8 EASY STEP TO FINISH THE QUR'AN THIS RAMADHAN

Friday, July 29, 2011
It has been said that everything has a beloved & that the month of Ramadan has a beloved, too: The Glorious Qur’an. And so for the duration of this month, Muslims worldwide honour Ramadan’s Beloved & aspire to complete the recitation of the Qur’aan.

In this article you’ll learn how you too, can work towards achieving this noble goal, inshaAllah



Step 1: Establishing an intention.

Our beloved Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) taught us – through his words & actions – the important of ones intent or purpose. Establishing one’s intention is an effective catalyst to implementation. Once your intention has been established, remember to renew it often. Whilst reciting & even upon completion of Qur’an, recall your intention & renew it, thus ensuring that it is constantly purified & you are seeking His Divine Acceptance, inshaAllah.


Step 2: Don’t be Overwhelmed.

For some, as much as they aspire to complete the recitation of the Qur’an during Ramadan, they are overwhelmed by the number of pages or the length of some surahs. Remove ‘I can’t’ from your vocabulary & eliminate negative thinking for the believer puts their trust in Allah matched by striving with their actions. Remind yourself that you are (Allah Willing) fully capable of achieving your Qur’aanic aspirations, whether it be completing 1 or 5 times the completion of Al-Qur’an. This second point is key. Put your heart into this accomplishment & reap the rewards throughout, inshaAllah.


Step: 3 Plan Ahead.

Prior to commencing with your recitation it’s important to plan around your routine and block out time for your Qur’an goal Eg. your work hours, rest hours & any other commitments which you may have. Structure a realistic plan of how to complete the recitation of Qur’aan within the month by dividing each Juzz up per day. Draw up this personal plan, review it constantly, and put it into action!

As you put your plan to paper, consider past Ramadans and ask yourself if there have been instances where you were unable to complete Qur’anic recitation. Reflect over why & how this occurred? Is there a different mechanism that you could put into place? How could you enhance your daily Qur’an routine if these distractions were dealt with?

Take the first opportunity that comes, to begin your Qur’anic quest. So when the moon is sighted & the announcement has been made for the 1st Salaatul-Taraweeh, begin in earnest, with Surah Al-Fatiha, Surah Al-Baqarah.. etc


Step 4: Understanding Qur’an.

Read the translation of the Juzz you will be reciting daily. Having a basic knowledge of the theme, topic, message & meaning of what you are reciting makes the recitation of the Qur’an an incredibly uplifting experience that you do not want to miss out on!


Step 5: Find Qur’an Buddies & Compete in Good

Develop close bonds with brothers/sisters who are known for their attachment to the Qur’an, they’ll be your spiritual friends. Engage a Qur’an Buddy in your noble Qur’an productivity goals. Request that they remind you to fulfil your goals & spiritual aspirations so they can help you at times of slacking.

In life we compete with many materialistic goals and race one another but what about following the footsteps of the best generations that had come before us in a competition this Ramadan? In striving & competing with our friends & colleagues, in a good-natured way, towards our noble goals we can motivate ourselves to finish our Qur’an goal.

One of the common aspects which deter a Muslim from completing this task is excessive communication. Often, many of us spend too much unnecessary time surfing the net, chatting, texting, etc. Reduce this even by a third & you will see, feel and witness the blessings in your time, inshaAllah.


Step 6: Seize the Moment.

A deeply inspiring story with ‘lessons from the waiting room’ – where a mother who has taken her unwell child to the hospital waits for the doctor to see to her child. She notices a young Muslim who uses his time in the waiting room, in a most effective & spiritually rewarding way, reciting from a pocket-sized Quran. Lesson to be taken here: Invest in a pocket-sized Qur’an and make it your Best Friend this Ramadan. Seize every opportunity & moment to be with Allah swt through your recitation.

One of the best times at which to recite Qur’an, is after Suhoor. Having partaken from the sunnah meal, and with a hour or two still to go before work or school this is the ideal jumpstart to your day. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) asked Allah Subhanhu wa Ta’ala to bless our Ummah in the early hours, and you will also be more likely to memorise ayahs at this time. Research shows that morning study creates better performance in students so don’t miss the morning recitation!

