Ramadan: The Month of Virtues and Blessings

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Ramadan: The Month of Virtues and Blessings

Post by Noor'e Sahar on Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:29 pm

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and
blessings be upon His Messenger.


It is noteworthy that the month of Ramadan is a blessed month and an
opportunity for every Muslim to draw near to Allah, increase his
morality and spirituality and to gain abundant reward. In this regard, Dr.
Muzammil Siddiqi
, president of the Fiqh Council of North
America,states:


Almighty Allah says,(Your
Lord does create and choose as He pleases …
)(Al-Qasas 28: 68)

Allah is the Creator of everything visible and invisible.
Everything in the heaven and earth belongs to Him and serves Him. Allah
is also the Creator of time and space. As Allah chose some persons to be
His Prophets and Messengers, and as He chose some places to become the
sacred spots on this earth, similarly He also chose some time to become
the sacred time. The sacred personalities teach us about Allah, His
will, His rules and commands. The sacred places and times remind us
about Allah’s special favors and blessings. In Islam we worship only
Allah. We neither worship any person other than Allah, not any space or
time. But certain spaces and times inspire us and motivate us to do good
things. One of those important and sacred moments for us is Ramadan. It
is a special month and a special time. Allah says in the Qur’an:

(The month of Ramadan is that in
which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, with clear signs
for guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So every one
of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in
fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period
(should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you;
He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete
the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you;
and perchance ye shall be grateful. When My servants ask you concerning
Me, I am indeed quite near: I listen and answer the call of every caller
when he calls Me. Let them listen to My call, and believe in Me; so
that they may be guided aright.
)(Al-Baqarah 2: 185-186)

The blessed month of Ramadan is a great time and a
beautiful time as well. We thank Allah that He is giving us another
occasion to witness this blessed time in our life. May He help us to
benefit from this season of virtues and blessings and may He grant us
His love, mercy and forgiveness now and forever, Ameen.

Ramadan is a great month. This is the month of the Qur’an,
and in this month is the Night of Qadr, which is better than one
thousand months. Allah chose this month and a particular night in this
month to grace humanity with His Final Testament, His Last Message, the
Qur’an. The moment of this revelation became a sacred moment, and that
time and month became an eternal time for us. Allah chose this time, and
He has filled it with His countless blessings. In this month we have a
greater urge and desire to do good deeds. This month becomes the month
of virtues and blessings for us. This is the month about which the
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“When the first night of Ramadan comes, the devils
and rebellious jinns are put in chains and the doors of hell are closed,
none of them remains open. The doors of heaven are open and none of
them remains closed. And a caller calls, ‘O seeker of goodness, come
forward, and O seeker of evil, desist. And Allah has many (in this
month) who will be freed from Hell.’ This announcement is made every
night."
(Reported by al-Tirmidhi, Hadith no. 618)

Ramadan is meant for our moral and spiritual training and
for the purification of our bodies, minds and souls. This is an annual
training program for all believers. It is a special time to get closer
to Allah and to seek His blessings and bounties. It is a time to learntaqwa(God-fearing),
piety, self-discipline and patience. It is a time to give more charity
and become more generous. It is a time to seek Allah’s forgiveness and
to forgive each other. It is a time to be thankful to Allah for His
gifts and bounties and especially His gift ofiman.

I urge you, my brothers and sisters, do not miss any day of
fasting and do not miss any moment of the blessed month of Ramadan.
This is a very precious time and Allah will give us many benefits if we
use it in the proper way.

Let us keep the following things in our mind when we
observe this month:
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1. Intention:Remind yourself again and
again that you are fasting in obedience to Allah. Be sincere in your
intention. You want Allah to accept your fasting. The Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) said:“Whosoever fasts in Ramadan with
faith and seeking Allah’s reward, all his past sins are forgiven.”
(Al-Bukhari,
Hadith no. 37)

2. Sunnah:Observe the Sunnah in fasting.
Take thesuhurmeal a little before dawn and end your fast at
sunset. As much as you can, try to fast as much like the Prophet
Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) fasted. There was no prayer
better than his prayer and no fast better than his fast. Try to follow
his way of fasting. That is the most acceptable way of fasting to Allah.

