Claim this month of Ramadan – Advice of Shaykh al-Fawzan

Since already half of Ramadan has passed away, we should not let go of the enthusiasm and eagerness we had in the beginning of this blessed month.

Every minute of this month counts, so don’t let yourself lose out on this great opportunity which Allaah has blessed you with by keeping you alive to witness this year’s Ramadan.

This is a small piece of advice extracted from few of Shaikh Saalih ibn al-Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (hafidhahullaah)’s answers and khutbahs.

The Shaykh said in a khutbah:

أيُّها النَّاس، اتقوا الله تعالى، واعلموا أنه قد حل بكم شهر عظيم، وموسم كريم، إنه: (شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنْ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ)،

إنه شهر الرحمة، وشهر المغفرة، وشهر العتق من النيران، فاغتنموه قبل فواته، فإن السعيد من أغتنم أوقاته، وتاب من سيئاته، وأكثر من حسناته، والشقي من حُرم الخير، من حرمه الله هذه المواسم العظيمة فإنه هو المحروم، ليس المحروم من فاتته الدنيا، ولكن المحروم في الحقيقة من فاتته الآخرة

فاغتنموا رحمكم الله هذه الشهر، وعرفوا قدره، وقدروا له قيمته، واحترموه واشغلوا أوقاته بالطاعات والقربات فإن الفرص لا تدوم، ولا يبقى إلا الحي القيوم، فأنتم لستم تبقون ولا الشهر والأيام تبقى: (كُلُّ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا فَانٍ*وَيَبْقَى وَجْهُ رَبِّكَ ذُو الْجَلالِ وَالإِكْرَامِ).

“O people, fear Allaah, Exalted be He, and know that you have a great month and a generous season “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong).” [Qur’an Surah al-Baqarah 2:185]

It is a month of mercy, a month of forgiveness and the month of freedom from the hell fire. So make use of it before it passes away. Avail yourself from the best of its time and repent from sins. Increase in good deeds. The wretched ones are deprived of its good. Whoever Allaah has deprived of this great season (by the decree of Allaah), he is deprived. And the true deprivation is not of what he loses in the world but from what he loses in the hereafter.

So make use of this month, May Allaah have mercy on you. Know its value and Estimate its worth. Respect it and spend its time in acts of obedience and worship, for this opportunity will not last. Nothing remains except the living and eternal (Allaah). So you will not remain and neither this month nor its days will remain.

“Everyone upon the earth will perish, And the Face of your Lord full of Majesty and Honour will abide forever.” [Qur’an Surah ar-Rahman 55:26-27]”

End quote.

Source: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14030

Also, in reply to a question the Shaykh said:

كل دقيقة من هذا الشهر فهي موسم عظيم والمسلم لا يدري مدى بقائه في هذه الحياة، وهل يكمل هذا الشهر؟ وإذا أكمله هل يعود عليه سنة أخرى أو لا؟ فهو غنيمة ساقها الله إليه

فينبغي له أن يفرح بذلك وأن يستغرق هذا الشهر أو ما تيسر له من أيامه ولياليه بطاعة الله سبحانه وتعالى والإكثار من فعل الخيرات والمبررات لعله أن يكتب له من أجل هذا الشهر ما أعده الله للمسلمين

“Every minute of this month is a great season and the Muslim does not know the extent of his remaining in this life. Will he complete this month? And if he completes it, will it return to him another year or not? So it is a spoil (i.e., a treat) which Allaah has driven to him.

Therefore, it is necessary for him to rejoice at that and claim this month completely or whatever is easy for him concerning his days and nights in obedience to Allaah—the glorified and one free from imperfection—and he should increase in acts of charity and righteousness perhaps it will be written for him the reward of this month which Allaah has prepared for the Muslims.”

Source: “al-Mun’taqa min Fatawa Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan Bin ‘Abdillah al-Fawzaan”, volume 2 (acts of worship) pages 346-347.

Author: Islamic Treasure

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