Reaping the Rewards of Ramadhan

By Sheikh Abdulhamid Mpoza

Assalaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu.

All praise and thanks be to Allah. May His peace and blessings be upon the Last Messenger, Muhammad (PBUH).

Indeed, as Allah states in Al-Baqara 2:184, “Fasting is for a fixed number of days” so that it does not become hard on our hearts.

One week is now gone, may Allah put us among the freed from the Hellfire which He does in every night of Ramadhan, as mentioned in Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Hadith transmitted by Tirmidhi.

As we continue to sail through the blessed days of this month, the following deeds are vital for me and you.

1) Performance of salah on time, with humbleness and in congregation at a family level given the prevailing situation.

2) Observance of nafl (supererogatory) salah before and after fard (obligatory) prayers.

3) Conducting salat Taraweeh (only performed during Ramadhan after Isha prayer).

4) Recitation of the Qur’an as much as we can.

5) Reminding or sharing with others about our deen beginning with the relatives (da’wah).

6) Making our tongues extra busy in dhikr (Remembrance of Allah).

7) Saying a lot of Dua because a fasting person has a chance of accepted Dua.

8) Repenting and seeking Allah’s forgiveness at least 100 times per day.

9) Assisting others to break their fast.

10) Breaking our fast immediately upon sunset and having our pre-dawn meal late.

Let us involve every member of the family in the execution of the mentioned acts of worship. Our kids need to be oriented towards such kind of spiritual practices. Since they are innocent (free from sins), let us also involve them in the prayers for the overcoming of the current pandemic.

Have a blessed Friday and successful Ramadhan.

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