Time Tip: Salah Followed by Qur’an.

Consider the following option that has worked well for numerous people in past Ramadans. Try reciting 6 – 8 pages of Qur’an (depending on the Mus-haf that you are using) after each of your 5 daily salah. Add Qiyaamul-Layl as a 6th addition, and you will reach the end of Ramadan, having completed your Qur’aan recitation with ease & perhaps, even before the last 5 days of Ramadan so long as you remain committed.

Time Tip: Recite before going to sleep.

Allah Subhanhu wa Ta’ala says: “Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing (the soul) and most suitable for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise).” [73:6] Reciting during the day is also beneficial, however the night time recitation is easier as well during ramadan as there are less distractions and noise.


Step 7: Remain steadfast & consistent.

The key to any success is consistency. Once you’ve mapped your plan, stick to it. Remind yourself of the greatness of this month, of the opportunities that it provides for your spiritual growth & your relationship with the Qur’an. Don’t be willing to compromise it in this month.


Step 8: Make dua’a to Allah Subhanhu wa Ta’ala

Nothing can be achieved without the Aid & Guidance of Allah ‘Azza wa jal. When making your intention to complete your memorisation of Qur’an, supplicate to Allah ‘Azza wa jal to ease this noble pathway & to crown your efforts with success, inshaAllah.

That’s 10 ways I wanted to share with you on starting and completing your journey through recitation of the Qur’an this Ramadan. Indeed Allah swt says in Surah Al-Baqarah: ’’This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah’’ [2.2] Let the Qur’an be your means for attaining tawqa this Ramadan.

In the hours of the days & nights of this sacred month, May the Qur’an be your companion of light & guidance, resonating through your words, actions & life mission. May your relationship with the Qur’an be strengthened, enriched & enlivened with the Profound Wisdom & Divine Message from Allah Most High.


About the Author:


*British-born Haafidha Rayhaanah Omar is an international award-winning radio personality, certified life coach & consultant for Muslimaat, assisting them to develop their lives spiritually & emotionally. As the founder of Fee Qalbee, her passion lies in mentoring Muslimaat seeking to memorise Al Qur’aan, thereby enriching their lives through this noble journey. Rayhaanah has studied aspects of oratory & mass media communications both privately & at college level. She memorised The Qur’aan in less than a year & has since then, furthered her Islamic studies in numerous countries around the world. Her intersts & speciality lies in ‘Uloomul Qur’aan, Seerah & Ahaadeeth. For 6 years, she served as the principal of Darul Qur’aan Linn-Nisaa’, an academy of Tahfeedhul Qur’aan, Itqaanul Qur’aan & Uloomul Qur’aan,with a student enrolment of 400 learners. An established, motivational speaker, Rayhaanah has successfully consulted to thousands of women on: confidence building, time-management, goal-planning & emotional healing. She has lived, studied abroad & travelled extensively with her husband. They have an 8-year old blogging son, Mu’awiyah & are currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

source : http://www.productiveramadan.com/8-easy-steps-to-finish-the-quran-this-ramadan/

A TO Z OF RAMADHAN

Sunday, July 17, 2011
The Obligation of Fasting

It is only when Allah (swt) revealed the Ayah,

 "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that they may learn self restraint", (2: 183) fasting was made obligatory.

Another Ayah that emphasizes this obligation is:

 "Ramadan is the month in which we sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance and Judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during the month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; he dose not want to put you difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and glorify Him in that he has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful". (2: 185)

Was there any fasting before fasting in Ramadan became an obligation question?

The Messenger (saw) used to fast in the day of Ashura when he was in Mecca, as narrated by Bukhari. Then he continued fasting and ordered the Muslims to fast in Al-Medina. He later on made it as merely (Mandub) rather than an obligation (fard). Also, Imam Ahmed in his Musnad narrated that the messenger (saw) used to fast three days in every month upon arriving in Al-Medina.

The Reward for Fasting:

Since fasting is an act of worship between the slave and the creator and no one knows about it but Allah, the reward is not as any reward for normal acts of worship. The only one who knows about the reward is Allah (swt). The Messenger (saw) says, telling about Allah, "Every act taken by the son of Adam is done for him except fasting, it is for me and I make the reward", (Bukhari)

Fasting stops the Muslim from Sinning:

Fasting is a shield that protects the fasting person form sinning. Disobeying and bad language. The messenger of Allah (saw) says, "Fasting is a shield. Thus while fasting you must not use foul language or act like those of ignorance (screaming, attacking others, etc), or speak loudly". (Bukhari)

Furthermore, fasting Muslim is ordered not to retaliate if someone hurts him. The Messenger (saw) says, "And if somebody fights him or curses him he Should say, I fasting twice". ( Bukhari)

The smell of the Fasting persons mouth:

It is strange that the smell of the mouth of the person who is fasting is disliked by the people but greatly liked by Allah(swt). Bukhari Narrates that the Messenger(saw) said: "By the one who has my soul in his hands, the smell of the mouth of the fasting person is better for Allah than the smell of musk".

Special Gate in Al-Jannah for those who Fast:

Allah(swt) blesses those who fast and honors them, so much that He made a special gate in Al-Jannah. No one else uses this gate but them. The Messenger of Allah (saw) says, " There is a gate in Al-Jannah called Ar-Rayyan which those who fast enter from on the day of judgment. And no one else enters from it. Once they enter from it, it is closed, and nobody else enters from it." (Bukhari)

In Ramadan Gates of Goodness are Open and Gates of Evil are Closed:

For sure, the month of Ramadan is the best of months. Worship in this month is more rewarding than in other months. Upon the arrival of the month,
" The gates of Jannah and the Heavens are opened. The gates of hell are closed and devils are chained. " (Bukhari)
Chaining the devils means stopping the source of evil. Thus, it is no wonder that many people return to Allah in this month after going astray.

Due to Fasting Previous Sins Are Forgiven:

It is enough incentive for the Muslims to hear the following hadith to rush into obedience of Allah, "Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan purely because of his faith and sincerity all of his/her previous sins will be forgiven."

Forgiveness has two conditions:

We have to pay close attention to the saying of the Messenger (saw), " Purely because of faith and sincerity." It is those two conditions that differentiate between a regular habit and an act of worship. Thus, the one who fasts as a matter of habit or without sincerity, his/her fasting will no good. The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "Whosoever does not saying and acting upon falsehood, Allah is in no need for him/her to abandon his/her food " (Bukhari).
On the other hand, there is glad tidings for those who fast out of sincerity. The Messenger (saws) said, "There are two occasions for the fasting person where he/she will be happy. He/she will be happy when breaking the fast and will be happy, when he/she meets his/her lord." (Bukhari)

The Intention is A Requirement for Fasting.

The intention is, indeed, differentiates an act of worship from an act of habit or an accident. For example, the person who abstains from eating, drinking, and sexual intercourse from Fajr till sunset for health reasons rather than for worshipping Allah the supreme is not considered to be fasting not Islamically and consequently will not be rewarded by Allah (swt). Therefor, the person who wants to fast must have the pure intention for doing that action only to please Allah (swt). Contrary, to the common misunder-standing, the intention need not be said by the tongue, for the intention is act of the heart. Moreover, the intention must be settled in the heart before Fajr. Al-Tirmithi and An-Nas’i narrated that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "Who does not intend to fast from nighttime, he/she has no fast (not accepted)." So the heart must be set on fasting the next day. Waking up for suhur is also sufficient to be considered as an intention.

There Is Blessing in suhur:

Surely, Suhur is sunnah. The Messenger (saw) said, " have Suhur, for in suhur there is blessing. " (Muslim)

It is also preferred to delay Suhur for the saying of the Messenger (saw), "my Ummah will be in good condition as long as they delay Suhur and rush in breaking fast" (Ahmed). In addition, Suhur is what differentiates our fast from that of the people of the book. The Prophet (saw) said, " the difference between our fast and that of the people of the book is the meal of Suhur." (Muslim).

The Best Things To Keep Us Busy In Ramadan: 

Once the fasting Muslim has just left his/her food and drink for the sake of Allah (swt) prohibited. So he/she would not curse, use foul language, harm people , talk nonsense, etc. Thus, the best the fasting person should keep him/herself busy with is the remembrance of Allah, attend sessions of knowledge, read Quran, and spend in the path of Allah, etc.

