Last few days of Ramadan

ramadanUsually the month of Ramadan for Karachiites is filled with a sense of rush. To wake up in Sehri, to sleep afterwards, to wake up again disgruntled for varied destinations (school/college/university/office), to get back home in time to catch some sleep and so on and so forth. In our busy lives, we should at least take out some time to obtain full blessings of the month of Ramadan.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” Narrated by al-Nasa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.

Here is a checklist of some of the things that we can all do to make the remaining days of Ramadan work to our advantage (This is summarized from an email I received yesterday on the same topic):

1) Get in high gear for the next 10 nights and days:
Time is of the essence. Every moment counts. Whatever you need to do for the next ten days to make the most in Ibada, good deeds, reciting Quran, dhikr, making dua, etc., rewards are going to be multiplied. No one knew about the importance of these days more than the prophet (saws). Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan began, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would stay up at night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. According to Ahmad and Muslim: he would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times.

2) Get a Quran and recite as often as you can:
A few lines on this post can’t even come close to explaining the benefits and virtues of Quran. It is proven in the saheeh Sunnah that the Quran will intercede for those who read it at night, as Ahmad (6626) narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

Fasting and the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of his food and his desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ And the Quran will say: ‘I deprived him of his sleep at night so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will intercede.” Narrated by Ahmad; classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jami’, no. 3882
3) If your sins are holding you to move forward, this is the time to get them forgiven:
First the bad news – In Musnad Ahmad it is narrated that Thawbaan said: The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said: “A man is deprived of provision (Rizq) because of the sins that he commits.” (Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4022, classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah).

And now for the good news – It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.”

4) What to say on Laylat al-Qadr:
One of the best dua’s that can be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her). It was narrated by al-Tirmidhi, who classed it as saheeh, that ‘A’ishah said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, If I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say?” He said: “Say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me).”

5) Get in the class of the Pious People:
Allah has described the pious as follows (interpretation of the meaning):
They used to sleep but little by night (invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope). [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (17)]
And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness, [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (18)]

6) Finally… Think of all that you need to ask Allah for and ask Him now. If you haven’t before, this is the time to connect with Him and feel closer to Him. And finally, when you are in a state of prayers and worship, please open your heart for others as well. Remember what the Prophet said:

“The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.” Reported by Abu Daw’ud and Tirmidhi

May we all make the most of the last ten nights and days of Ramadan. Ameen Summa Ameen.

35 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on September 14th, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    EXCELLENT post !!

    The only thing i would like to share (request) is for SMOKERs
    Please this is the best time get yourself free from a HABBIT that is not only costing you time and money but most importantly your health.

  2. MB (unregistered) on September 14th, 2009 @ 2:38 pm


  3. ThePath2Jannah (unregistered) on September 14th, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    Interesting post.

    I think what works best for me is to keep a small copy of the quran, those miniature ones that you get from any convenient Islamic Bookstore, and keep it accessible at most places where I know I will get the time to read it – even if it be for 5 minutes.

    In the car, on my office table, on my bed-side table and even in the lounge.

    Obviously owning a copy isn’t that expensive, but you can always opt to keep one in your pocket with the condition that you do not go to the loo with it out of respect for the musnaf.

  4. بستنی (wasiq) on September 14th, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

    breaking new…
    18 women crushed to death receiving zakat goods in khordi garden area…

  5. fasee on September 14th, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

    Blessings my foot….its the worst of months, all my budget like anyones , get burst due to inflation and how can you day shaitaan is chained….don’t you go to market to see those shayateen over charging, or police shayateen penelising you…don’t make a mockery of it plzzzzz.

    Besides, it ruins my appetite, my schedule, all the nation goes itno slow or standstill mode, sari productivity zero.kaam dhaam koi nai, siwai chori ke. Kaal chiken bhi khabeson ne 250 ka ker diya….aur smaeto berkateen is mahenay ki.

    Can’t wait to get back into my normal mode, poori qoum bhooki nangi hai, jaib me photi kori nai bachi is qoum ke, aur batain hoti hain sawab sametnay ki

    Sali hypocrate qoum

  6. Afreen (afreen) on September 14th, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

    Thanks, MB. I totally agree on the smoking point, best time to quit.

