Dua for Istikharah

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي أَسْتَخيـرُكَ بِعِاْـمِك، وَأسْتَقْـدِرُكَ بِقُـدْرَتِـك، وَأَسْـألُـكَ مِنْ فَضْـلِكَ العَظـيم، فَإِنَّـكَ تَقْـدِرُ وَلا أَقْـدِر، وَتَـعْلَـمُ وَلا أَعْلَـم، وَأَنْـتَ عَلاّمُ الغُـيوب، اللّهُـمَّ إِنْ كُنْـتَ تَعْـلَمُ أَنَّ هـذا الأمْـرَ- وَيُسَـمِّي حاجَتَـه – خَـيْرٌ لي في دينـي وَمَعـاشي وَعاقِـبَةِ أَمْـري، فَاقْـدُرْهُ لي وَيَسِّـرْهُ لي ثـمَّ بارِكْ لي فيـه، وَإِنْ كُنْـتَ تَعْـلَمُ أَنَّ هـذا الأمْـرَ شَـرٌ لي في دينـي وَمَعـاشي وَعاقِـبَةِ أَمْـري، فَاصْرِفَهُ عَنِّي وَاصْرِفْنِي عَنْهُ وَاقْـدُرْ لي الخَـيْرَ حَيْـثُ كانَ ثُـمَّ أَرْضِـني بِـه

“O Allah, I seek Your counsel by Your knowledge and by Your power I seek strength and I ask You from Your immense favour, for verily You are able while I am not and verily You know while I do not and You are the Knower of the unseen. O Allah, if You know this affair -and here he mentions his need- to be good for me in relation to my religion, my life, and end, then decree and facilitate it for me, and bless me with it, and if You know this affair to be ill for me towards my religion, my life, and end, then remove it from me and remove me from it, and decree for me what is good wherever it be and make me satisfied with such.”

Allâhumma innî astakhîruka bi-cilmika wa astaqdiruka bi-qudratika, wa as-aluka min fadlika-l-cazîmi. Fa-innaka taqdiru wa lâ aqdiru, wa taclamu wa lâ aclamu, wa anta callâmu-l-ghuyûbi. Allâhumma in kunta taclamu anna hâdhâ-l-amra (que l’on explicite) khayrun lî fî dînî wa macâshî, wa câqibati amrî (ou : câjilihi wa âjilihi) fa-qdurhu lî, wa yassirhu lî, thumma bârik lî fîhi. Wa in kunta taclamu anna hâdhâ-l-amra (que l’on explicite) sharrun lî fî dînî wa macâshî, , wa câqibati amrî (ou : câjilihi wa âjilihi) fa-srifhu cannî, wa srifnî canhu, wa qdur lî-l-khayra haythu kâna thumma arddinî bihi.

The Heart

This is the month to realise the state of our hearts. Are we yearning for Jannah or content with the life of this world. Are we restless and simply cannot wait to meet Allah [swt] or is this thought the furthest thing from our minds.
The Prophet [saw] said: مَنْ أَحَبَّ لِقَاءَ اللَّهِ أَحَبَّ اللَّهُ لِقَاءَهُ وَمَنْ كَرِهَ لِقَاءَ اللَّهِ كَرِهَ اللَّهُ لِقَاءَهُ
“Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him and whoever hates to meet Allah, Allah hates to meet him.” 1

The Prophet [saw] [also said]: “When death attends the Believer, he will be given the good news of the pleasure of Allah and His honouring him, so that nothing will be more beloved to him than that which is before him and he will love to meet Allah and Allah will love to meet him.” 2

Recommendations

Set daily portion of the Qur’an – Set a target for how many times you intend to complete the Qur’an in the month of Ramadhan [this should be at the least more than last year].

Memorize some new portions of the Qur’an and then pray Nawafil Salah and recite these new portions in it.

Before Taraweeh  Try doing any/all of the following :
a) Read the English translation of that 1 juzz of the Qur’an [The Imam will typically recite approx. 1 juzz of the Qur’an daily]
b) Read up on the Tafsir of the 1 juzz – hence you will understand better context of the Ayat you will hear in Taraweeh – e.g. you read about the Battle of Badr, then you hear the ayat recited to you while standing before your Lord in Salah in the month of Ramadhan – the feeling is indescribable
c) Linguistic Analysis – Go through and highlight words you do not know the meaning of and learn the meanings etc.

Use www.quranwikipedia.com to help you in this.

Charity

 

The best of Sadaqah is given during the month of Ramadhan. Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan…more generous than the fast wind in doing good” [Bukhari].

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Dua for breaking Fast

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي

Allaahumma inni as-aluka birahmatika allati wasi’at kulla shay-in an taghfira li

O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me. (Ibn Majah)

 

 

I’tikaaf – Seeking closeness to Allah [swt]

Allah [swt] says [in hadith Qudsi], “…….My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more beloved to Me than the obligatory duties that I have placed upon him. My servant continues to draw nearer to Me with optional deeds so that I shall love him.” [Bukhari] ‘So drawing closer to Allah – the Most Perfect – in this blessed month, can be achieved by fulfilling one’s obligatory duties; and also reciting the Qur’an and reflecting upon its meanings, increasing in kindness and in giving charity, in making Du’a (supplication) to Allah, attending the Taraweeh Prayer, seeking out Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Power and Pre-Decree), a night which is better than a thousand months, attending gatherings of knowledge, and striving in those actions that will cause the heart to draw closer to its Lord and to gain His forgiveness. Our level of striving in this blessed month should be greater than our striving to worship Allah in any other month, due to the excellence and rewards that Allah has placed in it.

30 Virtues of Dhikr – Remembering God

It has been summarised from the book ‘Invocation of God’ by Ibn al-Qayyim
[Wabil as-Sayyib in Arabic]
Edited: A.B. al-Mehri

1. Remembrance of God [Dhikr] drives away and breaks the devil [shaytan]

2. It pleases ar-Rahman [the Most-Merciful]

3. It removes the cares and worries of the Heart

4. It brings joy and happiness to the Heart

5. It strengthens both body and Heart

About us

‘Ramadhan Guide – Seeking the Love of Allah’ was originally a booklet published by the Qur’an Project. The publication included short reminders, recommendations, daily checklist, targets, virtues of Dhikr, Dua’s from the Qur’an and more. The website was launched to allow more readers worldwide to benefit from the guide and allow us to expand the content gradually inshaAllah.

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Finally, we request you make the following Dua [on Layl tul Qadr] for The Qur’an Project Team,

O Allah, guide the Qur’an Project Team in all their decisions. Forgive all their sins and shortcomings. Accept their deeds, raise their ranks, facilitate them to spread the message of the Qur’an to the world and when they die – let it be while You Love them.
[ameen]

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