The Friday Message - Issue No: 285 - Preparing for Sharu Ramadhan

ramadhan is comingIssue No: 285
26th May 2017
19th Sha'ban 1438 A.H.

Salamun alaykum,

Reflect: Today is the last Jum’ah of the month of Sha’baan

  • Have you been negligent of this great month of Sha’baan?
  • In the remaining days of this month how will you respond to the call for support by the Noble Prophet in month of Sha’baan?
  • How are you preparing for the month of Ramadhan?

Preparing for Shahru Ramadhan:

On the last Jum’ah of the month of Sha’baan, Abdus Salam bin Salih al-Harawy, also known as Aba S-alt, visited the eighth Imam Ali bin Musa Ar-Ridha a.s.

The Imam said to him, “ ‘O’ Aba S-alt! Certainly a great amount of the month of Sha’baan has passed and today is the last Jum’ah (of this month).Therefore make up for your negligence during this month on this day through the recitation of a great deal of supplications and constantly asking for forgiveness from Allah.

In addition, read the Qur’an much on this day and turn back towards Allah from your sins so that when the month of Ramadhan comes, you have purified yourself for Allah such that there remains no trust upon your neck except that you have fulfilled it, and that there remains no hatred in your heart for a true believer except that you have removed it; and keep away from all sins.

Strengthen the taqwa you have for Allah and have complete reliance upon Him while in private and while you are in the public.

And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose: verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion.”

The Imam continued saying, “During the few days that are left in this month of Sha’baan, increase to continuously recite:

اللّهُمَّ إنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ غَفَرْتَ لَنَا فِيمَا مَضَى مِنْ شَعْبَان فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا فِيمَا بَقِيَ مِنْهُ.

ALLAHUMMA IN LAM TAKUN GHAFARTA LANA FI MAA MADHA MIN SHA’BAAN FAGHFIRLANA FI MAA BAQIYA MINHU

[“O’ Allah! If you have not forgiven us (our sins) in that which has passed of this (month of) Sha’baan, then forgive us (our sins) in the period that is remaining (of the month of Sha’ban).]”

Then the Imam continued to say, “For Allah the Most High, will prevent a large number of people from the hell during this month in honour for the month of Ramadhan.”

As time runs out on this blessed day what will you grab from this advice from our Imam Ali Ar Ridha a.s. and prepare for the month of Ramadhan?

Would you like to earn reward equal to two months fasting?

Fast the last three days of the month of Sha’baan:

Shaykh Saduq) relates from Imam Ali ibn Musa Ar-Ridha (a.s.) that:
“Whoever fasts the last three days of the month of Sha’baan and joins these fasts with that of the month of Ramadhan, Allah will write (in his book of deeds) as if he has fasted two months continuously.”


Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah,

 

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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