Four Things To Do On Laylatul Qadr

Shaykh Hassan Ali suggests four things we can do on Laylatul Qadr which will make you amongst the richest people in the hereafter.

Heavenly Food

The body is earthly and its nourishment comes from the earth. The spirit, however, is celestial and its nourishment comes only from Heaven.

In Ramadan we should deny our overindulged bodies their earthly gratification and instead provide heavenly food for our malnourished souls.
Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq 

Comprehensive Dua

O Allah give me all the good that there is
O Allah save me from all the evil that is there
O Allah at the time of my death take me away as one of the highest believers
O Allah put my soul in the place of the ‘Illiyeen’ among all the good souls
O Allah when I wake up on the day of judgement, raise me amongst the Prophets, when they enter into Jannah do not separate me from them, and make me enter Jannah with the Prophets.
O Allah I ask the same for all my loved ones, my family and friends.

Spiritual Detox in Ramadan 

1. Keep free from eating hi-calorie flesh (gossip) of others – no matter how juicy 

2. Switch to fat free truths 

3. Avoid artificial tempers

4. Do voice therapy by reciting the Holy Quran

5. Purify your eyes by crying in Du’a

6. Do hand reflexology on tasbeehs

7. Brighten your smile with a miswak

8. Take the weight off your shoulders by paying zakat

9. Shrug off those extra kilos of sins by repenting

Practical Preparation

1. Plan Ahead for Ramaḍān
We should plan our activities ahead and try to ensure that our worldly tasks are either completed before Ramaḍān or, if possible, are postponed and delayed till after Ramaḍān, thus freeing ourselves for as much time as we need for ‘ibādah (worship) during Ramaḍān.  

2. Plan Everyday of Ramaḍān
In addition to planning for the month of Ramaḍān, we should also plan the twenty-four hours of each day of Ramaḍān. For instance, we should allocate a specific amount of time everyday for reading Islamic literature, for recitation of the Holy Qurʾān, for doing dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and other acts of worship. This does not mean that we aim for an entire day of worship as that is not physically possible. The aim of this mental and practical preparation is to actually create more time for ʿibādah (worship) by freeing ourselves from worldly activities to benefit from Ramaḍān as a time of peace, silence, thoughtfulness, contemplation and worship. If possible, we should try to take a few days or at least the last ʿashrah (ten days) off from work to increase the time we spend in worship.  

3. Minimize Cooking in Ramaḍān
First off, as a family we should declare that we will not allow the coming month to become a month of feasting. A whole day spent fasting with the idea that ifṭār is a time of feasting leads to a lot of tension and heightened expectations in the household. To meet this expectation, instead of spending time in ʿibādah we end up running around, shopping, spending a lot of money and investing a large amount of time and effort in preparing the food. The preparation of a grand ifṭār also leads to a significant increase in the load of household work for the women. The hunger and thirst of the fast, complemented by the panicking and rushing for the preparation of food, leads to agitation and bad temper within the household; emotions and practices that blatantly go against the spirit of Ramaḍān.  

4. Fulfill the Right of the Body in Ramaḍān
By following this routine and doing a minimum amount of cooking, we can give ourselves the maximum amount of time for ‘ibādah. However, this does not mean that we deprive ourselves of sleep and do ‘ibādah all day and all night. In Ramaḍān, especially in the summer months, the body undergoes many changes due to remaining hungry and thirsty for a long period of time. In addition, our sleep is broken due to getting up for saḥūr, then not sleeping until after Fajr, and then maybe sleeping during the day. With this running around, cooking and preparing along with a disturbed sleep cycle, a person is not in a frame of mind to think of any ‘ibādah or of Allah سبحانه وتعالى . This agitated and heedless state of mind goes against the spirit of Ramaḍān and fulfilling the requirement of the fast.

Excerpt from a Spiritual Gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

Ramadan Preparation Tips

Dua before Sleeping

اَللّهُمَّ بِسْمِكَ أَمُوْتُ وَ أَحْيَ

O Allah, with Your name I die and live

(Bukhari)

Dua before Sleeping

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Dua if one forgets Dua before eating

بِسْمِ الله اَوَّلَهُ وَاخِرَهُ

In the name of Allah in the beginning and the end.
(Abu Dawood)

Dua After Eating

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَجَعَلَنَا ْمُسْلِمِينَ

All praise is due to Allah, who gave us food and drink and made us Muslims.

(Tirmidhi)

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The Sacred Month of Rajab

by Ahmed

The month of Rajab, one of the sacred four
a time to reflect, extra worship and seeking forgiveness at His door

The month brings reminder of the upcoming month of fasting
use it to mentally and physically prepare for the month of blessing

What can we do to prepare?
First lets deal with all the worldly affair

Next, Remember the hereafter and our final destination
Hell or heaven which of these are you working to make your final destination?

Thirdly, Charity, learn to help those more in need
With the intention of pleasing Allah, to succeed

Finally, Make dua’a to Allah seeking maghfirah & guidance
pray for a month with blessing & obedience

and may He bless us too during Shabaan
and let us reach the month of Ramadaan

Ameen

Dua Before Eating

بِسْمِ الله وَبَرَكَةِ الله

In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah.
(Al-Hisnul Haseen)

Duaa Before Eating

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