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By Dr. Ibrahim Dremali

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Bismillah Alhamdulillah was salaatu was salam ‘alaa Rasoolillah

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah

The season for obedience for Muslims comes throughout the whole year.  It is through the mercy of Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) that makes the Muslims close to Allah during those seasons.  And the season for disobedience comes like darkness, and Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) gives chances so one might repent and come back to Him (subhanahu wata’ala).  Every intelligent and smart person takes advantage of the opportunity of those seasons.  Ramadan is a witness for you or against you.  The month of Ramadan is the best month of the year.  Alhamdulillah the Muslims have been the ones specified for the bounties of this special month throughout the centuries.  Sins are forgiven, gratitude is increased, the believer is protected from the Shaytan, and good deeds are sought and multiplied.   My dear brothers and sisters, this blessed month only stays for a few days and then will leave us either as a witness for us or a witness against us,  so we should not leave a second or a single moment in this month without beneficial action and obedience.

Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) says in Surat al-Mutaffifin [83:26]

وَفِي ذَ‌ٰلِكَ فَلْيَتَنَافَسِ الْمُتَنَافِسُونَ

“..and for this let (all) those strive who want to strive (hasten to the obedience of Allah).”

So my dear brothers and sisters, you have to be really ready to welcome this month, competing throughout this month and striving to perform the following acts:

1.  Having a loyal and sincere tawbah to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala).  Your soul, your nafs, should be ready to welcome this month with good deeds and good amal because Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) will help a person if the person is ready to obey Him.

Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) says in Surat Taha [20:82]

وَإِنِّي لَغَفَّارٌ لِّمَن تَابَ وَآمَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا ثُمَّ اهْتَدَىٰ

“And verily, I am indeed forgiving to him who repents, believes (in My Oneness, and associates none in worship with Me) and does righteous good deeds, and then remains constant in doing them.”

2.  Prepare the intention that Ramadan is only but a few days and will run very fast.  And it might be the last Ramadan for you, you never know.  So take advantage of this blessed month and be of those who make the beautiful du’aa from the Quran:

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّار

“Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire.” Surat al-Baqara [2:201]

3.  Taking advantage to purify your soul and clean your soul, and make it a habit to worship Allah (subhanahu wata’ala).

Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) says in Surat ar-Rad [13:11]

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ

“Verily!  Allah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves.”

4.  Have the feeling that Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) is watching over you, watching over your actions.  Think about the names and attributes of Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) such as Al-Baseer (The All-Seeing), Ash-Shaheed (The Witness), Al-Muhit (The All-Pervading ), Ar-Raqib (The Watchful), As-Sami (The All-Hearing).  Think about them during your fasting and your tahajjud.  Protect your tongue, your hearing, your vision, and all your body parts from any disobedient acts.

Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) says in Surat Qaf [50:18]

مَّا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ

“Not a word does he utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).”

5.  Abundantly mention Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) just like the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) advised the man to make his tongue always wet from the dhikr of Allah (subhanahu wata’ala).  Read the Quran with understanding, comprehension and khushoo, for the Quran will come as an intercessor for you on the Day of Judgment.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Read the Quran. For verily it will come forth on the Day of Resurrection as an intercessor (shafee’) for its readers.” [Muslim] Ibn Abbas (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) stated that reading one surah with tafseer and understanding is more loved by him than to read the whole entire Quran.  Imam Malik (rahimahullah) said when the month of Ramadan entered, the people of hadith and learning would leave, and they would go and read the Quran.

6.  Search for the best moments and timing for making ad-du’aa.

  • During the time of iftar.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said,  “Three men whose du’aa is never rejected are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast, the just ruler, and the one who is oppressed.”  [Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi]
  • Between the adhan and the iqama.  Anas (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said,  “A supplication made between the adhan and iqama is not rejected.”  [Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi]
  • The last third of the night.  Abu Hurairah (radhi Allahu ‘anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said,  “In the last third of every night, our Rabb descends to the lowermost heaven and says, ‘Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?’” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

7.  Give sadaqa, and start with your family.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) told us that (the reward of) our sadaqa will remain with us after our death, and whatever we give to our spouse or children is a sadaqa.  To leave your family with wealth is better than to leave them poor.  Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas narrated that Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “…whatever you spend (for Allah’s  sake) you will be rewarded for it, even for a morsel of food which you may put in the mouth of your wife.”  [Bukhari].  Hakim ibn Hizam narrated that the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “The upper hand is better than the lower hand, (i.e., he who gives charity is better than him who takes it).  One should start giving first to his dependents.”  [Bukhari]

8.  With your active life in Ramadan, realize that all the goodness and the khayr during the last ten days might fall on laylatul qadr.  When you are making qiyam and tahajjud in the last 10 days and waiting for the ajr, remember that Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) will never let you go without giving you the rewards insha’Allah.  Also, following the Sunnah of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) is an example for us, and the Sunnah is to perform itikaf in the month of Ramadan.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever stands in (prayer) in laylatul qadr out of iman and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven.” [Bukhari]

9.  Hasten to correct your relationship with Allah, and fix your life when you go to Allah (subhanahu wata’ala), even if that will cause you hardship and increased need of sabr.  You must fix your behavior, your attitude, and your character with the people.  Open and clean your hearts and forgive everyone in this blessed month.   The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “The most complete of believers in iman (faith) are those who are best in character.” [Tirmidhi]

10.  Strive for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.  Woe to the ones whose sins are not forgiven in the month of Ramadan, as Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) has distanced him from His mercy.  The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whosoever reaches the month of Ramadan and does not have his sins forgiven, and so enters the fire, then may Allah distance him.” [Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi]  Angel Jibreel asked the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) to say Ameen and he (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said Ameen.

