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  1. The best days of Ramadan - The Final Ten Days ! https://youtu.be/77zgQYMoV1I
  2. 16 things you can do on the Night of Power in Ramadan http://www.soundvision.com/article/16-things-you-can-do-on-the-night-of-power-in-ramadan
  3. 5 Things To Do On Laylatul Qadr

    Laylatul Qadr Better - The Night of power https://youtu.be/01hYMxSZ__0
  4. Daily Ramadan Worship Plan for Workers and Mothers You can adapt this timetable around your daily routine and circumstances: Note: If you are working or a fulltime Mother then you must get to sleep as soon as you possibly can after Isha and taraweeh. This is so that you can awaken for Tahajjud prayer before Fajr begins. So only do tasks that are absolutely necessary after Taraweeh. If you have new borns then you will need to sleep when your baby sleeps and build this worship routine around your babies routine: 1. Awaken for Suhoor by reciting the Dua for awakening from sleep and make Miswak Make Wudu and pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Wudu each time after Wudu today or if already awake then prepare for Suhoor and include an odd number of dates. Eat Suhoor Note: Ensure you leave enough time after eating Suhoor to pray Tahajjud and make sincere Dua before Fajr begins as Dua during this time is readily accepted Pray 2 x 2 Rakah Tahajjud 20 minutes before Fajr begins make sincere Dua begging Allah for forgiveness and asking of him of whatever you like and thanking him for his favours as this is the best time to make Dua which is readily accepted at this time. 2. Prepare for Fajr prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray 2 Sunnah Pray Fajr - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid Note: To leave so that you get to the Masjid for the Adhan or at least enough time to pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid upon arrival at the Masjid. Also for men to wear best clothing and Ittar to the Masjid After Fajr remain seated and worship by making dhikr and reciting the Qur'an until Sunrise and pray 2 x 2 Rakah Salaatul Ishraaq OR sleep and awaken by praying 2 x 2 Rakah Salaatul Duha.3. Go to work or complete daily tasks and chores If working then skip to point 5 otherwise continue: 06:00 - 09:00 - Complete daily tasks and chores Note: Complete daily tasks including preparing Iftaar food as this will ensure valuable time is saved after Asr which is the time of worship and Dua. Alternatively prepare food for the week on a Sunday and freeze. 09:00 - 10:00 - Read a book or listen to lecture on an Islamic topic 10:00 - 11:00 - Rest or do Dhikr/contemplate and ponder over the creations of Allah and the favours he has done for us. 11:00 - 12:00 - Recite one Juz (chapter) of Qur'an before Dhuhur 12:00 - 12:30 - Make Dhikr and Dua 4. Prepare for Dhuhur prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray 4 Sunnah before the Fard and 2 Sunnah and 2 Nawafil after the Fard Pray Dhuhur - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid After Dhuhur take a nap for 20-30 minutes. This is very important as it will help you to keep awake and energised through Taraweeh prayers after Isha. spend from 14:30 - 15:30 memorising any Surah from the Qur'an or Adkhar 15:30 - 16:00 - Rest 16:00 - 16:30 - Reading or listening to a lecture regarding Islamic knowledge like Tafseer of the Qur'an or Seerah or any other Islamic topic. 16:30 - 17:00 - Rest 5. 17:00 - 18:00 - Read one Juz (chapter) of the Qur'an or if back from work then rest for 30 minutes. 18:00 - 18:30 - Dhikr and Dua Prepare for Asr prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray 4 Sunnah before the Fard Pray Asr - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid 6. After Asr prayer devote the time to reciting the Qur'an and reading Tafseer (Meanings of the verses) for a minimum of one hour 20 minutes before Maghrib begins make sincere Dua begging Allah for forgiveness and asking of him of whatever you like and thanking him for his favours as this is the best time to make Dua which is readily accepted at this time. Eat Iftaar - begin with an odd number of dates Note: DO NOT OVEREAT AS THIS WILL HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON WORSHIP Prepare for Maghrib prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray Maghrib - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid Pray 2 Sunnah and minimum of 2 Nawaful after the Fard prayer Note: The time between Iftaar and Maghrib Jamaat (congregation) is very short so have a few dates with fruit then pray Maghrib and eat properly afterwards. Even if not praying at the Masjid then pray first and eat properly afterwards. 7. Make Wudu or have a bath and prepare for Isha prayer Note: Ensure you prepare for Isha + Taraweeh before hand by readying clothes etc as the time between Iftaar and Taraweeh is very short. Pray 4 Sunnah before the Fard and 2 Sunnah and 2 Nawafil after the Fard and before Taraweeh begins Pray Isha - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid Pray 3 Witr with congregation or after Taraweeh or one may delay it until just before Fajr begins After coming back from Isha + Taraweeh then either get straight to sleep or if will remain awaken until Suhoor in worship then go to point 8. Before sleep to recite Surah Mulk and Surah Sajdah and ensure you go to sleep with Wudu and Sunnah's of before sleep.8. Recite a minimum one Juz of the Qur'an and also read some Tafseer for between 60 - 90 minutes.Make Dhikr/contemplation for 30 minutes and then prepare and eat Suhoor. Repeat the points again for each day Daily Worship target list: Recite minimum 1 Juz (Chapter) a day Read one page of Islamic knowledge Read one page of Tafseer of the Qur'an Learn one Ayah (verse) of the Quran Pray the 12 Rakah Sunnah daily (2 Rakah Fajr, 4+2 Rakah Dhuhur, 2 Rakah Maghrib, 2 Rakah Isha) Pray minimum 10 Rakah Nawafil daily (2 Rakah Nawafil Tahajjud, 2 Rakah Salaatul Duha, 2 Rakah Nawafil of Dhuhur, 2 Rakah Nawafil of Maghrib, 2 Rakah Nawafil of Isha) Also 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Wudu after each Wudu and 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid whenever entering Masjid before sitting down) 500 Dhikr daily minimum out of the following: 1. Subhaanallah - Glory be to Allah 2. Alhamdulillah - All praise be to Allah 3. Allahu Akbar - Allah is the greatest 4. Laa ilaaha illallah - There is no worthy of worship except Allah 5. La hawla wa la quwatta illah billah-Hil aliyyil adheem - There is no power or might except with Allah 6. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay - ‘I ask forgiveness from Allah the One whom there is no deity worthy of worship except He, the Ever-Living and Sustainer and I repent to Him’ three times, Allah would forgive his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. Or the shorter version: Asthaghfirullah - I seek Allah's forgiveness 7. Sub-Haan'Allahi Wa bi-ham'dihi Sub-haan'Allah-IL Adheem - Glory be to Allah and Praise Him, Glory be to Allah, The Supreme, and Praise Him Or shorter version: Sub-Haan'Allahi Wa bi-ham'dihi - Glory be to Allah and Praise Him 8. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm - Glory be to Allah, All Praise is for Allah, There is No God but Allah, Allah is the Greatest 9. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr - (There is) none worthy of worship except Allah. He is only One. (There is) no partners for Him. For Him (is) the Kingdom. And for Him (is) the Praise. He gives life and acuses death. And He (is) Alive. He will not die, never, ever. Possessor of Majesty and Reverence. In His hand (is) the goodness. And He (is) the goodness. And He (is) on everything powerful. Or the shorter version: Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer - There is No God But Allah Alone, who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the raise, and He is Able to do all things 10. Astaghfirullah al-'Adheemal-ladhi la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum wa atubu ilaih (I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Mighty, Whom there is none worthy except Him, the Living, The Eternal, and I repent unto Him) 11. Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana 'ala ahdika wa wa'dika mastata'tu, A'udhu bika min Sharri ma sana'tu, abu'u Laka bini'matika 'alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta (O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.) 12. Recite the following abundantly especially during the last ten nights of Ramadan. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee - 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' NOTE: We should also send much salutations to our beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), especially on Jummah. The best way of doing this is to recite much of Durood e Ibrahim which is what we recite during every Salaah just before we finish: ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. Oh Allah! Send blessings upon (Holy Prophet) Muhammad and upon the followers of (Holy Prophet) Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibraheem and upon the followers of Ibraheem; indeed, You are praiseworthy and glorious. Oh Allah! Bless (Holy Prophet) Muhammad and the follower of (Holy Prophet) Muhammad as You blessed Ibraheem and the follower of Ibraheem; indeed, You are praise worthy and glorious. Or the shortest Durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim - Blessings of Allah be upon him and peace
  5. Ramadan Worship Plan Daily Ramadan Timetable http://www.gawaher.com/topic/742285-daily-ramadan-worship-timetable/ Daily Ramadan Worship Routine http://www.gawaher.com/topic/739210-daily-ramadan-worship-routine/ Ramadan Worship Checklist http://www.gawaher.com/topic/739197-ramadan-worship-checklist/ Please feel free to spread so that we can all benefit!!!
  6. Make This Ramadan Count! by Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali | Translated and Edited by Shafiur Rahman O the one who has wasted his life in disobedience, O the one who has neglected his month, nay his entire time, and has wasted it. O the one whose provisions are procrastination and neglect, what wretched provisions! O the one who has made the Qur’an and the month of Ramadan complainants against you, how do you expect them to intercede on your behalf? ……………………………………………………………………………… O servants of Allah, this is the month of Ramadan, in which the Qur’an was revealed and in its remaining days are bliss for the worshipers. This is the book of Allah recited and listened to amongst you; it is the Qur’an which, if it was sent upon a mountain, you would have seen the mountain split asunder out of fear and humility – but despite this, no heart fears, no eyes weep, the fasts do not prevent from haram [sin] so that they may be of benefit, the prayers at night are not such that the one praying can hope for intercession, hearts are bereft of the fear of Allah so they are deserted and empty of any goodness, the darkness of sins have shrouded them and therefore they cannot see nor hear. How many ayat [verses] are recited upon us and still our hearts are like rocks or even harder? How many months of Ramadan pass by us and our states are like that of those condemned to wretchedness? No youth amongst us ceases to follow his youthful passions, and no elder amongst us takes heed of the warnings to give up evil deeds so that he may be amongst the pure ones. Where are we in relation to the people when they hear the caller of Allah and respond to the call? And when the ayat are recited upon them, their hearts soften. And when they fast, their speech, hearing and sight also fast. Are they not examples for us to follow? How great a distance between us and the pure ones! We are further from them than the distance between Safa and Marwa., When our speech is good, our actions are bad. There is no power or might except by Allah, the most high the most majestic, and Allah is enough for us. O self, the righteous ones have triumphed through taqwa1 They perceived the truth whilst my heart is blind, O their splendid beauty—whilst the night conceals them Their light exceeds that of the stars, They spend the nights in the melody of remembrance Their living made pure by this melody, Their hearts have emptied for remembrance Their tears are like pearls arranged, Their daybreak shines radiant upon them Honoured robes of clemency are the best allotment, Woe unto you O soul will you not awaken? And benefit before my feet slip? In trivial matters and whims has time elapsed So grasp what remains of it and profit.
