The holy month of Ramadan is an essential month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. The revelation of the holy book of the Quran started in the month of Ramadan.
The Muslims fast in this holy according to the order of Allah. Fasting is one of the essential pillars of Islam. The period of fasting lasts from dawn to sunset.
In the holy month of Ramadan, the doors of Paradise became open, and the doors of hell become closed. Eid-ul-fitr celebrates after the completion of the fasting of this whole month.
This month brings many blessings with him, for example, the reciting of the Quran, communal prayers, Salat-ul-Traveeh with many rewards. Allah Almighty forgives our sins and offensive deeds.
In fact, it does not come alone; it does come with blessings and rewards.
Importance of Ramadan by Ahadith
There are several Ahadith, which confirm the importance of Ramadan in the religion of Islam. The arrival of Ramadan is not less than a blessing, although the Muslims have to bear the physical pressure of fasting; for example, we cannot drink or eat water in the daytime. However, it comes with an excellent reward, even one cannot imagine.
1. The season of blessings
Abu Hurayrah ( May God be pleased upon him) narrated that Prophet Muhammad SAW said,” When the holy month of Ramadan comes, Paradise’ gates become opened while the hellfire’s door becomes close.
It means that God’s blessing finds us to get our sins forgiven. Allah Almighty opens the door of forgiveness.
2. Magnificent blessings
It is the month of a magnificent reward. It proves by the Hadith in which Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “ the offering of Umrah during the holy month of Ramadan, becomes equal to Hajj with me.”
This Hadith provides a clear example of blessings in this month by Almighty Allah.
In another Hadith, Abu Hurayrah reported, Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “ for the person who is from fasting, has two occasions for joy in a day, when he is about to break the fast. The second occasion is when he meets with his Allah Almighty. The breath of the person who is from fasting is better than the fragrance of Musk near Allah Almighty.
In the month of Ramadan, the reward for good deeds becomes ten times more than the reward in ordinary days.
Prophet Muhammad SAW said,” the reward for every right action of an individual multiplies. For every right action, it multiplies by Ten times. Allah says that fasting is for me, and I will reward the individual myself. “
Abu Ayub(may God pleased with him) narrated,” one completes fasting in the month of Ramadan with fasting of Six days in the month of Shawal, it seems that he fasts forever. “
3. The blessings of forgiveness
The blessing of forgiveness is universal in the month of Ramadan.
For example, Abu Hurayrah narrated the Hadith in which Prophet Muhammad SAW said, “The five prayers in a day, from Friday prayer to the next Friday prayer, and from this Ramadan to next Ramadan, the period is for expiation for bad deeds committed in these periods.”
In another Hadith, Abu-Hurairah narrated that Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW said,” one who stands in the night prayer of Ramadan with faith and hoping of reward, Allah Almighty will surely forgive his all sins. “
Another Hadith narrated by Abu Huyrarah, Muhammad SAW, said, “ One who stands within Lalatul-Qadr with faith and hoping reward, Allah almighty will forgive his sins. “
4. Exception from Hellfire
The fasting is an exception from hellfire.
Uthman-ibn-Al-Aas narrated that Prophet Muhammad SAW said,” fasting is like a shield from the fire of hell.”
Abu –Said-Al-Kudri narrated that Muhammad SAW said,” one who fasts for one day, Allah will keep his face away from the fire of hell.”
In another Hadith,” The fasting in the month of Ramadan and the recitation of the Quran will interface in the Day of Judgment. Fasting will interfere by saying to Allah that we kept him prevented from eating anything. While the recitation of the Quran will apologize for him by saying that I prevented from sleeping. Both will request to honor their request. Allah will accept both of their facts. “
Abu-Hurayrah narrated that it was the habit of Prophet Muhammad SAW to sit in Itekaf in the month of Ramadan every year. The year in which Muhammad SAW died, he did an itekaf of 20 days.
Aysha RA reported that Prophet Muhammad SAW was habitual that he struggled and did more worship in the month of Ramadan more than for any other month. He struggled more in the last ten days of Ramadan than in the previous days of this month.”
There are countless blessings of God in the month of Ramadan more than any other month.
The importance of Ramadan by the Quran
The importance of Ramadan is also clearly visible in the holy book of the Quran.
In Surah Al-baqrah, Allah says,” O (man) who keeps believing in us, fasting is decreed on you, like it was decreed on those before you. So, that you become one of righteous.”
In another place in Surah Baqrah, Allah says,” but to fast is good for you if you only became aware.”
Moreover, Allah says in the Quran, “The Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan, a piece of guidance and the apparent proof of criterion, So, one who sees the moon of the new month, make him aware of fasting, if one is ill or on the journey, then fast an equal number of the days in illness and journey, Almighty Allah wants ease for you, he does not want troubles for you to make the period complete and to glorify Allah for which he has shown you guidance and perhaps you will be indebted. “
In the holy book of the Quran, Allah says,
“Almighty Allah is with the people who keep themselves restrained.”
The Quran, which is the book of guidance. To act on the guidance of the Quran is necessary for us not only in the Day of Judgment but also in the present life.
The Ramadan of Prophet Muhammad SAW
During Ramadan, Prophet Muhammad SAW did not only do the work of routine, but they did preach to tell the people about the holy month of Ramadan, They did Jihad in this month. The most famous Islamic war of Badr and Tabook was fought in the month of Ramadan.
In the scorching heat of the desert of Arab, they continued to preach Islam in the holy month of Ramadan. Similarly, the companion of our Prophet SAW did the routine work with extra work of worship, as Prophet SAW did.
Our Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW said,’ there are several blessings in eating Suhoor.”
Prophet Muhammad SAW himself uhoor and prohibited us from skipping the meal of Suhoor. It is necessary for us to energize us.
Prophet Muhammad SAW advised us to have after without wastage of time. Prophet SAW did his after without wasting his time. Prophet Muhammad SAW prohibited us from adorning the table with different edible things. It is against the soul of our religion.
Itekaf is one of the essential worship. It is also the sunnah of our Prophet SAW. It comprises of last ten days in the month of Ramadan.
According to the Hadith, Prophet Muhammad SAW used to do the worship of Itekaf. In the year when he died, he did the worship of 20 days of Itekaf, but it is not obligatory.
If possible, the Muslims should separate themselves in the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan. They should do the worship of Itekaf. It makes us able to take the rewards and blessings from Almighty Allah.
Traveeh prayer is the special prayer, offered in the month of Ramadan. The word ‘Traveeh’ originates from the Arabic language, which means to rest and relax. It comprises 20 Rakah in which the recitation of the Quran takes place.
During the standing, it is not necessary to complete the Quran in 20 Rakah. A reasonable portion of the holy book of the Quran can be recited. The Muslims offer Traveeh in the mosque. It is not obligatory. It is highly advised to participate in the prayer of Traveeh.
The holy month of Ramadan is an important month, which allows us to gather blessings and rewards. We should do worship this month more than our capability. According to the several Ahadith, the rewards of the good deeds in this month become double.
Several Ahadith and on several places in the Quran, the importance of the month of Ramadan becomes visible. In this holy month, we can forgive our sins and the deeds which we have done. It teaches us how to restraint ourselves. After completion of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, we celebrate Eid-ul-fitr with our relatives and loved ones.