Merits of the Month of Ramadan – Imām ‘Abdullāh al-Ḥaddād
Regarding the merits of the month of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, had said: “Ramadan to Ramadan, and Friday to Friday, and prayer to prayer; (these) are expiations of sins between the two of them if the major sins are abandoned.”
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said regarding the month of Ramadan: “It is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is admittance to Paradise.”He said further: “The beginning (of Ramadan) is mercy; the middle, forgiveness; the end, deliverance from the Fire.”
When the first night of the month of Ramadan has arrived, Allah takes notice on the Muslims. If He takes notice of a particular servant of His, it means that He will never cause him to suffer torment. And following that, He pardons them on the last night of the month of Ramadan.
Gabriel peace be upon him said to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him:
“Whoever meets the month of Ramadan while he is not forgiven by Allah Most High, verily he would be distanced from Allah’s mercy. Say Ameen! And the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: Ameen!.”
The reason behind it being, in the month of Ramadan it is very much easier to obtain forgiveness as compared to other months. Henceforth, there is no one who is unable to obtain forgiveness in it, unless he has disobeyed Allah Most High in abundance, and his disobedience are very major, thus is the reason he is distanced and chased away from the door of Allah.We ask for refuge and safety from the wrath of Allah Most High and His torment and every disaster from Him.
There is a tradition that mentions that, the gates of the Garden of Paradise are flung open on every month of Ramadan, the gates of the Fire of Hell are shut and locked, and the devils [shayatin] are shackled, tied up tight and thrown into the ocean, so that they will not be able to distract Muslims and interfere with their fasts and night vigils. On every night, there would be a voice that calls: Whoever wants goodness, come! Whoever wants evil, be gone!
Another tradition related: Whoever comes near to Allah Most High with an obligatory prayer in the month of Ramadan, it is equivalent to seventy prayers on other months. Whoever comes near to Allah Most High with a supererogatory prayer (in the month of Ramadan), it is equivalent to an obligatory prayer on other months.
It is thus clear that a supererogatory prayer in the month of Ramadan is equivalent in rank with that of obligatory prayers in other months in terms of its rewards. On top of that, the obligatory prayers have its rewards seventy-fold as compared to that of those performed in other months beside Ramadan.
The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever fasts (in) Ramadan and stand (awake) in the nights (of Ramadan) with complete faith and sincerity, verily he is forgiven of all his past sins.”
An-Nashaaih Ad-Diniyah Wal-Washaaya Al-Imaaniyah by Imām ‘Abdullāh al-Ḥaddād