Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan is only a couple days away. As this holy month approaches,its time that we know what is the fazeelath of this holy month.
Some quotations from the holy book 'Quran' about ramadan are,

Surah-e-Al-BAQARAH (verses 183, 184, 185) :

183. O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious - see V.2:2).
184. [Observing Saum (fasts)] for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days.
And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man, etc.), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskîn (poor person) (or every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast, it is better for you if only you know.
185. The month of Ramadân in which was revealed the Qur'ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).
So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadân i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month,
and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days.
Allâh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.
(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh
[i.e. to say Takbîr (Allâhu-Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great) on seeing the crescent of the months of Ramadân and Shawwâl] for having guided you
so that you may be grateful to Him.

O You who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained
for those before you, so that you might remain conscious of God:[fasting] during
a certain number of days. But whoever of you is ill, or on a journey, [shall
fast insted for the same ]number of days; and [in such cases] it is incumbent
upon those who can afford it to make sacrifice by feeding a needy person.And
whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby;
for to fast is to do good unto yourself- if you but knew it.It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was was [first] bestowed fromon
high as a guidance unto man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and asthe
standard by which to discern the true from the false. Hence, whoever of youlives
to see this month shall fast through it; but he that is ill, or on
ajourney,[shall fats instead for the same] number of other days. GOD willsthat
you shall have ease, and does not will you to suffer hardship; but [hedesires]
that you complete the number [of days required], and that you extol GODfor His
having guided you aright, and that you render your thanks [unto Him].”

Salman, Radi-Allahu anhu, reports, "On the last day of Shaban Rasulullah (PBUH) 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 Taraweeh 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 in any other time. And whoever performs a fardh, shall be blessed with the reward of seventy faraa-idh 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 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 persons 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 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 Jahan-nam."

"Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants (bonds-men) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Jahannam."

"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 Kalimah Tayyibah Laa llaaha illallaah) and make much Istighfaar beg Allah's forgiveness with Astagirfirul-laah)." 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 where after that person shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Jannah."

----From Faza'il-e-A'maal

So inshallah lets make the most of this month and pray for our magfirath, and nek hidaayath


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