11.  Remember the goal in your life is to worship Allah (subhanahu wata’ala), so be more active in your goal during the month of Ramadan.  When you are more active in the month of Ramadan, it will become a part of your life for you to keep your life and time in the right direction and to compete to do whatever good deeds Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) loves and accepts.   The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; and your health before you fall sick; and your richness before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life before your death.”  [Hakim, Ahmad]

12.  Be with those who Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) describes in Surat al Imran [3:133]

وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth are prepared for al-muttaqun (the pious).”

May Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) allow for us to see and complete the blessed month of Ramadan, while reaping its many fruits and benefits.  May Allah (subhanahu wata’ala) forgive us, have mercy on us, unite us, and help us all to live our lives for His pleasure; Ameen.

Jazaka Allah Khayran.

Your brother,
Ibrahim Dremali

Health Update Video: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8Ur19oqQwY[/youtube]

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    August 9, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    dear Shaykh Ibrahim,

    taharrum inshaAllah. we make dua on your behalf, and we ask Allah to grant you shifa from all that ails you. we thank Allah for all the dawah, all the lectures, and all the kindness that you have been amongst us. you are like the beloved khal/mamoo/uncle whose visits are always much-looked-forwards to, and the treats you bring are your adab, your smile, and your lessons from the Qur’an and Sunnah.

    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka
    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka
    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka
    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka
    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka
    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka
    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka

    • Umm Sulaym

      August 9, 2010 at 4:26 PM

      AMEEN!

      • muslimah

        August 9, 2010 at 8:38 PM

        Ameen ya Rabb!

    • Asiya

      August 9, 2010 at 8:37 PM

      Ameen!

  2. everyday Muslim

    August 9, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    SubhanAllah!

    I love Shaykh Ibrahim for the sake of Allah very much! He is very inspiring, his khutbahs bring us to tears. May Allah grant him good health and long life, ameen.

    I remember he gave an amazing khutbah at TDC some time ago, it was such a beautiful khutbah about unity of the Muslims. May Allah reward him with among highest of levels in Jannatul Firdows.

  3. Babar

    August 9, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    asalAllahul-Adheema RabbilArshil Adheema ‘ayn yashfiyaka
    We ask Allah the Mighty, Lord of the Mighty Throne, to heal you.

    to heal you with a cure that leaves behind no disease, With the permission of Allah.

    it brings great joy for me to see that you are remaining patient, I hope in my time of calamity Allah strengthens me upon forbearance and thankfulness, like he favored you..
    May Allah accept it from me and you ya shaykh.

  4. Umm Bilqis

    August 9, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Indeed Allaah tests those whom He loves, so as to bring them closer to Himself in Jannah Insha’Allaah.

    May I see Brother Dremali in Jannah content and happy Insha’Allaah Ameen!
    I love his lectures!
    How many people we benefit from and how many are going through ibtila. May Allaah release them from it, make it a purification and give them abundant reward for it.
    I remember going to U of Toronto to see Imam Jamil Al Amin in the 90’s and getting an emaan boost.
    Finding brother Ali Al Tamimi’s lectures and listening to them when the kids were small and did not want to sleep.
    Finding, Brother Tarek Mehanna’s blog and getting an eman boost.
    Along with many of our treasured shuyukh that shall remain in our hearts. May Allah reward them abundantly for their efforts to keep us attached to Allaah ta’aala.
    May Allah make it easy for all our brothers and sisters who are going through hardship.
    May we see them in paradise, living in Jannat Al firdous.

  5. Syed J.

    August 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Wa alaikum as Salaam wa Rahmatullah

    I pray we all see Brother Dremali in Jannah Insha’Allaah Ameen!

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  9. farhana

    August 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    May Allah help us follow the advice of the Sheikh, and implement into our lives all that is good and repel all that is evil. May Allah give Shifa’a to the Sheikh, and all those who are suffering in any way. May Allah protet our children and our parents and the whole ummah. Grant us all JannatulFirdos.

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  11. Fatimah

    February 25, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Asalamu alaykum;

    May Allah swt grant the shiekh speedy recovery insha’Allah and grant him a very beautiful patience.
    May Allah swt cure him and all the sick Muslims around the world. May Allah swt grant him the highest level of Jannah…Allahuma Ameen!!!

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