    ThePath2Jannah, Thank you. You have pointed out a very good way through which we can utilize all the possible time in finishing Quran in Ramadan. MashAllah it really worked for me last year.

    wasiq, sad news, MB has already posted about it.

    fasee, what a tirade on yourself. WOW! If you can’t see the blessings due to lack of faith it’s OK but calling the whole nation hypocrite is taking generalization to extreme, no? No wonder our ‘qoum’ is not going anywhere, with people like you who can’t do much except complain.

  7. Faraz (unregistered) on September 14th, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

    Good post. Very beneficial masha Allah.

  8. fasee on September 15th, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

    @ afreen,

    Sorry for generalizing, kiya karoon, hamaray peelay sakool me yehi parhaya giya thaa ke if 90 % of above is doing the ssame thing, then we can safely generalize….aap bolti hu tu sahee bolti what’s your limit when u can generalize mam…??

    As for my reiade on this hipocratic qoum or myself as you rightly pointed out….well fasee life me kuch bhi hu saktaa hai….per can never stoop soo low to become either of the two 1) hypocrate or 2) a maulvi.

    Alhamdulalilh I have much stronger a faith then most of em that I meet….its just that I have helped my self evolve above the stuck, myopic and tunneled vision mentality of most of our nation……mazhab ko samjhnay ki allah aap ko aur mujahay hum sab ko taqat aur waqat dey… wohi raheem hai, janay kub reham ker de is phatichar confused qoum per.

    Busy these days verna wud have sent you some atricles on how much this ation moves towards religiousty when faced with a real crises as a mean of escapism.

    Wake up buddy….all you talk or do is just escapism…ankhen kholo aur dunya ko face karoo, mazhab quran ko totay ki tarhan ratnay aur zameen per taker mar mar ker mathay pe nishan dalnay ki ilawa bhi buhat kuch hai….is ko parhiyee tu

    Allah hum sab ko hidayat de..ameen

  9. balma on September 15th, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

    Well, this whole concenpt of Ramzaan needs to be reconsidered.
    And what the heck is Ramadan or dhikr or ibada? kyaa darooree hae keh apnee jabaan kee Taang toRee jaayae?
    agar toum logo’n nay apnee harkatai’n nah badleen tou Balma Arbee may Urdu bole bole kar sub kaa jeenaa haraam kar dai’n gay!

    Most rituals of Islam (except Zakat) lead to extremism. Now, take rozah!

    haath mae khajoor liyae khaRay hai’n….vaqt aa gayaa , jee nahin ayaa….dou minute baaqi hai’n …nahi’n aik minute baaqi hae…abay baighairatou’n….andaazan vaqt ho gayaa, rozah khole lou.

    Whole nation over eats in Ramzan. Logically, if the momineen were fasting, demand for sugar and aaTaa would go down….but it actually goes up and prices go up. Phir overpopulated qaum chillaa rahee hae keh aataa sastaa karo- kameeno’n! bachay kum karo and find alternative foods. And, this is Ramzan, eat less! not more….daam khud-bakhud kum ho jayae’n gay!

  10. fasee on September 15th, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

    @ balma

    Sir, right on target…..aap arbi me urdu boliyee mein english me urdu jharoon ga, hisab braobar.

    Yaar the only thing used by this phaticher qoum less and less by the day, is conterceptives.

    Sala un khabees maulvion ko kabi us truck ke pass le kejao jahan roz insaniyaat ko nanga kiya jata hai….wo bi aap ke ramadan ke ba barkut and minus one formula ke tehat bagair shaiytaan ke mahinay me

  11. Anonymous (unregistered) on September 15th, 2009 @ 9:21 pm

    Is there any law for companies calling their employees to work during Eid Vacations?

  12. Namaz (unregistered) on September 15th, 2009 @ 9:53 pm


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  13. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on September 16th, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    Even if there was such law, it would be hard to find company following that law … or any law

  14. fasee on September 16th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

    I wud recomned u read updated labour law for that…hum ko tu zamana hugiya usay parhay huway…

    Yaad-e-mazi me company was bound to give an alternative leave to the employee and a double rate of pay for that holiday that was utilised….and no two consecutive holidays were to be consumed……

    Per I wud recomend, read the latest law.

