A Healthy Ramadan with Precautions is better than Cure

Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is a heavenly month, queued at the 9thspot, in the order of the Islamic calendar. It is an Islamic month in which, Muslim Ummah is encouraged to practice and exercise self-control. Fasting in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, we can recover health, only if attended in an appropriate way. Monitor our fasting tips and make life-style reforms to get the best out of this Ramadan-ul-Mubarak. Let this time of year, be a time of revival in spirit, soul and body.

Zakāĥ of body

Sayyidunā Abū Ĥuraīraĥ رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ has narrated that the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: “There is Zakāĥ (charity) for everything, and the Zakāĥ of your body is fasting, and fasting is half of patience.” (1)

Guidelines for a healthy fast in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak

Fasting in Ramadan carries a high-risk of dehydration, as nutrients are limited from early sunrise till sunset. In addition for fasting, Muslims are encouraged to wake-up very early to have their pre-dawn meal Sahari, but please remember to consume the right type of food and in the right quantity is the key.

Eat Saḥarī because it is a blessed (food). (2)

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Don’t skip “Sahari” [pre-dawn meal]

According to a popular saying, “breakfast is a very important meal of the day” and in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, it turns out to be even more significant!

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His angels send mercy upon the people who eat Saḥarī. (3)

Avoiding Sahari prolongs the abstaining period, as our body relies on the earlier meal to provide all the nutrients and liveliness till Iftar. Due to lengthier hours of fasting, we are expected to feel dehydrated and exhausted throughout the day. Furthermore, missing Sahari also encourages overeating in Iftar, which can reason an unhealthy digestive system.

Sayyidunā ‘Irbāḍ Bin Sāriyaĥ رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ has narrated that once the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم called him to eat Saḥarī with him during the month of Ramadan and said: “Come for a blessed breakfast”. (4)

Important Note:

Fajar Azaan is just for Salah (prayers), not for fasting; therefore Sahari must not be delayed to such a point that the time of dawn Subh-e-Sadiq appears to start. A number of Muslims keep eating even after dawn, in progress of Azaan sayings: Pay attention! This act does not close the fast; in fact it leaves the fast absolutely open and makes it null and void. As a result you will gain nothing, but will have to bear thirst and hunger the entire day.

Don’t overeat during Iftar (dinner)

Evenhanded, as it is not suitable to escape Sahari, over-eating can also harm your body, while opening the fast. Iftar must be a well-balanced healthy diet, and not an extensive meal! Over-eating and too much intake of large calories food, can affect the digestive system. People usually eat to their full in both Sahari and Iftar times and come across constipation and high-blood pressure.

Avoid eating fried foodstuffs

It is not rare, about fasting Muslims to compensate themselves with fried pakoraas, samosaas, rolls, kacchoriyaan, and other deep fried sticky dishes which are considered essential at Iftar meals. Even though these foodstuffs seem good to eat, but for a short ride, they can make abstaining the next day more challenging.

Instead, we should try foodstuffs from all light food groups, as well as fruits and vegetables. Eating fiber rich food, in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is also acceptable, as they are digested easily than junk food. “Health is wealth” is a very popular saying in our lifecycle, which is time and again referred by our elders. Physical health is very essential for our natural life and to acquire that we need to eat in a measured style.

And eat and drink until the white thread becomes distinct to you from the black thread at dawn; then complete the fasts till the coming of night. (5)

Drink plenty of water

Use of liquid refreshment, as much as possible, amid Iftar meal and Sahari pre-dawn meal, can reduce the risk of dehydration in fasting.

Liquids include juices, milk, soft drinks and thirst-quenchers, but water is the best option, ideally, we have to also cut down on caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee and Colas as these drinks promote liquid loss.

Conclusion:

A well-secure intake is extremely vital for a healthy fast, in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak!

Blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak approached with the note of endurance, virtues and serving the deprived. Eating according to limit and abstaining from hefty-oiled diet is not the directive of Almighty Allah, but is the designed need of a human digestive system. Fasting not only safeguards us from misconducts but also protects us from diseases. By taking these precautionary measures we can stay healthy, so thank Almighty Allah for good health and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitar in a dazzling mode.

