Ramadan: Down to the Wire

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what proceeds;

Sheikh ‘Abdur Razaaq ibn ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve them both, mentions in his lecture ‘The last ten nights of Ramadan’:

“Indeed the blessed month of Ramadan is a month that all of it is blessed and mercy, it’s days and nights. It’s last ten nights however, have a special virtue over the rest of it by many tremendous qualities and bounties. This is why the Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, and his companions after him, may Allaah be pleased with them, used to have great honor and respect for these last ten nights and strive in them more than any other. It has been collected in the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad and Saheeh Muslim on the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, that she said:

“The messenger of Allaah used to strive in the last ten nights of Ramadan more than he would strive in any other.”

Imaam Bukhaari and Muslim both collected on the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, said:

“When the last ten entered the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, used to tighten up his izaar, awaken his night and wake up his family.”

1] “Tighten up his izaar means that he would strive very diligently in worship and keep away from (his) women, i.e. no sexual relations. Therefore he wouldn’t take any enjoyment in those nights except in the conversation with his Lord and drawing nearer to Him. So that which Allaah allowed for him from intercourse during the nights of Ramadan he would be busied with worship and obedience desiring to obtain the reward of these last ten and success in reaching the Night of Power.

2] “Awaken his night” means that he would remain woke busied with obedience, that is how he would awaken it. He would keep himself woke by drawing near to Allaah, humility and servitude to Him. Because sleep is the brother of death and neither the souls, bodies, time or lives are given life except by the obedience of Allaah, this is the true life indeed. Allaah says:

“Is he who was dead and then We gave him life and placed for him a light walking thereby amongst the people like the one who is steeped in darkness never coming out of it.” [6:122]

3] “And he would wake up his family” means he would get them up for prayer and to worship Allaah during these last ten nights. This is from his complete diligence and concern for his family upholding the responsibility that Allaah entrusted him with. Likewise it is from directing towards the good and the one who directs someone to a good is like the doer of that good. In this is an instruction to the fathers and mothers to be concerned about their families and the upbringing of their children especially during this noble month.”

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Those who pray exclusively in Ramadan

In the name of Allah — The Most Gracious, The Bestower of Mercy

Shaykh Abdul-Aziz bin Baaz (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: What is the verdict, in your opinion, of people who do not perform salah except in Ramadan; is their fasting accepted?

He answered: Whoever leaves off salah, as you’ve presented, is a kaafir (disbeliever) and their fasting is not accepted in the most correct opinion of the scholars. This is due to the statement of Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “What separates between men and what separates between Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (associating partners with Allah) is leaving off Salah.” Also with his statement (sallalaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “The covenant that’s between us and them is Salah; so whoever leaves it off has disbelieved.” These Hadeeth are in conjuncture with others. We ask Allah for wellness!

 

Taken from: http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/18649

 

Now, with that said, this doesn’t mean that one should dispair and quit fasting altogether; rather this should show us the importance of salah and be a means of encouragement for all of us. Allah says in the Qur’an;

“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” — Surah Az-Zumar (39) : 53

But, Allah also says:

“Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” — Surah Ar-Ra’d (13) : 11

In this ayah Allah is telling us that we have to take the initiative first. We can’t sit around waiting for “the right time”, say that “we’re trying” (or whatever other excuses people may use), when in fact we’re not. This is a very serious is issue as we see from the aforementioned Hadeeth. May Allah make us from those who diligently perform their prayers with tranquility and reflection!

And I send peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.

What’s after Ramdan?

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

There’s no doubt that everyone who fasted the month of Ramadan and stood up (in prayer) during his nights was hoping that his fasting and standing was correct and accepted, as well being grateful in his striving. He supplicates to Allah to make this request a reality and complete for him what he desires.

