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Friday, September 11, 2009

Sharh As-Siyaam Wa Al-Qiyaam- Part 3

Khutbah by Shaykh Abdullah Azzaam (may Allah have mercy on him)

So, brothers, whoever of you stays in Peshawar, then let him comply with the following daily program:

Do not stay up late in Ramadan, as Ramadan is the time of praying, fasting, and seeking Allah’s forgiveness during the morning hours. So, break your fast in your homes on some dates or water, or in the mosque, and provide some dates and water in the mosques for those who might break their fast there, and glad tidings to the one who provides food for the one breaking his fast: “Whoever provides food for the fasting person, then, he will have the same reward as the fasting person, without the fasting person’s reward being diminished at all,” even if it is only on a piece of a date, so, for this, let the competitors compete for this great reward.

Comply with this program, and it is easy: break your fast in the mosque, then pray the Maghrib. Return to your homes, eat as much as Allah has Willed for you to eat, and after that, make istighfar while you are awaiting the time for ‘Isha’. Then, pray the ‘Isha’ and Tarawih in the mosque, then, return to your homes. Eat the suhur, and be particular about this time. In addition to it being a blessed meal, the best time to make istighfar is in these early morning hours.

So, after the suhur, rush to make ablution and perform some Tahajjud, and increase in your connection with the Lord of Glory: “Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven during the last third of the night, Asking: ‘Who will call on Me so that I may respond to him? Who is asking something of Me so I may give it to him? Who is asking for My forgiveness so I may forgive him?”

Take advantage of these times - the early morning hours - in which an answered supplication is almost certain.

“Those who are patient, those who are true, the obedient with sincere devotion in worship to Allah, and those who in the Way of Allah, and those who pray and beg Allah’s Pardon in the last hours of the night.” (Al ‘Imran; 17)

“They used to sleep but little by night, and in the hours before dawn, they were asking for forgiveness.” (adh-Dhariyat; 17-18)

Taken from Benefit of the Day- Ramadan 1429

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