Ramadhan Survival Guide: 10 Easy steps for students

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By theAMTG

The month of Barakah is here and you can feel it in the air. The auntie’s fridges are now open ready for the samosas to be fried for Iftar.

But wait !!! Not all of us are as excited for Ramadhan

“I’ve got exams throughout the whole of Ramadhaan!”, “I don’t think I’ll manage to fast this year”, “I’m so stressed, I don’t even want to THINK about Ramadhaan.”

Whoa, easy there. Take a chill pill, I got you covered.

This is your Ramadhaan Survival guide:Exam Blues

  1. Breathe easy, live easy

Too often in life, we do too much for everyone and everything else besides ourselves. It’s OK to take a moment to relax, in fact it’s extremely necessary. Hard work is in its place, but you’re not helping anyone if you’re so stressed on exam day that you’re completely blank. Take a moment to breathe and wind down, it’s for your own good.

  1. Manage your time before it manages YOU

“There’s not enough hours in the day”, “I just don’t have the time”, “Where has the time gone?”
There’s 24 hours in the day, same as always and time has gone nowhere, but if you think it’ll wait for you, you’re sorely mistaken. Sit yourself down and seriously decide how you’d like your time to be spent. Break down every hour of your life if you have to. Make your time work to your advantage.

  1. Every moment counts

Use every small, free moment to make Ibadat. Use the moments when waiting for your paper to make Durood; read a page of Qur’an before and after you study; instead of salivating over Mum’s food before Iftaar, make dua. Use EVERY little moment, it all counts.

  1. Check your intention

You can make a mundane action like frying samosas an act of Ibadat simply by making the correct intention. Instead of moaning, intend that when they’re eaten they’ll give people strength to perform Ibadat. Intend to sleep to replenish your body and wake up for Tahajjud. Intend that every moment you spend studying will In Shaa Allah be used someday for the work of Deen. You use so many words in the day, let at least 10 of them be good intentions. Let’s not forget those good intentions still receive rewards even if we don’t manage to carry out the action. Umar ibn Al-Khattab (RA) said, “The best deeds are to fulfil the obligations of Allah, to be mindful of the prohibitions of Allah, and to have an honest intention before Allah Almighty.” (Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 38)

  1. Positive mind, positive life

Nothing, I repeat NOTHING can mess you up if you don’t allow it to. Sure, the prospect of exams and Ramadhan combined is more than a little daunting, but it’s going to happen whether we like it or not. So, we can either cry ourselves a river or… we can make lemonade! Ramadhan is the best month of the whole year to learn and be productive, let’s make the most of it.

  1. Small actions become big rewards

Every good action is increased a manifold in Ramadhan. That means even small good deeds count for big rewards. Give some money in Sadaqah, follow the Sunnats of eating or just smile. There’s no better time to make good habits. Even if your time is being used for studying and exams, you can still use the time you’re not (because it is human nature to take a break) to do small acts of goodness. Nabi (SAW) said, “Know that the most beloved deed to Allah is that which is performed regularly even if it is small.” (Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 43, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 785)

  1. Eat healthy today so you don’t die of cholesterol tomorrow

Samosas, pies, crumb chicken, falafel, kofta, mmm. You know what that spells?

Deep-fried, rolled in ghee, oily sneaky death bombs. Ok, dramatic, but really, Ramadhan is the best and worst month for your poor tummy. On the one hand, you’re fasting and detoxing the whole day then the first thing you eat at Iftaar is a lovely something that’s toxic to your tummy. I know, I know, when else will mum make savouries during the year? It sucks but minds and brain power are directly linked to the food you eat. Eat well and you’ll study better. Breakfast a.k.a Suhur/Sehri is the most important meal of the day ESPECIALLY when you’re studying and need that extra energy boost. Have a good filling meal at Suhur/Sehri and a healthy wholesome meal at Iftaar and you’ll not only feel, but see the difference.

  1. Catch a few Zzzz

A full 5-hour sleep (at the minimum) does wonders for you. Get to bed as soon as your Taraweeh or Fajr is complete (If you can depending on where you live) and you’ll find yourself waking up with ease. A small known fact: The best time to study is Fajr time. If you’re coming home straight after the exams, take a small nap and make intention for the Sunnat of Qaylullah (another big reward for a small intention). It’s a real energy-boost. If you’re not, there’s even more reason to go to bed early. Take care of yourself now and your body will thank you later.

  1. Meditate so you don’t need to medicate

Muslims have the best possible form of meditation, i.e. Salaah. In Salaah you stretch, you free your mind and you’re obligated to let go of any stress you have and place your sole focus on Allah (SWT). Sure, Taraweeh is really long and to get up for Tahajjud is hard, but good things don’t come easy, i.e. great reward comes with a little bit of sacrifice.

