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Thursday, September 10, 2009

                                                   Objective In Ramadan

For one’s life to be meaningful, it has to have a goal that is worked toward or striven for. This is true of all people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. But for a Muslim, this issue has much more value, as the end-goal is to attain Allah’s pleasure and to be granted admission to Paradise in the Hereafter.



Ramadan is the month where the reward for good deeds is multiplied manifold by the grace of Allah. Thus, it is a real opportunity to overcome the obstacles of life and the malicious schemes of Satan.


Set a goal for yourself in Ramadan which you will do your best to achieve. Let that goal be to save you from Hellfire and to enjoy Allah’s pleasure and salvation during that noble month. In order for you to achieve that lofty goal, you will have to stop with yourself at some important stations. These stations go as follows:


With Fasting


Let your objective this Ramadan be that you abstain from all that is prohibited for you by Allah. So do not cheat or lie or backbite or usurp others’ properties or gaze at what Allah has prohibited (the opposite sex). It is well-known that fasting is of three degrees:


1. Abstaining from food, drink, and intimate intercourse.


2. Keeping your ears, eyes, tongue, hands, and feet, and all other bodily organs free from sins.


3. Avoiding occupying your heart with unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, and upholding nothing in your heart but Allah the Almighty.


So, what holds you back from drawing nearer to Allah and being one of those very few people who observe fasting of that third and special degree?


With Standing in the Night in Prayer


Have an objective this Ramadan to perform a minimum of eight rak`ahs in Prayer after `Isha’ and before Fajr in addition to Witr. Do not let anything prevent you from performing these precious rak`ahs every night in Ramadan. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said the following:


It is highly recommended for you to observe Qiyam al-Layl (Night Prayer), for it was the practice of your righteous predecessors. Qiyam al-Layl brings you closer to your Lord, atones for your sins, drives disease from your body, and stops transgression. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)


With the Qur’an


Be keen on finishing reading the whole Qur’an at least once during the month of Ramadan. Recite at least one of its 30 parts every day. Spending your time listening to Qur’anic recitation is also good and rewarding.


With Ties of Kinship


During Ramadan, you should be keener on being connected with your family and relatives, especially those whom the vicissitudes of life prevent continual communication with. Spend some money on getting reconnected with them.


With Charity


Let there be a charity that you give to in Allah’s cause every day in Ramadan. The reward for charity and all other good deeds is multiplied manifold in Ramadan. This is one of the blessings of this auspicious month.


With Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah)


Keep your tongue wet with the continuous remembrance of Allah. Remembrance of Allah is one of the best kinds of worship that is due for Allah, as well as one of the easiest kinds of worship for those for whom Allah makes it easy.


With Supplication


A true Muslim should be keen on using “the believer’s weapon,” du`aa’ (supplication to Allah), in every situation. This is true of every situation that occurs for a Muslim in daily life. During fasting, stick to making du`aa’, because in this state you are nearer to Allah and your supplications are more likely to be accepted.


Finally, let your other objective in Ramadan be to set your head free from things that can take you to Hellfire, by doing all the aforementioned things; they are so easy for those for whom Allah makes them easy.

(Column by Ali Al-Halawani taken from Islamonline.net.)

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