Dear Friday Jemaah,
Let us show our gratitude to Allah s.w.t. for this opportunity to experience the barakah of Ramadan for more than a week now. May Allah s.w.t. give us the strength and longevity to increase our taqwa until the end of Ramadan, Amin, Ya Rabbal ‘alamin.
We are taught to increase our doa or supplications during this month of Ramadan, because this is the time when Allah showers His rahmah (mercy) upon us limitlessly. Make various doa after fardhu prayers as well as terawih. Recite each doa with the hope that Allah s.w.t. will grant us, and our families, happiness and success in this world and in the hereafter when we meet with Allah, Insha’Allah.
In fact, if we reflect upon this, Allah s.w.t. mentions how close He is to us and that He grants the doa of those who ask from Him, in surah al-Baqarah verse 186:
Which means: "And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided."
By placing this verse directly after the verse which talks about how special the month of Ramadan is, it is somewhat an indication from Allah that He is especially close to us during this month, and that He grants doa, especially during this blessed month. My dear brothers, indeed we are encouraged to increase making doa in every opportunity that we can find, but making doa during the month of Ramadan has many advantages which we may have not realised before this. Among them:
First: The doa of one who is fasting is more likely granted by Allah s.w.t. This is explained in a hadith:
Which means: “Three men whose doa is never rejected (by Allah) are: (1) the fasting person until he breaks his fast, (2) the just ruler; (3) and the one who is oppressed. Allah raises the Doa of the oppressed on the clouds and the doors of heaven are opened for it and Allah says, “Oath of MY Majesty and Honour! I will help and aid you. Even though if the help is after few days.” [Sunan Tirmizi and Ibn Majah].
Those who are fasting are actually in a state where they are close to Allah s.w.t, so increase your doa to Allah s.w.t. Doa is the weapon of the Believer (Mukmin) in facing any challenges and setbacks in life. It gives spiritual strength and builds mental and psychological resilience. In fact, when we make doa with hope and confidence, we are also motivating ourselves mentally and psychologically.
Second: During this month of Ramadan, we are trained to wake up for sahur and it is best that we also perform prayers at night. The last third of the night is among the best times when our doa is more likely to be accepted by Allah s.w.t. Rasulullah s.a.w. when asked about the doa that is heard most by Allah s.w.t., the Prophet answered:
Which means: “The doa made in the last third of the night and the doa after the five obligatory prayers.” [Sunan Nasai]
Thus, let us increase our supplication during the time when it is full of barakah. Wake up slightly earlier before sahur and perform sunnah prayers, and end the session with making doa sincerely and with full determination to Allah s.w.t. Or take the opportunity after sahur, while waiting for Subuh, to raise our hands and ask from Allah s.w.t. whatever it is that we wish for.
Third: During Ramadan, our tongues are trained to say only good things, and our hearts are trained to be gentle toward others. The time when our heart is gentle, is a time when we are very much encouraged to increase our supplication. A Hadith of Rasulullah s.a.w. narrated by ad-Dailami goes as such:
Which means: "Take the opportunity to make doa when the heart is gentle because that is mercy (rahmat)." [Hadith Riwayat Ad-Dailami]
Subhanallah! Ramadan is so valuable, because it offers so many times when our doa is more accepted by Allah s.w.t. So let us grab these opportunities, and not let them go to waste, because we may never have the chance to do these again.
Dear Friday jemaah,
The Qur’an and Sunnah are full of doa that we can use as guidance, and which we can follow in tour supplications to Allah s.w.t. Every one of us will have different hopes and intentions, try to look for several doa that we can recite throughout Ramadan. For example, as a father, we wish that the appreciation of ibadah and good values are instilled in our children. Thus ask from Allah s.w.t. that we be given the strength and consistency, and that we and our children are grouped among those who truly understand and appreciate their prayer (solat), like the doa in Surah Ibrahim verse 40:
Which means: " My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. Our Lord, and accept my supplication."
If we are trying to quit smoking during this blessed month, then we should ask for mental and spiritual strength and the perseverance to get through this challenge. There is a doa in surah al-A’raf verse 126 which is as such:
Which means: " Our Lord, pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims [in submission to You]. "
Let us strengthen our souls, faith and our thoughts through doa. Let it become a culture that is very much alive in our households. May this Ramadan bring us and our families even closer to Allah s.w.t. and bring about calmness in our lives in this world and the hereafter. Aamin Ya Rabbal Alamin.
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 19 July 2013 / 10 Ramadan 1434