References:

(1) (Sunan Ibn Mājaĥ, pp. 347, vol. 2, Ḥadīš 1745)

(2) (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhārī, pp. 633, vol. 1, Ḥadīš 1923) blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

(3) (Al-Iḥsān bittartīb Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān, pp. 194, vol. 5, Ḥadīš 3458) blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

(4) (Sunan Abī Dāwūd, pp. 442, vol. 2, Ḥadīš 2344) blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

(5) [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ, verse 187) from blessings of Ramadan page no: 83

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Virtues of Fasting in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak

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.

Conclusions:

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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Reference:

(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).

Ramadan-ul-Mubarak month of Charity & Donations

Giving charity and donating are qualities, which Gracious Almighty Allah loves for Muslims to have. He is the most Generous and Benevolent of all; especially His Generosity multiplies in Ramadan. In the same way, the Prophet’s kindness also increases in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and definitely he is the character whose persona entails all the qualities mankind strives and vies for.

The blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, when Islamic followers worldwide fast in daylight hours and withhold themselves from other desires, furthermore is the month when Muslims donate to charity work, and contributions for the less privileged. A Unique door of Heaven that Gracious Almighty Allah has unlocked to His slaves to advance big recompenses in the month of Ramadan is through giving charity. Islam always recommends its followers to donate plenty of charities, mainly in the holy month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak.

Amount of Sadaqah-e-Fitar

1.920 Kilograms of wheat or its flour or the money equivalent to the value of this much wheat is the amount of one Sadaqah-e-Fitar. (1)

The main reason why, the noble prophet of Gracious Almighty Allah gave an example to be swift in donating Alms in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, is because the benefits and recompenses of donating Alms in this particular month is far better than the other months.

Sadaqah-e-Fitar is Kaffarah for useless speech

Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ has stated, ‘The Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم declared Sadaqah-e-Fitar Wajib so that it would cleanse (our) fasts from useless and immoral speech and that it would provide the poor with food.’ (2)

The Creator of the entire Universe, Gracious Almighty Allah the Worshiped and Respected highly praises those who donate their money in charity and giving Alms. He promises ample of virtues and wonderful recompenses for them. There are many signs that express about the good luck, virtue, and decent position of the charity donors.

Intercessor of the Muslim Ummah صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated: Whoever is made wealthy by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and does not pay the Zakah of his wealth, then on the Day of Resurrection his wealth will be made like a baldheaded snake with two black spots on his head. The snake will then wrap itself around his neck and bite his cheeks and say, ‘I am your wealth, I am your treasure.’(3)

Some of the advantages of giving Alms in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak are that during this month, people can easily perform good deeds, including donating Alms. The reason behindhand is that in other months, Muslims are easily seduced by devil “Satan”, who makes them abandon the good deeds. But in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, Gracious Almighty Allah imprisons the devil “Satan” creating His slaves (Us) easier to perform good deeds.

Whatever possession lost at a dry place or in the water is destroyed due to not paying Zakah. (4)

Muslims who donate charity in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and increase their handouts therein have trailed the example of the holy Prophet and recognized the benefit of doing so. However, dear Islamic brothers and sisters it is outlawed according to Sharia to delay Zakat which should be paid before Ramadan-ul-Mubarak to attain its reward.

And those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in Allah’s way – so give them the glad tidings of a painful punishment. (5)

Conclusion:

Dear Islamic brothers and sisters, it is for our own success, that we spend time, money and efforts in donating Alms for the pleasure of Gracious Almighty Allah as the rewards of Charity is nothing but success, exclusively in the Hereafter: Since charity is not limited to donate money or part of our riches, every single Muslim as a result can get recompenses from Gracious Almighty Allah. Charity is an easy way to increase our faith and every Muslim whether deprived or prosperous can give charity at all times.

