23 Ogos 2010

Electrifying Ramadhan Efficiency

Salam my dear brothers and sisters,

Have you noticed that each year, Ramadhan goes by faster and faster? How much are we missing? Did we really spend most of our time to develop our spiritual needs? Soon, the blessed month of Ramadhan will be leaving us once again. This holy month can’t be left to become a blur in our memories.

The fruit of fasting ought to be that is rich inner which the Quran calls taqwa. Taqwa becomes the key which can unlock all the doors leading to the blessings such as honour, prosperity and freedom from fear and unease in-this-world. Also taqwa leads to success, Paradise and God’s good pleasure in the life-to-come. Hence, within these few days left lets us electrify our Ramadhan to become more efficient in developing the closeness towards Allah.

How? Well, we have to be smart and think about how we can MAXIMIZE the effectiveness we want to earn! Let’s think like a businessman who always concerned on small investment but big profit. Ramadhan is surely the perfect time. So, Inshallah following is a short list of suggested ibadah to share with you guys:

1. Recite some Quran after every Prayer. Actually, if you read 3-4 pages after every Prayer you can finish the entire Quran in Ramadan!

2. Study the Quranic Tafseer every morning. Or whenever you feel free.

3. Learn to control your tongue and lower your gaze. Remember the Prophet's warning that lying, backbiting, and a lustful gaze all violate the fast!

4. Experience the joy of Tahajjud prayers late at night. Allocate and submit yourself purely and fully to Allah.

5. Seek forgiveness and recite istighfar as much as you could:

"Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun kareemun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni"
(O Allah, You are the One who grants pardon for sins, loves forgiving, so forgive me.)

"Astaghfirullah hallazi lailaha illa huwal Hayyul Qayyum wa atubu ilaih"
(I seek forgiveness from Allah, the Almighty, there is no God but He. He is self-Existent, the Eternal and I return to Him)

So, I hope that we gain something out of this Ramadhan. May Allah grant us the ability to change and transform ourselves to be a better slave of Allah and not to be of those who are prevented from His Mercy. May He also allow us all to enter into His Forgiveness in this blessed month of Ramadhan and in all the other Ramadhans we live to see. Ameen. Indeed He is the One who Hears and He is the One to Respond.

Ramadan Mubarak to everyone! May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) make this a most blessed and beneficial month for you all, and a source of taqwa and iman for the whole year, ameen!
Sources & Credit: jc-iium.blogspot.com



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