Alhamdullilah, in just a few days we are reaching the blessed month of Ramadan. SubhanAllah, just uttering the name fills me with excitement and fear.
Excitement because of the greatest Blessings it carries but fear because of this particular hadith:
Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet (PBUH) once ascended the pulpit and he said, “Ameen, ameen, ameen.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, you ascended the pulpit and said ameen, ameen, ameen.” The Prophet said, “Verily, Gabriel came to me and he said:Whoever reaches the month of Ramadan and he is not forgiven, then he will enter Hellfire and Allah will cast him far away, so say ameen. I said ameen… (Sahih, Ibn Hibban)
May Allah subuhanawuta’ala protect us from the Eternal Hellfire!
These words of our most beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) may sound quite harsh, after all, he has been sent as a Mercy to mankind. But in the reality, there is an important reason for this rhetoric.
Ramadan is the Best Training Camp
If you think about it, Allah subuhanawuta’ala bestows upon us the month of Ramadan as means of changing our lives positively. The amount of training Allah subuhanawuta’ala grants us through Ramadan is truly mind-boggling.
He subuhanawuta’ala made Ramadan…
- The month of ‘ibadah (worship),
- The month of rahma (mercy),
- The month of saving people from Hellfire
- The month of patience,
- The month of forgiveness,
- The month of generosity,
- The month of feeding,
- The month of sacrifices and most importantly the month of du’a!
And, on top of all these things, He chains up all the whispering troublemakers (i.e., shayateen – devils) so that we can fully focus and successfully graduate from this training camp.
“When the first night of the month of Ramadan comes, the devils and rebellious Jinn are chained up and the gates of Hell are closed, and not one gate of it is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and not one gate of it is closed. A caller cries out, ‘O seeker of good, proceed; O seeker of evil, desist.’ Allah saves some people from Hell – and that happens every night.” (Saheeh, At-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)
Missing out on attaining the forgiveness of Allah during this Blessed month is a grave mistake to make. Especially when we are given so, so many opportunities during Ramadan to seek His forgiveness and to be saved from the Hellfire.
Religious Productivity Needs to be Planned
So it’s clear, we have got to increase our religious productivity, i.e. our ‘ibadah in the month of Ramadan to achieve real success.
Religious productivity in this month is certainly at the top of the priority list. Productivity does not just happen; instead, it has to be planned for and definite arrangements have to be made.
So, if you are really keen on increasing your religious productivity in Ramadan, you have to pay attention to certain things, such as your meals, activity, sleep routine, etc.
I am not your spiritual coach, so I am going to allow the scholars to play their part in this respect. However, being a Muslim nutrition coach, my goal is to provide the vital nutrition, exercise, sleep and energy management techniques to help you achieve your ultimate religious productivity this Ramadan, bi’idnillah!
In this regard, I have written a 48-page Ramadan eBook to give you a practical nutrition and exercise guide for Ramadan. I hope this e-book will serve as a reminder of the priorities of Ramadan so that you can make positive food choices to make this Ramadan your best ever!
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