As we are nearing to the blessed month of Ramandan .i have been busy getting my mental state and home ready for the arrival of this wonderful guest who comes just once a year and only stops for 29 days but sometimes 30 days. I have painted my sons bedroom as a surprise for him while he is away its my first major DIY project mashaAllah, I must add it was hard work and i got very frustrated at times but all is well in the end alhamduilah.
I have been delayed this year getting myself in order due to Ramandan's arrival in the summer hols but have motivated myself to get on top of things..........i did a little food shopping last night at our local supermarket and was surprised to see TESCO noting the arrival too. The had signs up reading 'Ramandan Mubarak' for consumer reasons ofcousre but it felt nice to me.
I will try to spend less time online while i engage in more worship inshaAllah but i will come to post recipes and pictures.
I am alone for the first 15days as my DH and daughter and son are still on hols just me and the little one but i will be having a friend over for some of the time inshaAllah. I am feeling really excited about it and me and my DD 7yrs old are going to make charts later tonight and discuss what we aim to achieve this month spiritually and try to attain it.
I ask Allaah, the Exalted, the Almighty, to help us all to do that and to help us to fast and pray qiyaam, and to do acts of worship and to avoid doing evil. Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds Ameen!
The Beauty and Blessings Contained Within the Month
> of Ramadan
> The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)
> addressed his companions on the last day of Sha'ban,
> saying, "Oh people! A great month has come over you; a
> blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a
> thousand months; a month in which Allah has made it
> compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by
> night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of
> the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the
> same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other
> time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this
> month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy
> obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience,
> and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of
> charity, and a month in which a believer's sustenance is
> increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break
> his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved
> from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward
> as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished
> at all." [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah] It was said:
> "O Messenger of Allah, not all of us can find that
> which to provide for the fasting person. He said: Allah will
> give this reward for providing a fasting person with a date,
> or a drink of water or a drop of milk. And it is a month
> during which the start of it is Mercy, and the middle of it
> is Forgiveness and the end of it is Salvation from the
> Hell-Fire. Collected by Al-Bayhaqi.
> In another hadith, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon
> him)) says, "Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month
> of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He
> sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it,
> Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts
> about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from
> yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in
> (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the
> Exalted." [Narrated by Tabarani]
> "In Paradise there is a gate called al-Rayyan. Those
> who have fasted will enter by it on the Day of Resurrection.
> There will be an announcement asking, "Where are those
> who have fasted?" Then they will get up, and none but
> they will enter by that gate. As soon as they have entered,
> the gate will be closed and no one else will enter that
> way." (Sahih Bukhari)
> Verily, paradise decorates (beautifies) itself from one
> year to the next for the month of Ramadan. When Ramadan
> begins, Paradise says "O Allah grant me within this
> month inhabitants from amongst your slaves".
> Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (peace be upon him)
> said: Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking
> his reward from Allah will have his previous sins forgiven.
> Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan with faith and
> seeking his reward from Allah will have his previous sins
> forgiven. And he who passes Lailat al-Qadr in prayer with
> faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his
> previous sins forgiven (Bukhari, Muslim).
> Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him)
> said : "The time between the five daily prayers, two
> consecutive Friday Prayers, and two consecutive Ramadans are
> expiations for all that has happened during that period,
> provided that one has avoided the grave (major) sins."
> The Prophet (peace be upon him) would say when Shaban
> begins "O Allah bless us in Shaban and let us live
> until Ramadan.
> 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr reported that the Messenger of
> Allah, (peace be upon him) said: "The fast and the
> Qur'an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on
> the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: 'O Lord, I
> prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let
> me intercede for him.' The Qur'an will say: 'I
> prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for
> him.' And their intercession will be accepted."
> Allah's Apostle said, "When the month of Ramadan
> starts, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of
> Hell are closed and the devils are chained."
> When Ramadan begins, a caller calls out O seeker of
> goodness come forward, and O seeker of evil stop, and Allah
> will save people from the Hell-Fire in Ramadan, and this
> will occur every night.
> Ibn Majah related from 'Abdullah ibn 'Amr ibn
> al-'Aas that the Prophet, (peace be upon him) said:
> "A fasting person, upon breaking his fast, has a
> supplication that will not be rejected"�.
> Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet reported that Allah
> (SWT) said in a Hadith Qudsi:, 'Every good deed of the
> son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I
> shall reward (the fasting person) for it. Fasting is a
> shield. On the day you fast, do not use obscenity, nor yell
> at others, nor act ignorantly towards them. However, if
> anyone abuses you verbally or attempts to draw you to fight
> with him, say 'I am fasting, I am fasting. The Prophet
> (peace be upon him) then states: By Him in Whose Hand is the
> soul of Muhammad, verily, the smell of the mouth of a
> fasting person is sweeter to Allah than the smell of musk.
> There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts: one when
> he breaks his fast and the other when he meets his
> Lord" (Muslim).