Exciting Time

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Often people cannot contain their excitement as some eagerly anticipated event draws closer. Imagine a most dear child or beloved spouse returning home after a year abroad! As the day of arrival draws closer, the happiness and excitement would be sensed all around. Let alone any significant occasion such as a nikaah, graduation, etc., people often cannot even contain their excitement as a planned holiday or fishing trip draws closer! More than a thousand times greater excitement is experienced by the true lovers of Allah Ta‘ala as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of the most noble guest – the most blessed month of Ramadhaan.

SIGN OF IMAAN

Excitedly awaiting Ramadhaan is a sign of imaan. Upon sighting the moon of Rajab – two months prior to Ramadhaan – Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) would express his zeal for Ramadhaan by making du‘aa, “O Allah, enable us to reach (be alive in) Ramadhaan.” Subhanallah! This du‘aa is infused with excitement and eager anticipation for the blessed month.

People plan well for any upcoming, exciting occasion. Depending on the occasion, much time, effort and money will be spent in preparation for the exciting event. Often, many of those “exciting” events become more of a headache than really bringing joy and happiness. Yet, the preparation is never compromised.

Ramadhaan is almost here. Are we excited? Are we eagerly counting down to the 29th of Sha’baan? Will we search for the hilaal (new moon) of Ramadhaan with bated breath, hoping it will be sighted so that the great month could commence and its blessings could shower down upon this Ummah? Let us search our hearts. Are we more excited about the advent of Ramadhaan than our holidays and other such events, or is it somewhat burdensome on us? If it is the latter, we have much effort to make on our imaan!

An occasion which is in reality a trillion times – nay countless times — happier and greater than any holiday or fishing trip, the month of Ramadhaan too deserves proper prior planning and preparation. The following are some brief guidelines to prepare properly for this most exciting occasion:

CLEAN-UP: Just as much cleaning up takes place for many occasions, the clean up of our hearts is essential in order to receive the blessings of Ramadhaan. Sincere taubah and istighfaar must be made in abundance. Repent from all sins immediately. Shed tears of deep remorse for having trampled the laws of our Creator and resolve not to return to them. Consciously repent from all sins, especially from the sins of the eyes, ears, tongue and heart (such as jealousy, malice, pride, riyaa [ostentation], etc.). Also, repent from those sins which have become common and are often not even regarded as sins by many, such as non–observance of proper hijaab (purdah) from all non-mahrams (including cousins, brothers/sisters-in-law, etc.), immodest/Western style dressing and other such misdeeds as well. This clean up is essential to receive the blessings of Ramadhaan.

LINK-UP: Link up with Allah Ta‘ala through du‘aa. Daily beg for His special help to engage correctly in the month of Ramadhaan and to be blessed with the object of Ramadhaan – the wealth of taqwa. Beseech Allah Ta‘ala to be protected from all sin and every futile action in this most mubaarak time. The following du‘aa should also be made abundantly:

اَللّٰهُمَّ سَلِّمْنِيْ لِرَمَضَانَ وَسَلِّمْ رَمَضانَ لِيْ وَسَلِّمْهُ لِيْ مُتَقَبَّلًا 

“O Allah! Safeguard me for Ramadhaan, safeguard Ramadhaan for me and accept it from me.” (Kitaabud Du‘aa - Tabraani #912)

WARM-UP: If we wish to do the best in Ramadhaan, the warm-up must begin immediately if it has not yet happened. The various aa’maal (such as tilaawat, nafl salaah, du‘aa, etc.) should be steadily gaining momentum so that when Ramadhaan comes, one is ready and used to engaging in these acts of ‘ibaadah. If one does not warm-up in advance, there is a risk of becoming “cold” and slackening in one’s aa’maal after a week or two into Ramadhaan!

FINISH-UP: Try to finish up all work that can be done before Ramadhaan so that no time has to be spent for such things in the mubaarak month. Tragically, much time is lost, even in the most important last 10 days of Ramadhaan, in ‘Eid preparations. Apart from any necessary aspects which cannot be done in advance, all purchases and everything else must be done before the moon of Ramadhaan is sighted.

MAKE-UP: This “makeup” has got nothing to do with deceptive cosmetics. Make up a PROGRAM and a timetable for the month of Ramadhaan. Apportion the maximum time for tilaawat of the Quraan Majeed. Also include time for nafl salaah, tasbeehaat, zikr, du‘aa, learning and teaching Deen, khidmat and other acts of righteousness.

LOCK-UP: Lock up everything that is not a necessity and could become a distraction in any way, even though it may be something permissible. As for whatever is impermissible, it must be broken up. Totally stop all social media. The very, very least is that a nice message be sent to all the social groups that you are leaving for the month of Ramadhaan. Give them du‘aas and wish them a blessed Ramadhaan of achieving taqwa and exerting in ‘ibaadah. Likewise Ramadhaan is not a time for hobbies, amusements, entertainment and pastimes. The most precious time of Ramadhaan will certainly pass. However, if we engage in pastimes in this blessed month, we could dismally fail.

Thus, the excitement for the month of Ramadhaan would now be bubbling in the hearts of the Mu’mineen (believers), as this is the month during which they will insha-Allah develop a special connection with their Rabb. 

May Allah Ta‘ala bless us with taqwa and make us among His true lovers, aameen.

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