Six Advices – the Last Days of Ramadan

Advice #1

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!

Advice #2

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.”

Advice #3

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.

Advice #4
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’.

Advice #5

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.

Advice #6

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.

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