  7. Daily Ramadan Timetable You can adapt this timetable around your daily routine: 1. Awaken for Suhoor by reciting the Dua for awakening from sleep and make Miswak Make Wudu and pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Wudu each time after Wudu today or if already awake then prepare for Suhoor and include an odd number of dates. Eat Suhoor Note: Ensure you leave enough time after eating Suhoor to pray Tahajjud and make sincere Dua before Fajr begins as Dua during this time is readily accepted Pray 2 x 2 Rakah Tahajjud 20 minutes before Fajr begins make sincere Dua begging Allah for forgiveness and asking of him of whatever you like and thanking him for his favours as this is the best time to make Dua which is readily accepted at this time. 2. Prepare for Fajr prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray 2 Sunnah Pray Fajr - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid Note: To leave so that you get to the Masjid for the Adhan or at least enough time to pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid upon arrival at the Masjid. Also for men to wear best clothing and Ittar to the Masjid After Fajr remain seated and worship by making dhikr and reciting the Qur'an until Sunrise and pray 2 x 2 Rakah Salaatul Ishraaq OR sleep and awaken by praying 2 x 2 Rakah Salaatul Duha3. Go to work or complete daily tasks and chores If working then skip to point 5 otherwise continue:06:00 - 09:00 - Complete daily tasks and chores Note: Complete daily tasks including doing preparing of Iftaar food as this will ensure valuable time is saved after Asr which is the time of worship and Dua. Alternatively prepare food for the week on a Sunday and freeze. 09:00 - 10:00 - Read a book or listen to lecture on an Islamic topic 10:00 - 11:00 - Rest or do Dhikr/contemplate and ponder over the creations of Allah and the favours he has done for us. 11:00 - 12:00 - Recite one Juz (chapter) of Qur'an before Dhuhur 12:00 - 12:30 - Make Dhikr and Dua 4. Prepare for Dhuhur prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray 4 Sunnah before the Fard and 2 Sunnah and 2 Nawafil after the Fard Pray Dhuhur - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid After Dhuhur spend from 14:00 - 15:00 memorising any Surah from the Qur'an 15:00 - 15:30 - Rest 15:30 - 16:30 - Reading or listening to a lecture regarding Islamic knowledge like Tafseer of the Qur'an or Seerah or any other Islamic topic. 16:30 - 17:00 - Rest 5. 17:00 - 18:00 - Read one Juz (chapter) of the Qur'an or if back from work then rest for 30 minutes. 18:00 - 18:30 - Dhikr and Dua Prepare for Asr prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray 4 Sunnah before the Fard Pray Asr - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid 6. After Asr prayer devote the time to reciting the Qur'an and reading Tafseer (Meanings of the verses) for a minimum of one hour 20 minutes before Maghrib begins make sincere Dua begging Allah for forgiveness and asking of him of whatever you like and thanking him for his favours as this is the best time to make Dua which is readily accepted at this time. Eat Iftaar - begin with an odd number of dates Note: DO NOT OVEREAT AS THIS WILL HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON WORSHIP Prepare for Maghrib prayer - Make Wudu - Pray Tahiyyatul Wudu - Use Miswak Pray Maghrib - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid Pray 2 Sunnah and minimum of 2 Nawaful after the Fard prayer Note: The time between Iftaar and Maghrib Jamaat (congregation) is very short so have a few dates with fruit then pray Maghrib and eat properly afterwards. Even if not praying at the Masjid then pray first and eat properly afterwards. 7. Make Wudu or have a bath and prepare for Isha prayer Note: Ensure you prepare for Isha + Taraweeh before hand by readying clothes etc as the time between Iftaar and Taraweeh is very short. Pray 4 Sunnah before the Fard and 2 Sunnah and 2 Nawafil after the Fard and before Taraweeh begins Pray Isha - with congregation for men - Walk to the Masjid for reward of every step - Read 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid before sitting in the Masjid Pray 3 Witr with congregation or after Taraweeh or one may delay it until just before Fajr begins After coming back from Isha + Taraweeh then either get straight to sleep or if will remain awaken until Suhoor in worship then go to point 8. Before sleep to recite Surah Mulk and Surah Sajdah and ensure you go to sleep with Wudu and Sunnah's of before sleep.8. Recite a minimum one Juz of the Qur'an and also read some Tafseer for between 60 - 90 minutes.Make Dhikr/contemplation for 30 minutes and then prepare and eat Suhoor. Repeat the points again for each day Daily Worship target list: Recite minimum 1 Juz (Chapter) a day Read one page of Islamic knowledge Read one page of Tafseer of the Qur'an Learn one Ayah (verse) of the Quran Pray the 12 Rakah Sunnah daily (2 Rakah Fajr, 4+2 Rakah Dhuhur, 2 Rakah Maghrib, 2 Rakah Isha) Pray minimum 10 Rakah Nawafil daily (2 Rakah Nawafil Tahajjud, 2 Rakah Salaatul Duha, 2 Rakah Nawafil of Dhuhur, 2 Rakah Nawafil of Maghrib, 2 Rakah Nawafil of Isha) Also 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Wudu after each Wudu and 2 Rakah Tahiyyatul Masjid whenever entering Masjid before sitting down) 500 Dhikr daily minimum out of the following: 1. Subhaanallah - Glory be to Allah 2. Alhamdulillah - All praise be to Allah 3. Allahu Akbar - Allah is the greatest 4. Laa ilaaha illallah - There is no worthy of worship except Allah 5. La hawla wa la quwatta illah billah-Hil aliyyil adheem - There is no power or might except with Allah 6. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay - ‘I ask forgiveness from Allah the One whom there is no deity worthy of worship except He, the Ever-Living and Sustainer and I repent to Him’ three times, Allah would forgive his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. Or the shorter version: Asthaghfirullah - I seek Allah's forgiveness 7. Sub-Haan'Allahi Wa bi-ham'dihi Sub-haan'Allah-IL Adheem - Glory be to Allah and Praise Him, Glory be to Allah, The Supreme, and Praise Him Or shorter version: Sub-Haan'Allahi Wa bi-ham'dihi - Glory be to Allah and Praise Him 8. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm - Glory be to Allah, All Praise is for Allah, There is No God but Allah, Allah is the Greatest 9. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr - (There is) none worthy of worship except Allah. He is only One. (There is) no partners for Him. For Him (is) the Kingdom. And for Him (is) the Praise. He gives life and acuses death. And He (is) Alive. He will not die, never, ever. Possessor of Majesty and Reverence. In His hand (is) the goodness. And He (is) the goodness. And He (is) on everything powerful. Or the shorter version: Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer - There is No God But Allah Alone, who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the raise, and He is Able to do all things 10. Astaghfirullah al-'Adheemal-ladhi la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum wa atubu ilaih (I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Mighty, Whom there is none worthy except Him, the Living, The Eternal, and I repent unto Him) 11. Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana 'ala ahdika wa wa'dika mastata'tu, A'udhu bika min Sharri ma sana'tu, abu'u Laka bini'matika 'alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta (O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.) 12. Recite the following abundantly especially during the last ten nights of Ramadan. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee - 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' NOTE: We should also send much salutations to our beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), especially on Jummah. The best way of doing this is to recite much of Durood e Ibrahim which is what we recite during every Salaah just before we finish: ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. Oh Allah! Send blessings upon (Holy Prophet) Muhammad and upon the followers of (Holy Prophet) Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibraheem and upon the followers of Ibraheem; indeed, You are praiseworthy and glorious. Oh Allah! Bless (Holy Prophet) Muhammad and the follower of (Holy Prophet) Muhammad as You blessed Ibraheem and the follower of Ibraheem; indeed, You are praise worthy and glorious. Or the shortest Durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim - Blessings of Allah be upon him and peace
  8. Daily Ramadan Worship Routine The most beautiful month has come upon us. Almighty Allah says: “The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it." (Surah al-Baqarah 2:185) In this blessed month good deeds are multiplied: 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 we should thank Allah abundantly for giving us the opportunity to be able to benefit from such a blessed month. But as we all know life is very uncertain & unfortunately many will have passed away before the coming of this blessed month & so it may well be our very last Ramadan as we may not be alive to see the next. Therefore we should treat this Ramadan as our last and do our utmost to ensure that we maximize each precious second in this blessed month to ensure that we gain maximum benefit from it. The following articvle will enable us to maximize each and every precious second of this most blessed month! Download the entire Beautiful Daily Sunnah collection: http://sdrv.ms/Pmw9gn Morning Upon Awakening 1. Awaken at least 20-30 mins before Fajr begins in order to pray the Tahajjud prayer. Note: Dua's are readily accepted just before Fajr begins. So we should try and wake up earlier so that we can spend at least 5-10 minutes (if not more) in sincere Dua until Fajr begins. 2. Upon awakening one should rub both palms on the face and eyes so that the effects of sleep are removed. (Tirmidhi) 3. Then one should recite the following supplications: Alhamdu lillaahil-ladhee 'ahyaanaa ba'da maa 'amaatanaa wa' ilayhin-nushoor. Praise is to Allah Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and to Him is the return. (Bukhari) Also recite: Laa 'illaha 'illallahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Qadeer Subhaanallahi, walhamdu lillaahi, wa laa 'ilaha 'illallahu, wallaahu 'akbar, wa laa hawla wa laa Quwwata 'illaa billaahil-'Aliyyil-'Adheem, Rabbighfir lee. There is none worth of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner, His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is able to do all things. Glory is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. There is none worth of worship but Allah. Allah is the Most Great. There is no might and no powers except by Allah’s leave, the Exalted, the Mighty. My Lord, forgive me. Whoever recites this will be forgiven, and if he supplicates Allah, his prayer will be answered; if he performs ablution and prays, his prayer will be accepted. (Bukhari) 4. To make Miswaak upon awakening is Sunnah (Abu Dawood) Note: This is a separate Sunnah to when making Miswaak during Wudhu Miswaak should be used for: During fasting. The recitation of Qur’an & Hadith. When mouth emits bad odour. For teaching or learning Islam. For making remembrance of Allah. Before intercourse. After entering one’s home. Before entering any good gathering. When experiencing pangs of hunger or thirst. After the time of Suhoor. Before meals. Before and after a journey. Before and after sleeping. Toilet 5. Always enter toilet with left foot & recite: [bismillaahi] Allaahumma 'innee 'a'oothu bika minal-khubthi walkhabaa'ith. (Before entering) [in the Name of Allah]. (Then) O Allah, I seek protection in You from the male and female unclean spirits. (Bukhari 1/45, Muslim 1/283) 6. Leave toilet with right foot & recite: Ghufraanak. Alhamdulillaahilladhee adh-haba annill adhaa wa ‘afaanee Oh Allah I seek Your forgiveness. All praises are due to Allah who has taken away from me discomfort and granted me relief. (Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi) Wudu 7. It is Sunnah to make Miswaak during Wudu. 8. After performing Wudu recite the following: 'Ash-hadu 'an laa 'ilaaha 'illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu wa 'ash-hadu 'anna Muhammadan 'abduhu wa Rasooluhu. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger. (Muslim 1/209) The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: " If anyone amongst you performs the ablution perfectly and then says: I testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the servant of Allah and His Messenger, the eight gates of Paradise would be opened for him and he may enter by whichever of them he wishes". (Muslim) The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,"He who performed ablution perfectly, his sins would come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails." (Muslim) 9. Performing two rak'ahs (Units of prayer) after ablution. Always pray 2 Raka’a Tahiyyatul Wudu after making Wudu, with full khushu (concentration) for paradise becomes obligatory (Wajib) for the performer (Muslim). Abu Hurraira (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to Bilaal (Ra) “Tell me about the most hopeful act (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding with Allah) you have done since your acceptance of Islam because I heard the sound of the steps of your shoes in front of me in paradise.” Bilaal (Ra) said : “I do not consider any act more hopeful than that whenever I make ablution (Wudhu) at any time of night or day, I offer salaah (prayer) for as long as was destined for me to offer.” (Bukhari, Muslim) Note: During Ramadan the reward of paying a nawafil (voluntary) prayer is that of a Fard (oblgatory) prayer. Hair, beard, nails:(For more detailed information on this and all other Sunnah's refer to link below title) 10. Not to delay in cutting face and body hair for more than 40 days: Annas (Ra) narrated: "A time limit has been prescribed for us for trimming the moustache, clipping the nails, plucking the hair under the armpits, shaving the pubes, that none of them should be left for more than forty nights." (Muslim) 11. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to clip his nails either on Thursday or Friday. (Tirmidhi) 12. Regarding method of cutting nails: There is no evidence from the Sunnah regarding the method of cutting nails but it is recommended to start from the right hand from the index finger, then forefinger, ring finger and then little finger. Then to the left hand he started from the little finger across to the ring finger, forefinger, index finger, thumb and then lastly the thumb of the right hand. When clipping the toe nails it is recommended to start on the small toe of the right foot and then work your way across till the small toe on the left foot. Note: These methods of cutting the nails are recommended in (Fathul Bari,Vol.10: Page.345) Getting dressed/undressed 13. Recite Bismillah (In the name of Allah) before dressing or undressing (Tirmidhi) 14. Sunnah way of dressing: When wearing one’s trousers, first put on the right leg, then the left one. When putting on a kurta or shirt, first put on the right sleeve and then the left one. The same procedure should be followed when wearing a vest. When wearing a shoe, first put on the right shoe. When removing any garment or shoe, first remove the left, then the right. This is the Sunnah method when removing any garment from the body (Bukhari, Tirmidhi “the chapter on clothing” and Shamaaile Tirmidhi). 15. Recite the following when getting dressed: Alhamdu lillaahil-ladhee kasaanee haadhaa (aththawba) wa razaqaneehi min ghayri hawlim-minnee wa laaquwwatin. Praise is to Allah Who has clothed me with this (garment) and provided it for me, though I was powerless myself and incapable (Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi) According to hadith in Abu Dawood: Whoever recites this dua whilst putting on clothes then his past and present minor sins are forgiven. 16. When one is getting undressed then one should say: بِسْمِ اللَّهِ Bismillaahi Translation: In the Name of Allah. (Tirmidhi 2/505) Sincerety and purifying Intentions 17. Purifying our Intentions We should aim to purify & correct our intentions before fasting & doing any acts of worship in order to eradicate any underlying bad intentions or insincerety in our hearts. Much of the time we may not even realise that our intentions are not correct or that we are insincere. Therefore before doing any good we must ensure our intentions are ONLY to please Allah and that we are sincere. Having the right intentions will increase the sincerity in our worship and enable us to earn greater rewards for every good deed we do, even if it is a small good deed. 18. Make big intentions for every act throughout Ramadan: Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: "Maybe a small action is made great by its intention, and maybe a great action is made small by its intention." Daily routines like eating, drinking, sleeping, traveling etc can be a source of great reward by having the right intentions. Having good Intentions is easy & great rewards can be gained without making any hard physical effort. By just spending a couple of seconds having the right intention in our hearts we can turn a whole day to a day of worship. Like turning dust into gold. Therefore we should make sincere intention that we are fasting solely for the pleasure of Allah for he knows what is hidden deep within our hearts. We should also make as many good intentions as possible for each and every good act as it maybe that a small deed may become big by making big intentions then imagine how much reward we will gain for making big intentions for big deeds like fasting during Ramadan and the fact that every good deed is mutliplied many times over! 19. Sincerety (Ikhlas) How much reward we get for our good deeds or whether we get any reward at all, depends on the level of sincerety (Ikhlas) we have whilst doing good deeds. The more sincere we are the more we will be rewarded. The less sincerity we have the less we will be rewarded, if at all. Therefore it is crucial that we do our utmost do be as sincere as possible when doing good actions. We must ONLY do every action for the pleasure of Allah and try our best never to reveal what good we have done to anyone else. The best good deeds are those that are hidden from others. So let us be sincere as possible whilst doing good deeds and hide them from others as much as possible during this blessed month and throughout the year. Tahajjud (The Night Vigil Prayer) 20. One of the best ways of getting closer to Allah this Ramadan is by increasing in our Nawafil (voluntary) prayers. The best prayer after the Fard (obligatory) prayers is Tahajjud. It can be prayed from after the Isha prayer up until just before Fajr begins. Tahajjud can be prayed straight after Isha & Taraweeh prayers, or delayed until just before going to sleep. The best time to pray Tahajjud is to sleep first and then wake up to pray in the last third portion of the night or just before Fajr begins. So you calculate how many hours there are from Maghrib up until Fajr and divide the hours by 3 and pray in the third part of the night. 