If Someone Eats Or Drinks, Forgetfully, Then he/she Completes The Day Of Fasting:

It is natural for the human being to make mistakes and even sin, for human beings are created weak imperfect. Allah (swt) says, "And man was created weak." Consequently, the fasting Muslim can make a mistake by forgetfully eating or drinking. In this case he/she is not sinning. This is so because of the saying of Messenger of Allah (swt), "Allah has forgiven mistakes, forgetfulness, and what is due to compulsion from my Ummah." Therefore, the fast for that person is still valid. The Messenger of Allah (saw) says, "If he forgets and eats and drinks, then he should complete his fast. It was Allah who fed him and gave him the drink." (Bukhari).
As for the person who’s overcome by his /her desires and thus breaks fast deliberately, he/she has committed a great sin. If he breaks fast by sexual intercourse, then he must make it up as explained in the following hadith by Bukhari: Abu Huraira said, "While sitting with the messenger of Allah (saw), ‘O Messenger of Allah I destroyed myself and destroyed my family also." He said, "What is the matter ?" He said," I had sex with my wife in Ramadan." The Messenger of Allah (saw) asked, "Do you have a neck (slave) to free. He said, "No". He said, " Can you fast two months consecutively ?" He said, "No". He said. Can you feed sixty poor people?" He said, "No". After a while a branch of dates was brought to the Messenger (saw). He (the Messenger) said, "Where is the questioner?" He said, "Here I am." He said, "Take this and give it as charity." He said, "To someone poorer than me, O messenger of Allah? By Allah there is no family poorer than my family."

The prophet (saw) laughed till his molar teeth could be seen and said, "Feed it to your family. "This is with regard to sexual intercourse, but with regard to anything less than intercourse, it is permissible." Bukhari narrated that Aisha (raa) said, The prophet of Allah (saw) used to kiss and touch while fasting," It is also permissible to have sexual intercourse at nighttime and delay Ghusul (Shar’ii faith) till after Fajr. "Aisha (ra) said that the prophet (saw) used to take Ghusal form janabah after Fajr in Ramadan and fast." (Bukhari). In addition, it is allowed for the fasting person to rinse the mouth (if some water mistakenly enters the mouth it is still valid), take a bath, wear perfume, use Kohl, and use Miswak.

Permission To Break Fast In Travelling and Sickness:

Allah (swt) permitted us to break fast in travelling and in sickness on the condition that we make it up later on. "And for those who are sick or travelling, then (the prescribed period should be made up) other days." This is by the mercy of Allah (swt). If the traveller finds himself/herself able to fast and prefers to do so, it is allowed. Bukhari narrated that Hamza bin Amru said to the prophet (saw), "Should I fast while travelling?" (He used to fast often). He said, "if you wish, fast, and if you wish break fast." In the case of jihad, however, the Messenger (saw) used to obligate his companions to break fast when they were about to meet the enemy. The Messenger (saw) said, "You are meeting your enemy tomorrow, and breaking fast will make you stronger, so break your fast."

Does Any Travel or Sickness Constitute Breaking the Fast?

It is only the sickness, that fasting will delay its recovery or worsen it, that permits the person to break the fast. But, the one that is not affected by the fast is not a legitimate excuse. Also it is the allowed kind of travel that breaking fast is allowed in not the haram one.

Fasting In Modern Transportation:

Some might think it is better not to break fast nowadays when travelling is easier. For those we recite the Ayah, "And your lord is not forgetful." The Islamic laws are for all times and all places and they are put by the most knowledgeable about the past, present and future. Therefore, we can not make rules our minds and desires while we have a clear and true guidance from Allah.

The Menstruation and the Post-Childbirth Bleeding:

Women in either of these conditions are obligated to break fast until they become pure again. The Messenger (swt)said,
"Is it not that she does not fast nor pray during her menstruation period?" (Bukhari). They should make up for the missed days of fasting after Ramadan.

