What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: What actions should be given priority during Ramadan whilst fasting? In the UK, we work during Ramadan. Thus, we have very less free time. Please let us know what actions we must do in abundance.
Questioner: Kabir from UK
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب
One must find time for worship during Ramadan, because we do not know if we will be blessed with these moments in the future. I would invite you to do those acts in abundance which the Messenger of Allah ﷺ himself advised us to do. He ﷺ said,
فَاسْتَكْثِرُوا فِيهِ مِنْ أَرْبَعِ خِصَالٍ، خَصْلَتَانِ تُرْضُونَ بِهَا رَبَّكُمْ، وَخَصْلَتانِ لَا غِنَى لَكُمْ عَنْهُمَا، فَأَمَّا الْخَصْلَتانِ اللَّتَانِ تُرْضُونَ بِهَا رَبَّكُمْ: فَشَهَادَةُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَتَسْتَغْفِرُونَهُ، وَأَمَّا اللَّتَانِ لَا غِنَى لَكُمْ عَنْهُمَا فَتَسْأَلُونَ اللهَ الْجَنَّةَ، وَتَعُوذُونَ بِهِ مِنَ النَّارِ
“Do four things in abundance (during this month). Two of them are those through which you will please your Lord ﷻ, and two of them are those that you do not have independence from. The things through which you will please your Lord ﷻ are: (1) bearing witness that there is no deity except Allah ﷻ, and (2) seeking forgiveness. The things that you do not have independence from are: (1) seeking Paradise from Allah ﷻ, and (2) seeking the refuge of Allah ﷻ from the Hellfire.”
[Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, vol. 3, pg. 1887]
The meaning of this narration is, reciting the Kalima Tayyibah لَآاِلٰہَ اِلَّا اللہُ and istighfar (forgiveness) in abundance. Istighfar means abundantly seeking forgiveness for oneself from Allah ﷻ. Apart from this, one must seek Paradise from Allah ﷻ and His ﷻ refuge from the Hellfire. Salawat (prayers) upon the Prophet ﷺ must be read 100 times before and after each of these four practices which is a means of their acceptance.
واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری
Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by the SeekersPath Team
Read the original Urdu answer here – [Q-ID0344] What to recite to make the most of Ramadan?