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Headstart for Ramadaan

As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh,

How time has flown by so quick, yet another year has slipped through our fingers and we are back to the blessed month of Ramadaan. Only few days left before the month of tranquility and reward knocks at our doors. There is so much I love about Ramadaan but there is one thing that always sends shivers of excitement through my body like a fat child being given a slice of double chocolate gateaux. Its taraweeh! I absolutely adore it! Its hard to put these emotions into words but as they say, a picture reads a thousand words.
 

Look at the beauty! Everyone prostrating at the same time, each muslim a mirror for the other subhanallaah. I could go all day about my obssession with taraweeh but I did not intend for this blog to be a domain for ranting!

With Ramadaan just round the corner we need to equip ourselves and so we shall start with the best. Supplications.

Here are imporant dua for this blessed month.

When beginning the fast (suhuur):

 

وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتَ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ

 I intend to keep the fast tomorrow in the month of Ramadaan. [1]

 And you break the fast (Iftaar) saying:

 

ذَهَبَ الظَّمَأُ وَ ابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ، وَ ثَبَتَ الأجْرُ إنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

 

 The thirst has gone and the veins are moistened, and the reward is comfirmed if Allaah wills. [2]

I’m sure during Ramadaan someone will test our patience and try and get us to react back but remember. When someone is rude and you’re on the edge, wishing you could retaliate. Calm yourself and say:

 

اِنَّيْ صَائِمٌ ، اِنِّيْ صَائمٌ

I am fasting, I am fasting. [3]

 And there you go, a headstart for your Ramadaan! Taqaballaahu minna wa minkum!

                                                           

[1] Abu Dawud

[2] Abu dawud 2:306

[3] Fathul baari by Imaam Ibn Hajar Asqalaani 4:1-3, muslim, 2:806

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The blessed land

As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh,

 

Alot of the time we hear about the blessed lands of Madinah and Makkah. There is no dispute about these two holy lands yet I ask. Could you name another country that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) mentioned? Let us look at a few ahadeeth about the blessed land of Yemen.

Abu Hurayra (radiallaahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “The people of Yemen have come to you and they are extremely gentle and soft-hearted. Belief (Imaan) is that of the Yemenis and wisdom is that of the Yemenis. Pride and haughtiness are the characters of the ownders of camels, and calmness and solemnity are the qualities of the owners of the sheep.”[1] 

 Imaam An-Nawawi (rahimahullaah) mentions in his commentary of Saheeh Muslim: There is no bar in attributing these narrations literally to the people of Yemen. They (the people of Yemen) had strong faith in the time of the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam), and the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) sensed this from the people of Yemen. The likes of; Abu Muslim Al-Khawlani, Uways Al-Qarni and the delegations that came to him from Yemen. Hence, attributing faith to Yemen meant that the people of Yemen had strong and complete faith, but this did not negate that others also had strong faith.

 Abu Hurayra (radiallaahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: “The people of Yemen have come to you. They are tender-hearted and more delicate of soul. The capacity to understand (fiqh) is of the Yemenis and wisdom is that of the Yemenis. [2]

The meaning of ‘they are extremely gentle and soft-hearted’ is due to the people being timid (khashya) and have an attitude of humble acceptance (istikana). They are extremely quick in accepting genuine advice and naseeha, and are easily affected by it. They are immune from harshness, hard-heartedness and ruggedness. [3]

So who has booked a ticket to the blessed land of Yemen?

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[1] Saheeh Bukhaari, no:4127
[2] Saheeh Bukhaari, no:4129 & Saheeh Muslim, no:84
[3] Al-Minhaaj Sharh Saheeh Muslim by Imaam An-Nawawi, p158-159