As the blessed month of Ramadan approaches, it is time to warm up and get ready. Reading the Prophet’s (Peace be upon him) hadiths about Ramadan and its blessings cleans the believers’ souls and makes them more eager to enjoy the exceptionally spiritual, soul-nourishing experience of Ramadan.
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
Every action a son of Adam does shall be multiplied—a good action by ten times its value, up to 700 times. Allah says: With the exception of fasting, which belongs to Me, and I reward it accordingly. For, one abandons his desire and food for My sake.
There are two occasions of joy for a fasting person: one when he breaks his fast, and the other when he meets his Lord, and the (bad) breath (of a fasting person) is better in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk. (Al-Bukhari)
Method: Read 4 pages of the Qur’an after every salah
5 prayers x 4 pages = 20 pages
20 pages = 1 juz
1 juz x 30= The Entire Qur’an
So many Muslims have passed away since last month, even just yesterday. So many people have not made it to Ramadan this year. Last year was their very last Ramadan. Will you make it through this Ramadan? Will this be your last Ramadan?
Aim to strive this Ramadan. With a very small amount of effort, such as just making a small intention or adding a few extra acts of worship, we pray that Allah will help our hearts soften and honor us with making it easy to turn to Him and open up to Him.
NOTE: You can add Tahajjud Salah as a bonus and read some Qur’an after that too.
I can never fully articulate the blessings of Ramadan to non-Muslims. It’s a spiritual anti-oxidant, I tell those who manage to get over the ‘no food from Dawn to Dusk’ clause. It’s a month that Allah gave us because he knows us too well. And he understands that humans need a reminder. A reminder to put our lives in perspective, to take a break from the many rat races we have signed up for and to reflect on what really matters. We need time to ourselves, time to pray, to repent and to stay grounded. Ramadan is a month of spiritual replenishing and I wish it upon every soul who is in need of it.