The triangle of bliss; Ramadan, Quran and Taqwa.

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Essence of Ramadhan

The best and blessed month of year has arrived, while I see people are busy in preparing for it for example; stacking freezers with food items, shopping for Eid etc. The question is whether this was required by us? Why was the month of Ramadan given to us? What is the essence of this Holy month?
Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may become righteous (achieve Taqwa) (2:183)

This verse of Quran explains that the main objective of this month is to develop Taqwa in us. The Arabic word Taqwa has many meanings I.e piety, self-righteousness,  guarding against evil, self-restraint. Taqwa leads to God consciousness which endows the person (Mutaqi) to become aware of the presence of Allah in every moment. It is the awe or fear of Allah which stops a muslim from committing sins and motivates him to perform as many good deeds as he can.

The second side of this triangle is the Holy Book of Allah; Quran. Allah informs us that Ramadan is the blessed month in which the Quran was revealed and fasting was prescribed.
“{The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it…}”(2:185)
Jibreel (R.A) used to come to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) every night in Ramadaan, and study the Quran with him. (al-Bukhaari, 5; Muslim, 4268)
The speciality of this month is enhanced because of the relevantion of Quran. Recitation of Quran beholds great reward and benefit.

Rqasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) says: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]
Therefore, it is essential for the person fasting to recite the Qur’an much during these blessed days and honorable nights. For indeed, there is a special virtue for the abundance of recitation in these days, which is not found in any other month. He should take advantage of the nobleness of time during this month, in which Allah revealed the Qur’an. The night brings an end to the busy daily affairs, the enthusiasm is roused and the heart and the tongue mount upon reflecting.

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887)

So for each letter of the Qur’an we recite we will gain a minimum of 700 good deeds or more. The greater our intentions and the more sincere we are, then our rewards will be multiplied even more!

But for those who struggle with reciting the Qur’an they will recieve double the reward, a minimum of 1400 good deeds for each letter:

Aa’ishah (RA), relates that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Therefore, we should consider ourselves fortunate for once again we are blessed with this Holy Month. Our purpose should be achieving Taqwa and self-righteousness,.reciting and understanding Quran and perfroming as many as good deeds as we can. lastly, we should also strive to get ourselves forgiven as the Prophet Muhammad  said,

Kaab bin Ujra relates,” Prophet Mohammad  (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) said, “Jibraeel (Alaihe Salaam) appeared before me and said”Woe to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness” . Upon that I said, “Ameen” . [Al-Bukhari]

May Allah strengthen our faith and help us benefit from this Ramadan. Ameen.

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