In Prepartion of Ramadhan

10 09 2007

The following are some brief reminders of the great rewards and merits of this blessed month:

Allah (swt) says;
“The month of Ramadhan in which the Qur’an was revealed, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance of the Criterion between right and wrong. So whosoever of you sights the crescent for the month of Ramadaan, he must fast that month.” [Al-Baqarah 2:185]

The Prophet (saw) said,
“There is a gate in Paradise called Ar- Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”

The Prophet (saw) said;
“The reward of every good deed is multiplied ten up to seven-hundred times, except that of the Fasting; it is usually done in sincerity and will be multiplied by as many times as Allah wills.”

Rasoolallah (saw) said,
“Allah said, ‘All the deeds of Adam’s sons (people) are for them, except fasting which is for Me, and I shall give the reward for it.’ Fasting is a shield. If one of you is fasting, he should avoid obscenity and quarrelling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say, ‘I am fasting.’ By Him in Whose Hands my soul is’ The unpleasant smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of 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 at the time when he will meet his Lord; then he will be pleased because of his fasting.” (Sahih Bukhari)

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (saw) 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 Ramadhan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari, Muslim).

The Messenger (saw) said
“He who feeds a fasting person will gain the same reward as he will, without decreasing from the fasting person’s rewards.” (Ahmad).

Muhammad (saw) said
“In Paradise there are rooms that their inside can be seen from outside and outside can be seen from inside.” He was asked, “For whom are these rooms, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “They are for he who soften his speech, feeds the people, continues to fast, and prays at night while the people are asleep.” (Ahmad).

The Prophet (saw) said:
“When the first night of Ramadhan comes, the devils and demons are chained up, and the gates of Hell are closed and not one gate of it is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and not one gate of it is closed. And a caller calls out: “O seeker of good, come to Allah; O seeker of evil, desist.” Allah will have ransomed some people from the Fire, and that happens every night.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah with a hasan isnaad).

The Prophet (saw) said:
“Whosoever reaches the month of Ramadhan and does not have his sins forgiven, and so enters the fire, then may Allah distance him.” (Saheeh: Ahmad and al-Bayhaqeee)

Imam As-Shafee, once said, ‘It is beloved to me to see one increasing his acts of generosity during the month of Ramadhan, following the example of Allah’s Messenger (saw), and for one’s own good. There are many who become over-occupied with fasting and Prayers, forgetting the other benefits of the month of Ramadhan ‘

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11 responses

11 09 2007
Sumera

Thank you for these reminders Tia!

But what I find is some people question the “devils being chained up” claim as some continue to engage in behaviours and actions, be it “sinful” or abhorrent and whatnot. So how does one reconcile this apparent inconsistency? How much of what people do is a result of free will and how much is Shaytaan led?

Hmmmm. Interesting!

11 09 2007
Hasmita

Ramadhan kareem Tia and everyone.

Sumera thats a very good question and one I was thinking about too from before is well.

11 09 2007
Tia

Sumera, that is indeed a good question you raise. In fact, I am currently in the middle of preparing a series of posts on inner meaning of fasting and Ramadhan for my other blog. But I will briefly attempt to answer this here.

The Human personality consists of four main components, one of them being the soul/self (Nafs). The Nafs has various levels and states, each of which have their own volunerabilities, weaknesses and inclinations…towards desires, rage, evil, envy and such, whereas one state of the nafs is prone to the whispers of Shaytaan. If this state of nafs becomes dominant it weakens the nafs to the degree where the only control the mind has over inclinations is whispers of Shaytaan, hence man is reluctant towards good and inclined towards evil. Though, even in that state the intellect (‘Aql) is still functioning and man has free will to act however he wants as long as he has the knowledge to distinguish good from evil, and he must work to discipline his nafs towards the good.

Hunger is one of the best methods of training and disciplining the soul. Thus, the Ramadhan is one of the most profound means of attaining knowledge of Allah (swt), and opens the door of unveiling and secrets to every Muslim. In this blessed month Allah (swt) chains the Shaytaan so we concentrate purely on our Nafs. This means that our shortcomings and inclinations towards ‘bad’ things are to do with our nafs (not only whispers of Shaytan), therefore we must reflect upon our character and control and discipline our inclination, when it is made easier for us… because Ramadhan is the month of seeking nearness to Allah (swt). Therefore it is important that Ramadhan is not seen as a month of hunger and thirst, rather hunger and thirst should be utilised to fight and channel the nafs which is weakened by it.

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace once said: “Struggle against the lower self by means of hunger and thirst. Truly, the reward for that is like the reward of the one who struggles in the Way of Allah. There is no action more beloved to Allah than hunger and thirst.”

He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace once said: “The one who fills his stomach will never enter the unseen kingdoms of the heavens.”

He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace once said: “The best of you in stations with Allah are those who are the longest in hunger and reflection.”

He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace once said:”The head of ever righteousness that lies between the heavens and the earth is hunger. The head of every corruption that lies between them is in sedation.”

He, may Allah bless him and grant him peace once said:”Realize that in these times no one can attain salvation except by sacrificing the self and fighting it by means of hunger, patience and struggle.”

12 09 2007
Zahraa

The Messenger of Allah (saw) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha’ban, saying, ”Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the fire of hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaimah]

Ramadan Mubarak πŸ˜‰

12 09 2007
Bubbles

Thanks so much for that explanation. I too have often wondered how people are still able to commit sins despite the devils being chained down. Islam is a rational religion.

Ramadan for me is a period of reflections and learning. It’s really interesting the way its meaning has evolved over the years. It just keeps getting better. And I believe we as Muslims should improve spiritually from one Ramadan till the next. It’s a constant strive and you know being a Muslim is much like keeping fit. Once you stop you get bent out of shape. One must never loose focus.

Ramadan Mubarak to you Tia and to everyone reading this entry. May we live through it; for there are many who start and don’t get to see the end. May we be purified by it; may we have the strength discpline our souls by it and increase our acts of Ibadah. May it bring us closer to our Rabb and May we be rewarded for it by Him in the Hereafter. Amin.

Keep the entries coming… my eyes and mind are wide open. πŸ™‚

13 09 2007
Tia

Shukran Zahraa for sharing the hadith.

Bubbles, Ameen to the Duas.

14 09 2007
Sumera

Thank you for the explanation Tia πŸ˜€

14 09 2007
Hasmita

I am quite happy that everyone did it on the same day at least in UK. which is quiet good and something hasn’t happend in long time, not ever since I can remember.

Tia good explanation, what does ‘lower self’ mean in the hadith you quoted?

15 09 2007
Tia

Lower self are the human desires and nature which includes rage, envy, greed, malice and all that whihc is the opposite of piety.

Alhamdulilah everyone pulled thier sock up, so we get to have a united Ramadhan for once. πŸ™‚ I am in London this weekend, wanna hook up for iftaar?

15 09 2007
Hasmita

thanks Tia. It was nice meeting you after such a long time πŸ™‚

16 09 2007
Tia

There is something about London and the whole atmosphere around whitechapel mosque is one that I won’t foget in a while. Likewise, it was a pleasure πŸ˜‰

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