Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem.

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn self-restraint”
[al-Baqarah 2:183]

Salamu alaykum.

Alhamdulillah, finally, once again the month of the Qur’an is upon us. May Allah (swt) accept all of our fasts and may we all have a highly beneficial month overall. Ameen.

I just thought I’d provide some reminders so that we all, insha’Allah can make the most of this blessed month that Allah (swt) has promised and provided us with each and every year.

The first reminder, of course is that we must be wary of our words, and actions at all time. We must only break our fast at the times we are permitted to, or under circumstances that we are Islamically permitted to. Our fasting does not purely mean food, of course, either. We must also abstain from things such as bad manners, exposing ourselves to inapproapriate content, sex, and of course anything else that would be haraam even ourside of Ramadhan.

The second reminder is that this month, we do not have the whispers of the shaytaan to overcome, “If comes Ramadan, the gates of Heaven are opened, the gates of hell are locked, and the devils are chained.” [Bukhari & Muslim] In accord to this Hadith, we only have our nafs left to deal with. Insha’Allah, may we be strong enough to overcome them now, and continue to when the blessed month is over.

My third and final reminder is that we must take advantage of this month we have been given by Allah (swt). Use the month to do things we have been meaning to do, but haven’t gotten around to. Or to take action on things we have been putting off.
Can’t read Qur’an? Start to learn.
Been meaning to start attending Islamic classes and lectures? Do it.
Been aspiring to make a change in your life to make practise of our deen unbelievably easier? Do it.

May Allah (swt) make our fasts arduous, but fruitful. Ameen.

Sayf Udeen.