The Pregnant and the Breast Feeding Women:

If a women is pregnant or breast feeds and she thinks she or her baby will suffer if she fasts, or she merely feels hardship in fasting, then she can break fast, but must make up the missed days. The Messenger of Allah (swt) said, "Allah takes away half of the salah from the traveler, the breast feeding women and the pregnant women ". (Abu Dawud).

The Elderly and the Incurable sick:

Both cases are in the category of the sick, except the elderly and the incurable do not have to make up the days that they have missed, for they are unable to do so, Nonetheless, they have to feed one poor person as Bukhari narrated about the action of Anas.

The fasting of Children and Teaching Them Manners:

It is a fact only those who are above the age of puberty and sane are addressed by Shari’ah. It is important, however, for the parents to take care of their children from an early age, rise them to be able to live Islamically, to love the rules of Islam, and to be consistent in performing them. The Messenger (swt) said, "Order your children to pray when they are seven years of age, beat them for it when they are ten years of age, and separate them in their beds".(Abu Daud).
The Messenger of Allah (swt) and his companions used to do that. And Prophet Mohammed (swt) saw the children eating improperly, with him, he told the boy, "Boy! Say in the name of Allah (Bismillah), eat with your right hand, and eat from that which is in front of you". The effect of this lesson on this lesson on this little child lasted all his life. Bukhari narrated that the child said, "I have been eating as he ordered me since". Also Bukhari narrates that Ar-rabiia, the daughter of muawath (Raa) said, "We used to make our children fast and make their toys out of wool. If any of them cried because of hunger, we would give them toy till the time to breakfast".
O, Muslims your children are trust which you will be questioned for. Teach them Islam, let them know that Allah and his Messenger, teach them to pray and fast and get them used to doing it properly. Teach them Quran, to read it and understand it. Make sure that they are in a relationship with Allah. That is not only good for them, but it is better and good for you in this life and hereafter. "O Believers, protect yourselves and your families from the hell fire which has humans and stones as its fuel".

Salatul-Tarawih:

Abu Huraira said, "I heard the messenger of Allah (saw) say, "The one who does qiam in Ramadan with faith and sincerity, all his/her sins will be forgiven".
May Allah azza wajaal accept our Siyaam, Salah, Nawafil, Taraweeh, Adhkar, Sadakat, and all efforts by helping others inshAllah

References:
*AL Fiqh ala Madhahib al Arba-Vol 1 pg 550-Imam Juzauri
*Al Maju’a Vol 6 pg 274 Imam Nawawi
*Bidaet Al Mujtahid Vol 1 pg 287 ibn Rushid
*Nail al Awtar Vol 4 pg 267 Imam Shawkani
*Al Mughni Vol 6 pg88 Imam Maqdasi

RAMADHAN : PAST AND PRESENT

The following is a transcript delivered on this subject some time ago.


شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِوَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ

Allah (swt) says,

“The month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and Al-Furqan.” [TMQ-Al-Baqarah: 185]

"Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many gain Taqwa" [TMQ 2:183]

¨ Today I am going to discuss another element related to ramadhan, the history of Ramadhan – what key events took place in the past during this blessed month, during the life of the Prophet (saw) and the generations that followed him.

¨ Many of us may know that Ramadhan is a month of blessing, a month of reward, a month of fasting. However many of us may be unaware of that Ramadhan was a month of victory for the Muslims in the past and a month when many battles and conquests took place.

First Revelation

¨ The most significant event that took place during Ramadhan is the fact that the first revelation of the Quran came to Prophet Muhammad (saw) whilst he was in the cave in Mount Hira when the Angel Jibrael came to him with the first five ayat of Surat Al-Alaq. Allah (swt) revealed:

"Read: In the name of your Lord who created, Created man from a clot." [TMQ 92:1-2]

¨ The Quran was revealed on Lail at al-Qadr (the night of power), a night upon which Allah (swt) made the reward of he who spends that night in prayer and total devotion to Allah (swt), forgiveness for all his past sins.

Verily! We have sent it down in the night of Al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is. The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months” [TMQ:Al-Qadr: 1-3]

¨ A night upon which Allah (swt) made the reward of he who spends that night in prayer and total devotion to Allah (swt), forgiveness for all his past sins.

¨ Imam Bukhari narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said “He who spends the night of Al-Qadr praying in total devotion, his past sins will be forgiven”.