    But as above comments…ye pakistan hai bhai…yahan law ki batti bana ke law ki baat kernay walay ke…….you know what…;)

  15. Afreen (afreen) on September 16th, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    Faraz, Thanks, mate.

    fasee, I try not to generalize mostly and give people the benefit of the doubt. Being Islamic is one’s own option rather than escapism. If you can’t understand it yourself do not think that others who do simply rattofy quran and pray namaz for the benefit of others. I recite Quran with its translation and pray namaz knowing in my heart that it brings peace and helps me in persevering. Do not taint their images with extremist foreign view.

    balma, koi zaban ki taang nahi torr raha. As its roman Urdu, everyone has their own way to write it. Let’s not overly dramatize on it, shall we?

    Anonymous, we could only wish. But sadly there is none.

  16. fasee on September 16th, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    @ afreen,

    “I recite quran with its translation…”

    Its a good thing if you do, u r one of a few who really do…keep doing that…samajh ke parhoo, is the key.

    “If you can’t understand it….”

    Looks like its one of your rare moments when u generalise….not everyone who critisize things considered NORMAL by this jah qoum, is necessarily a extremist westren mulhid ya secular guy…..

    I am a religious guy, who loves quran, read it with tarjuma, invest a lot of time into it…..but on the sametime, I hate the impurities added over time by khabees maulvies…and considered norms by the army of baffons following this woderful religion, tranishing its name in the process.

    Sadly, we like to wear religion on our sleeves, not in our brain and our heart.
    Take example of quran from within the comments itself….quran ko ghar me rakhoo, haftay me ik dafa do dafa jub time milay gor say tarjumay say aur sakoon say parhoo….

    Darhi rakhna, minature quran and tasbeeh her waqat hath me latkae phirna, pajama tukhno se oper pehana…is all crap to show off to this world how pious we are…..tarveeh parho namaz parho us ke foran baad haramipun shuru…..

    Rest of us, besieds the majority that is show-offs, mostly revert to religion when facing a trauma, as part of there escapism, to divert there mind and nothing else……religion ko RIGHT FRAME OF MIND me samjhnay walay aur amal kernay wlay .001% bhi nahee hoon gay…..I can bet anything on that buddy

  17. balma on September 16th, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    Fussy, reading Quran samajh kar can lead to lot of problems!

    Aur, abay, yahaan ab pajama pehentaa kaun hae, jo takhnay say ooper pehnay gaa! ?
    Ab to yeh bayDhangi shalvaar hae aur oos per lambay lambay takhno’n tak kurtay….nihaayat bayhoodah attire….but you will never find balma in such a nonsense!

  18. fasee on September 16th, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    @ balma

    “Samjh ke parhna will lead to problems..”

    Agreed sir, but bagair samajh ke parhnay see jo nahoosat phail rahi hai us see kum he phalai gi..;)

    “Pajama pehantaa koun hai..”

    Sir kabhi farangi channels switch ker ke local channel lagaiyee tu, yahan log abhi bhi kamray pehentay hain…

    Reh gai baat, sir pajama hu, shalwar hu, trouser hu ya shrauser….I can bet balma haven’t herd of what a shalao-ser is…its a hybrid of a shalwar n trouser rarly used in some items in fashion shows but looks great….ya cargo pants hoon…shair takhno se oper pehanay pe zoor de raha hai..kiya pehna hai is pe nai…your skidng from topic onto sidelines, rivals the legendary skills of jahagir badar aka ppp walay…;)

    ” You wud never find balma wearing one…”

    Sir if you were in safe range of 18-25, with a figure fasee likes, and looks of megan fox or olivia wilde then I wud have drooled imagining the prospects….but otjerwise…..aaaarghhh fasee wud cover his face and pass away briskly

  19. Anonymous (unregistered) on September 16th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

    Thank you Tariq Khanani and Fasee for the guidance and suggestion.

  20. balma on September 16th, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

    This malka-e-tarranum seems to be reincarnation (doosraa jannum) of our famous Dhainub Radvi…..remember her anyone?

    Hey, I am not dramatizing it…you are. We know how you allah-hafiz types are hell bent on destroying Urdu and our culture and want to wahabize all of us. Yes, it is transliteration but you are using roman Arabic — otherwise you could have written zikr and ramzaan or ramazaan. You want to use ‘d’ for zuaad, move to Riyadh Metro Blogs!
    What is next….using th for the alphabet ‘say’
    Sudhar jaao!
    eeman say sub totlay lagtay hai’n speaking Urdu using arabic talafuz (sorry, talafud)

    Mark ny words everyone, Urdu is being destroyed by burgers and wahabis.

