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Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by Ashrush: 9:58am On May 19
My dear brothers and sisters

When we recite the Quran, we find, Allah mentions in numerous places that we should be conscious of Him, fear Him, be in Awe of Him and He will find a way out for us, He will forgive our sins and shortcomings, He will straighten for us our affairs so that we can attain the greatest success for example where He says

"O you who believe! Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah." (Q3:102)

and where He says

"O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth". (Q33:70)


in another ayah,

"O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam)..." (Q4:1)


and yet again

"And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you, and to you (O Muslims) that you (all) fear Allah, and keep your duty to Him" (Q4:131)

and in another ayah

"And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty)" (Q65:2).

One might ask, how do we attain this beautiful attribute of having taqwa in Allah? In Surah Al Baqarah Allah says

"O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous" (Q2:183)
Today is the 3rd Juma'ah of the month of Sha’baan 1438. This means the blessed month of Ramadan is just around the corner, it is less than a month away!
This blessed month is a great opportunity for goodness, barakah (blessing), worship and obedience towards Allaah and a month for building and nurturing our taqwa of Allah. It is a great month, a noble season, a month in which hasanaat (rewards for good deeds) are multiplied and in which committing sayi’aat (bad deeds) is more serious than at other times. The gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut,
and the sinners’ repentance to Allaah is accepted.

So give thanks to Him for the season of goodness and blessing that He has bestowed upon you, and for the means of bounty and various kinds of great blessings for which He has singled you out. Make the most of this blessed time by filling it with acts of worship and forsaking haraam things, so that you may attain a good life in this world and happiness after death.

For the sincere believer, every month is an occasion for worship and his whole life is spent in obeying Allaah, but in the month of Ramadaan he has even more motives to do good and his heart is even more focused on worship, and he turns even more to his Lord. By His grace, our generous Lord bestows His bounty upon the fasting believers and multiplies the reward for them on this blessed occasion, so He gives
abundantly and rewards generously for righteous deeds.

Time passes quickly
Days pass so quickly as if they were mere moments. We welcomed Ramadaan, then we bade it farewell, and only a short period of time passed and we are welcoming Ramadaan again. So we should hasten to do good deeds in the month of Ramadaan and strive to fill it with that which Allaah is pleased with and with that which will help us on the Day when we meet Him.

How can we prepare for Ramadaan?
We can prepare for Ramadaan by taking stock of ourselves and recognizing our shortcomings in living up to the Shahaadatayn i.e. the two declarations of faith, or our shortcoming in fulfilling our duties, or our shortcomings in not keeping away
from the desires and doubts that we may have fallen into...

We should set ourselves straight so that in Ramadaan we will have a higher degree of faith. For faith increases and decreases. It increases through obedience to Allaah and it decreases through disobedience and sin. The first act of obedience that a person should achieve is that of being a true slave of Allaah and believing that there is none that is rightfully worshiped except Allaah, so he directs all kinds of worship to Allaah and does not associate anyone else in worship with Him. Each of us should realize that whatever has befallen him could not have missed him and whatever missed him could not have befallen him and that everything happens by the will and decree of Allaah.

We should avoid everything that could undermine our commitment to the Shahaadatayn. This means keeping away from bid’ah (innovations) and things that have been introduced into the religion. We should follow the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his companions and adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the way of the Rightly-Guided Khulafa’ who came after him. We should love the Sunnah and love those who adhere to it and defend it, in whatever country they are and
whatever colour or nationality they are.

After that, we should take stock of ourselves and recognize our shortcomings in doing acts of worship such as praying in congregation, remembering Allaah (dhikr), paying attention to the rights of neighbours, relatives and the Muslims, spreading the greeting of salaam, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, urging one another to follow the truth and be patient and steadfast in doing so, being patient in avoiding evil actions and in doing good deeds, and accepting the decree of Allaah with patience.

Then we should take stock of ourselves and our sins and our following whims and desires. We should stop ourselves from persisting in that, whether the sin is great or small, whether it is a sin of the eye, by looking at that which Allaah has forbidden; or by listening to music; or by walking to things of which Allaah does not approve; or by using one's hands to strike in a manner with which Allaah is not pleased; or
by consuming things that Allaah has forbidden such as riba (usury) and bribes, or any other means of consuming people’s wealth unlawfully.
By taking stock, repenting and seeking forgiveness, this is how we should welcome Ramadaan. “The smart man is the one who takes stock of himself and strives to do that which will benefit him after death, and the helpless one is the one who follows his own whims and desires and engages in wishful thinking, (assuming that Allaah will forgive him regardless of what he does and that he does not need to strive to
good deeds).”

In the month of Ramadaan the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut. The devils are put in chains and a caller cries out each night, O seeker of good, proceed, O seeker of evil, desist. So, O slaves of Allaah, be among the people of good, following the path of your
righteous predecessors who were guided by the Sunnah of your Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), so that we may end Ramadaan with our sins forgiven and our righteous deeds accepted.

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Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by Nasige(m): 11:23am On May 19
may Allah protect us to witness this ramadan in good health
Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by baylord101(m): 11:28am On May 19
Ramadan Kareem in advance, May we witness more of it. #HappyJumu'at.
Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by muhazeen: 11:30am On May 19
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Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by Ekunsticated(m): 12:09pm On May 19
jazakumlahu kairan
Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by bams2999(m): 12:10pm On May 19
I and my family we are render insha ALLAH
Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by moufan(m): 12:49pm On May 19
nice one op, jazakhumllahu.akhiran
may the month of ramadan meet us in peace and sound health.amin
may almighty ALLAH accept our ibadah and forgive us all our sins amin
Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by Justicealh3(m): 2:39pm On May 19
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Re: Preparing For Ramadaan Part I by oyekanwahab(m): 3:11pm On May 19
jazakhumllahu.akhiran barka jumat

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