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Blessings of the month of Ramadan

Blessings of the month of Ramadan

Hondek Created May 6, 2018 05:07
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In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful

The month of Ramadan is a blessed month for many reasons, so we must be sure to take advantage of all of its blessings. It is the month in which the Quran was revealed, in which the devils are chained, sins are forgiven, and good deeds are highly rewarded. There is a night near the end of Ramadan in which good deeds are worth a thousands months of worship.

Allah said:

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. Whoever reaches the month, let him fast during it. Whoever is ill or on a journey, then fast an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship, and he intends for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that to which he has guided you, that perhaps you will be grateful.

Surat al-Baqarah 2:185


During the month of Ramadan, Satan finds it more difficult to mislead the Muslims. It becomes easier for Muslims to perform good deeds and to ignore evil suggestions and bad thoughts.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

‏إِذَا دَخَلَ شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ فُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ السَّمَاءِ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ جَهَنَّمَ، وَسُلْسِلَتِ الشَّيَاطِين‏

When the month of Ramadan begins, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1800, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi


The month of Ramadan is blessed since Muslims can receive forgiveness for their sins due to their prayers and fasting out of sincere faith. We can have all of our sins forgiven in this month as long as we avoid major sins, as major sins like murder and theft require specific repentance and restoration of the rights of those who were violated.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

الصَّلَوَاتُ الْخَمْسُ وَالْجُمُعَةُ إِلَى الْجُمُعَةِ وَرَمَضَانُ إِلَى رَمَضَانَ مُكَفِّرَاتٌ مَا بَيْنَهُنَّ مَا اجْتُنِبَتْ الْكَبَائِرُ

The five prayers, Friday to Friday, and Ramadan to Ramadan will be expiation for the sins between them, so long as major sins are avoided.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 233, Grade: Sahih


In another narration, the Prophet said:

مَنْ صَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ

Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan due to faith and seeking reward, then all of his previous sins will be forgiven.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 760, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi


And in another narration, the Prophet said:

مَنْ قَامَ رَمَضَانَ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ

Whoever stands in the night prayer during Ramadan due to faith and seeking reward, then all of his previous sins will be forgiven.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 759, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi


The month of Ramadan is blessed since the virtue of fasting is magnified, even though it is already a great virtue. Fasting benefits us by improving our devotion, self-control, and compassion for the poor. Fasting for the entire month is meant to instill the practice, philosophy, and values of fasting as a regular habit.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

قَالَ اللَّهُ كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ لَهُ إِلاَّ الصِّيَامَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ

Allah said: All the deeds of the children of Adam are for them, except fasting which is for me and I will reward it.

The Prophet said further:

وَالصِّيَامُ جُنَّةٌ وَإِذَا كَانَ يَوْمُ صَوْمِ أَحَدِكُمْ فَلاَ يَرْفُثْ وَلاَ يَصْخَبْ فَإِنْ سَابَّهُ أَحَدٌ أَوْ قَاتَلَهُ فَلْيَقُلْ إِنِّي امْرُؤٌ صَائِمٌ‏.‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسُ مُحَمَّدٍ بِيَدِهِ لَخُلُوفُ فَمِ الصَّائِمِ أَطْيَبُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ رِيحِ الْمِسْكِ، لِلصَّائِمِ فَرْحَتَانِ يَفْرَحُهُمَا إِذَا أَفْطَرَ فَرِحَ وَإِذَا لَقِيَ رَبَّهُ فَرِحَ بِصَوْمِهِ

Fasting is a shield. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid intimate relations with his wife and arguments. If somebody fights or argues with him, he should say: I am fasting. By him in whose hand is my soul, the unpleasant smell coming from the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk. There are two pleasures for the fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast and the other when he meets his Lord; then he will be pleased due to his fasting.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1805, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi


Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

إِنَّ لِلَّهِ عِنْدَ كُلِّ فِطْرٍ عُتَقَاءَ وَذَلِكَ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةٍ

Verily, Allah has people he redeems at the time of breaking fast, and that is during every night.

Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 1643, Grade: Hasan


The month of Ramadan is blessed since during it occurs the Night of Decree (laylat al-qadr) in which worship for one night is better than worship for a thousand months. This is an extra special night in which we should strive in prayer, supplication, remembrance, and worship. Whoever strives in worship on this night will receive tremendous rewards and have their sins forgiven.

Allah said:

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ

Verily, We sent the Quran down during the Night of Decree. What will make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace is therein until the emergence of dawn.

Surat al-Qadar 97:1-5

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

مَنْ قَامَ لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ

Whoever stands in prayer during the Night of Decree out of faith and seeking reward, then Allah will forgive all of his previous sins.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 760, Grade: Sahih


In another narration, the Prophet said:

فِيهِ لَيْلَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ مَنْ حُرِمَ خَيْرَهَا قَدْ حُرِمَ

Allah has made a night during Ramadan that is better than a thousand months, so whoever is deprived of it is truly deprived.

