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Imagine: the blessings of Ramadan all year round

There I was, standing upright in my prayer, listening attentively to the imam’s beautiful recitation with tears rolling down my face from the fear of Allāh and out of hope for Allāh’s mercy. I had forgotten about the ache in my feet as I had been standing in prayer for over an hour now and I had just completed a long day fasting for the sake of Allāh. All that mattered to me then was that Allāh forgives my sins and that the imam continues reciting Allāh’s beautiful and effective words that resonate through the heart.

Just over a month later, here I am struggling to read the Qur’ān even once a day and finding it difficult to pray my sunnah prayers. What happened!? Not only has our worship decreased, but we have also forgotten a very important thing. Have we actually made du’ā to Allāh that He accepts our righteous deeds? If so, do we make this du’ā as often and as profusely as we should?

My brothers and sisters, this is the reality of the majority of us after Ramaḍān and if we really care about our hereafter, then we should stop and contemplate on what made us change, and how we can improve. Of course it is near impossible to maintain the same level of worship that we used to have in Ramaḍān, but we should at least try to improve on last year and come out from Ramaḍān with something that we continue for the rest of our lives.

In Ramaḍān, there were many blessings which are not as common throughout the year, and maybe it was the knowledge of the presence of these blessings that pushed us to work harder. Now that we perceive them to be unavailable, perhaps we are beginning to slack. However, if we look deeper into the Sunnah of the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) we will realise that many of the blessings that were available in Ramaḍān are actually available throughout the year, so we should jump to this chance and ensure that we take from the rewards that Allāh had made easy for us to grab. Examples of these blessings are: the doors of Jannah being open; the shayātīn being locked up; praying behind the imam until he finishes rewarded like praying the whole night; and fasting the whole month of Ramaḍān with eman and hope of receiving Allāh’s reward causing our sins to be forgiven.

There are many angles that one may take to approach the problem of reduction in worship, and this time I have taken the method of inviting you to do good by showing you the easy paths you can take to receive similar rewards to what you could receive in Ramaḍān. Below is how you can do so.

To get your sins forgiven:

It was narrated by Abū Qatādah, that the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) was asked about fasting the day of ‘āshūrā (10th of Muharram), and he replied that it expiates the sins of the previous year. The prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) was also asked about fasting the day of ‘Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijjah, the day before ‘Eid al-Adhā), and he replied that it expiates the sins of the previous and upcoming year. [1]

It was narrated by Abū Hurayra, that the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“Whosoever says in a day, “SubhānAllāhi wa bihamdih” (Glory be to Allāh and His Praise) 100 times, it removes his sins (between him and Allāh), even if they were like the foam of the sea” [2]

Rewards for praying the whole night:

It was narrated by ‘Uthmān b. ‘Affān, that the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

 “Whosoever prays ‘Ishā in congregation, then it is as if he prayed half the night, and whosoever prays the morning prayer (Fajr) in congregation, then it is as if he prayed the whole night” [3]

To get protection from the Shaytān (Satan):

It was narrated by Abū Hurayra, that the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“Whosoever says Lā ilāha illā Allāh, wahdahū lā sharīka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alā kulli shay’in qadīr (There is none worthy of worship but Allāh. He has no partners. For Him is the dominion and praise, and He is able to do all things) every day 100 times, it is like the reward of freeing ten slaves, and 100 good deeds are written for him, and 100 sins are erased from him. And it is a protection for him from the shaytān for that day until night enters. And no one comes with better than what he did, except for someone who does more than it (i.e. someone who says this du’ā and does more deeds on top of it).” [4]

To guarantee Paradise:

It was narrated by Shaddād b. Aws, that the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“The master of seeking forgiveness is to say,Allāhumma anta rabbī, lā ilāha illā anta, khalaqtanī, wa ana ‘abduka, wa ana ‘alā ‘ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, a’ūthu bika min sharri mā sana’tu, abū’u laka bini’matika ‘alayya wa abū’u bidhanbī, faghfir lī, fa’innahū lā yaghfiru al-dhunūba illā anta.” Whosoever says it in the day while he is certain of it (i.e. has full faith in its meaning), and he dies on this day before night falls, then he is from the people of paradise. And whosoever says it in the night while he is certain of it (i.e. has full faith in its meaning), and he dies on this night before the day breaks, then he is from the people of paradise.” [5]

It is clear from this hadīth that we need to have full faith in its meaning, so for us to believe in it, we need to know what it means. Below is a translation of the supplication, but remember, you will only enter paradise if you are someone who fulfils the five pillars of Islam and doesn’t take partners with Allāh. Let no one think that they can ignore the five pillars of Islam and say this supplication and be entered into paradise!