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on September 17th, 2009 @ 4:15 am

    @Anonymous….sir may I ask the nature of your employment (management,staff,office help,field work,skilled or un skilled labor) and occupation of your company (corporate,semi govt,private owned,public utility,emergency related,NGO,mutli-national)
    there are laws regarding religious holidays and are very strictly followed with a exception of few emergency and sensitive nature employment….if you don’t believe me….goto any place of employment other than the studio of FM100 pakistan…and the likes…and you will find it locked…even the newspaper offices give a deserted look on the first two days of eid…

    Shana tova !(5770)

  22. Afreen (afreen) on September 17th, 2009 @ 4:59 am

    balma, can’t say anything except for hellbent on tahaffuz regarding roman Urdu/Arbi and then taking a shot at my name? How mature. Your next irrelevant comment goes to the rubbish bin.

  23. fasee on September 17th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir jee me beg to differ on this…

    Sir jee in todays integrated world, we can’t have the ayashi to stay offline for 3-4 days on a lousy excuse for eating orgies in name of religion.

    Customer services of all ISPs, banks, credit cards, mobile companies, export companies ports, airports all have skeleton crews or adequate staff as required.

    Labourers or traders or shopowners open shop from second day like sabzi, chiken, etc etc.

    There is no law anywhere in world who can stop any employer to ask staff to come if they find the work necessary.

    All the laws are concerned are on compensations either monetory (higher rate of pay ) or non monetory ( lunch,taxi drop, aternate leave ).

    Every labour law has a twist to it for the fat cats to play with.

    Like, employer can’t make a women work beyond time that it wud be impossible for her to reach home before sunset….provided they can provide a conveyance service……lol….so employers provide a bus and delay the going by giving a overtime….huh…no law broken

  24. بستنی (wasiq) on September 17th, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

    @fasee saab…..sir this is not a matter that concerns the labor laws only….or the bye law of a corporate organization….this is a matter relating to the national integrity….a public holiday is proclaimed by the Government of Pakistan or the government of sindh….any institution, organisation,body corporate or business within the jurisdiction cannot go against it…unless with the special permission provided by the law an not contrary to the provisions of any state law and the constitution of pakistan….
    for example…you see the methai(sweetmeat) shops open on eid day…or you see tariq road open all night on chand raat….about fifteen day prior to the event sindh govt issues a notification published in all leading newspapers this permit gives the permission to shop owners to open and run their business smoothly without any government deptt or the law enforcing agency interferring in their business….otherwise you may be aware that all shop are required to closed down at a fixed time set by the concerned deptt usually its 8:00 pm failing which the shop keepers are heavily fined.
    it is my personal observation that most people who are willing to work on the public holiday…usually do because of personal incentive or motivation….for example your driver and cleaning lady expects and demands heavy eidee,clothes and best meal….now is there a law that could prevents them from demanding a months or half months salary worth of gratification for a days service….no there is not…but you and your family are so glad to have them on eid day…that you fulfill all their demands…and more….

  25. fasee on September 18th, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir jee, I presonaly truly agree to all of the mentioned above.

    But also I agree that this is part of my hipocracy, as well as the whole national level hipocracy.

    We cry for the poor or guys who gets a bad deal, ” hai becharay…tsk tsk”

    Yet have we ever imagined, if on eid we can’t get our car tank filled, if the petrol guy is on leave, what wud be our reaction….salay kaam chor, etc etc

    If my credit card won’t work, or if my net in down n I can’t send eid cards or view email by all my relatives abroad.

    If my light go out, I give hell to kesc to come fix my line.

    Why my cable will go down on eid day,

    Why there is no ambulance or doctors at emergecny ward

    Why can’t my mobile won’t work on holidays.

    Sir all these servicess require staff to work so we all can enjoy fruits of life and weep at those hai becharay, who we indirctly made possible by creating such demands in the first place.

    And they becharay are alos knowing do there job knowing its a occupational hazzard.

    For example if I work in a call centre I know my nite life wud be destroed by working in nite shift….so why the crying.

