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The last night of Ramadhan

The last night of Ramadhan

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“’On the last night of Ramadhan, my Ummah is forgiven’. He(saw) was asked if that meant on Laylatul Qadr and he said: “No”. (The merit is for the last night, as the merit of Laylatul Qadr is separate). “The truth is that full wages is paid to the worker when the work is over and the work is completed in the last night. Hence, they are forgiven.”

[Ahmad]

After the Month of Ramadhan is over

After the Month of Ramadhan is over

Yahya bin Muaadh (May Allah be pleased with him) said:

“The smart individual is not the one whose greatest goal is other than seeking the pardon of Allah. (The smart individual is not the one who) seeks forgiveness with his tongue, while his heart is firmly attached to sin, and he truly intends to return to sin after the completion of Ramadhan. This individual’s fast is rejected, and acceptance is closed in his face.”

Ka’b (May Allah be pleased with him) said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadhan while inwardly saying: Once the month is over, I will disobey Allah; this person’s fasting is rejected. And whoever fasts the month while inwardly saying: Upon completion of the month, I won’t disobey Allah, this person will enter Jannah without questioning or debate.”

(Lataa’if al Ma’aarif of Ibn Rajab: Chapter: the ending of Ramadhan)

Explanation

“Upon completion of the month, I won’t disobey Allah…” meaning that the person has made a firm resolve after having repented in the month of Ramadhan, that he will not return to his old ways of negligence and sin, but will now after having completed the month take his religion more seriously, striving hard to please Allah(swt) through obedience to the commands of Allah and following the sunnah of His(swt) beloved Prophet(saw).

The signs of Laylatul Qadr

The signs of Laylatul Qadr

On the authority of Ubaadah bin Saamit (May Allah be pleased with him) it is reported that he asked the Prophet (saw) about “Laylatul Qadr”. He (saw) replied:

“It is in Ramadhan, during the last ten days, on the unevenly numbered nights, either the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadhan. Whosoever stands in ‘Ibaadah’ on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. Among the signs of this night, is that it is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a moon is shining clear, and no meteors are shot at the ‘Shayateen’ on that night; it lasts until the break of dawn. Another sign is that at morn, the Sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like a moon in it’s fullness. On that day, Allah prohibits the ‘Shayateen’ from rising up with the Sun.”

[Durrul Manthoor]

The night of power – Laylatul Qadr

The night of power – Laylatul Qadr

On the authority of Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) who reports that “once when Ramadhan commenced, the Messenger of Allah (saw) said:

“A month has verily dawned over you wherein lies a night (i.e. Laylatul Qadr) which is better than a thousand months. Whoever misses such a night has indeed been deprived of all that is good; and none is deprived of it, except he who is really unfortunate.”

[Ibn Majah]

Tightening the belt in the last ten days of Ramadhan

Tightening the belt in the last ten days of Ramadhan

On the authority of Aisha’ (May Allah be pleased with her) it is mentioned that she said,

Once the last ten [days of Ramadhan] started, the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) used to spend the nights in worship, wake his family, strive, and tighten his belt.”

[Bukhari and Muslim]

Explanation

Her phrase “tighten his belt” is a metaphor for his(saw) preparing himself to worship and strive hard in worship, more than usual. It has the meaning of “rolling up one’s sleeves” to worship (i.e. getting ready to make a great deal of effort).

The most unfortunate people

The most unfortunate people

On the authority of Kaab ibn Ujrah (May Allah be pleased with him) it is related that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said,

“Come near to the mimbar”. And we came near the mimbar. When He (saw) climbed the first step of the mimbar, He (saw) said “Ameen”, When He (saw) ascended the second step, He (saw) said “Ameen”, When He (saw) climbed the third step, He (saw) said “Ameen” When He (saw) came down, We said “O Messenger of Allah (saw), we have heard from you today something which we never heard before” He (saw) said When I climbed the first step, the angel Jibraeel (as.) appeared before me and said

“Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadhan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness”

upon that I said ‘Ameen’. When I climbed the second step, he said,

“Destruction to him before whom thy name is taken and then he does not make Dua for Allah’s blessing on me (by saying durood, for example sallahu alayhi wa sallam).”

I replied ‘Ameen’. When I climbed the third step, he said

“Destruction unto him in whose lifetime both his parents or either one of them reaches old age, and (through failure to serve them) he is not allowed to enter Jannah”.

I said ‘Ameen’.

(Haakim, Baihaqi)

The medicine of the heart

The medicine of the heart

“The medicine of the heart is in five things: reading the Qur’an and pondering over its meaning, having an empty stomach, praying at night (qiyaam al-layl or tahajjud), beseeching Allah at the time of suhoor, and keeping company with righteous people.”

A saying of Yahya bin Muaadh (May Allah be pleased with him)


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