The supplication is as follows:

 “Oh Allāh, you are my Lord, there is none worthy of worship but you. You created me and I am your slave. I keep your covenant and my pledge to you so far as I am able. I seek refuge in you from the evil of what I have done. I admit to your blessings upon me, and I admit to my misdeeds. Forgive me, for there is none who may forgive sins but you.”

Words light on the tongue but heavy on the scales:

It was narrated by Abū Hurayra that the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

 “Two words, easy on the tongue, heavy on the scales, beloved to the Merciful (Allāh): SubhānAllāhi al-‘Adhīm, subhānAllāhi wa bihamdih (Glory be to Allāh the Great, Glory be to Allāh and his praise).” [6]

To get a house in paradise:

It was narrated by Umm Habība (the prophet’s wife), that the prophet (SallaAllāhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:

“There is no slave that prays for Allāh every day 12 rak’āt voluntary, not obligatory (prayers), except that Allāh builds for him a house in paradise.” [7]

The scholars have mentioned that these 12 rak’āt are the 2 sunnah before Fajr, 4 before Dhuhr, 2 after Dhuhr, 2 after Maghrib and 2 after ‘Ishā.

There are many more gems or rewards that we can memorise and implement, and we can receive a great reward from Allāh, so please remind us of these gems by mentioning them in the comments.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Reported by Ahmad and Abū Dāwūd

[2] Reported by Bukhāri in the chapter of supplication

[3] Reported by Muslim (656)

[4] Reported by Bukhāri in the chapter the beginning of creation

[5] Reported by Bukhāri

[6] Reported by Bukhāri in the chapter of supplication

[7] Reported by Muslim (727)

Originally published in 2014

About Abul Baraa

Abul Baraa studied Chemical Engineering at UCL, and now works full time for a major Engineering firm. Throughout his time at university, he was involved in Islamic Society da'wah and wrote a number of articles for the society's periodic newsletter. Abul Baraa is a firm believer of the necessity to continue Islamic Studies throughout working life, and is a regular attendee of a number of weekly circles. He has completed an in-depth study of Imām al-Nawawi's 40 hadīth with Ustādh Alomgir Ali, and has created a blog with summarised bullet-point commentary on each hadīth, which can be found on www.hadithcommentary.wordpress.com.

6 comments

  1. 30 seconds and a whole lot of reward!!!

    Juwairiyah (One of the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him) reported that one day the Prophet, peace be upon him, left her apartment in the morning as she was busy observing her dawn prayer in her place of worship. He came back in the forenoon and she was still sitting there. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said to her, “You have been in the same place since I left you?” She said, “Yes.” Thereupon the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “I recited four words three times after I left you and if these were to be weighed against what you have recited since morning these would outweigh them, and these words are:

    سُبْحـانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْـدِهِ عَدَدَ خَلْـقِه ، وَرِضـا نَفْسِـه ، وَزِنَـةَ عَـرْشِـه ، وَمِـدادَ كَلِمـاتِـه

    Subhaanallaahi wa bihamdihi: ‘Adada khalqihi wa ridhaa nafsihi, wa zinata ‘arshihi wa midaada kalimaatihi.

    Glory is to Allah and praise is to Him, by the multitude of his creation, by His Pleasure, by the weight of His Throne, and by the extent of His Words (Recite 3 times in Arabic)

  2. Beautiful article and a great reminder to us all. Thank you for the beautiful duas

    • Recite Surah Mulk every night and it will intercede for the person until they are forgiven and enter Jannah and also protect the reciter from punishment of the grave!!

      This takes 5 minutes or 10 minutes and it will be so useful to us in that dark dark grave 6 foot under the ground.

  3. Beautiful article, a wonderful reminder jzk!
    I would like to add the following gem…

    Surah Ikhlaas:

    The Prophet salAllahu alayhi wassallam said: “Whoever recites Qul huwa Allaahu ahad ten times, Allaah will build for him a house in Paradise.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, 6472).

  4. Jazakallahu khairan

  5. Ayatul Kursi

    It was narrated that Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The
    Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever recites Ayat Al-
    Kursi immediately after each prescribed Prayer, there will be nothing standing between
    him and his entering Paradise except death.”
    [an-Nasa’i and Ibn Hibban]

    Transaltion:
    Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things In the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures As) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He willeth. His throne doth extend Over the heavens And on earth, and He feeleth No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).(Al-Baqarah 2: 255)

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