June 19, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
My Muslims brothers and sisters in Islam, the month of Allah (Ramadan) is here once again with His mercy and blessings. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims who are physically able are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent enjoying family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Quran.
This is the month that is the best of all months in the estimation of Allah. Its days and nights are the best and its hours the best among the hours.
This is a month in which He has invited us. We have been, in this month, selected as the recipients of the honours of Allah, the Merciful. In this holy month of Ramadan, when we breathe, it has the heavenly reward.
The good deeds of those who fast in this blessed month are accepted by Allah and so are our invocations.
Therefore, we must call upon Allah during this month with hearts that are free from sins and evils so that Allah may bless those who fast in this month, and recite the Holy Qur’an.
The person who may not receive the mercy and generosity of Allah in this month must be very unfortunate having an end as bad in the hereafter. While fasting, please let us remember the hunger and thirst on judgment day (Qiyamat). Let us give alms to the poor and the needy and pay respects to our elders.
It is important that we have pity on those younger than us and be kind towards our relatives. We should guard our tongues against unworthy words, our eyes from such scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden), and our ears from such sounds that should not be heard by us while fasting.
Let’s be kind to orphans so that when our children become orphans they also may be treated with kindness. Let us raise our hands at the time of Salat (Prayers), as it is the best time of asking for Allah’s mercy. When we invoke at such times, we are answered by Him, when we call Him, He responds, and when we ask for anything, it is accepted by Him.
My Muslims brothers and sisters, we have made our conscience the slave of our desires. Now is the time for us to make it free by invoking Allah for repentance/forgiveness. Again, we understand fully well that Allah has promised in the name of His Majesty and Honour that He will not take to task such people who fast and offer Salat in this month and perform ‘sajda’ (prostration), and will guard their bodies against the Fire of Hell on the Day of Judgment.
Also, if anyone amongst you arranges for the ‘Iftar’ (food for the ending of the fast) of any believer, then Allah will give him a reward as if he has set free a slave. He will forgive his minor sins.
Then the companions of the Prophet (S.A.W.) said: “But everybody amongst us does not have the means to do so?” The Prophet told them: Keep yourself away from the Fire of Hell, by inviting for ‘Iftar’, though it may consist of only half a date or simply with water if you have nothing else. O People! Anybody who may cultivate good manners in this month will walk over the ‘Siraat’ (Bridge) in ‘Qiyamat’, though his feet may be shaking.
Anybody who in this month may take light work from his servants (male or female), Allah will make easy his accounting on the Day of Judgment.
Anybody who does not tease others in this month, Allah will keep him safe from His wrath in Qiyamat. Anybody who respects and treats an orphan with kindness in this month, Allah shall look at him with dignity in Qiyamat. Anybody who treats well his kinsmen during this month, Allah will bestow His mercy on him on the Day of Judgment, while anybody who maltreats his kinsmen in this month, Allah will keep him away from His mercy.
Whoever offers ‘Sunnat’ (Recommended) prayers in this month, Allah will give him a certificate of freedom from Hell. Whosoever recites in this month only one ‘Ayat’ (verse of the Holy Qur’an), he will be rewarded in a manner as if he had recited the full Qur’an in the other months.
My brothers and sisters, the gates of Paradise remain opened in this month. Do invoke that the gates may not be closed on you, while the Gates of Hell are closed. Do invoke that these gates may never be opened. During this month Shaytan (Satan) is imprisoned, so ask your Allah not to let him have power over you.