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The Salaf Loved Ramadan

‘The Salaf would supplicate to Allâh, the Mighty, six months before Ramadan that He should make them witness Ramadan, and for six month after, they would supplicate to Him that He should accept their acts in Ramadan.’

Mualiyy bn al-Fadl, Latâif al-Ma’ârif p.156
as cited in An’wâr Al-Bayân p.8

Standards of Our Days, Weeks, Years and Lifetime

Said Ibn Qayyim Al-Jauziyyah - may Allâh bestow mercy on him.

فَاَللّهُ سُبْحَانَهُ جَعَلَ لِأَهْلِ كُلّ مِلّةٍ يَوْمًا يَتَفَرّغُونَ فِيهِ لِلْعِبَادَةِ وَيَتَخَلّوْنَ فِيهِ عَنْ أَشْغَالِ الدّنْيَا فَيَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ يَوْمُ عِبَادَةٍ وَهُوَ فِي الْأَيّامِ كَشَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ فِي الشّهُورِ وَسَاعَةُ الْإِجَابَةِ فِيهِ كَلَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ فِي رَمَضَانَ . وَلِهَذَا مَنْ صَحّ لَهُ يَوْمُ جُمُعَتِهِ وَسَلِمَ سَلِمَتْ لَهُ سَائِرُ جُمْعَتِهِ وَمَنْ صَحّ لَهُ رَمَضَانُ وَسَلِمَ سَلِمَتْ لَهُ سَائِرُ سَنَتِهِ وَمَنْ صَحّتْ لَهُ حَجّتُهُ وَسَلِمَتْ لَهُ صَحّ لَهُ سَائِرُ عُمْرِهِ فَيَوْمُ الْجُمُعَةِ مِيزَانُ الْأُسْبُوعِ وَرَمَضَانُ مِيزَانُ الْعَامِ وَالْحَجّ مِيزَانُ الْعُمْرِ . وَبِاَللّهِ التّوْفِيقُ

Allâh the Mighty has made for people of every religion a day in which they worship Allâh and shun every mundane distractions. The day of Jumu’ah is indeed a day of worship, it is like as Ramadan is to the months, the hour therein where supplications are granted are like Laylatul-Qadr in Ramadan. Therefore whoever attains a successful day of Jumu’ah, the rest of his week days will be normal for him. So also whoever has a successful Ramadan, the rest of the days of that year will be normal for him. Whoever also has a successful Hajj, the rest of his life time will be successful. The day of Jumu’ah is the standard of a week, Ramadan is the standard of a year and Hajj is the standard of a lifetime.

Zâdul-Ma‘âd, 1/384.

Ramadan: A Simple Guide

Also from Nâfi’ [the former slave of Ibn Umar], he said: ‘There was a daughter of Ibn Umar (may Allâh be pleased with him) who was a wife of a Qurayshi man, she was pregnant so it occurred that one day she became severely thirsty in Ramadan so her father (being a scholar) commanded her to break her fast and feed a poor person for each missed day.’ [al-Ir’wâ: 2/207]. Read more:

A Simple Guide to Al’Itikâf

Ibn Hajar (may Allâh bestow mercy on him) said in Fat’hul-Bârî that some Hanafi jurists say it is permissible for a woman to carry it out in the ‘Masjid’ of her room! Some Maaliki jurists even say men too can observe it in the ‘Masjid’ of their rooms; they say optional acts are better observed in homes! It is reported that al-Imâm Ahmad (may Allâh bestow mercy on him) said it can be carried out in any mosque where the daily prayers are observed.. Read more:

Issues in Zakatul-Fitr [from the Work of Al-Imaam AshShaukaanee]

Some Companions (of the Messenger of Allâh – Sallallâhu alayhi wa sallam) are of the view that the Zakatul-Fitr to be given is half a measure of Sâ. That is what al-Mundhir related on the authority of Alee (bn Abee Tâlib), Uthmân (bn Affân), Abu Hurairah, Jâbir, Ibn Abbaas, Ibn az-Zubayr, and his mother, Asmâ bint Abee Bakr – may Allâh the Mighty be pleased with them all; the reports have come from them with authentic chains as al-Haafidh – may Allâh bestow mercy on him – stated. That is also the opinion of Zayd bn Alee so also is the opinion of Imâm Yahyâ and Abu Hanifah – may Allâh bestow mercy on all...Read more:

All-Embracing Counsel to Say Farewell to This Ramadan

Be Patient; That is the Cure for Every Worry

Be Cautious of People's Blood, Wealth and Dignity

I Adjure You Regarding Your Neighbours; Be Good to Them

Be Humble Towards the Believers

Reconcile the People, They Will Love You

Avoid Oppression; It is Darkness

Time is Life; Know That

Avoid Foul Character; Open or Hidden

Do not Be Backbiter, Eavesdropper, Big-Mouth and Pretender

Be Busy With Yourself, Leave What Concerns You Not

Overlook the Fault of Whoever Acts Unjustly to You
If You Cannot Benefit the People then Do Not Harm Them
Your Action Should Not Contradict Your Speech
Be Among the People of Qur'aan
Renounce What in the People's Hands; They Will Love You
Do Not Make Jest of Anybody

Inspire, Do Not Frustrate; Make Things Easy, Do Not Complicate
“Do Not Be Angry”

Never Underrate Any Act of Goodness

Shun Sins; They Will Make People Hate You

Supplication is Your Weapon; Never Stop For A Moment

Be Gentle and Merciful; Do Not Be Harsh and Rude

Love Allaah, All Will Love You
Be A Datepalm to Others
The Garment of Piety is Better
The Two Whispers of Shaytaan

