Translated from a lesson by Habib Abu Bakar al-Adni as shared by Ustaz Iqbal Zain, a popular Malaysian daié:
The ulama taught us about resolutions or intentions we should all make as we embrace the holy month of Ramadhan, in order to reap greater blessings and rewards.
Intention is analogous to a water hose. The more intentions we make, the greater the "hose" of blessings and support shall be.
We are referring to all the other intentions apart from the intention for siyyam (fasting) which is obligatory. We are talking about intentions in the form of resolutions.
Some of the examples of intentions or resolutions that we are encouraged to make are as follows:
- We intend as per the intentions made by Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam, the salafus soleh, the ahlul bayt and the entire companions of Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.
- We intend to fast in the best manner that would be pleasing to Allah s.w.t.
- We intend to spend our time performing ibadah during the entire month of Ramadhan and protect ourselves from sins and transgressions.
- We intend to recite the Al Quran as much as possible, and make more zikir and salawat/durood for Prophet Muhammad salallah alaihi wasalam.
- We pledge to avoid doing things that would reduce the rewards of fasting, such as ghibah (back biting), namimah (slander) and lying.
- We pledge to make more sadaqah and be compassionate towards single-mothers, the poor and the orphans among us.
- We pledge to display the adab and akhlak of Islam and perform the five daily prayers in congregation.
- We make similar intentions as did the pious, for the first, the second and the third nights of Ramadhan. And the Laylatul Qadar.
We are encouraged to make these intentions/resolutions on each day and night of Ramadhan.
Allah will open 70 doors of khair (goodness) for those who make a single good intention for him/herself.
May I be forgiven for any inaccuracy/error in the translation.