.

Allah says:

But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so, they are going to meet evil –

(19:59)

This led them to pursue their evil empty desires and meet destruction in the Hereafter.

When one has no desire or longing to remember their Lord, they stand at the end of the time of prayer with laziness just to get it over with. This is how Allah describes the hypocrites.

Allah says:

Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah, but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little,

(4:142)

Let’s train ourselves to pray our salaah on time within the time frame insha’Allah.

Ramadan is the time to establish good habits and what better habit can you start than the one that is most beloved to Allah!

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.

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.