I hope everyone’s having an energizing, ibadah-ful and enlightening Ramadan thus far. Right before Ramadan started, I had the opportunity to go to a lecture called “Looking forward to Ramadan.” This lecture was by Shaikh Saad Tasleem, A Madina graduate who has also just joined the Al-Maghrib world as a teacher.
I took a notebook and a pen for notes, sadly the notes were not as elaborate due to Eesa’s persistent attempts in wanting to kidnap my pen.
Most things mentioned at the lecture served as good reminders and motivation. Here are quick 10 points that I hope we all can benefit from insha’Allah:
1) One of the major reasons we fast is to attain taqwa. (taqwa: to be more conscious of Allah SWT)
a) Ramadan is the month of forgiveness.
b) Since shayateen are tied up, it is easy for us to worship.
2) Sahaba’s would make dua six months before Ramadan to be blessed and allowed to see Ramadan again.
3) Relationship with Quran: Sheikh Saad said that when ever people are struggling with eman then the first question is how is their relationship with the Quran.
a) Ramadan gives us the ability to reconnect with the Quran.
4) Back in the Sahaba’s time, there were very few hafiz, the average sahaba had a few surahs
memorized. The focus was implementing the Quran in their lives.
a) Umer RA took 12 years to memorize Surah Baqarah because he did not want to move on till the next surah till he implemented and practiced the surah in his life.
5) Try to memorize a few ayahs but with tafsir, tajweed and implementation, then watch how Allah SWT raises your ranks.
6) Taraweeh helps to build our connection with night salah. No one is there, it is an intimate relationship.
a) Qiyam-ul-layl is one of the few acts we do in seclusion, no one but Allah SWT knows.
7) Ramadan brings us back to delayed gratification. Anytime we’re hungry, we open the refridgerator or rush to the vending machine. Ramadan teaches us to wait, be patient.
8) Siyam dawud: It is narrated in al-Saheehayn from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best fasting is the fast of Dawood: he used to fast one day and not the next.” This type of fast was observed by Prophet Dawud (AS), however it is becoming an extinct practice.
a) Sunnah Fasts: It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Deeds are shown (to Allaah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 747; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1041
9) YOLO: You only live once. This may be the only chance you get to get your sins forgiven.
10) Ramadan isn’t just about fasting, its about deeds. Any deed can earn you reward if done with the right intentions. (i.e getting groceries for your wife, if done to please Allah SWT then can get rewarded).
Sheikh Saad said that Ramadan is a chance for us to transform our lives, it is an opportunity to change.
May Allah SWT allow this Ramadan to be a means for us to attain taqwa, seek forgiveness, and establish a relationship with the Quran and Qiyam-ul-Layl. Ameen
Below is one of my most favorite Ramadan lectures, it is only 10 minutes long and I highly recommend watching it.
Something to look forward to…..