The Arrival of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak and Our Preparations! (Part 1)

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Written by: Almas Fatima Siddiqui

Assalam o Alaikum Warehmatullahi Wabarakatuhu!
Alhamdulillah! Ramzan-ul-Mubarak is approaching fast and the last days of Shaban are hailing a blissful welcome to the breezes full of blessings of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak! In so many families, the preparations of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak have started. Houses are being cleaned in a detailed manner, clothes are being stitched to be worn in the Holy month of Ramzan. Some families have even completed their Eid shopping so that they won’t have to roam in the markets while fasting or miss their Taraweeh. MashaAllah!
From the posts on the Social Media, regarding the arrival of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak, a great zeal is visible among the teens. May Allah increase their spirit of Amal and Imaan, Aameen!
What compelled me to write today is not the appreciation of these apparent preparations but to remind Ummat-e-Mohammadi what the “real preparation” of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak is.
Alhamdulillah we all know the aims of saum. The top most aim is taqwa as has been mentioned in the Quran:
“O Believers! Fasting is made mandatory for you as it was mandatory on the people before you, so that you become pious” (Al-Baqra)
Therefore, the utmost purpose of saum is piety. Secondly, after fasting for the whole day, a Muslim develops sympathy for the poor and the spirit to give them arises in him. This also banishes pride and vanity in a person. There are many other spiritual as well as bodily benefits of saum.
In the Holy month of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak, Allah سبحانہ وتعالی pours a rain of blessings upon us.  Each Farz has a reward of seventy times more than the ordinary days. And Nafli worship is rewarded with blessings of Farz or as much as Allah wishes! Subhan Allah! The scenario of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak depicts as if there is a “Sale” of Blessings and “Rewards”.
But the drawback of our society is that we ignore this precious Sale of Blessings and run after shallow “Ramzan Offers”. Mostly in our families, Ramzan-ul-Mubarak is considered a festival of eating new dishes and roaming in markets. Even restaurants introduce various new offers to attract people.
Moreover, on TV through “Ramzan Transmission” fully fledged immodest acts are publicized in the shape of advertisements with music, programs based on mixed gatherings where ladies mingle and talk with non-mehram men on religious issues, and numerous recipes are telecast in order to fill colour in the so called “Ramzan” Transmission. People watch such programs and consider that they are doing something religious as they are watching a religious transmission. This way channels earn even more in this month and most of the people pass their saum thinking that watching religious programmes on TV is an Ibadat! Astaghfirullah!
Can we earn loads and loads of ajr Ramzan-ul-Mubarak by watching T.V or dedicating hours and hours to our kitchen and then spending our saum in markets with continual contact with non- mehrams? Absolutely not!
Allah سبحانہ وتعالی has clearly declared that HE does not need such fasting from us where we just starve ourselves and indulge in disobeying Him. The only acceptable saum is the one which is solely for the purpose of pleasing Allah سبحانہ وتعالی.
Alhamdulillah it is a great blessing of Allah سبحانہ وتعالی upon us that He has made us Muslims by birth and given us a free country to live in, otherwise many people crave for freedom and die in their struggle of freedom. Numerous people around the world are suffering and oppressed only because they are Muslims! May Allah help them, Aameen!
Therefore we should be grateful to Allah سبحانہ وتعالی who has given us such blessings and health too so that we can perform this prestigious obligation which is called Saum. Alhamdulillah!
Now the question is, how can we earn more and more blessings and rewards in this prestigious month so that Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala will be pleased with us and forgive all our sins? Here are some tips and advice to spend your saum in a fully fledged ISLAMIC way! Hopefully you will follow these tips and spread the word as well, In sha ‘Allah!


1. Sehri:
Our beloved Prophet Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم has said;
“The one who ate Sehri, he will get reward of freeing one slave and in Jannat, he will be given different sort of prestigious gifts from Allah سبحانہ وتعالی.”
He صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم further said;
“Sehri is a complete blessing, it should not be left, at least drink one sip of water because Allah and His Angels bestow Rehmat on those who eat Sehri.”
These Ahadees depict the significance of Sehri.


2. Recitation of the Quran:
Ramzan-ul-Mubarak is the month of Quran as it was sent in Ramzan. Its recitation in this privileged month contains rewards in abundance. Recitation of each letter multiplies its rewards to infinity. Therefore special regard should be paid towards the recitation of Quran-e-Kareem in this holy month and we should try to understand its meanings as well so that we can interpret the “meaning of life” in the light of Allah’s gift.  This will definitely lead us closer to Allah سبحانہ وتعالی In sha ‘Allah!


3. Zikr:
Keep your tongue fragrant with the Zikr of Allah سبحانہ وتعالی. It is the best way to keep away from useless talk and engaging in sins.  There are many supplications to recite, some of them are at the end of this article. Recite them yourself and tell others and it will become a Sadaqah-e-Jariyyah for you.


4. Saum of all organs:
In the light of a prestigious Hadees, Saum is encompasses all organs of the human body. For instance, Saum of the tongue, Saum of the eyes, Saum of the ears, Saum of the hands, Saum of the feet and so on. Therefore we should submit to Allah سبحانہ وتعالی with our soul and entire body. Eyes should not look at prohibited things like movies, dramas or at non mehrams etc. Likewise hands should not perform any deed of disobedience, feet should not go to places which are disliked by Allah سبحانہ وتعالی, ears should not listen to songs, music etc.   
Rasoolullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said:
“When you fast, it is compulsory to abstain your ears, your eyes, your tongue, your hands and all your organs from the disliked acts of Allah.” On another occasion, he said:
“Saum is the Zakaat of your body.” Therefore we have to make sure that we are paying this Zakaat with purity and complete honesty.
(To be continued)