Acceptance (of your deeds) has signs that prove and characteristics that make one hope to believe that they were accepted. From them: that the person finds himself upon goodness, forbearance, and obedience after Ramadan at a higher level than he was at before (Ramadan). He does his ‘ebadah (worship) with zeal, preserving his wajibaat (obligatory acts) and fulfilling his prayers in the Masjid with the jama’ah (congregation). Loving righteousness, acting upon it, and commanding it; as well as hatting transgression, staying away from it, and warning from it. But as for the one who’s condition after Ramadan is like his condition before it, or worse than it; headless in misguidance, being lazy in fulfilling his wajibaat and missing them, and immersed in muharramaat (impermissible acts), then this is from the signs of the loser and a proof what he wasn’t successful. He didn’t seize the moment in the season of righteousness, didn’t show any inspiration in the season of donations, didn’t ask Allah’s forgiveness, and didn’t do what he needed to in the month of forgiveness and success. So what a great failure and enormous calamity!

Indeed the blessed month of Ramadan is a great season to accustom yourself to righteousness, diligence in ‘ebadah, and competing to perform good deeds. It’s distasteful for a Muslim to leave off ‘ebadah after this noble month finishes as is the condition of some people; they don’t know Allah or ‘ebadah except in the month of Ramadan. To these people we say: O you who knew in Ramadan that you have a Lord that you worship, obey, fear, and hope in; how do you forget him after Ramadan?! O you who knew in Ramadan that Allah made obligatory upon you the five daily prayers in the masaajid (plural of masjid), how did you forget or ignore that after Ramadan?! O you who knew in Ramadan Allah prohibited sinning, how did you forget after Ramadan? O you who knew in Ramadan that in front of you (i.e., in the future there will be) Jannah (Paradise), Naar (fire, i.e., hellfire), reward, and punishment; how did become negligent to that after Ramadan?! And O you who used to fill up the masaajid in Ramadan reciting Qur’an, how’ve you abandoned the masaajid and migrated away from the Qur’an after Ramadan?! It is strange for a people to not know Allah,  nor are they fearful of him, except in Ramadan. Some of the Salaf (predecessors) were asked about a condition like these people, so they said, “What an evil people that do not know Allah except in Ramadan.”

For surely the Lord of the months is one. Therefore the Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of Showwal, Sha’baan, and the rest of the months. It is obligatory upon a Muslim to worship Allah and stay away from sin all the time and everywhere, as Allah said,

“And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death).” — Surah Al-Hijr (15) : 99

Which means, stay consistent in ‘ebaadah (worship) of Allah and submit your entire life to him; because Allah is the owner of a person’s life, and he wants from his servents to fill it with obedience, ‘ebaadah, and nothing else. Allah said,

“Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah , Lord of the worlds.” — Surah Al-An’aam (6) : 162

So, whoever busies his time, life, health, strength, youth, intelligence, thoughts, heart, tongue, and the rest of his limbs in something that Allah did not command with or His messenger ﷺ did not legislate from the obligatory, recommended, or permissible things to make your intentions to gain closeness to Allah, then indeed he has wronged his  tongue in a great way! Also, he will be heartbroken and regretful on Youm Al-Qiyaamaby the amount he wasted. Whoever preserves something and is consistent in it, he’ll die upon it and will be resurrected upon it. This is the Sunnah of Allah with his creation, and for that reason He commanded them to worship Him. The first of that is consistency upon Islam, its laws, and legislations until he dies upon that. Allah said,

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].” — Surah Aali Imran (3) : 102

Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “Meaning, preserve your Islam while you’re healthy and peaceful so you’ll die upon that. For indeed this has made it a tendency that if someone lived upon something he’ll die upon it. And whoever dies upon something he’ll be resurrected upon it. Therefore seek refuge in Allah from having other than that (i.e., other than dieing Muslim).” Imam Ahmed, Tirmithi, Ibn Maajah, and other than them narrated on Mujaahid who said: People used to make Towaaf(curcummemulation of the Ka’bah) and Ibn Abbaas was sitting with him and said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said,

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].”

