Ramadan: A Month of Blessings
Muslims all around the world wait in great anticipation for the holy month of Ramadan. It is a month that has great spiritual value for every Muslim. The benefits and blessings that are promised in the holy month of Ramadan are too many to be discussed in one single space like this. However, it is not just the promised blessings that make the holy month of Ramadan, the most important month in the Islamic calendar. Certain facts make one realize the significance of this holy month. For example, fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five fundamental pillars of Islam. Further, the Holy Quran was revealed in this sacred month as well. In this discussion, we are going to explain the importance of this holy month in the light of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s sayings. These hadiths will serve as the much-needed reminder for all of us that we need for preparing for Ramadan in advance.
Hadiths Explaining the Importance of Ramadan
Before we quote the holy sayings, let us make it very clear that this is not an exhaustive list of hadiths that describe the importance of Ramadan by any means. Many hadiths signify the importance of this holy month as well as inform us of the rewards that are promised in this month. But because we have very little time and space on our hands, we will be quoting only two of these hadiths that explain the importance of Ramadan. Even by reading these two hadiths, you will realize what a blessing the holy month of Ramadan is.
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Fasting Cleanses Sins
Narrated by Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R.A), the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins.”
[Sunan an-Nasa’i Book-22 Hadith-116]
This Hadith tells us that if we practice fasting in the spirit that it is meant to be, there is a good chance that our sins that we committed intentionally and unintentionally in the past will be forgiven. In other words, the holy month of Ramadan acts as an eraser that can erase our sins. Allah (SWT) loves mankind, the opportunity to rectify ourselves that is provided in the name of Ramadan is a true testament to this fact.
The Night of Qadr
Narrated BY Hazrat Aisha (R.A):
“Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to practice Itikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari Book-32 Hadith-7]
Now no one knows exactly when the promised night of Qadr is, but as the hadith suggests, it is among the last ten nights. Therefore, Muslims spend extra time in prayers in the last ten nights of the holy month of Ramadan, to maximize their chances of benefitting from this blessed night. The rewards are too many to be counted by the inferior calculating methods of humans. One night that can change the fate of every Muslim! Indeed, the night of Qadr is one of the biggest blessings of the holy month of Ramadan.
Make Your Ramadan Even More Blessed!
Ramadan is all about kindness. Giving charity is one way of showing kindness to the underprivileged. The Islamic Shariah Law makes zakat an obligation for every Muslim man or woman who meets the minimum threshold requirement. The annual 2.5 percent that the Muslims pay on their assets seems like a tiny amount to many, and yet, the impact of this is huge. A lot of families are still thriving simply because of the zakat money they receive every year. Not only that, many charities and trusts also collect zakat money, which is then used to facilitate the underprivileged members of society. One cleanses his wealth, one gets some wealth, and overall, the financial stagnancy shackles are broken. Isn’t that simply radical? Apart from zakat, there are certain other Islamic charities like Sadaqah as well, that you can donate to those who deserve them. You can find trusts and charities where you can give charity to those who need it badly. One such place where you can contribute is Transparent Hands.
If you are interested in finding someone’s healthcare expenses, one organization that you might like to know more about is Transparent Hands, Pakistan’s biggest crowdfunding platform. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients.
How does Transparent Hands manage your donations? Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely. So, if you donate your donation to this trustworthy platform, you will be helping someone cover their medical expenses. Think about it, so many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic can’t afford their health expenses right now. Transparent Hands manages your donations to help these distressed souls!
Final Thoughts on Hadiths explaining the importance of Ramadan
That would be all for now. Ramadan has a lot to offer for every Muslim. The only condition that has to be met is that all of the acts must be performed with pure intentions. It is on intentions that the outcome of our deeds depends. So make sure that all of your prayers and efforts are made with one sole objective i.e. attaining the mercy and beneficence of Allah (SWT). Remember the bit about donating well in this holy month as well, since helping the hopeless is an act that is endearing to Allah (SWT). Well, with these wise words, we bid you farewell from this space. But remember, there is always more to learn! So keep visiting this space for more informative articles that highlight the importance of these holy months.