Welcoming Ramadan How to make the best of Ramadan to train body
Islamic Calendar or the Hijri Calendar is based on the lunar year 1 Muharram 4 7 10 3 2 Safar 5 Rabi at thani Rajab Shawwal 8 11 Jumadi al Awwal Shaban Dhu al Qaidah Rabi al Awwal 6 Jumadi at thani 9 Ramadan 12 Dhu al Hijjah It is obligatory on Muslims to fast in this month.
Ramadan and Quran ﺍﺍ ﺍﻯ ﺍ ﺍ ﻟ ﻯ ﺍآ ﻳ ﻧ ﺍﻱ ﺍ Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong) ﺍﻟ ﻧ ﻥ So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting (Al-Baqarah: 185)
All About Fasting What, why and how
“A great blessed month…” • Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) address on the eve of Ramadan: • People, a great blessed month has come upon you. • Allah has made fasting during it an obligation, and steadfastly observing its nights in worship a voluntary act. • Whoever undertakes an act of obedience to Allah during this month with a righteous deed, it is as if he has performed an obligatory act at other times, and whoever performs an obligatory act during it is as one who performed seventy obligations at other times. 5 • It is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Paradise. • It is the month of goodwill, during which provisions are
Hadith Abu Huraira related that Rasulullah(saw) said: “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness. ” (Darimi)
Biggest Blessing ﻳ ﻯ ﻭ ﺍﻟ ﻱ ﺍ ﺍ ﻥ ﺍﻡ ﺍ ﺍﻟ ﺍ ﺍ mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts, - and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy. ﻭ ﺍ ﻭﺍ ﺍﻟ Say: "In the bounty of Allah. And in His Mercy, - in that let them rejoice": that is better than the (wealth) they hoard. ( Yunus: 57 -58)
Our Role…. . when we receive this blessing Study Practice Taqwa Preach
Fasting – Why?
Primary Objective ﻭ ﻥ ﺍﻳ ﻯ ﺍ ﺍ ﺍﻟ آﻭﺍ ﺍﻳ ﺍ ﺍ • To attain taqwa “God consciousness“/ selfdiscipline Taqwa is an Arabic word that comes from the root “wiqaya” which means prevention/protection.
What is Taqwa? Ability to self guard Self-Restraint Love of God + Taqwa is an Arabic word. It is the state of heart that motivates virtuous conduct and prevents evil action. Fear of God leads to Taqwa (Self-restraint)
Benefits of Fasting in Islam : How character-building is achieved… God-fearing nature Fasting Taqwa (Selfrestraint) Afterlife Accountability Patience Self-control Self-discipline Responsibility Obedience Purification of soul
Annual Training Ramadan provides an annual training opportunity that is meant to fulfil the characterbuilding needs for the rest of the year. Ramadan Rest of the year
Focus on taqwa XX X
The role of fasting according to Dr Jack Goldstein* It gives vital organs a complete rest It promotes elimination of metabolic wastes Fasting is good for the human body It allows the body to adjust and normalize its biochemistry and also its secretions It lets the body break down and absorb swellings, deposits, diseased tissues, and abnormal growths; It restores a youthful condition to the cells and tissues It increases the powers of digestion and assimilation (absorption and utilization of food into the system) It permits the conservation and re-routing of energy; It 15 Diet clears and strengthens the mind; From the Book Triumph Over Disease By Fasting and Natural
People Exempted From Fasting Minors Pregnant Women** Aged* Suckling Women** Sick** Mentally Retarded Traveler** Very natural, very considerate religion * Should donate a meal to the needy * * Should fast an equivalent number of days afterwards
Reward of fasting The Prophet s. a. w told us: “Every action of the son of Adam is given manifold reward, each good deed receiving ten times its like, up to seven hundred times. Allah the Most High said, ‘Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I will give recompense for it, he leaves off his desires and his food for Me. ’ for the fasting person there are two times of joy; a time when he breaks his fast and a time of joy when he meets his Lord, and the smell coming from the mouth of the fasting person is better with Allah than the smell of musk. ” 17
Fasting and sins don’t go together Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “ Allah has no need for the hunger and the thirst of the person who does not restrain from telling lies and acting on them even while observing fast. ” “ When one of you is fasting, He should abstain from indecent acts and unnecessary talk, and if someone begins an obscene conversation or tries to pick an argument, he should simply tell him, ‘I am fasting. ’”
Let’s Talk About Ramadan!
Starting and Ending Ramadan begins at sighting of new moon New Full Waxing crescent First quarter Waxing gibbous Ramadan Ends Waning gibbous Third quarter Waning crescent • The Lunar calendar is 11 -12 days shorter than Gregorian calendar… therefore, Ramadan is 10 -11 days earlier every year.