And if a drop from Az-Zaqqum (a tree that grows in Hell) were commanded to drop to the people of Earth it would eat them up, so what about the one who has no sustenance other than Az-Zaqqum?” From the comprehensive Duas (supplications) are that of Yusuf (‘alayhis salam— peace be upon him),

“You are my protector in this world and in the Hereafter. Cause me to die a Muslim and join me with the righteous.”” — Surah Yusuf (12) : 101

There’s nothing of success, happiness, peace, nor safety in this Dunya (worldly life) except by grabbing hold to this religion and being religious upon all of it’s teachings, legislations, and directions; rather, success in this Dunya is connected to success in the religion. For that reason the Prophet ﷺ grouped the Dunya and the Deen together in his Duas when he said, “O Allah, make me successful in my religion for it is the greatest thing in my life, make me successful in my Dunya wherein I find my sustenance, make me successful in my Aakhira (afterlife) to which I shall return, make my life long all upon goodness, and make my death easy from all evil.”

He ﷺ used to start his month with the known Dua whenever he’d see the hilal (crescent), “Oh Allah make this hilal reach us with goodness, Iman, peace , and Islam. Allah is my Lord and your Lord.” This was a warning from him ﷺ to be religious and the connection between it and Iman, peace, and Islam. It is as if he said: If you want Al-Ihsaan (the highest state of goodness), then live believing and in peace during this month and the rest of this life, therefore being firm in Islam and living with Iman. Indeed whoever believes in Allah and his firm upon His legislations (that he revieleved to his Prophet ﷺ) and did not mix with that anything from Shirk (associating partners with Allah), kufr (disbelief), bid’ah (innovation), or transgression then Allah has guaranteed for him safety, peace, and guidance in this Dunya and on Yowm Al-Qiyaamah. Allah said,

“They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice – those will have security, and they are [rightly] guided.” — Surah An’aam (6) : 82

He also said,

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish] As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.” And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” — Surah Fussilat (41) : 30-33

In addition He said,

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ,” and then remained on a right course – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those are the companions of Paradise, abiding eternally therein as reward for what they used to do.” — Surah Al-Ahqaaf (46) : 13-14

Muslim recorded that on the authority of Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (radiAllahuanhu — may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Whoever would love to be freed from Hell and entered into Jannah then let him make his intention while believing in Allah and the last day, and let him give to people that which he’d love to be given to him.”

I ask Allah to make our lives upon Islam, make us die with Iman, and make us firm upon the truth and guidance until we meet him Subhaanahu (glory be to him — i.e., Allah).

Written by: Shaykh Abdul-Razzaq ibn Abdul-Muhin Al-Abbaad

Taken from: http://www.al-badr.net/web/index.php?page=article&action=article&article=62

Rulings about Zakaat al-Fitr

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Question: “What is the ruling of Sadaqah al-Fitr and does one have to pay an excess amount on it? Are the types of this sadaqah enumerated? And if so what are they? Lastly does a man pay it to the people of his household like his wife and maids?”

Sheikh Bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says: “Zakaat al-Fitr is obligatory upon every Muslim whether he/she be young, old, male, female, free or  slave. For it has been authentically reported on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with them both, that he said:

“The Messenger of Allaah enjoined the payment of one Sa’a[1] of dates or one Sa’a of barley as Zakat al-Fitr on every Muslim, young and old, male and female, free and slave.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

It does not have any nisaab (excess amount to be paid) rather it is binding upon every Muslim to pay it upon himself and the people of his household from his children, wives and what he possesses from slaves if he has extra food for himself and his family for his night and day. As for the rented maid then his/her zakaat is to be paid by himself unless the renter undertakes the tasks or it has been stipulated upon him.

As for the owned slaved then his zakaat falls on his owner as it has preceded in the hadeeth. It is obligatory to give it from the food of ones country whether it be dates, barley, wheat, grain or other than that according to the more correct statement of the Scholars. Because the Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, did not stipulate in that regard any specific kind because it is intended to aid and gladden and it isn’t upon the Muslim to do this from other than his food supply.”

http://ibnbaz.org/mat/1483

Signs of the Night of Decree: Sh.Bin Baaz

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions and all those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Return. As for what follows;

Question: How does a person know that he caught the Night of Decree?

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah’s mercy be upon him, answered:

“The Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, informed that the sun rises on it’s morning without any radiant beams of light. And Ubayy bin Ka’b, may Allaah be pleased with him, the noble companion of the Prophet, used to notice and witness that for many years. He would see the sun rise on the morning of the twenty-seventh day without any radiant beams of light and he would swear that the Night of Decree was on the twenty-seventh of Ramadan due to this sign.

However that which is correct is that it could be on other than the twenty-seventh. It could fall on the twenty-seventh for many years then on the twenty-first, twenty-thrid, twenty-fifth or other than it for many years. Therefore the searching, striving and exertion should be in all of the last ten nights.

May Allaah reward you all with good.”

http://ibnbaz.org/mat/13767

Additional signs of the Night of Decree:

1: That its night is neither hot nor cold.

2: The night will be radiant and luminous.

3: Many angels descend in it.

4: The sun rises on its day without any radiant beams of light.

The proofs for that are as follows;

The Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said: “The Night of Decree is a bright night neither hot nor cold. The sun rises in its morning faintly red. [Collected by Ibn Khuzaymah authenticated by Sheikh Al-Albaani]

The Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said: “I was indeed shown the Night of Decree then forgot it and it is in the last ten nights (of Ramadan). It is bright and radiant neither hot nor cold like a moon shining clear over its stars. Its devils do not come out until the dawn appears.” [Collected by Ibn Hibbaan]

The Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said: “Verily the angels that night on earth are more in number than the number of stones.” [Collected by Ibn Khuzaymah authenticated by Sheikh Al-Albaani]

The Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said: “Its sign is that the sun rises on it’s morning clear without any radiant beams of light.” [Muslim]

This means that it, i.e. the sun, rises the following day with this description and this would be a glad tiding for the one who stood in that night because it will be after the completion of the Night of Decree not before it.

There are other signs however they are not authentic like dogs do not bark in it, no shooting stars or it will rain.

http://www.saaid.net/Doat/assuhaim/107.htm

Categories of People at the ending of Ramadan

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Sheikh Muhammad ibn Haadi al-Madkhali(1), may Allaah preserve him, says in one of his very beneficial lectures entitled ‘The categories of people at the ending of Ramadan’:

“From that which there is no doubt about it is that the people are divided into three categories at the ending of Ramadan.

1: From them are those who are well aware of the virtues of these last ten nights of Ramadan and are diligent concerning them and this is the one who you see upholding the rights of Allaah that have been placed upon him in these last ten and you see him eager upon the hours and minutes of these last ten and thus he doesn’t spend them except in that which draws him nearer to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

So this person and his likes strive and compete in good in these last ten with numerous actions of obedience and you will find every time that when one of these individuals’ soul try to incite him towards comfort and remissiveness, he encourages it upon increasing in virtue and incites it by remembering the text and the stories of those diligent people who have passed away from the first three noble generations, the Companions of the Messenger, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, and those who followed them in goodness. Every time his soul remembers them and reads about their news and biographies, he is rejuvenated and refreshed.

2: The second group is the one who knows the excellence of these ten and their excellency is not hidden from him, however he has within him laziness and lethargy that overpowers him. This individual is in need of someone to help him after Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, from his brothers, relatives and friends by taking hold of his hand and leading him towards the obedience of Allaah. Thus, they remind him of that because the angel has an inkling over his heart and likewise the devil has a inkling over his heart just as the Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, has mentioned. Allaah says:

“Verily, those who are Al-Muttaqun (the Pious), when an evil thought comes to them from Shaitan (Satan), they remember (Allaah), and (indeed) they then see (aright).” [7:201]

Therefore it is befitting for the Muslim to assist his brother who is in this type of situation by encouraging and inciting him upon the good, making it easy for him and frightening him about the passing of virtuous times (without benefit), that life is very short and he is not guaranteed to reach these last ten again in the future.

