Ramadan Prep

The Importance of Intentions:

Intentions are like the soul and actions are like the body. Just like the body dies when the soul leaves it, similarly actions are dead and valueless unless the heart intends to please its’ Creator with them. Therefore every breath and step we take in Ramadan should be to please Allah (S.W.T) according to the Sunnah of Rasool Allah (P.B.U.H)

The Meaning of Ramadan:

Ramadan comes from the root letters:

  1. RAA,
  2. MEEM,
  3. DHAAD.

It means the month of fasting at a certain time of the year.

Scholars also say that Ramaḍān is taken from the word ramad which means that which is intensely or vehemently heated by the sun. And the word ramdhaa means the intense heat of the sun. Ramaḍān thus burns the sins of the believers off their bodies. (Mufradat al-Qur’an by Imām ar-Raghib p 203)

The Excellence of Ramadan:

Below is a list of Prophetic traditions that highlight the excellence of Ramadan.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,

“Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: “Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except As-Siyam (the fasting) which is (exclusively) for Me, and I will reward him for it.”

Fasting is a shield. When anyone of you is observing fast, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad is the breath of one observing Saum is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk.

The one who fasts, experiences two joys:

  1. He feels pleasure when he breaks the fast.
  2. He is joyful by virtue of his fast when he meets his Rabb.”

 

[Al-Bukhari/Muslim].

In a narration by Al-Bukhari, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
“Allah says: ‘(The person observing Saum) has abstained from food and drink, and sexual pleasures for My sake; fasting is for Me, and I will bestow its reward. Every good deed has ten times its reward’.”

In a narration by Muslim, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
“The reward of every (good) deed of a person is multiplied from ten to seven hundred times. Allah (SWT) says: “The reward of observing Saum is different from the reward of other good deeds; Saum is for Me, and I Alone will give its reward. The person observing Saum abstains from food and drink only for My sake.’ The fasting person has two joyous occasions, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time of meeting his Rubb. Surely, the breath of one observing Saum is better smelling to Allah than the fragrance of musk.”
وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه، قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏:‏ ‏”‏قال الله عز وجل‏:‏ كل عمل ابن آدم له إلا الصيام، فإنه لي وأنا أجزي به‏.‏ والصيام جُنة فإذا كان يوم صوم أحدكم فلا يرفث ولا يصخب، فإن سابه أحد أو قاتله، فليقل‏:‏ إني صائم‏.‏ والذي نفس محمد بيده لخُلوف فم الصائم أطيب عند الله من ريح المسك‏.‏ ‏”‏للصائم فرحتان يفرحهما‏:‏ إذا أفطر فرح بفطره، وإذا لقي ربه فرح بصومه‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏‏(‏‏(‏وهذا لفظ رواية البخاري‏.‏ وفي رواية له‏:‏ يترك طعامه، وشرابه، وشهوته، من أجلي، الصيام لي وأنا أجزي به، والحسنة بعشر أمثالها‏.‏ وفي رواية لمسلم‏:‏ ‏”‏كل عمل ابن آدم يضاعف‏:‏ الحسنة بعشر أمثالها إلى سبعمائة ضعف‏.‏ قال الله تعالى‏:‏ ‏(إلا الصوم فإنه لي وأنا أجزي به‏:‏ يدع شهوته وطعامه من أجلي‏.‏ للصائم فرحتان‏:‏ فرحة عند فطره، وفرحة عند لقاء ربه‏.‏ ولخلوف فيه أطيب عند الله من ريح المسك‏)‏‏.‏

Riad ul Saliheen- Book of virtues-The Excellence of observing fasts during Ramadhan-1215.

Sahl bin Sa’d (May Allah be pleased with him):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“In Jannah there is a gate which is called Ar-Raiyan through which only those who observe Saum (fasting) will enter on the Day of Resurrection. None else will enter through it. It will be called out, “Where are those who observe fasting?” So they will stand up and proceed towards it. When the last of them will have entered, the gate will be closed and then no one will enter through that gate.”

[Muslim].

