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End it well

“Let those who have failed to make the most of this month (Ramadhan) end it with good,

because actions are (judged) by their ending”

(Ibn Rajab)

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Allah’s Generosity is connected to gratitude, and gratitude is linked to increase in His generosity. The generosity of Allah will not stop increasing unless the gratitude of the servant ceases.

[Ali ibn Abu Talib]

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Maintaining Good Deeds After Ramadan
By Sheikh `Abdullah Ibn Jibreen

Here are ten means of keeping on doing good deeds after Ramadan:
1. Seek Allah’s support, beseeching Him Almighty to guide you to the right path and help you remain steadfast in faith. Allah Almighty has praised the supplication of those who are of sound understanding when they have said: [Our Lord! Cause not our hearts to stray after Thou hast guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Thy Presence. Lo! Thou, only Thou art the Bestower.] (Aal `Imran: 8 )
2. Be keen on being in the company of the righteous and attending dhikr meetings such as religious lectures or visiting a righteous friend to make dhikr (remembrance of Allah) together.
3. Acquire knowledge about the biographies of the Prophet’s Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) and the righteous believers by reading books and listening to tapes. This will stimulate you to keep firm in faith and follow in their footsteps.
4. Listen to tapes that deal with religious admonitions and righteous speeches.
5. Be keen on observing the obligatory acts of worship.
6. Keep on offering supererogatory acts of worship; do what you are most inclined to and can do regularly, even if it is little. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “…the best deeds to Allah are the incessant ones, even though they may be few.”
7. Start learning Allah’s Book by heart. Recite what you have learned during Prayer and keep reciting the Qur’an as much as you can.
8. Perform dhikr a lot and ask Almighty Allah for forgiveness. This may seem a tiny good act, yet observing it regularly increases faith and strengthens the heart.
9. Keep away from every thing that may cause your heart to divert from the right path such as bad people, indecent television programs, pornographic pictures, and love songs.
10. Last, but not least in importance, truly repent to Almighty Allah and be keen on not deviating from the right path again. Allah Almighty rejoices when His bondman returns to Him Most High in true repentance.
Dear brother, do not be one of those who do not pay heed to Allah Most High except in Ramadan. The righteous predecessors said about them, “Woe to those people who do not become mindful of Almighty Allah but in Ramadan!”
May Allah help you be steadfast in the right path until you reach the following Ramadan in best health and condition.

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Ar Rayyan


Sahl ibn Sa’d reported that the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam said: “There is a gate to Paradise that is called ar-Rayyan. On the Day of Resurrection it will say: ‘Where are those who fasted?’ When the last [one] has passed through the gate, it will be locked.”

[al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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The likeness of Ramadan


From Ibn al-Jawzi’s ‘Bustan al-Wa’idhin wa Riyad as-Sami’in’ (p. 213-214):

“The month of Ramadan to the other months is like Yusuf to his brothers. So, just like Yusuf was the most beloved son to Ya’qub, Ramadan is likewise the most beloved month to Allah

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Dua when breaking fast


When you fast in Ramadan or any other time, make a du`aa’ as you break your fast, for the du`aa’ of the fasting person is heard. `Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`Aas related that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Indeed the fasting person has at the time of breaking fast, a supplication which is not rejected.”

5. One of the Prophet’s supplications upon breaking fast was:

ذَهَبَ الْظَّمَأُ، وَابْتَلَّتِ الْعُرُوقُ، وَثَبَتَ الأجْرُ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ

Dhahaba azh-zhama’u, wa-btallati al-`urooqu, wa thabata al-ajru in shaa’ Allah.

The thirst has gone and the veins are quenched, and reward is confirmed, if Allah wills.

6. One of the Companions of the Prophet, `Abdullah ibn `Umar, used to make this du`aa’ upon breaking his fast:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي

Allaahumma inni as’aluka birahmatika al-lati wasi`at kulli shay’in an taghfira li

O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me.

7. Here is a du`aa’ to say when you break your fast in someone’s home:

أَفْطَرَ عِنْدَكُمْ الصَّائِمُونَ وَأَكَلَ طَعَامَكُمُ الأَبْرَارُ، وَصَلَّتْ عَلَيْكُمُ المَلائِكَة

Aftara `indakum as-saa’imoona wa akala ta`aamakumu al-abraaru, wa sallat `alaykumu al-malaa’ikah.

May the fasting break their fast in your home, and may the dutiful and pious eat your food, and may the angels send prayers upon you.

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Ramadan


“Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of Allah. A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. A month which, with Allah, is the best of months. Its days, the best of days, its nights, the best of nights, and its hours, the best of hours. It is the month, which invites you to be the guests of Allah and invites you to be one of those near to Him. Each breath you take glorifies Him; your sleep is worship, your deeds are accepted and your supplications are answered. So, ask Allah, your Lord; to give you a sound body and an enlightened heart so you may be able to fast and recite His Book, for only he is unhappy who is devoid of Allah’s forgiveness during this great month.

“Remember the hunger and thirst of the Day of Qiyamah (Judgment) with your hunger and thirst; give alms to the needy and poor, honor your old, show kindness to the young ones, maintain relations with your blood relations; guard your tongues, close your eyes to that which is not permissible for your sight, close your ears to that which is forbidden to hear, show compassion to the orphans of people so compassion may be shown to your orphans. Repent to Allah for your sins and raise your hands in du’a during these times, for they are the best of times and Allah looks towards his creatures with kindness, Replying to them during the hours and granting their needs if He is asked…

“O People! Indeed your souls are dependent on your deeds, free it with istighfar (repentance) lighten its loads by long prostrations (sujood); and know that Allah swears by his might: That there is no punishment for the one who prays and prostrates and he shall have no fear of the Fire on the day when man stands before the Lord of the Worlds.

“O People! One who gives iftaar to a fasting person during this month will be like one who has freed someone and his past sins will be forgiven.”

Some of the people who were there then asked the Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم): “Not all of us are able to invite those who are fasting?” The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم) replied: “Allah gives this reward even if the iftaar (meal) is a drink of water.”

He (صلي الله عليه وسلم) continues, “one who has good morals (akhlaaq) during this month will be able to pass the Siraat (hair-thin bridge over the Hellfire which every individual must cross on the Day of Judgment) … on the day that feet will slip … One who covers the faults of others will benefit in that Allah will curb His anger on the Day of Judgment.

“As for one who honors an orphan; Allah will honor him on the Day of Judgment. And for the one who spreads his kindness, Allah will spread His mercy over him on the day of Judgment.

“As for the one who cuts the ties of relation; Allah will cut His mercy from him.

“Whoever performs a recommended prayer in this month Allah will keep the fire of Hell away from him. Whoever performs an obligatory prayer, Allah will reward him with seventy prayers [worth] in this month.

“And whoever prays a lot during this month will have his load lightened on the day of measure. He who recites one verse of the Holy Qur’an will be given the rewards of reciting the whole Qur’an during other months.

“O People! Indeed during this month the doors of Heaven are open, therefore ask Allah not to close them for you; the doors of Hell are closed, so ask Allah to keep them closed for you. During this month Shaytaan is imprisoned, so ask your Lord not to let him have power over you.”

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