So this person will gain benefit from this pure and good brotherhood and these are the characteristics of the believers. Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

“By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma’ruf) which Allaah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar) which Allaah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allaah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.).” [103:1-3]

So these are those who possess righteous actions and true faith and they do not suffice that they themselves be upright and correct rather they call others.

“By Al-‘Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma’ruf) which Allaah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar) which Allaah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allaah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.).” [103:1-3]

3: The third group; this is the one who doesn’t care if the last ten come or go, this is the one who, by Allaah, is truly deprived and depleted and the one who the Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said about when he mentioned this month, the last ten in it and he mentioned the Night of Decree he said:

“Whoever is prevented from its good then he has indeed been prevented.”

He is the true deprived one! This is the true deprived person! That is because the oppurtunity has come to him and presented itself, health is with him, he is still alive, he isn’t busied by other matters and with all that he misses out on the good. An example of this individual -and for Allaah is the highest example- is a person seeking a job and so he gets the job and everything and there’s nothing else except for one to say to him, “walk!”, “proceed!”, “Race with those who are racing to this job,” and all of the conditions have been met but he says, “I will go tommorrow” and sleeps. And so the people recieve the virtue and the job while he’s sleeping.

This is his example, the one who is granted the bounty of reaching these ten and misses out on the good and is prevented from standing the Night of Decree then he is the true deprived one. Not the one who misses this package or that one that can be reattained however if the Night of Decree is missed it cannot be reattianed. This person has been defeated by his devil and desires.”

Footnote:

(1) The Sheikh, may Allaah preserve him, is from the Scholars of al-Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah and teachers at the Islaamic Univeristy of Madeenah, KSA in the faculty of Hadeeth.

http://www.ajurry.com/vb/showthread.php?t=29291

The Night of Decree is the Most Virtuous of Nights

In the name of Allaah, the Most Generous, Ever-Forbearing. Oh Allaah send peace, blessings and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions and all those who follow him in goodness until the Day of Judgement. As for what proceeds;

Question: With regards to The Night of Decree, we would like for your emininece to relay to the general masses of Muslims about this noble affair?

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, states:

“The Night of Decree is the most virtuous of nights. Allaah revealed in it the Qur’aan and He informed that (worship in it) it is better than a thousand months and that it is a blessed night and every matter of ordainment is decreed.

Allaah says in the beginning of Surah ad-Dukhaan:

“Ha-Mim. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’aan and none but Allaah (Alone) knows their meanings.] By the manifest Book (this Qur’aan) that makes things clear, We sent it (this Qur’aan) down on a blessed night [(i.e. Night of Decree) in the month of Ramadan,, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship]. Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments. A (Command or this Qur’aan or the Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messengers), (As) a Mercy from your Lord. Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” [44:1-6]

And He, glorified be He and Most High, states:

“Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, (i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees, Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.” [97:1-5]

It had been authentically reported upon the Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, that he said: “Whoever stands the Night of Decree having true belief and seeking the reward from Allaah, his past sins will be forgiven for him.” [Bukhaari and Muslim]

Standing it is by prayer, rememberance of Allaah, recitation of Qur’aan and other than that from the avenues of good. This magnificent chapter of the Qur’aan shows that actions in this night are better than one-thousand months in other than it. This is a tremendous bounty and mercy from Allaah upon his slaves.

So it is highly befitting for the Muslims to magnify this night and awaken it with the worship for Allaah. The Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, mentioned that this night is in the last ten nights of Ramadan and that the odd nights are even more hoped to attain it over other than them. He, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said: “Seek it out during the last ten nights of Ramadan, seek it out in every odd night.” [Bukhaari]

Likewise the authentic ahaadeeth have affirmated that this night switches every year and does not fall on one specific night all the time. It could be on the twenty-first night, the twenty-third night, the twenty-fifth night, the twenty-seventh night which is the most desired of nights for it to fall on, or the twenty-ninth night and perhaps it could fall on an even night.

