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This slide program explains significance of Ramadan in the light of Quran and Sunnah and how to prepare for Ramadan in the best possible way.


<ul><li>1.Fasting as an Obligation O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that ye may (learn) self- restrain. Baqarah,2: 183 </li></ul><p>2. Developing Taqwah-the main purpose 3. Month of Quran Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So everyone of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting Baqarah,2:185 4. We have indeed revealed this Message (Quran) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to you what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. 97:1-3 5. Quran revealed in Blessed night Ha Mim. By the Book that makes things clear. -We sent it down during a blessed night. . For We wish to warn against the Evil. Dukhan: 44:1-3 6. Glorifying Allah and Expressing Shukr if anyone is ill or on a journey the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. 2:185 7. Blessings of Ramadan Salman Al Farsl(R) reported Prophet(SAW) said In a sermon in the last of Shaban::A great month, a blessed month, a month containing, a night which Is better than a thousand months, 'has approached you God has ordained the fasting during it as an obligation, and passing of Its nights In prayer as a voluntary practice. If someone draws near to God during Ramadan with some good deed he will be like one who fulfills an obligatory duty in another month. It is the month of endurance and the reward of endurance Is paradise. This is the month of sharing with others, and a month In which the believer's provision (RIzk) is increased. If someone gives one, who has been fasting, something to break the fast, It will provide forgiveness of his sins and save him from hell, and he will have reward equal to his without his reward being diminished in any respect. 8. Blessings of Ramadan We asked, O Prophet of Allah we did not have the means to give to the fasting person. Prophet(SAW) said, "God gives reward to the one who gives fasting person some milk, or a date, or a drink of water with which to break the fast. One who gives a full meal to the fasting person, will be given a drink from my reservoir by God and he will not be thirsty till he enters paradise. It Is a month whose beginning Is Mercy, whose middle Is forgiveness, and whose end is freedom from Hellfire. If one makes things easy for his servant during Ramadan, God will forgive him and free him from Hellfire.Baihaqi, Mlshkat Hadlth No:1985 9. Doors of Jannah opened and doors of Hell closed Abu Huralrah(R)reported that Prophet (SAW) said: When Ramadan begins the gates of paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained. "Another narration has"The gates of Mercy are opened. " Bukhari &amp;Muslim,Mishkat No: 1956 10. Prophet (SAW) said, This is the month, first (1/3rd) of which is MERCY, middle of it (1/3rd) is FORGIVENESS and last (1/3rd) of it is FREEDOM FROM FIRE. 11. Prophet (SAW) said, Whoever fasts with IMAN and SINCERITY, all his/her previous sins are forgiven. (BUKHARI) 12. Umrah in Ramadan 13. Prophets Ibadah in the last 10 days of Ramadan 14. Prophet (SAW) struggled hard in ibadah in Ramadan 15. Interval between Suhoor and Fajr 16. Generosity in Ramadan 17. Best suhoor includes dates 18. One days fast removes one from Hellfire for 70 years distance 19. Refrain from false talk and false conduct 20. Rewards for fasting 21. Fasting Ibadah Feel Hunger Sacrifice Protection Spiritual Experience Love of Allah and mankind 22. 1-IBADAH- Mankind's Purpose on Earth I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me. No sustenance do I require of them, nor do I require that they should feed me. For Allah [God] is He Who gives (all) Sustenance (forever) Zariyaat),51: 56-58 Ramadan is a time for Muslims to refocus that goal Remember their mission Be grateful to the One, without which, mankind could not be sustained 23. 2-Feel That Hunger! The hunger and thirst is supposed to be felt. There is to be a realization that without the bounties of Allah, mankind is helpless Giving empathy for those that spend their life in that state starvation and deprivation. Perhaps, it will lead us to sponsor a starving family somewhere in the world. 24. 3-It's All about the Sacrifice Essence of Ramadan and fasting is in its sacrifice for the sake of Allah (God) alone. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) 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.) (Hadith 127, Sahih Al-Bukari) On the contrary, he describes a gate to Paradise called Al- Rayan, that no one will be able to pass through on the Day of Judgment except the one who successfully fasts Ramadan (spiritually, mentally and physically 25. 