سورة الماعون Period of Revelation: Revealed in Makkah, after Surah at Takathur.
Purpose of Revelation: To reveal how the charitable acts by disbelievers were superficial and benefitted no one.
Reflection: Beware of being among these people who hurt orphans and don’t look after them, delay their prayers and are insincere.
Call to Action: Give in charity sincerely for the sake of Allah. Feed the poor and take care of the orphans around you. Do more than just fund programs for orphans- really make time for them. Pray on time.
سورة قريش Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah at Teen.
Purpose of Revelation: To show Allah’s favours upon the tribe of Quraysh.
Reflection: Blessings of our Lord necessitate that we sincerely thank Him for the safety and security He provided us with.
Call to Action: Praise Allah for His blessings. Increase your daily Remembrance of your Lord. Be grateful and share your Lord’s blessings with others.
Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Al Kafirun.
Purpose of Revelation: To show how Allah protects His House and has control over His creation. Even wealth cannot deter the wrath of Allah.
Reflection: How Allah’s creation submits to His command.
Call to Action: Pray to Allah, especially during the difficulties. Have faith and trust Allah.
سورة الهمزة Period of Revelation: In Makkah, revealed after Surah Al Qiyamah.
Purpose of Revelation: Traits of the misguided people, as opposed to the traits of the believers mentioned in Surah Al Asr.
Reflection: Don’t let your wealth deceive you. Backbiting, gossipping, slandering and creating trouble for others is forbidden and a major sin as it causes a lot of harm to mankind.
Call to Action: Stay away from slander, gossip and backbiting. Seek Allah’s forgiveness. Give charity.
سورة العصر Period of Revelation: In Makkah, after Surah Al Sharh.
Purpose of Revelation: Value of time and traits of believers are mentioned here.
Reflection: Time is of essence so you must value it. Faith comes beforr righteous deeds and actions. Righteous actions are to be followed by helping others in finding truth. Believers must show patience.
Call to Action: Excel in managing your time. Prioritise your religion over worldly affairs. Be patient.
The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed which grows seven spikes, in each spike is a hundred grains. Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills, for Allah is vast and knowing.
Surat Al-Baqarah 2:261
On the contrary, it’s not difficult at all. All you need to say Subhan Allah a hundred times.
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: أَيَعْجِزُ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَكْسِبَ، كُلَّ يَومٍ أَلْفَ حَسَنَةٍ؟ فَسَأَلَهُ سَائِلٌ مِن جُلَسَائِهِ: كيفَ يَكْسِبُ أَحَدُنَا أَلْفَ حَسَنَةٍ؟ قالَ: يُسَبِّحُ مِئَةَ تَسْبِيحَةٍ، فيُكْتَبُ له أَلْفُ حَسَنَةٍ، أَوْ يُحَطُّ عنْه أَلْفُ خَطِيئَةٍ -رواه مسلم
The Prophet of Allah ﷺ said: “Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?” Someone from the gathering asked, “How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?” The Prophet ﷺ said: “Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhanallah” and a Good deeds will be written for you, or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” – Sahih Muslim:2073
وقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: مَا تَصَدَّقَ أَحَدٌ بِصَدَقَةٍ مِنْ طَيِّبٍ وَلَا يَقْبَلُ اللَّهُ إِلَّا الطَّيِّبَ إِلَّا أَخَذَهَا الرَّحْمَنُ بِيَمِينِهِ وَإِنْ كَانَتْ تَمْرَةً فَتَرْبُو فِي كَفِّ الرَّحْمَنِ حَتَّى تَكُونَ أَعْظَمَ مِنْ الْجَبَلِ كَمَا يُرَبِّي أَحَدُكُمْ فَلُوَّهُ أَوْ فَصِيلَهُ -رواه مسلم
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: None gives charity from what is good, for Allah only accepts what is good, but that the Merciful takes it with His right hand. Even if it is a date, it is nurtured in the hand of the Merciful until it becomes greater than a mountain, just as one of you nurtures his young horse or camel. -Sahih Muslim:1014
Learn Quran, And recite it, Then apply it, And then teach it.
Learn Sunnah, And apply it, Then teach it.
Make Dua for yourself and others that Allah makes it easy for everyone to find the truth.
It sounds vague and a general advice, but once you find trustworthy and authentic sources and upright scholars to study with who not only give you the words of our Lord and our beloved Messenger ﷺ but also the methodology and practical application of your learning.
Start with whatever is available right now and begin building on it. You’ll find yourself far ahead if you practice daily and reap the reward of a better and more fulfilling Ramadan.