Preparation for Ramadan

To my muslim readers and friends, I would like to dedicate this article to you. It is also a reminder to me and my family.

Today already 24th Syaaban in the month of Islam and only 6 days, we will be fasting in the month of Ramadan, insyaAllah. So what is our preparation for the coming month of Baraqah? When our family’s birthday approaching, we always busy thinking of the preparation. When  national day is drawing near, we are busy organizing things for the coming occasion, but what is our preparation for the coming Ramadan? In a verse of the Quran, surah Al-Baqarah 2:183

O you who believe! Observing al-sawm (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-muttaqoon (the pious).

Allah Almighty also says, (The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong).) (Al-Baqarah 2: 185)

Allah Hu Akhbar. As the beautiful month of Ramadan approaches this year, there are several things Muslim can do to prepare themselves spiritually and physically for the month-long period of fasting which is obligatory upon all able-bodied Muslims who have reached the age of maturity. Every Muslim should prepare himself to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan by strengthening his relationship with the Qur’an, busying himself with the spirit of fasting, and recharging his spiritual battery to prepare himself to make the whole blessed month of Ramadan a real occasion of sincere obedience.
Therefore, in order to benefit from Ramadan, we may do well to prepare for it by opening our hearts and minds to embrace it. Here are some tips that we should observed:

1. Keep praying daily that Allah gives us the chance and grants us good health that will enable us to fast the holy month.

2. Start repenting and seeking the forgiveness of the Almighty for all our wrongdoings before Ramadan.

3. Seek the strength from Allah to fast in the way that He likes and wants.

4. Seek forgiveness from all members of your family, workmates, neighbors, and relatives for any wrongdoing against them.

5. Refrain from backbiting, slandering, and unlawful mixing with people.

6. Clean your heart and soul from envy, jealousy, hypocrisy, arrogance, and all heart diseases.

7. Seek the blessings of your parents, if they are alive, and their forgiveness for your shortcomings towards them.

8. Increase your du`aa’ and commitment to your daily duties and obligations.

Let us pray that we come out of Ramadan with our faith recharged, gaining strength in our faith and commitment and relationship with Allah.

Allow me to share this beautiful hadith about Ramadan.

Salman radiallahuanhu reports: “On the last day of Syaaban Rasullulah s.a.w addressed us and said, “O people, here comes over you a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than one thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made compulsory that the days should be observed by fasting. And he has made sunnah the Tarawih by the night. Whosoever intends drawing nearer to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for him shall be the reward like him who had performed a fardhu in any other time. And whoever performs a fardhu, for him shall be the reward of the seventy fardhu in any other time. This is indeed the month of patience and the reward for true patience is Jannah (paradise). It is the month of sympathy with a fellowman. It is the month wherein a true believer’s rizq (benefits) is increased. Whosoever feeds another man who are fasting, in order to break the fast (at sunset), for him there shall be forgiveness for his sins and emancipation from the fire of jahannam (hell), and for him shall be the same reward as him (whom he fed) without that person’s reward being decreased in the least”.

Then we said, “O Rasulullah, not all of us possess the means whereby we could give a fasting person food to break his fast”.  Rasulullah replied, “Allah grants this same reward to him who gives a fasting person food to break his fast even for a mere dates or a cup of water or a sip of milk”.

“This is a month, where the earlier portion of the month brings Allah’s mercy, the middle part of the month of which brings His forgiveness and the last portion of the month which brings emancipation from the fire of Jahannam (hell)”.

“Whosoever lessens the burden of His servants (bondsmen) or workers in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Jahannam”.

“And in this month four (4) things you should continue to perform in great number, two (2) of which shall be to please Allah while the other two (2) shall be those without which you could not do. Those which to please Allah, are that you should in great quantity bear witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah (i.e. recite the Kalimah Toyibah: LAA ILAAHA IL’LAL LAAH) and make much ISTIGHFAAR (beg of Allah’s forgiveness with ASTAGHFIRULLAH)”.

“And as for those without which you could not do, you should beg of Allah, entrance into Jannah (paradise) and seek refuge in Him from Jahannam (hell)”. 

Lee Chong Wei for Gold

Guys, I can’t wait for the game tonight at 8:30pm local Malaysian time. It is the time where all Malaysians will be glued to the TV to watch the game. Get ready with your hot coffee or I may suggest with a cold nescafe as the match will he hot!

I went to Chong Wei blog today and he said “I will give my best“. So I think Chong Wei is all focus in the final game. Go, Chong Wei! Go all the way for the Gold. Smash! smash! smash! . . . .(photo from his blog).

Before the game tonight, just refresh your memory with this game, Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan during Hong Kong Open 2006.

The Result already known, Silver medal for Chong Wei. Malaysia have to wait another 4 years for the elusive first gold in Olympics.