وعن سهل بن سعد رضي الله عنه عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏ “‏إن في الجنة بابًا يقال له‏:‏ الريان، يدخل منه الصائمون يوم القيامة لا يدخل منه أحد غيرهم يقال‏:‏ أين الصائمون‏؟‏ فيقومون لا يدخل منه أحد غيرهم، فإذا دخلوا أغلق فلم يدخل منه أحد‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏

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Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
“Every slave of Allah who observes Saum (fasting) for one day for the sake of Allah, Allah will draw his face farther from Hell-fire to the extent of a distance to be covered in seventy years.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

وعن أبي سعيد الخدري، رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ ما من عبد يصوم يومًا في سبيل الله إلا باعد الله بذلك اليوم وجهه عن النار سبعين خريفًا‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏‏

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Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
“Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
حَدَّثَنَا مُسْلِمُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ، حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ مَنْ قَامَ لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ، وَمَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ ‏”‏‏.‏

Riad ul Saliheen- Book of virtues-The Excellence of observing fasts during Ramadhan-1219.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
“When Ramadan begins, the gates of Jannah are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

وعنه رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏”‏إذا جاء رمضان فتحت أبواب الجنة، وغلقت أبواب النار، وصفدت الشياطين‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏

Riad ul Saliheen- Book of virtues-The Excellence of observing fasts during Ramadhan-1220.

Abu Hurairah narrated:

The Messenger of Allah said:
“On the first night of the month of Ramadan, the Satans are shackled, the jinns are restrained, the gates of the Fires are shut such that no gate among them would be opened. The gates of Paradise are opened such that no gate among them would be closed, and a caller calls: ‘O seeker of the good; come near!’ and ‘O seeker of evil; stop! For there are those whom Allah frees from the Fire.’ And that is every night.”

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو كُرَيْبٍ، مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْعَلاَءِ بْنِ كُرَيْبٍ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ عَيَّاشٍ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ أَبِي صَالِحٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ إِذَا كَانَ أَوَّلُ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ صُفِّدَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ وَمَرَدَةُ الْجِنِّ وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ النَّارِ فَلَمْ يُفْتَحْ مِنْهَا بَابٌ. وَفُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ فَلَمْ يُغْلَقْ مِنْهَا بَابٌ وَيُنَادِي مُنَادٍ يَا بَاغِيَ الْخَيْرِ أَقْبِلْ وَيَا بَاغِيَ الشَّرِّ أَقْصِرْ وَلِلَّهِ عُتَقَاءُ مِنَ النَّارِ وَذَلِكَ كُلَّ لَيْلَةٍ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ عَوْفٍ وَابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ وَسَلْمَانَ ‏

Tirmidhi – The Book of Fasting

The Goal of Ramadan: Taqwa (God consciousness)

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain taqwa (piety)”

Surah al Baqrah 183.

Here the words “so that you may attain “appear in Arabic in the particle “la a la.” This is a particle of “tarji” which means hope. The hope and expectation from Allah is a positive and optimistic one. i.e. Allah has given us the opportunity to fast because He believes we definitely will achieve God consciousness.

The Definition of Taqwa

The Arabic word for the “fear of Allah” is Taqwa. It comes from the root word meaning “to protect from something, to prevent”.

Indeed, a person fears Allah & His wrath by seeking to prevent Allah’s punishment. This is exhibited by willfully avoiding actions which lead to Allah’s anger and disapproval while consciously performing actions that will please Allah. This is a struggle which requires full effort.

Taqwa lives in the heart. It is an action of the heart as a result of which we behave correctly. Taqwa also contextually means to stand guard over one’s heart against the onslaught of what does not relate to Allah (S.W.T.) It further means to keep the heart filled with the remembrance of Allah and the desire to seek his pleasure.

Khawf or fear is a painful condition in the heart. It arises as a result of thinking something reprehensible and the fear of it materializing. The nature of fear consists of the possibility of punishment”itab”. This intellectual fear “khawf aqli” governs our parameters. Without parameters the ego or nafs will be on an open leash. It is the heart that controls the nafs.

