The holy month of Ramadan is for intense re-focus on what is actually important for us as Muslims. We use this month to engage in increased prayer, reading of the Quran, and in giving and understanding the importance of charity. We fast rigorously for 30 days from dawn to sunset, testing our resolve and quietening the body system, in quest for the blessings of Ramadan.
Our personal practices in Ramadan help us learn lessons of self-control and empathy for those who have little or scarce food. But, most significantly, fasting during the month of Ramadan enables us to nourish our spirit. The blessings of Ramadan are both ‘Hissi’ (apparent; can be felt) and ‘Ghoybi (hidden). The reward of fasting in Ramadan or reward for fulfillment of each and every virtue is 70 times more than routine. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
“O People! The month of Allah (SWT) has come with His mercies and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all months. Its days are the best of days, its nights are the best of nights, its hours are the best of hours”
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), reported that Prophet (PBUH) said:
“When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained.” (Al-Bukhari).
The first to receive blessings of Ramadan and honors from Allah (SWT), is the Ummah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Every breath taken has the reward of Tasbeeh and good deeds are rewarded in abundance. A person who does not receive the mercy and benevolence Of Allah (SWT) is most unfortunate.
Blessings of Ramadan – The Virtues and Reward
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Sixty Thousand Sinners are Forgiven Every Night
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullāh Ibn Masūd (may Allah be pleased with him), narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “At every night of Ramadan, an announcement is made in the skies till dawn, ‘O seeker of goodness! Complete (i.e. keep worshipping Allah) and rejoice, and O evil one! Give up your evil and take some lesson. Is there any seeker of forgiveness, his desire will be fulfilled? Is there anyone repenting, his repentance will be accepted? Is there anyone making Du’ā, his Du’ā will be accepted? Is there anyone who seeks anything, he will be bestowed what he wishes for?”
Allah (SWT) frees sixty thousand sinners from the hell on every evening of Ramadan at the time of sunset, and on the day of Eid He (SWT) forgives the total number of freed people throughout the month.
(Ad-Dur-rul-Mansūr, pp. 146, vol. 1)
Fasts in Ramadan and the Quran will Intercede
Fast during the month of Ramadan and the Holy Quran will intercede for you on the Day of Judgement. The Prophet of creation, the Peace of our heart and mind, the most Generous and Kind (PBUH) has stated:
“The fast and the Holy Quran will intercede for people on the Day of Judgement. The fast will say, ‘O Merciful Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! I prevented him from eating and satisfying his desires during the day, accept my intercession in his favour.’ The Holy Quran will say, ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night, accept my intercession for him.’ So, intercession of both will be accepted.”
(Musnad Imām Ahmad, pp. 586, vol. 2, Hadees 6637)
Reward for Fasting in Ramadan
Sayyiduna Abū Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) has narrated that the Beloved and Blessed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has said:
“For every act of piety, man is rewarded ten to seven hundred times more.”
Allah (SWT) said (Except fasting, because fasting is for Me and I will give its reward Myself). Allah also says:
“Man refrains from satisfying his desires and eating food for My pleasure. There are two glad tidings for the man who fasts; one, at the time of Iftar [breaking the fast] and the other when he meets his Rab. Allah (SWT) likes the smell emanating from a fasting person’s mouth more than the fragrance of musk.”
(Sahīh Muslim, pp. 580, Hadees 1151)
Reason for Obligation of Fasts
Every act in Islam is a reminder of an Islamic historical event. At the time of Hajj, pilgrims perform Sa’ee, which is the devotional act of walking between Safa and Marwah reminding us of Sayyidatunā Hājirah’s (May Allah (SWT) be pleased with her) walking and running between these two mountains seven times in search of water for her beloved son Sayyiduna Ismā’īl (AS). Allah (SWT) loved this act so much that He made it a Sunnah (obligatory) upon all those who perform Hajj and ‘Umrah.
Similarly, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) spent a number of days of Ramadan in seclusion in the cave of Hirā where he (PBUH) abstained from eating during the day and engaged himself in worshipping Allah (SWT) at night.
To revive these glorious days, Allah (SWT) made fasting obligatory for Muslims to achieve the blessings of Ramadan and to attain benefits of Ramadan.
I’tikaaf for the entire month
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made all the efforts in gaining the pleasure of Allah (SWT). He (PBUH) worshipped abundantly, and especially during Ramadan when Laylat Ul-Qadr arrived, he (PBUH) observed I’tikaaf.
Since Laylat ul-Qadr is hidden, the Prophet of Rahmah, prayed and worshipped for the entire month in order to search for this blessed night. Why is Ramadan important also has Laylat ul-qadr as one of the answers. Laylat Ul-Qadr, The Night of Empowering Decree, is the most blessed nights. A night that equals to thousand months – the night that holds the moment of receiving Quran.
Sayyiduna Abū Sa’īd Khudrī (May Allah (SWT) be pleased with him) narrated, ‘Once the Holy Prophet (PBUH) observed I’tikaaf from the 1st of Ramadan to the 20th and then said:
“In search of Layla-tul-Qadr, I spent the first ten days of Ramadan in I’tikaaf, and then the middle ten days, then I was told that it is in the last ten days. Therefore, whoever amongst you wishes to observe I’tikaaf with me should do so.
(Sahīh Muslim, pp. 594, Hadees 1167)
The Month of Blessing:
The glory of the blessed month of Ramadan is that:
- The Jannah is decorated and adorned for the whole year, to welcome the month of Ramadan and the doors are kept open for the fasting people of the Ummah of Muhammad (PBUH).
- Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would convey glad tidings for the arrival of Ramadan and would congratulate Sahaabah (May Allah by pleased with them) for the start of blessings of Ramadan.
- On the Day of Judgement, the Quran would intercede.
- The greatest characteristic of this blessed Holy month is that the Glorious Quran was revealed in this month.
- Observing fasts is such kind of worship, Allah (SWT) said: “Sawm [fast] is for Me and I will give reward for it, Myself.”
- The limbs of a fasting person make Tasbeeh (glorification of Allah (SWT)), his Du’as are answered and even his sleep is regarded as one of worship.
- On the Day of Judgement, a dining-mat made of gold will be spread out for fasting people whilst other people will be waiting for their accountability.
- The fasting people will also enter through a special door named ‘Rayyan’; only limited for the fasting people.
Such blessed and precious are the days and moments of Ramadan, that each and every moment is divine blessing. This is that sacred month, let’s hope to gain the blessings of Ramadan with devotion.
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