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    hows life in the fast lane?
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    (Original post by Adonis)
    hows life in the fast lane?
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    I got this in an email and thought I'd share it with you:

    A Quick preparation guide for Ramadhan

    01. Start reading Holy Quran daily after Salat al-Fajr (Morning Prayer).

    02. Spend some time listening to recitations from the Holy Quran daily. Because Imam al-Baqer (as) said, "everything has a spring and the spring of the Holy Qur'an is the Holy Month of Ramadhan."

    03. Train yourself to go bed early so that you can wake up early for Suhur (Pre-Dawn Meal).

    04. Keep yourself in a state of Ablution (Wudu) most of the time.

    05. Evaluate yourself daily before going bed.

    06. Thank Allah (SWT) for good deeds, and repent to Him for your mistakes and sins.

    07. Start giving Sadaqah daily, no matter how little. Make it a habit like eating and drinking.

    08. Find time to pray extras, such as Tahajjud prayers. Apply in conjunction with point 03 above.

    09. Spend more time reading Islamic books, especially the Holy Quran, Hadith, and Fiqh.

    10. Find time to help others with your wisdom, knowledge and other talents.

    11. Try to write articles on Islam for Muslims as well as for non-Muslims.

    12. Associate with Muslim scholars / Ulama and other pious people so that you may learn from them.

    13. Train yourself to do good, render free service to others to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT).


    What to avoid?

    01. Avoid/reduce watching TV; instead spend more time reading the Holy Quran and other Islamic literature.

    02. Avoid looking at unlawful pictures, whether magazines, department store catalogs or otherwise.

    03. Spend free time in Masajid, Islamic organizations and make that a daily habit.

    04. If you smoke, try to reduce daily usage and cut it down for good; otherwise Ramadhan will be very difficult for you to observe.

    05. If you have friends who do not practice the teaching of Islam, try to avoid socializing with them.

    06. If you travel a lot on business, try to do more local business, so you can be more closer to your family and community.

    07. If you are used to staying up till midnight, try to go to bed earlier, so that you will be able to wake up early for Suhur (Pre-Dawn Meal).

    To prepare ourselves before the month of Ramadhan arrives is far better than waiting till it comes. To prepare ourselves for anything in life is a sign of wisdom and maturity. No one is assured of living one day more; tomorrow may not come. So hurry and benefit from blessings and rewards from Allah (SWT)

    Remember: "Time is not money or gold; it is life itself and is limited. You must begin to appreciate every moment of your life and always strive to make the best use of it."


    A Quick Checklist:

    01. Make a resolve to win the maximum favor of Allah (SWT) by performing extra Voluntary prayers (Nawaafil), making frequent Dua and increased remembrance (Dhikr).

    02. Try to recite some Holy Quran after every Prayer. In fact if you read 3-4 pages after every Prayer you can easily finish the entire Holy Quran in the month of Ramadhan!

    03. Study the Tafseer (commentary) every morning.

    04. Invite a person you are not very close with or your relatives to your home for Iftaar, at least once a week (Weekend). You will notice the blessings in your relationships!

    05. Bring life to your family! Everyday, try to conclude the fast with your family and spend some quality time together to understand each other better.

    06. Give gifts on Eid to at least 5 people: 2 to your family members, 2 to your good friends, and 1 to a person whom you love purely for the sake of Allah. This is in addition to normal 'Iddiya' to children.

    07. Where applicable, make commitment to join Islamic study circles to learn more about Islam and improve your own life.

    08. Donate generously to the Masajid, Islamic organizations, and any where people are in need or oppressed. "Because Ramadhan, is a month of sharing also"

    09. Share month of Ramadhan and its teachings of peace and patience with your colleagues at work, neighbors and relatives.

    10. Sleep little, eat little! Make sure you do not defeat the purpose of fasting by over-indulging in food and being lazy.

    11. Seek the rare rewards of the night better than 1000 months ( Laylatul-Qadr / Shab-e-Qadr ).

    12. Weep in private for the forgiveness of your sins: Ramadhan is the month of forgiveness and Allah's Mercy! It's never too late.

    13. Learn to control your tongue and lower your gaze. Remember the Holy Prophet's (pbuh) warning that lying, backbiting, and a lustful gaze all violate the Ramadhan fast!

    14. Encourage others to enjoin and love goodness, and to abandon everything that Allah (SWT) dislikes. Play the role of a Da'ee (one who invites to Allah) with zeal, passion, and sympathy.

    15. Experience the joy of Tahajjud prayers late at night and devote yourself purely and fully to Allah (SWT) in the Itikaf retreat during the last 10 days of Ramadhan.

    16. For extra concerted effort, try to be off work for few last days of Ramadhan for maximum Ibada. You never know you will be around next time, so maximize your time in Ibada (Worship).

    17. Make an effort to reconcile with the people you are not in good terms with. Forgive everyone and keep your heart clean.

