A gentle reminder from the Quran: "Save those who repent and amend and hold fast to Allah and make their religion pure for Allah (only). Those are with the believers. And Allah will bestow on the believers an immense reward Lo! men who surrender unto Allah,and women who surrender, and men who believe and women who believe, and men who obey and women who obey, and men who speak the truth and women who speak the truth, and men who persevere (in righteousness) and women who persevere, and men who are humble and women who are humble, and men who give alms and women who give alms, and men who fast and women who fast, and men who guard their modesty and women who guard (their modesty), and men who remember Allah much and women who remember - Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a vast reward." (Al-Ahzaab:35)
Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. - [Quran 2:185]
May this Ramadan be a month of inspiration filled with imaan and taqwa. May Allah bestow Noor and Baraqah in your life and may Allah always keep you on the straight path. - Ameen
Before the light of our life's been switched off
Before our time has due
Before the repent's door has closed
Before the Ramadan month's has come
Let's clean up ourself
Let's purify our soul
Through fasting, a Muslim experiences hunger and thirst, and sympathizes with those in the world who have little to eat every day.
Through increased devotion, Muslims feel closer to their Creator, and recognize that everything good we have in this life is a blessing from Him.
Through increased charity, Muslims develop feelings of generosity and good-will toward others. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said, "A man's wealth is never diminished by charity."
Through self-control, a Muslim practices good manners, good speech, and good habits.
Through family and community gatherings, Muslims strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, in their own communities and throughout the world.
For my own reminder I am posting these duas early so we all can start reciting them from day one. Inshallah Or, Inshallah any that you wish.
May Allah swt accept our repentance, fasting, and salah during this month. Ameen
(first 10 days) for seeking Allah (swt) Mercy:
Allahumar-Rahmni, Ya Rahamur Raheemen
O Allah! have mercy on us, you are the merciful and mercy giver
(second 10 days) for seeking Allah (swt) Forgiveness:
Astaqfirul Allah Rabbi min Kulli Dhanbi Wa Atubu Ilayk
O Allah! I seek your forgiveness for my sins and to you I return
(third 10 days) for seeking protection from Hellfire:
Allahuma Ajarni Minan Naar
O Allah! save me from the hellfire
NIYYAH FOR FASTING
It is better if the following niyyah is made:
Transliteration:- Bisaumi ghadin nawaitu min shahri Ramadaan
Translation:- I have the intention to fast tomorrow for the month of Ramadaan
However niyyah in the heart is enough.
NIYYAH FOR BREAKING FAST (IFTAAR)
Breaking the fast (Iftaar) with dates or water is approved. At the
time of Iftaar recite the following D'ua:
Transliteration: Allaahumma Laka Sumtu Wa 'Alaa Rizqika Aftartu
Translation: Dearest Allaah, I have fasted for Your Pleasure and
broken it with the provisions You have bestowed
O Allah make us and all Muslims of those who fast and stand in prayer during the month of Ramadhan based on belief and truly seeking Your reward so that we are forgiven our past and future sins.
O Allah make us of those who fasted the month, attained full reward, witnessed Layatul-Qadr and attained success by permission of the Lord, Blessed and Most High.
O Allah, verily you are Forgiver, like to forgive, so forgive us.
O Lord, accept from us, verily you are the All-Hearing, all-Seeing, O Living, O Independent, O Owner of all majesty and honor.
And may Allahs blessings and peace be upon Muhammad, his family and his Companions
Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims, but the feelings and lessons we experience should stay with us throughout the year. This piety and devotion is especially felt during Ramadan, but we all must strive to make the feelings and attitude stay with us during our "normal" lives. That is the true goal and test of Ramadan. May Allah accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path. May Allah bless us all during Ramadan, and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace , and bring us all closer to Allah and to each other. - AMEEN
The Almighty Allah says,
"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
If he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."
- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
Source: SomaliCare Blog