Dua of moon sighting ﺍﻟ ﻱ ﻯ ﺍ ﻳ ﺍﻟ ﺍﺍ ﺍ ﺍﻟ ﺍﻳﺍ ﺍ ﺍ ﺍﻟ "O Allah, let this moon (month) pass over us with blessings, Iman, safety, and in the belief of Islam. Grant us the ability to act on the actions that You love and Pleases You. (O moon) My Lord and Your Lord is Allah". Hisnul Hasin from Ibn Habban
The (typical) Activities of Ramadan • Meal before dawn and the first prayer of the day. • Tarawih, reading of the Qur’ãn, etc. • Breaking of the fast at Sunset (coincides with the 4 th daily prayer). Sahoor Iftar Ibadah Social gatherings • e. g. visiting relatives, sharing food with neighbours, friends, and the poor.
Ramadan Planning If you FAIL to PLAN You PLAN to FAIL
Why to PLAN for Ramadan • • • The best of Months Quran revealed in this month A month of Blessing, Mercy & Forgiveness Allah Himself gives rewards for one who fasts Doors of Heaven are opened Doors of Hell are closed Shayateen are chained Rewards multiplied from 10 to 700 times A Night better than 1000 months
10 Lethal Ramadan Tips
The Master Plan • ASK YOURSELF: What do you intend to gain out of this month? 1
It’s all about Intentions • What is the importance of intentions? • What can my intentions do for me in Ramadan? 2
A duaa is never useless 3 ﻭ ﻱ ﻭﺍ ﻱ ﻳﻭﺍ ﺍ ﺍﻟ ﻳ ﻳ ﻱ ﻱ ﺍ • And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad )ﷺ concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near. I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. [Al Baqarah 2: 186]
Dua • Memorize duas from Quran & Sunnah • Make dua for all Muslims • Dua at – Iftar time – Tahajjud – Fasting period
Salaah • Plan for Fard prayers • Plan for Sunnah and Nafil prayers • Don’t miss the special Taraweeh prayers • Try to achieve Khushoo (concentration)
Quran • • • Tajweed Tilawat Tarjuma Tafseer Tadabbur Tahfeez
Ultimate Forgiveness 4 • Angel Jibril (a. s. ) said: “May Allah rub his nose in the dust, one to whom Ramadan comes and he does not attain Allah’s forgiveness. ” • The Prophet ( )ﷺ said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. ” [Bukhari, Muslim] • In another narration, “Whoever spends the nights of Ramadan in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. ”
Days of Ramadan Mercy + Forgiveness 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Salvation from Hell-fire
Bye bye Shayateen! 5 • The Prophet ( )ﷺ said: “There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which (a) the gates of heaven are opened and (b) the gates of Hell are closed, and (c) the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is (d) a night which is better than a 1000 months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived. ” [an-Nasaai, Musnad Ahmad] Good Manners Feed the needy Give in charity
Control Your Nafs Habibi • Your soul is like a Wild Horse! 6
Health • • Proper eating (not over-eating) Sleeping (not excessive) Regular exercise No smoking
Financial • Zakat – purifies the wealth (2. 5 %) • Infaq - investment for the future • Relatives in need of support
Family • • Spouse Brothers / Sisters Children Relation with Relatives Study Circle Islamic Activities Shopping etc
Dawah • Muslim Friends – Iftar invitation – Remind about Islam • Non-Muslim Friends – Iftar invitation – Introduce & Invite to Islam
The Clever Imam! • PONDER THIS: What is the routine of the Imam who leads Taraweeh prayers? And what's YOUR’s? ? ? ? 7
The Awesome Night Prayer 8 The Prophet ( )ﷺ said: “Whoever prays qiyaam (taraweeh) with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer. ” [Abu Dawood]
The Last Stretch 9 ﺍ • “The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a 1000 months (worship of 83 years and 4 months). ” [al-Qadar 97: 1 -5]
Umrah and Itikaaf
What to Avoid • • NO TV • Avoid looking at unlawful things. • If you like to listen to music, replace them with reciting and listening to recitation from the Qur'an. • Fill your time with something useful. • If you are used to staying up till midnight, try to go to bed earlier, so that you will be able to wake up early for fajr prayer and tahajjud as well. • No Internet/ fb
Post Ramadan 10 • The Prophet ( )ﷺ said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows it with six days of Shawaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime. ” [Muslim]
Post Ramadan Taqwa : • • • Try masnoon fasts. Start reading Qur'an daily after salat al fajr. Spend some time listening to recitations from the Qur'an. Keep yourself in a state of wudu' most of the time. Evaluate yourself daily before going bed. Thank Allah for good deeds, and repent to Him. Start giving sadaqah daily, no matter how little. Find time to pray extras, such as nawafil and tahajjud. Spend more time reading Islamic books, Sirah, Hadith, and Fiqh. Find time to help others with your wisdom, knowledge and other talents. • Try to write articles on Islam. • Associate with Muslim scholars.