Ramadan

                       بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ
مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَن
 كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللّهُ
 بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ
 اللّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

بــــــــــسم الله الرحمن الرحيـــــــــــــم

In The Name Of Allah, Most Gracious and Most Merciful

As’salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh
 

                               

All praise is due to Allah: and blessings and peace be upon His messenger and servant, Prophet Mohammad (

صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) and upon his family and companions and whoever follows his guidance until the Day of Resurrection.

Nine reasons why we must plan for Ramadan

Have you noticed that each year, Ramadan goes by faster and faster? Personally, I can remember details of Ramadan 11 years ago better in some ways than of Ramadan last year. It’s frightening.

This blessed month can’t be left to become a blur in our memories. It has to be more than that time of the year we squeeze in fasting amongst the other things we do daily.

One way to make the most of Ramadan is to plan beforehand. Here are ten reasons why you should plan for Ramadan:

Reason #1: To be in "Ramadan mode"

By planning for Ramadan before it arrives, you put your mind in "Ramadan mode". If you plan, you will mentally prepare for it, and it will force you to see it as the special month it is outside of your regular routine the rest of the year.

Reason #2: To adjust your schedule

By planning in advance, you can adjust your work, sleep and meal schedules in such a way as to make time for Suhoor, Iftar, etc. That means, for instance, that if you normally go to bed at midnight, in Ramadan you would sleep earlier in order to get up early for Suhoor. Or if you usually study late, you can instead sleep earlier and start studying after Suhoor in the early morning hours. Planning in advance allows you the luxury to make time for the change in schedule that Ramadan brings.

Reason #3: You can plan Ramadan family time

Is dinnertime usually an individual affair in your home, as opposed to a time the whole family eats together? Are Friday evenings the time every family member goes off to his/her own social activities? Planning in advance can change this at least in Ramadan. Calling a family meeting about a month in advance, explaining the importance of Ramadan, its implications for the family and the need to eat Iftar together when possible as well as to attend Tarawih prayers, for example, will allow all family members to adjust their work and school schedules accordingly. That will, Insha Allah, make Ramadan a blessing not just to every person in the family, but to the family as a whole.

Reason #4: To make the menu

While Ramadan may mean extra Ibadah to some of the brothers, it usually means extra cooking for most of the sisters. Ramadan’s blessings are for men and women. Making a Ramadan menu for Iftar and meals, and working out when you want to invite relatives, neighbors and friends for Iftar will give sisters the opportunity to catch Tarawih and various other advantageous Ibadat instead of spending Ramadan’s 29 or 30 days stuck in the kitchen. (And by the way, brothers, helping out with cooking or cleaning was a practice of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him-maybe this is a way you can increase your Sawab [rewards] this month).

Reason #5 : You can plan a Iftar at your home

You may have eaten fantastic Iftars at friends’ homes last year. This year, open your doors. There is blessing in feeding a fasting person other than yourself and your family. Planning in advance gives you the luxury of calling friends over the month before and setting a date, so you can "grab" them before others get an opportunity to. Muchos Sawab, Insha Allah!

Reason #6: To make a travel schedule

Do you know a fellow Muslim in your neighborhood who wants to get to the mosque for Tarawih every night but doesn’t have a car? Or do you look at your work schedule and realize you have to work overtime near the end of Ramdan, so your family will miss out on Tarawih at the mosque the last ten nights of Ramadan? Planning in advance helps you work out your daily or weekly travel schedule to attend Tarawih prayers at the mosque, or even a trip for Iftar at a friend’s place who may life farther away. It also helps ease the burden of transportation in winter. Maybe you can start a car pool? Since you have the time before Ramadan begins, you can work this out with neighbors and friends.
 

Reason #7: To do good at high Sawab times

Being generous is definitely an Islamic merit, but being generous in Ramadan is even more highly rewarded. Match Ibadat with specific times that carry more reward. Prepare to do Itifkaf, increase asking Allah for forgiveness in the last ten nights of Ramadan. Plan to give increased Sadaqa this month. Plan to visit that relative you may have not seen for months, if not years. Thinking about and arranging to do these things and finding other ways of gaining the pleasure of Allah in Ramadan will Insha Allah help you benefit more from it.
 


Reason #8: You can squeeze in Eid shopping

Planning in advance helps you think about all of those things you wanted to do in time for the end of Ramadan or Eid last year but couldn’t. Maybe you wanted to go Eid shopping for gifts for family and friends in the last week of Ramadan but were too busy with the last ten nights of Ramadan. No problem. This year, you decide to go in the third week of Ramadan instead.
 

Reason #9: You can plan Dawa activities during Ramadan

Some Muslims have gone to soup kitchens and made meals during Ramadan, while they were fasting. Not only will, Insha Allah, they be rewarded, but this is a great Dawa opportunity to explain what Ramadan and Islam are about. Planning in advance for such an activity gives you the time to call up a soup kitchen in your area, explain what you want to do, and get your act together. You can also plan school Dawa activities in Ramadan by planning in advance, by meeting with the principal or teacher beforehand, preparing a presentation, etc.

