Ramadan 1440 AH/2019: Using Every Minute Wisely, By Murtadha Gusau
Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah and seek a great reward with a few words which you can utter. For every Tasbih you will have (the reward of) one charity, for every Tahmid (saying Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) you will have (the reward of) one charity, for every Takbir you will have (the reward of) one charity, and for every Tahlil you will have (the reward of) one charity.
Tuesday, Ramadan 16, 1440 AH (May 21, 2019)
I begin in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful
All praise is due to Allah for granting us this time which our hearts, words and limbs have awaited with much anticipation. Endless praises and gratitude are due to Allah for His abundant favours that continue to increase, and we hope to attain His reward on the Day of Recompense. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone, without any partner. He has granted immense reward to those who fast in every generation. I further bear witness that our Prophet Muhammad is Allah’s worshipping servant and Messenger. He was the best individual who fasted and prayed, hence he will be granted the loftiest rank in the hereafter, and those who follow his path will attain the greatest of rewards. O Allah, grant Your commendation, protection, and blessings to Your Messenger, as well as to his outstanding family and children, his esteemed Companions, and all those who continue to follow their path until the Day of Recompense.
Dear brothers and sisters! If you are ever stuck in a traffic jam, a long queue at a food stall, or in the kitchen preparing iftar, you might think that you have no option for developing yourself spiritually at that moment in time.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Below I found for you practical tips on how to make use of your time (even for ONE minute) to worship Allah and develop yourself spiritually.
In one minute you can do a lot of good and earn much reward. In just one minute, by giving in charity, studying, memorising, or striving to do good deeds, you can make sure that this minute of your life is not wasted. One minute may be recorded in your book of good deeds, if you know how to make the most of and take care of it:
1. In one minute you can recite Surah al-Fatihah three times; reciting it rapidly and silently. Some scholars have said that the reward for reading al-Fatihah is more than 600 hasanahs, as such if you read it three times you will, by the permission of Allah, gain more than 1800 hasanahs – all of that in one minute.
2. In one minute you can recite Surah al-Ikhlas (Qul-Huwallahu Ahad) 10 times, reciting rapidly and silently. Reciting it once is equivalent to one-third of the Qur’an. If you read it 10 times, it is equivalent to reading the Qur’an three times. If you read it 10 times in one minute each day, you will have read it 300 times in one month, and 3600 times in one year, which will be equal in reward to reading the Qur’an 1200 times.
3. You can read one page of the Book of Allah in one minute, whilst the kettle boils or the sauce simmers!
4. You can memorise a short verse (ayah) of the Book of Allah in one minute.
5. In one minute you can say “La ilaha illallah wahdahu la sharika lah, lahul-mulk wa lahul-hamd wa huwa ala kulli shai’in qadir” (There is no god except Allah alone with no partner; to Him be dominion and praise, and He is Able to do all things) 20 times. The reward for saying this is like freeing eight slaves, for the sake of Allah, from among the sons of Isma’il.
6. In one minute you can say “Subhanallahi wa bi hamdihi” (Glory and praise be to Allah) 30 times. Whoever says that in one day will be forgiven of his sins, even if they are like the foam of the sea.
7. In one minute you can say “Subhanallahi wa bi hamdihi Subhanallahil-Azim” (Glory and praise be to Allah, glory be to Allah the Almighty) 15 times. These are two phrases which are light on the lips, heavy in the balance and beloved to the Most Merciful, as was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
8. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
“When I say Subhanallah, wal-hamdu Lillah, wa la ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great), this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” [Narrated by Muslim]
In one minute, you can say all of these words more than 18 times. These words are the most beloved words to Allah, the best of words, and they weigh heavily in the balance of good deeds, as was narrated in the Sahih Hadiths.
9. In one minute you can say, “La hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah” (there is no strength and no power except with Allah) more than 40 times. This is one of the treasures of Paradise, as was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim. They are a means of putting up with difficulties and of aiming to achieve great things.
10. In one minute you can say “La ilaha illallah” approximately 50 times. This is the greatest word, for it is the word of Tawhid, the good word, the word that stands firm. If these are the last words of a person, he will enter Paradise, and there are other reports which indicate how great these words are.
11. In one minute you can say “Subhanallah wa bi hamdih, adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wazinata arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi” (Glory and praise be to Allah, as much as the number of His creation, as much as pleases Him, as much as the weight of His Throne and as much as the ink of His words) more than 15 times.
These words bring many more times the reward for other forms of tasbih and zikr, as was reported in Sahih Hadiths from the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
12. In one minute you can seek the forgiveness of Allah more than 100 times by saying “Astaghfirullah (I seek the forgiveness of Allah). The virtues of seeking forgiveness are no secret, for it is the means of attaining forgiveness and entering Paradise, and it is the means of being granted a good life, increasing one’s strength, warding off disasters, making things easier, bringing rain and increasing one’s wealth and good children.
13. You can say a few brief and concise words to your children or family in one minute, and Allah may bring about some good through them that you could never imagine.
14. In one minute you can send blessings on the Prophet (Peace be upon him) 50 times by saying Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam (May Allah bless him and grant him peace). In return Allah will send blessings upon you 500 hundred times because one blessing brings ten like it.
15. In one minute you can motivate your heart to give thanks to Allah for providing you with food and provisions, to love Him, to fear Him, to put hope in Him, to long for Him, and thus travel through the stages of ubudiyyah (total enslavement to Allah). You could do this when you are stuck in traffic or riding the bus.
16. In one minute you can uphold the ties of kinship by calling a relative on the phone and inviting him/her for iftar.
Respected brothers and sisters! Our daily errands can become opportunities to get closer to Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) if we invest them in His remembrance. Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah and seek a great reward with a few words which you can utter. For every Tasbih you will have (the reward of) one charity, for every Tahmid (saying Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) you will have (the reward of) one charity, for every Takbir you will have (the reward of) one charity, and for every Tahlil you will have (the reward of) one charity.
And all praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.
I ask Allah the Most High to strengthen us in this blessed month of Ramadan, accept our fasts, and reward us with His forgiveness and the highest place in Paradise. Ameen.
Written by your brother, Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: firstname.lastname@example.org or +2348038289761.