The Blessed month of Ramadhaan begins as soon as the crescent is sighted. Allah Ta’aala instructs those angels who carry the throne to stop reciting the Tasbeeh of Subhaanallah, Alhamdulillah Allahu Akbar, rather, start making Du’aa for those of my servants who are fasting on earth and say Aameen to their Du’aas. So in these days lengthen your Du’aas, when you lift your hands, keep them lifted (for a long time). Ask for as much as you can from the treasures of that Benevolent Being (Kareem), ask for Dunya and Aakhirah.
Ask him for the greatest treasure; O Allah, make us from among Your friends, so that when you are presented to Allah after death and questioned as to what you have brought, you may answer: I gained You (Allah) abroad (in the Dunya) and I have brought You to You.
Our spiritual great grandfather Haji Imdaadullah (Rahmatullaahi Alayh) would hold the cover of the Ka’bah and recite the following couplet:
Some ask for something and others ask for something else
O my Allah, I ask You from You
O Allah, the entire creation presents their needs to You and ask from You, but O Allah, I ask You from You, I do not have a greater need than this because the one who has attained Allah has received more than both worlds.
This is the couplet of Akhtar (Hadhrat):
When that King of both worlds enters someone’s heart
(The person) experiences more pleasure than both worlds
The value of Allah is more than both worlds. If a person acquires both worlds, will it be equivalent to the value of Allah? xSo the person who acquires Allah has acquired more than the pleasure of both worlds, nothing can be compared to Allah.
So ask from Allah excessively in this month, ask (make Du’aa) at least thrice a day and this is the minimum. Just as you go into Sajdah and cry and plead when you are afflicted with a sickness or calamity; O Allah make me better, improve my condition, in the same way, ask and plead from Allah in Ramadhaan.
My grandson repeatedly tells me: “Dada, give me a note” (money) then remains quiet for a while, while I am busy answering correspondence or involved in some work. After a while he will repeat his plea. He will repeat his plea after every short while and will not let me focus on my work. In the same way, continuously ask from Allah Ta’aala, Du’aa is accepted after it is being asked excessively and repeatedly.
Ask excessively in this month; for your reformation, to remove sadness, grief and concerns, and what is the greatest concern? It is that not even one breath be spent in the displeasure of Allah.
Listen carefully, it is necessary that all of you ask this Du’aa: O Allah, accept every breath of mine in your obedience and grant me the guidance to sacrifice every breath in Your obedience.
The second Du’aa is: O Allah, Do not let even my one breath be spent in Your disobedience. If we spend even one breath in Your disobedience, that moment is a moment void of blessings and it is a wretched moment.
What greater treasure can be achieved than a person who pleases his Lord at all times and does not displease his Lord for even a moment?
So in these days (of Ramadhaan), ask these Du’aas at the time of Sehri, wherever the Qur’aan is being completed, there too, and before Iftaar. When the tablecloth is laid and laden with Dahi Bara, chilli bites, savouries, drinks and other goodies, Allah is seeing that my servant is eyeing all the goodies, but is not even touching them. He waits for the words Allahu Akbar of the Athaan, i.e. the words of My greatness, and when the command of Allah is there, then only will he break his fast.
Regarding this obedience, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) gave glad tidings that Du’aa is accepted before Iftaar. So just prior to Iftaar, ask everything from Allah, and what do you ask for first? Ask for the greatest gift; O Allah, I ask You from You. If we receive You then we have received everything. Tell me, if a father is happy with a son, will he not try to please the son too? So when the Lord is pleased with someone, will He not please that servant?
If You (Allah) are mine then even the skies are mine, the earth is mine
And if You are not mine, then absolutely nothing is mine
The person who acquires Allah has acquired everything; Dunya and Aakhirah. Through the blessings of the name of Allah, he will be happy on straw mats. On the other hand, the person whom Allah is displeased with, although in the comfort of carpets and air conditioning, he will commit suicide, consume heroin and intoxicate himself.
So this is the Du’aa to make before Iftaar. Secondly, wherever a completion of Qur’aan takes place, make Du’aa there. Thirdly, make Du’aa in the middle of the night after eating Sehri. Wake up for Sehri, make Miswaak, wash and after eating Sehri make Wudhu and perform two Rakaats Salaah. What is so difficult in this? You have to wake up and you do not find it very difficult to wake up for Sehri because the stomach is telling you to give it something to fill it otherwise you will remain hungry, so for Sehri a person hastily wakes up. So now make Wudhu and perform a minimum of two Rakaats Tahajjud and ask from Allah. Also recite one section of Munaajaat Maqbool any time during the day.
Munaajaat Maqbool is a compilation of Du’aas taken from Qur’aan and Hadeeth by Hadhrat Thanwi. The book is divided into seven sections. To facilitate easy reading, one section is read per day, completing all the Du’aas therein every week.
Source: Ramadhaan the Month of Taqwa - Moulana Hakeem Akhtar Rahmatullahi Alayh
I0. It is mentioned in a Hadith that on the first night of Ramadaan the doors of heaven are opened. These doors remain open right till the end of Ramadaan. There is no Muslim who offers salaat in any of the nights of this month except that he receives 2500 rewards for every rakaat that he offers. In addition to this, Allah Ta'ala will construct a palace of rubies. This palace will have sixty doors. Each of these doors will have a golden chamber which will be decorated with rubies.
When the person keeps the first fast of Ramadaan, all the minor sins that he had committed during the past year since the first fast of the last Ramadaan will be forgiven. In addition to this, 70 000 angels will make dua for his forgiveness daily from morning till sunset. For every rakaat of salaat that he offers in Ramadaan, whether it be during the day or at night, he will be rewarded with a tree in paradise. The shade of this tree will be such that a traveller will be able to travel beneath it for a journey of 500 years.
