As we draw closer to the last 10 nights of Ramadan, from the 21st night, there is something known as Itikaf, that is a sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. It’s his way. Now, it is called I’tikaf, where a person goes into… It’s not seclusion, but they go into the Masjid and they would remain in this place of worship with the idea of it serving as a spiritual retreat for the person.
There may be others with that person, but the idea is to develop taqwa and the consciousness of Allah, seek the forgiveness of Allah, and more than anything else, find the night of decree or Laylat al Qadr.
If Laylat al Qadr is said to be one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, most likely one of the last odd nights from the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and most likely towards the end or the second half of the last 10 nights. So it would make it 25, 27, perhaps 29. But it does not mean it’s not going to be the 21st.
Sometimes even maybe the even nights according to some of the narration; So if the 21st night sets in as the sun is setting and you’re opening your fast, you go into the masjid and you make sure that you’ve taken whatever necessities you have, you’re going to remain in there in constant acts of worship for the next 10 nights.
You come out of that itikaf after 10 days and Insha Allah, so much goodness will be showered upon you by the blessings of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
Balancing your life is something important. Sometimes during the month of Ramadan, we tend to do more of one thing, neglecting our other duties. For example, because of the importance given to acts of worship, such as prayer, such as reading the Quran, such as the dhikr and the remembrance of Allah, such as going out to help people who are in need.
Sometimes we neglect our own family members. Sometimes we neglect our duties that are primary. This happens even outside of Ramadan, where the balance we strike between family life, the work we have to do, and the worship of Allah. These three things connected are all actually the worship of Allah.
Because if you take a look at the meaning of the worship of Allah, to lead your life in a way that is in the obedience of Allah and not in transgression of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. That is called worshiping Allah.
The balance that we strike when we speak about the three things, the worship of Allah, the work that we have, and the family life; In essence, it’s mainly these two things. the family life and the work, on condition that we make sure we don’t miss out that which Allah has ordained, like your prayer and everything else.
All of it should be within what Allah Almighty has taught.
This beautiful month of Ramadan, Allah Almighty wants us to do as much as we can and to push ourselves. How much of Quran did you read today? That’s a question.
The month of Ramadan comes by in order for us to get closer to Allah in the form of taqwa, meaning the consciousness of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
The month of Ramadan comes and Allah expects us to have improved. we will be judged by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala based on how we were at the end of our lives. We still have some time, Insha Allah, although we don’t know how long.
But the fact that we’re awake right now, we’re alive right now, we’re alert right now, we can make an intention by His will to change for the sake of Allah, to develop for the sake of Allah.
Laziness is something that has been dealt with in the Quran and the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). For a Muslim, there should be no room for laziness. We need to fight it, tackle it, and ensure that we are as productive as possible.
Salah is the five daily prayers. Those are put in timings that are divine, given by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. The first one is very early. It is before sunrise. You have to get up. A believer is not allowed to be sleeping beyond that point.
So Allah wants you to fight your laziness, and there is absolutely no room for procrastination
The fact that Allah gave you life to see that time and to witness it, you owe Him the Salah.
Many people love to actually give their Zakaat out during the month of Ramadan because of the multiplication of reward. And if we take a look at it, yes, indeed, the reward is multiplied. And it is not wrong to calculate your Zakaat during the month of Ramadan to pledge it and to start giving it out.
However, something of importance; If there is a need prior to Ramadan, you must remember that you will get a full reward when you are meeting the desperate need, even though it is not in the month of Ramadan when you have already intended that I’m going to work this out in Ramadan and give it in Ramadan, because Allah Almighty rewards you by your intentions.
If we are going to delay when there is a need, we could have delayed and caused loss of life in an indirect way because there was a need and we are saying, Wait and hang on.
Cry as much as you want. Shed as many tears as you wish. It is the month of shedding tears for the sake of Allah. No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve achieved in life, Allah Almighty has definitely made you in need of Him in such a way that you will have difficulty, you will have hardship, you will have situations whereby you are helpless, you will have needs where you know that without your maker, I will not be able to achieve this.
Therefore, cry as much as you want. Cry for the sake of Allah. Cry for your needs. Call out to Him and weep.
As the evening enters every night of Ramadan, it brings with it a unique type of mercy of Allah and a special blessing that descends. We ask Allah to allow us to taste it.
it’s amazing how in the month of Ramadan, as much as we have given so much of importance to the abstaining from food and drink and so on, we have not given as much importance to the other pillars of Islam. And as we enter the evening, Allah makes it recommended to involve in much more of that pillar of Islam, a prayer.
What about the nourishment of the soul and the spirituality, the relationship with Allah? and the spirituality, the relationship with Allah?
Let’s fulfill at least two units every night in the month of Ramadan of the hajjud, and then see how Allah will bless you to fulfill it even outside of Ramadan.
Purify the intention is one of the cornerstones of acts of worship in this deen that Allah has sent to us. When you have a pure intention and when you really would like to do something for Allah and you want to please Him, you will make sure you’re conscious about everything else.
You purify your intention when it’s done solely for Allah to please Allah.
Then what happens? You begin to become conscious of the type of person you are.
A person who’s sincere would easily be able to work on their jealousy, their hatred, their ill feeling, the qualities of the heart that are negative.
Islam is all about being sincere. Sincere to Who: Be sincere with intension to Allah by worshiping Him alone
The greatest key to Khushua (full attention); If you understand this key and you use it for your Salah, you will see a dimensional change in your Salah from the next prayer, by Allah’s will.
What is it?
Why in the Witr Salah do you see people sobbing more than any other time of the year, weeping? How come the imam, he begins making du’a, imploring the majestic Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, calling upon Him, praising Him, glorifying Him, asking for Jannah, seeking refuge from Jahannam, confessing the weakness and sins and deficiency, and asking for what we don’t deserve of, complaining of our problems and our pains for our ummah and our families and our children, ourselves.
You see people weeping. Why?
Because during that moment, you’ve experienced something called Al munajat, or “confidential talks,” Al Munajah, it means private talk with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.