questions and anwsers about ramadan

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    What
    >>does Ramadhaan mean to you? Does it mean more to you than going for
    >>a vacation
    >>or to Disney World? Are you mentally and psychologically ready to
    >>attain all the
    >>goodness Ramadhaan has to offer? Are you then spending enough time
    >>and taking
    >>pains to plan how can you get the most benefit from the opportunity
    >>Ramadhaan
    >>affords you?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Some
    >>people do plan for Ramadhaan, but that planning is only to the
    >>extent of who to
    >>invite for Iftaar and what special foods to prepare or how to get
    >>the best deal
    >>on dates? But is this the type of outcome that is the objective of
    >>Ramadhaan?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>The
    >>objectives of Ramadhaan are to:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>q
    >>Increase our Taqwa
    >>
    >>q
    >>Make us more charitable
    >>
    >>q
    >>Prepare us for life-long Jihaad,
    >>and
    >>
    >>q
    >>Strengthen our relationship with the Holy
    >>Qur-aan.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>So,
    >>what are the action plans you want to undertake during Ramadhaan so
    >>that when it
    >>departs, you have seen significant growth in your Taqwa, you are
    >>more giving,
    >>more involved in Jihaad and more tuned to the Qur-aan?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Ramadhaan is a wonderful opportunity to help us fine-tune our
    >>normal
    >>patterns of behaviour thereby changing us for the better. We can
    >>ask ourselves
    >>the question: What areas of our personality, attitude, behaviour,
    >>daily routines
    >>and lifestyle, etc. do we need to change to bring us closer to the
    >>Islamic
    >>standard?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>What aspect of your life have you decided to improve on during this
    >>Ramadhaan and what are your plans for achieving this change?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>We
    >>all need many changes and many improvements. None of us is perfect
    >>and our list
    >>of proposed improvements can be exceedingly long if we were being
    >>honest with
    >>ourselves. Naturally, one cannot pick a big list and work on all
    >>those areas in
    >>one month. The best approach is to pick only a few items where the
    >>most
    >>important change is needed and to devise a plan to make a definite
    >>improvement
    >>in those area(s) this Ramadhaan. Success in making the change would
    >>make you a
    >>winner this Ramadhaan and the month will be one of great triumph
    >>and blessings
    >>for you.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>If
    >>you have decided to make this a meaningful and triumphant Ramadhaan
    >>by
    >>identifying areas requiring improvement and if you have prepared a
    >>plan of
    >>action, may Allaah (SWT) assist you and bless you for taking this
    >>step in your
    >>life. Congratulations on a good start!
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>My Plans This
    >>Ramadhaan
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>How should we
    >>-- simple, ordinary Muslims -- spend this fasting month so that at
    >>the end of
    >>the month we feel inner joy and true happiness knowing that our
    >>‘Eed day will be
    >>the day of celebrating rewards from Allaah Subhaanahu wa
    >>Ta`aala?
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Here is a
    >>sample plan that you can use for that purpose:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>This Ramadhaan,
    >>I will establish a close relationship with the Qur-aan. I will give
    >>the top
    >>priority to knowing and understanding the contents and message of
    >>the Qur-aan. I
    >>will recite and study the Qur-aan with translation and tafseer
    >>regularly and
    >>steadily throughout the month from a good, authentic English
    >>translation and
    >>Tafseer such as the one by Imam Maudoodi (The Meaning of the
    >>Qur-aan) or by Syed
    >>Qutb (In the shade of the Qur-aan). I will not sleep after Fajr,
    >>but instead
    >>study the Qur-aan until I am ready to go to school or work.
    >>Throughout the day,
    >>I will find time to revise and re-learn the Soorahs and Aayaat I
    >>already know.
