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  • Bitesize Ramadhaan Articles 1434/2013

    A series of daily articles (reminders) to be used throughout the month of Ramadhaan, translated by our brother Abbas Abu Yahya.

     Day 01: Ease and Delight of the Heart is due to the remembrance of Allaah  Day 02: Righteous Actions are from the Dhikr of Allaah  Day 03: The State of the Salaf in Ramadhaan  Day 04: Dua’ is Worship  Day 05: The Encouragement to Fast Ramadhaan Seeking a Reward  Day 06: Discouraging from concentrating on satisfying the stomach  Day 07: Singing the Qur’aan with Musical instruments  Day 08: Eating with the Right Hand  Day 09: Dua’ for Increase in Knowledge  Day 10: The Stages of How Fasting became Obligatory  Day 11: My Religion has Taught Me  Day 12: Only Performing one Umrah in one Journey  Day 13: From the Plots of Shaytaan is to make Mankind Excessive & Wasteful in all Matters  Day 14: Knowledge & Actions  Day 15: The status of the Sunnah in Islamic Legislation  Day 16: Inanimate Objects have Feelings  Day 17: The Excellence of Performing Umrah in Ramadhaan  Day 18: Explanation of the Ayaah: O you who believe! Fear Allaah as He should be feared  Day 19: Dividing the Taraweeh Prayer in the Last Ten nights of Ramadhaan  Day 20: Not Praying the Sunnah Prayer Directly after the Obligatory Prayer  Day 21: No Socialism in Islaam  Day 22: Preserving Good Deeds from Envy  Day 23: Education of Children  Day 24: The Shaytaan has no Power over Sincere People  Day 25: The Obligation of Teaching Tawheed  Day 26: Calling to Tawheed is the First Priority  Day 27: Benefits of Eemaan in Qadr  Day 28: Seeking Forgiveness  Day 29: The Real Meaning of Zuhd (Not having a love for the Dunyaa)  Day 30: No One Lives for Eternity

    http://en.miraath.net/content/day-03-repelling-consequences-sinning http://en.miraath.net/book/2203/day-26-statement-tawheed-la-ilaha-illa-allaah

  • Day 01: Ease and Delight of the Heart is due to the remembrance of Allaah Compiled & Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

    Published by Miraath Publications

    Audio and Written Excerpt found here: http://bit.ly/2ng2bUD

    Allaah Ta’ala said:

    بِِّھۦۚ فََوۡیلٞ ن رَّ ِم فَُھَو َعلَٰى نُوٖر ِمّ ۡسلَٰ ُ َصۡدَرهُۥ ِلۡإلِ بِیٍن َ◌فََمن َشَرَح ٱ�َّ ٖل مُّ ئَِك فِي َضلَٰ ٓ ِۚ أُْولَٰ ن ِذۡكِر ٱ�َّ ِسیَِة قُلُوبُُھم ِمّ ِلّۡلقَٰ

    > [Zumar: 22]

    Allaah Ta’ala said:

    ُ أَن یَۡھِدیَھُۥ ِمۖ َوَمن یُِرۡد أَن یُِضلَّھُۥ یَۡجَعۡل َصۡدَرهُۥ فََمن یُِرِد ٱ�َّ ۡسلَٰ عَّدُ فِي ٱلسََّمآءِۚ یَۡشَرۡح َصۡدَرهُۥ ِلۡإلِ َضیِّقًا َحَرٗجا َكأَنََّما یَصَّ

    > [al-Anaam: 125]

    Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:

    ‘From the means of ease and delight for the heart, is: continuous remembrance of Allaah in all circumstances, and in every place. Dhikr has an amazing effect in giving ease to the heart, and pleasure to the heart. Negligence has a strange effect on making the heart constrained, imprisoning it and punishing it.’

    Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah -Rahimullaah- also said:

    ‘From the greatest means for the constraint of the heart is: Turning away from Allaah Ta’ala, and attaching the heart to other than Him. Being negligent of His remembrance, and loving other than Him, since whoever loved something other than Allaah then he is punished with that thing. His heart is imprisoned in loving that other thing. So there is none in this world who is more wretched than him, and none more in a gloomier situation, nor a more miserable survival, nor any one with a more tired / sick heart.’ [From: ‘Zaad al-Ma’ad’ by Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah 2/25]

    Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah -Rahimullaah- also said:

    ‘There is no doubt that the heart becomes rusty just like brass and silver and other things become rusty, and it becomes bright and illuminated with Dhikr. It becomes so bright until it is a shiny mirror, therefore if the heart is left then it becomes rusty and if it remembers Allaah it becomes illuminated.

