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RAMADHÂN IS HERE: WHERE ARE YOU?

All praise is due to Allâh and may His choicest salutations descend upon our Master and Leader Muhammad Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam.

“To him who desires a harvest in the life to come, We shall grant an increase in his harvest; whereas to him who desires a harvest in this world, We (may) give something thereof but he will have no share in the life to come. (Qur’ân 42:20).

“This world is the planting field of the Hereafter.” (Hadith)

This world is no more than the planting field of the Hereafter. Ramadhân is a time for tilling the land. Those who toil, plant seeds of virtue, irrigate their lands with tears of repentance and draw out the weeds of transgression and passion by fasting… those who draw the clouds of mercy through tilawah and dhikr will eventually yield the harvest of Jannah and save themselves from the scorching and parched terrain of Jahannam. You will reap as you sow! It is time to toil in earnest, it is time to cultivate taqwa and make our hearts fertile and receptive to the commands of Allâh.

Ramadhân offers us an opportunity to draw from the unlimited treasures of Allâh. It is a month of receiving for those who are prepared to take.

Fasting: Cultivates taqwa

Tarawîh: Irrigates the heart

Tilawah and dhikr: Sow the seeds of virtue

Frequenting the Masjid: Draws the rains of Allâh’s mercy

Du’â: Ensures the protection of our harvest

“Allâh prepares and decorates a special garden in Jannah everyday (of Ramadhân) and says to it: ‘The time is near when my faithful servants cast aside the great trials (of the world) and come to you…’”

RAMADHÂN IS HERE: WHERE ARE YOU?
Our fast must go beyond abstention of food and drink. The eyes, ears, tongue and heart must also consciously be made to fast. The minimum requirement of Ramadhân is to stay away from all that is forbidden and to fulfil all that is fardh. The spirit of Ramadhân however requires that we fulfil every nafl [optional] act with the conviction that it will open the door to the love and recognition of Allâh. Allâh runs to those who walk towards Him and He embraces those who stretch their hands to Him. If we continue to be heedless and continue committing sin even while the devil is chained, it displays the extent to which we have become the disciples of Shaytân.

Ramadhân is a time for introspection. A time to look within and re-evaluate our faith and commitment. “During every day and night of Ramadhân, Allâh sets free a great number of souls from Jahannam. Certainly every Muslim’s du’âs are accepted during the nights and days of Ramadhân.”

RAMADHÂN IS HERE: WHERE ARE YOU?
Ramadhân is also a time for generosity, compassion and charity— not only in terms of wealth but also in terms of our character. Lend a helping hand, use your skills to benefit the needy, and forgive those who may have hurt you, if you hope to enjoy Allâh’s help and forgiveness. Allâh’s mercy rains upon those who are merciful to others. Allâh’s forgiveness pours upon those who forgive others. “Whoever feeds the hungry, clothes the naked and grants shelter to the traveller, Allâh shall save him from the terrors of Qiyâmah.”

RAMADHÂN IS HERE: WHERE ARE YOU?
Ramadhân is an exercise in sabr. Sabr at the time of temptation; sabr in fulfilling the commands of Allâh; and sabr in trying and testing circumstances. Sabr breeds yaqîn [conviction in Allâh]. It entrenches our belief in taqdîr and infuses humility into our character. If we become heedless, lethargic and intolerant it will be a sign that we have lost sabr. “This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah.”

RAMADHÂN IS HERE: WHERE ARE YOU?
“This is the month the first part of which brings Allâh’s mercy, the middle of which brings His forgiveness and last of which brings freedom from the fire of Jahannam.”

The doors of Jannah are open while the doors of Jahannam are shut. Allâh’s mercy abounds. He calls out every day and night. “Is there anyone begging of Me so that I may grant him his heart’s desire?Text Box: RAMADHÂN IS HERE: WHERE ARE YOU? MAKE HASTE BEFORE THE REFRAIN CHANGES TO: RAMADHÂN WAS HERE: WHERE WERE YOU? ”

RAMADHÂN IS HERE: WHERE ARE YOU?
MAKE HASTE BEFORE THE REFRAIN CHANGES TO:
RAMADHÂN WAS HERE: WHERE WERE YOU?

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