Its less than a month to Ramadaan!!! WoW!!! Exciting ain’t it???
The “R” stands for Ramadaan and there are approximately 28 days remaining (I don’t care what ISNA says, my Ramadaan starts with the sighting of the moon on the global scale, refer here and here for more info on what I am referring to, insha-Allah I will post something up regarding this soon from a few notes from lectures on fiqh of Ramadaan, as we approach Ramadaan)
Insha-Allah this is a reminder to myself first and everyone else as well!
Prepare for Ramadan as the Prophet (Sal Allahu alayhi wa Salaam) used to do by fasting a great deal during the month of Sha’baan (which is now)!
The fiqhi ruling is that fasting during Sha’baan is highly recommended. The discussion regarding this is found here (http://www.islamqa.com/index.php?ref=13729&ln=eng). I recommend everyone to read this ruling followed by this wonderful article by Abu Eesa Nimatullah here (http://www.sunnahonline.com/library/hajj/0006.htm).
Also the issue of the 15th of Sha’baan can be found in many places. Some support it as a night of extra blessings, therefore link to it extra acts of worship that they say should or could be done. So the following are a few Pro-15h of Sha’ban articles and a few that say that there aren’t anything authentic narrations that support this night’s extra blessedness. Read the articles and decide fro yourself insha-Allah.
Pro: This one is by Mufti Taqi Usmani, who needs no introduction as he is very well known specially amongst the Hanafis and Deobandis from the Sub continent. He has this good article here (http://www.albalagh.net/general/shaban.shtml) that supports this night as a time of extra blessings. The first part is excellent and lists the importance of the month of Sha’baan.
The others that say that this night of the 15th of Sha’baan has no basis or authentic narratiosn to support it can be found in the following links-
Allahu A’lam what the truth of the matter is, I follow the opinion that there isn’t any authentic textual evidence to support it. Read for yourself and decide for yourself insha-Allah.
The main focus of this post is to remind everyone to prepare for Ramadaan. My advice and that which I intend to do insha-Allah i as follows-
- Make dua’a and dhikr like the one above mentioned int he header or one can maybe get some from this website here or if you live in Houston then request the MSA at University of Houston for a dua’a book and they should have many of these in the office, you can arrange to come pick it up. You can email me to let me know if you want one.
- Begin fasting as much as you can during this month, so that during Ramadaan you can step it up even more to get even more thawaab and ajr insha-Allah.
- Start reading the Quran as much as you can, so in Ramadan you can focus on the Quran even more insha-Allah.
- Try to go to as many circles of knowledge as possible as many of the ibaada as this is the tradition of the salaf according to many. Ramadaan is primarily and strictly for ibaada according to them. And taraweeh prayers usually drain many of the Imaams energy. So you shoudlnt expect many islamic knowledge programs.
- Refresh your fiqh of fasting and Ramadaan. I’m sure may people either have books about the fiqh or have notes from classes they attended, if they don’t then you can access free lectures on fiqh of fasting and Ramadaan here at Salim Morgan’s website. I actually mostly follow these rulings except on a few issues. Set aside about 8-9 hours, you can split it up in a week to finish about 3 lectures on this topic.
- Once you get this down then focus on more and more dua’a, sincerity and intentions, and try to build your khushoo in these matters. You can refer to works like Madarij As Salikeen of Ibn Al Qayyim (d. 751 AH) or Minhaj Al Qasideen of Ibn Qudamah Al Maqdisee (d. 620 AH) to get pointers regarding issues of khushoo and tazkiya in these areas insha-Allah.
This is just advice from a brother, not a scholarly article or discourse and is meant primarily and specifically for myself and then everyone else insha-Allah.
Was Salaam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah