Religious Discourse

Ramazan a Month of Bounties

By: Shahid Moyeen Qasmi  

One of the characteristic features of all the Islamic teachings is that, they bring both worldly and religious benefits to the practicing person, though the main intention should be the religious benefit. This is visible in the fact that Islam promises great religious reward for one’s efforts in the service of his family, other creatures and Allah’s religion. Similarly, the sacred month of Ramazan which is apparently a month of ban on food and other desires for a specific slot of time, is a great means of achieving multiple noble objectives for the believers on both individual and collective levels. Ramazan has been a month in which great blessings have been bestowed by Allah swt on humankind. Some glimpses are shared below.

Revelations:All the divine books which are the noblest of bounties of Allah swt on the human race, have been revealed in the month of Ramazan. The scriptures of Hazrat Ibrahim were revealed on the first of Ramazan, the Torah on the  6th, the Injeel on  the 13thand the Zaboor on  the 18th and the last and the everlasting revelation from Allah swt, the Glorious Qur’an was revealed   on 24th Ramazan.

{Surah Al- Baqarh Ayah:185 as well as Tabrani, Ahmad and Ibn-e Asakir}And as per Ibne Hibban and Imam Ahmad, Salatul Istisqa was taught in Ramazan itself in 6thHijri

Lailat- al- Qadr:

In this very month, the night of honour is bestowed upon the Muslim Umah{ Subhan Allah!}. How glorious and exalted a night it is! Allah swt Himself declares its greatness by ascribing to it an entire surah of Quran, viz. Surah al-qadr in which He proclaims:

إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ (1) وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ (2) لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ (3) تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ أَمْرٍ (4) سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّى مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ (5)

Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.

It is a great blessing for the entire Ummah that, the spiritual struggle of a single night with intention of the pleasure of Allah is equal to one thousand months. Allahu Akbar! The ibadah of a single night is rewarded better than the ibadah of more than 83 years which would be more than a lifetime for most of the people today!!If a fortunate person finds this night 20 times in his life, then he will enjoy and celebrate the achievement of more than 16 centuries and if a person finds it 50 times, then he will celebrate more than 400 centuries. Certainly there would be fortunate people who must belong to these categories, May Allah make us among them.

Maghfirah:

The maghfirah (forgiveness) is also one of the fruits of Ramazan and without  Maghfirah we can neither escape Hell nor enter Paradise.

Hadhrat Abu Huraira(r.z)narrated:

The Prophet (ﷺ) 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 Ramazan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Sahih al-BukhariBook of Fasting

It is also mentioned in other ahaadeeth that there are those whom Allah frees from the Fire every night of Ramazan.”

{Jami` at-TirmidhiThe Book on Fasting}

Struggle and Efforts during Ramazan:

It may be noted that historically Muslims used to do more righteous, physical, mental, academic and non-academic activities in Ramazan compared to other periods. They felt themselves more comfortable, enthusiastic and energetic during Ramazan than in any other month. Thus, they reached more of their goals in this month. This is the experience of most of the practicing Muslims even today.

In the age of the beloved Prophet (ﷺ) and Sahaba(r.z) it happened that some battles were imposed on them during Ramazan, then as a last resort, they participated in them. For instance, in the battle of Badr, the battle of Fath-e Makkah, the battle of Qadsiyyah and so on, Muslims attained historic triumphs by the barakah(the virtue) of Ramazan.

Sahih Muslim narrates about Fath-e Makkah (victory of Makkah) that the companions were fasting till before the imminence of battle.{Sahih Bukahri and Muslmim, Book Fasting}. It is also proved by hadeeth itself that to participate in the battle in the state of fast boosts its reward.{ Sahih al-BukhariBook of Fighting}

So, it is crystal clear that in Ramazan there is no excuse for a Muslim to ignore other religious or worldly demands on individual or collective levels. The companions of the beloved Prophet (ﷺ) also used to exert themselves to earn their living while fasting. In this regard, the story of Hazrat Qais bin Sirma-al-Ansari is mentioned that he used to work hard at day for livelihood.

{Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Fasting}

This story tells us that fasting is not aimed at the isolation of a Muslim from the efforts for fulfillment of his worldly needs.

The lives of our ancestors of the recent past show that they kept up this Islamic tradition alive. They worshiped Allah in Ramazan by the performance of obligatory and non-obligatory salaah, recitation of the glorious Qur’an, remembrance of Allah by Zikr in abundance, gatherings of Zikr as well by sending the salaat –wo- salaam(mercy) upon the beloved Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ), paying special attention to the reformation and purification of hearts and souls and imparting basic knowledge of Islam.

 Along with the academic and administrative activities and responsibilities, many a times they could complete in Ramazan what they could not out of Ramazan. Consequently, they achieved what they couldn’t achieve out of Ramazan.

For instance Hazrath Thanwi (r.h) completed one book namely Qasdussabil within only 8 days (Ma’mulat-e Ashrafi). Hazrat Maulana Khaleel Ahmad Sb Saharanpuri(r.h) used to write in Ramazan. Hazrat Maulana Ilyas (r.h) used to carry out his preaching activities in the morning. This is my personal observation too that we can work and achieve more in Ramazan than other months. 

All these examples should encourage us to keep the Islamic spirit alive by observing fasts in Ramazan and doing as much ibadah as possible ; so that we can achieve countless rewards. While we should give first priority to direct ibadat, if needed, we should not ignore the requirements of our family, other creatures of Allah and His religion. In Shaa Allah, we will enjoy more barkaat in the achievements of our goals while rendering such service to others. May Allah make our Ramazan the month of achievements for both the worlds.  

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