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Ramadan Mubarak!

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The Muslims countries had been inflicted recently with very strange practices, I am speaking at least about where I live, Egypt. Those practices are growing year after another. Rather than preparing for Ramadan by taking serious intention to change, seize the opportunity when Allah Opens wide gates of mercy, forgiveness, repentance, and ponder how will one go about the month, how one can develop a check list of what one wants to gain or refrain from, TV channels mobilise all possible production resources manifested in loads and loads of TV series starring best figures in town, commercials are flooding about those drama every 10 minutes on TV, billboards are installed all over the city in prime location where no one can miss them at all, tempting and triggering the crave to watch. Leave alone normal Egyptian houses are preparing by applying certain style of decorations, including lantern, tent material, also food is stocked like no other time. As if Ramadan had been really summarised into such stuff. How come? they say that decorations help attracting youth and children who always compare our occasions with Christmas ..etc. Saying why dont we have similar attractive manifestations??

Well, our Ramadan, and Eids have totally different connotations and meanings that are not at all relevant to decorations and other material preparations.

Leave alone the TV drama which does nothing but help strongly in putting the hearts to death? do we need this? no. Will our fast and Salat be In sh a Allah Accepted even if we didnt watch those drama, decorate our houses..etc. Yes In sh a Allah.

Then let us define the goal of Ramadan: to attain at the end forgiveness, acceptance and pardon of Allah.

How can we attain this? by focusing on our Ibada.

Let us do it.

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A point to note here, I am not against expressing happiness because of the month of Ramadan, we aught to be happy as really, one wishes the whole year was Ramadan, but I am talking about copying non Islamic methods of doing so, which takes us to the hadeeth:


Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:

You would tread the same path as was trodden by those before you inch by inch and step by step so much so that if they had entered into the hole of the lizard, you would follow them in this also. We said: Allah's Messenger, do you mean Jews and Christians (by your words)" those before you"? He said: Who else (than those two religious groups)?
حَدَّثَنِي سُوَيْدُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا حَفْصُ بْنُ مَيْسَرَةَ، حَدَّثَنِي زَيْدُ بْنُ أَسْلَمَ، عَنْ عَطَاءِ، بْنِ يَسَارٍ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ لَتَتَّبِعُنَّ سَنَنَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ شِبْرًا بِشِبْرٍ وَذِرَاعًا بِذِرَاعٍ حَتَّى لَوْ دَخَلُوا فِي جُحْرِ ضَبٍّ لاَتَّبَعْتُمُوهُمْ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قُلْنَا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ آلْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى قَالَ ‏"‏ فَمَنْ ‏"‏ ‏.‏

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That is why we should be quite aware of engaging in certain activities without thinking about the implications.

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Ramadan Mubarak 1438 H., 2017 G. 27th of May!

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