How great is the virtue of fasting! 0 Muslims! Never allow yourself to miss any fast. In fact, if you have the strength, then keep nafl fasts as well. Show total love for Allah Ta'ala who is so merciful that He is rewarding us so abundantly in exchange for a little effort on our part. At least make Allah Ta'ala your beloved for your own benefit in that you will receive the abundant benefits of jannah.
11. It is mentioned in a Hadith that jannah is decorated from the beginning of the year till the end of the year especially for Ramadaan. In addition to this, the large-eyed Hoors of jannah decorate and beautify themselves from the beginning of the year till the end of the year especially for the fasting persons. When Ramadaan commences, jannah says to Allah Ta'ala: "O Allah! Enter your pious servants into me in this month." As for the large eyed Hoors, they say: "O Allah! Appoint husbands for us from among your pious servants."
The person who did not slander anyone in this month and did not consume any intoxicants shall have all his sins wiped out. As for the one who slanders someone or consumes any intoxicant, all his good deeds for the past year will be wiped out. In other words, he will be committing a major sin. It should be borne in mind that just as rewards are multiplied in a holy month, punishment is also increased if a sin is committed in a holy month.
One should ponder over the warning in this Hadith.
Fear the month of Ramadaan because it is the month of Allah Ta'ala. In this month, Allah Ta'ala has ordered His servants to emulate His practice by abstaining from food and drink. Since Allah Ta'ala is pure from food and drink all the time, this month of Ramadaan has been specially attached to Him.
As for the other months, they all belong to Him as well. Allah Ta'ala has given you eleven months in which you can eat, drink, and indulge in other halaal pleasures. He has set aside just one month for Himself in which He has ordered you to abstain from food, drink, and other halaal pleasures. Therefore, fear the month of Ramadaan, for most certainly, it belongs to Allah Ta'ala.
Obey Allah Ta'ala in this month and abstain from sins. Although obedience to Allah Ta'ala is necessary all the time, it's importance is stressed in particular places such as Makkah al-Mukarramah and Madinah al Munawwarah; and at particular times such as in the month of Ramadaan.
Special attention should be paid to abstaining from sins at such places and at such times because just as rewards are multiplied at these times and places, so too is punishment.
12. It is mentioned in a Hadith that when food is presented to you at the time of iftaar, then prior to opening your fast you should recite the following dua: Translation: "In the name of Allah. All praise is due to Allah. 0 Allah! I have fasted for Your pleasure, it is with Your sustenance that I am opening my fast, and I have placed complete trust in You. Glory be to You and praise be to You. Accept this fast from me for most surely You are All Hearing, All-Knowing."
13. It is mentioned in a Hadith that when you open your fast, it is preferable to open it with dry dates because there is a lot of blessing in this. If you do not have dates, open your fast with water because water is a great purifier.
In certain Ahadith it is also mentioned that the fast should be opened with milk.
14. It is mentioned in a Hadith that the person who keeps fast for 40 days solely for the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala shall have whatever dua he makes to Allah Ta'ala accepted. In other words, this person will become so beloved in the sight of Allah Ta'ala that whatever dua he makes will be accepted by Allah Ta'ala if He feels that it will be to the benefit of that person.
The respected sufis, may Allah Ta'ala be pleased with them, have laid down a system of cutting off all relations with this world for forty days and engaging in the ibaadah of Allah Ta'ala in a musjid. In addition to this, the person must fast for these forty days while he is in the musjid. By doing this, the person will benefit tremendously and will also develop the strength to do good deeds. Through the barakah of this, he will receive special knowledge from Allah Ta'ala and he will also be blessed with a deep understanding of things.
Those who love sleep or are kings of sleep say that we will fast without partaking in Sehri, but this is a great deprivation because Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said:
“VERILY ALLAH SENDS HIS MERCIES AND THE ANGELS MAKE DU’AA OF FORGIVENESS FOR THOSE WHO PARTAKE IN SEHRI. “
This is a marvellous system of the Mercy of Allah; the person is enjoying Sehri and at the same receiving Divine Mercies and Du’aa of forgiveness from the angels!
At the time of Sehri Shaytaan instils this fear that how will you manage for the entire day, you will not be able to eat till Maghrib, so eat heavily, fill your first and second floor, and don’t forget your basement, irrespective of whether you suffer from acidy burps throughout the day!
Do not overeat, trust in Allah and eat so much that can be easily digested. This will result in adequate strength for the body. I am telling you through experience that those who overeat with the idea that they will not feel hungry the whole day, experience more weakness and lethargy, their stomachs are upset, they suffer from acidy burps and feel extremely weak.
If it was necessary to eat so much then Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) would have made it compulsory (Waajib) upon us. So don’t overindulge in the Sunnah (of Sehri) that you become gluttonous.
This Sunnah (of Sehri) can be achieved by just eating a date and drinking some water. If there is nothing to eat for Sehri or a person does not feel like eating, then the Sunnah can be fulfilled by just having a gulp of water. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) made this Sunnah so easy so why do you burden yourself? Trust in Allah and Allah Ta’aala will make the fast easy, so do not panic.
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الأربعاء 15 رمضان 1440 Wednesday Ramadan15 1440 21 May 2019
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu said:
"Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to encourage (us) to pray Qiyam (Taraaweeh) during Ramadan, without insisting on that, and he said: 'Whoever spends the nights of Ramadan in prayer (Qiyam) out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins'