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Ramadhan: The Month of Opportunity
"Had We sent down this Qur'an on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and crumbling by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables that We put forward to mankind that they may reflect." [TMQ Al-Hashr: 21]

The graceful month of Ramadhan is about to set in; the month during which the gates of Mercy are wide open, the gates of Hell are shut and the Shayateen are chained up. It is a month chosen by Allah (swt) as a month of fasting; an act of Ibadat that Allah (swt) made special to Him. He (swt) favoured this month over all other months by making it the month of mercy and reverence for all the believers. Indeed, this month is the most superior of months in which Allah (swt) revealed the Qur'an.

"The month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and Al-Furqan." [TMQ Al-Baqarah: 185]

Also, in this month were revealed the scriptures of Ibrahim (as) and Musa (as), as well as the Zabuur and the Injeel.

It is a month that contains a night that is better than a thousand months.

"Verily! We have sent it down in the night of Al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is. The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months" [TMQ Al-Qadr: 1-3]

A night upon which Allah (swt) made the reward of he who spends that night in prayer and total devotion to Allah (swt), forgiveness for all his past sins.

Imam Bukhari narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said "He who spends the night of Al-Qadr praying in total devotion, his past sins will be forgiven."

A night in which the believers should sincerely repent to Allah (swt) by reciting the Prophetic du'a, conveyed to us by the Mother of the Believers, Umm al-Mumineen Aisha (ra)

"Allahumma innaka 'afuwan karimun tuhibbul 'afuwa fa-'af'anni"

"O Allah! Thou art, indeed, the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful, and to forgive is most pleasing to Thee; so, forgive me my sins." [Musnad Imam Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

Ramadhan is the month in which the Umrah is equivalent to a single Hajj (in reward). The Messenger of Allah (saw) said to a woman from the Ansar, "If it is Ramadhan, make Umrah for indeed it is equivalent to Hajj." [Nisaa'i].

The month of Ramadhan is a month of patience, Jihad and victory. Victory was granted in the Battle of Badr and the opening of Makkah. The Muslims were victorious throughout the sands of history.

It is the month of reciting the Qur'an, the month of giving Zakah, the month of building mosques, the month of repenting to Allah (swt), the month of perfecting the qualities of the Muslims, the month of strengthening the relations between the relatives (Silat al-raham), the month of generosity and goodness to the needy, the month of being aware of our speech and actions, and the month of re-invigorating our Iman and purifying our hearts.

Yes, certainly the month of Ramadhan is one of distinguished superiority. And all praise is to Allah (swt) that this Ramadhan heralds many signs of the impending return of the Khilafah, Insha-Allah!

Indeed, the Islamic Ummah, and to Allah (swt) belongs All Praise and Benevolence, is increasingly turning to Islam and to the return of its rule day after day, and she is increasing in her yearning for the return of the Khilafah state.

The sincere believers cannot but afford to be close to their Creator and Sustainer, Azza wa Jall. They have no ally and no protector other than Allah (swt). They turn to no one other than Him (swt). They rely on him alone for the rizk, the ajal, and the nasr.

"And when my slaves ask you concerning me then answer them, I am indeed near. I respond to the du'a of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright" [TMQ Al-Baqarah: 186]

Indeed the believers have no hope other than in Allah (swt), in whom they put their trust.

"If Allah helps you, none can overcome you, and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you? And in Allah let the believers put their trust" [TMQ Ale-Imran: 160]

Allah (swt) has allowed each and everyone of us to witness again the month of Ramadhan, that we may benefit from it by drawing closer to Allah (swt), by making sincere repentance, and seeking His Mercy and Forgiveness, and all Praise is to Allah (swt) who gave us life when we were dead, will give us death when we were alive, and will once again bring us back to life after we die.

Indeed the one who fails to benefit from the impending month of Ramadhan is indeed one of the losers, and deserves to be distanced from Allah (swt) and is not deserving of the responsibility and reward associated with carrying the Islamic call to all and sundry.

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (saw), climbed upon the Minbar and said: "Ameen, ameen, ameen". So it was said, "O Messenger of Allah (saw), you climbed upon the Minbar and said, "ameen, ameen, ameen"? So he (saw) said "Jibreel came to me and said, 'Whoever reaches the month of Ramadan and does not have his sins forgiven and so enters the Fire, then may Allah distance him, say ameen" So I said "Ameen" [Ibn Khuzaimah, Ahmad and al-Baihaqi: Sahih].

The reward of the obedience in this month is great, and it is multiples greater than in any other time, and it is the best time to focus one's efforts, and energy and sacrifices to establish the Khilafah on the way of Prophethood, and the best time for the da'wa carrier to seek solace in Islam, and seek tranquillity in iman and seek delight in ibadat.

The reward of performing the fard is seventy times greater and the reward for performing a mandubat is like that of performing the fard.

What better time for us to visit the graves of those who passed before us, to whom Allah (swt) sent the Angel of Death (as), thereby depriving them of the opportunity with which he blessed you by allowing you to once again witness the month of Ramadhan.

The Messenger (saw) said, "Do visit the graves for they remind you of the hereafter."

And the Prophet (saw) taught us the du'a to recite at the graves when he passed by the graveyard of Medina and turned his face towards it and said, "May peace be upon you O people of the graves, may Allah forgive us and forgive you, you have preceded us and we shall follow suit."

This is the month for visiting the sick and the needy and enquiring about them.

The Prophet (saw) said, "If anyone performs wudu well and pays a sick-visit to his brother Muslim seeking his reward from Allah, he will be removed a distance of sixty years from Hell." [Sunan Abu Dawood]

This is the month of keeping good relations with one's relatives. Rasulallah (saw) said, "The one who severs his ties with his relations will not enter Paradise."

