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Educating yourself about Ramadan by Dr Salih As Salih

EDUCATING OURSELVES ABOUT RAMADHAN

DAY 1: 25 MAY

1-Introduction (35mins) Download 

2- Goals and virtues (26 mins) Download

3- Its Merits (24mins) download

4-Manners of the Prophet in Fasting (20 MINS) Download

BY DR SALEH AS SALEH

The purpose is to know how to spend this Ramadhan.

EDUCATING OURSELVES ABOUT RAMADHAN

DAY 2: 30 MAY FRIDAY
By Dr saleh as saleh

1-Rulings on who must fast (39mins) Download 

2- Rulings related to travel (37 mins) Download

3- Rulings relating to Sickness (25mins) download


4- Rulings relating to women (27 MINS) Download

EDUCATING OURSELVES ABOUT RAMADHAN
By Dr Daleh As Saleh

DAY 3:

1-Invalidators (59mins)
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2- Pre-Dawn meal suhoor (18 mins) Download

3- Ending the fast-Iftaar (10mins) download

4- Repentance (28 MINS) Download

5- Itekaaf (19mins)

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The Condition of the Salaf in Ramadhaan – Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan

The Condition of the Salaf in Ramadhaan
Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan

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Question:

I have some questions; the first question: what was the state of the Salaf As-Saalih, may Allaah have mercy upon them and be pleased with them, in anticipation of this great month? How was their guidance? How was their character and their conduct? The second matter, O eminent Shaykh, how does the Muslim prepare to take advantage of these nights and days which he is now living in; preparation by way of knowledge, by knowing the rulings of fasting and knowing the nullifiers of the fast and its rulings? Some of the people are heedless of these things so they do not understand the affair of fasting and they also do not have the obligatory understanding of the affair of the fast, has the Shaykh noticed this matter? May Allaah reward you.

Answer:

In the name of Allaah the Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy. Wa Alaykum As-Salaam wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh; may Allaah bless you. Regarding that which you have drawn attention to, from these two great matters; the first question is regarding the condition of the Salaf in the month of Ramadhaan. The condition of the Salaf, as it is recorded in the narrated books with chains of narrations from the trustworthy people (narrating) from them is that they would ask Allaah the Mighty and Majestic to make them reach Ramadhaan before it entered; they would ask Allaah to make them reach the month of Ramadhaan due to what they knew that it contained from abundant good and general benefit. Then, when Ramadhaan entered, they would ask Allaah to aid them upon righteous actions therein. The when Ramadhaan ended they would ask Allaah to accept it from them. As Allaah the Mighty and Majestic says:

وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَا آتَوْا وَقُلُوبُهُمْ وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُمْ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ رَاجِعُونَ ٦٠ أُولَئِكَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَهُمْ لَهَا سَابِقُونَ ٦١

“And those who give that (their charity) which they give (and also do other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear (whether their alms and charities, etc., have been accepted or not), because they are sure to return to their Lord (for reckoning). It is these who race for the good deeds, and they are foremost in them [e.g. offering the compulsory Salât (prayers) in their (early) stated, fixed times and so on].”(Al-Mu’minun 23:60-61)

They would strive hard in doing actions, then worry would afflict them, after the action, as to whether their action was accepted or not. That was due to their knowledge of the greatness of Allaah and their knowledge that Allaah does not accept except that (action) which is done purely for His face and correctly in accordance with the Sunnah of His Messenger from actions. So they would not purify themselves, and they would fear that their actions would be rendered null. So (worry) that they (the action) will be accepted was weightier with them than (even) the performance of them. This is because Allaah the Mighty and Majestic says:

إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ

“Verily, Allaah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqûn (the pious).” (Al-Ma’idah 5:27)

So they would devote their time within this month, as we have previously mentioned, to worship and would minimize actions of the Dunyaa. They would spend their time sitting in the houses of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic and they would say: We are safeguarding our fast and we will not backbite anyone. They would read the Mus-hafs and study the Book of Allaah the Mighty and Majestic. They would safeguard its time from squandering. They were not heedless or negligent as many of the people are today. Rather, they would preserve its time; the night, by standing (in prayer) and the day by fasting, recitation of the Qur’aan, the remembrance of Allaah, and righteous actions. They were not negligent therein of (even) a minute or a second, except that they would put forth therein righteous actions. This is the first question.

Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts

Source: http://alfawzan.ws/node/9840

Joy because of the Coming of the Month of Ramadan, by Shaikh Fawzaan

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Amma ba’d

Joy because of the Coming of the Month of Ramadan, by Shaikh Fawzaan

Excerpt:

So in brief, this is a tremendous opportunity in your life O Muslim, so take advantage of it and ask Allaah to assist you upon righteous actions in it, and ask Allaah for acceptance and an increase from His bounty. For indeed the one who reaches this month of Ramadan and Allaah enables him to achieve benefit from it, then Allaah has bestowed upon him a magnificent blessing that nothing can equal.

By Allaah, the millionaires, owners of skyscrapers and realtors cannot equal this. By Allaah, nothing can equal up to this month for the one who Allaah, Exalted and Most High, grants success in it, even if he doesn’t own anything from this worldly life, not even a penny. If Allaah bestows upon him (success) in this (blessed) month, then he is the one who truly profits and he is the rich person in reality. The rich person is not the individual who possesses the dunyah but spoils his aakhirah (afterlife); (if this is his case) he is poor and destitute and has ruined his dunyah and aakhirah.

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Our tongues quietly mumble: We want Ramadan and we love it, while our actions shout the opposite!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ramadan is Less than Two Months Away!
For those of us who are drunk and drowning in shirk, sin, and innovation, it is time to rehabilitate and cleanse ourselves with Tawheed, obedience to Allah and adherence to the Sunnah of His Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Let us rehabilitate ourselves now so that once Ramadan enters, our hearts and limbs will worship Allah alone, setting up no partners with Him!

Let us rehabilitate ourselves now so that once Ramadan enters, our limbs will only perform the actions that are pleasing to Allah!

Let us rehabilitate ourselves now so that once Ramadan enters, our actions will be in accordance to the Sunnah of our beloved Messenger Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), and so that we will only follow the way of his companions; the best of mankind after the Prophets and Messengers!

Rehabilitation and cleansing takes time, and what better time than now!

The Salaf us Saleh used to anticipate and prepare for Ramadan way before it entered, and they used to supplicate to Allah, asking Him to allow them to reach it.

What about you?! What is the extent of your anticipation, preparation and supplication?

Or will you be from amongst those who foolishly wait until the first day of Ramadan to desperately attempt to rectify yourself while you are still drunk with shirk, sin, and innovation?! Consequently, you may only become sober once the month is over.

Allah, the Most High, says:

((وَاتَّقُوا يَوْمًا تُرْجَعُونَ فِيهِ إِلَى اللَّهِ ثُمَّ تُوَفَّى كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَا كَسَبَتْ وَهُمْ لَا يُظْلَمُونَ))

{Fear a day when you will return to your Lord, then everyone will be rewarded based on his deeds and they will not be oppressed.}

(Surah al Baqarah: 281)

And He, the Most Glorious, said:

(( وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَى فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَى ))

{And whoever fears standing in front of his Lord, and forbids himself from his desires, his abode will be Paradise.}(Surah al Naziyat: 40)

He, the Most Merciful, further said:

(( أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنْ تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِنْ قَبْلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَمَدُ فَقَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ ))

{Has not the time come for those who believe that their hearts should feel humbled at the remembrance of Allah and at the truth which has come down to them, and that they should not become like those who were given the Book before them and the term was prolonged for them, but their hearts were hardened, and many of them are wicked} (Surah al Hadid: 16)

May Allah guide us all! Our tongues quietly mumble: We want Ramadan and we love it, while our actions shout the opposite!

Our actions say: No, Ramadan! Do not approach us! We do not want to awaken from our sinning dreams and transgression! We do not want to become sober from our intoxication of shirk, innovation and sin! Please do not disturb us!

My dear brother and sister begin cleansing yourself from now, so that once Ramadan enters, your hearts and limbs will easily accept the abundant amount of good. This is how one truly prepares and benefits for the coming of this blessed month.

