TheRamadhanBaby #17: Tarawih

What has come to be known as an important hallmark of this month is the prayers said after Isha. Then , we see people staying back in Masjids after a long day of fast when all the body yearns for is rest. 

It is another opportunity to offer several extra units of prayer. Many Imams complete the Quran recitation during Tarawih through the month. In it is togetherness, seeking to be closer to Allah, and listening to the glorious recitation. Though it is mostly performed in congregation, it can also be done individually. (Al-Nawawi in Al Majmoo’ 4/31).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray eleven rakat as narrated in the Hadith of Abu Salamah ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman . (Sahih Al-Bukhari 1909, Sahih Muslim 738). 

Many of the pious predecessors  including the four Imams however prayed twenty units of prayer. (An-Nawawi in Al-Majmoo’ 4/31).

This  should not be a cause of division as both views are acceptable due to it being a voluntary prayer with the number of units not specified.

 It may be challenging for those who work full time in Ramadhan but it is worth it. Regarded as part of the enjoined voluntary (Sunnah) units of prayer to be offered at night, in it is great reward. Praying it involves upholding the Sunnah of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

To make the best of this prayer, try not to eat too much after Maghrib so you don’t feel too tired. Also, strive to listen to the recitiation and appreciate ita beauty and meaning. It is not uncommon to see many faithfuls crying during this prayer . Such is the moving effect it has on them.

For the remaining nights in this month, try not to miss any and make it better not because it is compulsory but because of the many benefits.

Reference : http://www.islamqa.info 

TheRamadhanBaby #16- The Night Prayer

All through this month, we try to offer more Nawafil (voluntary prayers) at night. We do this with the firm belief and hope to draw closer to the Entity central to our being- Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). Even if we only get to squeeze two units of  this prayer before Sahur  , we are very happy.. If we wake up late and can hardly get a bite before the Adhan is called, we feel dejected throughout the day.

Because we know that calling upon Our Creator in the last part of the night when sleep is dearest to our bodies is a sacrifice appreciated by Him, we are assured that our requests would be answered. In addition,it is a means to attaining a station of praise and glory. (Q17:79)

“They (the believers) forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope; and they spend (in charity in Allah’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them.” (Q32:16)

It is a great thing to get up and seek Allah’s Bounty while others sleep or commit nefarious acts.

Every night in the last third, Our Lord, the Superior. the Blessed descends to the lowest heavens and says, 

“Is there anyone to invoke me so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask me  so that I may grant his request? Is there anyone asking My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 7494)

How amazing is He?!

What happens outside Ramadhan? We abandon this opportunity. Many evidences state that the blessings inherent are available EVERY night.  Think of your greatest wish

Now imagine you could get it every night. Would you sleep at all for the entire night? Indeed what regular Tahajjud gives you is better. 

Take it upon yourself to say Tahajjud More, even if it is two Rakat for those little bit constant deeds are beloved to your Lord.

TheRamadhanBaby #8 -Sabr

‚Äč”Life is tough” is a phrase everyone uses from time to time. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, old, young, male or female.

    The very process of living comes with a lot of challenges. We have to get through somehow.
    There is however one characteristic we all possess (albeit in varying amounts) -patience.

    Closely associated with forbearance, endurance, perseverance , making lemonades out of lemons or just the plain old putting-a-smile-on-your-face, patience helps us forge ahead in the midst of life’s turbulence.
    It helps us avoid mistakes and rash decisions. it helps us see the silver lining behind clouds, gain the fattest bone. It is true that the world in which we live in, filled as it is with immediate gratification all forms of hedonistic tendencies, makes the exercise of patience laborious and seemingly nonprofitable. 
    However, it helps us in the long run, is a source of strength and a valuable lesson to teach the young.
     Be patient when you fall ill every Ramadhan and don’t get to do many acts of Ibaadah.

    Be patient when insensitive people ask you why you are not married yet, don’t have that degree, didn’t get your dream job or child.

    Be patient even though you want to give them a piece of your mind and ask them if Allah is not the only source of good.
    Be patient when you are angry, (Q41:34, 3:134) for this is a sign of strength (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 8, Hadith no 135), you would avert trouble from yourself and others.
    Be patient when everything seems to be falling apart, you are overwhelmed and no one seems to understand you.
    Be patient while you work to make things better for help is on the way even if your efforts seem not to work right now.
    Be patient through grief (amazing example in the relatives of the victims of the recent horrendous attacks in Manchester, Portland and  Kabul).

    Be patient through illness, disappointments, pain and sorrow.
    Be patient and trust Allah to set right all your affairs.

    Be patient for Allah is with the patient ones. (Q8:46)

    Be patient for He does not waste the reward of the doers of good. (Q11:115)
    No one said it was easy but we are all learners with endless capacity for improvement.