فَفِرُّوا إِلَى اللَّهِ

Salamaulaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

SubhanAllah, we are just hours away from the month that changed the world 1432 years ago. We are just moments away from the month that brings with it a breeze of mercy, touching millions of souls and changing lives across the world. Ask yourself what you have done to prepare for this honored guest. And what do you and I plan to achieve in this beautiful month?

Some final reminders…

Some of the Salaf used to say:
“Indeed Allah, the Most High, has made the month of Ramadaan as a competition for His creatures, in which they may race with one another to His pleasure, by obeying Him. Thus, one group comes first and so they prosper and another group comes last and so they fail.”

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) ascended the minbar and said: “Ameen, Ameen, Ameen.” It was said to him,“O Messenger of Allaah, why did you do that?” He said, Jibreel said to me, ‘May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person who Ramadaan comes and his sins are not forgiven,’ and I said, ‘Ameen’. Then he said, ‘May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person who lives to see his parents grow old, one or both of them, but he does not enter Paradise,’ and I said, ‘Ameen’. Then he said, ‘May Allaah rub his nose in the dust, that person in whose presence you are mentioned and he does not send blessings upon you,’ and I said, ‘Ameen.'”

This is a beautiful reminder from Fajr:

Talha ibn ‘Ubaydallah (radhiallahu `anhu) reported that two men came to the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) who had accepted Islam at the same time. One of them used to partake in Jihad more-so than the other, and so (one day) he fought in a battle and was martyred therein. The other remained behind him for another year, and then he passed away.

Talha said, ‘I saw in my dream that I was at the door of Paradise when behold, I was with both of them (the two men). Someone came out of Paradise and allowed the man who passed away later to enter first. Then he came out again and allowed the martyred one to enter. Then he returned and said to me, ‘Go back, for your time has not come yet.’

Talha woke up and began to inform others about this and they were all surprised. This reached the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) and when they informed him of it, he said:

من أي ذلك تعجبون؟ قالوا: يا رسول اللهّ هذا كان أشد الرجلين اجتهاداً ثم استشهد ودخل هذا الآخر الجنة قبله فقال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم) : أليس قد مكث هذا بعده سنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: أدرك رمضان فصام وصلى كذا وكذا من سجدة في السنة؟ قالوا: بلى. قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وسلم): فما بينهما أبعد مما بين السماء والأرض

He (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘What are you surprised about?’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Out of them both, this one strove harder (in Jihad) then he was martyred but this other one was entered into Paradise before him.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,‘Did he not remain behind him for one year?’ They said, ‘Yes (he did).’ He said, ‘Did he not reach Ramadan, fast and pray with such and such number of prostrations in the year?’They said, ‘Yes.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘So the difference between them is greater than what is between the heavens and the earth.’

– Sahih narration from Ibn Majah (2/345, 346) and al-Albani’s ‘al-Silsilah al-Sahihah’

Use this time to:

  • Get to know Allah
  • Go back to Allah
  • Strengthen your love for the Qur’an
  • Strengthen your love for Rasulullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
  • Develop a connection with the Sahaba and pious predecessors (radhiallahu ‘anhum)
  • Increase your ‘ibadah and make every second of your a day into ‘ibadah
  • Purify your intentions in everything you do
  • Give back to those you know and don’t know
  • Mend relationships with anyone you may have cut off
  • Develop consciousness of Allah, taqwa
  • Revive any and every Sunnah that you can
  • Face your weaknesses with courage.
  • Increase you ‘aadiya and think BIG! Ask for anything good
  • Weep over your sins
  • Make lots and lots of adhkaar
  • Send as much salawat as you can upon the best of creation
  • Give sadaqa through any avenue you come across
  • Reflect on your life mission
  • Take lots of provisions for the hereafter
  • Cleanse your heart of ill feelings
  • Make du’a for every human being suffering from anything
  • Wake up for Tahajjud and pray as if it’s your last Salaah, your last Ramadan
  • Sacrifice much more than just your physical needs. Give your time, your wealth, your strength for the sake of Allah
  • Put serious effort into your ‘ibadah
  • Reduce your level of cognitive dissonance by courageously acknowledging your shortcomings
  • Adopt the characteristics of the believers that Allah has repeatedly mentioned in the Qur’an
  • Rid yourself of a bad habit, or many bad habits
  • Increase your level of humility.
  • Taste the halawah (not halwa!)
  •  Beseech Allah to allow you the opportunity of worshipping Him till next Ramadan
-Fi Amanillah-

 

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