1.Prioritise

Yes, its exams, you’re busy and it’s just… too… much. You know what though? That’s never going to change. Today its exams, tomorrow it’s your job, maybe in a few years’ time, it’ll be your kids… It never ends. So what do you do? Prioritise. You have exams maybe 2 times a year and Ramadhan only once. We’ve got to decide if we want to make the best of this Dunya or the best of our Akhirah. Trust me, if you put Akhirah first, Dunya will come all on its own. Abu Amina Elias Zaid ibn Thabit(RA) reported:

Nabi(SAW) said, “Whoever makes the world his most important matter, Allah will confound his affairs and make poverty appear before his eyes and he will not get anything from the world except what has been decreed for him. Whoever makes the Hereafter his most important matter, Allah will settle his affairs and make him content in his heart and the world will come to him although he does not want it.” (Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 4105)

May Allah(SWT) make it easy for of us students during this stressful time and may He grant us beneficial knowledge so we can become the flag bearers of His Deen In Shaa Allah,

Aameen.

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Raising Children

On the subject of raising children, Ali ibn Abi Taalib, radhiAllahu anhu advised:

“Play with them for the first seven years (of their life); then teach them for the next seven years; then advise them for the next seven years (and after that).”

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*First Seven Years

In the first seven years, your goal is to build a strong connection to your child. This is the foundation, the base from which your relationship with them grows. If this is rock solid, the remaining years will be much easier. If this foundation forms poorly, the next years will be more challenging.

If you have young children, this (first seven years) is the time to roll up your sleeves and invest, heavily, in your and their future. In fact, you will be rewarded for all the righteous progeny that survives you, not just children, until the Day of Judgement.

*Next Seven Years

Once children reach seven, they are ready to learn. (Perhaps this is why Finland starts school at age seven.) This is the time they are sponges, ready to soak up anything and everything you tell them, teach them, show them, and do in front of them. If you built that solid foundation in ages 0-7, they are now more than willing and happy to learn from you.

This is the time to teach them everything — aqeedah, halaal and haraam, fiqh, all the things they need to know to survive throughout their life. Qur’an and seerah are also very important; as one prominent tabi’een said, “we learned seerah (frequently and in details) from our parents the way we learned Qur’an.”

Teach them sports, too; Rasulullah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Teach your children swimming, archery and horseback riding.” They gain many benefits from it, including physical fitness, learning teamwork, and sportsmanship.

*The Final Seven Years

Once your children hit 14, they are probably already mukallaf (full adults Islamically, and accountable for their actions) — this happens at puberty, or at age 15 at the latest.

At this age (grade 8-9), you are mostly out of the picture. Children achieve independence; their personalities manifest; they look more to their peers than their parents and families. During these critical years, befriend them, advise them, and do what you can; understand that they are now full adults, and the choices are theirs to make, right or wrong.

If you worked hard during the last two periods of seven years, you will already be that trusted confidant, that advisor, that go-to person when they need help or advice. Be part of their lives, and advise them as best you can.

Virtues of the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Whatever we can view and whatever we can’t, have all been created by Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Holy Quran:

“Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth in six days.”

[Surah Al-A’Raf (The Heights) http://quran.com/7/54%5D

And for the formation of the world to work He created the sun and the moon. Allah states in Quran

[He is] the cleaver of daybreak and has made the night for rest and the sun and moon for calculation.

[Surah Al-An’am (the Cattle) http://quran.com/6/96%5D

For the calculation to work Allah (swt) formulated days and months, Allah (swt) mentions:

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months, so was it ordained by Allah on the day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred,”

[Surah At-Tawbah (The Repentance) http://quran.com/9/36%5D

The sacred months are Muharram (The 1st month), Rajab (7th), Dhul Qa’dah (11th), and Dhul Hijjah (12th).

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From this verse we understand that Allah (swt), in His Perfect Wisdom, has blessed certain times and certain places with virtues and great rewards with which he has not graced others.

Allah (swt) has made certain months, days and nights more virtuous than others, to motivate his slaves to increase in worship and righteous deeds, renew their energies and revitalise their Iman.

From all the days Friday is the most virtuous and ‘The Best of Days’. (Sahih Muslim Book 7, Hadith 26 – http://sunnah.com/muslim/7/26 Sahih Muslim).
And from among the months Ramadhan is the most virtuous. However, there are other days scattered around the year that, too, have great virtues in them. The ten days of Dhul-Hijjah (The 12th month of the Islamic calender) fall under this category.

These are the days when the pilgrims perform their tasks of Hajj. Just as these hujjaj have a special chance to get extra rewards, the ones who were not able to go for Hajj are also given a special chance to get more rewards during these days.