    >>Once that is completed, I will learn at least one Aayah a day from
    >>a Soorah I do
    >>not already know.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>This Ramadhaan,
    >>I will sleep early, soon after Ishaa. I will go to bed with clear
    >>and conscious
    >>intention of fasting the next day, as well as with the intention of
    >>getting up
    >>early for Tahajjud. Then, while remembering Allaah, I will fall
    >>asleep. I will get up well before Suhoor time,
    >>thanking Allaah for giving me life, offer Tahajjud and then make
    >>special Duaa
    >>for the mercy of Allaah on our Ummah, His help for its success and
    >>well being,
    >>and His interference to foil the plans of the enemy. I will also
    >>make special
    >>Duaa that Allaah protects my Ummah, my family and me from the
    >>Dajjaal and his
    >>Fitnah.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Just for this
    >>month, I will not watch TV at all. My knowing of what is shown in
    >>the news does
    >>not affect any affairs of the world. Watching the news causes only
    >>frustration,
    >>despair and anxiety. If I do not watch for a month, it will not
    >>have any impact
    >>either on me, my Ummah or the world at large. I would rather spend
    >>the month on
    >>my personal improvement, personal spirituality and building a
    >>close, personal
    >>relationship with Allaah, rather than on an activity where I cannot
    >>make any
    >>difference. (Unless I am one of
    >>those few Muslims who write letters, articles or op-ed pieces to TV
    >>producers /
    >>anchors, paper editors / columnists, politicians and media in
    >>general to make
    >>Islamic points or to stand up for the Ummah. If I am one of those,
    >>I should
    >>continue this Jihaad in Ramadhaan).
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>While fasting,
    >>I will make a special effort to speak only to add value and to say
    >>only what is
    >>true, factual, positive, meaningful and useful. When I do not have
    >>anything good
    >>and useful to talk about, instead of saying anything else, I will
    >>remember
    >>Allaah through the beautiful words taught by our Prophet, while
    >>paying attention
    >>to their meanings and feeling the impact of the words on my heart,
    >>my mind, my
    >>thoughts and my attitude. Or, if I do not know them, I will learn
    >>those words of
    >>remembrance or prayer. Or, I will spend those moments to recite the
    >>portions of
    >>the Qur-aan that I know or learning those I do not.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>I will not lend
    >>my ears to anything that is useless, indecent, negative, spiteful
    >>or
    >>inappropriate. In my car, I will listen to the Qur-aan or some good
    >>speech of a
    >>reputed scholar. If my car CD player has a feature that allows it
    >>to repeat the
    >>same piece over and over again, I will use it to help me learn new
    >>verses or
    >>Soorah. Similarly, while riding the transit or subway, I will use
    >>my
    >>pocket-sized Qur-aan or book of Prophet’s du`aas to recite,
    >>practise or revise
    >>those I know or learn those I do not know.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>This Ramadhaan,
    >>I will particularly watch my gaze. While glancing on a member of
    >>opposite ***, I
    >>will move my gaze away before I start evaluating or assessing the
    >>attractive
    >>features of looks, appearance or personality or before I start
    >>paying attention
    >>to or begin enjoying those attractions. I will not participate or
    >>listen to the
    >>comments of sexual nature that my colleagues, peers or friends
    >>make.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>While
    >>remembering Allaah in many other ways, I will more frequently ask
    >>for Allaah’s
    >>mercy in the first 10 days of Ramadhaan (Yaa ?ayyu Yaa Qayyoomu,
    >>bi-ra?matika astagheethu), invoke Allaah’s forgiveness in the
    >>second 10
    >>days (astaghfirullaah-al-azheem-alladzi laa ilaaha illaa huwa-al
    >>?ayyu-l-Qayyoomu wa atoobu ilayh) and seek salvation from the Fire
    >>in the
    >>last 10 days (Rabbanaa aatinaa fi-ddunyaa ?asanatanwa fil-aakhirati
    >>?asanatanwa qinaa adzaab-annaar). During the last ten nights, I
    >>will
    >>frequent the du`aa: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tu?ibbul ‘afwa,
    >>fa’fu
    >>‘annee.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>This Ramadhaan,
    >>I will be exceptionally charitable. My heart will be ameliorated
    >>and my purse
    >>will be widely opened, when tears fill my eyes on seeing, hearing
    >>or thinking of
    >>the scenes of devastation, disease, starvation, agony,
    >>displacement, killings,
    >>blown up bodies and severed limbs of poor, helpless people caused
    >>by man-made
