Welcome شعبان/ Sha’ban

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Asalamu’alaykum

Sha`ban is a month of good that introduces the great month of Ramadan.
اَللّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِى رَجَبَ وَ شَعْبَانَ وَ بَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان

Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab wa Sha’ban wa ballighna Ramadan.

“O Allah! Make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan.”
[Narrated by at-Tabarani and Ahmad]
Allahumma Ballighna Ramadan
Allahumma Ballighna Ramadan
Allahumma Ballighna Ramadan

Ameen.

 

 

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The Fast of Sha’ban

 

Sha’ban is the last month before the big month of Ramadan. This is the last step of preparation.

Some interesting scientific signs inShaban Fasting

It was scientifically proved that the human body in the first Fasting days began to consume its stored reserves of fats, Proteins and others, to compensate the shortage resulting from reducing food. As a result, some poisons (adrenalin hormone) flow in blood before the body throws them out with the leftovers. That is why the fasting man feels some symptoms like headache, weakness, quick-tempered, bad temper and he may abuses others and that obliges him, sometimes to break his fast.

After few days of fasting, these symptoms disappear when the hormones ratio in blood return to their nature, with Allah’s will.

The voluntary Shaban fasting is considered as training on the obligatory fasting of Ramadan and to remove the fasting hardship in the beginning of Ramadan…Almighty Allah has the best knowledge….

Osama son of Zaid –May Allah be pleased with them- said: I said O messenger of Allah: I didn’t see, you Fasting in any month as saw you do in Shaban?
He -peace and blessings be upon him- said “That’s a month the people neglect it between Rajab and Ramadan, and in that month- Shaban- the people deeds are raised to the Lord of mankind, so I love to be fasting, while my deeds are raised”

« يا رسول الله! لم ارك تصوم شهرا من الشهور ما تصوم من شعبان؟ ! قال : ذلك شهر يغفل الناس عنه ، بين رجب ورمضان، وهو شهر ترفع فيه الأعمال إلى رب العالمين ، فأحب أن يرفع عملي،وأنا صائم»

Imam Ibn Rajab -May Allah bestows him his mercy- said about the wisdom of Shaban fasting “as the prophet Muhammad mentioned, whereas Shaban comes between two great months, Rajab (one of sacred months) and Ramadan (fasting month), the people occupied themselves with them and neglected Shaban. Also a lot of people think that fasting reward in Rajab which is a sacred month is better than Shaban fasting, but this isn’t true) [lata’ef-alma’arf book]

8 Top Tips To Help You….

Asalamu’alaykum with sha’ban being a few days away….last few tips to help you prepare for Ramadan inshallah. Enjoy!

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8 ways to prepare for Ramadan

1⃣Repent to Allah – get in the habit of repenting and shed of as much sins as possible before you enter the Month of Mercy.

2⃣Make dua to reach Ramadan. It is narrated that many of the pious predecessors would start making dua 6 months before Ramadan, so they live to see the month.

3⃣Finish any obligitory fasts you have to make up from previous year.

4⃣Finish time consuming tasks before Ramadan to free up valuable time from your schedule. Example: Car maintenance, medical appointments, Eid shopping etc.

5⃣Fast some of the month of Sha’ban (starting in 2-3 days).

6⃣Get into a regular habit of reading Quran.

7⃣Set your goals and prepare a timetable that allows you to reach those goals.

8⃣Learn all the relevant rulings about fasting so you can worship Allah with confidence.
✔💯

Don’t wait till the eve of Eid

Assalamu’alaykum, today’s post…well most of us are guilty of this vicious cycle! Every year we say otherwise but guess what we still find our selves in the same predicament 😦

Hopefully not this year inshallah.

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🌜Pre Ramadan practical planning🌛

👉a) Get Your Eid Clothes and Eid Gifts Ready NOW: You should have them before Ramadan begins or on their way. Don’t waste even a single minute deciding what to wear on Eid day. Go shopping now and get all the gifts shopped, packed and labeled for Eid.

👉b) Plan Your Menu: Plan your menu for Ramadan now. Shop for and store all dry items that you will need. This will save you time, energy and money. Prepare and freeze items like patties and rolls at least 15 days before Ramadan. Cook and freeze meat curry for use in the first few days of Ramadan.

c) Analyze Yourself and Your Routine: Understand your routine, the times of the day when your energy levels are high and low, the times in the day when there are some errands that you have to run, like helping your husband get ready for work, or when your kids will need you. Optimize your high energy levels (which are normally after Fajr) for reading Qur’an. Start staying up after Fajr from now so that it does not become too difficult when Ramadan starts. Think of what you can do when your energy levels tend to drop.

👉c) Organize Your Dua List: Mark and gather all the duas that you want to make in Ramadan. If they are not in one book, then create Word documents and get print-outs. Mark out the ones you will read after each salah, before breaking the fast, after Taraweeh and in your Tahajjud. Make separate copies and label them. You can also start memorizing some duas from now. Make a list of people you want to make duas for: some friends from long ago that you remember fondly, relatives etc. Keep your dua list or books right next to your prayer mat so that you don’t get lazy reading them if you are very tired.

👉d) Increase Your Stamina: Start eating less from now. Train yourself to stay hungry for a little more time each day. Exercise to increase your stamina. With the long fasting hours, small children running around and no family to help out, tempers rise very quickly on empty stomachs. Train your stomach and your anger controls of the brain not to work together.

👉e) Make a Goal List: Make realistic goals of how much Qur’an you want to read in a day. For example, if you aim for finishing one juz’ a day, then break it into 4 parts. Start reading it from before Fajr and end it by Asr or before Maghrib salah. Do dhikr when you are doing “anything at all” like doing your normal chores of getting ready for work, driving, cooking, cleaning etc. Eat a light meal at iftar to be able to perform Taraweeh.

👉 f) Try to declutter and deep clean your house so that the minimum cleaning will suffice during Ramadan. Also a cleaner more organised environment can add to the peace and calm.

Remember this is just for one month, a precious,special and blessed month🌙

***Include us and the anonymous author of these tips in your duas please ***

Just Pray

Assalamu’alaykum

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Begin your day with Salah and end it with Salah – ahhh How beautiful.

It goes like this:

The bottom line is pray. If you’re tired, sick, emotionally overwhelmed – Pray. if you’re on cloud nine and life seems perfect –  Pray. If you lack direction – Pray. If you doubt that prayer makes a difference –  Pray. If the circumstances of your life are out of your control – Pray. If the circumstances of your life seems well within your control –  Pray even harder. Whatever you do – Pray!