Taqwa also means to live life with Ihsaan. Giving extra and expecting less

The following noble qualities are granted to those with taqwa:

  1. Rahmah-mercy,
  2. Ilm-knowledge,
  3. and Rida-contentment.

Taqwa is our friend in need; Our solid Rock that Rocks Us

The reward of taqwa is manifold and stipulated in the ayahs below. Scholars say that two fears can never combine. The fear of Allah and the fear of the Day of Judgment.

Taqwa is a Quranic obligation

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared”. (3:102)

“So, keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can…” (64:16)

This second Verse explains the meaning of the first one.

“O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth”. (33:70)

“… And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine…” (65:2,3)

“If you obey and fear Allah, He will grant you Furqan [(a criterion to judge between right and wrong), or (Makhraj, i.e., a way for you to get out from every difficulty)], and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you; and Allah is the Owner of the great bounty”. (8:29)

Taqwa is Also a Prophetic Obligation

فالأول : عن أبي هريرةَ قَالَ : قِيلَ : يَا رسولَ الله ، مَنْ أكرمُ النَّاس ؟ قَالَ : « أَتْقَاهُمْ » . فقالوا : لَيْسَ عن هَذَا نسألُكَ ، قَالَ : « فَيُوسُفُ نَبِيُّ اللهِ ابنُ نَبِيِّ اللهِ ابنِ نَبيِّ اللهِ ابنِ خليلِ اللهِ » قالوا : لَيْسَ عن هَذَا نسألُكَ ، قَالَ : « فَعَنْ مَعَادِنِ العَرَبِ تَسْأَلوني ؟ خِيَارُهُمْ في الجَاهِليَّةِ خِيَارُهُمْ في الإِسْلامِ إِذَا فقُهُوا » . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيهِ .و« فَقُهُوا » بِضم القافِ عَلَى المشهورِ وَحُكِيَ كَسْرُها : أيْ عَلِمُوا أحْكَامَ الشَّرْعِ . أي : أنَّ أصحاب المروءات ومكارم الأخلاق في الجاهلية هم أصحابها في الإِسلام إذا علموا أحكام الشرع

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: It was asked,
“O Messenger of Allah! Who is the most honorable amongst mankind?” He (PBUH) said, “The most honorable of them is one who is the most pious of them.” They said, “We are not asking about this”. He said, “Then, the most honorable of men was Yusuf (Joseph), the Prophet of Allah, the son of Allah’s Prophet, who was the son of the Prophet of Allah, who was the son of the Khalil of Allah (i.e., Ibrahim (PBUH))’ They said, “We are not asking you about this.” He enquired, “Are you then asking me about the classes of the Arabs? The best of them in the Pre-Islamic Period of Ignorance are the best of them in Islam, provided they comprehend the religious knowledge”.

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Ch 6: Riad ul Saliheen-Baab at taqwa

Taqwa in Ramadan

The Stomach Factory Closes

The worst vessel one can fill is the stomach. When the factory of the stomach closes: the major vessels such as the heart, soul and brain can refresh and reconnect with Allah (S.W.T). They can gain Taqwa. When the production plant closes the workers can serve whom they are supposed to.

The Permissible Parameters are Prohibited

TIn Ramadan it is the permissible parameters that are prohibited. Eating, drinking and physical intimacy after marriage are all Halal yet they become Haram from Fajr to Maghrib.

Fasting therefore teaches us how to have complete God consciousness and restraint in all aspects of our daily life not just in the impermissible parts of it.

Taqwa and Salah

Prayer is the first question we will be asked about when we meet Allah (S.W.T)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,

“The first of man’s deeds for which he will be called to account on the Day of Resurrection will be Salah. If it is found to be perfect, he will be safe and successful; but if it is incomplete, he will be unfortunate and a loser. If any shortcoming is found in the obligatory Salah, the Glorious and Exalted Rubb will command to see whether His slave has offered any voluntary Salah so that the obligatory Salah may be made up by it. Then the rest of his actions will be treated in the same manner.”

Tirmithi. Riad ul Saliheen. Hadith 1081. Chapter 193. Volume 2. The Book of virtues. Strict orders for the observance of salah.

وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم‏:‏
‏ “‏إن أول ما يحاسب به العبد يوم القيامة من عمله صلاته، فإن صلحت، فقد أفلح وأنجح، وإن فسدت، فقد خاب وخسر، فإن انتقص من فريضته شيئًا، قال الرب، عز وجل‏:‏ انظروا هل لعبدي من تطوع، فيكمل منها ما انتقص من الفريضة‏؟‏ ثم يكون سائر أعماله على هذا‏”‏‏‏

Since we will InshAllah be reading extra prayers in the month of Ramadan, including the Taraweeh and night prayers, it is vital that we concentrate more in our prayers during this month so that they are accepted and rewarded.

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:

When the last ten nights (of Ramadan) would begin, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) would keep awake at night (for prayer and devotion), awaken his family and prepare himself to be more diligent in worship.

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

وعن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت‏:‏ كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا دخل العشر أحيا الليل وأيقظ أهله، وشد المئزر‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏

Riad ul Saliheen- Book of virtues-The Excellence of spending charity Ramadhan-1223

Ahklaaq

Just like a wild beast is tamed through the deprivation of food the human ego is tamed through fasting.
And just like the drought must come before pastures become lush green the human heart must be thirsty before pastures of Imaan can grow on it.
Ramadan is the time for us to become the best of human beings in our social relationships. It is the time to forgive others and love them: to reach the height of human compassion and purify our hearts. This is in order that we can fast at the highest and best level.

There are three categories of those who fast:

  1. Regular Moslems-only the stomach fasts and their reward is for their abstention of food and drink.
  2. Special Moslems- all limbs of their body fast –their ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet are all kept free from sin.
  3. Elite Moslems –their heart fasts as they keep it completely pure from all sin, bad thoughts and unnecessary worldly concerns. Indeed Allah swat stipulates that the only currency accepted on the day of Judgment is a sound heart.(26.89).)

Ahklaaq and Sabr:

Ibn Masud reported that The Messenger of Allah said

“Fasting is half of patience and patience is half of faith”. Abu Nu’aym ( Mishkat ul Masabih ch 4 sec 13 Engle version Volume 1)

If we can perfect our fasting, then we can perfect 50% of patience. Ṣabara actually means “to restrain, to tie up.” An animal is maṣbūr if it is tied up.

Patience means self-control. It means that we accept an invisible knot around our hands and an invisible string around our tongues. The reason why ṣabr is such a difficult action is because it requires inaction. It is no action. You are not supposed to do anything.

Allah(S.W.T.) says,

“Seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer). Truly, Allah is with As-Sabirun (the patient).”
(2:153)

Akhlaaq and Shukr:

In ayah 185 of Surah Al-Baqrah Allah (S.W.T.) refers to Ramadan as an opportunity to give shukr. Here the words
“so that you may attain “appear in Arabic in the particle “la a la.” This is the same particle that was referred to above where Allah (S.W.T.) expects taqwa from us. The particle is again the same one of “tarji” which means hope. The hope and expectation from Allah is a positive and optimistic one. i.e. Allah has given us the opportunity to fast because He believes we definitely will achieve shukr.

The real Shukr of life and Ramadan is with Allah. It is not with the food or with any other thing than Allah. This is because we should have a deep sense of connection with the source.

When we see the table at Iftaar the shukr in the heart should be with Allah, never with the food.

When we give shukr we feel that Allah (S.W.T.) is close to us. Allah (S.W.T.) gives more to those people who are grateful for their blessings.

We should enjoy fasting not just breaking The fast.

That appreciation of breaking the fast is connected to not eating, so, we should enjoy not eating.

If we appreciate breaking the fast then we should also appreciate the other part; which is maintaining the fast since we can’t break something that was not maintained and gained with our efforts.

We tend to forget the spiritual journey of the day and the beauty of it. The ego should not come into full action at Maghrib when the fast is opened. When we see the literal material in the form of food before us we should not negate that it is actually the soul that breaks with love for Allah (S.W.T.) as we break our fast.