    The heart becomes rusty due to two matters: due to negligence and sins, and it becomes illuminated with two things: with seeking forgiveness and Dhikr.’ [From ‘al-Waabil as-Sayib’ by Ibn Qayyim aj- Jawzeeyah p.56]

  • Day 02: Righteous Actions are from the Dhikr of Allaah Compiled & Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

    Published by Miraath Publications

    Audio and Written Excerpt found here: http://bit.ly/2nRMC1N

    Allaah Ta’ala said:

    ٗدۤا َوَسبَُّحواْ بَِحۡمِد َرِبِّھۡم َوُھۡم َال یَۡستَۡكبُِروَن۩ �إِنََّما یُۡؤِمُن بِ واْۤ ُسجَّ ِتنَا ٱلَِّذیَن إِذَا ذُِكُّرواْ بَِھا َخرُّ ایَٰ

    > [Sajdah: 15]

    Allaah Subhanahu Ta’ala said in Soorah al-Jummah:

    لَٰوةِ ِمن یَۡوِم ٱلۡ ٓأَیَُّھا ٱلَِّذیَن َءاَمنُٓواْ إِذَا نُوِدَي ِللصَّ ِلُكۡم َخۡیٞر لَُّكۡم إِن ُكنتُۡم تَۡعَلُمونَ ُجُمعَِة فَٱۡسعَۡواْ یَٰ ِ َوذَُرواْ ٱۡلبَۡیَعۚ ذَٰ إِلَٰى ِذۡكِر ٱ�َّ

    > [Jummah: 9]

    Saeed bin Jubayr -Rahimullaah- said:

    ‘Every person who carries out obedience of Allaah then he is one who remembers Allaah.’ [From ‘Adhkaar Nawawi’ p.9]

    Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah -Rahimullaah: was asked about the best of actions after the obligatory duties, he answered:

    ‘In general the best thing that a slave of Allaah busies himself with, is adhering to continuously remember Allaah.’ [From ‘Waseeyahut as-Sughra’]

  • Day 03: The State of the Salaf in Ramadhaan Authored by Shaykh al ‘Allama Rabee’ bin Hadi Umayr al-Madkhalee Compiled & Translated by Umm Yahya

    Published by Miraath Publications

    Audio and Written Excerpt found here: http://bit.ly/1UqWNFJ

    Question: A questioner is asking about the state of the Salaf in Ramadhaan.

    Answer: In answering this question I say, that the state of the noble Messenger –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- in Ramadhaan is well known and he used to prepare for this month by fasting more in Sha’baan. As is narrated in the Hadeeth of ‘Aeysha -Radhi Allaahu ‘anha-:

    ‘He –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- used to fast all of, or most of Sha’baan.’

    Then he –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- would fast in this noble month of Ramadhaan and exert himself even more so in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan.

    When the last ten nights entered he would exert himself in worship and tighten his waist wrapper (meaning to exert himself in worship), he would perform I’tikaaf and his wives would too and many of his –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- Companions would also make I’tikaf.

    He –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- would establish these great actions of fasting perfectly, performing good deeds and showing goodness and sacrifice.

    The Messenger –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- was extremely generous, he was the most generous of people and when Ramadhaan came, he –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- was more generous than a wind that had been sent and more so if Jibraeel was sent as is narrated in the Hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbas Radhi Allaahu ‘anhumma.

    The Messenger of Allaah -Sallaallaahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam – would recite, or present the Qur’aan to Jibraeel once every Ramadhaan, and in the last year of his noble life he recited the Qur’aan to Jibraeel twice, as is narrated in the Hadeeth of Ayesha and Abu Hurairah Radhi Allaahu anhumma. This was a sign of his –’Alayhi as-Salat wa Salam- eminent passing away.

    So the Salaf held a special concern for this great month of paying attention to reciting the Qur’aan, increasing in the remembrance of Allaah, abstaining from sins, as fasting necessitates all these things. Fasting is not merely abstaining from food and drink indeed it is a way of refraining from all that Allaah The Most High The Most Blessed hates in terms of sins etc.

    Fasting is also turning in obedience to Allaah –’Azza wa Jal- and to have Ikhlaas (sincerity) for Allaah in this action.

    May Allaah be pleased with the Salaf. It is said of Malik that he would teach the people and when Ramadhaan approached he would free up his time for fasting and reciting Qur’aan. Thus you should give importance to reciting the Qur’aan in this noble month, along with reflecting upon it and pondering about it, and to take heed of the admonition and take heed of that which is rebuked, and comprehend the Halal and Haram and the clear understanding of Allaah’s threats and promises and things of this nature from the noble Qur’aan, with this the soul is purified and hearts are illuminated.

  • This illustrates to us that the Qur’aan is life, light and a guidance for us as Allaah -Tabaraka wa Ta’ala- has described it as such.

    بُ ۡن أَۡمِرنَۚا َما ُكنَت تَۡدِري َما ٱۡلِكتَٰ ِلَك أَۡوَحۡینَآ إِلَۡیَك ُروٗحا ِمّ ھُ نُوٗر َوَكذَٰ ِكن َجعَۡلنَٰ ُن َولَٰ یَمٰ ا