Listen carefully to how our Master, Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم taught the youth the etiquettes of keeping company and gatherings, and consideration to the elders over youngsters. The illustrious companion, Malik bin Al Huwayrith رضي الله عنه, said:
We came to Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم and we were youth of similar age. We spent twenty nights with him. Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم was so merciful and kind, he thought that perhaps we were yearning for our families. He therefore asked whom we had left behind from our families. We informed him and he said
Return to your families and stay amongst them. Teach them and command them. When (the time for) Salaah arrives then one of you should proclaim the call to prayer, and the eldest should lead you in Salaah.
Prepare for Ramadān (Part 5) Guidance and advice for the Blessed Month from Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Virtues of Ramadān
As soon as the month of Rajab begins we should commence daily readings from the book ‘Virtues of Ramadān’ by Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Zakariyyā rahimahullāh. We should motivate ourselves, allocate time and sit daily with the family and read this book collectively throughout Rajab.
Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Zakariyyā rahimahullāh was a saintly person and his words have an amazing effect on the heart which will help us spiritually prepare for the blessed month and also benefit from it.
Prepare for Ramadān (Part 4) Guidance and advice for the Blessed Month from Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Talk About Ramadān
We should make a habit of talking about the virtues and blessedness of Ramadān as soon as Sha`ban dawns upon us. Those of us who know the virtues of this month should explain to others. The more people become conscious of its virtues, the more likely they are to benefit from Ramadān.
Free Your Time
We should free up ourselves before Ramadān begins. When we go abroad, we endeavour to complete all tasks in hand prior to our departure. Similarly, we should fulfil all the tasks we are able to prior to Ramadān, and become free in this month as much as possible to devote time to ‘ibādah. Anything that can wait until Ramadān is over, let it wait.
When Rajab commences we should increase the time we spend in the masjid. We should start for example by sitting for an extra five minutes after salāh. We should increase this time after ten days, and continue increasing it until we enter the blessed month of Ramadān, when we should increase it even further.
If work commitments do not allow this during weekdays, then it should be done on weekends. If we think about how much time we normally spend in the blessed environment of the masjid, we would have to admit that it is the bare minimum or just a little bit more.
Relaxing Before Ramadān
Some people relax for a few days before Ramadān, intending to busy themselves in ‘ibādah once Ramadān begins. Sometimes this relaxed attitude leads them to sin, with a reassuring feeling that they will make tawbah in Ramadān.
Firstly, how do they know they will live to see Ramadān? Secondly, the sin committed may have a negative spiritual impact which may last for the duration of Ramadān, preventing the perpetrator from repenting and doing good deeds, even in the blessed month.
The Sahaba (radhiyAllahu anhum) asked Nabi (salAllahu alayhi wa salam), “Will we receive a reward from Allah Ta’ala for not being able to acquire what we sometimes desire due to a lack of money?”
Nabi ( salAllahu alayhi wa salam) replied, “If you do not receive a reward for it, then what else will you receive?”
Dhahaak (rahmatullahi alayh) said, “A person goes to the marketplace and he sees something which his heart desires, but due to not having any money in his pocket (he cannot purchase it but) makes sabr hoping to receive reward (instead of it). He will receive a reward which is much more than spending one hundred thousand Dirhams in charity.”