Reference:

(1) Blessings of Ramadan, chapter, Blessings of Eid-ul-Fitar pp.267

(2) Sunan Abi Dawud, pp. 158, vol. 2, Hadis 1609

(3) Sahih Bukhari, Kitab-uz-Zakah, vol. 1, pp. 474, Hadees 1403

(4) Majma-uz-Za Fitar waaid, vol. 3, pp. 200, Hadees 4335

(5) Part 10, Surah At-Taubah, verse 34 Translation from Kanz-ul-Imaan

Empty your Stomach to feed your Soul in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak!

Many, many years ago, a man was chosen by Gracious Almighty, to title the crown of ultimate prophecy, of peace and became author of a novel religion. He was known as Muhammad, the beloved prophet of Gracious Almighty, who gave birth to Islam and was gifted with the blessed knowledge of Quran in the holy month, well-known today as Ramadan-ul-Mubarak.

Ramadan kareem

Fragrant Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is the 9th blessed month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which is an important month in the diary and also culture. Fasting in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is compulsory (Farad) upon every healthy, mature, strong Muslim not traveling. As far as Muslim females are concerned, to fast they must not be menstruating or having post-childbirth bleeding, for they are ordered to make up the days later which they have missed.

The key objective of not drinking and eating is to attain beneficial virtues and to become conscious of our Originator, growing awareness towards His Majesty, praising and worshiping His titles and features, evoking His sacred signs as the Gracious Almighty praises in the holy Quran.

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me.” (1)

Throughout Ramadan while Muslims abstain from nutrients during day hours, they get together over foodstuff with friends and families in the evenings at (Aftar) timings. Refraining from nutrients has great value on the Muslims, fasting physically as well as spiritually. It is an exercise for self-restraint and control of the immoral self. Through fasting one absorbs how to detain one’s desires and releases person from the burden of wants and wishes. Refraining from nutrients also prompts us of the less privileged ones, the deprived and the penniless. It also lifts the spirits of the deprived by knowing that even Crowned heads have to starve for a while and on the other hand abstaining makes the rich understand and realize what the deprived go through time to time. Fasting moreover cleanses one’s soul and heart and is counseled to control and learn how to withhold from useless dialog, double-dealing and cheating. Even though fasting is supportive to health, it is primarily a way of self-ablution and self-control. By disconnecting oneself from knowing comforts, a fasting individual’s heart on the purpose of life becomes aware of the presence of Gracious Almighty (God).

When the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak knocks at our doors, cheers and delight yields among the Muslim Ummah because fragrant Ramadan-ul-Mubarak carries two of the most paramount gifts of Gracious Almighty, firstly the month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak itself and secondly the celebration of the revelation of the Holy Quran. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is not simply the month of abstaining but also the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed, as a guideline for mankind with clear “Signs” for guidance and the distinction amid right and wrong.

Many wonders occurred in this wondrous month, the complete Quran was reveled down from Lawhay- Mahfooz in approximately 23 years; there is also that marvelous night “Layla-tul-Qadar” which is proclaimed superior than 1000 months. In this glorious month, the virtues of good deed are equivalent to the obligatory (fard) of a different month and with patience the reward of this tolerance is “Heaven” Jannah. Ramadan-ul-Mubarak teaches the message of compassion towards others and the daily bread of Muslims is improved. The month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak is divided in phases, the 1st ten days reveal mercy of Gracious Almighty, 2nd ten days reveal forgiveness of Gracious Almighty and the 3rd and last ten days reveal safety from hell fire.

Ramadan-ul-Mubarak helps in renewing our promise and reforming our relationship with our Almighty Creator. The holy month is a spring-tide season for decedents and virtues when righteousness flourishes thru the Muslim societies. This month stretches every Muslim an opportunity to brace his faith “Iman”, refine his soul and get rid of the sinful effects of the evil committed by him.

Dear Islamic brothers and sisters practicing Muslims assemble at mosques offering the nightly prayers consisting of 20 Rakaats called “Taraweeh” these prayers begin about 1 ½ hour after sunsets “Esha” prayers. Each night the Imam “leader in prayer” narrates an equal percentage of the Quran so that by the 27th night of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak the complete Quran can be narrated by the Imam “leader in prayer” from his remembrance.

