The Month of Blessings & Mercy

 

Out of all the creations of Allah, He has given more importance and significance to some of His creations over others.

Among humans, our beloved Prophet – صلى الله عليه وسلم- has significance over all the other prophets, in days Friday has an Islamic importance compared to the rest of the days, similarly in months, Ramadan has a special significance over the rest of the months. And in this month there is a night  better than a thousand nights, Layla-tul-Qadr.

Allah says:

“O you who believe! Observing As-Sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)”

[al-Baqarah 2:183]

What is fasting?

It is one of the five pillars of Islam, where a Muslim refrains from food, drink and other sinful acts which breaks the fast from dawn to sunset in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan.

It is obligatory on every sane muslim who has reached the age of puberty. Exemptions are there for old, sick, travelers, pregnant and breast-feeding women with special rulings for each of them.

This is from the Mercy and kindness of Allah on us.  Allah never over-burdens anyone, there are rules for special situations and cases to make ease for the people in all areas of Islam.

But why do we fast?

  • One of the main goals of fasting, as stated in the ayah above, is gaining Taqwa i.e. piety and being conscious of Allah, it makes us follow Allah’s commandments and refrain from what he forbade.
  • Fasting helps us appreciate the blessings of Allah upon us, it makes us thankful and we do not take Allah’s bounties for granted once we go through the day without food and water and specially during summers where the days are hot and the thirst is on its peak!
  • It helps control our desires.
  • It makes us realize hardships the poor and needy face, and we hasten in helping them with whatever we have.
  • It helps us leave our bad sins and habits, after a month of leaving our bad practices it makes it easy to stay away from them even after Ramadan.
  • Similarly it helps us build good worshipping  habits which we carried out the entire month.
  • It reminds us that Allah is watching us always so we stay away from sins and desires as much as we can.

 

I ask Allah to help us in our fasts, prayers and all other worships and accept it from us. May this month be where all our sins are forgiven, we become closer to Him and be among  the dwellers of Paradise.

PS Keep Muslims from all over the world in your prayers, specially the ones suffering.

Abeer Nouman.

“… by the ten nights”- Quran

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“By the dawn; by the ten nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2].

Allah سبحانه وتعالى swears by the first ten days of Zul Hijjah in Surah Al Fajr indicating its importance.

As most of you know the month of Zul Hijja (lunar calendar) is already here. I thought of writing a small post highlighting the importance of worship and Dhikr in these days.

Firstly Zul Hijja is the month in which the annual pilgrimage takes place. This month is of great importance to the Muslims round the world. The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are of a special value to the Muslims as they are considered an opportunity to do more good deeds and earn greater reward. The significance of these days is mentioned in the following Ahadith:

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari

The Prophet peace be up on him, pbuh said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying لا إله إلا الله), Takbeer (saying الله أكبر) and Tahmeed (saying الحمد لله).” (Ahmad -Saheeh)

ِBelow are some highly awarded acts of worship done in these blessed days.

  • Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)

It should be noted that Hajj is not obligatory upon every Muslim. It is done by Muslims who can afford the journey.

  •  Fasting all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah’

The Prophet peace be up on him, pbuh used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijja and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth Dhul-Hijja) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)

  • Perform Dhikr and Takbeer

The Prophet peace be up on him, pbuh said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying لا إله إلا الله), Takbeer (saying الله أكبر) and Tahmeed (saying الحمد لله).” (Ahmad -Saheeh)

Omar رضي الله عنه would go around the market place reciting takbeer and people would recite takbeer when they heard him.

  • Sincere Repentance

Allah Glorified and Exalted be He says, “But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [Al-Qasas 28:67]

Indeed Allah ٍسبحانه وتعالى loves those who repent sincerely. Make good use of these ten days and repent for the sins you have committed and you shall find Him Ever Forgiving.

  • Spend the night in Prayer

Allah Almighty calls out to His servants in the latter part of the night: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Bukhaari, Muslim)

The Tahajjud prayer humbles ones inner self and helps in the establishment of a strong relationship between Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His slave.

  • Return to the Book of Allah (The Quran)

Reading Quran is one of the most beautiful acts of worship. Give the book of Allah some time in these blessed days and try understanding its message.

  • Increase in doing ALL good deeds

So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it; and whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.“[Al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

Since these days are of special value to Allah, He doubles the reward for every single good deed done for His sake.

  • Attend Eid prayers

It is a sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and as Muslims we should practice what he taught us.

  • Don’t forget to thank Allah!!

May Allah سبحانه وتعالى give us the tawfeeq to utilize our time in His worship and accept our struggles…Amen

Fatima Sajid