As Ramadhan is an important opportunity to review the Quran as much as one can, we should also make sure we are practicing Islam inside and outside of Ramadhan, We shouldn’t be “Muslims” only in Ramadhan, A Muslim is someone who Completely surrenders to Allaah. If a sister is not wearing proper hijaab but makes sure she is wearing the proper hijaab(no makeup, plucked eyebrows, jeans etc) in Ramadhan, she should fear Allaah and turn to Allaah completely and make sure she is fulfilling the conditions of the obligatory hijaab completely. Islam is a comprehensive deen and not part time thing as some people assume.
On the authority of Abu Dharr Jundub ibn Junaadah, and Abu ‘Abd-ir-Rahmaan Mu’aadh bin Jabal رضي الله عنهما that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said :
Have Taqwaa (Fear) of Allaah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people.
It was related by at-Tirmidhee, who said it was a Hasan (Good) Hadeeth, and in some copies it is stated to be aHasan Saheeh Hadeeth.
So Ramadhan is not a time to fear Allaah, it is a time to strengthen your fear of Allaah. Once, we make sure we are praying our five obligatory prayers regularly we should add the nawafil and sunnah prayers. For instance, if you were use to praying two rakaat of salat ad-Duhaa, you should make it four rakaat during Ramadhan or eight (maximum number of Duhaa prayer).
Ramadhan is also the month of the Quran, Allaah azza wa jall says, “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).”
(Surah al Baqarah:185)
The prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said,
“Fasting and the Quran will intercede for the slave on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O My Rabb! I prevented him from food and desires, so accept my intercession for him.’ And the Quran will say, ‘I prevented him from sleep during the night, so accept my intercession for him.’ He صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘And they will (be allowed to) intercede.’”
we should review the Quran as much as we can, if one cannot read it properly, then they should review the surahs they know and Allaah will reward them! If one cannot read the Quran at all, listening to it helps. We should gain much knowledge even in Ramadhan. For example, we can read articles, ahadeeth, ayaat on fasting. We can read what the scholars have said on fasting and rulings related to it.
May Allaah make us from the people of the Quran!! May Allah also make it a proof for us and not against us!
by Umm Abdullah