Such are the virtues and blessings of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah that Allah (swt) takes an oath by them, which indicates their importance. Allah (swt) says: “By the dawn; by the 10 nights” [Surah Al-Fajr (The Dawn) http://quran.com/89/1-2%5D.

Ibn Abbas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.”

There are various hadeeth that narrate virtues of the ten days.

The Prophet (upon whom be peace) said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the “Lailat-ul-Qadr”.

In another hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) the Prophet (upon whom be peace) said, “On no days is the worship of Allah desired more than in the (first) ten days of Dhul Hijjah. (Tirmizi)

So, during this period every Muslim should avail of this wonderful opportunity by keeping fast and performing as much acts of worship to Allah as he or she can.

Scholars have mentioned in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah that during the first ten days of Zul Hijjah Muslims should take care of performing 4 types of deeds:

(1) Takbirat: it means doing zikr (remembrance) of Allah by saying:
a) Takbir: Allah-u-Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)
b) Tahlil: La ilaha illaAllah (there is no god except Allah)
c) Tahmid: Alhamdu liAllah (all praises are due to Allah) and
d) Tasbih: Subhan Allah (Allah is Glorious)

The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said:
“There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlil (to say la illaha illallah), takbir (to say Allahu akbar) and tahmid (to say alhumdulillah).”[ at-Tabarani in al-Mu’jum al-Kabir]

The Takbir said during these days is of two types: general and specific.
(a) General Takbir: It is a sunnah to say takbirat at all times during the first 13 days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.
Allah says in the Qur’an: “That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the name of Allah on known appointed days.” [22:28]

The known appointed days are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah according to the scholars of tafsir. Moreover, Allah says in surah al-Baqara: “And remember Allah during the few appointed Days.”[2:203] The few appointed days are the 11th, 12th and 13th days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah.

Regrettably, only a few people care to perform this great sunnat of our beloved Prophet (may peace be upon him). This takbir should be pronounced loudly, in order to revive the sunnah and as a reminder to the negligent. There is no specific time to do; we can do it as per our convenience. This is a time to glorify our Lord, thank Him for His countless bounties and having mercy upon us.

It is narrated about Ibn Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them) that during these 10 days ‘they used to go out to the markets saying the takbir, which motivated other people to join them in saying takbir. Hazrat Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say takbir after prayers, whilst on his bed, in his tent, in a gathering and whilst walking.

There are a number of ways of making takbir, but the most authentic form is that which has been recorded about Umar bin al-Khattab and Ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with them): Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar; La Ilaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar; Allahu Akbar wa lillahil Hamd. (There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all praise.)

(b) Specific Takbir: The other form of takbir is the restricted takbir. It is same in words; the difference is that it is to be said after each obligatory prayer beginning from the Fajr of the 9th Zul Hijjah up to the ‘Asr prayer of the 13th. This takbir is called Takbir of Tashriq.

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar; La Ilaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar; Allahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd.
Saying this takbir after each and every fard salah, whether performed collectively or individually, is obligatory on each Muslim. However, male Muslims should recite it in a loud voice, while females should recite it in a low voice. It is narrated about Umar bin al-Khattab, his son Abdullah and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them) that they used to say takbirat loudly.

(2) Fasting: The second deed that Muslims should try to perform is observing fast. Fasting nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah is recommended.

Fasting is a form of worship of Allah, the Exalted. Narrated Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) the Prophet (may peace be upon him): “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days – i.e. the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah).”. These righteous deeds include fasting.

However, on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah it is haram to fast. A hadith narrated by Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) has it: “He [the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)] forbade fasting on the day of (Eid) al-Fitr and the day of al-Nahr (the day of sacrifice, i.e., Eid al-Adha).” (Bukhari: 1992; Muslim: 827)

The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is Haraam to fast on these days.

From among the 9 days of Dhul Hijjah, the best day to fast is the day of ‘Arafah i.e. 9th of Dhul Hijjah. The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said about fasting the Day of ‘Arafah, “It is expiation for the previous year and the coming year.”

InshaAllah we will discuss the other 2 forms of worship: the sacrifice and Haj in our next article.

Note: Upon sighting the moon of Dhul Hijjah, those people intending to perform sacrifice should neither cut their hair nor clip their nails until the sacrifice has been performed. This is a desirable act. The Prophet (may peace be upon him) has said: “A person should neither clip his nails nor cut his hair until he performs sacrifice.” (Ibn-e-Majah)

Explaining the reason and wisdom behind this, some of the ulama have said that in this month, hundreds of thousands of people are blessed with the opportunity of visiting the sacred house of Allah in Makkah. There, they enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the holy places and acquire maximum benefit from the blessed moments. Whilst they are there in the state of ihraam certain acts become impermissible for them. Amongst them is clipping of nails and cutting the hair. The Prophet (may peace be upon him) instructed those of his followers who could not reach the blessed places, to imitate the pilgrims by not cutting the hair and clipping the nails so that the mercy of Allah can enshroud them too together with the pilgrims.

