Ramadan the month of blessings, is the blessed month that is here now and I pray for you and your families that all of you will find this Ramadan very pleasing. That includes help, good deeds, tilawat of Quran, likeness, the accomplishment of taqwa, ALLAH Mercy, and Forgiveness. As Muslims, we are so blessed that ALLAH gave this lovely month of fasting upon us which He reserved totally for the followers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
“Oh you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you may achieve Taqwa.” (Surah Baqarah 183-184)
The Month of Blessings:
Ramadan word is in the Arabic language means “to stop or abstain”. We are surrounded by a modern civilization which is immediate fulfillment of almost every wish, there is nothing more awakening or a greater source of increasing our gratitude for the immense bounties of ALLAH by giving us these thirty days of self-sacrifice from the base desires of the human soul.
Muslims fairly fast by not only stopping from food, drink, and other desires, but also from the hopeless talk, vulgar language, and every sinful deed, so that we may know that what is self-control and having features of mutaqeen. Taqwa is interpreted as virtue or God-awareness, and fear of ALLAH. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Saum (fast) is a shield from hell-fire.”
Fasting is a different act of worship that is for just for the sake of ALLAH. He is the one who will only give its prize. Every day we fast just for the praise of ALLAH. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent as a gift to manhood.
Fasting in Ramadan:
Fasting in the way of Prophet Sunnah is really honorable. It is the Sunnah of our Prophet (PBUH) to eat Sehri (pre-dawn meal), and it is recognized that He ate his desired foods and dates and break the fast with some dates and water which is called Iftar (breaking of the fast at maghrib). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Take Sehri as there is a blessing in it.” (Bukhari)
There numerous qualities of Ramadan month of blessings and for those who complete it successfully then, it will bring great joy because this is the factual essence behind the festival of Eid. Prophet (PBUH) said:
“When Ramadan starts the doors of heaven are opened and the doors of hell are closed. The devils are chained.” (Bukhari)
Abu Hurairah described that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said
“every good deed of the son of Adam is multiplied in reward 10 to 700 times (depending on one’s intention and sincerity), Allah announces: ‘except for fasting, for it is for me and I will grant the reward for it. He leaves his passions and his food for my sake.’ the fasting person has two moments of joy; one when he breaks his fast and the other when he meets his lord. And the smell that comes from the mouth of the fasting person is more pleasant to Allah than the smell of musk.” (Bukhari & Muslim).
We all wish to fast for the desire of ALLAH with all these promises and not to make our fast valueless. An-Niyyah is an important part of fasting in Ramadan the month of blessings. because it must be finished before fajr athan of each day of fasting. It is important to make your niyyat to fast and to not ignore it in order to confirm your fast.
At the time of breaking your fast is the right time of acceptance of duaa due to the starvation and dehydration that you feel at that moment. But if one makes an effort to remember ALLAH and call on him for whatever one desire it will be full-filled. So it’s a chance one should not miss. The Prophet (PBUH) say at the time of Iftar:
“Oh ALLAH I kept the fast for you, and with your nourishment I am breaking my fast. The thirst has gone, and the veins refilled, and the definite reward, if ALLAH wills.” (Abu Dawud)
Kindness in Ramadan:
It is unlimited in Ramadan and numerous Muslims enjoy pleasurable guests looking for the great command. This month has the greatest night of the year which is Lail Al-Qadr (the night of verdicts when all decisions about our lives are made by ALLAH).
ALLAH dignified this night picking it for complete Holy Quran to be sent from the Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuz (Preserved Tablet) to the Baytul-Izzah (a place around which 700,000 angels nonstop make tawaf) which is situated in the heaven. ALLAH defines the worth of this night in the Holy Quran:
“And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr is? The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months.”
Layla tu Al Qadr:
On this glorious night, angels descend with blessings, mercy, and peace just as they do when the Quran is recited. They surround the gatherings and lower their wings for giving respect. The Angels give the greetings of harmony to worshipers in the Masjid. This night occurs every Ramadan and our Prophet (PBUH) has guided us on how to not miss it:
“Seek it in the last ten nights of Ramadan. In the ninth it still remains, in the seventh it still remains, in the fifth it still remains.” (Fath Al-Bari)
This hadith shows that you should observe for the odd nights within the last ten nights of Ramadan. Because it might occur on any night. Hazrat Aishah (RA) said:
“Oh Messenger of ALLAH! If I find the Night of Al-Qadr, what should I say?” Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Say: “Oh ALLAH! Verily, you are the Oft-Pardoning. You love to pardon, so pardon me.” (Ahmed)
Ramadan is a month of reflection, self-examination, love, and uncountable blessings. It’s the month of silence. We all consider that this Ramadan(month of blessings) is the last Ramadan in our lives. then we would be able to get all the blessings of this month in the greatest way. By closing this, I wish all Muslims a very happy Ramadan. I appeal to Allah to bless all of us with his uncountable blessings. Ameen!