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The Likeness of Ramadan and Prophet Yusuf

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The Likeness of Ramadan and Prophet Yusuf

Another nice point to think about is that Yusuf’s brothers came to rely on him to fix their mistakes after all those they had made. So, he met them with kindness and helped them out, and he fed them while they were hungry and allowed them to return, and he told his servants: “Carry their belongings with you so that they don’t lose them.” So, one person filled the gaps of eleven others, and the month of Ramadan is likewise one month that fills the gaps of our actions over the other eleven months. Imagine the gaps and shortcoming and deficiency we have in obeying Allah!

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Imagine the Reward

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Imagine the Reward

A businessman who’s given a choice between two types of equally-selling merchandise, one that brings in a ten dollar return and one that brings in a hundred dollar return, won’t think twice about picking the latter. And if he’s given a choice between merchandise that brings in a hundred dollars and merchandise that brings in a thousand dollars, he won’t even blink before picking the thousand dollar profit. The more profitable the return, the more eager he will be to take it. Shouldn’t the same apply to us as believers in Ramadan?

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Ramadan is a Gift

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Ramadan is a Gift

“Ramadan is a gift that many people will not take the time to unwrap. The secret to opening it is iman (faith) and ihtisaab (seeking reward from Allah). The Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam tells us, ‘Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven…’ [Bukhari and Muslim]. Fasting is the great gift of the One who needs nothing to the one who needs everything.” — Dr. Ovamir Anjum (paraphrased)

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If This Is Worship: Du’aa, Submission and Ramadan

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If This Is Worship: Du’aa, Submission and Ramadan

Ramadan is just around the corner, and our hearts eagerly await its return. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we parted from the beloved month in tears? Has a whole year already gone by? What do we have to show for the passing of a year, and how will we greet this Ramadan? What have we done to prepare for it?
Ramadan is about renewing our relationship with Allah – reading the Qur’an and interacting with it anew, letting Allah’s words pour over our hearts to transform us. Ramadan is about perfecting our prayers and increasing our nawaafil; it’s about seeking His forgiveness and pardon, and saving ourselves from the Hellfire. Ramadan is about fasting and taqwa…

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