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Nous venons d'entrer dans le mois que nous attendons tous avec impatience chaque année, mais cette année, cela s'accompagne de la réalité de passer le Ramadan en vase clos. Nous avons vu quelques articles sur ce que devraient être notre approche et notre état d’esprit pour le Ramadan (comme cette grande pièce d’Omar Usman), mais maintenant quoi? Ce Ramadan sera comme celui que la plupart d'entre nous n'ont jamais connu auparavant et, comme l'a mentionné Omar Usman, pour certains, ce sera probablement plus difficile, mais cela ne signifie pas que nous ne pouvons pas réussir.

Cette année, peu importe où nous sommes dans le monde, les rues seront vides, il n'y aura pas de fêtes iftaar, pas de taraweeh au masjid et pas de visite entre eux à l'Aïd. (Certains de nos frères et sœurs du monde entier vivent le Ramadan de cette façon depuis des années et nous prions Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorifié et exalté soit-il)

Premièrement, comment savoir si leur Ramadan a été un succès. Comment évaluer le succès du Ramadan? Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorifié et exalté soit-il)

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكَُْْْ

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«Vous qui croyez, le jeûne vous est prescrit, comme il a été prescrit à ceux qui vous ont précédé, afin que vous ayez à l'esprit Dieu.» (Al-Baqarah; 183)


وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

«… Il veut que vous accomplissiez la période prescrite (pour le jeûne) et que vous le glorifiiez de vous avoir guidé, afin que vous soyez reconnaissant.» (Al-Baqarah; 185)

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorifié et exalté soit-il)

Une fois le mois terminé, aurons-nous changé pour le meilleur ou pour le pire? Avons-nous repris de bonnes habitudes et abandonné nos mauvaises? Comme le Hajj, si nous avons un Hajj / Ramadan vraiment réussi, nous en sortons en laissant ce qui déplaît à Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorifié et exalté soit-il)

Alors, comment pouvons-nous passer au niveau supérieur et nous assurer que nous en faisons un Ramadan réussi?

1a. Notre intention

Il est toujours important de commencer tout ce que nous faisons en passant en revue l'intention avec laquelle nous nous y engageons. Nous devons nous assurer que nous le faisons sincèrement pour Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorifié et exalté soit-il)

1b. Le temps du Coran et non la quarantaine

Comme on l'a surnommé en ligne, le Coran vient en premier parce que le Ramadan est le mois du Coran. Rappelez-vous que le Coran a été révélé pour la première fois à Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (que la paix et les bénédictions d'Allah soient sur lui)

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ

“It was in the month of Ramadan that the Quran was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong. So any one of you who is present that month should fast…” (Al-Baqarah; 185)

Fasting is to celebrate the Quran being sent down this month, so we must give the Quran its due. Some of us like to set up a daily reading schedule in order to finish the entire Quran in Ramadan. Imam Ash-Shafi’i raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)

How many surahs have we memorized?

How well do we understand what we are reciting?

These are important questions we must ask ourselves in order to strengthen our bond with the book of Allah. He says:

أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أَمْ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَا

“Will they not contemplate the Quran? Do they have locks on their hearts?” (Surah Muhammad; 24)

So in order to unlock our hearts to the Quran, we have to ponder over the words of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

2. Fasting

Here’s the obvious one. As mentioned earlier we are fasting to celebrate the Quran being revealed. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

The one who fasts during the month of Ramadan with conviction while seeking its reward from Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

We need to hone our fasts and execute them properly. Yes, we’ll be stuck at home, but what good will abstaining from food do if we just sleep all day? Will that help increase our taqwa? Probablement pas. We still must strive to do more good while in a state of fasting to maximize its reward. More prayer, more dhikr, more charity, while we have more time for these. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

3. Prayer

Prayer is the line that separates the believer from the disbeliever. It is the river that washes away our sins. There is no submitting to the oneness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

“The one who prays throughout Ramadan, with conviction and in the hope of earning reward will have their past sins forgiven.”

Our conviction towards prayer here is for Tarawih, which is sunnah, and which the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

4. Dua’

The word salaah in Arabic means dua’. Aside the salaah itself we need to immerse ourselves in dhikr and dua’. Some of our best dua’ and most vulnerable moments come when we are isolated and it’s just us and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

“And if My servants ask you (Muhammad SAS) about Me, I am near. I respond to those who call Me, so let them respond to Me, and believe in Me, so that they may be guided.” (Al-Baqarah;186)

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

When times get tough — especially during this lock down — just remember Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُم بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۗ أَلَا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Those who have faith and whose hearts find peace in the remembrance of God- truly it is in the remembrance of God that hearts find peace-” (Ar-Ra’ad;28)

So get those dua’ and dhikr books ready and make it a habit to do the morning and evening adhkaar and recite the dua’s for our everyday activities. This habit cultivated during Ramadan will train us to be able to turn to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

5. Charity

One of the main issues the pandemic has highlighted is the continuous need for charity. Everyone needing to stay at home means that a lot of people have lost their jobs. Also, someone in the community may have lost a loved one -perhaps even their main breadwinner- and are leaving families at a loss for financial support. For those of us that can afford to, let’s try our best to give and help as much as we can. Whether it’s giving money to the needy or donating medical supplies to front line workers, we need to form the habit of giving in charity without thinking twice about it. Every bit helps, and this is also a great way to instill this habit in our children as well. It’s important to remind ourselves not to fear for our wealth in our current situation because our beloved Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

“Wealth is not diminished by giving in charity.” (Muslim)

There are numerous ahadith on the virtues of giving in charity and its innumerable reward. As the world needs more help, let’s give more for the sake of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

6. Maintaining Relationships

Honoring our parents, maintaining ties of kinship, respecting elders, having mercy on the young and the orphan; these are all aspects of maintaining the fabric of a loving society. Now that individuals making up our society are cut off from face-to-face interactions with one another, we need to work even harder now to make sure we uphold these ties and human connections. Alhamdulillah with our current technology there are so many options for us to keep in touch.  Check in on your family, your friends, your coworkers, your parents’ friends, and especially someone you know to not have anyone else there for them. Man was created a social being, so having to be cut off from one another does not bode well for our mental and physical well-being. Even in paradise Adam 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him)

needed a companion. So, let’s really make it a habit to reach out to each other every now and then, and let our friends and loved ones know that we’re here for one another.

7. T&T: Taqwa and Tawakkul

Imaan fluctuates. For all its ups and downs it seems to go way up during Ramadan and rightfully so. With all the fasting and praying and dua’s every day, Ramadan should be a month-long imaan rush that gets us through the rest of the year. So let’s ask ourselves: “What is my current relationship with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

وَلِلَّهِ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا ۖ وَذَرُوا الَّذِينَ يُلْحِدُونَ فِي أَسْمَائِهِ ۚ سَيُجْزَوْنَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ –

“The Most Excellent Names belong to God: use them to call on Him” (Al-A’raf;180)

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

In conclusion, this is in no way an absolute one-size-fits-all list, and one can add or subtract as they see fit. Everyone has their own personal goals for Ramadan. The important thing is that, while that majority of us are sitting at home in isolation, we can make the most of this time by doing some serious introspection and figuring out where we stand with Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

We cannot let isolation overtake us. Instead we need to take it by the horns and use it to help tame our own nafs. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

Oh Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

I urge everyone reading this to please take this seriously and adhere to social distancing as I have many friends and family members in the medical field and have had multiple family members and friends test positive for the virus. Let us all do our part to flatten the curve. May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)