In hadith, this month of Ramadan has been called as "Month of Allah".
Ramadan greetings to all. In hadith this month of Ramadan has been called as "Month of Allah". Just like Shaabnaul-muazam is called as the "Month of Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w)". Ramadan is also known as the month of Quran because Allah's last message (Quran) to mankind was started revealing on the 27th of Ramadan when Jibrail-Ameen (Gabriel) brought 5 Quran verses in the form of revelation to Gare-Hira (Cave Hira). This blessed month is a special gift from Allah for all the muslims because it prepare them every year for hard work in practicle life for the rest of 11 months. Every muslim, who is fortunate enough to enter the month of Ramadan, should gladly welcome it and should be thankful to Allah that He has given them this chance again.
The question is "What is the purpose of welcoming Ramadan?" and "How to welcome Ramadan". When a beloved guest is visiting, the first preparation start from the happy feelings in heart that represents the happiness, restlessness and waiting. That's why all muslims should eagerly wait for this blessed month and should show the waiting and restlessness. But this state of intoxication can be ignited only when a muslim consider, with strong belief and faith that the month of Ramadan is a special generocity from Allah and consider being in Ramadan as a great happiness of life. People who left this world before the begining of Ramadan, fasted and were busy in other prayers and still could not make thier Lord happy, has missed a great opportunity. That's why we all have to express our happiness to be in this holy month once again in our lives, be thankful to Allah and should welcome this month, wholeheartedly. When a beloved guest is arriving, we decorate our walls, cleanup our living areas and we, ourselves, also get ready and put on new clothes. We do all of this so the guest could feel easiness and happiness and we could enjoy their company. Upon arrival of this month; cleanup your mosques and decorate them well. Cleanup your streets as well so the people who are fasting could feel comfort and happiness when passing by. According to a hadith of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w), cleaness itself is a part of our Imaan (faith). If we keep this cleaning habbit in the month of Ramadan for the pious people who are fasting than the rewards (sawaab), designation and position will be many folds more.
Its a common tradition around the world that when a beloved guest is comming, a budget according to the needs and affordability is set so we can spend it when needed and don't miss any of their needs because of unavailability of funds. Just like that, all muslims should set aside a budget from the year round income to help in earning all the possible blessing from this holy month . Besides providing Suhoor and Iftaar for poor and needy people, we should also contribute in charity. Speaking of spending on poor, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was the most generous person of all times. No one was deprived of his generousity and blessings. During the month of Ramadan he would became even more generous for the sake of Allah. Hazrat Aisha (r.a) narrated that he (Prophet Muhammad s.a.w) was generous like wind blowing blessings everywhere. What could be a better refference than this for teaching a lesson on generousity. All muslims and pious people, who are fasting, should follow their true Prophet (s.a.w) and spend generously for the sake of Allah in this holy month. Spending on poor and needy people is a very rewarding prayer and an important form of welcoming Ramadam. In Suhoor (sehri) and Iftaar, keeping in mind the poor and needy people and fulfilling their needs is a great rewarding deed too. According to another hadith of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w), in Ramadan muslim's provision (rizq) increases, that means we should spend more generously in Ramadan. When a beloved guest is arriving, you make a special plan and than practically executing that plan dignifies the guest and also make the host feel happy. In muslim world all the paths leading to sins should be closed and for all good deeds all the paths and resources should be used. If a non-muslim stranger visit a muslim society during the holy month of Ramadan, the non-muslim should feel that all the doors to sins are closed and all the doors to good deeds are open. If you are not sure wheather you are prepared or not than ask yourself the following questions.
- What will be the plans for Suhoor and Iftaar?
- When will we reciet Quran and the Greatness of Allah (zikr)?
- What other form of prayers will be performed (such as Wazifa)?
- Who will be the Qari to reciet Quran during Tarawih in your mousque?
- When will recietation of Quran during Tarawih end (Khatm-ul-Quran)?
- How will Khatm-ul-Quran be celebrated?
- How will the poors and needy people be helped?
- When will friends and family be gathered for opening the fast together (Iftaar gathering)?
- How will the job timings be adjusted to earn maximum blessing in this holy month?
- How many poor and needy people will be fed?
But the most important point is the the greatness, courage and heartfelt plans of that muslim, who is preparing to welcome Ramadan. This heartfelt plans are considered as a base to complete all those righteous and pious deeds. You have to make yourself understand that fasting is full of trials and rigorous prayers. The hunger and thirst will annoy the person who is fasting but they have to tell themselves that they are physical and mentally well prepared for all this rigorous work, hardship and trials. Do not be afraid of this rigorous, yet great, prayer. Instead, greet it with happy face so you could enjoy the Iftaar and Eid-ul-Fitar. So preparing for all of these mentioned points is a great way to welcome Ramadan.
How are you welcoming this Ramadan? Let us know in the comments section below.
By Naeem Khalid