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Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said, “When anyone of you intends to sacrifice the animal and enter in the month of Dhul-Hijjah, he should not get his hair cut or nails pared till he has offered his sacrifice.” (Muslim)

Ulama have stated that this includes moustache and hair of the private parts etc. However, if the hair under the arms and in the pubic region is very long (which renders the salah makrooh i.e. it has been more than forty days since it was last removed), then it will become compulsory to remove such hair. However, if a person forgets to clip the nails before the 1st of Dhul Hijjah and the nails have grown so long that they may cause injury, then he may clip them.

 

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The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain

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The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain 

An unusual sound penetrated my train of thought as I sat studying at my desk. I looked up pensively from my book and a few moments passed before I realised that what I was hearing was the sound of pouring rain. A sound so common back in my hometown,Cape Town, was now so foreign to me in the desert city of Madinah.

I rushed out onto the balcony to admire the rainfall. As I stood, witnessing Allah’s answer to the prayers of the community, a strange sight caught my eye down below. A man, instead of running for cover, walked calmly to and into his building. He reappeared shortly carrying a chair. Still in a state of composure, he placed thechair out in the pouring rain and just sat down! He appeared to be enjoying the sensation of the raindrops falling on…

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Stay positive!

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The people you surround yourself with affects the outlook you have on life. You don’t need many friends; what you really need is people who are positive, driven and possess some sense of purpose. That’s when you come to realise you actually need fewer friends. The sort of people whose conversations flower with positivity and ambition; they are always upbeat, mention only good of others and desire for the betterment of society.

Avoid negativity like plague – because that’s exactly what it is. People who talk ill of others, lack any serious moral conviction and are expert fault finders won’t do you any good. Look around you, people who achieve anything worthwhile don’t sit around idly, complaining and whinging about their sad state of affairs. They put their trust in God, get out there and make something happen. Be a doer, get out on the field and make yourself count…

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Inspirational Incident: Homeless Outreach

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Last night, in the freezing cold, this gentleman had no socks on. All we saw were shivering feet. A voluntary took his off and gave them to him.

Quoted from –  As-Suffa Homeless Outreach Facebook Page –  http://goo.gl/xY9dcs

Subhana’Allah !

Insha’Allah the Revive A Sunnah Team are hoping to with your du’as to start a similar project to this in the the NE/Yorkshire region.

Any volunteers who are interested, please WhatsApp +447825986289.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection: O son of Adam, I fell ill and you visited Me not.

He will say: O Lord, and how should I visit You when You are the Lord of the worlds?

He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so had fallen ill and you visited him not? Did you not know that had you visited him you would have found Me with him? O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not.

He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds?

He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked you for food and you fed him not? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that (the reward for doing so) with Me? O son of Adam, I asked you to give Me to drink and you gave Me not to drink.

He will say: O Lord, how should I give You to drink when You are the Lord of the worlds?

He will say: My servant So-and-so asked you to give him to drink and you gave him not to drink.

Had you given him to drink you would have surely found that with Me.

[Muslim]

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ:
” إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَقُولُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ: يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ، مَرِضْتُ فَلَمْ تَعُدْنِي(1) قَالَ: يَا رَبِّ كَيْفَ أَعُودُكَ وَأَنْتَ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ؟ قَالَ: أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّ عَبْدِي فُلَانًا مَرِضَ فَلَمْ تَعُدْهُ؟ أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّكَ لَوْ عُدْتَهُ لَوَجَدْتَنِي عِنْدَهُ. يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ: اسْتَطْعَمْتُكَ فَلَمْ تُطْعِمْنِي، قَالَ: يَا رَبِّ وَكَيْفَ أُطْعِمُكَ وَأَنْتَ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ؟ قَالَ: أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّهُ اسْتَطْعَمَكَ عَبْدِي فُلَانٌ فَلَمْ تُطْعِمْهُ؟ أَمَا عَلِمْتَ أَنَّكَ لَوْ أَطْعَمْتَهُ لَوَجَدْتَ ذَلِكَ عِنْدِي. يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ: اسْتَسْقَيْتُكَ فَلَمْ تَسْقِنِي، قَالَ: يَا رَبِّ كَيْفَ أَسْقِيكَ وَأَنْتَ رَبُّ الْعَالَمِينَ؟ قَالَ اسْتَسْقَاكَ عَبْدِي فُلَانٌ فَلَمْ تَسْقِهِ، أَمَا إِنَّكَ لَوْ سَقَيْتَهُ لَوَجَدْتَ ذَلِكَ عِنْدِي”
رواه مسلم

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