    >>disasters as in Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Chechnya and Kashmir
    >>or by natural
    >>disasters as in New Orleans or in the areas hit by Tsunami. I will
    >>send all my
    >>Zakaah for their help right at the beginning of Ramadhaan through
    >>trustworthy
    >>Islamic charities. In addition to my Zakaah, I will pay whatever I
    >>can spare
    >>from my family’s necessities for helping those in dire need. If I
    >>have been
    >>paying my Zakaah to my relatives, this Ramadhaan, I will help my
    >>relatives from
    >>my other savings and resources, so that I can pay Zakaah to the
    >>victims of state
    >>terrorism or natural disasters. I will avoid spending money on my
    >>home
    >>decoration or getting new clothes for ‘Eed or buying more video
    >>games and toys
    >>for my children, so that those who are in more need than me and my
    >>family can be
    >>helped. I will even pay my Fitrah very early in Ramadhaan so that
    >>it can reach
    >>those displaced from their homes before ‘Eed and before the weather
    >>becomes too
    >>cold.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Also this
    >>Ramadhaan, I will be generous and forgiving to my family, friends
    >>and the Muslim
    >>community at large. I will clear my heart from anger complaints,
    >>suspicion,
    >>jealousy, grudges or dislike against any of them. I will be extra
    >>kind,
    >>accommodating, courteous, supportive and helpful to my non-Muslims
    >>neighbours
    >>and colleagues. I will find ways to have them participate in the
    >>blessings of
    >>Ramadhaan and happiness of ‘Eed by sharing my food specialties with
    >>them or
    >>giving gifts and chocolates to them.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>This Ramadhaan,
    >>I will decline all invitations to dinner meetings with non-Muslims
    >>because every
    >>moment in this month is too precious to be spent on those
    >>activities. And this
    >>Ramadhaan, I am going to take my vacations in its last 10 days, so
    >>that the
    >>precious opportunity offered by those days can be fully utilized
    >>for developing
    >>my spiritual relationship with Allaah Subhaanahu wa
    >>Ta`aala.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>I will kick at
    >>least one of my bad habits such as arriving late for appointments
    >>or breaking
    >>promises. I will show up or do what I indicate I will do and I will
    >>show up or
    >>do so on time. If I am a smoker, this Ramadhaan, I will not smoke
    >>even after
    >>Iftaar, before Suhoor or at night. I will keep my mouth odour free
    >>for prayers
    >>and Allaah‘s remembrance and my lungs, blood and heart from
    >>disease.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>If I am a
    >>university student whose final exams are falling in Ramadhaan, my
    >>act of worship
    >>is to do my utmost best to study hard and get the best possible
    >>results, given
    >>that any moment that is not spent on studying is not spent in any
    >>other pursuit
    >>except in the remembrance of Allaah or study of the Qur-aan. While
    >>travelling
    >>to/from or within campus or while taking a break from studies, I
    >>will
    >>automatically shift to remembrance of Allaah or recitation of the
    >>Qur-aan. For
    >>my studies, I will keep timings that are consistent with the spirit
    >>of
    >>Ramadhaan, i.e. sleep early and get up very early. Instead of
    >>staying up late at
    >>the risk of missing Suhoor or Fajr, I will adjust my body clock to
    >>Islamic
    >>lifestyle instead of the western lifestyle. When I get up to study
    >>at 2 or 3 AM,
    >>I will start with two Raka’at of Tahajjud and then continue with my
    >>studies.
    >>After Fajr, I will still spend 15-20 minutes on the study of
    >>Tafseer even on
    >>exam days.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>If we succeed
    >>this Ramadhaan in living as planned above, we will be able to look
    >>back and
    >>rejoice on the day of ‘Eed.
    >>
    >>Having
    >>Taqwa, Attaining
    >>Tazkiyah
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala
    >>commands:
    >>
    >>“O Believers! Adopt
    >>Taqwa of Allaah; watch what each of you provides for Tomorrow
    >>(Hereafter);
    >>and again, maintain Taqwa of Allaah.
    >>Indeed, Allaah is aware of what you do. And
    >>do not be like
    >>those
    >>who forgot Allaah, and as a consequence,
    >>He caused them to forget their souls
    >>(their
    >>own
    >>well-being).” (Al-Hashr 59:18-19)
    >>
    >>The attitude and approach of a Muslim
    >>towards the affairs of life that distinguishes him from a
    >>non-Muslim is called
    >>Taqwa. It is a paradigm shift resulting from a continual
    >>awareness, remembrance and consciousness of Allaah brought about by
    >>a true faith in Allaah (Eemaan).