    18. In all your Prayers, please do not forget your parents, your neighbours, relatives, dead people and Muslims at large including those oppressed world wide.


    MAY ALLAH (SWT) HELP US ALL IN OUR EFFORT TO EARN THE MAXIMUM DURING THIS HOLY MONTH SUCH THAT WE ARE ABLE TO TAKE THE DISCIPLINE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
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    but people who smoke are surely breaking their fast, i dont get it....plus smoking is haram anyway
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    (Original post by Stunt101)
    but people who smoke are surely breaking their fast, i dont get it....plus smoking is haram anyway

    the guide is to prepare for ramadhan...not only for during it

    04. If you smoke, try to reduce daily usage and cut it down for good; otherwise Ramadhan will be very difficult for you to observe.
    its not telling the smoker to smoke when fasting, but to reduce their daily usage. this will then make it easier for the person to keep the fast as they can last the day without needing to smoke, and hence no break the fast...

    dont know if that made sense
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    its munch time.
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    Geez I'm full up!.
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    Thanks sister..Rep+

    (Original post by Hunnii)
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    03. Study the Tafseer (commentary) every morning.
    Such as Tafsir Ibn Kathir
    http://www.tafsir.com/

    or Tafsir - Sheikh Allamah Abdur Rahman al Sa'di.
    http://www.archive.org/details/Tafsir_As_Sadi
    http://www.islamhouse.com/tp/57823

    The cover of the tafsir.
    http://img61.imageshack.us/i/tayseroi8.jpg/
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    wag one
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    (Original post by someperson)
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    "Fast" as in abstinence and "Fast Lane" as in driving in the fast lane...geddit? :ahee:
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    I ain't fasting today!

    I'm making the most of it though, by eating like crazy o_0,

    Btw I guess "avoiding/reducing watching TV" would also mean cut out the TSR-ing?!
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    (Original post by Amandeep_Psych07)
    "Fast" as in abstinence and "Fast Lane" as in driving in the fast lane...geddit? :ahee:
    Oh that's quite funny :giggle:
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    (Original post by ice_dragoness274)
    I ain't fasting today!

    I'm making the most of it though, by eating like crazy o_0,

    Btw I guess "avoiding/reducing watching TV" would also mean cut out the TSR-ing?!
    How come?(sorry if I'm being too nosy :o: )

    As for the TSRing,I think you might just get kicked out from here for saying that :p:
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    (Original post by ice_dragoness274)
    I ain't fasting today!
    You seem delighted LOL. :tongue:

    But, no pain, no gain
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    (Original post by SyedT)
    How come?(sorry if I'm being too nosy :o: )

    As for the TSRing,I think you might just get kicked out from here for saying that :p:
    Loool umm well.....I'd rather not say?!

    Yeah you're probably right, I'm awaiting the neg rep =)
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    (Original post by farhan)
    You seem delighted LOL. :tongue:

    But, no pain, no gain
    I AM!

    I just ate half the contents of my fridge (Y) wayyy to go!
    Awwh I feel so bad going on about food whilst all you guys are starving with hunger xD
    *cough* aloo pakoras with chicken biryani *cough*
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    (Original post by ice_dragoness274)
    Loool umm well.....I'd rather not say?!

    Yeah you're probably right, I'm awaiting the neg rep =)
    Looks like I WAS too nosy...sorry bout that :o:

    Nah,TSRers aren't that evil...I don't think...or are they:devil:
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    (Original post by ice_dragoness274)
    I AM!

    I just ate half the contents of my fridge (Y) wayyy to go!
    Awwh I feel so bad going on about food whilst all you guys are starving with hunger xD
    *cough* aloo pakoras with chicken biryani *cough*
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    (Original post by ice_dragoness274)
    I ain't fasting today!

    I'm making the most of it though, by eating like crazy o_0,

    Btw I guess "avoiding/reducing watching TV" would also mean cut out the TSR-ing?!
    You remind me of my bestie, she makes me laugh. She told me she would get really bored during Ramadan without food, so I said "Should you be praying?" and after a pause she said, "I think I'll just sleep." :giggle:

    (Original post by ice_dragoness274)
    I AM!

    I just ate half the contents of my fridge (Y) wayyy to go!
    Awwh I feel so bad going on about food whilst all you guys are starving with hunger xD
    *cough* aloo pakoras with chicken biryani *cough*
    :rofl:
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    (Original post by ice_dragoness274)
    I AM!

    I just ate half the contents of my fridge (Y) wayyy to go!
    Awwh I feel so bad going on about food whilst all you guys are starving with hunger xD
    *cough* aloo pakoras with chicken biryani *cough*
    *negs* :mad:

    Though I'd still rather be a guy. You girls can miss some fasts (and make up for it later) but go through a hell lot of pain :lol:
 
 
 
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