Akhlaaq and Speech

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
“Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”

حَدَّثَنَا آدَمُ بْنُ أَبِي إِيَاسٍ، حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ أَبِي ذِئْبٍ، حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدٌ الْمَقْبُرِيُّ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ ‏”‏‏ .‏

Sahih Al Bukhari – Kitaab ul Saum- Book of Fasting Chapter 8: Whoever does not give up lying speech while observing Saum

Quran:

Ramadan is a special time for us to read The Quran. This is the uncreated letter of Allah (S.W.T.). It is also the food of the soul and of Imaan

Allah swt also calls the Quran a rooh or inspiration:

“And thus We have revealed to you an inspiration of Our command. You did not know what is the Book or [what is] faith, but We have made it a light by which We guide whom We will of Our servants. And indeed, [O Muhammad], you guide to a straight path.” Al Shoora 52-3

It is a soul for the hearts bringing them life and light. “…this Quran is a rooh that moves the hearts like the rooh moves the bodies and forms…and the Quran as well when it enters the hearts gives them life and moves them with the fear of Allah and love for Him.” Al-Fauzaan, Muhaadharaat, vol 2, pp. 291-2. Purification of the soul: Concept, Process and Means. Sheikh Zarabozo- p 303. Al Basheer Publications. 2002.

Narrated Ibn’Abbas:

The Prophet (ﷺ) was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet (ﷺ) used to recite the Holy Qur’an to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare). [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

حَدَّثَنَا مُوسَى بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ سَعْدٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا ابْنُ شِهَابٍ، عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُتْبَةَ، أَنَّ ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ قَالَ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَجْوَدَ النَّاسِ بِالْخَيْرِ، وَكَانَ أَجْوَدُ مَا يَكُونُ فِي رَمَضَانَ، حِينَ يَلْقَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ، وَكَانَ جِبْرِيلُ ـ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ ـ يَلْقَاهُ كُلَّ لَيْلَةٍ فِي رَمَضَانَ حَتَّى يَنْسَلِخَ، يَعْرِضُ عَلَيْهِ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْقُرْآنَ، فَإِذَا لَقِيَهُ جِبْرِيلُ ـ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ ـ كَانَ أَجْوَدَ بِالْخَيْرِ مِنَ الرِّيحِ الْمُرْسَلَةِ‏.

Riad ul Saliheen- Book of virtues-The Excellence of spending charity Ramadhan-122

Ayahs 183-186 of Surah Al Baqarah

The following is an excerpt on the importance of Ramadan: Ramadan Pointers: Dr Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad- source Islam 21C

The Glorious Qur’an 2:185

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).”

It is almost as though Allah is telling us that we should shift our focus and efforts during the holy month of Ramadan to reading the Qur’an. This is what some of the past scholars did as they would stop delivering lectures and answering questions. Many of them completed it dozens of times during this blessed month. This is a great opportunity for us to become more proficient in our recitation and ponder much over the Quran.

Intimacy of Tawheed 2:186

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near. I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.”

This verse is among the same set that commands us with fasting; as we read the words of Our Lord and comply with what is asked from us, we should also ask Him what we need and want from Him. We should feel close to Allah in this month more so than any other month. As Allah speaks to us through his words in His book, we should speak to Allah in our supplications.

Whenever people questioned the Prophet about a matter and Allah addressed it in the Qur’an he would start by saying, ‘Qul’ (Say) yet, when Allah was asked about Himself as in this ayah, he did not say, ‘Qul’. This shows us that we do not need to go through anyone to reach Allah and ask of Him, emphasizing the greatness and importance of His Oneness. This also shows us how close Allah is to us. Allah also expresses His nearness to us by attaching the slave to Him, ‘And when My slave asks you.’ This also shows the great heights a human being can reach by being a slave of Allah. Other verses refer to the slave as though they are distant and many, whilst here the slaves are being addressed as being near and as one individual.

Conclusion

So Many Gifts: One Wrapping Paper

The gifts of Ramadan are endless. They include The Quran, duaa, zhikr and the highest of spiritual states that lead to Jannah. The wrapping paper of them all is Ramadan.
When Allah (S.W.T) accepts our actions He gives us the opportunity (tawfiq) to do more of them. May Allah accept our ability to appreciate the gifts of Ramadan in the form of our actions. May we continue to celebrate Allah’s never ending kindness for many more Ramadans to come.
May we wish you the warmest Ramadan Mubarak!

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