Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah (SWT) (God Almighty) and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus) received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered.
The Holy month of Ramadan is a month in which the Mercy and Blessings of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala (God Almighty) descend upon us continuously.
The Holy Qur'aan was sent down to Prophet Muhammad through The Angel Gabriel (Peace be upon them).
There is the night of Qadr, which is better than 1000 months.
The thawaab (Reward) of good deed is equal to the fardh of another month. The daily bread of Muslims is increased.
The first ten days are of mercy, second ten days are of forgiveness and the last ten days are of being freed from Hell.
This is the month of peace, forgiveness and patience and the reward of this patience is Jannah (Heaven).
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Prophet Muhammad's practice During Ramadan (Peace be upon him):
The Companions used to say that with the start of Ramadan they would note an increase in three things in the practice of the Messenger of Allah.
The Messenger of Allah (SWT) (God Almighty) would dramatically increase his worship, despite the fact that his normal worship was such that his noble feet would swell from standing in prayer for extensive periods of time.
He was tremendously generous in giving for the sake of Allah (SWT) (God Almighty), and during this month, he would open his heart and hands even more in charity.
He would increase his weeping in front of Allah in fear and humility, seeking repentance.
Increasing worship, charity, and supplication are Prophetic examples that all Muslims should strive to follow with sincerity. Muslims tire their bodies every day in their work, but there should be at least some time during their lifetime when the body gets exhausted in worship. There should come such a time when the eyes long for sleep, but the worshipper reminds himself that struggling to stay awake seeking Allah’s pleasure will earn him the honor of looking upon Allah in Paradise. The eyes that stay awake now will sleep soundly in the grave.
Only after death do restless hearts find peace
Only he sleeps soundly who remained awake.
Ramadan is the month of staying awake during the night in worship. Believers should accustom themselves to less rest and sleep and respect this month for the holy month of struggle, sacrifice, and immense blessing that it is.
The Season For Righteousness
Vendors, grocers, and all sales professionals have a specific season that they prepare and work hard for. When their season for sales arrives, they set themselves aside, excuse themselves from all non-essential engagements and focus solely on the season at hand. Moreover, they pay less attention to eating and sleeping properly because they remain so absorbed in their trade and stay focused on how to take advantage of their particular season in the best manner. These people value this time and embrace hard work because their chance to make huge profits comes only once a year, after which they know they can afford to relax a little.
Likewise, the holy month of Ramadan is a season for righteousness for all those who wish to draw nearer to Allah and have their sins forgiven. The fasts of such people who remain restless for Allah’s sake are not only limited to abstinence from food and drink, but their eyes and tongue and all else also remains in a state of fasting. When Muslims remain thus in a state of fasting from head to toe and raise their hands in supplication at the breaking of the fast (iftar), then Allah will grant whatever they wish for.
During Ramadan, blessings shower down in such abundance, that it seems that the doors of blessing have become wide open. According to a hadith, Paradise is perfumed and decorated for the believers just before Ramadan, and on the first day of Ramadan Allah instructs the angels to open the doors of Paradise for the believers. Thus Paradise is adorned for the believers like a bride is adorned for her groom.
The Prophet’s Waiting for Ramadan
The Messenger of Allah used to wait anxiously for the month of Ramadan and had such great regard for it that he would supplicate to Allah (SWT) (God Almighty) in the month of Shaaban to see the Muslims safely into Ramadan. The tremendous value of a month that even the Messenger of Allah would pray for, cannot be weighed by anything on earth.
Excellence of Those Who Fast
This month is so blessed that the birds in the air, the fish in the seas, and the animals on the earth pray for the forgiveness of all those who fast. Moreover, when they break their fast at iftar, the angels say amin to their duas (Prayer
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