Ramadaan is the holiest and most expensive time of the Islamic year. Indeed it is the most meritorious month with the finest characteristics of external and internal purification. It is a splendid time for inner reflection, devotion to Allah Taála, self-control and self-restraint, self-sacrifice and a whole host of remarkable qualities. The good qualities and virtues that could be acquired easily in the days of Ramadaan, cannot be obtained at any other time other than Ramadaan. The rewards of the virtuous acts in this month have been multiplied - that shows the greatness and powerful position of the days of Ramadaan. Such is the reward of this Mubarak month that the one observing this month shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations, whereas he would have received only one reward at any other time.
Ramadaan is the spring season for goodness and virtues. This month is designed to include a comprehensive programme of daily activities that offers an excellent recipe for the complete overhaul of our life. One needs to minimise mundane activities and maximize the acts of worship. It is best to plan one’s schedule for this month beforehand.
Ramadaan is predominantly associated with fasting, which is fundamentally the essence of this blessed month. To some Muslims, fasting is difficult – in the sense that it is difficult for them to abstain from food and drink. It is indeed unfortunate that such people do not have the least understanding of the teachings of this beautiful deen of Allah Ta’ala. Every one of the five pillars of Islam is the embodiment of the deen of Allah Ta’ala.
Passing through all four seasons of the year, every day, week and month has the golden opportunity to host this magnificent month. It takes thirty-three years for this mubarak month to take a complete cycle, passing the twelve months in the solar calendar.
The Mu’min is ever waiting for this glorious month. It is in this mubarak month that a Mu’min gets to quench his thirst from the continuous effulgence of Rahmah (mercy). Ramadaan is synonymous with the Rahmah of Allah Ta’ala. Allah’s Rahmah generally descends all the time from the heavens to the earth, as specified by His Wish and Will. But, in Ramadaan, there is a surplus flow of this most required ingredient, for the Mu’mineen. Rahmah is a basic necessity for us. We are dependent on it and in need of it all the time. It is through this Rahmah of Allah Ta’ala that the Mu’mineen will finally enter Jannah.
The grandeour of this month is summed up in the words of the great scholar, Mujaddad Alif Thani (RA): "If we combine all the blessings of the other eleven months, they would not add up to the blessings of Ramadaan."
Call unto Allah Ta’ala:
Oh Allah! Shower us with Your Mercy
Oh Allah! Engulf our hearts with Your Mercy
Oh Allah! Have mercy on the ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
Moulana Ahmad Kathrada
Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre