Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ibadah reminders during Ramadan


Worship with knowledge: We increase in our recitation of the Qur’an and various Du’as, but our understanding of what we recite or say can be limited. The more we understand what we are saying, the more meaning it will hold in our heart and the greater affect it will have.

Increase your Taqwa: One of the main goals of Ramadan is to increase in our Taqwa. Consistent Dhikr and remembrance of Allah SWT will InshaAllah help in this regard.
 In addition when we are in worship of Allah, it would beautify our Ibadah to start and end by reminding ourselves that Allah SWT is watching us at all times.

Freshen your Salah and Qiyam: The last thing we want is for our worship to become a series of words that are spoken without any thought or purpose. To ensure that you don’t enter this state of no-thought repetition, it would help to recite verses and Du’as that we normally would not. It will alert our minds from start to end.

Renew your intention and Remember your purpose: Ramadan can be physically and mentally strengthening, but also tiring in some ways. When you feel like your will and strength are weakening, whether during our outside of Ramadan, remember the the purpose of your existance and why we worship Allah SWT. Read a book or listen to a lecture that you know always boosts your Imaan, remind yourself and write down the purpose and virtues of worship, have an Imaan boosting discussion with a friend, or join a program in the masjid.

Do things for the sake of Allah: Have Allah’s SWT name on your tongue constantly, even outside of your worship. We sub-consciously focus on the things that we consciously focus on all day, and so if we are consistent in making our daily actions for the sake of Allah, not only will they reach Ibadah status, InshaAllah, but this will also surround our sub-conscious with the remembrance of our Lord and Rabb.

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