Ramadan Mubarak Holy Islamic Month - Ramadan Blessings
Ramadan is a Holy Month of Fasting, Introspection, and Prayer for Muslims, the Followers of Islam. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Every day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat sunset from sunrise. We also imagine dealing with concepts and avoiding dangerous behaviour sharing meals with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid ul Fitr, one of Islam’s major holidays.
The Best Way to Start Ramadan: Ramadan Reinforcement
One question I get asked a lot is "What is the best way to start and get Ramadan blessings?"I thought about this for some time, and here is my answer: "The best way to start Ramadan this year is the way you ended it last year."Meaning: you should start Ramadan with an equivalent passion, focus, and commitment that you just completed the last 10 days of last year’s Ramadan with. (if you didn't end it well last year, stay tuned for another short reminder soon: "How to fix a broken Ramadan?")
Do These Seven and Go to Heaven, Inshallah!
I know it sounds easy. But give it a try! Try having an equivalent passion you had last year in the following areas these days and see wherever it takes you tomorrow:
- When you stand to pray, muster the passion you had a year ago as Ramadan came to a close. The concentration and taste of it should be in your heart, your body should be calm and your soul submerged in the light of prayer. The Prophet (saw) said, "Whoever prays and his/her soul does not disturb him/her during prayer, his/her sins are forgiven."
- When you make dua, let it all out, provides it to Allāh currently, feeling impoverished to him such as you did last year at the tip of Ramadan. The Prophet (saw) said, "The supplications of a fasting person are accepted."
- Let the tears flow now. Drylands can't grow much and neither can dry hearts. A teacher once told me, "Tears come back from fertile hearts like springs come back from the fertile soil." Sit alone with Allah and cry to him, seek him, beg him and flee to him "You will find him forgiving, merciful."
- When you remember Allah, do so with the same focus you did last year. Know that "Remember me and I will remember you" is happening every time His blessed names flows from your heart and speech, and that wherever you remember Him (work, home, mosque, school, alone or in a group), He mentions you in front of the angels, says your name and they seek blessings and forgiveness for you saying as is mentioned within the Qur’an,"Forgive those that believe, follow your path and save them from Hell.
- Taste the sweetness of the hereafter, knowing the bitter style of this life. Recall how your heart felt the last 10 days; there was nothing more valuable to you than drawing nearer to him and farther from excess here. Muster that passion now. Become a stranger in this life or a traveller because this is not your permanent abode! In the Qur'an, Allah addresses Adam and his wife saying, "You two get out of here (Paradise)." In other places, He says, "You (all) get out of here."
- Our teachers said, "You all is all of us, Adam and his progeny. We were evicted from our real home and soon, God willing we will return to it if we lived good lives for Allah. This world is not it. Paradise awaits.
- Guard your time now like you did last year. Ibn al-Qayyim said, "I know people more cautious with their time, than bankers, are with money.
- Guard your tongue and your character now like you did the last ten days a year ago! Recall the statement of our Prophet (saw) regarding a person who fails to look after the outer aspects of fasting, "Allah will say, 'I have no need that you left your food and drink."
Gain Infinite Openings
If you start this now, this struggle, God promises you openings and growth. He says,"Those who struggle in our way, we will guide them to infinite ways."For the sake of general understanding, the ayah of Quran that stresses the importance of Ramadan is mentioned here:“O you who believe! Observing al-sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-muttaqoon (the pious).” (2:183)
What you're doing after you defy Ramadan like this can be intense taqarrub (seeking closeness to Allah, distance from sins and Satan).The Prophet (saw) aforementioned that Allah (SWT) aforementioned,"A person does not come to me a hands length, except I come to him/her an arm's length. If he/she comes to me walking, I run to him/her."If you take this bull by the horns and start this month off, with the same passion from a year ago, you are the person mentioned in the hadith above, IN SHA ALLAH.
Illuminated Endings are Rooted in Illuminated Beginnings
Remember! How you start now, tells a lot about last year and this year. Push yourself, asking God to dilate your heart and soul, filling it with guidance and light. Sheikh al-Islām, Ahmed Zarūq (ra) said(من كانت بالله بدايته, كانت إليه نهايته) "Who's beginning was with Allah, then his ending is to Allah."May Allah bless the shower of Ramadan blessing every year on us...