Waiting for Ramadhaan…

nature-2.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Well, as the month of Shabaan is waning and Allah is speeding us towards the long awaited month of Ramadhaan (insha-Allah – with the Will of Allah), I came across this beautiful Hadith (Tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which I think sums up the spirit of the great month of Ramadhaan with pinpoint accuracy.

Just as a side-note, it is a well known fact and indeed one of the great qualities about our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that he was eloquent in his speech. The Ulema (Scholars) have stated that if one studies the books of Hadith, one will find that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) had the profound ability to succinctly convey his point with the minimum of effort.

The Hadith is a bit long but you’ll be glad you read it. Anyway, here goes:

“Salmaan (RA) reports, “On the last day of Sha-baan Rasulullah (SAW) addressed us and said, ‘O people, there comes over you now a great month, a most blessed month in which lies a night more greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made fasting compulsory by day. And has made sunnah the Taraawe’eh by night.

Whosoever intends drawing near to Allah by performing any virtuous deed, for such person shall be the reward like the one who had performed a Fardh (obligatory act) in any other time. And whoever performs a Fardh, shall be blessed with the reward of seventy Faraa-idh (plural of Fardh) in any other time.”

“This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah (Paradise). It is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s Rizq (sustenance) is increased. Whosoever feeds another who fasted, in order to break the fast (at sunset), for the feeder there shall be forgiveness of sins and emancipation from the fire of Jahannam (Hell), and for such feeder shall be the same reward as the one who fasted (who he fed) without that person’s reward being decreased in the least.”

Thereupon we said, “O Messenger of Allah, not all of us possess the means whereby we can give a fasting person to break his fast.” Rasulullah (SAW) replied, “Allah grants the same reward to the one who gives a fasting person to break the fast a mere date, or a drink of water, or a sip of milk.”

“This is a month, the first of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings His Forgiveness and the last of which brings emancipation from the fire of Jahannam.”

“Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants (bondsmen) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire ofJahannam.”

“And in this month four things you should continue to perform in great number, two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be those without which you cannot do. Those which shall be to please your Lord, are that you should in great quantity bear, witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah (i.e. recite the Kalimoh Tayyiboh Laa llaaha Ilallaah – the Muslim testification of Faith) and make much Istighfaar (beg Allah’s forgiveness with Astaghfirulaah).”

“And as for those without which you cannot do, you should beg of Allah, entrance into Paradise and ask refuge in Him from Jahannam.”

“And whoever gave a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver to drink from My fountain, such a drink whereafter that person shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Jannah.”

Taken from ‘Faza’il-e-A’maal’ by Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariyyah Kaandhlawi (Rah)

So may Allah take us safely into Ramadhaan and give us the Taufiq (Divine aid) to get as near to Him as possible, and may He give us the ability to prove, through our humility and Islamic Akhlaq (etiquette) what an asset the Muslims are to mankind. Ameen.

Ma’as-salaam

 

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4 Responses to “Waiting for Ramadhaan…”

  1. everything in one is all i have to say. please pray for one and all that we are able to make the most of this ramzan coming and make tuabah on the ones we have wasted.

  2. Allahumma barik lana fee rajabi wa shaban, wa-ballig na ila ramadan,

    The above is the beautiful supplication our prophet p.b.u.h use to make.

    To the near meaning,
    Oh allah, bless us in the (months) of rajab and shaban and take us to the month of ramadan.

  3. Jazakallah for the Dua Hudhud!
    I’m gonna use it in the Ramdhaan posts!
    Jazakallah

  4. [...] which have to be performed, like Hajj (Pilgrimage), Zakaat (giving alms), Sawm (fasting during Ramadhaan) and Salaah [...]

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