21. It is recommended to pray between 2-12 Raka’a of Tahajjud prayer. It is better to pray at least 8 Raka'a's. One should recite as much Qur’an as one knows in each Raka’a and make long Ruku and prostrations (Sajda). 22. At the time of Tahajjud Dua’s are readily accepted, so it is the best opportunity for one to make long, sincere and intense Dua’s, asking of Allah, crying if one can as Allah tends to his slave who cries in Dua quicker, just as a mother tends quickly to its crying baby. But the love that Allah has for his slave is far more than a mother does for it's child. Repentance Allah is the most gracious most merciful. He says in the Qur'an: "Do not despair of Allah's mercy; He will forgive you of all your sins".Qur'an (39:53). Ramadan is the month of mercy and therfore the best time to beg and ask of Allah for forgiveness. 23. Do as much Isthighfar (repentance) as possible from awakening in the morning up until sleeping at night. For Allah loves those who repent much and ask of him for his mercy and forgiveness. Especially in the latter part of the night when most are deep in their sleep. He loves to forgive and finds every excuse to forgive his slaves. Therefore ask of Allah for forgiveness as much as possible. 24. The following dua should be recited as much as possible during Ramadan particularly the last 10 nights of Ramadan: Aisha (RA) said: I asked the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said Say: "Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee Trans: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning & You love to pardon, so pardon me.' " (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, & Tirmidhi). 25. One should also recite much of the following Dua: Asthaghfirullah halladhee laa ilaaha ilallahuwal hayyul qayyumu wa athubu ilay I seek forgiveness from Allah besides whom there is none worthy of worship, the living, the Sustainer of life and to Him I repent. (Tirmidhi-Vol.2, pg.177) 26. Seeking forgiveness for every believer will earn a reward for every believer we ask Allah to forgive: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarani) 27. Let us not be of those who pass by Ramadan without gaining any forgiveness: The Prophet (sallahu’ ‘alaihi wasallam) said: ...the angel Jibra’il appeared before me and said: Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness...’ Upon that I said: ‘Amin.’ (Al-Bukhari, Al-Tabrani) We should ask of Allah to accept all of our good deeds & efforts throughout Ramadan & be hopeful that Allah will accept it from us. We should also have FULL hope that Allah will accept our Dua’s if not in this world then in the hereafter. We should accept his decree for he knows best in all matters. Dua (Supplication) Ramadan is one of the best times of the year to make sincere Dua. Therefore one should not miss out on the opportunity to make long sincere dua's begging of Allah for mercy and forgiveness. 28. To abstain from haraam (forbidden) food, clothing and earnings. (Muslim, Tirmidhi) as doing haraam will prevent ones Dua being accepted 29. To make Wudu before the Dua (All six major Hadith collections) 30. To make Dua with sincerity. In other words, one should firmly believe that nobody but Allah will fulfil his objectives. (Hakim) 31. Try to cry whilst making Dua to Allah as he attends to his servants quicker when they are crying with meekness and humility just as a mother tends to her baby quickly when it cries out for its mother. If one cannot cry then one must at least try and simulate the act of crying. 32. Do not be impatient with the acceptance of Dua’s. In other words, don't say: "I've made Dua repeatedly but to no avail." (Bukhari, Muslim) 33. The times when Dua's are most accepted during Ramadan are: 1. The third portion of the night shortly before sehri ends. 2. Whilst fasting. 3. Between Asr & Maghrib. 4. Just before fast opens. 5. On Jumma before & after khutba. 6. Between Adhan & Iqamah. 7. Whilst raining. 8. After Qur'an recitation. 9. The Night of Qadr Travel 34. When leaving home on the commencement of a journey one should read the following dua: Bismillaahi thawakkalthu alallahi wala hawla wala quwatha illah billah “In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah, there is no power and might except from Allah”. (Mishkaat) 35. When one boards any vehicle, he should read: “Bismillah”:- In the name of Allah 36. When seated one should read: - “Alhamdulillah”:- All praise be to Allah Thereafter one should read the following dua: Subhaanalladhee sakharalana haadhaa wamaa kunnaa lahu muqrineen wa innaa ilaa rabinaa lamun qaliboon Purity belongs to Allah, who has subjected this conveyance for us and we were not capable of controlling it and surely to our sustainer we are to return” (Mishkaat) 37. Then one should say the following three times: Alhamdulillah: - All praise be to Allah Allaahu Akbar: - Allah is the greatest Laa ilaaha ilallah: - There is no worthy of worship except Allah 38. Then follow this with dua of repentance:- Subhaanaka innee dhalamtu nafsee fa’ghfirlee innahu laa yaghfirudhunuba illaa anth Purity belongs to You. Surely I have wronged myself so forgive me. Indeed none forgives sins besides You. (Mishkaat) 39. When one ascends or attempts to reach any height then one should say: “Allaahu Akbar”:- Allah is the greatest. 40. When descending from any height then one should say: “Subhaanallah”:- Purity belongs to Allah. 41. When one slips or experiences an accident they should say: “Laa ilaaha ilallaahu wallaahu akbar”:- There is no worthy of worship except Allah he is the greatest. (Hisnul Hasin) 42. Always do the Dua's of leaving/entering the house. When leaving the house: Bismillaahi, tawakkaltu 'alallaahi, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata ‘illaa billaah. In the Name of Allah, I have placed my trust in Allah; there is no might and no power except by Allah. (Abu Dawud 4/325, At-Tirmidhi 5/490) 43. When entering one's home then greet the occupants with salaam and recite the following du'aa: Bismillaahi walajnaa, wa bismillaahi kharajnaa, wa 'alaaRabblnaa tawakkalnaa In the Name of Allah we enter, in the Name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we depend [then say Asalaamu 'Alaikum to those present]. One should mention the Name of Allah upon entering the home and when beginning to eat; and that the devil, hearing this, says: "There is no shelter for us here tonight and no food." (Abu Dawud 4/325. Muslim {Hadith no. 2018) Greeting the family or occupants of the home when entering or leaving the house is a means of great reward. The person who enters the home with salaam is under the protection of Allah (Abu Dawud) and when one enters and does not remember Allah (By saying salaam) then Shaythaan invites his followers to the home saying “you have accommodation for the night”” by saying salaam to the family that person and their family receives blessings (Abu Dawood) Even if no one is at home then by saying salaam the angels greet one back. 45. On entering a market / shopping centre recite the following: Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu Laa shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyee wa yumeetu wa huwa hayyul Laa yamootu, biyadihil khayr wa huwa alaa kulli shay'in qadeer There is no deity except Allah, the Only One. He has no partner. To Him belongs all kingdom and to Him belongs all praise. He is the One who gives life and death. And He is Ever-living and no death comes to Him. In His Hand lies all good and He has power over everything. It is reported in a Hadith that for reciting these words, Allah will record one million good deeds, forgive one million sins, elevate the status a million times and build a house for him in Jannah. (Mishkaat) Masjid It is disliked for men to pray at home without any excuse: Abu Hurairah (Ra) reports that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "By Him in whose hand is my soul! I have considered ordering a fire to be kindled and then ask someone to lead the people in Salaah. And then go to the men [who did not attend the prayer] and burn their houses over them." (Bukhari & Muslim) 46. Men should strive to pray every Fard Salaah at the Masjid as the Salaah is rewarded 27 times or more and each step is rewarded. Women get the same reward for praying at home. Note: During Ramadan these rewards are increased by 70 times or more. 47. For more reward & also to increase blessings in ones home Men should pray Sunnah’s and Nawafil prayers at home. If one knows one will get lazy at home then one should pray the Sunnah’s & Nawafils at the Masjid. 48. Make Wudu at home and then walk to the Masjid by taking smaller steps or going the longest way to the Masjid as one is rewarded for each step: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever purifies in his house and walks to the Masjid to perform obligatory prayer, his steps are counted as one expiates a sin and the other raises his rank" (Muslim) 49. Upon entering the Masjid: To recite durood upon entering (Ibn Majah, Faydhul Qadeer) Then recite: Allaahummnaftah lee abwaaba rahmati Oh Allah! Open the Doors of Your Mercy for me. (Ibn Majah) On leaving the Masjid recite: Allaah-humma In-nee As`aluka Min Fadhlika. O Allaah, I seek of You Your Grace. (Nas'ai) 50 . Always pray 2 Raka’a Tahiyyatul Masjid on arrival at the Masjid: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “When one of you enters the Masjid, let him not sit until he prays two Raka’a’s”. (Bukhari and Muslim). 51. Always take care to respect the Adaab (etiquette) of the Masjid) 52. On entering Masjid Always make intention of Nawafil I’thikaaf and one will be rewarded for the duration of the stay at the Masjid even if it's for a short while. 53. Strive to pray every prayer in the front row: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “If the people knew what (reward) there is in the call (Adhan) and praying in the first row, and there was no other way to settle the matter than drawing lots, then they would draw lots for it”. (Bukhari and Muslim) 54. Care should be taken that the rows are straightened when praying with congregation Adhan/Iqaamah 55. Upon Hearing the Call to Prayer (Adhaan): First send blessings and salutations (Salawat) upon the Messenger of Allah (Muslim Vol.1 pg.166) Then recite the following: Allahumma Rabbi Haadhi idda’ wathithaama waswalaathil qaa ima aathi Muhammadawaseelatha walfadeelah wab ‘as hoo maqaa mammahmooda nilladhi wa atha [innaka laa thukh liful mee ‘aad] O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and established prayer, grant Muhammad a place near to You, an excellence and exalted degree, and raise him to the praiseworthy station that You have promised him. (Al-Bukhari 1/152 and the addition between brackets is from Al-Bayhaqi 1/410 with a good (Hasan) chain of narration). 56. Whoever recites this dua will gain the intercession of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on the Day of Judgement. (Bukhari) 57. By reciting this dua, the intercession of Prophet Mohammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) becomes Waajib (Compulsory). (Mishkaat) Replying to Iqaamah: 58. It is Musthahab (Preferrable) to reply to the Iqaamah by repeating the same words similar to that of the Adhaan however in reply to “Qad qaamatis salaah” one should say: Aqaamahallahu Wa adaamaha “May Allah establish and perpetuate this Salah” (Abu Dawood) 59. When reading Fard Salaat at home it is preferable to say Iqaamah even if you’re praying on your own. Note: Dua’s are readily accepted between Azaan and Iqaamah so this precious time should be spent in dua and Dhikr. Women on menses 60. Women on their menses can still gain the same rewards in Ramadan as men if not more by: Doing excessive Dhikr, making sincere Dua and repentance, listening to Qur'an, reading Islamic books, tafseer, seerah, listening to lectures, pondering and contemplating over the greatness of Allah, Sadaqa and giving in charity, looking after their family,partner,children and relatives, serving their parents, giving dawah, doing charitable work and helping their local communities etc. Praying Nawafil (voluntary) prayers What better way of drawing closer to Allah than by praying the voluntary prayers: Allah says in Hadith Qudsi: ....And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him, [bukhari] During Ramadan every Nawafil prayed is the Reward of praying a Fard Salaah: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever draws near to Allaah during it (Ramadaan) 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. Want the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah: Rabi'ah Ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah (Ra) said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah (Ra) said: "That is it." The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., Nawafil prayers)." (Muslim) A palace in Paradise for those who pray 12 units of voluntary prayers everyday: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr & 2 Sunnah of Maghrib Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day & night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim) We should try to make the best of every opportunity we have in our day, in order to do Nawafil (voluntary) prayers for it will help us in the grave and in the hereafter and it will make us closer to Allah and enable us to be in the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah. Food and drink The Prophet never ate to his fill: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) never ate to his fill. He only ate if he was hungry. He emphasised that one third of the stomach should be for food and another for water and the other for the stomach itself. (Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah) 61. To spread cloth on the floor to lay food on (Bukhari) 62. To wash hands and gargle before eating (Tirmidhi) 63. To make intention that, “I am eating to gain strength for Allah’s Ibaadah (Worship)”. (Attargheeb) Note: By making good intentions like the above then eating and drinking becomes a worship 64. To say Bismillah loud (Bukhari, Muslim- Shami, Vol.5) Note: This is so as to remind others who are also eating to say it as well. 65. To eat with the right hand (Bukhari, Muslim) 66. When taking food and when giving to someone then the right hand should be used. (Ibn Majah) 67. The one who is most pious or senior from those eating should be made to commence eating first. (Muslim- Vol.2 pg. 171) 68. To eat together and not individually (Abu Dawud) 69. The more people eating together then the greater the blessings and reward. (Mishkaat) 70. If only one type of food is in the utensil, eat from the side in front of you. (Bukhari, Muslim) 71. If two or more people are eating together from the same plate then each person should eat that food which is closest to them, it is incorrect to eat that food which is in the middle or in front of others. (Tirmidhi) 72. If a variety of dishes are served then it is permissible to partake in any of the dishes one wishes to have and leave alone that which he does not want to partake in without passing any remarks. (Tirmidhi) 73. If a morsel falls, pick it up, clean it and eat it. (Muslim) 74. Any fallen crumbs or pieces of food should be picked up and eaten and not left for Shaythaan. (Ibn Majah) 75. Do not lean and eat as Rasulallah never leaned on anything whilst eating. (Bukhari, Abu Dawood) 76. Do not find fault with the food. (Bukhari, Muslim) 77. If a big chunk of meat is served then it is permissible to cut it with a knife (Bukhari, Muslim) 78. Whilst eating if a visitor comes then he should be requested to partake in the meals (Muslim) 79. Small pieces of meat should not be cut with a knife but with the teeth as this aid with digestion (Tirmidhi) 80. Steaming food which is too hot should not be eaten until it has cooled down (Ahmad) 81. Do not blow onto food (Tirmidhi) 82. To have vinegar and honey in the house is Sunnah (Tirmidhi) 83. Always be satisfied and content with whatever quantity or quality of food Allah has given us as it is a bounty from Allah (Malik) 84. Remove the shoes while eating. (Mishkaat) 85. When eating, sit either with both knees raised and the posterior on the ground or by raising one knee and keeping the other on the ground. A third posture is to sit with both knees on the ground (as in the position of Qa’dah) and lean forward to