Assalam Aalaikum wa Rehmatullahe wa Barkatahu
Ramadaan, the favorite month for Muslims. Because the reward of each good deed is way higher than the rest of the months 🙂
The month of Ramadan in which Qur’aan was revealed, a guidance for mankind. In this month one must observe sawm (fast) except those who are not in a position (travelling or illness) of observing it but the same number of fast one should do it after Ramadaan. Allah (Subhan-Wa-Tala) has made it easy for us. The gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and Allah (Subhan-Wa-Tala) chained the mischievous Shayateen (devils) and sincere repentance is accepted.
Since we have the opportunity to achieve all of the above in the coming month of ramadan, my question to you all would be how are we prepared to welcome ramadan?
I am going to give you a few tips of what to do or what not to do this blessed month.
I have jotted down few points feel free to add/share more from your side too because it will be beneficial for all.
Most of you might already know that we should avoid excessive talk/ laughter/ television/radio etc. Apart from these here are few, but important things to avoid. Read the detailed explanation do not worry about the title.
1. Avoid office work:
It is little difficult for a salaried person to take one month holiday but at least try to avail it in last ten days of Ramadaan. Because there is lot importance of last ashra, try to observe i’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadaan. It was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to observe i’tikaaf during the last ten nights of Ramadaan, Agreed upon. They (the scholars) said that one of the greatest aims of i’tikaaf is to seek Laylat al-Qadr.
2. Avoid eating:
Although it is obligatory to eat Sahoor and Iftaar.
But many people eat excessively in Sahoor so that he/she should not feel hungry while fasting. And many people eat like anything at the time of Iftaar (breaking the fast). And many innocent Umma does extravagance in offering iftaar. Extravagance itself is forbidden, Allah (Subhan-Wa-Tala) says in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning):
“And eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allaah) likes not Al‑Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)”
If they have more than they need, they should give it in charity. Please avert doing this devil act.
3. Avoid shopping:
This is the most awaited moment of most of the Muslims. Where last ten days is the most important days of Ramadaan, but people waste their time in buying and selling of cloths, ladies into cosmetics, jewelry and shoes. Some even spend on home furnishings etc. In last ashra Muslim should spend most of his/her time in the mosque or house and not in the market. Please utilize especially last ten days in –
- Reading Qur’an,
- Repentance of our sins,
- Seeks Allah (Subhan-Wa-Tala’s) guidance and forgiveness.
It’s not that we should not do shopping for eid, we should do it according to shari’ah. And do it with planning and best time would be before ramadaan not during ramadaan.
Salamah ibn Kuhayl said: It was said that Sha’baan was the month of the Qur’aan readers.
When Sha’baan began, ‘Amr ibn Qays would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’aan.
Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said: The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha’baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops.
So people please plant your seeds before Ramadaan.
4. Avoid Watching / listening to Islamic lectures:
I know it sounds a little weird but think about it. If you have spare time then instead of watching/listening to Islamic content on television, one should do dhikr, read quran or pray nafil salah. Because in Ramadaan praying nafil salah has more reward than listening to Islamic program. But if someone is listening/watching to make it his/her own correction then its good, otherwise please keep away from it.
I hope above few points will make some beneficial difference in your Ramadaan, I pray to Allah (Subhan-Wa-Tala) to give us hidayah to be on right path and with righteous people.