A break with Zinedine Zidane

It has been a long two weeks for me on this tender. And soon this is going to over but now I am taking a short break. Today I bumped into this great guy, Zinedine Zidane, on the internet. Yes, during his prime day on the field, nothing is amazing in this modern football then seeing Zizou displaying his tricks. I found this amazing movie about him. The movie will describe how amazing he is on the field. Enjoy it . . .

To those who does not know him or simply could not remember, here is some enlightenment on who Zizou is. Zinedine Zidane was born in France on the 23rd of June in 1972. His parents of Algerian descent have a total of five children. As a kid, school is not his strongest asset so he turns to football. By the age of 16, a scout by the name of Jean Varraud recruits the youngster to Cannes. One year later, Zizou makes his debut with the club’s senior squad in the French First Division. He joined Bordeaux in 1992. With his new club, Zidane reaches the UEFA Cup final in 1995/96 and attracts the attention of European powerhouse Juventus. After his move to Italy, trophies start to pouring in. By 1996, Zizou had the UEFA Cup, the European SuperCup and the Intercontinental Cup under his belt. He also won the Italian Calcio twice in a row during 1997 and 1998. In the same two seasons, his club manages to reach the Champions League final twice. Zinedine Zidane is considered by many to be the best soccer players ever. Thanks to Real Madrid, he is one of the most expensive, having transferred from Italian giant Juventus for $66 million US — a record that still holds. Here is his facts.

Guys, what I like about him is that he is humble, down to earth footballer and speaks with his two good feet on the field. I miss you, Zizou!! . . . .Je vous manque Zizou et espère que vous pourriez montrer votre adresse un de ces jours dans l’avenir proche!

Okay, stop dreaming, I am back to my reality…that is completing my tender costing and proposal. See ya around, ermmm maybe next week.

For this weekend I would recommend you to view This Free Social Networking PowerHouse video, just take not even one minute of your precious time. Thanks for viewing.

The month of Syaaban

Time do flies. Do you agree? Only a month back I wrote about Rajab and yesterday was already Syaaban. And another 29 days from today with be the holy month of Ramadan.

So let’s ponder the beauty of the month of Syaaban.

The merit of fasting in the month of Syaaban can be judged from the following narratives:

‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) did not observe fast in any month of the year more than in the month of Syaaban, and used to say: Do as many deeds as you are capable of doing, for Allah will not become weary (of giving you reward), but you would be tired (of doing good deeds) ; and he also said: The deed liked most by Allah is one to which the doer adheres constantly even if it is small.

The Prophet would fast most of the month of Syaaban. ‘Aishah said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allah fast a complete month save for Ramadan, and I have never seen him fast more in a month than he did in Syaaban.” This is related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Usamah ibn Zaid inquired: “O Messenger of Allah, I never find you fasting in any month like you do during the month of Syaaban.” The Prophet responded: “That is a month the people neglect. It comes between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the Worlds. I love that my deeds be raised while I am fasting.” This is related by Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, and by Ibn Khuzaimah in his Sahih.

However it is also reported that the Prophet (s.a.w.) advised people to not fast after half the month of Syaaban had gone by and in another narrative to not fast in the one or two days preceding Ramadan:

The blessed Companion Abu Hurairah, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, to have said, “Do not fast after the first half of the month of Sha’ban is gone.”

“Do not precede the month of Ramadan with one or two fasts.”

The Prophet probably advised this so that we experience no deficiency in strength when fulfilling our obligation of fasting in Ramadan, for fasting in the days before can cause people to loose strength and not be feel fresh for the fasts of Ramadan.

It is said by scholars that it is not encouraged to fast after 15th Syaaban but it is permissible to fast after the 15th of Syaaban for those who fast regularly, such as those who fast Mondays and Thursdays on a regular basis or for those who have to repay their fast (qadha’). If it is fasting without any particular intention, it is then makruh.

In a Hadith narrated by Imam Ahmad, Rasulullah s.a.w has stated that when it is the middle of Syaaban, one should stop fasting. Scholars have differed with regards to what hukum this Hadith entails. A number of them have regarded this Hadith as weak. Another group of scholars have accepted this Hadith and are of the opinion that fasting after Nisfu Syaaban is makruh, with the exception of those who are fasting regularly throughout the year, such as fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, and it is also permissible for those who have to repay their past year’s fast (qadha’).

Nisfu Syaaban is a clear indicator that the blessed month of Ramadan is around the corner. One can fast as many as days as one likes before Nisfu Syaaban. But after Nisfu Syaaban, the 15th Syaaban, one should not fast, except for those who are used to fast on certain days, every Mondays and Thursdays for example as mentioned above.

