Dear brothers and sisters of Muslim Ummah! Inshallah we are about to host very soon, a generous and an honorable guest; a visitor, who stopovers once in a year and brings all sorts of goodness and happiness, along with the widespread mercy and forgiveness of Gracious Almighty. Imagine a visitor passing the Aroma of Heavens, nearing us towards Gracious Almighty and His promised (Jannah) Paradise. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak certainly, trying to driving us away from Hell fire, well-known as the month of Quran, mercy, forgiveness, praying at nights, Charity giving month, solidarity, mutual help and the month of all blessings.
In Islam Muslims are advised to be kind and generous towards the guest and what if the visitor is the best guest, what are we supposed to do, think? Should we exert ourselves in generosity, which is a sign of good conduct and great worship or should we just ignore. Response! Be thankful for the immense mercy of Gracious Almighty upon us, that He made us Muslims and extended our lives to welcome the most honorable guest. Therefore, be thankful and grateful to Gracious Almighty, for allowing us to witness Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and also try to please Him as much as possible during this remarkable month.
Fast is a hidden form of worship; no one can come to know about your fast until you tell it to others. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ likes hidden worship more. A blessed Ḥadīš says, ‘Fasting is the door of worship.’ (1)
Muslims fast why? It is a human persona to enquire and to speculate why things happen. Muslims ensure things to please Gracious Almighty, and we can please Him only by submitting and practicing Islam. As a result, in response to the query, why do we fast?, we answer back, that it is a directive and a clear order from Gracious Almighty upon us and we have no other choice but to obey Gracious Almighty and gratify Him with Love and Fear at the same time.
Karlay tawbaĥ Rab kī raḥmat ĥay bařī
Qabr mayn warnaĥ sazā hogī kařī (2)
The month of Ramadan in which was sent down the Quran – the guidance for mankind, the direction and the clear criteria (to judge between right and wrong). So whoever among you finds this month, must fast for the (whole) month; and whoever is sick or on a journey, may fast the same number in other days. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ desires ease for you and does not desire hardship for you so that you complete the count (of fasts), and glorify Allah’s greatness for having guided you, and so that you may be grateful. (3)
Islam means submission to Gracious Almighty, we have no other choice, but to surrender our-selves to Gracious Almighty and follow His orders. It is from the mercy of Gracious Almighty toward us, that though He recommended us to fast and presented us with the Virtuous of Fasting in Ramadan hereafter.
The reward for fasting is immense, as mentioned in the following Hadith:
‘On the first night of Ramadan, the portals of the skies and Paradise are opened which remain open until the last night (of the month). So if anyone offers Ṣalāĥ in any night of this month, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will reward him with 1,500 virtues for every Sajdaĥ (prostration) and make a palace of red rubies for him that will have 60,000 gates. The gates will have hinges of gold that will be embroidered with red rubies. Thus, the one who fasts on the first day of Ramadan will be forgiven for his sins until the last day of the month and 70,000 angels will ask for his forgiveness from morning till evening. Each time he prostrates during the day or at night, he will be granted a tree in Heaven and each tree is so huge that a horse rider can ride under its shadow for 500 years.’ (4)
After, we understand the Importance of the Blessed month of Ramadan and what success it can lead to, we need to put all our energies in carrying out fasting in the finest way possible. Since fasting is worship, we must do it solely for Gracious Almighty’s sake, and remember other intentions are not accepted, further than pleasing Gracious Almighty and seeking His forgiveness with sincerity. Deprived of a true intention, no deed is of any worth in the Hereafter.
Welcome the, Glorious month of holy Ramadan by making the best use of time, as we all know time is very precious, because every minute that passes can never return. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is a means of success or failure, recovery or devastation…
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(1) (Al-Jāmi’-uṣ-Ṣaghīr, pp. 146, Ḥadīš 2415) from the 1st page of the book “Blessings of Ramadan” a chapter of (Faizan-e-Sunnat).
(2) Poetry of Ameer-e-Ahle-sunnat founder of (Dawate-Islami propagation of Quran & Sunnah)
(3) [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ, verse 185) from the 2nd page of the book “Blessings of Ramadan” a chapter of (Faizan-e-Sunnat).
(4) (Shu’ab-ul-Īmān, pp. 314, vol. 3, Ḥadīš 3635) from the 3rd page of the book “Blessings of Ramadan” a chapter of (Faizan-e-Sunnat).