eat. (Mirqaat- commentary of Mishkaat) 86. If one can easily eat with three fingers then he should do so and not unnecessarily use the fourth, so the extra fingers should be used only if needed (Attargheeb) 87. To recite the following dua before eating: Bismilllaahi wa ‘alaa barakathillah “In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah”. (Abu Dawud) 88. If one forgets to read Bismillah before eating then once they remember then they should recite: Bismillaahi awwalahu wa aakhirahu In the name of Allah at the beginning and until the end of it (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud) 89. Clean the plate and other eating utensils thoroughly after eating. The utensils will then make dua for one’s forgiveness. (Ibn Majah) 90. When eating together one should stay and accompany the slower eaters but if this is not possible then one can excuse one self after finishing eating. (Ibn Majah) 91. If several people are eating dates and grapes or something similar then they should not take in two’s except for the permission of their companions. (Bukhari) 92. To remove worms from dates, fruits etc before eating it. (Abu Dawud) 93. If a servant has cooked the food then he should be requested to eat with the group or at least separately. (Ibn Majah) 94. To lick the fingers after eating. (Muslim) 95. The middle finger should be licked first followed by the index and finally the thumb, the little finger and ring fingers should be licked. (Tabarani) 96. Recite the following dua after eating: Alhamdulilahiladhi ath ‘amanaa wasaqaana waja’lanaa minal muslimeen. All praise is due to Allah who has granted us food and drink and has made us Muslims. (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah) 97. Wash both hands. (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood) 98. Gargle the mouth. (Bukhari) 99. The habit of gargling water together with washing hands after meals is a source of great blessings. (Ibn Majah) 100. Invocation for someone who gives you a drink or offers it to you: Allaahumma 'at'im man 'at'amanee wasqi man saqaanee. O Allah feed the one who has fed me and drink to the one who has given me drink. (Muslim 3/126) 102. When dining at someone’s house then the following dua should be made for them: Allaahumma baarik lahum feemaa razaqthahum waghfirlahum war hamhum Oh Allah bless them in what You have given them to eat and forgive them and be merciful to them. (Muslim) 103. It is Sunnah to partake of some vinegar: That house in which vinegar is found will not be regarded as empty of gravy. (Ibn Majah) 104. Using Barley is Sunnah: If a person uses only wheat (to make his bread), he should also add a little barley so as to get the Sawaab (reward) of acting on a Sunnah. (Bukhari 7:71:593) 105. To eat meat is Sunnah: It is reported in a Hadith that the most superior food of this world and the hereafter is meat. (Jaamia Sageer - Vol.2, pg. 34) 106. To accept the invitation of one’s fellow Muslim is a Sunnah. (Abu Dawood) Note: However if (the major portion of) his income is from interest, bribery or any other haraam source, then his invitation should not be accepted. 107. It is Sunnah to give food to the family of the deceased. (Ibn Majah) 108. Never eat with left hand: Jabir (Ra) Narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Do not eat with your left hand for Shaytaan eats with his left hand,” (Muslim) 109. Never waste food: Jabir (Ra) Narrated the Prophet commanded us never to waste food, because food that we waste is eaten by Shaytaan. He (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:“The Shaytaan is present with everyone of you in everything he does; he is even present when he eats food, so if any on of you drops a mouthful, he should remove away anything filthy on it and eat it and not leave it for the devil; and when he finished, he should lick his fingers for he does not know in what portion of his food the blessing ties.” (Muslim) 110. Never overfill your stomach: Ibn Umar (Ra) Narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “A Believer eats in one intestine, whereas a non-believer eats in seven intestines,” (Muslim) Note:Therefore it is not for us to eat untill we are completely satiated; rather we should eat so much that the hunger goes but there is still room for more and to breathe properly. 111. Thank Allah abundantly for providing us with food: We have an excellent opportunity to transform an everyday practice of eating and drinking into an act of worship and a source of blessing for us. Every mouthful of food we take will serve as a reminder of Allah’s great favour upon us and His Mercy and this in turn will cause us to earn favour with Allah, for the Prophet said: Annas (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Indeed Allah is pleased with His servant who, when he eats a morsel, praises Him for it, or drinks a sip and then praises Him for it.” (Muslim) Sunnah’s of drink 112. To recite Bismillah- “In the name of Allah”- before drinking and Alhamdulillah- All praise be to Allah”- after drinking (Bukhari, Tirmidhi) 113. Drink with the right hand as Shaythaan drinks with the left hand. (Muslim) 114. Sit and drink as it is forbidden to drink whilst standing (Muslim) 115. To stand and drink Zamzam water and water left over after making Wudhu (Tirmidhi) Note: It is far better to sit whilst drinking water but Zamzam should be drunk standing. 116. Drink in three breathes (Sips) and after each sip take away utensil from mouth. (Muslim, Tirmidhi) 117. Avoid drinking from the side of the utensil which is chipped (Abu Dawud) 118. Do not drink directly from the chipped, the spout of a jug or from any such utensil from which the water gushes out very quickly (causing one to choke) or from such a utensil in which there is a possibility that a snake or scorpion etc. may have crept in. (Bukhari, Muslim) 119. The person who serves others should himself take last. (Tirmidhi) 120. After drinking from the utensil if the water is to be passed then let it be passed from the right who will pass it to his right and the procedure will continue till the end (Bukhari, Muslim) Note: The same sequence can be applied when passing around Tea or anything else 121. The following dua to be recited after drinking Milk: Allaahummah baarik lanaa feehi wazid lanaa minhu Oh Allah grant us abundance in it (The Milk) and increase it for us. (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud) 122. After drinking water the following should be recited: Alhamdu lillaahiladhee saqaana ‘adhban foraathan birahmathihee walam yaj’alhoo milhan ujaajan bidhunu binaa All praise is due to Allah who gave us fresh, sweet water to drink through his mercy and did not make it salty or bitter due to our sins. (Roohul Ma’ani, pg.149, 27th chapter) Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal): Suhoor is the name for the food taken at late night before Fajr. Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) ordered taking the meal of suhoor saying, "The distinction between our fasting and the fasting of the People of Book is the taking of the pre-dawn meal (suhoor)." [saheeh Muslim (1096)] The Excellence of Suhoor is that it is a blessing from Allah: A companion of Allah's Messenger said, "I entered upon the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and he was taking the suhoor and he said to me, "It is a blessing which Allah has given to you, so do not leave it." [(Saheeh) Ahmad (5/270) and An-Nisa'ee (4/145)] The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) also said, "Take Suhoor as there is a blessing in it." [Agreed upon] Even drinking a cup of water instead of a meal for Suhoor has blessings, for, it implies obeying the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) and following his Sunnah. Furthermore, Suhoor adds to the physical health, and provides the essential nutrition and strength to sustain the body during the long tiring hours of the day. [See, Fatawa as-Siyam, p.40] 123. The best form of Suhoor is dates: The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "How excellent are dates as the believer's suhoor." [(Abu Dawood (2/303)] 124. Delaying Suhoor is a Sunnah: The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, "The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the Iftar (breaking the fast) and delay taking Suhoor." [Abu-Dawood] 125. Dua for intending to fast: Wa bi-sawmi ghadin nawaytu min shahri ramadan I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan [Abu Dawud] Note: Whilst one is making intention to fast it is also a brilliant opportunity for us to correct our intentions regarding the fast and to make more good intentions so that we may be rewarded more for our fasting. Remember: To start eating and drinking with the name of Allah and ending with thanking Allah. Not to overfill ourselves during Ramadan Ramadan is a time that we learn self discpline and control. Therefore we should never overfill ourselves too much whether it is at Suhoor and especially after Iftaar as doing so will have a detrimental affect on not only our health but also our worship as it will make us lazy and find it difficult to wake up or even stay up during the blessed nights of Qadr. It is difficult for many as it is a tradition in many cultures to overfill the tables at Iftaar times with a whole array of foods much of which is oily and unhealthy. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few morsels to keep him alive. If he must fill it, then one-third for his food, one-third for his drink, and one-third for air." (al-Tirmidhi) Not only is it bad for the bodily health of an individual, overeating is equally bad, rather worse, for his spiritual health and wellbeing, as well as for his hereafter. Abu Juhayfah (Ra) said: "A man burped in the presence of the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and he said: "Keep your burps away from us, for the one who eats his fill the most in this world will be hungry for the longest time on the Day of Resurrection." (al-Tabaraani) Ibrahim ibn Adham (Ra) said: "Any one who controls his stomach is in control of his deen, and anyone who controls his hunger is in control of good behavior.. Disobedience towards Allah is nearest to a person who is satiated with a full stomach, and furthest away from a person who is hungry." The Ulama enumerate multiple benefits of eating in moderation. Eating less keeps the body healthy and light, keeps the heart soft, increases memory, weakens desires, and disciplines the soul while excessive eating brings about the opposite of these praiseworthy qualities.. Haatim al-Taa'iy (Ra) said: "If you give your stomach and your private part what they ask for, you will end up regretting it." (Fath al-Baari) Therefore we should aim to eat smaller portions but more regularly like every couple of hours. Like for example we can eat small portion at Iftaar and another before Taraweeh and another after Taraweeh or before sleeping. That way our bodys will be able to digest the food more efficiently and we will not feel bloated. By controlling our portionsizes we will remain fully energized throughout the blessed month of Ramadan and be able to do more worship than if we overfilled ourselves too much. We cannot let anything get in the way of doing good deeds, for in the hereafter when we see the potential good deeds we missed out on, especially during Ramadan, then we will be in eternal utter regret. So now is the time to take action. Fajr Salaah 126. Every Fard prayer must be prayed on time. Pray every prayer like it is your last fully concentrating (khushu) imagining Allah in front of you watching you pray. 127. Men should try their best to pray Fajr with jamaat (congregation) and women get the same reward praying at home. Reward for praying Isha and Fajr with congregation: Usman (Ra) has reported that he heard the Prophet, (Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam) say: "The person who observes the Isha prayer in congregation, will have the reward and blessings of staying up half the night in prayer, and the one who observes the Fajr prayer in congregation will have the reward and blessings of staying up the whole night in prayer." (Tirmidhi) 128. The time between Fajr and sunrise is blessed, so after the Fajr prayer remain seated and recite the Qur’an, Dhikr and make Dua up until 20 minutes after Sunrise, then pray 2x2 Raka’a (4 Raka’a altogether) of Salaatul Duha and gain rewards like having done Nafil Hajj/Umra (Tirmidhi). 129. Read Surah Yaasin after Fajr: The Hadith mentioned by ‘Ataa bin Abi Rabaah (Ra) states that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whosoever recites Surah Yaasin in the early part of the day his needs will be fulfilled.” (Mishkaat, Page 189) Another Hadith states: The fire of Jahannam will not touch the person who reads 4 Raka’a’s of Salaatul Duha (Baihaqi) Note: It is forbidden to pray any voluntary (Nawafil) prayer after Fajr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise. 130. When the sun rises then say this dua: Alhamdulillaa-hilladhee aqaalana yawmanaa haadhaa walam yuh-liknaa bidhunoobinaa All praise is to Allah who has granted us this day and did not destroy us because of our misdeeds. (Muslim) Sunnah’s, Adkhar and Dua's after the completion of Salaah 131. After the completion of Fard Salaah to read “Allaahu Akbar” once followed by “Asthaghfirullah” three times with the last Asthaghfirullah read a bit audibly and also dragged (pulled) slightly. (Tirmidhi) 132. After the Fard of Fajr and Asr to engage in the remembrance of Allah for a short period. (Attargheeb) 133. The Malaaikah (Angels) continuously make dua’s of forgiveness and mercy for those who after their daily Salaah remain seated at the place of Salaah. (Attargheeb) 134. It has been reported from A’isha (Ra) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to sit as long at it takes to say: ALLAHUM-MA ANTAS-SALAM WA-MINKAS-SALAM O Allah, You are the Author of peace and from You comes peace. TABARAKTA YA-DHALJALALI WAL-IKRAM Blessed are you, O Lord of Majesty and Honour. Then he used to stand up to perform his Sunnah.' (Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Tirmidhi) 135. Also recite the following: Laa 'ilaaha 'illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Qadeer, Allaahumma laa maard'a limaa 'a'tayta, wa laa mu'tiya limaa mana'ta, wa laa yanfa'u thal-jaddi minkal-jadd. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, He has no partner, His is the dominion and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things. O Allah, there is none who can withhold what You give, and none may give what You have withheld; and the might of the mighty person cannot benefit him against You. (Al-Bukhari 1/255, Muslim 1/414) 136. It is also recommended to recite 33 times Subhaanallah, 33 times Alhamdulillah, 33 times Allaahu Akbar and the following once: Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu Laa shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyee wa yumeetu wa huwa hayyul Laa yamootu, biyadihil khayr wa huwa alaa kulli shay'in qadeer “There is no deity except Allah, the Only One. He has no partner. To Him belongs all kingdoms and to Him belongs all praise. He is the One who gives life and death. And He is Ever-living and no death comes to Him. In His Hand lies all good and He has power over everything.” It is mentioned in a hadith that whoever recites the above after every salaah his sins will be forgiven if they are as much as the foam of the ocean. (Muslim) 137. Whoever recites the following after every prayer will be forgiven for his sins (Minor sins) even though they be as the foam of the sea: Subhaanallaahi, walhamdu lillaahi wallaahu ‘Akbar, - 33 times followed by: Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku Wa lahul-hamduwaHuwa’alaakullishay’inQadeer. “Glory is to Allah , and praise is to Allah , and Allah is the Most Great (each said thirty-three times). None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, He has no partner, His is the dominion and His is the praise and He is Able to do all things.” (Muslim 1/418) 138. It is also recommended to recite Sura al-Ikhlaas (112), Sura al-Falaq (113) and al-Naas (114) (Reported by al-Tirmidhi) and Ayat al-Kursi. (Reported by Al-Nasai) 139. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever recites Aayat ul Kursi after every Fard (Fard Salaat). Only death is keeping him/her from entering Jannah. (As soon as he/she dies, will enter Jannah) (Nisa'i, Ibn Hibbaan, Ibnelsani A'n Abi Amatah Albahili ) 140. Another Hadith states that Reciting Ayat ul Kursi after one Fard (Fard Salaat) will cause a person to stay in Allah's protection until the next Salaat. (Tibrani Fil Kabeer) Allaahu laa 'ilaaha 'illaa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyoom, laa ta'khuthuhu sinatun wa laa nawm, lahu maa fis-samaawaati wa maafil-'ardh, man thal-lathee yashfa'u 'indahu 'illaa bi'ithnih, ya'lamu maa bayna 'aydeehim wa maa khalfahum, wa laa yuheetoona bishay'im-min 'ilmihi 'illaa bimaa shaa'a, wasi'a kursiyyuhus-samaawaati wal'ardh, wa laa ya'ooduhu hifdhuhumaa, wa Huwal-'Aliyyul- 'Adheem. Allah! There is none worthy of worship but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (Recite in Arabic after each prayer.) (An-Nisaa’i, 'Amalul-Yawm wal-Laylah (Hadith no. 100)) 141. Recite the following after Fajr prayer: Allaahumma 'innee 'as'aluka 'ilman naafi'an, wa rizqan tayyiban, wa 'amalan mutaqabbalan. O Allah, I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit, a good provision, and deeds that will be accepted. (Ibn Majah and others) 142. To recite after Fajr and Maghrib prayers: Muslim Taimi (Ra) narrates from the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to recite the following seven times before speaking to anyone: Allaahumma Ajirnee minannaar "O Allah, save me from the fire (Jahannam)." If a person recites the above dua and dies the same night, he will be saved from Jahannam and if he recites it seven times after Fajr Salaat before speaking to anyone and if he dies on that same day, he will be saved from Jahannam. (Mishkaat from Abu Dawood) 143. ‘Abd-Allah Ibn ‘Amr (Ra) who said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘There are two qualities, no Muslim man acquires them but he will enter Paradise, and they are simple and easy. He should glorify Allah (say Subhaanallah) ten times immediately after each prayer, and praise Him (say Alhamdulillah) ten times and magnify Him (say Allaahu Akbar) ten times.’ I saw The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) counting this on his fingers. He said: ‘that makes one hundred and fifty on the tongue and one thousand five hundred (hasanaat) in the scales… (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 3332) Note: Each of three phrases repeated ten times makes thirty; multiplied by the number of daily prayers, which is five, makes one hundred and fifty. Each of these good deeds of the tongue will be rewarded with ten hasanaat and during Ramadan that is further multiplied by 70 or more, which will be added to the total of good deeds to be weighed in the balance or scales on the Day of Judgment. 144. There are also many other Dhikr’s and invocations that may be recited. It is best to do that which one can do consistently, because, as the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) told us, “The most beloved of actions to Allah are those its performer is constant on, even if little.” [bukhari and Muslim] This is because such actions transform a person’s life if done persistantly. Note: The time after completion of the five daily salaah is also a time when dua’s are readily accepted by Allah. Hence this opportunity to seek from Allah should be realised. Earn livelihood/studying and learning after Fajr The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) made a very beautiful Dua for the Ummah for blessings in the mornings: 'O Allah, bless my Ummah in the mornings.' (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah) So the mornings are blessed and should be spent being productive: 145. Going out and earning a halal livelihood. 146. Quran Memorization/Recitation: The mind is at its freshest at this time and is like a sponge. So one should aim to memorize as much of the Qur’an as one can. At least one Ayah daily. One can also read some Tafsir, by learning the meanings of at least one page of the Quran daily. One should also memorize daily Dua’s and Adhkar. 147. Reading Islamic material: like Hadith books, Stories of the Prophets, Seerah, Hereafter etc.. Planning and Monitoring Daily Worship 148. One of the best ways to maximize our daily worship throughout Ramadan is to plan & schedule our time so that we spend it as effectively and productively as possible. By setting ourselves daily worship targets we can strive to try and achieve them everyday. Below is a link for a Ramadan Worship check where one can monitor andcheck their daily worship and at the end of each day set targets for the next day & monitor & schedule daily worship. http://www.sunnimedia.co.uk/media/forums/100464477-Ramadan-Worship-Checklist.pdf Avoiding distractions 149. Ramadan is a very important and precious time and the worst thing that can happen is that we get distracted by things which will not benefit us in this world or the next. There will be many things getting in our way & distracting us from our worship. But we must take all necessary precautions & measures in order to avoid any possible distractions. The first thing we must do is to avoid major distractions like TV for a month or at least as much as possible. Putting away games consoles. If we meet with friends then not getting into useless & idle discussions. Not going to places like the mall or high street's unless it is absolutely necessary. We must also not spend hours on end cooking a table full of food every single day for Iftaar for this is contrary to the purpose of Ramadan. We should spend as little time as possible on things other than worship. We should fulfill our daily duties as quickly as possible & spend as much time as possible in worshiping Allah. Salaatul Duha Charity due by every one of us each morning: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim) stated: In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity (Subhan Allah). Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity (Alhamdulillah), every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity (Laa ilaha ill Allah), every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity (Allahu Akbar), enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding what is distreputable is an act of charity, and two rak’ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice. [Muslim] 150. Always strive to Pray Salaatul Duha everyday from 20 minutes after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr begins. It is between 2 - 12 Raka’a. It is preferable to perform at least 8. (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505) 151. Praying 2 Raka'a's: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘whoever offers 2 Raka’a’s of Salaat al-Dhuha, all his sins will be forgiven even though they are as much as the foam of the sea.' (Ibid) 152. Praying 12 Raka'a's: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘whoever prayed twelve Raka’a’s at the time of breakfast then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. (Mishkaat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah) Note: Therefore we should strive to pray at least 2 raka'ah from 20 minutes after sunrise all the way up until 20 minutes before Dhuhur begins. Continued
  9. Daily Ramadan Worship Routine

    Staying Physically Energized During Ramadan With Ramadan in the midst of summer this year, we need nothing more than hydration and good eating habits to keep us going. However, Ramadan is not only about omitting food and drink from sunrise to sunset. It’s not about sleeping all day and waking up an hour before sunset to prepare a meal. It’s not about indulging all night and sleeping all day. No, Ramadan is a spiritual car wash for our souls. It’s a time to check in on ourselves, omitting desires, and focusing on what we were initially created for: worshipping Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He). While we focus on our spiritual upbringing, we also need to focus on our physical well-being. Instead of praying Maghrib and rushing to eat, set your intention to eat to nourish your body so that you can stand and pray. In this case, you make eating an act of worship and get rewarded for it, Allah (swt) willing. Set your intention to eat suhoor (the meal before sunrise) to worship and have energy all day. Set your intention to eat iftar (the meal after sunset) to worship and pray during the night. Now, let me share a few tips on what to eat to stay hydrated, energized, and motivated all day long.dates 1) Eat dates. •I personally don’t question any food that was eaten by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) or recommended by him. •Anas Ibn Malik radi Allahu `anhu (may God be pleased with him) narrated: “The messenger of Allah used to break his fast before praying with some fresh dates, but if there were no fresh dates, he had a few dry dates, and if there were no dry dates, he took some mouthfuls of water.” [sunan Abu Dawud] •Fasting all day means facing difficulties reaching the required daily value for many essential vitamins and nutrients. Dates are known to provide many of these nutrients with just a few pieces: •Dates have immense health benefits, including high fiber, potassium, magnesium, copper, and B vitamins. •Dates are known to regulate blood sugar, weight loss, blood pressure, cancer, and arthritis. Dates also aid in facilitating oxygen to the brain and the formation of healthy skin. •Tip: Eat three or more dates at suhoor to give you energy all day. Break your fast on dates and pray Maghrib. This regulates your blood sugar and causes you to not overeat at iftar. 2) DON’T skip out on suhoor. •Yes, it’s 4 a.m. and yes it’s going to be difficult, but my number one piece of advice is don’t skip out on suhoor. The Prophet advised us to eat suhoor and promised barakah (blessings) in it. Abu Hurairah (ra) narrated: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Eat suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing.’” [sunan Al- Nasa’i] •Eating a meal before sunrise will give you energy to keep going during the long day ahead of you. •If you skip out on suhoor, you are putting your body in starvation mode and actually only going to cause yourself to overindulge at iftar. •So, EAT SUHOOR! •Tip: Eat a light but nutritious, breakfast-like meal: •Try a zatar or cheese pie with some cucumbers. Tomatoes and a cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice are also excellent sources of vitamins and nutrients. •Have nutrient-dense whole-grain toast with almond butter, cashew butter, or all-natural peanut butter. Top with berries or banana slices. •Try some quinoa with almond milk, raisins, cinnamon, raw honey, and bananas. It will definitely give you fuel for the day. •A bowl of steel cut oats or whole grain cereal and organic milk/almond milk are also great. •Don’t forget the dates. 3) Eat hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, citrus fruit, and tomatoes. •It’s not only summer time, but we are fasting 17+ hours. Many of us have work and others are taking summer courses. We are going to lack energy and need as much nutrients as we can get from the food we eat. Hydrating ourselves with water-dense foods will keep our bodies from dehydrating in the heat. •Tip: Other foods with high water content include: lettuce, pineapple, berries, citrus fruit, and spinach. 4) Drink plenty of water between iftar and suhoor •Water is the most purifying drink; it cleans out toxins from your body and prevents you from getting headaches (especially when you’re not drinking or eating all day). •Tip: Skip the soda! Drinking soda with your iftar will only make you thirstier, and dehydrate your body more than it already is. Drink water with your meal and keep it at hand throughout the night. Break your coffee and tea addiction. •If possible, regulate your body to get rid of your caffeine addiction before Ramadan starts. If you are drinking 3-4 cups of coffee daily, and on the first day of Ramadan you don’t drink any, you may get headaches and lack energy. •Tip: If you really need energy, opt for dates instead. Coffee and tea are known to dehydrate the body even more. I hope that you find these eating tips helpful! I assure you that making these small changes in your Ramadan and even regular diet, will substantially improve your overall health and fitness. Source: http://www.virtualmosque.com/personaldvlpt/worship-personaldvlpt/fasting-ramadan/staying-physically-energized-during-ramadan/
  10. Ramadan Worship Checklist This is the most comprehensive Ramadan worship checklist out there. Surely one of the best way we can make the best of each and every precious second in the blessed month of Ramadan is to have a worship checklist that we can refer to. Downloading the Ramadan Worship checklist: Please download attached file below. Then print and also forward to others so that we all may benefit from making the best of each and every precious second this Ramadan! If you have any issues or problems with downloading or have any questions regarding the Ramadan Worship Plan then please do not hesitate to ask. May Allah enable us all to make the best of the blessed month of Ramadan. Ameen 100464477-Ramadan-Worship-Checklist.pdf
  11. Ramadan Worship Checklist

    Ramadan Prep Guide for Busy People http://muslimmatters.org/2015/05/18/ramadan-prep-guide-for-the-busy-professional-part-1-training-season/
  12. 10 Easy Ibadaat for Women in Ramadan on their Menses / Periods What is Ibadah?! The term “Ibadah” (worship) in Islam is not only confined to the pillars of Islam as it comprises many other goodly aspects. Allah [Exalted be His mention] says [what means]: “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” {Surat Adh-Dhariyat 51: Verse: 56} Many people mistakenly understand the term “worship” to mean living an ascetic way of life. This is not true at all. In Islam, worship is not [only] restricted to prayer, going to the masjid, giving in charity, or going for Hajj, as one can even turn permissible acts such as sleeping, eating, drinking, going to work, etc. into an act of worship. How is that?! By having a good intention! So, if one sleeps with the intention to rest his body so he can have more energy to worship Allah then this is a good intention. If one goes to work so he can provide for his family and those under his care, then this is a good intention which he will be rewarded for. Mu’aadh (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I sleep and I get up (to pray at night), and I seek reward for my sleep as I seek reward for my getting up. [Narrated by al-Bukhari] The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You will never spend anything that you spend for the sake of Allah, but you will be rewarded for it, even the morsel of food that you put in your wife’s mouth.” [Narrated by Al-Bukhari] Sheikh ul-Islam Ibn Tayimah (May Allah have Mercy on him) gave a very comprehensive definition of the word “Ibaadah” as he said: “Al-Ibadah is a collective term for all of the deeds and words which Allah loves and is pleased with [whether] inward or outward.” WHAT CAN I DO DURING MY PERIOD? Many sisters feel that they cannot do much of Ibaadaat while on their monthly period, this is not true. Allah (Exalted be His mention) gave us the blessing of time, we should take advantage of it in doing things that are pleasing to Him. So, here is a list of ten easy Ibaadaat that can be done during the period: 1. Make lots of du’a (supplication) to Allah Being in that state of ritual impurity should not prevent you from making du’a. It is reported from An-Nu’man bin Bashir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported the prophet (Peace & blessing of Allah be upon him) said: “Du’a is worship.” [Abu Dawud] 2. Visit a close family member When you are visiting one of your close family members make sure to have the intention of keeping good ties of kinship between both of you. The prophet (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “And he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should unite his ties of kinship.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari] 3. Make lots of Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from Allah) and dhikr (remembrance of Allah) This can be done when you are cooking, cleaning, going to work, going to the shop, etc. Allah [Exalted be His mention] says [what means]: “O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance.” [surat Al-Ahzab: 33: Verse: 41] 4. Give Da’wah to Muslims and non-Muslims This can be by sharing an Islamic post on face book, sharing Islamic knowledge in general through media, and most importantly being a good example through your manners, speech and actions. Allah says what means: “And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” [surat Fussilat: 41: Verse: 33] And the prophet (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Convey from me even if it is (only) one ayah (verse).” [Narrated by al-Bukhari] 5. Read beneficial books Choose books that will help you understand more about Islam, purpose of this life and duties towards our creator. Anas ibn Malik said, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” [sunan Ibn Majah] 6. Visit the sick It is one of the rights upon another Muslim to visit them when they are sick, and not only that, there are great virtues for visiting the sick as mentioned by our beloved Prophet (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him): “When the Muslim visits his (sick) Muslim brother, he is harvesting the fruit of paradise until he returns.” [Narrated by Muslim].This would also enable us to be more thankful to Allah for the good health that we have and content with the condition we are in. 7. Listen to the Qur’an frequently Listening to the Qur’an would enable you to prefect your recitation of the Qur’an, help you revise what you memorized, and constantly remembering Allah in your heart and mind. 8. Help others If you see your sister in Islam going through hard circumstances, do what you can to help her. One day if you are in that same position, Allah will bring to you someone who will help you too. 9. Smile in your sister’s face By doing so, we are following the prophet’s sunnah and will be rewarded for it Insha’Allah. 10. Spread the greeting of “Salam” This should be done with those [sisters] we know or never met before. The prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “You will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I tell you about something which, if you do it, will make you love one another? Greet each other with Salam.” [Muslim] In conclusion, let’s renew our intentions and make sure we are doing all these good deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake and following the footsteps of our beloved prophet Muhammad and his companions (May Allah be pleased with them all). Source:http://www.theidealmuslimah.com/2014/04/21/10-easy-ibadaat-for-women-in-ramadan-on-their-menses-periods/
  13. Asalaamu Alaikum, This is a thread dedicated to posting how productive we think our day was this Ramadan with regards to worship so that we can give tips to each other effective tips, help and advice on how we can get the most out of everyday this Ramadan. Also post if you need tips on how to maximise your day if you think you are not spending your day productively enough.