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 7108, Grade: Sahih


The exact date of the Night of Decree is unknown to us, but it occurs on some day during the last ten nights of Ramadan. The wisdom of not knowing the night encourages us to strive hard in worship during all of the last ten days. Even if we miss it due to illness or another reason, perhaps Allah will reward us for our intention to seek it.

Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

الْتَمِسُوهَا فِي الْعَشْرِ الْأَوَاخِرِ يَعْنِي لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فَإِنْ ضَعُفَ أَحَدُكُمْ أَوْ عَجَزَ فَلَا يُغْلَبَنَّ عَلَى السَّبْعِ الْبَوَاقِي

Look for the Night of Decree in the last ten nights of Ramadan, but if one of you is weak or frustrated then do not be overcome during the remaining seven nights.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1165, Grade: Sahih


Aisha reported:

كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَجْتَهِدُ فِي الْعَشْرِ الْأَوَاخِرِ مَا لَا يَجْتَهِدُ فِي غَيْرِهِ

The Prophet would exert himself in worship during the last ten nights more than at any other time.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1175, Grade: Sahih


It is recommended to perform a retreat (i’tikāf) inside the mosque during the last ten days of Ramadan to help us strive in worship. This practice can ensure that we will not miss the blessings of the Night of Decree and the blessings of Ramadan in its final days.

Aisha reported:

النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ يَعْتَكِفُ الْعَشْرَ الْأَوَاخِرَ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ حَتَّى تَوَفَّاهُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ ثُمَّ اعْتَكَفَ أَزْوَاجُهُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ

The Prophet used to retreat in the mosque during the last ten nights of Ramadan until Allah the Exalted took him. His wives continued to observe this practice after him.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1172, Grade: Sahih


Ash-Shafi’ee said:

وَمَنْ أَرَادَ الِاقْتِدَاءَ بِالنَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي الِاعْتِكَافِ فِي الْعَشْرِ الْأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ فَيَنْبَغِي أَنْ يَدْخُلَ الْمَسْجِدَ قَبْلَ غُرُوبِ الشَّمْسِ لَيْلَةَ الْحَادِي وَالْعِشْرِينَ مِنْهُ

Whoever desires to follow the example of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, should seek seclusion in the mosque during the last ten nights of Ramadan. Let him enter the mosque before the setting of the sun on the twenty first night.

Source: al-Majmū’ Sharḥ al-Muhadhdhab 6/501


In general, we want to utilize the blessings of this month to improve ourselves overall. Besides pray and fasting, Muslims want to greatly increase their other good deeds such as as reciting the Quran, forming good habits, and generously giving in charity.

Ibn Abbas reported:

كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَجْوَدَ النَّاسِ بِالْخَيْرِ وَكَانَ أَجْوَدُ مَا يَكُونُ فِي رَمَضَانَ حِينَ يَلْقَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ وَكَانَ جِبْرِيلُ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ يَلْقَاهُ كُلَّ لَيْلَةٍ فِي رَمَضَانَ حَتَّى يَنْسَلِخَ، يَعْرِضُ عَلَيْهِ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْقُرْآنَ فَإِذَا لَقِيَهُ جِبْرِيلُ عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ كَانَ أَجْوَدَ بِالْخَيْرِ مِنَ الرِّيحِ الْمُرْسَلَةِ

The Prophet was the most generous of the people and he was even more generous during the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him. Gabriel, upon him be peace, would meet with him every night of Ramadan until the end of the month and the Prophet would recite the Quran to Gabriel. When Gabriel met him, he would be more generous than a swift wind bringing rain.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1803, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi


An-Nawawi said:

قَالَ أَصْحَابُنَا وَالْجُودُ وَالْأَفْضَالُ مُسْتَحَبٌّ فِي شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ وَفِي الْعَشْرِ الْأَوَاخِرِ أَفْضَلُ اقْتِدَاءً بِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَبِالسَّلَفِ وَلِأَنَّهُ شَهْرٌ شَرِيفٌ فَالْحَسَنَةُ فِيهِ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ غَيْرِهِ

Our companions said that being generous and performing favors are highly recommended during Ramadan, specifically during the last ten nights. By doing so, we emulate the example of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, as well as our righteous predecessors (al-salaf al-ṣaliḥ). This month is honored and good works carried out in this month are more blessed than they are at any other time.

Source: al-Majmū’ Sharḥ al-Muhadhdhab 6/424


We ask Allah to allow us to reach this blessed month and to benefit from its virtues in this life and in the Hereafter

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.

Abu Amina Elias • June 29, 2013
https://abuaminaelias.com/the-blessings-of-the-month-of-ramadan/

 

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islamisdeen

May 6, 2018 05:16

ma sha Allaah, great effort brother. May Allaah reward you, and may Allaah give all the Muslims, around the world courage and awareness to utilize this precious month of ramadhaan, In sha Allaah, ameeen.

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islamisdeen

May 15, 2018 19:35

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, may Allaah bring the best for you in this life and here after and may Allaah help you this ramadhan and always the comings ramadhans in my life and your lives, ameen.