But in our earnest to pursue the blessings of Nisfu Syaaban, or any other nights or days for that matter, there are two important things we should remember.

First, we must not dedicate specialized acts of worships for a particular time period, except specified by Al-Quran or authentic hadiths.

Thus for the night of Nisfu Syaaban, we should reject all accounts of special prayers or recitations for that night. There is no special solat for Nisfu Syaaban. Instead, we should increase our general acts of worship, such as performing sunat prayers, tahajud prayers, reciting Al-Quran, remembering Allah through zikir, and to seek his forgiveness.

The second thing that we should remember is that: when we perform any acts or worship, we should not do them purely for the sake of receiving its promised rewards. For example, it has been promised by our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w that whosoever fast six days after Ramadan, will be rewarded as if he has fasted for the whole year. While this promise can be regarded as an encouragement and motivation for us to perform such act of worship, it should not be the only reason for us to perform that worship.

Instead, we should be sincere when worshiping Allah. Not for this reward or that reward. For sincerity is its best reward.

When someone is sincere in worshiping Allah, he will receive unlimited rewards. Rewards that only Allah knows. Allah says in surah Al-Baiyyinah, verse 5:

Which means: And they have been commanded no more than this: To worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith); to establish regular prayer; and to practise regular charity; and that is the Religion Right and Straight.

In general here are some guidelines about fasting for those who want to observe sunat or voluntary fasting. The recommended days to fast are:

  1. 6 days in Syawal.
  2. In Rejab and Syaaban.
  3. The first 9 days of Zulhijjah.
  4. 10 Muharram.
  5. On Mondays and Thursdays.
  6. On the 13, 14 and 15 of each month.

You can read about the days when fasting is forbidden at:

and also about the days encouraged for voluntary fasting at:

Syaaban: Merits, Do’s and Dont’s at:

and never forget to read about the info of Syaaban in Bahasa Melayu

Israk Mikraj

Today falls the 27th of Rajab, a historic day in the Islamic calendar. It is on this day that Muslims commemorate our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, Israk and mikraj, a one-night journey from Makkah, to Jerusalem, and subsequently, to the heavens.

This event is recorded in Surah al-Israa’, verse 1:

“Glory be to Allah who has taken His servant on a journey in the night, from Masjid al-Haram to Masjid al-Aqsa, whose precincts We have blessed, so as to show him some of Our Signs: for He sees and hears all things.”

This event posed a challenge to the faith of Muslims in the time of the Prophet, a time where air travel is unheard of. How could the Prophet s.a.w, made the journey from Makkah to Jerusalem in one night, when it normally took more than a month to reach?

The non-believers of that time had a good time mocking and laughing at the Prophet s.a.w and Muslims, while some Muslims had a hard time coming to terms with the story. It has been reported that some even left Islam altogether.

In this confusion, Abu Bakar became the first Muslim who stepped out, and publicly proclaimed his trust in the word of the Prophet s.a.w, earning him the name ‘as-Siddiq’.

What Abu Bakar did, teaches us the value of strong faith. He defies public mockery and logic of his time to stand by our Prophet s.a.w. By doing it, he proved himself to a be a true Muslim, for a true Muslim believe in the Prophet s.a.w and acknowledge that the mind is limited, and there are things happening that are beyond the human imagination.

Abu Bakar has been honoured in surah az-Zumar, verse 33:

“And the person who brings the truth, and he who supports it, such are the people who do right.”

The night journey as experienced by the Prophet s.a.w was unthinkable in the past, but the concept is not new to us today. Even the idea of space travel is acceptable to us now, thanks to the progress made in the field of science and technology that helps explain the wonders told in the Quran.

Let us ponder what Allah has said in surah ar-Rahman verse 33:

“O assembly of Jinns and men! If you can pass beyond the boundary of the heavens and the earth, do so. Not without authority shall you be able to pass.”

Abu Bakar has proved himself to be a man of great faith, despite the inability of the technology of his time to prove Israk mikraj took place. What about us today?

As armed as we are with scientific knowledge and explanation, it should help us in achieving a stronger conviction in Allah and the religion. For knowledge helps prove the authenticity of the Quran, the book of Allah.

Allah has said in surah Fussilat verse 53:

“Soon will We show them our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes clear to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that your Lord witness all things?”

We have come a long way in our knowledge of science and technology. But let us not sit back and be complacent about it; there are more of Allah’s mysterious wonders out there that could be studied. While some mysteries will always stay as such for us, others can prove beneficial for us as creations of Allah.

May the story of Israk mikraj develop our love towards knowledge and spur us to continue our pursuit of knowledge. And may it, in turn, strengthen our faith in Allah and our Prophet s.a.w. And we pray that with the deep knowledge and Iman make us a person who contributes to the well being of the religion and nation.

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