Retaining Ramadan

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The month of Ramadan has excellences over the other months, … Gabriel used to meet the Prophet every night in Ramadan and used to study Qur’an with him. …

Retaining Ramadan
Part I ­ The Month Ramadan The month of Ramadan has excellences over the other months, as is testified to by the Qur’an and Sunnah, and out of these we will bring to attention the following virtues: 1. It is the month of the Qur’an, with regards to revelation and study. ("The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Qur’an." [Qur’an, 2:185]). On the authority of Ibn `Abbas: Angel Gabriel used to meet the Prophet every night in Ramadan and used to study Qur’an with him. 2. It is the month of seclusion. Ibn `Umar said, "The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) used to seclude himself for the last ten days of the month of Ramadan." 3. It is the month of generosity. Ibn `Abbas said, "The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) used to be at his most generous in Ramadan." 4. It is the month of standing (in voluntary night prayer). On the authority of Abu Hurayrah: The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "Whoever stands (in voluntary night prayer) during Ramadan, with faith and in expectancy of reward, his previous sins are forgiven him." 5. It is the month of the compulsory fast, because of Allah’s saying, "So, whoever among you witnesses the month should fast." [Qur’an, 2:185] A terrible error prevalent among people is to talk about Ramadan just as they talk about the obligation of fasting, as if Ramadan and fasting are synonymous, each carrying the meaning of the other and not anything more nor less. Yet, fasting is one of many acts of worship in Ramadan. (by Sidi Suheil Laher) Part II ­ A Quick Tip to Retain Ramadan Inculcate a few beneficial habits during Ramadan, and then aim to keep them for life. Narrated by Aysha (may Allah be pleased with her): The Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) was asked, "What deeds are loved most by Allah?" He repiled, "The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few." (Bukhari) i) Recite Ayat-al Kursi and the last two Ayats of Surat Al Baqarah before sleeping, every night. It is reported from Sa’eed and Ibn ‘Abbas that they said that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) used to laugh when he read the last(two) verses of Surat Al Baqarah and Ayat AlKursi and he would say: "Verily, they are both from the treasure of Allah, which lies beneath the Throne." It is reported on the authority of Ibn Mas’ud from the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) that he said: "Whoever recited the last two verses of Surat Al Baqarah at night, they will be sufficient for him." (Bukhari)



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