· It was from this very first day that the Prophet (saw) realised that this message was not a light message for the people, was nor a mere ritualistic message like that of the Christians and the Jews at his time. He realised that this guidance wasn’t confined to Arabia or to any piece of land nor was it a message in compliance with the prevailing systems and authority of the day.

· Rather He (saw) realised that the message of Islam came to dominate over all other Deen’s or ways of life. As Allah (swt) said in Quran:

“It is He who sent His Messenger with guidance and the Deen of truth, to make it superior over all Deen’s (ways of life) even though the Mushrikeern (polytheists) hate it.” [TMQ 9:33]

· It was in this month that the Prophet returned home after receiving the first revelation, saying to his wife Khadija “After this day there is no more rest!”

· And we all remember in this blessed month how He (saw) struggled against the tyrants of Makkah attacking there false gods and systems until he managed to establish an authority in Madina which implemented Allah’s systems on this earth, which came to be known as Dar ul Hijra.

· After this the Prophet (saw) and the Muslims were no longer in a position of weakness rather they were transformed into a position of authority and strength.

Battle of Badr

· And we all remember how it was in this blessed month in the second year after the Hijra on a Friday morning on the 17th of Ramadhan that that Prophet (saw) led the famous Battle of Badr in which the Muslims were outnumbered 3 to 1, where just over 300 believers defeated an army of over 900 Kuffar. When the Quraysh were humiliated and the Muslims were victorious.

¨ In the second year after the Hijra on the 8th of Ramadhan the Prophet (saw) left Madina with three hundred and five of his companions mounted on seventy camels. They rode the camels in turn heading towards a caravan led by Abu Sufyan, who was a leader of the Quraysh Kuffar.

¨ The Quraysh came out to protect their caravan, so the Prophet (saw) consulted the Muslims on what to do. Abu Bakr (ra) followed then by ‘Umar (ra) voiced their opinions respectively, then al-Miqdad ibn ‘Amr (ra) arose and said, "O Messenger of Allah! Go where Allah tells you, for we are with you. We shall not say as the children of Israel said to Moses ‘You and your Lord go and fight and we will stay at home’, but you and your Lord go and fight and we will fight with you."

¨ The Muslims then went silent, and he (saw) said, "Give me advice O men!" by which he meant the Ansar who had paid allegiance to him at al-’Aqabah. They had pledged to protect him as they protected their wives and children. When the Ansar sensed that he (saw) meant them, Sa’ad ibn Mu’adh (ra) who was holding their banner said, "It seems as if you mean us, O Messenger of Allah." He (saw) said, "Yes.” Sa’ad said, "We believe in you, we declare your truth, and we witness that what you have brought us is the truth, and we have given you our word and agreement to hear and obey; so go where you wish, we are with you; and by He who sent you, if you were to ask us to cross this sea and you plunged into it, we would plunge into it with you; not a man would stay behind. We do not dislike the idea of meeting our enemy tomorrow. We are experienced in war, trustworthy in combat. It may well be that Allah will let us show you something which will bring you joy, so take us along with Allah’s blessing." The Messenger of Allah (saw) was delighted with Sa’ad’s words and said, "Forward in good heart, for Allah had promised me one of the two parties, and by Allah, it is as though I now saw the enemy lying prostrate."

¨ Then the two sides advanced and drew near each other on Friday morning on the 17th of Ramadhan. The Messenger of Allah (saw) straightened the ranks and incited the Muslims to fight. The Muslims were encouraged by the words of Allah’s Messenger (saw) and went forward. The fighting broke out fiercely and the Muslims become stronger all the time chanting ‘Ahad! Ahad!’ (The One, the One). Allah’s Messenger (saw) whilst standing in the midst of the confrontation took a handful of pebbles and threw them at Quraish saying, "Foul be those faces!" Then he (saw) ordered his companions to charge and they duly obliged until the battle was over, and the foe was routed. The Muslims emerged victorious despite being outnumbered three to one. The Quraish fled the battlefield and the Muslims returned to Madinah having achieved a truly great victory.