  14. 8 Tips for a Productive Ramadan A month full of enormous spiritual wealth and reward, Ramadan is an incredible opportunity that we shouldn’t lose out on. However, many of us often suffer from lack of productivity during Ramadan and not making the most of the special blessed month. With the start of Ramadan, I have put together eight steps that will help us reap the benefits of the special month and allow us to experience a spiritual transformation this coming Ramadan Insha’Allah. 1. Be Prepared The key to a productive Ramadan is to prepare for it well in advance. God encouraged us to fast and do extra good deeds during the months of Rajab and Sha`ban as a means of preparing ourselves for Ramadan. Rajab and Sha`ban can be considered the months of sowing, while Ramadan the month of reaping. To really have good harvest in Ramadan plant your seeds in those months; train your body to wake up one hour before fajr prayer, read more Qur’an during the day; fast on the preferred days, such as Mondays and Thursdays; and practice doing extra good deeds. By doing this, you will ease your way into Ramadan and performing those extra ‘ibadat (acts of worship) during Ramadan will become very easy for you Insha’Allah. If you haven’t prepared for this Ramadan, make the intention to do it next Ramadan. 2. Be Realistic, Consistent We usually enter Ramadan with very high aspirations and make promises to ourselves that we often can’t keep due to the impracticality of our goals. If you haven’t trained yourself before Ramadan for the ‘ibadat you wish to carry out, you will most likely not be able to sustain them. Trying to finish the Quran three or four times during Ramadan when you barely read a page a day before Ramadan or wanting to pray tahajjud (extra night prayers) every single night when you’ve been struggling with waking up for fajr, will put too much physical and psychological pressure on you. This will most probably result in you slipping after the first week, losing hope and then giving up entirely. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: “The best deeds are those which are consistent even if they are small.” (Al-Bukhari) If you don’t want to suffer from lack of consistency this Ramadan and end up feeling guilty about it, then be realistic in your expectations. Stick to a few `ibadat that you know you will be able to perform and be consistent with them. For example, if you decide to complete the Quran only once during the month and pray only two rak`aat (units) tahajjud (late night prayers) every night, and actually sustain this throughout the entire month, it will be much greater in the eyes of Allah than if you put pressure on yourself to do more `ibadat than you can handle and then find you cannot follow through with them. 3. Don’t Eat too Much at Iftar The mistake a lot of Muslims often fall into during Ramadan is making so many different kinds of foods and eating them. Ramadan is a month of cleansing — cleansing of our souls and body. Fasting allows us to feel a little of the hunger pangs that poor people feel; and gives our overworked digestive system a break from continuous digestion. Unfortunately, it has become very common for Muslims to eat so much food at iftar (the meal after sundown that breaks the fast) time and late into the night that they often find that they have gained weight by the end of the month. If you think about it, gaining weight defies the whole purpose of fasting. Instead of detoxing, we end up toxing; and instead of feeling hungry, we end up waking up the next morning feeling bloated and uncomfortable. The mistake a lot of Muslims often fall into during Ramadan is making so many different kinds of foods and eating them. While the delicious, unhealthy fried food may be very tempting after a long day of fasting, it will just makes us lazy, sleepy and will most definitely result in an unproductive night. We may even be too tired to pray tarawih (the night prayer offered in Ramadan) after a heavy meal. Thus, Iftar should be kept simple, balanced and healthy. Instead of relying mainly on empty carbohydrates that will fill up our stomach but give very little nutritional value to our body, we should choose foods that will nourish our body and provide us with sufficient energy for that night and the next day. If you’re smart with what you eat at iftar and follow the Sunnah (prophetic behavior) of the Prophet, peace be upon him, by filling only a third of your stomach with food, a third with water and allowing a third for air, you’ll immediately notice a difference in your energy level while fasting and after you break your fast Insha’Allah. 4. One Hour before Fajr The secret to a productive day is taking advantage of the times that God put barakah (blessing) in. Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) taught us that there is barakah in the early hours of the morning. By spending the hour before fajr in prayer, recitation of Quran, and in the remembrance of Allah, you will get the spiritual nourishment your body requires for that day. Just like we need to eat breakfast every morning to give us energy, the spiritual nourishment our body needs is equally important. Without it, we will not have much barakah in our time and we will find ourselves getting tired easily and not being very productive. Additionally, having suhoor (pre-dawn meal) gives us barakah. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said ‘Have suhoor, for in suhoor there is barakah.’ (An-Nasa'i) Make sure you wake up every morning before fajr, pray at least two rak`aat, make some du’as’ (supplication), read a bit of Qur’an, and have a bite to eat (even if it’s just a few dates). If you try this, I guarantee you, with Allah’s will, that one hour in which you deprive yourself of sleep for Allah’s sake will grant you so much barakah that day. You’ll find that you will finish your work early and still have plenty of time on your hands for your `ibadat. 5. Prepare for Eid Early it is extremely important to prepare for Eid early if you don’t want to miss out on the treasures of the blessed last ten nights. It isn’t by coincidence that the last ten days of Ramadan are the most blessed and contain the most reward. Allah purposely chose these days to be the most rewarding to test us because He knew that very few people will be able to maintain or increase their amount of worship towards the end of Ramadan. As Ramadan comes to an end, not only do we become tired physically (from continuous fasting), but we are also preparing for Eid – making Eid sweets, buying Eid clothes and even doing Eid cleaning. Therefore, we find ourselves struggling on those last ten days trying to finish our Eid preparations that we end up not having much time for our `ibadat. This is why it is extremely important to prepare for Eid early if you don’t want to miss out on the treasures of the blessed last ten nights. The last thing you want to be doing on the 27th or 29th night of Ramadan, which are considered two of the most blessed nights of the month and contain a tremendous amount of reward, is spending your time at a shopping center frantically trying to find a pair of shoes to match your Eid outfit or making those last minute Eid sweets. If you prepare for Eid early (preferably even before Ramadan), you will be able to utilize your time in those last ten days in prayer, recitation of Quran, remembrance of Allah and doing good deeds. 6. Du’as for Others We often get excited before Ramadan as we know that the time Allah will Insha’Allah answer our prayers is just around the corner. Some of us even memorize special du’as and prepare du’as’ lists well in advance. This is a wonderful thing to do of course, but if we want to increase the effectiveness of our du’as, we should make du’as for others. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: ‘Whenever you make a supplication for another believer and he is not present, an angel will say ‘and same to you.’ (Muslim) When we make du’as for our brother or sister in Islam, we are basically hitting two birds with one stone – praying for others and ourselves. Due to the difficult time the Islamic ummah (community) is going through at the moment, let’s all plan to make a great deal of du’as this Ramadan for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Libya, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and all the other Muslim countries. Choose times in which du’as is answered, such as the last third of the night and when you break your fast, to make the du’as with all sincerity and a wakeful heart. God does answer the prayers of those who supplicate Him. However, the key to receiving an answer to your prayer is to be sincere in your du’as, consistent, and patient. May Allah answer all our prayers this Ramadan. Amen. 7. An Opportunity to Purification Ramadan comes once a year, and when it leaves us we don’t know if we will live to see the next one Fasting is not only about abstaining from food and drink but it is also about abstaining from anger, backbiting, jealousy, greed, thinking ill of people; and all the other diseases of the heart. Purification of the soul from the illnesses of the heart is not an easy task and the person who is able to free him/herself from these unhealthy qualities is truly the successful one: {And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it; And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and righteousness, he has succeeded who purifies it." (91:7-9) We all suffer from the constant annoying whispers of the Satan (devil) that just won’t go away, thus making the task of purification even more difficult. For this, the blessed month of Ramadan is an ideal time to work on purifying our souls. Not only does God lock away all those evil devils during the entire month; but fasting in itself is a form of purification. Fasting softens our hearts, weakens our human desires and instills in us the pleasant qualities of patience and will-power. Unlike the normal days of the year, we feel more inclined to do righteous deeds and to keep away from committing sins. This Ramadan, let us all choose one unwanted quality about ourselves that we wish to change and make a conscious effort to purify ourselves of it. 8. Monitor Your Intentions Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: ‘The deeds are considered by their intentions, and a person will get the reward according to his intentions.’ (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) We usually make an intention before we perform good deeds such as fasting or giving sadaqa (charity). However, we often tend to forget to make an intention for the little everyday tasks we normally do. If you really want your hasanat (reward from good deeds) to soar during Ramadan, make a sincere intention for every little task you perform. For instance, if you’re cooking iftar for your family, make the intention that the time you spend in the kitchen cooking in order to feed your fasting family is to please Allah. If you smile at a stranger in the street, make the intention that you are doing it because smiling at others is considered a form of charity, as the Prophet said: ‘When you smile in your brother’s face, it is charity.’ (At-Tirmidhi) Even if you get into bed early, make the intention that you are doing this in order to be able to wake up early to pray tahajjud and have suhoor. Glory be to God; when we make a sincere intention before performing these normal everyday tasks, they transform into `ibadat and we get rewarded for them — and the reward we get for doing good deeds in Ramadan is multiplied. Imagine the amount of reward we can get simply for sleeping — something everyone enjoys doing! Allah truly is merciful to His creation. However, we must keep in mind that sometimes our initial intentions may be sincere but very slowly, due to the tricks of the Satan or our nafs (lower desires), our intentions begin to change and aren’t so sincere anymore. This is why it is very important to constantly monitor our intentions and check before we perform any good deed to see whether we are doing it purely for the sake of God or to please other people. If you feel that the good deed you’re doing is to impress others, make a conscious effort to renew your intention. If you’re intention is pure and sincere, then Allah will make performing the good deed easy on you and you will be rewarded for it tremendously Insha’Allah. Ramadan comes once a year, and when it leaves us we don’t know if we will live to see the next one, so let us strive to make the most of this Ramadan. May Allah grant us all a Ramadan full of barakah and blessings. Amen. Source:http://www.onislam.net/english/health-and-science/faith-and-the-sciences/419648-your-circadian-rhythm-while-fasting.html
  15. BRIEF DEEDS WITH HUGE REWARD 1.Calling someone towards Good: Each day we learn something good or some new deed. If we share this with others, we will get the same reward. The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it.” [saheeh Muslim] Also, “By Allah, if Allah were to guide one man through you it would be better for you than the best type of camels.” [al-Bukhaaree, Muslim] 2.Visiting the Sick: The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said “There is not a Muslim that visits another in the morning except that 70,000 angels ask forgiveness for him until the night, and if he visits him at night then 70,000 angels ask forgiveness for him until the morning, and he will have earned a garden in paradise” (At-Tirmidhi). 3.Reciting Surah al-Ikhlas: Reciting it once is equivalent to one-third of the Qur’an. Imagine reciting it 3 times so the reward will be equivalent to reciting the whole Quran! Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to his Companions: ‘Could any one of you not recite one third of the Qur’aan in one night?’ They found the idea too difficult and said: ‘Who among us could do that, O Messenger of Allaah?’ He said, ‘Allaahu’l-ahad, al- samad [i.e., Soorat al-Ikhlaas] is one third of the Qur’an.’” (Reported by Bukhari, 4628) 4.Build a house in Paradise by Reciting Surat Ikhlas: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever recites Qul huwa Allaahu ahad ten times, Allaah will build for him a house in Paradise.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, 6472). 5.Reciting Dua upon Entering market: The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “Whoever enters a market and says: ‘Laa ilaaha ill Allah waHdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul Hamdu yuHyi wa yumeetu wa huwa Hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khayr, wahuwa `alaa kulli shay’in qadeer’ [there is nothing worthy of worship but Allah, He is alone without partner, to Him belongs dominion and praise, he causes life and death and He is the Living and does not die. In His Hand is all the good, and He is over all things competent.] Allah will write for him a million good deeds, erase a million of his bad deeds and raise him a million levels.” [at-Tirmidhi] 6.Glorifying and Praising Allah: In few minutes we can say Subhaan Allaahi wa bi hamdihi (Glory and praise be to Allaah) many times. Allah’s Messenger (Peace be Upon Him) said: “Whoever says ‘Subhaanallaahi wa bihamdihi’ [Glorified is Allah and praised is He] one hundred times a day, will have his sins forgiven even if they are like the foam of the sea.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim] 7.Preserving the ties of kinship: In a Hadith, it is stated: ” Whoever wishes that his provision be increased and his age lengthened, let him maintain the ties of kinship.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim] 8.Remembrance of Allah: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon Him) said: “When I say ‘Subhaan Allaah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa laa ilaah ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar’ [Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great], this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” [Muslim] 9.Performing prayers in congregation: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon Him) said: “Prayer in congregation is superior to praying individually twenty-seven times.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] 10.Performing Salat ul-Ishraq: In a Hadith reported by Prophet (Peace be upon Him) “Whoever prays al-ghadaa (i.e. al fajr) in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays two units of prayer, has a complete reward of Hajj and `Umrah [The Prophet repeated ‘complete’ three times for emphasizing].” [at-Tirmidhi] 11.Performing `Umrah in the month of Ramadhan: The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “`Umrah in Ramadhan is equal to a Hajj with me” [al-Bukhari] 12.Providing food for breaking of the fast: “Whoever provides food for breaking of the fast of a fasting person receives the reward of the fasting person, without the reward of the fasting person being reduced in any way.” [at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah] 13.Deeds in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah: First 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are very important with regards to virtue. The Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are dearer to Allah than these ten [days of Dhul Hijjah].” They said, “O Messenger, even jihad in the way of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihad in the way of Allah, except for the man who leaves with his wealth, and does not return with any of it (life or wealth).” [al-Bukhari] 14.Reciting Four Phrases: Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (R.A) reported that the Prophet came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: ”Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) said: “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: ‘Subhan-Allah Wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi’ [Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise]” [Muslim] 15.Performing the Friday Prayers: narrated from Abu Hurayrah (R.A) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon Him) said: “Whoever does ghusl then comes to Jumu’ah, and prays as much as Allah decrees for him, then listens attentively until the khutbah is over, then prays with him (the imam), will be forgiven for (his sins) between that and the next Jumu’ah and three more days.” [Narrated by Muslim, 857] 16.Fasting 6 Days in Shawwal: Abu Ayyoob (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime.” (Narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i and Ibn Maajah) 17.Jannah becomes obligatory: Abu Sa’id (R.A) said that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said “Whoever says ‘Radeetu billahi rabban, Wa bil-Islaami deenan, Wa bi-Muhammadin Nabiyan’ Jannah becomes obligatory for him (to enter). (Abu-Dawud) Most of these actions will not cost us anything; they will not tire us or take much effort. May we find these small Deeds easy to perform and may it become a means of forgiveness for us. Ameen. Source: http://www.alquranclasses.com/easy-deeds-huge-reward/