As the departure of our noble guest Ramadan-ul-Mubarak approaches, Muslim Ummah prepare for Eid ul-fitar, which brings Ramadan-ul-Mubarak on your doorstep. Eid day is a time of celebration, giving gifts, sharing foodstuff, gatherings with family members and winning a holiday.

THE WISDOM BEHIND FASTING

There are many reasons and wisdoms behind every single action in Islam, prayer “Salah” for example, is an everyday drill for cleansing the devotee and retelling them that they are associated in a community of Muslim believers. Whereas abstaining, is an annual drill inclosing all possible features for human excellence? It is an exercise for the body and soul, a rebirth of life, cheering the spirit of sacrificing and sharing.

The following are some of the general benefits:

Self-Restraint (Taqwaah): Fasting inspires taqwaah or awareness of Gracious Almighty, by controlling two parts of the body, which are the basis reasons of human disgrace, the stomach and the private parts of the body.

Heath Benefits: Abstaining also supports to right the problem of fatness and diabetes and other illnesses originated from upset stomach.

Patience: Fasting helps in taming the heart, the soul, and the body on the qualities of patience, firmness and control in harsh conditions.

Social Benefits: Generally, fasting is an expression of unity with deprived families and the entire Muslim community. This is the time when rich face the experience of starving and feel the pain, which deprived feel in normal living conditions.

Family Ties: Ramadan-ul-Mubarak helps Muslim families to gather and eat together at Iftaar and Sahree two times a day for the whole month. Fasting improves and strengthens relationship, as Ramadan is celebrated as the month of invitations, as family members and neighbors extend visits to have Iftaar together.

Besides Fasting, the Muslims Ummah should emphasis on offering maximum prayers, so that more and more reward can be attained in this Blessed month. Hence, prayers need to be offered along with abstaining during Ramadan-ul-Mubarak as this is the only mean to seek forgiveness from Gracious Almighty and attain your desired objectives.

Nawafill: Nawafill is the 3rd type of prayer Muslims can specially perform in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak; these are called additional prayers which Muslims can offer separately at any time of the day. Performing Nawafill prayers in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak are equivalent in virtuous to Obligatory prayers.

Supplication in Ramadan: A unique act of worship legislated upon us by Gracious Allah is supplication (Du’a), which should be made on consistent basis through the year but supplications made in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, hold a greater importance than the rest of the year. Muslims appeal Gracious Almighty for His mercy and forgiveness and supplicate excessively. A direct link between du’a and fasting in Ramadan according to Hadith;

“The supplications of three persons are never turned away: a just ruler, a fasting person until he breaks his fast, and the supplication of an oppressed person which is raised by Allah to the clouds on the Day of Resurrection, and the gates of heaven are opened for it and Allah says: By my might, I will help you even if it is after a while” (2)

Conclusion:

Muslim Ummah in Ramadan can gain maximum sacred signs and forgiveness from Gracious Almighty Allah and seek compassion for whatever sins they have committed. Hence, prayers and supplications need to be safeguarded throughout the month, as these are the two aspects that can help a Muslim achieve the desired goals.

REFERENCES;

(1)- (Surah Baqarah v. 186) this verse of the holy Quran is from surah Baqarah a (Madani-Surah), revealed in praise of the Muslim Ummah, in regards of supplication.

(2)-(Sunan Ibn Majah No. 1624) stanza of the sayings of the noble prophet regarding supplication and fasting in the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan in Islam

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has given us His great kindness in the form of the fasts of Ramadan so that we could achieve religiousness and marvellous pleasure, as Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ says in Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ (part 2 verses 183-184):

