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6. A Practical Ramadhaan Checklist

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6. A practical Ramadhaan Checklist

1) Ask Allah ʹazza wa jall to help you to reach Ramadhaan and to get the most out of it as the Salaf used to do

 

Here are a few ahadeeth to remind you of the excellence of Ramadhaan and fasting:

 

Once the Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said to the Sahabah radhiAllahu `anhum, “Ramadhaan has come, a blessed month, Allah has made it obligatory for you to fast, the doors of the Heavens are opened up the door of hell are closed the rebellious shayateen are tied up, in it is a night that belongs to Allah is better than a thousand month,s one who is deprived its goodness is truly deprived” (an‐Nasai and al‐Baihaqi)

 

Abu Hurayrah narrated that Allah’s Messenger sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “The five prayers, one Jumuah to the next, one Ramadhaan to the next are all expiation of anything between as long as the major sins are avoided” (Muslim)
Abu Hurayrah radhiAllahu `anhu narrated that Allah’s Messenger sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “When Ramadhaan comes the doors of Jannah are firmly opened and the doors of the fire are firmly closed and the shayateen are chained” (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)

 

In a version of Muslim “The doors of mercy are firmly opened and the doors of Jahannam are firmly closed and the shayateen are tied up” Abu Hurayrah radhiAllahu `anhu narrated that Allah’s Messenger sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said that Allah said, “All the actions of the son of Adam is for him except fasting it is for me and I reward it. As‐Siyam is a shield. On the day that one of you is fasting he must not speak bad and he must not become angry. If someone abuses him or fights him let him say I am fasting I am fasting. By the one in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad the smell from the mouth of one fasting, with Allah, is better than the smell of musk. One fasting has two joys when he opens his fast he rejoices and when he meets his lord he will rejoice with his fast.“ (al‐Bukhari)

 

Siyam and Qur’an will intercede for a Muslim:

 

The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Siyam and Qur’an will intercede for the servant on the day of judgement. Fasting will say my Lord I stopped him from his food and pleasures in the day. The Qur’an will say I stopped him from sleep at night. Let me intercede for him. They will be allowed to intercede”. (Ahmad)

 

2) Fast everyday with eemaan and pure intention seeking reward from Allah alone Ask Allah

 

The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever fasts in Ramadhaan with Eemaan and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)

 

3) Increase recitation of the Qur’an, the Prophet used to read the whole Qur’an in Ramadhaan

 

Ibn ʹAbbas radhiAllahu `anhu narrated that Allahʹs Messenger was the most generous of people and he was the most generous in the month of Ramadhaan when Jibreel met him. Jibreel used to meet him every night of Ramadhaan to teach him the Qur’an. Allahʹs messenger was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds). (al‐Bukhari, Muslim)

 

4) Have Suhoor

 

The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Have Suhoor because it is blessed”. (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)

 

5) Delay Suhoor as was the Sunnah

 

Aisha radhiAllahu `anha narrated that Bilal radhiAllahu `anhu used to pronounce the Adhan at night, so Allahʹs Messenger sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, ʺCarry on taking your meals (eat and drink) till Ibn Um Maktum pronounces the Adhan, for he does not pronounce it till it is dawn. (al‐Bukhari, Muslim)

 

6) Say Du’aa during the fast because the Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said that three people’s supplication is not rejected one of them is the fasting person

 

Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. (al‐Bayhaqee, at‐Tirmidhi)

 

Ask for the good of this life and the next for yourself, your family and Muslims in general.

 

7) Hurry to open your fast soon as it is time

 

Sahl Ibn Saad radhiAllahu `anhu narrated that Allah’s Messenger sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said “People will remain on good as long as they hasten the fitr”. (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)

 

8) Say Du’aa before opening the fast

 

The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “The fasting person has a supplication that is answered when he opens his fast”. (Ibn Majah and al‐Hakim)

 

9) Open fast with dates

 

Salman Ibn Amir radhiAllahu `anhu narrated that the Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said “When one of you opens his fast he should do so with dates for it is blessed if he doesn’t find dates then water for it is pure” (Abu Dawud, At‐Tirmidhi , Ibn Majah)

 

10) Say this Du’aa on opening fast:

 

(The thirst has gone, the veins are quenched and the reward is due insha’Allah)” (Abu Dawud)

 

11) Give Sadaqah and be kind to people. Feed the poor and invite others for Iftar

 

The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam was the most generous of people and he was most generous in Ramadhaan. (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)
The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever gives Iftar to someone fasting he will have the same reward without decreasing the reward of the person fasting”. (at‐Tirmidhi and an‐Nasai)

 

12) Avoid anything that diminishes the fast such as, lying, backbiting, cheating, getting angry and arguing

 

The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever does not abandon false words and deeds Allah has no need for him to leave his food and drink”. (al‐Bukhari)
The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Perhaps someone fasting, his share is hunger and thirst”. (al‐Hakim and Ibn Khuzaymah)

 

13) Ask for forgiveness since this is the month Allah ʹazza wa jall frees people from the fire

 

Allah’s Messenger sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Jibreel appeared to me and said, may he be distanced, the one who reaches Ramadhaan and is not forgiven…” (al‐Hakim)

 

Abu Umamah radhiAllahu `anhu narrated that The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “At every fitr Allah frees people from the fire” (Ahmad)

 

14) Pray At‐Tarawih with Khushu. If you pray in the Masjid complete the Salaah with the Imaam
The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever prays during Ramadhaan with Eemaan and seeking reward (from Allah) his past sins will be forgiven”. (al‐Bukhari and Muslim)

 

15) Try harder the last ten nights especially the odd nights

 

The Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam would strive in Ramadhaan more than he would in any other month and more so in the last ten days. (Muslim)

 

16) Say this Du’aa in the nights that Laylatul‐Qadr is likely to fall on:

 

(O Allah you are Forgiving and love forgiveness so forgive me). (at‐Tirmidhi)

 

17) Ask Allah ʹazza wa jall to accept all your good actions during this month

 

 

Ustadh Abu Talha

Ustadh Abu Talha graduated from Madinah Islamic University (K.S.A) with a BA Hons in Shariʹah and
specialises in the field of Fiqh and Aqeedah. The Ustadh has studied under the Scholars of the Prophet’s
Masjid and is currently a teacher at the Tayyibun Institute UK.

Author's note: Tayyibun Institute UK for the teachings of Qur’an & Sunnah (www.tayyibun.com), http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/Ramadhaan.pdf
Keywords: A Practical Ramadhaan Checklist, ramadaan, fasting, islam, Allah, self-restraint, mulims, siam, sacrifice, prayer, month, Series on Ramadan Preparation



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