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Ramadaan Special – 1428 – #2

Ramadaan…
A month in which we strive to please Allaah and increase in doing good…
We try to remain consistent throughout the month, and we ask Allaah’s help…
What happens after Ramadaan?
The Rabb of Ramadaan is the Rabb of all other months of the year…
What attitude can we carry with us from this month into our daily life and worship?

Below are excerpts fromPractical Lessons from the Month of Fasting(1)

 

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“As the days of Ramadaan elapse, the Muslim finds one of life’s opportunities presented before him. It is an opportunity which he may reach once again, or perhaps his decreed fate will overtake him before he reaches it. Nonetheless, what is most important is that this opportunity is utilized by filling it with acts of obedience and remaining far away from sins. Even more important is remaining consistent in doing those things as well, since one of the rewards for a good deed is being guided to perform other good deeds afterwards. In a similar way, one of the punishments for an evil deed is being left to perform other evil deeds after it…”

 

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“During those blessed days of Ramadaan, the soul should have accustomed itself to obedience while hoping for what Allaah has in store, and restraining itself out of fear from His punishment. Undoubtedly, once this has been done, the benefit which the Muslim gleans and the lesson he acquires is that he must subsequently continue to perform good deeds and avoid sins. This is so since Allaah has commanded His servants to worship Him for the entire duration of their lives…”

 

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“Once the Muslim has tasted the sweetness of obedience during the month of fasting, it is not proper for him to replace it with the bitterness of disobedience. Additionally, once he has overpowered his enemy in the month of fasting, it is not fitting to bring joy to him during Shawwaal and the months that follow. If a Muslim truly wants good for himself, he must not stop performing good deeds with the departure of the month of fasting. Doing so would be like substituting a time that is better for that which is lower in rank…”

 

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(1) Taken from a translation based on a lecture delivered Shawwaal 16, 1390 A.H. by Ash-Shaykh Abdul-Muhsin ibn Hamad al-Abbaad. The original lecture was published in the Journal of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, Issue #10. The complete translation is posted here.

 

 

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Ramadaan Special – 1428 – #1

This world is a place of trials and tests…
Why does Allaah mention this fact to us, then follow it by the names “al-Azeez” and “al-Ghafoor”…?

Below is an excerpt fromPractical Lessons from the Month of Fasting(1)

 

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Allaah made life in this world as a place of trial and testing as to which of His servants are best in deeds. He said

 

الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ لِيَبْلُوَكُمْ أَيُّكُمْ أَحْسَنُ عَمَلاً

 

which means, Who has created death and life, that He may test which of you is best in action. [Soorah al-Mulk (67):2]

 

and then said

 

وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْغَفُورُ

 

which means, And He is the Almighty, the Oft-Forgiving. [Soorah al-Mulk (67):2]

 

This clarifies that these tested individuals include ones who excel in their deeds and will be rewarded due to what is entailed by Allaah’s name al-Ghafoor (the Oft-Forgiving). Similarly included are those who act wrongly and will deserve punishment due to what is entailed by His name al-Azeez (the Almighty). That is like His saying

 

نَبِّئْ عِبَادِي أَنِّي أَنَا الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ وَأَنَّ عَذَابِي هُوَ الْعَذَابُ الأَلِيمُ

 

which means, Declare to My servants, that I am truly the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. And that My Torment is indeed the most painful torment. [Soorah al-Hijr (15):49,50]

 

 

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(1) Taken from a translation based on a lecture delivered Shawwaal 16, 1390 A.H. by Ash-Shaykh Abdul-Muhsin ibn Hamad al-Abbaad. The original lecture was published in the Journal of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, Issue #10. The complete translation will be posted on Thikraa soon, in shaa’ Allaah.

 

 

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