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The Blessings of Ramadan

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The Blessings of Ramadan

Post by Afra on 11th August 2010, 5:41 pm



It is that time of the year once again. It is the advent of a month that is filled with innumerable blessings, the thirty days which require a Muslim to observe one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting.

Ramadan is characterized not just by its obligation on every Muslim to keep away from certain things which are allowed
in other months, but also by the weight of blessings attached to every good deed performed in this month.
So what are these unique features which make Ramadan such a special and sanctified month for Muslims the world over?

Probably the most significant is the fact that in this month, as we are told by Allah, the gates of Heaven are thrown open, the gates of jahanum are closed and the devils are chained. This essentially signifies that, in Ramadan, the devils and their advocates have a much more difficult job diverting true Muslims from fully reaping the bounties of Allah by performing every religious duty with a pure intention.

Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "When the first night of Ramadan comes, the devils and the rebellious jinn are
chained, the gates of jahanam are locked and not one of them is opened; the gates of Paradise are opened and not one of them is locked; and a crier calls, 'You who desire what is good, come forward, and you who desire evil, refrain.' Some are freed from jahanam by Allah, and that happens every night." (Tirmidhi).

Another significance of this month is the act of fasting itself. Fasting inculcates self-restraint and self-control as the person fasting does not only have to abstain from food and drink, but she/he must also refrain from many other things: backbiting, gossiping, fighting, using foul language etc. Very strict words have been used in this regard:

The Prophet said, "Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink" (Bukhari).

He also said, "If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarreling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, 'I am fasting'" (Bukhari).

It is logical that if the aim of fasting was only to stop eating and drinking for a specific period of time, then the spiritual objectives of fasting, which have been specified in the Quran, would not have been met. In the Quran, Allah specifically says:O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil) (2:183).

As one can see from the above verse, Muslims have been commanded to fast, so that they attain righteousness. And what is meant by righteousness? The Arabic word in this verse is "Muta'qeen" taken from the word "Taqwa." To attain Taqwa or righteousness means to fear Allah and to obey His every Command. And by fasting for thirty days, we are doing just that. Fasting is never done for any material or worldly gain. Fasting is done mainly because it is the command of Allah for Muslims to follow. And it is this spirit which is the cause of instilling "Taqwa" in Muslims.

Also, fasting is an action which, we are told, will act as a shield for us when we most need it, i.e. on the Day of Judgement. On that day, when we will be called to give an account of every good and bad deed done in this world, fasting will intercede for us, provided of course, that every condition about the purity of intention and refraining from forbidden activities was done. This is supported by the following Hadiths:

Allah's Apostle said, "Fasting is a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins" (Bukhari).

Allah's Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Fasting and the Quran intercede for a man. Fasting says, 'O my Lord, I have kept him away from his food and his passions by day, so accept my intercession for him.' The Quran says, 'I have kept him away from sleep by night, so accept my intercession for him.' Then their intercession is accepted" (Tirmidhi).

Allah's Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "There is Zakat applicable to everything, and the Zakat of the body is fasting" (Tirmidhi).

Yet another blessing of this month is that every good deed done in it, whether it be giving charity or reciting the Quran,
carries an extra weight of blessings. This good news is given to the people in the following Hadith:


The Prophet said, "(Allah says about the fasting person), 'He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast
is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times'" (Bukhari).

Another factor, which distinguishes Ramadan from other months, is the advent of the Night of Power or Lailat-ul-Qadr. The Night of Power is said to be the one in which Allah writes the decree of His creation. In verses three to five 5 of Surah Al-Qadr, Allah SWT says:
"The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their
Lord, with all decrees. (That night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn."


Allah's Messenger said, "Ramadan, a blessed month, has come to you during which Allah has made it obligatory for you to fast. In it the gates of Heaven are opened, the gates of al-Jahim are locked, and the rebellious devils are chained. In it Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months. He who is deprived of its good has indeed suffered deprivation" (Tirmidhi)

Numerous blessings are promised to those who perform prayers through this night. This is the Night when sins are forgiven, Heaven is opened for certain people and the doors of jahanam are closed for others. The Prophet said: "Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and 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" (Bukhari).

May Allah help us all to make every fast this Ramadan a shield in the Hereafter and an intercessor in the grave. May Allah not make us one of those who do not get anything from their fasts except for hunger and thirst. And May Allah guide us towards making this Ramadan a source for gathering numerous blessings and getting our major and minor sins
forgiven. Ameen.

Jazak'Allah kairan kaseera..

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Re: The Blessings of Ramadan

Post by Nimmi on 11th August 2010, 5:57 pm


Aaameen.
Jazakallah Khaair. Bohat acha thread hai.
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Re: The Blessings of Ramadan

Post by Afra on 11th August 2010, 6:00 pm

Thank you.....

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Re: The Blessings of Ramadan

Post by Haya on 11th August 2010, 7:38 pm

wa alikum as salam.!!
Aameen suumaamen.!

mashaALLAH bht acha thread hai laiba dear ,.!
jazakALLAH kahir.!
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Post by Saaim on 11th August 2010, 8:11 pm

Jazakillah khair laiba....
thanks for sharing such gud stuff
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Re: The Blessings of Ramadan

Post by Afra on 12th August 2010, 2:57 am

Barak'Allah...
Thanks for reading it...

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Post by Saaim on 12th August 2010, 2:59 am

Aameeen :)
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