Conquest of Makkah

· We should know that it was in this month of reward in the 8th year after Hijra on the 20th of Ramadhan that the Prophet (saw) returned to Makkah not as the ruled but as the ruler in the conquest of Makkah (Fath ul Makkah), when he took it under the authority of Islam. Makkah was conquered without a battle. He entered Makkah and treated the people justly. He (saw) personally entered the Ka’ba pointed to the idols with the his stick and recited the verse:

“The Truth has come and the falsehood has passed away; verily falsehood is sure to pass away” [TMQ 17:81]

· After which all the idols which the Quraysh used to worship collapsed onto their backs, one after the other, then they were burnt broken up and disposed of.

· Thus Makkah was completely conquered and as a result the main obstacle standing in the way of the Islamic Da’wa had finally been overcome.

· Indeed it was also in this grand month 8 years after the Hijra that the Prophet (saw) destroyed the Masjid al Diraar which was the mosque of the hypocrites.

· And we all know how the Ramadhan’s that followed were under the rule of Islam. Even after the death of the Prophet (saw) the Khulafah, the rulers of the Muslims upheld the banner of Islam and the Muslims fought in the cause in Allah.

Conquest of Spain

¨ 92 A.H. Ninety-two years after the Hijrah, Islam had spread across North Africa, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria. Spain was under the tyrannical rule of King Roderic of the Visigoths. Musa ibn Husair, the Muslim governor of North Africa, responded by sending his courageous general Tariq ibn Ziyad at the head of 12,000 troops. In Ramadhan of that year, they were confronted with an army led by Roderic, himself, who was seated on a throne of ivory silver, and precious gems, drawn by white mules. After burning his boats, Tariq motivated the Muslims warning them that and Paradise lay ahead of them and defeat and the sea to the rear. They burst with great enthusiasm and Allah (SWT) manifested a clear victory over the forces of disbelief. Not only were Roderic and his forces completely annihilated, but Tariq and Musa succeeded in liberating whole of Spain, Sicily and parts of France. This was the begining of the Golden Age of Al-Andalus where Muslims ruled for over 700 years.

· It was also in this month of fasting when Al-Mu’tasim billah from Abbasids was the Khaleefah, one Muslim women was dishonoured by the Romans and he vowed not to break his fast until they were destroyed and he led the army which destroyed their town

Battle of Ain Jaloot

¨ It was also on Friday, 25 Ramadhan 658 A.H. that the Muslims defeated the Mongols in the battle of Ain Jalut, led by Saifuddin Qutz. Qutz told his army to wait until they finished the Friday prayers (Jummah Salah), "Do not fight them until it is sunset and the shadows appear and the winds stir, and the preachers and people start to implore Allah for us in their prayers", and thereafter the fighting began. Jullanar, the wife of Qutz, was killed during the battle. He rushed towards her saying, "Oh my beloved one". She told him while uttering her last breath, "Do not say that, and care more for Islam." Her soul left her body after telling her husband that the Jihad for the sake of Allah and Islam is more important than love and personal relations. Qutz stood up saying "Islamah…Islamah". The whole army repeated that word after him until they achieved their victory.

· It was also in this month of sacrifice in 1187 (CE) that Salahaddin Ayyubi defeated the Crusaders. On this day the Muslims virtually routed all the local Crusader forces capable of defending the Crusaders establishment in the Near East. With a 12,000 strong cavalry they defeated the Crusaders and re-took al-Quds back into its rightful hands.

· I have mentioned many of the victories which occurred to the Muslims in the past during the month of Ramadhan.

· If we look at the situation of the Muslim Ummah today in this Ramadhan or the Ramadhan’s previous to this for many years, we see the situation is very different. Today we see many of the Muslims of Iraq spending Ramadhan being bombarded whilst we break our fasts here with dates and good food, many of them remain hungry and have nothing to break their fasts with. Some of you may have even seen the documentaries and news programmes on the televisions or seen pictures in the newspapers of how the Muslims are being killed.

· However we need to ask the question: What has changed? This is the comparison we need to make between Badr and Iraq.

· Between Fath al Makkah (the opening of Makkah) and the occupation of the land in which the Ka’ba resides by the American troops today.

· This is the comparison we need to make between the destruction of the idols like Lat and Uzza by the hands of the Prophet in the month of Ramadhan and the implanting of the modern day idols of Capitalism in our lands today.