3.Wara`(Avoiding everythingharamormakruh):Keep
your body and mind very clean. Fasting is not just avoiding food and
drink. Fasting is to learn how to avoid bad words and bad deeds. The
Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:“Whosoever does
not leave bad words and bad actions, Allah does not care if he leaves
his food and drink.”
(Al-Tirmidhi 641)

4. Qur’an: Fasting and revelation are
inter-connected. Prophet Musa fasted when he received the Torah. Prophet
`Isa fasted when he received the Gospel. Prophet Muhammad fasted when
he received the first message of the Qur’an. Let us do the same thing.
You must fast and spend more time with the Qur’an. Read the Qur’an every
day. Try to finish at least one time the whole Qur’an [with
understanding] during this month by your own personal reading.

5. Prayer or Salah,Du`a'andDhikr:
Pray on time and observe all the prayers. Do not ignore the
Tarawih or Ramadan night prayers. Make more extra and voluntary prayers.
Do as much worship as you can. Do moredhikr(remembering Allah)
anddu`a'(supplication) for yourself and for others. Repent and
seek forgiveness for yourself and for others as much as you can. This
is the best time for devotion and seeking Allah’s forgiveness. Seek the
Night of Qadr by special devotion during the last ten nights of this
month.

6. Zakah,Sadaqahand Generosity:Ramadan
generates the spirit of giving and sacrifice. When we deprive ourselves
of food and drink we understand and realize well what it means to be
hungry and thirsty. We realize the pain of those who cannot find the
basic necessities of life. Be very charitable and generous. Give more to
help the poor and needy. Contribute generously to useful social and
community projects.

7. Family:Goodness must begin at home. Be
very good to your family, immediate family and the extended family.
Spend more time and quality time with your family members. Try to havesuhur(pre-dawn
meal) together. Break your fast together and pray together as much as
you can. Do this more at this time. Ramadan should bring you closer to
each other. Allah’s special mercy comes on the families that are united,
harmonious and peaceful.

8. Good Conduct:Fasting should transform
you and should make you a different person. Try to be extra kind and
courteous during this month. Forget your quarrels and disputes.
Reconcile and forgive. Do not get involved in backbiting, lying,
cheating and anything that is wrong. Be very good to Muslims and to all
human beings. Be good to your friends and neighbors. Let your non-Muslim
neighbors and co-workers know that this is your blessed and sacred
time.

9.Tafakkur(reflection):Think,
reflect and plan to improve the moral and spiritual condition of your
own self and your family. Think about any wrong things and sins you
might be doing and decide to correct yourself. Think about any
deficiencies you have in your Islamic observances. Plan to change
yourself. Think what you can do for the Ummah and for humanity to make
this world a better place for everyone. Think about the life after death
and the Day of Judgment.

10. Be cheerful and happy:Ramadan is not a
time of mourning or sadness. It is a time of thankfulness to Allah. In a
Hadith it is reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon
him) said,“When you fast, anoint yourself. Let not the signs of
fast be seen on you.”
(Al-Bukahri,Al-Adab al-Mufrad) Do
not feel tired and miserable. Feel alert and relax. Take things easy.
This time is for your own good. Give the greetings of Ramadan to each
other and enjoy this beautiful time.
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It is reported in a Hadith that the Prophet (peace and
blessings be upon him) gave a sermon about Ramadan to a gathering that
met towards the end of Sha`ban. He said:

"O People, a great and a blessed month is
approaching you. In this month, there is a night that is better than one
thousand months. Allah has made fasting obligatory and prayers at night
commendable during this month. Whosoever will do a voluntary good deed
during this month, it is as if he performed an obligatory good deed at
another time and whosoever will perform an obligatory good deed, it is
as if he performed seventy obligatory good deeds at another time. This
is the month of patience and the reward of patience is Paradise. This is
the month of kindness. In this month the believer’s provision is
increased. Whosoever will give food to a fasting person in this month,
it will bring forgiveness for his sins, will save him from the hellfire
and he shall have his reward while the fasting person will not lose any
of his reward."
(As-Suyuti,Ad-Durr al-Manthur)

We invoke Almighty Allah to enable us to reap the fruits of
the blessed month, accept our acts of worship, and grant us forgiveness
and immunity against the punishment of Hellfire.

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