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The blessed month of Ramadan is here and what better time to change ones self for the better and get closer to Allah. This is a time where we should all align every aspect of our lives to that of Islam and so this article aims to do just that. From when we first awaken to when we go to sleep at night. This can also be applied to the rest of the year.In this most blessed month of Ramadhaan ALL good deeds are multiplied:The Prophet peace be upon him said: Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadaan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times. Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887.Therefore it is clear that all actions in Ramadan are multiplied many times over and Almighty Allah will reward for them however much he likes. A Fard Salaah is rewarded 70 to 500 times or even more and a Nafil act is rewarded as if it were a Fard Salaah. Subhaanallah!

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Forty Ways to Maximise Everyday in Ramadan

Bismillah hirrahmaanirraheem In the name of Allah the most compassionate the most merciful Hadhrat Salmaan reports that on the last day of Sha'baan the Messenger of Allah addressed then and said, "Oh people, there comes before you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in V irtue than 1,000 months; (LAYLATUL-QADR). It is a month in which each day should be observed by fasting, this has been made obligatory by the Almighty All ah." The blessed month of Ramadan is here and what better time to change ones self for the better and get closer to Allah. This is a time where we should all align every aspect of our lives to that of Islam and so this article aims to do just that. From w hen we first awaken to when we go to sleep at night. This can also be applied to the rest of the year. In this most blessed month of Ramadhaan ALL good deeds are multiplied: The Prophet peace be upon him said: Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadaan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts i n other times. Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887. Therefore it is clear that all actions in Ramadan are multiplied many times over and Almighty Allah will reward for them however much he likes. A Fard Salaah is rewarded 70 to 500 times or even more and a N afil act is rewarded as if it were a Fard Salaah. Subhaanallah!

The following are Sunnah and various good deeds one can do everyday in Ramadan and throughout the year to please Allah from when one first wakes up , throughout the day and when one sleeps at nightNOTE: For reasons of brevity, in most cases in this article only the summary and reference of each Hadith is mentioned instead of the entire Hadith.

1. When first waking up in the morningOne should try their utmost to wake up at least an hour before Sehri ends so that one can pray Tahajjud Salaah.1. As soon as one awakens they should rub both palms on the face and eyes so that the effects of sleep are removed. (Tirmidhi) 2. Then one should recite the following two supplications: Alhamdu lillaahil-ladhee 'ahyaanaa ba'da maa 'amaatanaa wa' ilayhin -nushoor.

Praise is to Allah Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and to Him is the return. (Bukhari) 3. Also recite: Laa 'illaha 'illallahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul -mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Qadeer Subhaanallahi, walhamdu lillaahi, wa laa 'ilaha 'illallahu, wallaahu 'akbar, wa laa hawla wa laa Quwwata 'illaa billaahil -'Aliyyil-'Adheem, Rabbighfir lee. There is none worth of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner, His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is able to do all things. Glory is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. There is none worth of worship but Allah. Allah is the Most Great. There is no might and no powers except by Allahs leave, the Exalted, the Mighty. My Lord, forgive me. Whoever says this will be forgiven, and if he supplicates Allah, his prayer will be answered; if he performs ablution and prays, his prayer will be accepted. (Bukhari) 4. To make Miswaak when awakening is Sunnah (Abu Dawood) Note: This is a separate Sunnah to when making Miswaak in Wudhu 5. When wearing ones trousers, first put on the right leg, then the left one. When putting on a kurta or shirt, first put on the rig ht sleeve and then the left one. The same procedure should be followed when wearing a vest. When wearing a shoe, first put on the right shoe. When removing any garment or shoe, first remove the left, then the right. This is the Sunnah method when removing any garment from the body (Bukhari, Tirmidhi the chapter on clothing and Shamaaile Tirmidhi).

2. Sunnah of Going to the Bathroom (Toilet)When entering the toilet 1. Recite the following and enter with your left foot : [Bismillaahi] Allaahumma 'innee 'a'oothu bika minal -khubthi walkhabaa'ith. (Before entering) [In the Name of Allah]. (Then) O Allah, I seek protection in You from the male and female unclean spirits. (Bukhari 1/45, Muslim 1/283) 2. Before immersing the hands into any bucket, drum, container, utensils, wash them thrice thoroughly. (Tirmidhi Vol. 1, pg. 13) 3. Water and lumps of earth should be taken to the toilet for the purpose of Isthinja (Washing privates). However if these are already in the toilet then it is not necessary . It is Sunnah to take the clods of earth. (Tissue will suffice). (Tirmidhi) 4. Whilst going to the toilet Rasulallah always covered his head and wore shoes (Ibn Saad) 5. One should not stand up and urinate but sit and urinate (Tirmidhi) 6. It is best to lower oneself as much as possible before uncovering oneself for isthinja (Tirmidhi)

