Arfajah said “We were with `Utbah Ibn Farqad while he was discussing Ramadan. A companion of the Prophet entered upon the scene. When `Utbah saw him, he became shy and stopped talking. The man (the companion) spoke about Ramadan, saying “I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) say during Ramadan: ‘The gates of Hell are closed, the gates of Paradise are opened, and the devils are in chains. An angel calls out: ‘O you who intend to do good deeds, have glad tidings. O you who intend to do evil, refrain, until Ramadan is completed.”” (Ahmad and an-Nasa’i)
Subhan’Allah what great virtue is hidden in this month!
Allah made it obligatory for every Muslim to fast in this blessed month in the hope that one attains Taqwa. The reality of Taqwa is not just fearing Allah or piety, but much rather abstaining from all sins and the doubtful. To leave food and drink may be possible for most of us, but in that resulting free-time we shouldn’t fill our bellies with the meat of our brother and sisters.
May Allah Ta’ala give us the tawfiq to use our hands, our ears, our tounge, our feet and our mind only in the way he likes and approves in the blessed month of Ramadhan… and even beyond that!
DarseQuran.com’s Golden Voice:
“Istiqbaal-e-Ramazan” by the late Mufti Sebhaan Mahmood (Rahimullah Tabaraka Wa Ta’ala).