Ramadan 2017-Tips to Make It the Best Ramadan of Your Life!
Ramadan 2017 is here and all of us Muslims are excitedly looking forward to it. Saudi Arabia has declared Saturday, May 27th as the first day of Ramadan 2017. The entire Middle East, Europe and most of the countries across the world will start their first fast or “saum” of Ramadan on Saturday, May 27th, 2017.
Irrespective of the Ramadan 2017 beginning and ending dates, we as Muslims know that this holy month is full of Barakah and Rahmah and Magfirah. In other words, this spiritual month of Ramadan is a chosen month by Our Lord, Allah Azzawajjal, to shower His Mercy, Blessings and Forgiveness to His slaves.
Ramadan comes in every year, but have we ever pondered over the true value of this Blessed month? In our fast and furious modern lives, have we got enough time to appreciate the significance and spiritual benefits of this Mubarak month? “Better late than never”.
I have promised myself to make this Ramadan the best Ramadan of my life and would love to share my tiny tips in helping you too, Insha Allah!
Important Facts About Ramadan
Salman Radiyallahuanhu, reports, “On the last day of Shaabaan, Rasoolullah (Salallahualayhiwasallam) addressed us and said, ‘O, people there comes over you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made fasting compulsory by day. And has made Sunnah the Taraweeh by night.
Whosoever intends drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for such person shall be the reward like the one who performed a fard in any other time,. And whosoever performs a fard, shall be blessed with reward of seventy faraaid in any other time.
This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah (paradise). It is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s rizq is increased. Whosoever feeds another who fasted, in order to break the fast(at sunset) with his halal earnings, for the feeder there shall be forgiveness of sins and emancipation from fire of Jahannam and for the feeder shall be the same reward as the one who fasted, without any decrease in reward of that person.’
The Hadith continues to include several more points but instead of re-writing the Hadith here I would like to focus my attention on the Amr or command that Our Beloved Prophet (s.a.w) gave to all muslims for Ramadan.
As the Hadith continues, it mentions in other words, about 4 Amr of the Prophet (s.a.w), which every Muslim is supposed to perform or indulge in abundance.
Further it mentions that out of the 4 commands, 2 are recitations meant to please your Lord, and the other 2 are deeds which you cannot do without performing.
So what are they?
4 Commands of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) to All Muslims in Ramadan
The 2 recitations meant to please our Lord, Allah (s.w.t) are as follows:
1) Kalima-e-tayyiba which is Laa Ilaaha illallaah
2) Astagfirullah, which is the dua to ask forgiveness of Allah (s.w.t)
Recite both of these in abundance, especially throughout the month of Ramadan.
The 2 important deeds to do are as follows:
1) Ask for Entry into Jannah
2) Ask for safety from Jahannam
Keep asking Allah (s.w.t) for these 2 things in abundance.
Simple and Short Deeds
I hope this post will motivate and help you to follow the 4 Amr or commands of Our Prophet during Ramadan and thereby help in maximizing your rewards and virtuous deeds. Since these 4 are meant to be done from the very first to the last day of Ramadan, I chose them as topics for my first Ramadan 2017 post.
Insha Allah many posts will follow during the days ahead. May Allah give all of us the Toufeeq to perform virtuous deeds and earn a better place in Jannah, Aameen!