Note: The name of Allah should not be said in the toilet. 8. One should not show ones back or face towards the Qaba whilst relieving oneself. (Tirmidhi) 9. Whilst relieving oneself one should not talk unless out of dire necessity (Mishkaat) 10. Whilst making Isthinja the right hand should not be used or touch the private parts but only the left hand should be used (Bukhari, Muslim) 11. One should be VERY cautious not to splash urine anywhere because this is one of the causes of grave punishment. (Tirmidhi) Important: One should ALWAYS sit down when urinating to avoid drops going elsewhere Ibn 'Abbas states that, 'Once the Messenger of Allah while passing through a graveyard heard the voices of two persons who were being punished in their graves. The Messenger of Allah said, 'These two persons are being punished not for something major (it is not difficult to be save from it).' The Prophet then added, 'Yes! (They are being tortured for a major sin) Indeed, one of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine while the other would go about with backbiting (to make enmity between friends).' The Messenger of Allah then asked for a branch of a d ate-palm tree, broke it into two pieces, and put one on each grave. On being asked why he had done so, he repl ied 'I hope that their torture might be lessened, until these get dried.' 13. It is better to sit and urinate on soft ground so that urine does not splash onto one (Tirmidhi) 14. Isthinja should first be made with earth or toilet paper and then with water. (Tirmidhi) 15. When leaving the toilet, go out with your right foot first and recite: Ghufraanak. Alhamdulillaahilladhee adh -haba annill adhaa wa afaanee Oh Allah I seek Your forgiveness. All praises are due to Allah who has taken away from me discomfort and granted me relief. (Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi)

3. Virtues of using Miswaak1. Hadhrat Abu Hurraira narrates that Rasulallah said: 'Was it not for my fear of imposing a difficulty on my Ummah I would have ordered that the Miswaak be used for every Salah, and delay in Isha prayer '." (Bukhari) 2. Hadhrat Ibn Umar narrates that the Me ssenger of Allah said: 'Make a regular practice of the Miswaak, for verily, it is healthy for the mouth and it is a Pleasure for the Creator (i.e. Allah is pleased with the Muslim who uses the Miswaak)'." (Bukhari) 3. Hadhrat Aisha narrates that Rasulall ah said: The reward of Salah (Prayers) is multiplied 70 times if Miswaak was used before it. Other narrations mention ninety -nine fold up to four hundred fold reward. The Ulama explain that the difference in reward is in accordance with the Ikhlaas sincerity of the person. The more the sincerity, the more the reward.

4. Hadhrat Ayesha narrates from Rasulallah: Two Rakahs of Salah after using the Miswaak is more beloved unto me than seventy Rakahs without Miswaak. (As Sunanul Kubraa) 5. Miswaak is to be held in the right hand According to Abd Allah Ibn Masud the Miswaak should be held in the right hand so that the small finger is below the Miswaak and the thumb is below the tip and the other fingers are on top of the Miswaak. It should not be held in the fist. 7. Sunnah for using Miswaak: 1. For the recitation of the Holy Quran. 2. For the recitation of Hadith. 3. When the mouth emits bad odour. 4. For teaching or learning the virtues of Islam. 5. For making reme mbrance of Allah (The Exalted). 6. Before intercourse. 7. After entering ones home. 8. Before entering any good gathering. 9. When experiencing pangs of hunger or thirst. 10. After the time of Suhoor. 11. Before meals. 12. Before and after a journey. 13. Before and after sleeping. May Allah (The Exalted) give us the ability to practise this beautiful Sunnah with sincerity, Ameen.

4. The Sunnahs of Performing Wudhu (Ablution)1. Great care should be taken in making Wudhu especially in cold and wintry days when one tends to feel lazy (Tirmidhi) 2. 3. Mentioning the name of Allah Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Raheem In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, and the Most Merciful It is also Sunnah to recite the following Dua whilst performing Wudhu: Allahummaghfirlee dhambee wa wassi lee fee daaree wa baariklee fee rizqee (Amalul youm wal lailah of Nasai) 2. Washing the hands thrice. 3. Rinsing the mouth and nose before washing the face thrice. 4. Rinsing the nose by one's left hand thrice: This is because it is mentioned in the hadith that the Prophet "washed his hands thrice, then he rinsed his mouth and washed his nose with water by putting water in it and blowing it out, and he washed his face thrice) (Bukhari, Muslim) 5. Exaggerating in rinsing one's mouth and nose if not fasting by moving water around the mouth and snuffing water to the end of one's nose . If fasting then be very careful not to put water too deeply into the nostrils and avoid gargling :

This is because of the hadith: "and snuff with water well except when you are fasting". (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and An -Nisaai) 6. Rinsing one's mouth and nose with the same handful of wat