So whoever stands the full ten nights out of true faith and seeking the reward from Allaah will undoubtedly attain it and will succeed with what Allaah has promised its people. The Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, would strive even harder during these nights unlike in the previous twenty. ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, stated:

“He would strive in the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would strive in any other.”

And she said:

“When the last ten would enter he would awaken his night, wake his family and tighten his izaar.”

He would also perform i’tikaaf the majority of the time in the last ten. Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah  you have a good example to follow.” [33:31]

‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, asked the Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace: “Oh Messenger of Allaah, if I were to reach the Night of Decree what should I say in it?” He said: “Say: Oh Allaah indeed You are the All-Pardoner and You love pardoning so pardon me.” [At-Tirmidhi]

The Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them and may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, and the Pious Predecessors after them used to exalt these last ten and strive diligently in them with all types of good. Therefore it is legislated for the Muslims wheresoever they may be to follow the guidance of their Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, likewise his Noble Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, and the Pious Predecessors of this nation.

So let them awaken these nights with prayer, recitation of Qur’aan, different types of rememberance and acts of worship out of true faith and seeking the reward from Allaah so that they can achieve the success of forgiveness of the sins, removal of misdeeds and salvation from the Fire. As a bounty and generosity from Alllaah.

The Qur’aan and the Sunnah have both proven that this magnificent promise is attained only through forsaking the major sins as Allaah says:

“If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise).” [4:31]

And the Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said: “The Five Daily Prayers, Jumu’ah to the next Jumu’ah and Ramadan to the next Ramadan are all expiators for is between them if the major sins are avoided.” [Muslim]

What is binding upon us to mention here is that some Muslims may work diligently in Ramadan and repent to Allaah from what proceeded from his sins then once Ramadan is over he returns to perpatrating his evil deeds and in this is a great danger.

That which is mandatory upon the Muslim is to beware of this and have firm resolve to continue upon the obedience of Allaah and leaving off sin. As Allaah says to His Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace:

“And worship your Lord until certainty comes to you, i.e. death.” [15:99]

The Most High says:

“O you who believe! Fear Allaah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islaam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allaah.” [3:103]

And He says:

“Verily, those who say: “Our Lord is Allaah (Alone),” and then they remain steadfast upon that, on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): “Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised!  “We have been your friends in the life of this world and are (so) in the Hereafter. Therein you shall have (all) that your inner-selves desire, and therein you shall have (all) for which you ask for.  “An entertainment from (Allaah), the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [41:30-32]

The meaning of the verse is that those who proclaimed that their Lord is Allaah, believed in Him, worshipped Him sincerely and were steadfast upon that, the angels will give them glad tidings at the time of death that no fear shall be upon them nor shall they grieve and that their abode is Paradise because of their belief in Allaah and steadfastness upon His obedience and leaving off his disobedience and making ones worship sincerely for Him.

The verses that contain the incitement of firmness upon the religion, steadfast therein and caution from persisiting upon sin are many from them is His statement:

“And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun (the pious). Those who spend [in Allah’s Cause – deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allaah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers).  And those who, when they have committed Fahishah (illegal sexual intercourse etc.) or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allaah and ask forgiveness for their sins; – and none can forgive sins but Allaah – And do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know. For such, the reward is Forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing underneath (Paradise), wherein they shall abide forever. How excellent is this reward for the doers (who do righteous deeds according to Allaah’s Orders).” [3:133-136]

So we ask Allaah to grant us success in these last nights and other than them to that which He loves and is pleased with and to protect us all from the evils of our ownselves and our evil actions. For indeed He is the Most Kind, Most Grenerous.”

http://ibnbaz.org/mat/635