How to Welcome the Blessed Month of Ramadan 2023
It is a piece of very good news for all the Muslims that barely a few days are left between us and the highly blessed Month of Ramadan. Muslims all over the world feel very rejoice when they hear the coming of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is like a most-awaited and special guest for the Muslim community because this month comes with a lot of bounties, blessings, gifts, and manifold rewards from our creator Allah (SWT). In the upcoming lines, we will shed light on the blessings of this Holy Month and will also illuminate how to get benefits more and more from this blessed month.
Blessings of Ramadan in Quran and Hadith:
The month of Ramadan has countless bounties and blessings for all mankind and especially for Muslims. This is the month in which Allah (SWT) revealed the His Last message for guidance in the shape of the Holy Quran; in the holy Quran Allah (SWT) says:
(شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَىى وَالْفُرْقَانِ)
“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” [Albaqara-2: 185]
Abu Huraira (R.A) reported that the Holy Prophet (Peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Saheeh Muslim)
Once on the last day of Sha’ban, our Prophet Muhammad (saw) addressed his companions saying:
“Oh, people: A great month has come over you, a month full of blessings, a month in which is a night better than a thousand months. Allah (SWT) has made fasting in this month obligatory upon you and voluntary to pray on the nights of Ramadan. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever performs an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
Seven-way to Welcome the Month of Ramadan:
1) Fasting with patience and faith:
The most crucial and essential obligatory act is to have fast during the days of Ramadan with patience and sincerity. It is narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA) that the Holy Prophet (saw) said: “Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
“There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry, the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”
2) Intention and Sincerity:
Intention and sincerity is the most required factor in all our good deeds. According to a Hadith narrated by Umar (R.A), the Prophet of Allah (saw) said:
“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended” (Saheeh-al-Bukhari)
Before the coming of this Holy month, every one of us should revise his intention because it is the standard by which our actions will be accepted or rejected. Moreover, strong intention and determination have consistent effects on our actions. It makes the difficulties easier and things accessible to us. The main objective behind the fasting of Ramadan is to get piety through fasting, offering prayers, and performing many other worships with sincerity and well-intention.
To achieve this objective, it would be beneficial to dedicate some time before starting Ramadan and pray (make dua) with full concentration to Allah (SWT) to assist you in getting sincerity in all your good deeds in this month.
3) Repenting and staying away from sins:
In the month of Ramadan, the devils are chained and it is relatively easier to stay away from the sins. Fasting is not just to refrain from eating and drinking rather is means to stay away from all those that are not allowed by Allah (SWT).
It is Narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA) that Allah’s Apostle (صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم) said:
“Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)”
Ramadan is the best opportunity for all Muslims to repent from their sins and return to the right path of Allah and His Prophet (saw). On each and every night of this month, a large number of people are released from Hellfire and are entered into paradise. Give up all the sinful actions and come in the mercy of Allah.
Avoid backbiting, telling lies, slandering, and defaming other Muslim brothers and sisters. These things are strictly forbidden in Islam all the time but more strictly while fasting.
According to the Holy Book of Allah (SWT) backbiting is just like eating the flesh of a dead brother. Those who backbite about others and “eat their flesh” should beware lest their fast be lost and lest all they get from it is hunger and thirst.
The second caliph Umar bin Khattab (r.a) said in a narration:
“Fasting is not just to give up eating and drinking, rather it is giving up lying, falsehood, and idle talk.”
4) Make Strong your relationship with Quran:
Quran and the month of Ramadan have a strong relationship with each other. Dedicate a least one hour a day and one hour at night to recite the Holy Quran in the month of Ramadan. Recite at least one Juzz from the Holy Quran and make sure to complete it before the end of this month.
If you haven’t learned to read Quran with proper pronunciations, start learning it today. Make special arrangements for learning Quran with correct pronunciation, try to understand its meanings, and memorize some of the Suras in Ramadan. This is the month in which the Quran was sent down from Looh-e-Mahfooz to “Bayt al- Izzah” a place on the lower sky. In the Holy Quran Allah says:
“Indeed, we send it down on the Night of Ordainment.” [alqadar: 1)
In the second Sura Allah (SWT) says:
“The month of Ramadan is one in which the Quran was sent down”
It is narrated by Abdullah bin Omar (R.A) that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said:
“Fasting and the Quran will intercede for the servant on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say: O Lord, I prevented him from food and drink during the day, so let me intercede for him. The Quran will say: O Lord, I prevented him from sleeping during the night, so let me intercede for him. Thus, they will both intercede for him.” (Musnad Ahmad 6589)
6) Spending Money for Allah’s pleasure.
A true Muslim should be generous, helping the poor and weak community of the society by spending his wealth all over the year but Ramadan is the month of generosity. ell. Obligatory Charity (Zakah) is the second most important element of Islam after Faith and Salah. Spending his wealth and money with sincerity and pure intention is one of the most splendid acts for a Muslim. In the Holy Quran Allah (SWT) has promised seven hundred times compensation reward for what a Muslim spends for the sake of Allah. It is narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas (RA) saying:
“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH), was the most generous of people. He was especially generous in Ramadan when the Angel Gabriel would come and review the Quran with Him. Gabriel would review the Quran with Him every night during the month of Ramadan. Verily, when Gabriel would come and review the Quran with Him in Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah was more generous than the free blowing wind.” (Saheeh al Bukhari, Hadith No 1803)
Every Muslim who has some wealth should spend as much as he can in the month of Ramadan as Obligatory and Voluntarily charity to help the Muslims and get the paradise and pleasure of Allah as a reward.
7) Spend your time in Allah’s remembrance.
A true believer of Allah spends his life in remembrance of Allah by praying five times a day, reciting the Holy Quran, Sunnah Azkhar and Duas. Remembrance of Allah has more importance for us in the month of Ramadan. All the day we don’t eat or drink for the sake of Allah, so it is crucial not to waste our precious time in such activities that have no benefits for us in this world or in the hereafter.
Increasing Act of Charity
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We will distribute at least 500 Ramadan Packages in this Ramadan. Insha Allah
Ramadan is the best season for offering good deeds and gaining rewards from Allah s.w.t.
Let’s start with a good deed; sadaqah to iftar the deserving families.