یٰۤاَ یُّہَا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا کُتِبَ عَـلَیۡکُمُ الصِّیَامُ کَمَا کُتِبَ عَلَی الَّذِیۡنَ مِنۡ قَبۡلِکُمۡ لَعَلَّکُمۡ تَـتَّقُوۡنَ ﴿۱۸۳﴾ۙ اَیَّامًا مَّعۡدُوۡدٰتٍ ؕ فَمَنۡ کَانَ مِنۡکُمۡ مَّـرِ یۡضًا اَوۡ عَلٰی سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّۃٌ مِّنۡ اَیَّامٍ اُخَرَ ؕ وَ عَلَی الَّذِیۡنَ یُطِیۡقُوۡنَہٗ فِدۡیَۃٌ طَعَامُ مِسۡکِیۡنٍ ؕ فَمَنۡ تَطَوَّعَ  خَیۡرًا فَہُوَ خَیۡرٌ   لَّہٗ ؕ  وَ اَنۡ تَصُوۡمُوۡا خَیۡرٌ  لَّکُمۡ    اِنۡ  کُنۡتُمۡ  تَعۡلَمُوۡنَ   ﴿۱۸۴﴾

O those who believe! Fasting has been made obligatory upon you as were made obligatory upon those before you, so that you may become pious. The days are counted. Then whosoever among you is ill or on a journey then same number of fasting in other days, and those who have no strength, should give in fine meal to a needy: then whosoever does more good, then that is better for him, and fasting is better for you if you know.

[Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ, verses 183-184)

Blessings of Ramadan

It is a countless reward of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ that He عَزَّوَجَلَّ has allowed us a marvellous gift in the form of Ramadan, whose every moment is full of blessing. The reward of good performances is enhanced many times in this month. The reward of a Nafl act is equivalent to that of a Farḍ one, while the reward of a Farḍ act is multiplied 70 times. In this month, even the sleep of a fasting person is considered an act of worship. The divine ‘Arsh-holding angels say ‘Āmīn’ for the Du’ā of the fasting people. According to a Ḥadīš, the fish in the seas ask for forgiveness until Ifṭār for the one who fasts in Ramadan. (Attarghīb Wattarĥīb, pp. 55, vol. 2, Ḥadīš 6)

Revelation of the Quran

Ramadan is a blessed and sacred month in which Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ revealed the Holy Quran. He عَزَّوَجَلَّ mentions the revelation of the Holy Quran and Ramadan in these words:

شَہۡرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِیۡۤ اُنۡزِلَ فِیۡہِ الۡقُرۡاٰنُ ہُدًی لِّلنَّاسِ وَ بَیِّنٰتٍ مِّنَ الۡہُدٰی وَ الۡفُرۡقَانِ ۚ فَمَنۡ شَہِدَ مِنۡکُمُ الشَّہۡرَ فَلۡیَصُمۡہُ ؕ وَ مَنۡ کَانَ مَـرِیۡضًا اَوۡ عَلٰی سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّۃٌ مِّنۡ اَیَّامٍ اُخَرَ ؕ یُرِیۡدُ اللّٰہَ بِکُمُ الۡیُسۡرَ وَلَا یُرِ یۡدُ بِکُمُ الۡعُسۡرَ ۫ وَ لِتُکۡمِلُوا الۡعِدَّۃَ وَ لِتُکَبِّرُو ا اللّٰہُ عَـلٰی مَا ہَدٰىکُمۡ وَ لَعَلَّکُمۡ  تَشۡکُرُوۡنَ ﴿۱۸۵﴾

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.

[Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 2, Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ, verse 185)

Five special blessings

Sayyidunā Jābir Bin ‘Abdullāĥ رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَـالٰی عَـنْهُ has narrated that the Beloved and Blessed Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated, ‘In Ramadan, my Ummaĥ has been gifted five such things which were not given to any other Prophet عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام before me:

  1. On the first night of Ramadan, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ showers special mercy upon them and the one upon whom Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ showers special mercy will never be punished.
  2. In the evening, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ likes the smell emanating from their mouths (due to hunger) more than even musk.
  3. Angels pray for their forgiveness every night and day.
  4. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ orders Heaven to be adorned for His (righteous) people and says, ‘Soon they will get rid of the grief of the world and find solace in My house and My bounties.’
  5. On the last night of Ramadan, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ forgives them all.’

Standing up, a person asked, ‘Yā Rasūlallāĥ صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم! Is that Laīla-tul-Qadr?’ He صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم replied, ‘No. Do you not see that a labourer is given his wage when he finishes his job?’ (Attarghīb Wattarĥīb, pp. 56, vol. 2, Ḥadīš 7)

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