    >>
    >>Taqwa is an attitude of keeping
    >>one’s duty to Allaah and a paradigm of care, caution and avoidance
    >>in the
    >>following sense:
    >>
    >>·
    >>Being willing, eager and careful to fulfill one’s
    >>duties to Allaah in every aspect of life.
    >>
    >>·
    >>Being conscious of our accountability to Allaah
    >>and being mindful that He is well aware of all our actions,
    >>intentions, thoughts
    >>and behaviours.
    >>
    >>·
    >>Being cautious not to get involved in anything
    >>that is prohibited or leads to something that is prohibited by
    >>Allaah.
    >>
    >>
    >>·
    >>Being particular about maintaining a lifestyle
    >>that will avoid incurring the displeasure or punishment of Allaah.
    >>
    >>As per the paraphrased
    >>discussion between Ubayy Bin Ka’ab and Umar (may Allaah be pleased
    >>with them)
    >>Taqwa is: Living one’s life as carefully as one holds his clothes
    >>closer to his
    >>body while passing through a dense jungle of thorny bushes in order
    >>to protect
    >>his clothes from being caught in any of the thorns.
    >>
    >>To capture all the aspects of
    >>Taqwa in translation is difficult. Hence, different scholars have
    >>translated
    >>Taqwa as being God conscious, keeping one’s duty to Allaah, or
    >>fearing Allaah
    >>Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala. In fact, Taqwa is all these things.
    >>
    >>Taqwa is the source of all
    >>virtues and goodness. It is the catalyst that reforms a person from
    >>inside. Once
    >>a person’s paradigm shifts genuinely towards Taqwa, he embarks on a
    >>path of
    >>continuous self-improvement. He monitors his own thoughts, motives
    >>and actions
    >>to ensure that they remain pure and aligned with the guidance of
    >>Islam. He
    >>becomes motivated, eager and enthusiastic to do good, or rather
    >>excel, in his
    >>ethics, morals, dealings, human relations, and every aspect of his
    >>conduct in
    >>day to day life. He tries his best to avoid any bad behaviour in
    >>any affairs of
    >>life. Good actions please him. Mistakes give him anxiety, in which
    >>case he
    >>immediately repents, seeks Allaah’s forgiveness and makes up for
    >>them by doing
    >>more good. He loves Allaah’s creations and cares for them. He
    >>becomes generous,
    >>gracious, forgiving and kind. He becomes a champion for the rights
    >>of the weak,
    >>neglected, disadvantaged and persecuted people of the society. He
    >>courageously
    >>stands up and struggles for the establishment of justice, fairness,
    >>equity and
    >>equality of all people. He dedicates himself selflessly, never
    >>expecting or
    >>accepting any thing or any benefit in return because his goal is
    >>Allaah’s
    >>pleasure, mercy and forgiveness.
    >>
    >>This process of ongoing,
    >>continuous self-improvement in terms of one’s thoughts, motives and
    >>actions
    >>regarding all affairs of one’s life is called Tazkiah
    >>(Purification).
    >>
    >>Thus, true faith makes a person
    >>continually remember Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala with love and
    >>awe. This all
    >>results in an attitude of Taqwa which, if properly understood and
    >>adopted,
    >>results in purification (Tazkiah). The result is a person at
    >>his/her best – the
    >>best a human being can be.
    >>
    >>For such a person, the good news is:
    >>“Successful is indeed he who purifies.” (Al-A’alaa
    >>87:14)
    >>
    >>Ramadhaan and
    >>Jihaad
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Ramadhaan is a month of Jihaad in two ways:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>·
    >>The successful defense at Badr
    >>against the first Makkan attack (on the 17th) and the final victory
    >>over Makkans
    >>(Conquer of Makkah on the 20th) both happened in Ramadhaan.
    >>
    >>·
    >>Sowm used to be a process of
    >>training horses to endure hardship and develop endurance whereby
    >>they were kept
    >>hungry and thirsty but driven extra hard during the hours of Sowm.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>Muslims are Allaah’s troopers who have been charged with the
    >>responsibility of establishing a peaceful, just, fair, caring,
    >>sharing, loving,
    >>righteous, pious and clean society (i.e. an Islamic society). They
    >>are expected
    >>to remain engaged in a lifelong struggle to initiate, develop,
    >>establish,
    >>maintain and expand that society. This lifelong struggle, called
    >>Jihaad, is such
    >>an important responsibility for every Muslim that anyone not
    >>seriously
    >>contemplating it has been regarded as hypocrite (Munaafiq) by our
    >>Prophet Sall
    >>Allaahu `alayhi wa sallam.