  16. 12 Hugely Rewarding Dhikr's to keep repeating in Ramadan The following is a list of 12 daily Dhikr we should keep repeating during Ramadan. Set yourself a target. 100 of each in the morning and evening or however much you can manage: 1. Subhaanallah - Glory be to Allah 2. Alhamdulillah - All praise be to Allah 3. Allahu Akbar - Allah is the greatest 4. Laa ilaaha illallah - There is no worthy of worship except Allah 5. La hawla wa la quwatta illah billah-Hil aliyyil adheem - There is no power or might except with Allah 6. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay - ‘I ask forgiveness from Allah the One whom there is no deity worthy of worship except He, the Ever-Living and Sustainer and I repent to Him’ three times, Allah would forgive his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea. Or the shorter version: Asthaghfirullah - I seek Allah's forgiveness 7. Sub-Haan'Allahi Wa bi-ham'dihi Sub-haan'Allah-IL Adheem - Glory be to Allah and Praise Him, Glory be to Allah, The Supreme, and Praise Him Or shorter version: Sub-Haan'Allahi Wa bi-ham'dihi - Glory be to Allah and Praise Him 8. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm - Glory be to Allah, All Praise is for Allah, There is No God but Allah, Allah is the Greatest 9. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr - (There is) none worthy of worship except Allah. He is only One. (There is) no partners for Him. For Him (is) the Kingdom. And for Him (is) the Praise. He gives life and acuses death. And He (is) Alive. He will not die, never, ever. Possessor of Majesty and Reverence. In His hand (is) the goodness. And He (is) the goodness. And He (is) on everything powerful. Or the shorter version: Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer - There is No God But Allah Alone, who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the raise, and He is Able to do all things 10. Astaghfirullah al-'Adheemal-ladhi la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum wa atubu ilaih (I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Mighty, Whom there is none worthy except Him, the Living, The Eternal, and I repent unto Him) 11. Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana 'ala ahdika wa wa'dika mastata'tu, A'udhu bika min Sharri ma sana'tu, abu'u Laka bini'matika 'alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli innahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta (O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.) 12. Recite the following abundantly especially during the last ten nights of Ramadan. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee - 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' NOTE: We should also send much salutations to our beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), especially on Jummah. The best way of doing this is to recite much of Durood e Ibrahim which is what we recite during every Salaah just before we finish: ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. Oh Allah! Send blessings upon (Holy Prophet) Muhammad and upon the followers of (Holy Prophet) Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibraheem and upon the followers of Ibraheem; indeed, You are praiseworthy and glorious. Oh Allah! Bless (Holy Prophet) Muhammad and the follower of (Holy Prophet) Muhammad as You blessed Ibraheem and the follower of Ibraheem; indeed, You are praise worthy and glorious. Or the shortest Durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim - Blessings of Allah be upon him and peace May Allah enable us to say and do that which pleases him the most. Ameen
  17. Four Phrases that are Heavier on the Scales than an Entire Morning of Dhikrullah (Remembrance of Allah): The Mother of the Believers, Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (Ra) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ”Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allah Wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi (Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise).” (Muslim)
  18. 15 Easy Good deeds to do throughout Ramadan! 1. Sitting after Fajr remembering Allah until sunrise: “Whoever prays fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until sunrise, then prays 2 rakats of salat has a complete reward of (Nafil) Hajj and Umrah. (The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) repeated the word ‘complete’ 3 times for emphasis) [Tirmidhi] 2. A house in Jannah for praying 12 Sunnah each day: “Allah will build house in Jannah for whoever is diligent in obsering 12 sunnah rakat (as follows) 4 rakat before and 2 after Dhur, 2 after the Maghrib, 2 after Ishaa, and 2 before Fajr.” [Tirmidhi] 3. Attending lectures in the Masjid. “Whoever goes to the Masjid not desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj” [Tabarani] 4. Visiting a sick Muslim. “There is no Muslim who visits a sick muslim early in the morning but 70 thousand angles send blessings upon him until evening comes, and if he visits him in the evening, 70 thousand angles send blessings upon him until morning comes, and he will have a garden in paradise.” [Tirmidhi] 5. Providing food for breaking the fast. “Whoever provides food for breaking of the fast for a fasting person receives the reward of the fasting person, without the reward of the fasting person being reduced in any way.” [Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah] 6. Standing in prayer on Laylatul Qadr. “Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months.” [Quran 97:3] So it is, superior to approx 83 years of worship! Subhaanallah most do not even live for that long! 7. Millions of Good deeds remembering Allah whilst shopping: “Whoever enters a market and says: ‘Laa ilaha illallah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyi wa yumeetu wa huwa hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khair, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shayin qadeer’ [There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, alone without partner, to Him belongs dominion and praise, He causes life and feath and He is the Living and does not die. In His Hand is all the good, and He is over all things competent] … Allah will write for him/her a million good deeds and erase a million bad deeds and raise him a million levels.” [Tirmidhi] 8. That Which Shall Have no Equal on the Day of Resurrection: Abu Huraira (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:” Whoever says one hundred times in a day: “La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in qadir,” {”None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Alone Who has no partners, to Him belongs Dominion and to Him belong all the Praises, and He has power over all things (i.e. Omnipotent)”,} he will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” [bukhari,Book #75, Hadith #412] 9. Asking Allah to forgive ALL Muslims. “Whoever seeks forgiveness for beleiving men and believing woman, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” [Tabarani] That is a reward for EVERY believer we make dua for. Since it is Ramadan then we get 70 good deeds for every believer we make dua for. So for simple dua taking a few seconds will give us BILLIONS of good deeds! Subhaanallah! 10. Forgiveness like the foam of the sea: - Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘Whoever says: Subhanallah wa bi hamdih (Praise and glory be to Allah) 100 times, morning and evening, his sins will be erased even if they are like the foam on the sea.” [bukhari] - Jaa’bir (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “For the person who recites: SUB-HAN’Allah HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM’DIHI, (Pure and perfect is Allah in his glory and praise) – A date palm will be planted for him in Paradise” [Tirmidhi] 11. Thousand Good deeds in 2 Minutes If a person says “Subhanallah” (glory be to Allah) 100 times, a thousand good deeds are recorded for him and a thousand bad deeds are wiped away. [Muslim] 12. Being pleased on the Day of Resurrection: Allah has promised that anyone who says this three times every morning or evening will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection: “رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً”. Radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bil-’Islaami deenan, wa bi-Muhammadin (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallama) Nabiyyan. I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as my Prophet. [Fortress of the Muslim] 13. Reciting three phrases heavy on the scales: Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith reported: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there and said,”Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allah wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi {Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise).” [Muslim] 14. A Rare treasure of Paradise: Abu Dharr (RA) narrated that Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Should I not tell you of one treasure of the unlimited treasures of Paradise?” I replied spontaneously “Oh Rasulallah that would be an honour indeed!” Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “That rare treasure is: LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH.” (“The strength to do good and to refrain from evil comes from the grace and mercy of Allah!”) [ibn Majah] 15. Beautiful Supplication for Forgiveness: Shaddad bin Aus (RA) narrates that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The best supplication for seeking forgiveness (Syed-ul-Istighfar) is to say: `Allahumma Anta Rabbi, la ilaha illa Anta, khalaqtani wa ana `abduka, wa ana `ala `ahdika wa wa`dika mastata`tu, a`udhu bika min sharri ma sana`tu, abu‘u laka bini`matika `alayya, wa abu‘u bidhanbi faghfir li, fa innahu la yaghfirudh-dhunuba illa Anta. (O Allah! You are my Rubb. There is no true god except You. You have created me, and I am Your slave, and I hold to Your Covenant as far as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge the favours that You have bestowed upon me, and I confess my sins. Pardon me, for none but You has the power to pardon).’ He who supplicates in these terms during the day with firm belief in it and dies on the same day (before the evening), he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah; and if anyone supplicates in these terms during the night with firm belief in it and dies before the morning, he will be one of the dwellers of Jannah.” [Al-Bukhari]. So let us not be in UTTER regret on the day of judgement: Hadhrat Mu’az (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “THE INHABITANTS OF PARADISE WILL NOT BE GRIEF-STRICKEN OR SORROWFUL ABOUT ANYTHING THEY DID IN THE LIFE OF THE WORLD EXCEPT FOR THE TIME THEY SPENT WITHOUT BEING IN THE DHIKR-(REMEMBRANCE) OF Allah.” – [Tab’raani] Therefore let us act upon these EASY good deeds throughout Ramadan and until our very last breath! May Allah give us the ability to do everything to please him and refrain from anything which angers or displeases him. Ameen
  19. Recite Durood upon the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) throughout Ramadan: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever sends Salaat upon me once, then Allah sends Salaam upon him ten fold". (Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nisa'ee, Tirmidhi)
  20. 10 Hugely Rewarding Good Deeds to do in Ramadan During this blessed month the reward of good deeds are increased significantly: 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 let us look at some of the heaviest good deeds we can all do in Ramadan to maximize this blessed month: 1. Billions of Good deeds in seconds. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing men and believing woman, Allah will write for him a good deed for each believing man and believing woman.” [Tabarani] So each time we pray for every believer from the first until the last we will gain a reward for each believer, which is billions of rewards in just a few seconds! So lwet us make this a habit in EVERY DUA! 2. Hugely rewarding Dhikr to do each day: 2.1 Millions of Good deeds in seconds: “Whoever enters a market and says: ‘Laa ilaha illallah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyi wa yumeetu wa huwa hayyun laa yamoot, bi yadihil khair, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shayin qadeer’ There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, alone without partner, to Him belongs dominion and praise, He causes life and feath and He is the Living and does not die. In His Hand is all the good, and He is over all things competent … Allah will write for him/her a million good deeds and erase a million bad deeds and raise him a million levels.” [Tirmidhi] 2.2 That Which Shall Have no Equal on the Day of Resurrection: Abu Huraira (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ”Whoever says one hundred times in a day: “La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in qadir,” None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, the Alone Who has no partners, to Him belongs Dominion and to Him belong all the Praises, and He has power over all things (i.e. Omnipotent) he will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” [bukhari, Book #75, Hadith #412] 2.3 Huge rewards for reciting dhikr after prayers: Abu Hurayrah (Ra) narrated that a group of destitute people came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and said, “O Messenger of Allah, the wealthy people will have higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment in high levels in Paradise. They pray like us and fast as we do, but they have more money by which they perform the Hajj, ‘Umrah, participate in Jihaad and give in charity.” The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), replied: “Shall I not tell you something upon which if you acted you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? Nobody would surpass you and you would be better than the people amongst whom you live except those who would do the same. Say: ‘Subhaan Allaah’, ‘Alhamdulillaah’ and ‘Allaahu Akbar’ thirty-three times each after every (compulsory) prayer.’" [Al-Bukhari] 2.4 Guaranteed place in Paradise: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Whoever recites Aayatul Kursi after every Fard (Fard Salah). Only death is keeping him/her from entering Jannah. (As soon as he/she dies, will enter Jannah) [Nisa'i, Ibne Habban] 2.5 Reciting 3 heavy phrases: Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (Ra) reported: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there and said, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “I recited four phrases three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allah wa bihamdihi, ‘adada khalqihi, wa rida-a nafsihi, wa zinatah ‘arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise).” [Muslim] 2.6 The Virtues of reciting "Subhanallah": The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?" Someone from the gathering asked, "How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?" Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhanallah” and a Good deeds will be written for you, or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” [Muslim 4:2073] Another version says: ...a thousand good deeds are recorded for him and a thousand bad deeds are wiped away. [Muslim] When you go to bed, glorify Him and praise Him and magnify Him One hundred times: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Who among you does 2,500 bad deeds in one day?’ They said: ‘How could we not count (our sins)?’ He said: ‘The Shaytaan comes to any one of you whilst he is praying and says, Remember this, remember that, until he finishes his prayer and does not do (this dhikr), or he comes to him when he is lying down and makes him sleepy, until he falls asleep (without doing this dhikr).’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 3332). 2.7 A tree in Paradise for each word: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever recites the folllowing words, a tree in Paradise is planted for him for each word he says.” Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, Wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla Wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-‘aliyyi-l-‘azīm (Glory be to Allah. And praise be to Allah. And there is no god except Allah. And Allah is the Greatest. And there is no power and no strength except with Allah, the Most High, And Most Great) [Tirmidhi] 2.8 Forgiveness like foam of the Sea: Abu Hurayrah (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: ‘Whoever says: Subhanallah wa bi hamdih (Praise and glory be to Allah) 100 times, morning and evening, his sins will be erased even if they are like the foam on the sea.” [bukhari] 2.9 Most pleased on the day of Judgement: Allah has promised that anyone who says this three times every morning or evening will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection: Radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bil-’Islaami deenan, wa bi-Muhammadin (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallama) Nabiyyan. I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as my Prophet. [Fortress of the Muslim] Another version says: Jannah becomes obligatory for him (to enter). [Abu-Dawud] 3. Reward for Obligatory & Voluntary prayers increased significantly The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “...And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” [Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887] 3.1 Pray 12 Raka'ahs of Sunnah daily: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr and 2 Sunnah of Maghrib Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day and night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” [Muslim] 3.2. Salaatul Duhaa (Can be prayed from 20 mins after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr begins) So we should remain seated after Fajr prayer & recite the Qur'an or do Dhikr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise and pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday. 'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats and it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.' [Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505] The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. [Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah] 3.3. 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nafil of Dhuhr Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer and four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” [Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi] 3.4. Raka'ahs Sunnah of Asr The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said: "May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Raka'ahs) before 'Asr prayer." [Abu Dawud] 3.5. Two Raka'ahs Sunnah after entering Masjid Abu Qatadah (RA) narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying: “If any one of you enters a Masjid, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim] 3.6. Tahiyyatul Wudu - 2 Raka'ahs Voluntary prayer after doing Wudu (Ablution) Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim] 3.7 Tahajjud - The Night Vigil Prayer The MOST REWARDING Voluntary prayer after the Obligatory prayers is Tahajjud: Abu Hurairah (Ra) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The best fast after the fast of Ramadan is the fast of Muharram and the best Salaah after the obligatory prayers is the prayer performed at night.”