(Advice on how to cleanse oneself will soon follow insha Allah)

Imam as-Sa’dee’s Tafseer of Allaah’s Statement: “Oh you who believe! Siyaam has been prescribed for you…”

Bismillaah Al-Hamdulillaah wa salatu wa salaamu ‘ala rasulullaah
Amma-ba’d

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Imam as-Sa’dee’s Tafseer of Allaah’s Statement- Oh you who believe! Siyaam has been prescribed for you…
Source: http://salafiyyah-kuwait.blogspot.com/

The Healing Power of Prayer

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In times of hardship, pain and loss, many of us attempt to find solutions in the very dunya that caused that calamity to befall us in the first place. We search for temporary comforts in people and worldly objects, all of which have the potential to break us again. Some of us find relief in medication and counselling, some surround themselves with sympathetic ears and some simply lose hope and derail from the path of Islam. However, Allah has provided us with the best tool of all: Prayer.

“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]“ [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 45].

Allah is the Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. So who better to call upon than Him? Who better to seek ease from pain and hardship than Him?
Does Prayer Heal?

It sure does! As many verses of the Qur’an reiterate, Allah tells us to enjoin in prayer and it is not without wisdom that Allah says:

“… Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured,“ [Qur’an: Chapter 13, Verse 28].

Dr Andrew Newsberg of the University of Pennsylvania attempts to enlighten us with this hidden wisdom. He studied brain wave activity during prayer and found a direct impact on several brain locations. The benefits of prayer are incredible! Regular daily prayers halt the frontal lobe from shrinking with age, which is the part of the brain that regulates our speaking, reading and memory; therefore, this helps prevent memory loss in old age.

High activity was found in the anterior cingulate, the location that regulates our connectivity to others. A high activity in this part of the brain means a healthier and happier person. Our self-awareness is found in the parietal lobe, the overuse of which causes feelings of isolation and loneliness, and the limbic system is where negative emotions are stimulated. Prayer deactivates both of these areas of the brain, removing the negative emotions and allowing us to benefit from the frontal lobe and anterior cingulate.
The result is a healthier, happier and longer life, In sha Allah. [1]

We need not look further to see that prayer is beneficial for us, making us healthier and happier. It is a healer in and of itself, activating regions of the brain that make us happier and ridding negativity. It is not just a form of worshipping Allah , but also a form of meditation: A self-help tool to bring us to a state of tranquility. The more regular the prayer and the deeper our connection with Allah , the more beneficial it is for us.
A Perfect Example In Our Prophet

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad relied on prayer as a source of comfort. As we all know, the Prophet was tested with many trials and tribulations in his time, and it is with prayer that he found mental calmness.

The prayer of the Prophet was always with great humbleness, full concentration and sincere submission to the Almighty . This is what is known as the state of khushu’, a state of full awareness of the Almighty as we direct our minds and heart to our Lord alone.

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern…” [Qur’an: Chapter 33, Verse 21].

“Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive…” (Qur’an: Chapter 23, Verses 1-2).

This is the state that we should aim to achieve in our prayers. It is in this state that we will find the biggest stimulations in the brain so we may reap the true benefits of prayer, In sha Allah.

The Prophet did not only pray at times of need, but would pray in all situations and occasions. He would pray to thank Allah, seek His forgiveness, and ask for His protection and guidance.
He would offer prayer for rain, decision-making, before undertaking a journey and even during battles; the list is endless. And, there was not a prayer that he would offer except that, through the mercy of Allah , it brought about some sort of blessing, guidance or ease!
How Can We Attain Maximum Benefit From Prayer?

As Dr Newberg revealed, prayer performed regularly and with a deep spiritual connection, makes a happier and healthier person. Our Prophet is a perfect example of how and when prayer should be offered. We take from his example four practical steps by which we can gain maximum benefit from prayer: Engage, Connect, Submit and Make Dua.

1. Engage

Incorporate prayer into your daily life. We should always focus on improving our relationship with Allah and the best way to do this is to engage in regular prayer. So make prayer your habit. Converse with Allah through your duas and try to connect with Him every day. Remember Him and He will remember you.

First and foremost, make sure you pray on time — no matter how busy you are — and do not miss any fardh prayers, especially Fajr. A busy life may make prayer harder, but prayer makes a busy life easier! The five fardh prayers should be our first step if we have not yet already established them daily.

