Quarterly: Issue No 63
RAMADAAN – A SPECIAL MONTH
the advent of another Ramadaan, a mixture of feelings
overwhelm the hearts of Muslims all over the world. The hearts are full
of hope, based on truthful promises and glad tidings given by Allah, Glorified
be He, the Most High, and His Messenger Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him), of great bounties and endless bliss. We have been promised that our past sins will
be forgiven for those whose fast is based on Belief (Imaan), sincerity (Ikhlaas) and on truly expecting the rewards from Allah (Ihtisaab).
also have been promised that past sins will be forgiven for those who offer
night prayers (Qiyaam) during the entire month, specifically those who do the
qiyaam with the same two conditions of Imaan (Belief) and Ihtisaab
(truly expecting the rewards from Allah).
have further been told that there is one night in this month which is better
(in rewards) than a thousand months of worship, and that all sins will be
forgiven for those who spend that night offering Qiyaam with both Imaan
(Belief) and Ihtisaab (truly expecting the rewards
have been told that the devils (shayateen) will be
chained down, that the gates of Hell will all be shut and that the gates of
Paradise will all be open throughout this blessed month of Ramadaan.
have been told that Allah will free (from punishment) some of his worshippers (Ibaad) on every single night of the month of Ramadaan.
have been told that Allah answers the du'aa
(supplications) of the fasting person at the time of iftaar
been told that Allah multiplies the rewards of fasting beyond the limits of
have been told that the fasting person will be joyous and happy when he meets
all hope to:
be amongst those who will offer the fast in the correct way, in order to reap
its maximum benefits
be granted forgiveness for our previous sins, to be able to do much more good
and to overcome all our weaknesses
be among those who receive the gifts from Jannah,
whose gates are opened
humiliate our enemy (Satan), who is chained down, by rejecting any of his
deceitful suggestions and whisperings
be amongst those who will receive full atonement for their sins by the end of
be amongst those who will be most happy with their fasts when they meet their
further hope that all of us will be pleasing to Allah in order to deserve His
Mercy and Victory.
although we have hope, we should also have some concerns in our hearts because
there are certain conditions for the fast to be acceptable and to get the
desired results. These are Imaan (Belief with sincerity) and Ihtisaab (truly expecting the reward from Allah).
us therefore keep our fast with true belief and full surrender to Allah. Let
our fasts not just be an exercise for us to lose some weight? Are we going to
fast because Allah prescribed it upon us, or just because we have been used to
it from childhood? Are our intentions to fast solely to please Allah or just to
please our friends and families? Let our
intentions be very clear because all our actions will be judged according to
even when we feel that we satisfy the conditions for an acceptable fast we
should still be concerned that our deeds may not be accepted because of some
deficiency that we may have overlooked. This is the way of the Sahabas, the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) and their true
followers, some of whom were reported to have said: "I will not feel safe
even if I see one of my feet is in Jannah - not until
both of them are in there".
ask Allah to make the fasting easy upon us, to help us to perform it in the
perfect way that pleases Him, to reward us with all the bounties that He
promised to those who fast. We also ask
Him to grant victory and supremacy to the Muslim Ummah, and to make our most
pleasant and happiest day the Day when we shall meet with Him. Ameen!
year we count our blessings to be fortunate to experience this blessed Month of
Ramadaan; a month of utter peace, forgiveness, and breathtaking moments of Ibaadah; including selfless generosity and destiny changing
opportunity for all, insha Allah. The love and
comradeship amongst Muslims is so peaceful and sublime that it almost tears our
heart when we hear or see the complete opposite in other months for the rest of
of the best gifts of Ramadan is the purpose it carries. This purpose in
building our Taqwa stimulates in each individual the best Ramadaan ever. And it is this purpose that is carried on in
our ibaadah (both with regards to Allah and His
creation) for the rest of the year until we are fortunate - insha
Allah - to witness another one in the following year. Some recommended activities during the month
of Ramadaan are as follows:
Do not miss the three golden hours of each day of Ramadaan:
The first hour is the hour before Salatul Fajr. This is the
hour of forgiveness and an hour for dua. Ask Allah
for EVERYTHING. Nothing is too little to ask for. Allah has ordered us that we
do so. Let us take the opportunity and humiliate ourselves before the only ONE
that we are allowed to, in this Blessed Month.
The next hour is the hour immediately after Salaatul Fajr. It is the hour for tilaawah
and dhikr. Make dhikr of
Allah, read the Noble Qur’an and then perform the two raka’aat
nafl salaah of Ishraq. It
is reported that the Prophet (SAW) said that when one performs this nafl salaah, one gets the reward of one Hajj and one Umrah
provided we do this without leaving the spot we had perform our Salaatul Fajr until 20 mins after sunrise.
