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Ramadan’s Chronicles: One Supplication a Day

Ramadan is almost here!

Millions of Muslims around the world are eagerly and passionately waiting for the new moon of Ramadan.

The majority of Muslims will celebrate the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan on Wednesday, July 10, while some Muslim minorities will observe the dawn-to-dusk month a day earlier.

As we dedicate our time during the Holy Month to get closer to Allah through prayers, reading the Qur’an, supplication is a key component that our prayer should contains during the Holy Month of Ramadan, which was also an authentic sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Every day of fasting is a forward step to the next, that is, we need to plan and prepare our Ramadan’s chronicle right from the first night of the precious month.

So, what kinds of supplications are there, and what should we say? What if I don’t speak Arabic? How can I supplicate, talk to my Lord, get in touch with Him? Dr. Tariq Ramadan will guide us through this.

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 1

Here we are on the first day of Ramadan with a new life, a new beginning and a new breath….

With Dr. Tariq Ramadan series Ramadan Chronicles: One Supplication a Day we learn a new du`aa’ each day of the Holy Month.

Here’s the first day’s….

 

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 2

It’s the second day of our fasting, and in efforts to get closer to God every day, what supplication should we learn today?

What should we ask God today? How could we get closer to Allah, truly feel that intimacy?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to say: “Allahumma a`inni `ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husn `ibadatika (O Allah help me in remembering You, in thanking You and in worshipping You in the best way).”

Let’s learn the meaning of this du`aa’ with Dr. Tariq Ramadan…

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 3

On our journey to learn, understand supplications we can’t overlook what the prophets and messengers of Allah (peace be upon them all) were saying and asking Allah when there were facing hardships, calamity, when they were facing people rejecting them or even in times of success and achievements while calling to Allah and conveying His message.

So, what did the prophets and messengers of God say in their du`aa’ to God, what did they ask Him?

The Qur’an mentions many examples of these supplications. Learn here one of Prophet Abraham’s (peace be upon him) supplications….

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 4

Are you one of those who ask God only when facing calamity and hardships, those who ask God to give them more and more in this life, forgetting about the hereafter?

About these people God say:

Some people say, “Lord, give us what we want in this life,” but in the life hereafter they have no beneficial share. (Al-Baqarah 2:200)

Could this be the sole objective behind making supplication to God, talking to Him? Could getting our worldly needs and desires met be the reason why we pray to God, worship Him?

Do we try to connect to God only in times of hardships and adversity? Is this the only way we talk to Him?

Is this sincere belief in God? Could it keep a true tie with our Lord?

So, what should we learn to ask God in order that we get a balance between this life and the hereafter; what should the true believer ask God?

This is what the Qur’an teaches us…

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 5

Out of true belief in Allah, we turn to Him, ask Him to remain true believers with deep unshakable faith in Him. So, what should we ask God to help us remain mindful of Him, be always on His true path?

Allah (Exalted is He)  says in the Qur’an:

They say, “Lord, do not cause our hearts to deviate from Your guidance, and grant us mercy. You are the Most Awarding One”. (Aal `Imran 3:8)

So, what is the significance of this du`aa’, what do we understand from it? How does it help in strengthening our relation with God, be always mindful of His presence?

Listen attentively to Dr. Tariq Ramadan here…

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Special Du`aa’ Not to Miss in Ramadan

Supplication and du`aa’ in Ramadan is an act of Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Here are some authentic supplications related to the Holy Month…

Supplication and du`aa’ in Ramadan is an act of Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Here are some authentic supplications related to the Holy Month…

1- The supplication of seeing the new crescent of Ramadan:

It is to say, “Allahumma ahillahu `alayna bil-amni wal-iman was-salamati wal-islam. Rabbi wa rabbuka Allah (Oh Allah, make it a start full of peace and faith, safety and Islam. My lord and your lord is Allah.)

Notice how this supplication pairs peace and faith as if they are twins. Both words (amn and iman) sound alike because one is derived from the other. In another narration, it mentions (silm “i.e. peace” and Islam) pairing peace and Islam, because again one is derived from the other.  In short, the two most important concepts in our religion (Islam and faith) are both derived from the words that mean peace in Arabic, amn and silm.  We ask Allah to make this Ramadan full of peace.

2- The supplication of breaking the fast at sunset:

Dhahaba adh-Dhama’ wabtallatil-`urooq wa thabatal-ajr insha’ Allah (Thirst is gone, the veins are wet, and the reward is confirmed, if Allah wills.)

Remember, the time of breaking the fast is one of the times where du‘aa’ is likely to be answered.  So, you can accompany this Prophetic du‘aa’ with any other du‘aa’ of your own.

3- The supplication when someone annoys you:

Inniee sa’im, inni saa’im (I’m fasting, I’m fasting)

Imam An-Nawawi mentions that this either should be said loud so the aggressor can hear and hopefully stop, or it should be said in silence as a self-reminder. Yet, the first opinion is stronger.

4- The supplication after breaking fast with a group:

aftara `indakum as-saa’imoon, wa akala ta`amakum al-abrar, wa sallat `alaikum al-malaa’ikah” (May the fasting people break the fast at your place! And may the pious eat from your food! And may the angels pray for you!)

5- The supplication of the Night of Al-Qadr:

Allahumma innaka `afuwun tuhibbul-` afawa, fa’fu `anni (Oh Allah, You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness, so forgive me!)

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Source: muslimmatters.org.

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 6

It’s no way easy to face up to or even think of our sins, weaknesses and misdeeds, but to confess to our Lord how far we have gone astray from him is the first step to come closer to Him (Exalted is He) and truly feel that closeness.

It’s critically important to come back to ourselves acknowledging the fact we have been unjust and unfair to ourselves;  our body, mind and heart, and seek help and mercy from God, asking Him to forgive us.

Today’s supplication simply has to do with self-respect, commitment and humility.

Learn about this here…

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 7

Fully aware of God being the Protector we turn to Him, exposing ourselves, our mistakes and weaknesses to Him out of true belief that no one but Him sees what we conceal and, accordingly, no one but Him can protect us, forgive us.

On our way to feel the closeness to God, it is essential to reveal to God what we really are as He is the only one Who knows what is concealed in our hearts and minds.

Learn more about it with Dr. Tariq Ramadan here …

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Ramadan’s Chronicles: Day 8

Focusing on ourselves, our security, needs in our prayer to Allah, doesn’t mean we forget about people around us while we turn to Him, asking our needs from Him.

Yes, In supplicating Allah, we think about yourself, start with your own peace and security, but we shouldn’t forget our parents, family and all the believers in our prayer.

This is what Prophet Abraham asked God…

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