Abu Huraira (ranhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger said:

The first thing about which the people will be called to account out of their actions on the Day of Judgment is prayer. Our Lord, the Exalted, will say to the angels – though He knows better: Look into the prayer of My servant and see whether he has offered it perfectly or imperfectly. If it is perfect, that will be recorded perfect. If it is defective, He will say: See there are some optional prayers offered by My servant. If there are optional prayer to his credit, He will say: Compensate the obligatory prayer by the optional prayer for My servant. Then all the actions will be considered similarly. [Sunan Abi Dawud]
Once we have established the fardh prayers, we can move on to incorporating more optional prayers into our daily lives. The more we pray, the better our connection with Allah and the more we can seek the blessings and benefits of prayer. Take time to look into the many prayers that the Prophet taught us to perform and their benefits, and try to incorporate as many as you can in your daily lives. Whether it is in times of need to seek council, or in times of ease to thank Him , you can never call upon Allah too many times.

2. Connect

Make prayer deeper and more meaningful. We must try to concentrate and allow ourselves to enjoy a personal and proximate relationship with our Lord . The best way to do that is to pray as the Prophet Muhammad did — with khushu. Here are some simple tips we can incorporate in our prayers to build a stronger connection and attain maximum benefit, In sha Allah:
When you stand to pray, remember who you are standing before and humble yourself in His presence. Pray as if it is your last prayer. Imagine Allah standing before you and the angel of death behind you.
Know that you are in control of your mind and body. Remain still, focus on the place of sujood and avoid thinking of worldly matters; the time of prayer should be dedicated solely to focusing on your relationship with Allah . So let go of your worries and let yourself indulge in His love and greatness.
Reflect and ponder on every ayah that you recite. This will help you concentrate on finding a personal meaning and help prevent your mind from drifting. The more you reflect, the more sincere your prayer will become.
Try to set aside time specifically for your prayers. Go to a quiet area, with least distractions possible and truly focus on the prayer alone. If you are praying in congregation, then let the spiritual atmosphere inspire you, not distract you.
Do not rush off from the prayer mat when you have finished your prayer. Take some time to reflect, recite the post-prayer duas, embrace the moment of closeness to Allah and know that He is present and listening.

3. Submit

Remember that sujood is the position in which you are the closest to Allah . Take your time and let yourself embrace that closeness, and be warmed and comforted by it. It is best to make dua while in this position, as per the Prophet’s recommendation:

“A slave becomes nearest to his Rabb when he is in prostration. So increase supplications while prostrating.” [Sahih Muslim]

Ibnul Qayyim described sujood as the secret of prayer, the greatest pillar and the seal of the rukoo’. In this position, we can truly submit ourselves to the Almighty .

In fact, further to Dr Newberg’s research, Dr. Ahmad Sakr found that the position of sujood is one method scientifically proven to bring peace, tranquility and happiness to the one in prostration [2]. He explains that we are all exposed to electrostatic charges from the atmosphere and ridding ourselves of these extra charges is beneficial to one’s health. The best way to rid these extra electrostatic charges according to Dr Ahmad Sakr, is to prostrate with one’s forehead to the ground. This brings about a calming feeling and dissipates electromagnetic energy.

Once again, science enlightens us on the wisdoms behind sujood. Not only do we find ourselves the closest to Allah in this position, but it also physically brings us peace and tranquility. So whenever you are in need of mental calmness, follow the footsteps of the Prophet and prostrate to the Almighty . It is also the best time for us to make dua, as here, we are the closest to Allah4. Make Dua

I need not say more. Make dua, and trust in Allah , for He knows what is best for you. Remember that Allah alone is sufficient for us and through worshipping the Almighty with sincere submission, our hearts will find peace In sha Allah. Trust in Him and have faith that He will always answer your prayers.

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me — indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 186].

“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” [Qur’an: Chapter 94, Verse 5].

Whether you take it from science or take it from our beautiful religion, call upon Allah with full sincerity and submission, and you will find bliss, In sha Allah.

Has this article been beneficial to you? I would love to hear about your experiences; how has prayer helped you through your hardships? What helps you gain khushu’ in your prayers? Please share your thoughts below!

[1] Newberg, Andrew B.; Waldman, Mark Robert (2009). How God Changes Your Brain.

[2] Sakr, Ahmad H. (1997). Sujood (Prostration).

About the Author:

Saadia recently graduated with a BSc in Psychology and has a healthy background working in this field. As a student of Islam, she aims to utilise her degree to its true depth by focusing on interlinking Islam with psychology. Her passion in writing is inspired by the beautiful harmonisation between the two.

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