Inputs by Ustazah Siti Nuurunnuur
Adapted from Ramadan For All Booklet published by Office of the Mufti.Download the booklet by Mufti here
The Prophet s.a.w. said,
“When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened.”
Ramadan is distinct from other months due to its superiority, and the extensive generosity that Allah bestows upon His servants during this time. Here are just 6 of the ways that Ramadan is so special:
“Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven.”
Bukhari & Muslim
“Whoever forgets he is fasting and eats or drinks, let him complete the fast for it is Allah Who has fed him and given him drink.”
Bukhari & Muslim
“Umrah during Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj.”
In another hadith, the Prophet s.a.w.said that,
"An act of sunnah during Ramadan is akin to an obligatory (wajib) act during other months. Moreover, an obligatory act during Ramadan is akin to carrying out 70 obligatory acts in other months."
Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah
The three people whose prayers are never rejected (by Allah) are:
The fasting person until he breaks his fast.
The Just Ruler
The One who is Oppressed
“When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained up.”
“The night of al-Qadar is better than a thousand months.”
Surah Al-Qadar: 3
Thus a night of worship on this blessed night is akin to performing a thousand months of worship.
God’s rahmah is so extensive and pervasive that there is concession (rukhsah) even in the very ritual (ibadah) that defines Ramadan. When the ritual of fasting was first mentioned as an obligation in the holy Quran, the verses related to it mentioned, almost immediately, the concession and relief given to those who may not be able to fast, whether due to any form of sickness that inflicted them or due to travelling.
"O you who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as they were enjoined upon those before you, so that you may be God-fearing. For days few in number. However, should any one of you be sick or on a journey, then (he should fast) a number of other days (equal to the missed ones); and those who have the strength, (still, they do not opt for fasting,) on them there is a fidyah (compensation), that is, the feeding of a poor person. Then whoever does good voluntarily, that is better for him. However, that you fast is better for you, if you only knew."
Surah Al-Baqarah: 183-184
From these verses, we can understand that Ramadan is a month when God is teaching us the principle of empathy, and to strive to bring ease and remove hardship from people.
So let’s all strive to make the best use of the rahmah that is bestowed to us on this special month. How great is it that we can make the world a kinder and better place in the process?