4-Fasting is protection It is a shield against the fire of Hell. Narrated Abu Saeed that the Prophet (SAW) said, Anyone who fasts for one day for Allahs pleasure, Allah shall keep his face away from hellfire for ( a distance covered in) seventy years. (Bukhari) It is protection against Allahs anger. It is protection against your own desires It is protection against Shaytan. It is fortress which protects you against all evils. 26. 5-Fasting as a Spiritual Experience This spiritual fasting is not just abstention from food. It is a time for increased time in prayer Increased good deeds, such as charity A time of abstaining from anger and pettiness, haughtiness and attachment to worldly objects, impatience and frivolity. For some this might include staying off the Internet, putting away the Xbox, staying out of the malls, turning off the soap operas, Being honest in their business dealings by not jacking up prices unfairly and Staying away from people and situations that they know will rile them up 27. 6-Love of Allah and the mankind Fasting leads to 28. Preparation for Ramadan Ayesha (RA) said: "I have never seen Prophet (SAW) fast more in any other month of the year than he did in Shaban. He used to fast all of Shaban." and in another narration. "He used to fast almost all of it, except a little." [Saheeh Muslim] The scholars' advise us to fast a lot in Shaban, and Increase acts of worship by getting up at night for Tahajjad Recite more Quran Do more Dhikr Make Shaban a month of Ibadah, to prepare ourselves for Ramadan. 29. 1-We have to renew our Taubah (repentance) We have to make Taubah from: 1. Sins of the tongue (backbiting, lies, slander, speaking to people in an insulting way, making fun of others). 2. Sins of the heart (show-off, self-admiration, arrogance, envy, hatred) 3. Lack of modesty (in dressing, mannerism, way of speaking with the Non-Mahrams) 4. Taubah from pleasing others while its displeasing to Allah 5. Taubah from all the time wasted (in shopping, telephone, long chat, browsing net). Clean up your heart, forgive others and forget, hoping for Allahs forgiveness. 30. 2-Increase your motivation by increasing Ibadah in Shaban 1. Pray/increase the nawafil (supererogatory) prayers. 2. Tahajjud (night prayer) 3. Fast (Monday &amp; Thursday / make up your missed fast) 4. Morning and Evening Adhkaar (these are protection/shield against Jinn &amp; Shayateen. Do not leave them ever) 5- Make a lot of Dua' (at last 3rd part of night, accepted times, last hour of Friday) 7. Read Qur'an after Fajr. 31. 3-We need to train our senses Tongue/ears/eyesight are the ways to the heart. We have to train them to get them used to the act of worship and to refrain from sins. We have to train ourselves/our nafs to hate the sins. Naturally our fitrah (inborn natural state) hates sins, but we have become so accustomed to sins that we have become numb to them . Prophet (SAW):" Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand (by taking action); if he cannot, then with his tongue (by speaking out); and if he cannot, then with his heart (by hating it and feeling that it is wrong)." (Narrated by Muslim, 49 32. 4-Train yourself to be humble before Allah Human beings transgress when they feel self-sufficient. Ask Allah to keep us steadfast upon His Path, We are in desperate need of Allah to survive in our Dunya and Deen. If Allah doesn't keep us steadfast on his way, we can never last. We are in need of Allah to fulfill any act of worship. We have to realize ourselves how badly we are in need of Allah for everything. 33. 5-Magnify the symbols (Shaaer) of Allah. Salah (prayer), Hajj, Fasting, Masajid, these are all the symbols of Allah We have to give them their right &amp; take them serious Having Ghaflah (heedlessness) is very dangerous to us. One way to help to magnify the symbols is to get ourselves used to reflecting on acts of worship before we do them When you are starting the Salah, reflect and think: "I am about to pray, I am going to meet Allah, put Jannah (Paradise) to your right and the (Hellfire) to your left, think what if I am on the Siraat (Path over Hellfire on day of Judgment) now? Keep struggling and fighting to have Khushoo (humility and attentiveness) in Salah and Allah will grant it. 34. Things to do in Ramadan 1. Intention (Niyyah) and Resolve (Iradah) There has to be right and sincere intention aimed at achieving Allahs pleasure and His bounty and reward. Make intention and resolve that you would try to inculcate in yourself that high quality of piety or Taqwah that is the objective of fasting Make a firm decision that devotion and regularity would be the hallmark of all your acts Take out time in solitude, during its very first night. Consider yourself present in the court of Allah, glorify Him and invoke His blessings on the Prophet (pbuh), and repent on your sins and follies 35. 