    >>
    >>This
    >>Jihaad includes changing one’s own behaviour to the Islamic way;
    >>influencing
    >>one’s family, friends and relatives to practice Islam completely;
    >>inviting one’s
    >>neighbors, colleagues and citizens of one’s town to Islam; starting
    >>the Islamic
    >>movement in one’s locality; helping Islamic movements in the world;
    >>helping
    >>oppressed people of the world in general and Muslims in particular;
    >>etc. All
    >>this Jihaad work can be done in multiple ways through
    >>word-of-mouth, written
    >>words, good actions and behaviour, charitable acts, etc., as long
    >>as each action
    >>fits in an overall strategy developed to achieve clear time-lined
    >>goals and
    >>objectives.
    >>
    >>If Jihaad for
    >>clearly defined goals is so critical a responsibility that shirking
    >>it puts your
    >>faith (Eemaan) in question; if Ramadhaan is the month of Jihad that
    >>reminds and
    >>prepares you for this responsibility; and, if you have heard Allaah
    >>calling you
    >>for Jihaad when reciting or listening to Soorah Al-Baqarah,
    >>Aali-Imraan,
    >>An-Nisaa`, Al-Anfaal, At-Towbah and Al-Hajj,
    >>
    >>then:
    >>
    >>What
    >>Jihaad activities are you doing nowadays?
    >>
    >>What
    >>have you done today and what do you plan to do within the next
    >>week?
    >>
    >>What
    >>do you want to achieve within a month, within a year and the next
    >>three, five
    >>and ten years?
    >>
    >>Tomorrow, when Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala asks you, “I called
    >>you to do an extremely important task for me, what did you do?”
    >>What would be
    >>your response? Would you say:
    >>
    >>·
    >>“What task, O Allaah? I did not
    >>know you called? I did not read/listen to the Qur-aan.” Or, “I
    >>recited the Qur-aan and listened
    >>to it as well, but could not understand your call.” Or, “I recited
    >>and listened
    >>to the Qur-aan for Blessings. Was I supposed to respond to its call
    >>as
    >>well?” Or,
    >>
    >>·
    >> “O Allaah, I heard you calling when I was
    >>reciting the Qur-aan in Ramadhaan and when I was listening to it in
    >>Taraaweeh
    >>prayers, but I chose to disregard it.” Or, “O Allaah, there were
    >>problems in our
    >>community. The circumstances were not right. I alone could not have
    >>done much.
    >>So I just went to the Masjid, quietly prayed and came back home.”
    >>Or,
    >>
    >>·
    >> “O Allaah I was too busy in Masjid
    >>politics and too caught up in fighting for subsidiary,
    >>insignificant and/or
    >>irrelevant Fiqh issues that I did not have time or energy to do
    >>what you were
    >>calling me for.”
    >>
    >>Do
    >>you think any of these responses will be acceptable to Allaah SWT?
    >>
    >>Wouldn’t it be better if you could rather say,
    >>
    >>“O Allaah, I listened to you and I obeyed. I did my best in the
    >>circumstances. Whatever little capabilities I had, I dedicated them
    >>for your
    >>cause. Please, my Merciful Lord, accept my humble efforts and
    >>reward me with
    >>your limitless grace and generosity.”
    >>
    >>Can
    >>you imagine the sweetness of the response that Allaah will give to
    >>this last
    >>answer!
    >>
    >>So,
    >>what are your action plans to perform Jihaad of changing lives for
    >>the better,
    >>your main duty to Allaah SWT?
    >>
    >>If we succeed this Ramadhaan in living as planned above, we will be
    >>able to look back and rejoice and feel inner joy and true happiness
    >>knowing that our Eid day will be the day of celebrating rewards
    >>from Allaah
    >>Subhaanahu wa Ta`aala.
     
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  3. العسيب

    العسيب مشرف سابق

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    my brother
    its' really so hard to answer all the Qs
    but in fact i would like to say something about the holy month
    Ramadan is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. There are as many meanings of Ramadan as there are Muslims.

    my Regards brother



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