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Ramadan holds different meaning for different people. For some, it is a feast in the evening hours and diet control in the morning hours. For others, it might be an excellent season for family reunions. In the Asian countries, some people tend to focus more on food and lavish iftaar parties in this month while others spend the night playing cricket and are asleep throughout the day.

This happens when people culturally follow the rules and regulations of Ramadan without knowing the immense blessings and virtues this month carries. When we explore and cruise through the authentic texts from the Quran and the Sunnah, we get to know what Ramadan is really about. This can help us get motivated, preventing us from spending the month in a mechanical way. Rather, we will cherish every minute of this blessed month and taste the sweetness of faith.

If you want to have a different Ramadan this time, way better than your previous ones, and feel an immense spiritual rush, this article is for you.

What exactly is this month of Ramadan and how is it significant? Let’s begin –

Ramadan is the month of Allah’sSWT mercy and blessings, a month to keep the obligatory fasting and a training session for Muslims to increase their taqwa levels.

How is it a Mercy?
“There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which AllahSWT has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.”  1

How does this month help us in spiritually getting closer to AllahSWT?
In one word: Fasting.
AllahSWT has made the purpose of fasting crystal clear in His Book:

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” 2

And when we fast with this aim in mind, we come out feeling spiritually rejuvenated, and this feeling is wonderful! Fasting is an absolutely unique spiritual experience. It is an act of worship that testifies to our submission to AllahSWT; we can’t go on without water or food normally, but for AllahSWT – we can, a thousand times over!Ramadan-Blog_imsg_inside

Fasting helps us develop a strong personality and character. Not giving in to the temptation of having a sip of cold water when no one is around really says volumes about a person’s self control. It instills other great qualities in us such as patience, will-power and determination, which we need in our lives. Fasting helps us in achieving just that. It also instills humility in us by giving us a feeling of deprivation which the affluent ones normally never face. We learn that life isn’t always perfect and this leads us to developing another important characteristic: generosity. We learn to give because we learn exactly how it feels to have nothing.

What are some things I can focus on to feel the sweetness of this month and reap its exclusive rewards?

Okay, this is the most interesting part of the article, so remember every tip given here and make sure you implement as much as you can.

  1. Fast each day with this beautiful hadith in mind:

Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” 3

  1. Pray every night with this hadith echoing every now and then in your head:

Narrated from Abu Hurayrah MALE radi-allahu-anhu that the Prophet SAWS said: “Whoever spends the nights of Ramadan in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” 4

And,

“Whoever prays qiyaam with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer.” 5

  1. Break your fast and offer iftaar to others

“Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward in the slightest.” 6

  1. Make dua and pour your heart out

The combination of Ramadan plus the last third of the night makes it a super awesome time for acceptance of our duas.

That’s the time when AllahSWT descends to bestow His bounty upon His slaves, to meet their needs and to relieve their distress. At this time of the night, He says, “Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?” 7

  1. Make dua when breaking your fast and try not to waste those priceless moments admiring your food. You can save that for later.
    “At every breaking of the fast, AllahSWT has people whom He redeems.” 8

The night which can change our lives also comes in Ramadan, which makes it all more special!

“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?

The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshiping Allah in that night is better than worshiping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).

Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allah’sSWT Permission with all Decrees, (All that night), there is peace (and goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn”  9

And –

“Whoever spends Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.” 10

This is the night when prayers are answered and we don’t want to miss it!

Exclusive virtues for those who get these opportunities:

  1. The Prophet SAWS said, “When Ramadan comes, go for ‘Umrah, for ‘Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj.” According to a report narrated by Muslim, “… is equivalent to doing Hajj with me.” 11
  1. It was narrated in the hadeeth that the Prophet SAWSused to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in i’tikaaf until he passed away, then his wives observed i’tikaaf after him.” 12
  1. Narrated from Abu Ayyoob al-AnsaariMALE radi-allahu-anhu: “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows it with six days of Shawwaal, it will be like fasting for a lifetime.” 13

This is the month which gives maximum rewards to the believers in terms of their efforts. It’s as if their wages have been increased. When a Muslim sells himself to the Highest Bidder (the Allah Almighty) in this month, the chances of going to Paradise are intensified. So go for it! Who knows if we can enjoy and reap the fruits of next Ramadan.

