Thursday, August 25, 2005

The upcoming of Ramadhan

The month of Ramadhan is fast approaching us and before we even realise it, it will dawn upon us.

It is therefore vital that we begin to prepare for this month of Ramadhan before it is too late. The month of Ramadhan is such a valuable and blessed month that wasting a single moment of its precious time would lead to a loss that one may not be able to recover.

This blessed month has been sent by Allah to His bondsmen so that can create a connection and draw closer to Allah by reaping the many rewards that lie in this month.

The month of Ramadhan is not like any other month; its purpose is to rid man of those habits which he has accumulated throughout the rest of the year. It is a month that prepares man for the remaining eleven months by teaching him discipline and self control. Thus, Allah has made some acts which are beloved to man, like eating, drinking and fulfilling one's desires, Haraam. If man can control these desires in this month, which are usually permissible for him, then he can surely control himself from other desires which are not permissible.

It is therefore vital to realise the purpose of this blessed month and prepare for it accordingly. The objective of this month is to guide us in this month in such a manner that the blessings and guidance continue in the eleven months to come. But in order to achieve this objective, it is essential that we make use of every second of this month, for in reality, we are preparing to better ourselves in a span of one month and we anticipate it to last us for the remaining eleven months.

In a length Hadeeth, the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam mentions that the month of Ramadhan is the month of Sabr (patience), and the reward of this Sabr is Jannah (Paradise).

"And it (Ramadhan) is the month of Sabr (Patience). And Sabr, its reward is Jannah (Paradise)"

Our beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has mentioned that the month of Ramadhan is the month of patience. However, we have been taught to be patient regardless of the month. So what then could the meaning of this sentence be?

The meaning of this portion of the Hadeeth is that the month of Ramadhan is a month in which extreme patience is required. It is a month in which the patience of a man will be tested time and again, for the change of lifestyle always reduces a man's level of patience and thus making him more impatient than he would be in other months.

Similarly, the month of Ramadhan is a month of worship and prayer, we have the extra night prayer of Taraweeh in the month of Ramadhan and we are encouraged to recite the blessed Qur'an at least once in this month. Additionally, we are encouraged to spend more time in worship than we normally do. This continuous pattern of worship is something that the soul and body are not used to due to normally being engrossed in the materialistic world and therefore patience is also required in carrying out these acts of worship in this month.

As a result, it is vital that each and every person concentrates on his level of patience in this holy month so that through this patience he is able to refrain from committing sins and at the same time he can concentrate and exercise patience on fulfilling those acts of worship that he would not normally do.

The Hadeeth further states the reward for exercising patience in this month is "Jannah" (Paradise) and therefore we can see how vital this act of patience is. We, our entire lives, have strived to acquire this Jannah, and here the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam is telling us that if we exercise patience in this month we will be rewarded with Jannah.

Therefore, in reality we are attempting to acquire the reward of Jannah itself in the span of one month. As the month of Ramadhan is blessed and holds a great status, one should not think this act is impossible nor should one think that he is not capable of achieving this reward.

However, in order to be successful in the month of Ramadhan we have to prepare for it and ensure that we do not miss even one vital moment of this month; it is necessary that we begin to exercise patience from today and that we develop it to such a level by the beginning of Ramadhan that we do not need to exhaust our effort in this act whilst leaving the other rewarding acts in this month.

In short, we need to realise the urgency and the shortage of time that we have and what we are trying to achieve in the period of one month.

Insha Allah further points from the Ahadeeth and Qur'an will be discussed later on.

A humble request for Duas is made to all readers in these months leading to Ramadhan and also in the auspicious month of Ramadhan.


Monday, August 15, 2005

Tahaarah Quiz I

As Salaamu Alaykum,

As mentioned previously, Insha-Allah the upcoming posts will be regarding Tahaarah (purity) which will begin with the topics of Wudhu and Ghusl.

To begin with, I have created a short Quiz as I had done with the Salaah section. Insha-Allah the quiz will aid people into realising how much they know or do not know about Wudhu. At the same time it will give me a idea of what needs to be discussed.

I pray to Allah that He makes these posts beneficial. Aameen.


Tahaarah Quiz I

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tahaarah (purity)

As Salaamu Alaykum,

As mentioned before, Insha-Allah the next series of posts will be dedicated on Tahaarah (cleanliness) and Salaah (Prayers). As this is going to be a detailed series, there will be other posts in between, including the Ramadhan posts.

Insha–Allah, I will attempt to cover the topics related to Tahaarah in detail whilst also mentioning a few related questions and answers on the topics, all followed by a summary for those people who are beginners in acquiring knowledge.

Tahaarah plays an essential part in every Muslim's life and therefore it has been classed by many Ulamaa (scholars) as mandatory. Allah proclaims in the Qur'an that the people who are beloved to him are those who observe purity:

"...Allah loves those who observe purity"

[Surah al-Taubah - Verse:108]

The importance of Salaah is well known by all and it is the first deed that a believer will be reckoned for on the Day of Judgement, yet this great deed of Salaah is not complete without the act of purification. It is related on the authority of Hadhrat Ali Radhi Allahu Anhu that our beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said:

"The key to Prayer is Tahaarah (purification)"

[Sunan at-Tirmidhi]