Finally, the third hour is the hour before iftaar
(breaking our fast). This is yet another time - time to ask from Allah. We
cannot stress the importance of this task enough. Be generous with your dua, ask from the smallest to the biggest, and pray for this
Ummah. After all, the Lord of the Alameen has a full
purse that can never be empty in any way.
This is very important. We all
know the hadith of gaining the reward of another’s
fast? Well this is a sure way to get it. If it’s enough for one, it’s
definitely enough for two. Share the breaking of the fast with one another and
increase the love this wonderful month brings amongst us.
3) Do not
forget our family. Pay attention to ensure that our families avoid falling into
any haraam thing or whatever may lead to that - in a
wise manner - such as preparing a programme for them as well; or taking them
out for leisure trips to Islamic places; or keeping them away from bad friends;
or looking for good friends for them. Take them for taraawih.
Let us plan together and therefore reap the rewards together as well.
last ten days of Ramadaan: The last ten days of Ramadaan include Laylat al-Qadr which is better
than a thousand months. Hence it is highly recommended for a person to observe i’tikaaf (“retreat” for the purpose of worship) in a nearby
musjid during these ten days, as the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to do, seeking Laylat
Whoever can observe i’tikaaf at this time;
this is a great blessing from Allah. Whoever cannot observe i’tikaaf
for the entire period should do as much as he is able to. If he is not able to
do i’tikaaf at all, then he should try to spend
additional hours of the nights in worship with qiyaam, reading the Qur’an,
remembering Allah and making du’a.
Allah to shower us with His choicest blessings in this holy month of Ramadaan,
and to help us fast and pray qiyaam throughout the whole month, and to accept
(these acts of worship) from us, and to forgive us for our shortcomings.
Today Muslims pass this month of Ramadaan in
transgression and crises.
Capitalism is rife with greed. It directs its hostility against the Islamic world
with intellectual onslaughts. The foremost means toward this is through women,
wine and other enticements, distractions, luxuries and unlawful amusements. Secularism
calls for the separation between the religion and worldly affairs. It seeks to
oust Islam from life's stage on the pretext that religion distinguishes between
people. In effect, secularism is an atheist ideology that disregards all
religions and, therefore, excludes Islam in its entirety from playing any role
in human life. Freemasonry,
the Jewish creation, has come to destroy religions including Islam. On the surface
it appears to be calling for the unity of all people. It has its own means,
taboos, emblems and cliques. It operates in secret, has world-wide influence
and springs from Zionist origins.
Hence today the Muslim Ummah is suffering from some very intense
- Palestine has been stolen from it, Al Aqsa
mosque remains a hostage while old men, women and children are slaughtered
morning and evening. Yet, Palestine will never be returned to Muslim lands
except by an Islam with the rage of Umar ibn al Khattab and the boldness
of Salaahud-Din Al-Ayyubi.
- The Muslim woman is fought against because of her covering, modesty,
purity and religion.
- Our youth are seduced by destructive means, satanic enticements and
- Evangelism is penetrating the Islamic world from all four directions.
- Divisions and schisms are widespread among Muslims except those whom
Allah has shielded.
In such circumstances, Muslims should live with a resolve to eradicate
these great issues with their sentiments, wealth and prayers. They should
strive to increase awareness among their Muslim brothers of these dangers.
Muslims should work relentlessly to bring about unity within the ranks of their
own community. More importantly, the Islamic nation must avoid disputes and
internal wrangling that only cause failure;
particularly when the news of these calamities that afflict the Islamic world
are exposed and become the issues of the day. As a result, no Muslim should
despise himself because in every Muslim there is goodness.
They should, at the end of each prayer, in the early hours of the
morning, and other times when prayers are answered, implore Allah to establish
and grant victory to the Muslims. We must also call upon Allah to increase us
in piety and strive to be conscious of Allah at all times because the disasters
and calamities that have befallen us are all on account of our own sins and
Allah says: ‘And
do you, now that a calamity has befallen you after you had inflicted twice as
much [on your enemies], ask yourselves, "How has this come about?"
Say: "It has come from your own selves" And Allah has power over all things.’ (Surah
Ale-Imraan: Chapter 3: Verse 165).
O Allah! Your Forgiveness is far greater than my sins and I have more
hope in Your Mercy than in my own deeds.
Requesting your humble duas!
Abdul Haq Abdul Kadir
Kyalami Glen, Gauteng
Johannesburg, South Africa