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Drawing closer to the holy month

Likewise, the final call for travel to partake in the Divine banquet of the month of Ramadan is being done and the self is required to undergo a 'security scan'.
Aba Salt Al Harawi narrates: "On the last Jum'ah - Friday - of the month of Sha'baan, I went to visit Imam Ali Ar Ridha. The Imam said to me, 'O' Aba Salt! Certainly a great amount of the month of Sha'baan has passed and today is the last Friday (of this month).Therefore make up for your negligence during this month on this day through..." Thereafter the Imam outlines nine points as here below:
1. Increase in supplication
2. Increase in seeking forgiveness
3. Increase in recitation of Qur'an
4. Repent towards Allah
5. Fulfill any outstanding trust/requirement upon you
6. Remove from your heart any hatred for a Mumin (Faithful one)
7. Guard your duty towards Allah; observe Taqwa
8. Have Tawakkul - complete reliance - upon Allah (S.W.T)
"During the few days that are left in this month of Sha'baan, increase to continuously recite:

اللّهُمَّ إنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ غَفَرْتَ لَنَا فِيمَا مَضَى مِنْ شَعْبَان فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا فِيمَا بَقِيَ مِنْهُ

O' Allah! If you have not forgiven us (our sins) in that which has passed of this (month of) Sha'baan, then forgive us (our sins) in the period that is remaining (of the month of Sha'ban).
Since Allah the Most High, out of His respect for the month of Ramadan will release a large number of people from the hell fire."
Note the positive, encouraging and motivating content of the address urging one to make up for their negligence.

Imam Mahdi (A.S) addressing you
Just as the 8th Imam was addressing Aba Salt, imagine that today one is being similarly addressed by Imam Mahdi (A.S). How would one take these nine points for checking in the scan of one's nafs (Soul) travelling towards the month of Ramadan?

Derived from: Al Mahdi.org.uk

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