[Muslim] Allah listens to the prayers at night: Jaabir (RA) says that he heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying,“Certainly in the night, there is a moment in which, if coincided by a submissive person asking Allah of the good of this world and the hereafter, Allah gives him whatever he asks for, and that is the entire night. [Muslim] Those who had the habit of praying Tahajjud will enter Paradise: Asmaa binte Yazeed (Ra) narrates that The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “On the day of resurrection, the people will be gathered upon one plain field and an announcer will proclaim saying, “Where are those who separated their sides from their beds? A little amount of people will stand up. They will enter paradise without reckoning, and then it will be ordered that the remaining people be taken to reckoning”. [baihaqi] The Tahajjud prayer can be prayed After Isha but is best to pray it after sleeping and then awakening in the third part of the night before Fajr begins. It is between 2 - 12 Raka'hs. Then let us pray all of our Obligatory prayers on time (congregation for men) and increase in doing volntary prayers especially during this blessed month for every voluntary prayer is rewarded like that of an Obligatory prayer! 4. Charity & Feeding a fasting person: 4.1 The best charity is given in Ramadan: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadan.” (At-Tirmithi). 4.2 Charity extinguishes sins, and expiates evil deeds The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), said:“Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” [At-Tirmithi] 4.3 Charity increases wealth: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), said: “Allah The Almighty Says, ‘O son of Adam, spend and I will spend on you.” [Muslim] Therefore let us give as much as we can in the way of Allah and know that it is an expiation of sin and will cause a long term increase in our wealth in this world and immense good deeds in the next world! 4.4 Gaining the reward of a fasting person: “Whoever provides food for breaking of the fast for a fasting person receives the reward of the fasting person, without the reward of the fasting person being reduced in any way.” [Tirmidhi & Ibn Majah] Then let us feed as many people as we can, whether it is our family, relatives and friends, people at the local Masjid and especially the poor and destitute. 5. Rewards of Hajj & Umrah 5.1 Remaining seated, worshipping from Fajr until after Sunrise: From `Abdullah bin `Aamir (Ra) that Abu Umaamah and `Utbah Bin `Abd (Ra) who related that the Prophet, (Sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays as-Subh. (I.e. fajr prayer) in congregation then sits until he prays for Allah the prayer of Dhuha (2x2 Raka'ah 20 mins after sunrise) has the reward like that of a Hajj (pilgrim performing Hajj) and a mu`tamir (pilgrim peforming `Umrah), complete reward of his Hajj and his `Umrah” [Tirmidhi, Tabarani]. 5.2 Praying Fajr & Isha in congregation: Abu Tharr (Ra) narrated that a group of the Companions came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and said, “O Messenger of Allah, the wealthy people will have higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment and they pray like us and fast as we do. They have more money, which they give in charity. “The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), replied: “Has Allah not rendered for you the ‘Isha’ prayer in congregation equal to Hajj, and the Fajr prayer in congregation equal to ‘Umrah?” [Muslim] 5.3 Walking to the Masjid: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever walks to [perform] an obligatory prayer in congregation, it is like Hajj [in terms of rewards], and whoever walks to [perform] a voluntary prayer, it is like a voluntary ‘Umrah [in terms of rewards].” [Hasan] 5.4 Attending lectures in the Masjid: “Whoever goes to the Masjid not desiring except to learn or teach what is good has the reward of a pilgrim who completed his Hajj” [Tabarani] 5.5 Observing the 10 days of I'tikaf: Ali Ibn Hussain (RA) narrates from his father that Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “He who observes the ten days I’tikaf during Ramadhan will obtain the reward of two Hajj & two Umrah.” (Bayhaqi) Attending the ‘Eed prayers (both ‘Eed Al-Adh-ha and ‘Eed Al-Fitr): Ibn Rajab (Ra) narrated that the Companion Mikhnaf ibn Sulaym (Ra) said, “The reward for attending ‘Eed Al-Fitr prayer is equal to the reward of performing ‘Umrah and the reward for attending ‘Eed Al-Adh-ha Prayer is equal to that of performing Hajj.” 6. Treating Parents the best Almighty Allah says in the Qur'an: "And We have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his parents." (46:15), Kindness to parents best deed: It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him), who observed:”I asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) which deed was the best.” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘The Prayer at it’s appointed hour.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Kindness to the parents.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Earnest struggle in the cause of Allah (Jihad).’ I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him.(Sahih Muslim: 120) Smiling at one's parents: Ibne Abbas (Ra) narrates that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: "Allah will record an accepted Hajj in favor of a pious child that casts an affectionate glance upon his parents, for every glance he casts upon them." The companions asked: "Even if he casts a hundred glances every day?" The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Yes. Allah is much greater (than you imagine) and pure (Of all defects such as miserliness)." [Muslim] Therefore let us make this Ramadan the best opportunity for us to be the best towards our parents and treat them with kindness, love, compassion and affection regardless of how they are towards us or whether they do the same in return or not, as our reward is with Allah alone! 7. Standing in prayer on Laylatul Qadr. Better than 1000 months: Almighty Allah tells us in the Qur'an: “Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months.” [Quran 97:3] Forgiveness of all sins on this special night: Prophet (Sallallahu `Alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whosoever worshipped on Laylatul-Qadr, with faith and with a sincere intention, all of his previous sins are forgiven.” [al-Bukhârî and Muslim] Repenting & asking for forgiveness on the night of power: Aisha (RA) said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam): ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said Say: “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ ” [Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi]. We cannot afford to miss out on this auspicious night. It is a truly blessed night worth the equivalent to 83 years of worship. Subhaanallah! Most of us do not even live for that long! The best way to find this blessed night is to search for it in any of the last 10 nights. If we cannot then the odd numbered nights. If we still cannot then at least the 27th night. 8. Huge rewards for reciting each letter of Holy Qur’an. It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (Ra) said: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is a letter, rather alif is a letter, laam is a letter and meem is a letter.” [al-Tirmidhi, 2910] The company of angels for the recitors and double reward for those who struggle: Aa’ishah (Ra), relates that the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari, Muslim] During Ramadan the reward for reciting each letter of the Qur'an is increased significantly from upto 700 rewards for each letter and double to 1400 rewards for those who struggle to recite the Qur'an! Surah’s worth an entire Qur’an:Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas & Anas Ibn Malik (Ra) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’. [At-Tirmidhi 2818/A] As Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an we should devote as much time as possible in reciting the Qur'an and know that for each letter we recite we ill gain 700 rewards or more for each letter and tose who struggle to recite the Qur'an will receive double the rewards of 1400 good deeds or more. 9. Good manners amongst the Heaviest on the scales Good character heaviest on the scales: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There is none heavier in the scales of the Hereafter than good character" [Tirmidhi & Abu Dawud] The one with best manners will be nearest to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on the day of judgement: Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) also said: “The best loved by me and the nearest to me on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative and arrogant.” [Tirmidhi] So by having good manners and being polite and the best towards others regardless of how they are towards us, we will gain unimaginable rewards on the day of judgement which will tip the scales in our favour inshallah! 10. Magnifying intentions to gain unimaginable rewards! The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Deeds (their correctness and rewards) depend upon intentions, and every person gets but what he has intended." [Agreed upon] Ibn Al-Mubarak (Ra) said: "May a small deed is magnified by the sincere intention; and may a great deed be diminished by the insincere intention" So by taking our a few seconds to make even small changes to our intentions we can gain even bigger rewards this Ramadan for even the smallest acts. Even daily routines like eating, sleeping & going to the toilet can all become acts of worship by having the right good intentions. Conclusion: Therefore we must try our utmost to maximise the amount of good deeds we do during this blessed month so that we may take advantage of this amazing opportunity to have our good deeds rewarded significantly more than usual. We should also realise that it may well be our last Ramadan just as previous Ramadan was the last for many others who thought they would make it to this Ramadan. So must act now otherwise we will be in eternal regret in the Hereafter for missing such an opportunity! Almighty Allah says in the Qur'an: “Surely Allah does not do injustice so much as an atom’s weight, and in case it is a fair deed, He will double it and bring from very close to Him a magnificent reward.” (4:40) May Allah increase us in good and give us the ability to do everything to please him and make him the happiest & to achieve the highest ranks of Paradise. Ameen
  21. Allah raises the status of the one who is humble: It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Wealth does not decrease because of charity, and Allaah increases His slave in honour when he forgives others. And no one humbles himself before Allaah but Allaah will raise him (in status).” Narrated by Muslim, 2588.
  22. Billions of Rewards in just a few Seconds! Narrated ‘Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.” (Tabarrani) There are around 1.5 billion Muslims in this world. Every good deed in Ramadan is multiplied by 70 so everytime we make a dua for every Muslim we will gain 105 billion good deeds. Subhaanallah! But can you imagine how many good deeds we can gain if we made dua for every Muslim that ever lived from Adam (As) until the last Muslim on this Earth. Subhaanallah! The rewards will go into the Billions! Remember: On the day of judgement we will beg each other for just one good deed but no one will give us any. This is our chance to gain trillions of good deeds in just seconds. We need these deeds! How generous is Allah? For he LOVES to reward his servants abundantely. So let us make a habit of making sincere dua for each Muslim from Adam (As) until the very last Muslim on this Earth and we can gain trillions of good deeds for each and every dua!
  23. How to repent from sins and ask for Allah’s forgiveness http://www.iqrasense.com/forgiveness/how-to-repent-from-sins-ask-for-allahs-forgiveness.html
  24. 10 Good Deeds that carry the Reward of Hajj! How generous is Allah that he gives to his without measure. O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous, (Surat Al-’Infitar 82:6) The following are 10 ways of earning the rewards of (Voluntary) Hajj daily: 1 - Performing the obligatory prayers in congregation: Abu Tharr (Ra) narrated that a group of the Companions came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and said, “O Messenger of Allah, the wealthy people will have higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment and they pray like us and fast as we do. They have more money, which they give in charity." The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), replied: “Has Allah not rendered for you the ‘Ishaa’ prayer in congregation equal to Hajj, and the Fajr prayer in congregation equal to ‘Umrah?” [Muslim] The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), said: “Whoever walks to [perform] an obligatory prayer in congregation, it is like Hajj [in terms of rewards], and whoever walks to [perform] a voluntary prayer, it is like a voluntary ‘Umrah [in terms of rewards].” [Hasan] 2 - Reciting Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah) after the five daily prayers: Abu Hurayrah (Ra) narrated that a group of destitute people came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, the wealthy people will have higher grades and will have permanent enjoyment in high levels in Paradise. They pray like us and fast as we do, but they have more money by which they perform the Hajj, ‘Umrah, participate in Jihaad and give in charity.” The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), replied: “Shall I not tell you something upon which if you acted you would catch up with those who have surpassed you? Nobody would surpass you and you would be better than the people amongst whom you live except those who would do the same. Say ‘Subhaan Allaah’, ‘Alhamdulillaah’ and ‘Allaahu Akbar’ thirty-three times each after every (compulsory) prayer.’" [Al-Bukhaari] 3 - Praying Fajr with congregation & remaining seated in worship until after Sunrise: The Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: 'He who performs Fajr Salat with Jamaat (congregation) and remains seated in the same place while engaging in Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) until after sunrise and thereafter performs 2 Rakaats Nawafil Salat, (Ishraaq), he will obtain the Thawaab (reward) of one Hajj and one Umrah.' [Tirmidhi] From `Abdullah bin `Aamir (Ra) that Abu Umaamah and `Utbah Bin `Abd (Ra) related that Allah’s Messenger, (Sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays as-S.ubh. (i.e. Fajr prayer) in congregation then sits until he prays for Allah the prayer of Dhuha has the reward like that of a haajj (pilgrim performing Hajj) and a mu`tamir (pilgrim peforming `Umrah), complete reward of his Hajj and his `Umrah” [Tabarani] 4 - Going to the Masjid to teach and learn carry's the reward of Hajj Abu Umamah al-Bahili (Ra) that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: من غدا إلى المسجد لا يريد إلا أن يتعلم خيرا أو يعلمه كان له كأجر حاج تاما حجته "Whoever goes to the masjid, wanting nothing except to teach what is good or to learn, will have the reward of a completed Hajj." [Tabarani, Mu'jam al-Kabeer, 7348 and others] 5 - To recite “Subhaanallah” 100 times in the morning and evening. عن عبد الله بن عمرو رضي الله عنهما قال قال رسول الله صلى الله علي وسلم: من سبح الله مائة بالغداة ومائة بالعشي كان كمن حج مائة مرة…الخ رواه الترمذي (3471) وقال: حسن غريب. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (Ra) reported That Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “He who recites Subhaanallah 100 times in the morning and another 100 times in the evening is like one who performed Haj 100 times!” [sunan Tirmidhi, hadith:3471 with a sound chain] 6 - Performing the Friday Prayer Sa`id bin al-Musayyib (Ra) said performing the Friday Prayer is “more beloved to me than a supererogatory (voluntary) Hajj.” [Hafidh Ibn ‘Asaakir (Ra) has quoted a similar virtue via Imam Al-Awza’i (Ra). Hafidh Ibn Rajab (Ra) also supported this content with two Ahadith] 7 - Fulfilling the needs of your brother or sister Hasan Al-Basri (Ra) said: “Your proceeding to fulfil the need a fellow Muslim is better for you than one Haj after another!” [Also quoted By Zabeedi (Ra) in Sharhul Ihyaa, vol.6 pg.292] 8 - Being good to your parents Annas (Ra) reports that a man came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and said: “I wish to participate in Jihaad, but I cannot afford it” Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) enquired if any of his parents were alive, to which he said: “Yes! My mother is alive” Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Show Allah how you serve her. If you do so (duly) you will be like a: Haaji, a Mu’tamir (one doing ‘Umrah) and a Mujaahid (One striving in Allah’s way).” [Abu Ya’la, hadith:2760, and Tabarani with good chains.-Targheeb, vol.3, pg. 315 & Mukhtasar Ithaaf, hadith:5721] 9 - Fulfilling the obligatory (Fard) deeds Hafidh Ibn Rajab (Ra) writes: “The fulfilling of all obligatory (Fard) deeds is considered better than Nawafil (voluntary) Haj and ‘Umrah. This is due to (the Hadith in Sahih Bukhari which states that) the best way of attaining nearness to Allah is via the obligatory acts. However many people find it easy to carry out Nawafil Haj and ‘Umrah, but feel it difficult to fulfil the other responsibilities (Wajib (compulsory) acts) like repayment of debts and other such duties. 10 - Abstinence from the haraam (forbidden) acts Abstinence from the haraam (forbidden) acts are also more virtuous than Nawafil (voluntary) Haj etc. Some of the Pious predecessors said: “To abstain from an iota of wrong is better than five hundred (Nawafil) Haj” Fudhail ibn ‘Iyadh (Ra) –the great sage of his age said: “There is no Haj or Jihad that is more important than protecting one’s tongue” i.e., against sin. Note: The promises of “gaining the same reward as Haj” that are mentioned above, are restricted to the reward only. It does not mean that one upon whom Haj is obligatory can merely suffice on these deeds. [sharh-Nawawi ‘ala muslim, hadith:1256 & Fathul Mulhim, vol.6, pg.123] Imam Tirmidhi (Ra) has quoted Imaam Is-haq Ibn Rahuyah (Ra) as saying that this reward should be understood in the light of the hadith that explains Surah Ikhlaas to be equal to one third of the Quran. [sunan Tirmidhi, after hadith:939] I.e.one who recites it will receive the reward of reciting one third, but since he hasn’t physically done so the reward will not be multiplied. [sharh Nawawi, vol.1 pg.271] The reward for physically doing an act is multiplied ten times and more in accordance to the sincerity, and sacrifice that accompanies it. May Allah enable us to implement these good acts as much as we can and also enable us to perform the real Hajj repeatedly. Ameen
  25. Umrah in Ramadan equivalent to Hajj: Narrated that Ibn `Abbas said, The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said to a woman from among the Ansar — Ibn `Abbas mentioned her name but I forgot it — "What kept you from performing Hajj with us?" She said, "We only have two camels," and the father of her son and her son had gone for Hajj on one camel, and he left the other camel so that they could carry water on it. He said, "When Ramadan comes, go for ‘Umrah, for ‘Umrah in (that month) is equivalent to Hajj." Al-Bukhari (1782) and Muslim (1256)
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