2-Your relation with the Quran Fasting and prayers at night, are based and connected with Quran in one form or another The least that we get from Tarawih is that we go through the entire Quran in one months time Due to lack of understanding in Arabic language, many people do not getg the joy and blessings of knowing, and revising, the message and themes of Quran. Devote extra time in addition to Tarawih, for reading a few passages of Quran with the meaning in your own language 36. Study of Quran Angel Gabriel used to come to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to repeat the entire Quran from its beginning to the end during the course of the month.( Bukhari and Muslim) Best plan is to study as much of Quran with its meaning in the day time as is going to be read out in prayers during the night You may start studying Quran with translation with commitment to continue and finish by the advent of next Ramadan. If you find even this much difficult for you, then at least go through just three verses daily. Absorb the Quran in your heart and mind and strengthen the bond of your heart and soul with it 37. 3- Avoiding disobedience to Allah Fasting aims at inculcating the quality of piety or Taqwah. It is imperative to make special effort in this month to avoid disobedience of Allah. Ramadan creates this special environment through stopping us from eating throughout the day, keeping us in prayers through most of the night, and making us listen to the Quran Virtue and piety do not lie in observance of some rituals, the real piety consists of strong belief, love and commitment, patience and fortitude, and giving generously in the way of Allah 38. Avoid disobedience to Allah While we should be conscious and considerate in every sphere of life, relations with other people and social contacts merit special attention. The Prophet (pbuh) has summed this up: fasting provides a shield, so do make it a shield. A fasting person should neither use abusive language, nor quarrel; if someone enters into altercation, he should answer it by saying that he is fasting and it is not proper for him to get involved in wrong and indecent acts. (Narrated by Abu Huraira ,Bukhari and Muslim) In another Hadith, the Prophet (pbuh) said that fasting is not about hunger and thirst, rather it requires giving up falsehood and acting upon it. (Narrated by Abu Huraira in Bukhari and Muslim) 39. 4-Quest for Goodness In the month of Ramadan a small virtue brings the reward of obligatory acts and obligatory acts reward increase 70 times, or even more. This is, indeed, a great incentive to do more virtuous deeds. This quest should continue regarding the acts of worship such as trying to join in congregational prayers with the first call (takbir Tahrima) and regularity in supplementary prayers. 40. Quest for Goodness But this quest should also be in the field of human relations it is virtue to meet a Muslim brother smilingly, it is virtue to remove what may cause pain to him, it is virtue to fill his water-pot with water. When a person uses every single and minor opportunity to please his Lord, then, as a Hadith-Qudsi tells, Allah says that He starts loving that person. &amp; becomes his ears with which he hears, becomes his eyes with which he sees, becomes his feet on which he stands and walks.(Abu Huraira in Bukhari) 41. 5. Night Prayers They sleep but little by night, and would ask for forgiveness at dawn. 51:17-18 Tarawih prayers during Ramadan are meant for standing awake at night. Usually people hear Quran in Tarawih at the beginning of night You should establish Tahajjad specially in Ramadan. You already wake up for suhoor (meals before starting the fast early in the morning). Wake up 20 minutes or half an hour earlier, make ablution, and offer two rakah prayers. 42. Night Prayers It is this part of the night about which the Holy Prophet (pbuh) has told us that Allah Almighty comes closest to the world and declares, Is there anyone who asks Me to fulfill his need, and I will give to him whatever he asks for? Is there anyone who asks for My forgiveness, and I will forgive him Still, if it is difficult to pray two rakah, then you can at least place your forehead on the ground before your Lord and plead with Him, weep and wail, seek forgiveness for your sins, request for all that is good along with perseverance in the path of truth. 43. 6. Zikr (Remembering Allah) What is Zikr? Fulfilling anything that Allah likes whether it is done through heart or tongue or limbs In Ramadan, mere verbal Zikr, i.e. just repeating some specific words and supplications, is also quite beneficial. Glorify Allah in words like 44. 7- Dua In Ramadan, there are special moments for acceptance of our supplications. Iftar (meals to break the fast in the evening) time is one such moment in which Allahs mercy is ready to envelop us. Try to seek Allahs mercy more frequently in the first ten days of Ramadan, His forgiveness in the...</p>