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Salaatu-Taraaweeh in Brief

Sayings of the Messenger - salaLlaahu alahyi wa sallam

Anas bn Mâlik (radhiyal Lâhu 'anh) relates: the Messenger of Allâh (sallal Lâhu 'alayhi wasallam) said to Abu Ayyûb (radhiyal Lâhu 'anh):

"Should I guide you to a merchandise?" He said, yes. He (sallal Lâhu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

"Reconcile between people when they dispute and bring them together when they differ." - Bazzâr, Sahîhah #2818. Read more:

Fasting in Ramadan

إن الحمد لله نحمده ونستعينه ونستغفره ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا من يهده الله فلا مضل له ومن يضلل فلا هادي له وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله أما بعد

Fasting in Ramadan becomes obligatory upon sighting the crescent of Ramadan by a trustworthy person, or upon the completion of the month of Shabân (as thirty days). It is thirty days of fasting so far the crescent of Shawwâl is not sighted before it completes. When the people of a town sight the crescent, it becomes obligatory on the rest of the towns within the range. It is obligatory upon the person that wants to fast to make an intention (for fasting) before the appearance of Fajr.

- Al-Imaam Ash-Shaukaanee,
Ad-Daraaree Al-Mudeeyah
, Book of Fasting, p.202

What Nullifies the Fasting

Fasting will become spoiled with eating, drinking, sexual intercourse and intentional act of vomiting. It is forbidden to join fasts together. It is upon whoever breaks his fast intentionally to carry out expiation similar to that of a person guilty of Dhihaar (the act of likening one's wife to one's mother in terms of conjugal rights). It is recommended to hasten the breaking of fast and to delay Sahuur (the pre-dawn meal).

- Al-Imaam Ash-Shaukaanee,
Ad-Daraaree Al-Mudeeyah
, Spoilers of Fasting, p.206

Protect Your Fasting

On the authority of Abû Hurairah (may Allâh be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allâh (salaLlâhu alayhi wa sallam) said:

رُبَّ صَائِمٍ لَيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ صِيَامِهِ إِلَّا الْجُوعُ وَرُبَّ قَائِمٍ لَيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ قِيَامِهِ إِلَّا السَّهَرُ

‘How many people would fast but no reward for them except hunger; how many people stand in the night and no reward for them except vigil.’ Ibn Mâjah. [Authenticated in al-Mishkât].

Do you know why?

Failing to shun prohibited acts such as gossiping, backbiting, etc, in Ramadan.

Also on the authority of Abû Hurairah (may Allâh be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allâh (salaLlâhu alayhi wa sallam) said:

مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْجَهْلَ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَا حَاجَةَ لِلَّهِ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ

‘Whoever does not abandon falsehood and acting with it, Allâh has no need of his abandoning his food and drink.’ Ibn Mâjah [Authenticated in Sahîh Abî Dâwud].

'Leave me; let me worship my Lord'

From Attâ who said, 'Ubayd bn Umayr and I entered upon Aaisha – may Allâh be pleased with her – who then said to Ubayd bn Umayr: 'This is the time for you to visit us.' He replied: 'O mother, I say as the first said: 'Visit at intervals increases love.' He said, 'She – may Allâh be pleased with her – said: 'Spare us from this your gibberish!' Ibn Umayr said: 'Tell me the most wondrous thing you saw in the Messenger of Allâh.' He said, 'She kept quiet after which she said, 'There was a night he – Sallallâhu alayhi wa sallam – said, 'O Aaisha, leave me let me worship my Lord.' I said, 'By Allâh, I love to be close to you and I love whatever pleases you.' She – may Allâh be pleased with her – said, 'The Messenger of Allâh – Sallallâhu alayhi wa sallam – then stood up and cleaned himself after which he began to observe prayer.' She – may Allâh be pleased with her – said, 'He did not cease from crying until his side became wet.' She – may Allâh be pleased with her – said, 'He was sitting while he went on crying until his beard became soaked.' She – may Allâh be pleased with her – said, 'He still went on crying until the ground became soaked. Bilâl then came announcing Prayer to him. When Bilâl saw the Messenger of Allâh – Sallallâhu alayhi wa sallam – crying, he said, 'O Messenger of Allâh – Sallallâhu alayhi wa sallam – , you cry while Allâh has forgiven you your past and future sins?' He – Sallallâhu alayhi wa sallam – said, 'Shouldn't I be a thankful servant of Allâh? Indeed a Verse was revealed to me last night; woe unto whomever recites it but does not reflect upon it: "Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and In the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding."

Ibn Hibbân recorded it in his Sahîh, Book of Ar-Raqaaq, Chapter of Mention of the Explanation That man Can Remain Crying If He Is Away from People (number: 621).

Ramadan: The Month of Enormous Repentance and Seeking of Forgiveness

The Salaf would seek enormous repentance and seeking of forgiveness, day and night, [in Ramadan or otherwise] based on their knowledge that they could not become safe from sins in their acts even if it were one; even in their acts of obedience to Allâh, therefore this thought pushed them to seek forgiveness from Allâh as a result of their coming short in their humility to Allâh, and their awareness that Allâh is aware of that. Read more:

Doing Much of Umrah in Ramadan or Other Month

Question: Is excellence of Umrah in Ramadan limited to the first part of the month or its middle or its last part?

Answer: Umrah that is performed in Ramadan is not limited to its first part or middle or last; it can be done any time of the month whether the early part, the middle or the last. That is due to the statement of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallâhu ’alayhi wa sallam): ‘A Umrah performed in Ramadan is equal to Hajj.’ The Prophet (sallallâhu ’alayhi wa sallam) did not specify the time. Thus whoever travels in Ramadan and observes his Umrah therein is like someone who has carried out the Hajj. Read more:

Fiq'h of Ramadan

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