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Monday, 23 July 2012

Times seventy

Assalaamu alaikum dear readers and Ramadan Kareem!

Taraweeh day 3 at the masjid
Ahh so Ramadan is well and truly here...that time of year, shaytaan and his cronies locked away and everyone trying to be on their best behaviour, a time for us to reflect on our year since last Ramadan, rid our bad habits and make some positive changes. Ramadan a time to cleanse ourselves mentally, physically & spritually, during Ramadan is when you remember how much you love LOVE being a Muslim.

It's the 4th day of Ramadan for those of us who started fasting on the Friday and alhamdulillah so far so good. We're fasting 18 hours here in the UK which is long but surprisingly (or not) it actually doesn't feel so bad (= thats Allah's mercy right there.

The good thing about this year is that Ramadan is during the summer holidays (well I'm on 'school holidays' forever now that I've finished uni) but it means that we can make the most out of our day because we don't need to go to school or college or uni. Alhamdulillah I've just been offered a job but still going through the registration process which means I wont have to start until after Eid inshaAllah (Life saver!) I honestly don't know how people who work do it, or mothers with young children, gonna count my blessings because I feel I have it easy compared to most this year alhamdulillah.

I've been going to taraweeh salah at the masjid  with my sisters, brother & my dad, since the first day alhamdulillah, inshaAllah I hope to go every single day and listen to the Quran being recited in its entirety. To most people this might be a bit like 'so whats so special we go for taraweeh every year' but for me it's different, thing is in the Bengali culture women don't attend the masjid as much as they could or should, I know it's not all Bengali's and things have changed quite a lot in the past few years to change the 'stuck in the mud' ideas held by some elders that women shouldn't go to the mosque. Of course it's better for a woman to pray at home, but if you have the opportunity to go to the mosque then why not?

It's a little rushed as in we break our fast, eat, pray Maghrib then rush and get ready to go to the mosque because Isha starts at 10.15 in our masjid...but that feeling of being inside the mosque, the atmosphere of the worshippers around you, the buzz of Ramadan (yeah, you know what I'm talking about) and satisfaction after praying behind the imam is second to none.

So Ramadan comes with all its virtues, Allah's mercy, forgiveness & blessings. Our deeds are multiplied by 70.
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887)
 So every intention we make whether we carry it through or not is multiplied by 70, every good deed we do is again multiplied by 70...that is how much Allah really loves us, look at how many opportunities he gives us to repent, change and become better Muslims, better human beings. We really have no excuses for our evil deeds during this month, since the shaytaan is chained up, hell is closed and heaven is open any bad deeds are reflections of our true colours and we only have ourselves to blame. If you can't gain Allah's forgiveness in this month then you are doomed.
The three Ameens

One day, when the Prophet was giving the Friday Khutbah, he was climbing up the pulpit, which had three steps. When he climbed the first step, he said Ameen. Then he climbed up the second and said Ameen. Then he climbed up the third and said Ameen.

So the companions were confused and said, Oh Messenger of Allah, we have never heard you say Ameen every time you climb a step. What is the reason for this?

The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) said, When I was climbing the pulpit, Jibreel came to me and told me, Oh Muhammad, anyone in your nation who manages to be alive when Ramadan comes and does not manage to get his sins forgiven, let him perish in the HellFire Say Ameen! So Muhammad said Ameen. Then when he climbed the second step, Jibreel said, Anyone who manages to catch Laylatul Qadr and does not managed to get his sins forgiven, may he perish in the HellFire Say Ameen! So the Prophet said Ameen and when the Prophet climbed the third step, Jibreel said to him, Oh Muhammad, anyone of your Ummah who manages to catch one of them or both, when they are elderly and they need his help and is not able to service them properly and get his sins forgiven, may he perish say Ameen! So the Prophet said Ameen.

So three duas are made three golden opportunities that even the worst of men can get all of their sins erased by turning to Allah. Two of those opportunities are related to Ramadan the entire month and Laylatul Qadr. Therefore, if you cannot be righteous in this month, then there is no hope for you because there are no excuses. 
May Allah swt forgive all of our sins and guide us to the right path, may He have mercy on us and make us among those who only seek His pleasure, may our He end the suffering of our brothers & sisters across the world, unite this Ummah and let us be victorious again, may we BE the 1.5 billion strong Ummah of our beloved Prophet pbuh and not just talk about it. Ya Allah we turn to You and You alone for forgiveness, keep us steadfast on the deen.
Three ways to forgive all bad deeds:

So what do you have to do? The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa sallam) mentioned three things and anyone of them will unconditionally forgive all of ones bad deeds: 1. Whoever fasts the entire month of Ramadan, believing in Allah and hoping for Allahs reward.
2. Standing up at night in Ramadan (ex. Taraweeh)
3. The night of Laylatul Qadr.
So yes it is that time of year again, spiritual nourishment, food & drink redundant for a month. The best things in life really are free. Pray a lot, read some more, eat little, sleep even less, hold your tongue and be proud to be a Muslim.

Waassalaamu alaikum WR WB!

P.s. Our Ramadan giveaway!

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