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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ramadhaan Part 2

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Virtues of Ramadhaan
Salmaan (R.A.) states that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.) addressed them on the last day of Sha’baan saying: “O people, there comes upon you now a month in which lies a night better than one thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made compulsory that fasting should be observed by day and has made the ‘standing by night’ a practice. In this month, whosoever draws closer to Allah by any good action, for him shall be such reward as if he had performed a compulsory act at any other time of the year. It is indeed a month of patience and the reward for patience is Paradise.

It is a month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s sustenance is increased. Whosoever feeds a fasting person in order to break his fast (at sunset), for him there shall be forgiveness of his sins and emancipation from the fire of Hell, and for him shall be the same rewards as for him (whom he fed) without that person’s reward being diminished in the least. Upon this we said ‘O Messenger of Allah (S.A.), not all of us possess the means whereby we can provide enough for a fasting person to break his fast’. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.) replied, ‘Allah grants the same reward to him who gives a fasting person a single date, or a drink of water or a sip of milk to break his fast. This month the first part of which brings the mercy of Allah, the middle brings His forgiveness and the last part brings emancipation from the fire of Hell.
Whosoever lessens the burden of his servants (bondsmen) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Hell.

In this blessed month, there are four things you should endeavour 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 please your Lord are that you should in great quantity recite the Kalimah ‘Laa ilaaha il-lal-laah’ and make much ‘ Istighfaar’ (seeking Allah’s forgiveness). As for those which you cannot do without, you should beg Allah for entry into Paradise and seek refuge in Him from the fire of Hell.

And whosoever gave a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant him a drink from my fountain such a drink whereafter he shall never feel thirsty until he enters Paradise.” (Reported from Ibn Khuzaimah in his Sahiih and Baihaqii).

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