"Ya Allah, sesungguhnya bulan Ramadhan telah tiba. Wahai Tuhan Pemilik bulan Ramadhan. Engkau telah menurunkan al-Quran di dalamnya, dan telah menjadikannya sebagai penjelas atas petunjuk dan pembeda antara yang haq dan yang batil. Wahai Tuhan kami, berkatilah kami di dalamnya dan bantulah kami dalam menunaikan puasa serta shalat di dalamnya. Terimalah amal-amal kami di dalamnya."
In just 2 days, we gonna give a warm welcome to Ramadhan..a month in seeking d Nur n Hidayah (actually everyday one can do dis, but during ramadhan d feel is bits diff especially d nite of Lailatul Qada~still waitin for it) from the One, Allah s.w.t. this is a very food opportunities for us to devote our self to d Creator coz dis is indeed a blessing month. Opss.. not forgetting to wish hepi 51st bufday to Malaysia, yay.. 'Merdeka!'. but im more excited in celebrating Ramadhan rather than independent day. if d day after tomorrow is exact day for fasting, it means tomorw nite tarawih is gonna be started.. ~good memories bout tarawih came into my mind~huhu.. (cannot story la).. ok, enough talkin nonsense, let's talk bout Ramadhan..
To make d month differ from other, one should change their behaviour, atitude n outlook especially due to d rules n regulation that need to be follow in order to gain an affective fasting. thus, it can help us in improving our self n hopefully we can be a better person. Ramadhan is a good teacher in self reflection (as i stated earlier in my blog, i wanna improve myself). here r some of d lesson dat i googles from jannah.org dat can be shared to my readers:
- Lesson 1: Gaining taqwa (fear of Allah) Allah legislated fasting for gaining taqwa, "O you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon those before you, so that you may attain taqwa." (meaning of Sooratul Baqarah (2):138) Tawqa in this case means, to make a shield between oneself and Allah's anger and hellfire. So we should ask ourselves, when we break our fasts, 'Has this fasting day made us fear Allah more ? Has it resulted that we want to protect ourselves from the hellfire ?'
- Lesson 2: Drawing us closer to Allah This is achieved by reciting and reflecting on Al-Qur'an during the night and the day, attending the taraweh prayers, remembering Allah, sitting in circles of knowledge and for those who can, making umrah. The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) said,"An umrah in the month of Ramadan is equal (in reward) to performing a hajj." (Ahmad & Ibn Majah). Also for those who can, making itikaf (seclusion) in the last ten days of Ramadan, so to leave all worldly pursuits and seclude oneself in a masjid just thinking of Allah, this brings us closer to Allah. When one sins, one feels distant from Allah. That is why one might find it hard to read and reflect on the Qur'an and come to the masjid. However, the obedient worshipper feels closer to Allah and wants to worship Allah more, because Allah forgives and is merciful.
- Lesson 3: Acquiring patience and strong will Allah has mentioned patience more than seventy times in the Qur'an and has commanded patience in more than sixteen ways in His Book. So when one fasts, and gives up one's food and drink, and one's marital sexual relations for those hours, one learns restraint and patience. This ummah needs men and women that are strong willed, who can stand upon the Sunnah and the Book of Allah and not waver in front of the enemies of Allah. We do not need emotional people, who raise slogans and shout, but when the time comes to stand upon something firm, they cannot do so, they waver.