Advice from Shaykh Bin Baaz (RH) about preparing for Ramadhan
What is your advice oh shaykh for the Muslims, for preparing for this virtuous month?
My general advice to all the Muslims is that they fear Allah most high. And that they welcome this month with sincere repentance for their sins. They should learn more about their religion, and learn the rulings concerning fasting, and night prayer. This is from the saying of the Prophet (SAW), “Whoever Allah wants for them good, he will give them understanding in the religion.” (Bukhari)
And, “When Ramadhan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Bukhari) And,“
On the first night of Ramadhan, the doors of Paradise are opened, and the doors of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained, and a caller calls out, “Oh seeker of good come, and oh seeker of evil go away, and to Allah is the safety from the Fire, and this is in every night.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majaa) And he (SAW) used to say to the sahaba, “The month of Ramadhan has come, which is the month of blessings, Allah cover you in blessings this month, so He sends down mercy, and the evil deeds are wiped out, so show to Allah good from yourselves, for indeed the evil one is the one who is prohibited from the mercy of Allah in this month.” (Tabari) And the Prophet (SAW) says, “Whoever fasts Ramadhan with faith and anticipation, his previous sins are forgiven, whoever prays in Ramadhan with faith and anticipation his previous sins are forgiven, and whoever worships during laylatulQadr with faith and anticipation, his previous sins are forgiven.” (Bukhari, Muslim) And the Prophet (SAW) says that Allah says, “Every act of the son of Adam, has the reward of 10 times of it, till 700 times, except for fasting, that is for Me, and I reward it. He left his desires, and hunger, and thirst for My sake. For the fasting person there are two points of happiness, the happiness when it is time to eat, and the happiness when he meets His Lord. And the smell of the breath of a fasting person is more beloved to Allah then the smell of musk.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn Majaa) He (SAW) also says, “If one of you is fasting, then he should not act immodestly or wickedly, and if someone curses them or fights them, let them say, “I am fasting.” (Bukhari) And he (SAW) said, “Whoever does not refrain from false speech and acting on it and ignorance, then Allah does not need him to refrain from food and drink.” (Bukhari)
So my advice to all the Muslims is that they fear Allah, and protect their fasting from all sins. And it is prescribed for them to struggle to do good, and to race worship from charity, and reading much Qur’an, and making tasbeeh and thikr of Allah, seeking forgiveness, because this is the month of Qur’an. “The month of Ramadhan, the month in which the Qur’an was revealed.” So it is prescribed for a Muslim to struggle hard to read the Qur’an. It is recommended for the men and women to increase in reading the Qur’an night and day. Each letter is a good deed, and each good deed is multiplied by ten as the Prophet (SAW) said. While being careful of performing any sins or acts of disobedience. As well as giving truthful advice, and enjoining good and forbidding evil. It is a great month where the good deeds are multiplied, and the evil sin is magnified, so it is on every Muslim to struggle to do what Allah has prescribed, and to be very cautious from committing any sins, and they should be ever more cautious and careful in Ramadhan. It is prescribed for a Muslim to struggle hard to do good, from charity, visiting the sick, following the funeral, and keeping the ties of kinship, and to increase in reading, thikr, seeking forgiveness, and supplication, and other acts of good. Hoping for the reward of Allah, and fearing His punishment.
We ask Allah to guide the Muslims to that which pleases Him. We ask Allah to allow us to pass this month with faith and anticipation. We ask Allah to grant us and all Muslims understanding in the religion and the ability to act on it, and to be safe from any acts that might anger Allah or receive punishment from. We ask Allah to guide the leaders of the Muslims, and make their acts righteous, and to give them the ability to rule by the Shari’ah of Allah in all of their rulings. We ask Allah to give them the ability to do this and to act upon the verse, “Judge thou between them by what Allah hath revealed” and to act upon the verse, “Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah?” and to act upon the verse, “But no, by the Lord, they can have no (real) Faith, until they make thee judge in all disputes between them, and find in their souls no resistance against Thy decisions, but accept them with the fullest conviction.” And to act upon the verse, “O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.” And to act upon the verse, “Say: “Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger.” And to act upon the verse, “so take what the Messenger assigns to you, and deny yourselves that which he withholds from you.”
This is what is prescribed on all the Muslims and their leaders. It is obligatory on the leaders of the Muslims, the scholars of the Muslims, and the laypeople, to fear Allah, and to stick closely to the ruling of Allah. And to rule by the rulings of Allah between themselves. Because through the Shari’ah of Allah is righteousness, guidance, the pleasure of Allah, and the attainment of the truth, and the protection from oppression. We ask Allah for all of us, the ability, and the guidance, and the correct intentions and acts. And may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Prophet Muhammad and on his family and companions.