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How to Make the Most of Ramadan? Part II

Let us make a firm commitment today to treat this Ramadan as if it is our last. Let us make this Ramadan a month of obedience. It is unfitting for a Muslim to be negligent and waste the month of blessing. Those who do not repent during the month of Ramadan are truly unfortunate.

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In the previous article, we looked upon various important aspects to be mindful in Ramadan. We should enter Ramadan like it would be our last, design goals and put efficient efforts, eliminate distractions. Our time should be spent in repentance and we should strive to be sincere in our actions and nurture patience in tandem.

Let’s take a look at some more of the characteristics that will help to make the most of Ramadan.

Value time:

Time is valuable; once it is gone, it is gone forever. It determines whether you succeed or fail. It is unfortunate, however, that young Muslims take it lightly and continue to waste their time in unworthy matters, whether intentionally or unintentionally, without remorse. In Muslim society, there is a dangerous tendency to waste one’s time, especially during Ramadan, on frivolous activities rather than investing it in acts of worship, remembrance, and obedience. When a righteous believer considers the lives of today’s young Muslims, he feels sorry for them as they roam the streets or playgrounds during this blessed month of Ramadan, not realizing what a great opportunity they have missed that will never be reverted.

Assign time for night prayer:

One of the most important tasks to do in Ramadan is performing (Taraweeh; special supererogatory night Prayer in Ramadan associated with ‘Isha’ prayer). It holds a significant place among numerous acts of worship in Ramadan. The Prophet (Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him) says:

“He who observed prayer on the nights of Ramadan with faith and seeking reward (from Allah), all his previous sins would be forgiven.” [Agreed upon]

Today’s young Muslims appear to be less sincere and committed to devoting time to night prayer. They are seen walking down the street, wandering into shopping malls, and spending leisure time at the cost of night prayer. Guardians must keep a close eye on their children and guide them in the right direction, provide a conducive environment at home, and encourage them to spend the majority of their time doing good deeds, reading the Quran, and focusing on their mental and spiritual development.

Attention to Holy Quran:

Ramadan is the month of revelation. Allah Almighty says:

{The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)} [Al-Baqarah 2:185]

It is of utmost importance for a Muslim to devote time to reading the Quran. Muslims must pay close attention to Allah’s book. Our righteous forefathers recognized the importance of the Quran and dedicated their time and energy to reading and reflecting on it. Because of their reverence for the Almighty Allah, they used to cry while reciting and listening to the Quran. It was a source of strength, guidance, and inspiration for them. They took it, put it into practice, and conquered the world.

On the other hand, we, as Muslims, distanced ourselves from it at the time. We read it, but it did not move us. We use it to treat bodily ailments, but we never use it to treat our diseased souls. We are content to follow man-made laws in our daily lives but are hesitant to seek guidance from the Quran to resolve our problems. We failed, and as a result, we have been humiliated and punished by Almighty at the hands of our adversaries.

This is beautifully reflected in the verse below,

“And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned.” [Al Furqan 25:30]

Ramadan is an excellent opportunity for us to devote ourselves to the Quran. Set aside some time to recite and reflect on it. It’s time to delve deep into the Quran and discover its hidden treasures. Today, the world is confronted with complex problems to which intellectuals are powerless to provide feasible solutions. The Quran gives guidance on how to live one’s life in all aspects of life. As a result, it is the primary responsibility of Muslims to introduce the world to this Divine message.

Chase Lailat-ul- Qadr (the night of decree):

Ramadan offers great opportunity in the form of Night of Decree to experience the intense spirituality which involves putting aside the worldly life and its distractions. The Prophet (Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him) says: “He who observed prayer on Lailat-ul- Qadr with faith and seeking reward (from Allah), all his previous sins would be forgiven” [Agreed upon]

The last ten nights of Ramadan are crucial. The night of decree is destined to happen in one of these nights. As the Prophet’s wife `A’isha narrates, “When the last ten nights began Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) kept awake at night (for prayer and devotion), wakened his family, and prepared himself to observe salah (with more vigor).”[ Sahih Muslim 1174]

It is due to this importance that i`tikaf (seclusion in the masjid) is also recommended in Ramadan to intensify one’s prayers and supplication without any distraction. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to practice i`tikaf for the entirety of the last ten days of Ramadan. [ Sahih Muslim 1171]

Nurturing values and attributes:

A Muslim must cultivate values and characteristics in his or her life. During Ramadan, especially, a believer strives to do all good deeds in order to purify himself physically and spiritually. He sees it as an excellent opportunity to cultivate good habits and develop noble characters. ‘Generosity’ is one of the qualities that a believer can easily cultivate during Ramadan.

“The Messenger of Allah (Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him) was the most generous of mankind, and he was more generous in Ramadan.” [Agreed upon]

Fasting necessitates believers to practice sacrifice. It encourages believers to reflect on and show compassion and empathy for the less fortunate. A believer’s sense of generosity inspires him to increase his charitable activities.

As a result, it is a wonderful time for Muslims to rejoice and strive to make the most of this honorable and blessed month, pay attention to charitable initiatives as the rewards for generosity are multiplied in it. The Prophet (saws) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadhan.” [At-Tirmithi].

Some other qualities the month of fasting calls for is for Muslims to develop and practice forgiveness, tolerance, discipline, and good manners in their lives.

The Prophet (Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him) says:

“When any one of you is fasting on a day, he should neither have sexual intercourse, nor raise his voice (shouting); or if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him he should say: I am a fasting person.” [Agreed upon]

It has been widely observed that young Muslims today are unconcerned about Islamic etiquettes. They appear to be ignorant of Islamic principles and laws that govern a Muslim’s life. Ramadan is a great time to learn and abide by all Islamic etiquettes.

Conclusion:

Observing our duties toward our Lord: the Almighty Allah, Prophet Muhammad (Prayers and Peace of Allah be upon him), and Muslim brothers is instrumental to reach the highest station in nearness to Allah. And this is verily the prime reason of fasting; Allah Almighty says:

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn} [Al-Baqarah 2:183]

This is a good time for us Muslims to sincerely introspect ourselves, our relations with our Lord, His messenger, and keep our actions in constant check.

A true believer understands that there is no point in waiting. The longer you wait and the more careless you are, the harder your heart will become. The following ayah is a great reminder for believers to repent as soon as possible.

“Has not the Time arrived for the Believers that their hearts in all humility should engage in the remembrance of Allah and of the Truth which has been revealed (to them), and that they should not become like those to whom was given Revelation aforetime, but long ages passed over them and their hearts grew hard? For many among them are rebellious transgressors.” [ Alhadeed 57:16]

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters! The clock is ticking. Let us make a firm commitment today to treat this Ramadan as if it is our last. Let us make this Ramadan a month of obedience. It is unfitting for a Muslim to be negligent and waste the month of blessing. Those who do not repent during the month of Ramadan are truly unfortunate.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Wretched is the slave to whom Ramadan comes and when it passes from him is not forgiven.”[Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 644–Graded Sahih by (Al-Albani]

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He graduated from Jamiatul Falah in 1997, completed M.Phil in 2003, Master of Arts in 2002, Bachelor of Arts in 2000 in Arabic Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Diploma in Modern Arabic in 1998 from Jamia Millia Islamia. He is currently working in United Arab Emirates as analyst for Quality, Excellence, Business Continuity Management, Occupational Health & Safety, EFQM Assessor, quality auditor and Translator and interpreter in government sector.

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