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Ramandan Mubarak

    Episode 1 - Introduction
    Habib Ali Al-Jifry

    Never let a day of Ramadan pass that you have not asked for Allah’s forgiveness, make it so that each day will pass with an increase in Allah’s pleasure for you. Ramadan is the chance you have to increase your closeness to Allah because suddenly you have an intense love to pray and desire to read Quran; to keep this closeness steady, take care to always do 3 things:


      1. Constant Dua and supplication to your Lord after every act of
         obedience, asking Him to help you in devotion, because it is
         only through His generosity that you are able to worship. The
         Prophet said to Muadh ibn Jabal: “I love you! So never leave
         this dua after every prayer: Oh Allah help me in remembering
         You, in offering gratitude to You, and in worshiping You
         beautifully.” This became known as the Circle of Love hadith, as
         when Muadh taught the dua to others he first said “I love you!
         So do not leave saying…” and they would tell those who came
         after them, “We love you! So do not leave saying this dua…” Smiley

      2. Safeguard tightly your sight, your hearing, and your speech – by
         day and by night. Safeguard them from seeing, hearing and saying
         things that would displease Allah – this will lead to your heard
         being strongly protected as a result of your limbs being
         safeguarded.

      3. Striving to be present with Allah in worship, don’t let your
         acts of worship be empty shells full of thoughts on worldly
         affairs. When you read the Quran, it is not letters that you
         read rather it is Allah’s words to you! Take heed from the state
         of Ikrimah, the Companion of the Prophet who would pick up the
         Quran and as his eyes fell upon the letters of the Quran he
         would be so awestruck and exclaim in wonder: “Kalamu Rabby!
         Kalamu Rabby! Kalamu Rabby!”… “The words of my Lord! The words
         of my Lord! The words of my Lord!” And tears would begin to fall
         from his eyes and at times he would faint out of his awestruck
         state before he even was able to recite a line from those
         beloved words.

         Know that to be present with Allah does not come instantly and
         it takes work, strive every day even if your heart is far away –
         still pray and make dua in this state, it will come slowly after
         the struggle Allah says: “Those who struggle in our way, We will
         verily guide them to Us!!”

    Do not stand in the way of being forgiven in the Month of Forgiveness! Jibreel came to the Prophet and told him “May he be forsaken who is not forgiven in Ramadan, say Ameen!” And the Prophet said “Ameen!” and in another hadith the Prophet said: “May he be forsaken he who is not forgiven in Ramadan, for if he is not forgiven in Ramadan then when will he be?” To explain this, there is a narration that says: “Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven… except for 4 people: The one who drinks wine (until he repents and is forgiven), the one who disrespects his parents (even through an annoyed look, and definitely by raising your voice at them or mistreating them may Allah protect you from that), the one who cuts off family and friendship ties (the one who cuts off family ties is cut off from the Mercy of Allah as Allah explicitly said Himself! Even if they were the ones who wronged you and hurt you, do not cut off ties with them even if you keep it minimal by only greeting them.), and lastly the one who keeps grudges against people.”

    The same way you would not accept to lie in filth, or have filth on your body, you should not accept for there to be filth in your heart! Your heart is the only place in you that Allah looks directly into! Didn’t the hadith say “Verily Allah does not look at your outward semblances, or your bodies, but rather He looks at your HEARTS!” Are you pleased that you should keep grime and dirt: grudges and malicious feelings in your heart, the place that Allah looks at, simply because of what people say in passing or do in passing? Purify your hearts! If there are people you do not like to see or hear about, that means there is something in your heart. Purify it!

    To purify your heart:


      1. Make dua for that person which you bear ill feelings towards –
         the feelings will dissolve. Each time you remember him or her
         badly, ask Allah to give that person the best of things. Even if
         you don’t feel it sincerely at first, this is the process of
         purifying of the heart.

      2. Remember that you have also made mistakes and that you need
         forgiveness. If you are that amazing that you have not hurt
         another human, then remember that you always fall short in front
         of serving Allah. Forgive others!

      3. Remember that the most precious thing you own in this world is
         your heart. It is where Allah’s gaze lies. Don’t let anything
         taint your heart.


               Walhamdulillah
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 30, 2009 06:50 AM »

wsalaam wrt,

that is very good advice mashaAllah. should be written in gold and sent to our houses on scrolls at the beginning methinks Smiley jazaks for sharing!!

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