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How Should I Welcome Ramadan?

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Bismillah
Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
”My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has approached you with His mercy and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all months in the estimation of Allah. Its days are the best among the days; its nights are the best among the nights. Its hours are the best among the hours.

This is a month in which he has invited you. You have been, in this month, selected as the recipients of the honors of Allah, the Merciful. In this holy month, when you breathe, it has the Sawab/thawab (heavenly reward) of Tasbeeh’ (the praise of Allah ), and your sleep has the thawab of worship.

Your good deeds are accepted in this month. So are your invocations. Therefore, you must invoke your Lord, in right earnest, with hearts that are free from sins and evils, that Allah may bless you, observe fast, in this month, and recite the Holy Qur’an.

Verily! The person who may not receive the mercy and benevolence of Allah in this month must be very unfortunate having an end as bad (in the Hereafter). While fasting, remember the hunger and thirst of tomorrow in Qiyamat. Give alms to the poor and the needy. Pay respects to your elders.

Have pity on those younger than you and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen. Guard your tongues against unworthy words, and your eyes from such scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your ears from such sounds that should not be heard by you.

Be kind to orphans so that when your children become orphans they also may be treated with kindness. Do invoke that Allah may forgive your sins. Do raise your hands at the time of Salat (Prayers), as it is the best time for asking His mercy. When we invoke at such times, we are answered by Him, when we call Him, He responds, and when we ask for anything, it is accepted by Him.

O People! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires; make it free by invoking Him for Istighfar (repentance/forgiveness). Your back is breaking under the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate before Him for long intervals and make it lighter.

Do understand fully well that Allah has promised in the name of His Majesty and Honor that He will not take to task such people who fast and offer Salat in this month and perform ‘sajda’ (prostration), and will guard their bodies against the Fire of Hell on the Day of Judgment.

O People! If anybody amongst you arranges for the ‘Iftar’ (food for the ending of the fast) of any believer, then Allah will give him a reward as if he has set free a slave. He will forgive his minor sins.

Then the companions of the Prophet salallahu aleyhi wasallam said:

“But everybody amongst us does not have the means to do so?”

The Prophet told them: –

Keep yourself away from the Fire of Hell, by inviting for ‘Iftar’, though it may consist of only half a date or simply with water if you have nothing else. O People! Anybody who may cultivate good manners in this month will walk over the ‘Siraat’ (Bridge) in ‘Qiyamat’, though his feet may be shaking.

Anybody who in this month may take light work from his servants (male or female), Allah will make easy his accounting on the Day of Judgment.

Anybody who does not tease others in this month, Allah will keep him safe from His wrath in Qiyamat. Anybody, who respects and treats an orphan with kindness in this month, Allah shall look at him with dignity in Qiyamat. Anybody who treats well his kinsmen, in this month, Allah will bestow His mercy on him in Qiyamat, while anybody who maltreats his kinsmen in this month, Allah will keep him away from His mercy, in Qiyamat.

Whoever offers‘Sunnat’ (Recommended) prayers in this month, Allah will give him a certificate of freedom from Hell. Whosoever offers one ‘Wajib’ Salat in this month, for him the Angels will write the rewards of 70 such prayers, which were offered by him in any other months.

Whosoever recites repeatedly ‘Salat and salam’ on me, Allah will keep the scales of his deeds heavy, when in Qiyamat the scales of others will be tending towards lightness.

Whosoever recites in this month only one ‘Ayat’ (verse of the Holy Qur’an), he will be rewarded in a manner as if he had recited the full Qur’an in the other months.

O People! The Gates of Paradise remain opened in this month. Do invoke that the gates may not be closed on you, while the Gates of Hell are closed. Do invoke that these gates may never be opened. During this month Shaytan (Saten) is imprisoned so ask your Lord not to let him have power over you.

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed satan In the name of Allah the Merciful the Beneficent Greetings and welcome. O month of Ramadan Greetings and welcome. O month of the Qur’an Greetings and welcome. O month of light Greetings and welcome O month of gathering Greetings and welcome. O month of the poor Greetings and welcome.O month of repentance and return Greetings and welcome O month of invocation and standing in supplication Greetings and welcome. O month of the poor and the weak Greetings and welcome. O month of doing one’s best Greetings and welcome O month of the sinners Greetings and welcome. O month of victory and success Greetings and welcome. O month of intimate discourse and glorification Greetings and welcome. O month of the call and the guidance Greetings and welcome.  O month of rest-between-prayers and standing to pray Greetings and welcome.  O month of lanterns and lights Greetings and welcome. O month of coffers and treasures Greetings and welcome. O month of angels and safety Greetings and welcome. O month of breaking fast and eating before the fast Greetings and welcome. O month of tilling and of deafness to sin Greetings and welcome. O month of the weak Greetings and welcome. O month of repayment and reward Greetings and welcome. O month of fast and patience Greetings and welcome. O month of felicity Greetings and welcome. O month of the key Greetings and welcome. O month of union and reunion Greetings and welcome. O month of friendship and love Greetings and welcome. O master of all months  We have not treated you according to your immense price Nor truly sanctified you, O month of forgiveness, But be pleased with us nevertheless, do not blame us before the Merciful, And testify for us with grace and goodness!

Edited by: Nuzhat Shaikh

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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