Please do read this article, by the brother. may Allaah reward him and may Allaah give us the best of rewards for fasting this year and years to come in our lives, ameen.

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Deleted User

May 16, 2018 14:27

Aamiin

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islamisdeen

May 23, 2018 22:18

The supplications of the person, at the time of fasts, are not rejected :*


It was narrated by Abdullah bin umr bin al-aas - prophet muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

(إن للصائم عند فطره لدعوة ما ترد)

"(the dua at the time of iftar for fasting is accepted.

Abdullah bin abi malaika said: I have heard of Abdullah bin amr bin abi al-aas:

(اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي)

O Allaah! I ask you from your mercy, who has covered all things that you may forgive me.

(Ref: Sunan ibn maaja, hadith number: 1753, shu'bul imaan lil-behaqi, hadith 3621, at-targheeb fi fadhailul a'maal libn-e-shaheen: 141, amal al-ayum wal-layla libn-as-sunni: 480, ad-duyau lit-tabarani: 919, al-mustadrak lil-haakim: 4221, ibn al-asaakir fil ma'jam: volume: 1 page: 365 narration no: 307)

Some of these scholars have declared the authentic or hassan

Imam Bawsari (رحمہ اللہ) said: (إسنادہ صحیح) with authentic isnaad (Ạtakhaaf al-khkayra volume: 3, page: 102)
Sheikh Shu'eeb al-sharnawutt said: (:إسنادہ حسن) with good chain ( Ibn Abi Maja Batahqeeq Shoaib al-arnawut: volume 2 page: 637)
Sheikh Ahmed Shakir (رحمہ اللہ) said: (وإسنادہ صحیح) " with authentic chain. volume: 1, page (225)
Sheikh Zubair Ali Zay (رحمہ اللہ) said: (حسن) " Hassan (Ibn Maja with the tahqeeq of hafith zubair ali zay: 1753)
The narrator of this Hadith Ravi Ishaaq bin ubaidullah al-madani was mentioned in kitaabu thiqaat by Hafiz Ibn Ḥibbaan. (رحمہ اللہ)

Imam Ibn Asakir (رحمہ اللہ) said: (حسن غریب) hasanun ghareebun (Mu’ajam ash-shayuukh: volume: 1 page: ؍307)

Imam Bawsary (رحمہ اللہ) said: (إسنادہ صحیح رجالہ ثقات) The narration is authentic with narrators being thiqah (misbaahuz-zujaja fi zawaai’d ibn maaja, volume 2, page 81 raqam: 636)


In another narration:

Abu Hurairah radhiAllahu anhu narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

(ثَلاَثَةٌ لاَ تُرَدُّ دَعْوَتُهُمُ الصَّائِمُ حَتَّى يُفْطِرَ)

“There are three whose supplication is not rejected:
(Tradition: 3598, Tradition Ibn Mạjہ: 1752, right ibn Kẖzy̰m1901)

This Hadith is called by Imam Tirmidhi (رحمہ اللہ) and graded as good and Imam Ibn Khuzaima (رحمہ اللہ) has mentioned in his sahih.
Hafiz Nadeem Zaheer (رحمہ اللہ) wrote: " this hadith is hasan, because abu mudillah is not majhool (unknown) but he’s hasan ul-hadith. (sunan ibn maaja bitakhreej wa tasheeh nadeem zaheer: 1752)
Hafiz Zubair Ali Zay (رحمہ اللہ) said: (إسنادہ حسن) with the good chain. (1752)
Sheikh Imran Ayub Lạhori (حفظہ اللہ) said: (حسن) Hasan (book of fasting page 72)
Imam Ibn Khuzaima (رحمہ اللہ), made a chapter on this hadith in these words:

(باب ذكر استجابة الله عز وجل دعاء الصوام إلى فطرهم من صيامهم، جعلنا الله منهم.)

The chapter in which it is mentioned that Allaah accept the supplications of the person who fasts till they complete their fast. May Allah include us among them, ameen. (Sahih Ibn Khuzaima before the hadith: 1901)

The conclusion is at the time of iftaar (or breaking the fast) the dua of the person who fasts wouldn't be rejected (In sha Allaah). We have such people who sleep after the asr prayer and get up at the time of iftaar (meaning the time of maghrib etc). And similarly there are women who stays in kitchen to create iftaar (dinner) etc and wasting the time of dua is not an appreciated act. Rather these time should be taken benefit from and should be used to ask forgiveness from sins (we did), asking for paradise (from Allaah) and seeking refuge (in Allaah) from Hell-fire.

Collected (in Urdu/Hindi) by: Hafiz Muhammad Shahid (حفظہ اللہ)

Oh Allaah, accepts our duas and forgive our shortcomings as we are not angels and in past and today and maybe tomorrow as well we do the sins but Ya Allaah, you are most forgiving so forgive our sins and forgive the sins of all the Muslim ummah and include us and our parents among the people who would go to jannah without being questioned, ameeen.

Kebriya

May 23, 2018 23:19

Salamu Alaykum
Amin ya Rabalalameen

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islamisdeen

May 24, 2018 22:16

ameen

 

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