From the hadeeth of Abu HurayrahMALE radi-allahu-anhu who said that the Messenger of Allah SAWSsaid: “When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.” 14

So make sure you make the most of this blessed month insha’Allah.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. 🙂

  1.  Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.
  2.  Al Baqarah,2,183
  3. al-Bukhaari (2008)
  4.  Muslim 174
  5.   Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Salaat al-Taraaweeh, p. 15
  6.  Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 647
  7.   Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1145
  8.  Al-Mundhiri said: there is nothing wrong with its isnaad; and it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 987
  9.   al-Qadar 97:1-5
  10.   Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1910; Muslim, 760
  11.   Muslim 1020
  12.   Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1922; Muslim, 1172
  13.   Saheeh Muslim 1164
  14.   al-Saheehayn al-Bukhaari, 1898; Muslim, 1079

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  1. sana263@rediffmail.com'
    sana

    Blessed month of ramzan is heading..its all about taqwa and controlling your nafs
    Forbidding the bad things..and multiplying your rewards.
    May Allah swt. Bless all the muslim ummah. Aameen.

  2. msanaliu@gmail.com'
    muhammad Aliyu

    Alhamdulillah for this great article, is very educative and helpful torward achieving a successful fast in Ramadan. May Allah continue to blessed the writer and everybody who are associated to the contribution and distribution of this great article, Ameen.

    1. Fareed Ahmad

      Walikyum Aslam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu brother. Please post your question to assimalhakeem.net or islamqa.com

  3. sahrafarah@hotmail.com'
    sahra

    JazakaAllah khair for this post. It’s motivating and informing maashaAllah. I particularly like the hadiths and ayaats you offered, very good.

  4. kedirseid99@yahoo.com'
    Kedir

    It’s very helpful. May Allah reward you Brother. Remedan is such a blessing from Allah, we need to be effective managing ourselves to profited everything which has to offer.

  5. sumayyaiqbal@hotmail.com'
    Sister

    Ma Sha ALLAH… very good article ! Now I can better plan to strive for ALLAH’s mercy during the blessed month! May ALLAH accept sll our good deeds snd forgive our countless sins Ameen

  6. Adhummudavanas@gmail.com'
    Adhum bib umar

    Really helpful post….may allah help us all to reach ramadan and to grab all the blessings of it….insha allah…
    Jazakallahu khairan….

  7. zabubeker@hotmail.com'
    Zeynaba

    AsSalamu Aleikum w’Rahmatullah w’Barakatuh, jazakAllah Khair. I have benefitted from the article Alhamdulillah. May Allah azewejel grant all the ummah acceptance from their fasting, good deeds and duaa’ ameen. Ramadaan Kariim.

  8. farah.k614@gmail.com'
    Farah

    Thanks for reminding the virtues of blessed ramadan kareem. Verily , a reminder benefits the believer. May Allah reward you .

  9. ahmed11_50@hotmail.com'
    Ahmed

    May Allah (s.w) make us among those whom there sins are forgiven and may the Rahma and the great Rewards of this month come to all the Muslims in this universe. Amiin…
    Brothers and sisters of Islam lets always do our good deeds for the sake of Allah (s.w) surely there is no better way to pass on than knowing that you always pleased Allah (s.w) “RAMADAN KHARIM”

  10. khayrounascar@yahoo.com'
    khayroun

    Mashaallah…such a beautiful article and strong words of wisdom..Thank u so much for this wonderful article and may Allah reward u abundantly…Ramadhan Kareem..

  11. marvi_sonu123@yahoo.com'
    Marci Shah

    Ma Shaa Allah very simple and beautiful article which can be a source of change in lives if acted upon. . . . . . . . Jazak ALLAH Khairan Kaseeran Dr Bilal. . . . . . . . . . Stay blessed forever. . . . .

