month of Ramadhan is not like any other month; its purpose is to rid
man of those habits which he has accumulated throughout the rest of the
year. It is a month that prepares man for the remaining eleven months by
teaching him discipline and self control. Thus, Allah has made some
acts which are beloved to man, like eating, drinking and fulfilling
one’s desires, Haraam. If man can control these desires in this month,
which are usually permissible for him, then he can surely control
himself from other desires which are not permissible throughout the
blessed month has been sent by Allah to His bondsmen so that can create
a connection and draw closer to Allah by reaping the many rewards that
lie in this month. A person who has been given the opportunity to be
present in this month can take this as a sign that Allah Ta’ala has
given him another opportunity to draw closer to Him and earn His
paradise through worship in this month.
this month we will be given many opportunities, as mentioned above to
reform ourselves and seek forgiveness for our bad sins. This is a month
of reformation and self reflection, where a believer can ponder of over
spirituality and piety and bring a change for the better. The Prophet of
Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم has clearly stated:
مَنْ لَمْ يَدَعْ قَوْلَ الزُّورِ وَالْعَمَلَ بِهِ فَلَيْسَ لِلَّهِ حَاجَةٌ فِي أَنْ يَدَعَ طَعَامَهُ وَشَرَابَهُ “Whoever does not give up lying and evil
actions, then Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink” [Saheeh al-Bukhari]
It is clear from thisHadeethwhich
has been narrated on the authority of Hadrhat Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه
that Allah is not in need of any person to leave his food or drink.
Allah is far from needs and desires. However, it is themercy of Allahthat He wants each and every person to leave those things which will
lead him to thehellfireand
by controlling one’s desires throughout this month it is hoped that one
will be able to control himself throughout the following months also.
those who can relate, we can look at the month of Ramadhan like an MOT
test. It is vital to be on form during this test. Once the test is over
then we should be at a standard where we can continue through the
following months. Indeed, there will be repairs and faults in between,
but these will be minor and can be dealt with on the spot.
Allah Ta’ala make us successful in this test, for the one who is
unsuccessful in this test may not be given an opportunity for a re-test.
ان جبرئيل عرض لي فقال بعد من ادرك رمضان فلم يغفر له قلت آمين “Jibreel came to me and said, ‘Whoever reaches the month ofRamadanand
does not have his sins forgiven and so enters the Fire, then may Allah
distance him, say ameen.” So I said “Ameen” [Mustadrak al-Haakim]
summary, the month of Ramadhan has been made so that mankind can take
benefit of the merits and blessings contained within to change
themselves for the better and by doing so create a bond with Allah that
will continue throughout the eleven remaining months.
is a month within which Allah has instructed us to place more emphasis
on actions regarding our Deen (religion) as opposed to our daily routine
and emphasis on worldly matters.
I pray that this information comes in use and aids the readers in preparing for the month of Ramadhan.
As a reminder, please commit the following Du’a to memory and make a habit of reciting it daily until the day of Ramdhan.
اللهم بارك لنا في رجب وشعبان وبلغنا رمضان “O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadhan.” [Musnad-e-Ahmed]