Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Di Ambang Ramadhan


Preparing for Ramadan - Some Useful Tips
- From Ramadan Companion by Faisal Abdur Razak

It is important for us to prepare for the Holy Month of Ramadan in order to reap the maximum benefits from this month. Rasulullah (may the prayers of Allah and peace be upon him) and his noble Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) used to look forward to the coming of the blessed month of Ramadan. The Holy Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) would say in his supplications:

"Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab wa Sha'ban wa ballighna Ramadan" - Allah bless us in the month of Rajab and Sha'ban and help us to meet and spend Ramadan (in a deserving manner)."

Ramadan is the month of excitement and enlightenment for Muslims. It is the month of revelation of the Holy Qur'an, the month of reading and reciting the entire Qur'an, the month of tahajjud and qiyamul layl, of tarawih prayers, of sadaqah, zakatul fitr, and zakatul mal.

No one can go anywhere without preparation, and no one invites a guest without preparing to welcome him/her. Similarly, to welcome Ramadan -- the month of fasting -- one has to prepare. The following are some tips to help you receive and welcome this noble month of Ramadan.

1. Try to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, as of today.

2. Start reading Qur'an daily after Salatul Fajr.

3. Spend some time listening to recitations from the Qur'an.

4. Train yourself to go to bed early so that you can wake up for Salatul Fajr.

5. Keep yourself in a state of wudu' at all times.

6. Evaluate yourself daily before going to bed. Thank Almighty Allah for all the good deeds you do, and repent to Him for your mistakes and sins.

7. Give yourself some time alone, so that you can meditate, make dhikr, tasbih, takbir, tahmid, tahlil, and other forms of dhikr. You will experience spiritual elevation and you will enjoy life tremendously.

8. Those who can afford to make 'Umrah before Ramadan comes should do so, and those who are able to perform 'Umrah in Ramadan should do so. 'Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to (the reward of) a hajj.

9. Start giving (charity) daily, no matter how little it is. Make it a habit, like eating and drinking.

10. Find time to pray extra nawafil (optional) salah, such as Salatul Duha, Qiyamul Layl, and Salatul Tahajjud. (note: If you have fardh - obligatory - prayers to make up, it is much more important to fulfill those first.)

11. Spend more time reading Islamic books, especially the Holy Qur'an, books on Seerah (the life of the Messenger of Allah), hadith, and fiqh.

12. Find time to help others with your wisdom, knowledge, and other talents.

13. Try to write articles on Islam for Muslims and others for non-Muslims.

14. Associate with Muslim scholars, 'ulama, and pious believers so that you may learn from them.

15. Train yourself to do good, no matter how insignificant it may seem, and render useful service to others.

16. Try to learn how to make da'wah to non-Muslims, and engage in this noble activity. It is an art requiring knowledge and training.

17. Try to spend more time with your family, and remind them to prepare for Ramadan as well.

9 comments:

-akuni- said...

Zlaa,
Terima kasih di atas entry ini, sgt bermanfaat.

MULAN said...

thanx for sharing..

Nur said...

Salam kak..dapat ilmu dari entry kali ni..thanks. Selamat menyambut Ramadhan...

Nani said...

Salam

akk selamat menyambut Ramadhan..semoga Ramadhan kali ni lg bagus dr Ramadhan akan dtg...bak kata sheikh tmpt saya ngaji...Ramadhan kali ni hanya utk Allah...x pk bende lain, nak masak apa ka...tarak....

heee..leh ke wat gitu....saya???entah la..cuba je la

p/s: saya dah pos bende tu smlm..pos biasa..hrp2 sampai ngan selamat la yer

Waterlily said...

Salam perkenalan Zlaa

I hopped by thru Kak Elle's blog after I noticed a pair of captivating eyes! hahaha...mysterious gitu..

Btw, thanks for sharing. Our Ramadhan this year akan disambut di tengah padang pasir...

arsaili said...

salam..tak lama lagi....again berpuasa di perantauan la nampaknya

ZLAA said...

~akuni~,

Terima kasih kembali

mulan,

Selamat Berpuasa

nur,

Selamat Berpuasa. Rindu kat pasar Ramadhan di Perlis.

ZLAA said...

nani,

Selamat Berpuasa. Tak yah masak lah gitu... Atau suruh ja Nafi masak...

waterlily,

Salam Perkenalan. Selamat Berpuasa. Bila bulan puasa ni mula-lah ingat juadah di tempat kita.

arsaili,

Selamat Berpuasa. Berpuasa di sini tidak semeriah di tempat kita.

Noor Manchester said...

kak zlaa,

ramadhan kareem. Kami balik for good 23 sept ni. Jemputlah berbuka puasa kat umah kami.. Last week Huda ada dtg umah.