And there is much reward for the one who smiles at his brother, forbids what is evil and enjoins what is good, who helps the lost traveller, who guides the blind and who removes the obstacles from the path of the wayfarer.

Allah's Messenger (saw) said, "When you smile in your brother's face, or enjoin what is reputable, or forbid what is objectionable, or direct someone who has lost his way, or help a man who has bad eyesight, or remove stones, thorns and bones from the road, or pour water from your bucket into your brother's, it counts to you as 'Sadaqa'." [Tirmidhi]

More than this, this is the month for reciting, memorising and digesting the Qur'an al-Kareem. It goes without saying that the Qur'an is the basis of this deen with which we pride ourselves with before the whole world. It is the revealed word of Allah (swt), with which we are made to worship Him (swt). We should aim to complete its recitation at least once during this month.

Abu Umamah heard Allah's Messenger (saw) say, "Recite the Qur'an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqarah and Surah ale-Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them." [Sahih Muslim]

And this is the month for memorising the Qur'an and awaking at night to recite it in the depths of darkness seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt) alone.

The Messenger (saw) said "Learn the Qur'an and recite it, because the example of one who learns the Qur'an, reads it and recites it in Tahajjud is like an open bag full of musk, the fragrance whereof spreads over the entire place, and a person who has learnt the Qur'an but sleeps while the Qur'an is in his heart, is like a bag of musk but with its mouth closed." [Tirmidhi, Nisaa'i, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban]

In this month, the believers avail themselves of the opportunity to congregate in the mosques in order to pray, and recite the Qur'an and make sincere Tauba from Allah (swt).

He (saw) said, "And bring glad tidings to those who walk in the dark towards the mosques, that they shall be in total light on the Day of Judgement."

The Messenger of Allah (saw) also said, "He who purifies himself in his home and then walks towards a house from among the houses of Allah in order to perform one of the duties decreed by Allah, one step of his will remove a sin and another step will elevate him one degree."

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "Two eyes shall not be touched by Hellfire, an eye that cried from fear of Allah and an eye that spent the night guarding in the way of Allah."
He (saw) also said pertaining the virtue of group prayers: "The group prayer is more rewarding than the individual prayer by twenty seven degrees."

The Prophet (saw) used to make Tahajjud until his feet swelled, to fast until people thought he never breaks and to give Sadaqa like the one who never fears the need. Upon starting his mission he (saw) said to his wife Khadija (ra), "No more rest after today". This was the Messenger of Allah (saw) whose sins were already forgiven. He (saw) was the believer who knew that Allah (swt) would give him victory.

May Allah's mercy and blessing be upon you O Messenger of Allah (saw)!

In this month there are many actions that are specific to Ramadhan that we must benefit from.

The Messenger (saw) said, "Indeed there is a gate of Jannah called Ar-Rayyaan. On the day of resurrection those who fast will enter through it; no one enters it except for them, and when they have entered it is closed so that no one enters it, so when the last of them enters it, it is closed and whoever enters it drinks, and whoever drinks never becomes thirsty."

There is much reward to be had by the one who partakes in the Suhur, the pre-dawn meal, and the one who invites others to break fast with him.

The Prophet (saw) said, "Take Suhur as there is a blessing in it."

He (saw) also said, "Whoever will invite a person who is fasting to break the fast with him will get the same reward as the one who was fasting and there will be no reduction in his reward either."

In the nights of this month there is much opportunity for repentance and supplication, both collectively in the Taraweeh prayers and also individually in the other prayers such as Salat al-Tahajjud, Salat al-Tasbeeh, Salat al-Istikharah, Salat al-Haajah and by remembering Allah (swt) by performing dhikr, and by praising and glorifying Allah (swt) with the heart and the tongue.

Abu Huraira said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say, 'the one who does Qiyam in Ramadan with faith and sincerity, all his sins will be forgiven.'"

And amongst the nights of Ramadhan is the night that is better than a thousand months. The night of al-Qadr, on which the Qur'an was revealed to serve as guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and Al-Furqan:

"The month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and Al-Furqan." [TMQ Al-Baqarah: 185]

The Qur'an, which brought glad tidings to the believers:

"Verily, this Qur'an guides to that which is most just and right and gives glad tidings to the believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a great reward." [TMQ Al-Isra: 9]

The Qur'an, which contains a healing and a mercy to those who believe while increasing the Dhalimun to nothing but loss:

"And We send down from the Qur'an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe, and it increases the Dhalimun (Oppressors) to nothing but loss." [TMQ Al-Isra: 82]

Most of all this is the month to increase the call for restoring the ruling by whatever Allah (swt) revealed by re-establishing the Khilafah. An opportunity to strengthen your covenant with Allah (swt) and devote your intention to Him (swt) and not fear anyone other than Him (swt).

A vast opportunity lays before all of us this Ramadhan to increase our enthusiasm and hope in the possibility of re-establishing the Khilafah, and strengthen our confidence in challenging the rulers, and to apply Islam in the realm of life.

Oh Allah! Make the Qur'an al-Kareem, a pleasure for our hearts, the light of our sight and the banishment of our sorrows and a lifting away of our worries.

Oh Allah! Teach us from it what we were ignorant of, and remind us of it what we have forgotten, and provide us with the ability to recite it throughout the day and the night.

Oh Allah! Make us from this who maintain the Halal as the Halal and the Haram as the Haram, and recite it as it truly is.

Oh Allah! Make it a guide for us in our lives, and accompany us in our graves, which become a veil for us from the fire, and a guide for us to the path of Jannah.

And may peace be upon our Master, the Messenger (saw), and upon his family and companions, and those who follow him with the best of blessings until the day of Judgement.

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