  26. بستنی (wasiq) on September 18th, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

    @fasee saab….sir…the thing you have mentioned you want to see open or working on eid day are the very same things…you find closed or not working on ordinary days….many time of the year…
    how many times this year have you been to the petrol/cng station and found out it is closed indefinitely…five,six maybe seven…
    how many times this year has your cable been out,down because of rainand other faults…
    how many times have you had to return from an ATM because it was out of order
    how many times you have been without electricity at home or in the office…this year….600,700 times who’s counting..?
    and yet….
    you have no sympathy for your fellow (muslims) beings who could enjoy a day or two with their family and friends on this most important day of the year….
    shame on you….shame on me….shame on US

  27. fasee on September 18th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir jee, ab baat chal nikli hai tu dooor tilak jaway gi…:):)

    In a capatilist system, there is demand and there is supply….there is resource and there is a customer for it.

    The seller sells at his price and buyer buys that.

    We loose our resource and gets compensatetd…you don’t want to sell you don’t sell…simple.

    When I sign into selling my resource (myself or my services) I am bound to oblige…I got paid to work in a field that demands work on weird times and days….I got well compensated for that..( Staff working on such days gets fabolous monetory benefits )

    Imagine we don’t get a taxi on eid day to land with all our extended family onto our helpless relatives… wala on the otherhnad gets to fleech us more than the level he fleecs us ordinarily.

    Ab aap bolo, baitho ghar pe, well he won’t like that, nor his family.

    As for the ATM, cable, net, or petrol not working.

    Well these r minor irritants we live buy…..why….bcoz we have just one like that around the corner…..its like a comon pin prick on the body.

    But what if all petrol pumps close down, all cables left unattended….imagine the chaos…..its like ur body attacked by 10,000 pin pricks, dat can bleed it to death…….minor acts in individual capacity, might cause a huge loss if aggregated to a certain level.

    Besides, as I mentioed in another topic, every cloud has a silver lining….we have 4-5 eids, so if he misses one he may cathup when we clebrate the fifth eid on 5th day or something.

  28. بستنی (wasiq) on September 18th, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    @fasee saab….you are soooo right about the 4-5 eids….one is bound to catch up with either one of them….here in karachi and most major cities of pakistan folks have started to celebrate st valentines Day just like eid….some start waiting and planning for this day from the very next day….and they enjoy it more because there are no cultural and religious drawbacks….to this occasion.

  29. BizCore-i Accounting Software SMEs Pakistan (unregistered) on September 19th, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    last one day is left please go to the masjid and pray for our Pakistan and our beloved one

  30. fasee on September 19th, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

    @ wasiq

    Valentine….lol….sir hakeekat yeh hai ke uncle fasee usualy buy his gifts 15-20 days before the day.

    Reason…..stupid or lazy people buy valent gifts on last days, when they r extra expensive and all are leftovers…best is to buy the best choiestest stuff, them let them keep it in there display as exhibit, u pick it on last day…..

    As for religion….belive me, I have seen burqa clads and bshy idiots spending lotsa cash on stupid overpriced stuff they have no idea they r buying…..jahil copy cats….shud have stayed on trees and don’t come down

  31. بستنی (wasiq) on September 19th, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

    @fasee saab….sir your shop keeper must be relatives or dear friends…of your….most shopkeeper don’t recognise you the moment you have bought a thing and paid for it….15-20 day that must be a real torture…for them….and I don’t think you can buy or book a bunch of red rose in advance anywhere in karachi…..on the valentines…people are so desperate they even take away the shop decorations….its a riot that day for roses….
    sir burka clads are of two types…in this day and age….don’t confuse one from another….lol

  32. fasee on September 20th, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir jee, yehi tu science hai, in shops where you customize your gifts, they offer to safe depoit it by keeping it on there display, with ur chit on it.

    You get to have free parking and care and secrecy for next 15 days, and they get free marketing by resulting envy and jealousy of others who buy more to outdo the ones on display…..last time it costed me around 3.5k 2yrs ago this year round 5.5k….the biggest abomination on display was for around 50k or something , big enough to be carried by a pikup……those manupilative marketing bastards…….mess with our minds and mess with our pockets.

    “Two types of burqa clads..”

    Lol, sir jee types ki baat ayi hai tu buhat door tak jai gi……there is another type that have a beard at the wrong place under the burqa…;)…..the ones police lookout for with metal detectors and chekposts…;)

  33. بستنی (wasiq) on September 20th, 2009 @ 10:41 pm


  34. fasee on September 20th, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

    @ wasiq

    Wonder what trigered dat..:)

  35. Afreen (afreen) on September 20th, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

    Lot of OOT (out of topic) discussion has been going on. So, as Ramadan have ended, I’m closing this thread.

    Eid Mubarak all.

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