Ramadhan is the month in which Allah Glorified and Exalted is He, frees a multitude of His slaves from the torment of the Hellfire. And yet, for many of us this auspicious month has been reduced to nothing more than not eating during daylight hours and then indulging in excessive eating! Or, not fully realising the great mercy Allah has placed during this month and allowing it to pass yet again without having gained His pleasure and salvation from His wrath.
This course deals with the spiritual preparation every Muslim should take before Ramadhan; rectifying his intentions, being cognisant of the benefits and rewards, and doing all the requisite actions to achieve this before letting this month pass by yet again.
This is a companion course to "The Fiqh of Ramadhan" and has been developed using various texts, most notably "Lataaif Al Ma'arif" by Hafiz Ibn Rajab Al Hanbali.
In this course you will learn:
- What are the benefits of fasting?
- Why is the reward for fasting multiplied?
- Why does Allah say, "Fasting is for Me"?
- What benefits can be attained by abstaining from desires through fasting?
- What are the merits of giving charity and reciting the Qur'an during Ramadhan?
- What are the merits of performing night worship?
- Why would the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) tighten his loincloth?
- Why is Suhoor so meritorious?
- What are the benefits of Itikaf in the masjid during Ramadhan?
- How should we benefit from the last ten nights of Ramadhan?
- What mind-set should we have as Ramadhan approaches?
- Why do believers celebrate Eid?
Biography of the Author:
He is Hafiz Abdur Rahman Ibn Ahmad Ibn Rajab Ibn Al Hasan Ibn Muhammad Ibn Abi Al Barakaat Mas'ud As Salami Al Baghdadi Al Hanbali. He was born in 736 A.H. in Baghdad. He began his studies with father and grandfather, before going on to study with such illustrious scholars such as Ibn Qudamah Al Maqdisi, Imam As Subki, Ibn Majah and most prominantly Ibn Al Qayyim.
From a very young age, Ibn Rajab travelled with his father in the search for knowledge, travelling to distant lands like Baghdad, Damascus, Eqypt, Nablus and Jerusalem; all the while benefitting from the Scholars of these regions. With this knowledge and his noble qualities he attained a lofty position amongst the scholars of his era. All who wrote about his life praised him highly.
His legacy in Islamic Knowledge is ubiquitous and indellible, with works such as Jami Al Uloom Wal Hikam (a comprehensive explanation to Imam An Nawawis Forty Hadith), Lataif Al Ma'arif (explaining the virtues of months and dates within the Islamic Calendar derived from the Qur'an and Sunnah) and a multitude of explanations of Surahs from the Qur'an and Hadith and short essays.
Ibn Rajab passed away in 795 A.H. in Damascus. May Allah shower him with His blessings, favours and kindness.
Additional Reading Material:
- Matters Relating to Fasting by Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al Munajjid
- Fiqh of Fasting by Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
- The Nature of Fasting by Ibn Taymiyyah
- Fiqh Us Sunnah by Syed Sabiq
Having studied this course you should consider studying the following:
- Virtues of Good Actions
- The Exquisite Pearls
- Weakness of Emaan
- The Book of Heart Softeners
- Spiritual Preparation for Ramadhaan
- Ramadhaan the Month of Qur'an
- Doors of Repentance
- Never Despair in the Mercy of Allah
"My dear brothers and sisters at the Tayyibun Institute in the United Kingdom. I ask Allah (swt) that He grants you success and correction in your affairs and I also ask Allah (swt) that He always brings us together upon righteousness…."
Shaykh Abu Salih