· This is the comparison we need to comprehend between the destruction of Masjid al Diraar, the mosque of the hypocrites in Ramadhan by the Prophet (saw) to the establishment of the hypocrites as rulers over us today.

· Between the destruction of the Crusaders and the regaining of al-Quds by Salahuddin Ayyubi in the month of Ramadhan to the giving of al-Quds to the modern Crusaders today.

· The comparison between the saving of the honour of the woman by al-Mu’tasim to the dishonouring of women in the Islamic lands today

· Indeed it is not enough for us as an Ummah to witness the multitude of problems that exists amongst us today rather we must understand the cause for these problems.

¨ The cause of this difference between the Ramadhan today and those victorious Ramadhan’s in the past is not difficult to understand, it is simply due to the absence of the Quran that Allah (swt) revealed as a guidance as al-Furqan (criterion) from implementation. Allah (swt) reveal the Quran to be left aside gathering dust on peoples shelves, rather he revealed it for it to be implemented on the people – so that they govern they lives by it and rule by it. In the past under the Islamic Khilafah, the rulers ruled by the Shariah contained in the Quran, today the rulers rule for their own interests and for the interests of the Kuffar.

¨ The Quran contains a complete Shariah covering all elements of life and if we do not implement it then we will face problems in all elements of life. It is impossible to implement the Quran without implementing it on the level of a state as many of ahkam (rules) contained in the Quran are to do with societal issues. When we listen to the Quran being read in the Taraweeh salah or when we read the Quran, we should look to the meaning of the ayat that we are reading.

¨ Allah (swt) tells us about the rules of fasting, the rules of buying and selling, the rules of marriage and divorce, the rules of how to appoint a ruler, the rules of the types of judges in Islam, the rules of collecting and distributing the Zakat, the rules of how to account the ruler, the ahkam of Jihad, the ahkam of the Masjid, the ahkam of punishing the theifs or adulterers. All of these are examples of rules contained in the Quran & in the Sunnah, so why is it that Muslims see these rules differently or only focus on the individual ones which you can easily perform by yourself and leave the rest?

¨ We must take the Quran as a whole and Islam as a whole, the Prophet (saw) told us that he has left 2 things that if we stick to we will not go astray, the Quran and the Sunnah. He (saw) said:


«إن الله يرفع بهذا الكتاب أقواماً ويضع به آخرين».

“Verily Allah raises some people by this Book and lowers others by it.” [Reported by Muslim.]

¨ So let us make this Ramadhan the Ramadhan where we start to look at Islam as a complete Deen and system and begin to work to bring it back as a system, so that we can achieve the victories that the Muslims did in the past. We should not witness Ramadhan and remain as we used to be, if we were already practising Islam and working to re-establish its system then we should work harder and work to gain more reward. If we have not been practising Islam then we need to ensure that we start following it completely.

STORY OF THE EMPTY HOUSE

Friday, July 8, 2011


There was an old family that was financially stable, they earned enough but lived in a simple, little hut. They didn't have proper carpet just bits and pieces of it here and there, no nice furniture nor a big tele, just a simple little house with no luxurious stuff.

The people of the community who lived nearby used to visit this woman that lived in this small hut and they would see how run down her home was and they talked amongst themselves in the community. "Have you seen what dump they live in, it's a shame! they haven't even chairs to sit on nor carpets. The wallpapers all peeling. What do they do with the money they earn? her husband has a high paid job!"

One day one of the woman's friends come to her house and they were sitting chatting and the friend says 'Your husband has a well paid job so why don't you get this house done up?'

The woman replies 'We've got another house so we use our money on that instead because we don't see the point of spending it on here'.
The woman's friend is surprised and says 'Oh i didn't know you had another house, where is this house?'

The woman replies 'In Jannah'

How often do we decorate our homes? InsyAllah let's do good actions each day and slowly your house will be built in bricks of gold and silver. The more good deeds you do your house will have planning permission to grow :) Let's utilise our wealth and help the orphans, the widows, the ill. Let's utilise our wealth to help build mosques.

May ALLAH grant us all beautiful homes in the hereafter, Ameen