Ramadan 1434

Blessed are those that live to see another Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims around the world. Irrespective of which day you start your fasting, I wish you and your loved ones a blessed one where you achieve the intentions with which you began this  month.

Amongst the many reasons I look forward to Ramadan every year, the daily series of  YouTube videos/Soundcloud Clips/Blog posts by various sheikhs/imams is one of them.

1.) One of the first ones I had come across years ago was by Br. Nouman Ali Khan, this was the first time I had heard his videos, it was called Majesty of Divine Speech, not all videos are available but some can be found here: http://www.halaltube.com/majesty-of-divine-speech-episode-3-conflict-resolution

This year he’s doing daily Quranic Gems from each Juz of the Quran on the Quran Weekly site, just about 5 mins, great to listen during the morning commute: http://www.quranweekly.com/juz-1-quranic-gems/

2.) Dr. Tariq Ramadan did clips on Soundcloud called Ramadan Chronicles, again just a few minutes and easy to listen to during the morning commute.

Here is the archive from last year: http://tariqramadan.com/spip.php?rubrique167&lang=en

This year: https://soundcloud.com/tariq-ramadan/day-2

I love how he always ends his clips with ‘Never forget to tell the people you love that you love them.. as this is also a form of worship.’ 🙂

If you have the soundcloud app on your phone you can directly listen from there instead of having to go the site every time.

3.) Sh. Muhammad Al Shareef had a series called Taraweeh Truffles during Ramadan 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfd0Sh63xwY

4.) Sh. Yasir Qadhi did ramadan reminders last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOP0d5DWQRA

Here is also a link to Sh. Yasir Qadhi’s 30 part seerah from 2011: http://ramadanresolutions.blogspot.ca/search?updated-min=2013-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2014-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=1

5.) Sh. Nasir Jangda has extensive material from past Ramadans and so much more:

Tafsir of Surah Yasin, Ramadan 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zX-Jy6oO2k

Tafsir of Surah Maryam, Ramadan 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbuBDaObekY

Seerah Podcasts, this is one of the most detailed seerah I’ve come across. I’ve downloaded them all and listen on my ipod during my commute: http://www.qalaminstitute.org/category/podcast/seerah/#.Ud37zPm-2uI

6.)  The ShaykhIt show, two cool dudes from UK doing daily podcasts during Ramadan. 2013 is their 6th season!!!! They are entertaining and educational, haven’t started for this ramadan but check their archives: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-shaykh-it-show/id547083852?mt=2

7.) One of the series that I most eagerly looked forward to last year was the daily Ramadan Reflections by Imam Khalid Latif. Here is the archive from 2011, 2012 and this year, scroll down to see all posts by Imam Khalid Latif:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/imam-khalid-latif/

Phew, that is long list and it can get overwhelming if you try to do all at once. But just wanted to show how to productively spend this Ramadan. They are great reminders and guidance to keep one focused during this month.

We never know if any of us will be alive for the next Ramadan so make the best of this one!

I’ll leave with the quote in Imam Khalid’s first post this year:

“There are as many forms of fasting as there are organs of perception and sensation, and each of these has many different levels. So we ask to fast from all that Allah does not love for us, and to feast on what the Beloved loves for us. Let us certainly fast from the limited mind, and all that it conjures up. Let us fast from fear, apart from fear and awe of Allah’s majesty. Let us fast from thinking that we know, when Allah alone is the Knower. Let us fast from thinking negatively of anyone. Let us fast from our manipulations and strategies. Let us fast from all complaint about the life experiences that Allah gives us. Let us fast from our bad habits and our reactions. Let us fast from desiring what we do not have. Let us fast from obsession. Let us fast from despair. Let us fast from not loving our self, and from denying our heart. Let us fast from selfishness and self-centered behavior. Let us fast from thinking that only what serves us is important. Let us fast from seeing reality only from our own point of view. Let us fast from seeing any reality other than Allah, and from relying on anything other than Allah. Let us fast from desiring anything other than Allah and Allah’s Prophets and friends, and our own true self. Essentially, let us fast from thinking that we have any existence separate from Allah.”

-Ramadan Mubarak