Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Ramadhan Mubarak/Kareem!

Ibn Khuzaima reported on the authority of Salman al-Farisi that the Prophet (saaw) delivered a Khutbah on the last day of Sh'aban saying:

"O people: You are about to enter the shadow of a great blessed month. A night therein is better than a thousand months. Allah (swt) made fasting during this month an obligation and encouraged people to perform extra prayers during its nights.

Seeking nearness to Allah (swt) through a good deed would be considered like performing an obligatory act of worship. In turn, performance of an obligatory act of worship during this month would be rewarded seventy times more than during any other month. It is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Jannah. It is the month of comforting others, and the month during which believers would enjoy plentifulness.

The Prophet (s.a.w) went on to say:" Make sure you frequently do four things, two of which would please your Lord and the other two are indispensable for your salvation in the Hereafter. As for the two things that would please your Lord, they are: testifying to the oneness of Allah (swt) and seeking repentance. And the other two are: asking Allah the favour of entering Jannah and seeking refuge in Him from the Hell Fire."



"Whosoever fasts in Ramadan with faith and seeking Allah's reward, all his past sins will be forgiven."
(Bukhari)

Ramadhan Mubarak/Kareem!

Alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) has bestowed upon us yet another year in which we can take advantage of this Blessed month and even for that we must do shukr. Many die before Ramadhan approaches yet many of us are still here, given another opportunity to cleanse, purify, and illuminate our hearts and souls with the mercy and light of Allah (swt) and to be closer to Him (swt). It is the month wherein the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Sayyidinah Rasulullah (s.a.w) on the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), the night that is better then a thousand months of worship. SubhanAllah, how great is Allah (swt)’s mercy for the Ummah of His beloved Nabi (s.a.w).


May Allah (swt) make it easy for us during this blessed month to gain guidance, taqwa, ilm, piety, subr, His mercy, His forgiveness and His pleasure. May Allah (swt) save us from the punishments of the grave and hellfire and raise us amongst those that He loves and favours and make our home Jannatul Firdaws. Ameen

Remember me in your du’as (by NAME!) and I ask for forgiveness from anyone who I might have wronged knowingly/unknowingly.


Narrated by Abu Huraira (ra):
The Prophet (s.a.w) said, "Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)" [Bukhari Vol. 3: No. 127]





An officer of Brunei's Islamic authority leads a call for prayer or Athaan during the sighting of the new moon for Ramadan over the sky of Bukit Agok outside Bandar Seri Begawan August 31, 2008. Muslims scan the sky at dusk at the end of their lunar calendar's eighth month in search of the new moon to proclaim the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month during which observant believers fast from dawn to dusk. REUTERS/Ahim Rani (BRUNEI)



People buy food before the breaking of fast on the first day of Ramadan in Lahore September 2, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN)

Pakistani Muslims youngsters recite the holy book of Quran at a seminary in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Muslims across the world usually increase their religious activities during the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to officially begin Tuesday or Wednesday in Pakistan, though the timing depends on the alignment of the moon. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

A man shops in the downtown market area in Amman, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, August 31, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN)

A boy prays before a session marking the start of Ramadan at the Golden Mosque in Manila September 1, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo (PHILIPPINES)

A boy sleeps in a mosque while waiting to break his fast on the first day of Ramadan in Makassar September 1, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad (INDONESIA)

A child prepares food for Iftar (evening meal) before the breaking of fast on the first day of Ramadan at Memon Mosque in Karachi September 2, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)
Kashmiri Muslim men, who were under a curfew for the past nine days, perform prayers on a road outside a mosque during Ramadan in Srinagar September 2, 2008. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)

Egyptians shop at a vegetable market in Cairo during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan September 1, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Nasser Nuri (EGYPT)

A Pakistani Muslim prepares food stuff for 'Iftar', a time to break the fast, at a mosque during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. During Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

An elderly man reads the Koran on the second day of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, at the Grand Mosque in Sanaa September 2, 2008. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN

Students of a religious school recite the Koran during Ramadan at a seminary in Islamabad September 2, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN)

Foreign workers gather to break fast at the end of the first day of Ramadan in Jeddah September 1, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Stringer (SAUDI ARABIA)

Palestinian Muslims youths read verses from the Quran, Islam's holy book, while waiting to break their daily fast during the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in a mosque in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)A Palestinian man reads the Koran at in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque, at the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalems old city on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world this week begin the fasting and feasting month of Ramadan amid hopes of violence easing in some of the Islamic world's conflict hotspots but hit hard by rising food prices. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A moon crescent appears in the background of the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia. Muslims around the world this week begin the fasting and feasting month of Ramadan amid hopes of violence easing in some of the Islamic world's conflict hotspots but hit hard by rising food prices. (AFP/File/Roslan Rahman)

Saudis shop at a market in the Red Sea city of Jeddah one day before the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Saudi Arabia, cradle of Islam, and other oil-rich Arab monarchies in the Gulf has ushered in Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by an upsurge of charity and a slowdown in activity. (AFP/Omar Salem)

Fishermen offer prayers before the breaking of fast on the first day of Ramadan in Karachi September 2, 2008. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)





"Most certainly We have revealed it in the Night of Power; And what will inform you what is the Night of Power? The Night of Power is greater than a thousand months; The angels and Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) descend in it with the permission of your Lord with all decrees; Peace prevails till the rising of dawn." (Surah Qadr)




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9 comments:

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brotherhood said...

ramadan kareem!!

sumaiya said...

Ramadhan kareem to you too, long time no see! Where did your blog go?

awahid said...

WOW
very nice images.
Awesome
Fantastic entries

sumaiya said...

I just love the Ramadhan pictures. Seeing the Muslims all around the world doing the same thing is just amazing subhanaAllah.

alami said...

salamo alaykom
may Allah bless you and bring you peace.
Wishing you and Eid filled with the moments of happiness,joy and prosperity.
eid moubarak said.

sumaiya said...

wa alaikum salam,
Ameen and JazakAllahu Khair for the du'as.

Eid Mubarak to you too!

Uzma said...

Ramadan Kareem!