As Ramadan approaches everyone gets busy in its preparation, namely, shopping. This preparation will reach its climax on the eve of Ramadan when the crescent is sighted. It is a sight full of hope and joy. The preparations should not only be of the materials required. One should also prepare themselves spiritually for the Holy Month.
Ramadan is the best of the months. This is the month in which we observe the fourth pillar of Islam- Sawm- by the Sole Command of the Sole Lord of the worlds (SWT).
It is the month of worship to seek rewards from Allah (SWT).
The Prophet (May Allahâ€™s blessings and peace be upon him) said: â€œWhoever spend the nights of Ramadan in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.â€
The superiority of this month is based on its many facets.
1 – The best of all nights falls in Ramadan â€“ the Night of Decree.
Allah SWT says:
â€œVerily, We have sent it (this Qurâ€™an) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree). The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months.â€ [Surah al-Qadar : 1-2]
Hence worship on this night is better than worshiping for a thousand months, which is approximately eighty-three years!!
No one exactly know when this Night falls, however Rasool Kareem (May Allahâ€™s blessings and peace be upon him) told us to seek this Night in the last odd ten days of Ramadan.
2 – It was in the month of Ramadan that the Qurâ€™an Majeed â€“the best of all Books- was revealed to the Rasool of Allah (May Allahâ€™s blessings and peace be upon him).
Allah (SWT) says: “Ramadan is the (month) in which the Qur’an was sent down, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting.” [Surah al-Baqarah :185]
This makes it clear that there is a great relation between the Qurâ€™an and Ramadan. It is highly meritorious to complete reciting the whole Qurâ€™an (Qurâ€™an is derived from the root word qaraaâ€™ means recitation) in this month.
3 – In this month the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut, and the devils are chained up. It is a proven fact that evil actions are drastically reduced in Ramadan. Those who observe the etiquette of Ramadan will be safe from evil actions.
4 – Ramadan is the month of complete worship. In this month certain acts of worship are performed that are not carried out in other months. These are: fasting, praying the Taraweeh, feeding the poor, Iâ€™tikaaf, Sadaqah, and reading Qurâ€™an.
The Prophet (May Allahâ€™s blessings and peace be upon him) used to give glad tidings of the arrival of Ramadan to the Sahabah Karaam (May Allah (SWT) be pleased with them all) and explain its merits. This is the month that should be welcomed with hopefulness and sincerity that our repentance will be accepted. One should resolve not to repeat any wrong deeds after the repentance.
It is the blessed month in which Muslims should be determined to worship Allah â€“ Rabb ul-â€˜Arsh il-Kareem.
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mashaallah! may ALLAH(swt) bless and 4gives us all ameen!
Very well said!
“Ramadan ul Karim Mubarak to every one”
In order to celebrate this month in a befitting manner,this month should be welcomed with full religious fervor.Moreover,we need to spread the message of “Patience’& “Tolerance” during this Holy Month as today we badly need these traits.
Fasting itself is the name of tolerance,however,what we observe in our daily life that people even loose their patience on small and petty things,while fasting.Even,at times people get killed, once the time of Iftar is nearing and they are unable to buy few ‘pakoras”…
There is a dire need to spread the message of patience and tolerance,during this month.
One of the aim of this Holy Month is that those “who have” should understand the miseries and sufferings of ‘havenots’.Maximum Zakat,khairat and sadqas should be doled out during this month.
This month is there to purify our soul,so we should make an endeavor to achieve this goal.
Moreover,during this month majority of people recite Quran,Ramadan provides an ideal opportunity, not only to recite Quran but also to understand its meanings in the language we understand.I am confident that if we develop this habit of understanding Quran, Insha Allah a positive change in going to come in our daily lives.
I pray to Allah Almighty to forgive our previous sins and guide us all on the right path and May Allah Almighty provide us the opportunity to accrue maximum benefits from his countless blessings during this Holy Month of Ramadan,Ameen