With the approach of Ramadan following is a handy infograph presenting tips on how to prepare ourselves for the blessed month. Designed by Khalil Aleker for Islamographic.com.
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“O you, who believe, be supporters of Allah (swt)…” (61:14)
“The Twins of Faith 2014” conference was a life-changing experience. Helping in the cause of Allah (swt) was something I had longed to do. This conference was my chance. This was the first time I had volunteered in such an event. The tension and excitement were both at their peak before the event.
I was first given the job to sell tickets. I had to go to my school, friends and family members and tell them about the event, convincing them to come. Believe me, it was no walk in the park. I only managed to sell five tickets to my family members. In school, none of my friends were interested. I was really disappointed. I told them about how beneficial and gratifying it would be, but still I got a response in the negative. I gave up all hope and started thinking what a Fitnah filled world it was, but I remembered that our job was to remind people – Allah (swt) is the One, Who can change the hearts. So I kept reminding them and they finally got interested, but it all ended in vain, when their parents did not allow them. Frankly, I was quite upset but I kept my calm.
Now about the responsibilities I had on the day of the event. I was an usher at the registration desk. We were summoned to “Marriott” at 7 o’clock in the morning, so we headed for the venue right after praying Fajr. It was still dark outside. It seemed like a small job to perform, just like a drop in the sea, as the older volunteers were assigned all the hard tasks; however, I found satisfaction in the fact that one should not belittle his good deeds. The Prophet (sa) said: “Do not belittle any good deed, even meeting your brother (Muslim) with a cheerful face.” (Muslim) Furthermore, we were told in the weekly meetings that deeds were based on intentions, and I did it solely for Allah (swt). The rewards of deeds are based on the intentions (Bukhari). Time and again we were reminded to keep a smiling and cheerful face, as it makes the people feel welcomed, and it also is a Sunnah. The event was a blast and a great learning experience. They told about the rights of parents, how they are the easiest route to Jannah, and the rights of children. Even though many problems arose, everybody had a great time. The volunteers and the team members handled every situation calmly, always showing a jovial demeanour.
The best thing was that we were within close proximity with the shaykhs. We got the best seats in the house, right next to the stage. The dinner with the shaykhs was great, as they related their lifetime stories. It was a highly learning experience. The meetings were fun, and everybody had a great sense of humour – we were helping in the cause of Allah (swt), while being social and active in the community.
Alhumdulillah, I recently got an opportunity to attend a lecture delivered by eminent Islamic scholar, Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmad. Here, I pen down a summary of the gems of knowledge I was able to grasp from the lecture. I sincerely hope the readers will benefit from it greatly.
The Quran refers to Prophet Muhammad (sa) as “Siraj um-Muneer”, the enlightened candle or lamp. However, strangely enough, the sun has more powerful light than any other source. Hence, technically, the beloved Prophet of Allah (swt), Prophet Muhammad (sa) (mercy for entire mankind) should have been referred to with the comparison of the light of the sun. Why not so? The scholars opine that this is because the light of the sun, though being the strongest, is incapable of being transferred to any other source. On the contrary, the candle flickers and passes the flame from one to the other. Subhan’Allah, it is just as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) passed on the light of his knowledge and wisdom to his beloved companions (ra), who passed it on to the Tabi’een (the successors) and so forth, until the light was received by the Ummah of today.
In this context, how many of us feel we have been able to carry on the flame of this knowledge in our hearts, with the intention of enlightening other souls crossing our lives? Unfortunately, it is sad but true that we have confined the flame to ourselves, losing hope in the goodness concealed in our fellow Muslims. Dawah, or calling towards the Deen, is not just a virtue but an obligation upon each one of us. This makes us answerable on the Judgement Day for being a miser in sharing the flame of knowledge.
Here are a few ways as suggested by the elderly scholars on how to fulfill the obligation of Dawah in the light of Quran and Sunnah:
This is the foremost important concept to every virtue one performs in Islam. Our sole intention and idea behind the action should be to earn Allah’s (swt) pleasure. Hence, before you approach others to spread the word of Allah, stop for a second and ask yourself; am I doing this only for my Rabb? Or has it got to do with love for this world?
2. Ascribe the greatness to Allah(swt) – Fillah
One must understand that one is in fact indebted to Allah (swt) for being able to perform this great deed. One should not ascribe the greatness of the deed to oneself. It was Allah (swt), Who chose us for this sacred mission amongst His entire creation; humility should be adopted instead of arrogance and self-praise.
3. Dua – the ultimate weapon of the believer
Each one of us understands the power of Dua. Hence, we are often advised by scholars to never stop making Dua. However what we often neglect is the action of making Dua sincerely for others. If you are genuinely sincere with someone’s better Akhirah, and are actually keen and concerned about him or her being one of the residents of Jannah, nothing should stop you from waking up in the middle of the night, solely to make Dua for him or her.
May Allah (swt) enable us to be a source of guidance for others. Ameen