  12. mingkieabdurahman@yahoo.com'
    mingkieabdurahman

    Alhamdulillah… JazakaAllah khair… a very fruitful information for us muslimah… especially like us Muslim Filipinos. Allahu Akbar….

  13. Mralihajj2010aaa@gmail.com'
    Brother Ali

    May Allah accept our fasting, forgive, inspire us, and grant us taqwa and a love for sacrifice for the deen, inshaAllah.

  14. Yasminmoukarim@gmail.com'
    Yasmin

    Ma sha Allah.

    Jazakallah khair for this article, may Allah increase you in knowledge. Ameen.

    This has answered most of my questions, Alhamdullah. Words can’t express my gratitude.

    May Allah reward you & grant you jannah for this. Ameen.

  15. senghoredemba@yahoo.com'
    Demba

    What a great article… May Allah forgive us our sins, makes us conscious in remembering Him and above all makes us witness this coming Ramadan in good health. AMEEN.

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  17. emailforjoanna@yahoo.com'

    Jazakum Allah Khayran for such a beautiful way of putting it. I literally sat down to type something similar, trying to explain what Ramadan is for our readers in Polish, when all of a sudden this post showed up on my Facebook feed… Amazing! Allah just made it so easy for me. Ramadan Mubarak. May He Al-Rahman send His Mercy to all Muslims around the globe and allow us for most perfect worship during Ramadan and after, ameen.
    https://islambeztajemnic.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/czym-jest-ramadan-dla-muzulmanow/

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  20. Seva2000@outlook.com'
    Parveen

    Need to soak up on these words. … Subhanallah…revived….May Allah(swt) accept our intentions, Salah, ibadah and Dua’s -Ameen…..Jazakallahukhairan

  21. morshoff@yhoo.com'
    Morshidah

    I think we all more or less know these facts , only we never expressed it . It’s so comprehensively n clearly presented..I hope all who read will benefit frm this . Ameen

  22. mahjabeenmastura@yahoo.com'
    Mastura mahjabeen

    Beautiful article ma sha Allah. Keep up the good work sir and may Allah bless you for all your work in sha Allah

    1. Fareed Ahmad

      JazakAllahu khayrian brother. May Allah make us amongst those who spread this knowledge and benefit from it. Ameen

  23. kwesibriamah@gmail.com'
    Ibrahim Abdullah

    This is a very good insight prior to the month of Ramadan. May Allah give all of us the faith and strength needed to constantly worship Him in this beautiful month.

  24. kellygunaydin@gmail.com'
    Kelly

    Thank you very much. We all need reminders about the blessings of this Holy month. May Allah accept our fasting and good deeds, inshallah.

  25. heathermariewyman@gmail.com'

    i pray that all muslimine seek the rgivenessof Allah because its him ho will save us all. and he alwas blessesus with so much and sometimes hes the only friend in the worldyou have to turn to when nooneelsewill listen, this article mde me think.

    and i love Ramadan, i love helping people and everything i di is for the sake of Allah may Allah guide us all.

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    1. Fareed Ahmad

      Walikyum Aslam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu . JAZAKALLAHU KHAYR alot dear brother. May Allah accept our efforts. Ameen

  27. ppindle4pondle@yahoo.com'
    ashia

    Alhamdhulilah… i was searching for the virtues of Ramadan… and here is the perfect one with hadit included… jazak Allah khairan ….

  28. nehanees@yahoo.com'
    Anees Fathima

    Asslamualaikum rahmatullahiwabarakatuhu, jazakallahu khair, very informative and useful article, thank u sir for uploading such a beautiful article, May ALLAH (swt) give us strength to fast n do ibadath through out, n forgive our sins n answer our duas . and give me a beautiful child. Aameen. Please remember in dua……

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  32. holluhormohayat@gmail.com'
    Moshood

    salam alaikum waramatulahi wabarakatu, jazakallah khairan for the greatful and useful informative article, may Almighty Allah increase your knowledge and wisdom… Ameeen
    may Almighty Allah induced this and let it make impact in our life and accept it as form of Ibadah… ameeen.

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