Pray the dawn prayer (fajr) in its time and if you are able, pray it with the congregation in the mosque. The prophet SAW informed us that whosoever was sleeping when the sun rose wakes up lazy and dejected. If this is how he begins his day, then how can he gain goodness in the rest of his day!
Start your day with the remembrance of God – for example a daily morning remembrance and saying:
“there is no God other than Allah/God, the One, he does not have any partners, to him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise and he is over everything all powerful.”
The prophet SAW encouraged us to recite this 100 times – but why? Abu Hurayra relates that the Messenger of God, said, [Muwatta]
“Whoever says ‘There is no god but Allah, alone, without any partner. The Kingdom and praise belong to Him and He has power over everything’ (La ilaha illa’llah, wahdahu la sharika lah, lahu’l mulku wa lahu’l hamd, wa huwa ala kulli shay’in qadir) one hundred times a day, it is the same for him as freeing ten slaves, one hundred good actions are written for him and one hundred wrong actions are erased from him and it is a protection from Shaytan for that day until the night. No-one does anything more excellent than what he does except someone who does more than that.”
Do not prevent your tongue from continuously asking from God (making du’a) and [during these days, ask] in particular – ‘O God you are forgiving, you love to forgive, so forgive us’ (allahuma afuwan, tuhibu aff, fa’fa’fuanna) – and say this as much as you can.
Increase mention of the Master of the supplications of Forgiveness –
‘O Allah/God you are my Lord, there is no God except You. You created me and I am your slave. And uphold your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek your protection against the evil that I have committed, I acknowledge your blessing upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me for none can forgive sins except you.’
The prophet SAW said regarding this, that ‘whoever says this and dies during that day or the night, he will enter Paradise’.
Remember death – the destroyer of pleasures – so perhaps your eyes will shed tears and you will be from the seven who will be under God’s shade on the day there will be no shade except His shade. The prophet SAW described this person as the one who remembers God in seclusion and his eyes fill with tears. Our days are but few and our lives are short – we do not know when it will come to an end, perhaps we won’t even see the end of this Ramadan! Even if we do, perhaps it will be the last Ramadan of our lives.
Remember the saying of the prophet SAW who said:
“Jibreel came to me and said ‘O Muhammad, if someone reaches the month of Ramadan and then dies but is not forgiven (for making full use of the month), so may God cast him away and he will enter Hell fire, Say Ameen‘, so I said ‘Ameen’”.
These ten [days and nights] are a treasure and within this month there is still opportunity but once missed it will not return for the person who does not grab it
Friday Khutbah (5th October 2007) delivered by Shaykh Muhammad Taher [at Leeds Grand Mosque, UK]
DISCLAIMER: This reminder was originally delivered in Arabic. Any meanings lost in translation are not to be attributed to the speaker as reminders are translated by volunteers. The mosque has no official translator and volunteers often have no formal qualifications to translate on the day. Please forgive any errors as they are from our human weakness and any right guidance is from God.