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8 Responses to Ramadan

  1. Unknown says:

    Wah!
    Islamic and pakistaniat to chalak chalak kay bahar ara he! 🙂
    BTW, Bohat hi achi tehreer he
    Great Post with good image as always

  2. Mera Pakistan says:

    Nice effort
    May God reward you for this work.

  3. Tarique says:

     
     
    An Amazing Poem

    It was early in the morning at four,When death knocked upon a bedroom door,Who is there? The sleeping one cried.I\’m Malkul Mawt, let me inside.At once, the man began to shiver, As one sweating in deadly fever,He shouted to his sleeping wife,Don\’t let him take away my life.Please go away, O Angel of Death!Leave me alone; I\’m not ready yet.My family on me depends, Give me a chance, O please prepense!The angel knocked again and again,Friend! I\’ll take your life without a pain,Tis your soul Allah requires,I come not with my own desire.Bewildered, the man began to cry, O Angel I\’m so afraid to die,I\’ll give you gold and be your slave,Don\’t send me to the unlit grave.Let me in, O Friend! The Angel said,Open the door; get up from your bed,If you do not allow me in, I will walk through it, like a Jinn.The man held a gun in his right hand,Ready to defy the Angel\’s stand.I\’ll point my gun, towards your head,You dare come in; I\’ll shoot you dead.By now the Angel was in the room, Saying, O Friend! Prepare for you doom.Foolish man, Angels never die,Put down your gun and do not sigh.Why are you afraid! Tell me O man,To die according to Allah\’s plan?Come smile at me, do not be grim, Be Happy to return to Him.O Angel! I bow my head in shame,I had no time to take Allah\’s Name.From morning till dusk, I made my wealth,Not even caring for my health.Allah\’s command I never obeyed, Nor five times a day I ever prayed.A Ramadan came and a Ramadan went,But no time had I to repent.The Hajj was already FARD on me,But I would not part with my money.All charities I did ignore, Taking usury more and more.Sometimes I sipped my favorite wine,With flirting women I sat to dine.O Angel! I appeal to you,Spare my life for a year or two.The Laws of Quran I will obey,I\’ll begin SALAT this very day.My Fast and Hajj, I will complete,And keep away from self-conceit.I will refrain from usury,And give all my wealth to charity,Wine and wenches I will detest,Allah\’s oneness I will attest.We Angels do what Allah demands,We cannot go against His commands.Death is ordained for everyone,Father, mother, daughter or son.
    I\’m afraid this moment is your last,Now be reminded, of your past,I do understand your fears,But it is now too late for tears.You lived in this world, two score and more, Never did you, your people adore.Your parents, you did not obey,Hungry beggars, you turned away.Your two ill-gotten, female offspring,In nightclubs, for livelihood they sing.Instead of making more Muslims, You made your children non-Muslims.You ignored the Mua\’dhin Adhaan,Nor did you read the Holy Quran.Breaking promises all your life,Backbiting friends, and causing strife.From hoarded goods, great profits you made, And your poor workers, you underpaid.Horses and cards were your leisure,Moneymaking was your pleasure.You ate vitamins and grew more fat,With the very sick, you never sat.A pint of blood you never gave, Which could a little baby save?O Human, you have done enough wrong,You bought good properties for a song.When the farmers appealed to you,You did not have mercy, tis true.Paradise for you? I cannot tell, Undoubtedly you will dwell in hell.There is no time for you to repent,I\’ll take your soul for which I am sent.The ending however, is very sad,Eventually the man became mad With a cry, he jumped out of bed,And suddenly, he fell down dead.O Reader! Take moral from here,You never know, your end may be near Change your living and make amendsFor heaven, on your deeds depends.If this poem inspires you,It can help someone too.**********************************************

  4. Unknown says:

    Salam,
    yeh entry to Ramadhan ka bahtareen toofa he.
    aur iftaar wale photo to bohat achi he.
     
    Wa Salam

  5. Unknown says:

    Asalaam alaykoum, Ramadan Mubarak to you bhai.  May Allah bless you and your family always, and may He give you everything your heart desires.  Ameen.~ Jehanzeb

  6. Unknown says:

    Salam,
    How i can place Dawn paper news images in my blog?
    is there any idea?
    Wa Salam

  7. Tarique says:

    تمام اہلِ اسلام اور اہل پاکستان کو ماہ رمضان المبارک کی برکتیں اور رحمتیں مبارک ہوں۔آمین

  8. Leanne says:

    As the sky breaks in the beautiful sunrise,
    May Allah open the heavans to shower you with blessings  
    May the Nur of Ramadan brighten your heart, mind & soul… RAMADAN MUBARAK!!!

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