During Ramadan we are looking to gain the pleasure of Allah by reciting the Quran and giving in charity, as well as fasting. Throughout Ramadan, our daily routine should differ from the rest of the year and we should make the most of increasing our eman before the precious month is over. One way of helping ourselves to do this is through daily reminders, and there are now many available online that are between 5 and 10 minutes long – perfect for busy people. The following is a list of suggestions of a variety of videos for gaining knowledge and drawing closer to Allah.
Ibrahim: The Father of Nations with Shaykh Afdal Feroz
These short videos document the life of Prophet Ibrahim (alayhee salam) in a way that really brings his biography to life. The major events and personalities in Prophet Ibrahim’s life are related to the modern day and the issues that we all face, such as the level of respect that he still showed his own father despite their difficult relationship. Another example is the dua that Prophet Ibrahim made when he was being set upon by his people for speaking out against idol worshipping and how this dua protected him. The shaykh explains how we should say this dua from the Quran (3:173) when we find ourselves in desperate circumstances:
- Hasbunallah wa’nimal wakeel
- حَسْبُنَا اللَّهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ
- Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)
Angels in Your Presence, a Ramadan Series with Shaykh Omar Suleiman
These short videos by Omar Suleiman are from Ramadan 2020. It is a beautiful series that describes the lives of the angels and how they are all around us. One of the appealing aspects is that it explains how the angels interact with us, for example how the angels pray behind us and remain in place while we make dua after our salah. It is reassuring to learn that angels are all around us, and there are some lovely examples that can be shared with children and non-Muslim friends and relatives.
Meeting Muhammad ﷺ | A Ramadan Series presented by Dr. Omar Suleiman
Meeting Muhammed (SAWS) provides an in-depth description of our beloved prophet, starting with his appearance and the way that he was more beautiful to look at than the full moon. Dr Oman Suleiman explains how Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) would interact with people and the high level of consideration that he would give to others, making each person feel special and as if they were his best friend. His (SAWS) manners are presented as an example of how we should strive to be, and the events at the time of the Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) and his responses to them are brought to life through the hadith narrated by those around him.
A Ramadan of Change by Shaykh Ali Hammuda
This set of Ramadan videos by Shaykh Ali Hammuda definitely win the award of best Ramadan theme tune, setting the mood for the advice contained therein. The second video describes Ramadan as if it is wonderful guest who visits us, but we may not realise the benefits of this guest until they are gone; therefore, we should make the most of Ramadan before it leaves us for another year. The videos contain an array of advice to encourage us throughout this holy month and increase our iman, and the reward and forgiveness that we can achieve if we try hard.
Verses of Hope and Healing series for Ramadan 2021 by Mufti Menk
This series by Mufti Menk is really pertinent considering the trial the whole world is facing as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, with suggestions on ways to gain comfort through turning to Allah (SWT). Mufti Menk encourages us to ponder over creation to draw closer to Allah, and to be careful about how we treat Allah’s creation. The series refers to ayats from the Quran, providing clear explanations to improve our understanding and perfect our characters inshaAllah.
The Parables of The Qur'an by Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi
These no nonsense videos by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi go through the parables of the Quran and provide a useful accompaniment to our reading and understanding of the Quran during Ramadan. The shaykh starts by explaining why Allah has presented us with parables and the importance of having a correct understanding of them. One of the parables that Shaykh Yasir Qadhi explains is that of those who spend ‘their’ money in the way of Allah and how it is multiplied in varying amounts, just like planting a seeds; for example, if we help to educate an orphan, this will benefit generations of people, creating a chain reaction, in the same way that plants multiply from a single seed.
We hope that you find these suggestions for short videos to watch during Ramadan useful. If you haven’t started yet, it is easy to double up – less than 10 minutes in the morning and evening. May Allah bless your Ramadan, ameen.