Significance Of Ramadan
When Rasulullah (SAW) used to see the crescent or the new moon in the beginning of the month of Rajab, he used to say “Oh Allah give us the blessing of this month and the following month and allow us to reach Ramadan.”
According to Another report, Rasulullah (SAW) used to say: “Oh Allah, give us the blessings of Sha’baan and ghaniima (treasures) of Ramadan.” The word Ghaniima in Arabic contains many meanings:
- It Means Treasure
- Something Very High And Something That Is Difficult To Find Everywhere At Any Time
- It Is Something Very Significant
- Something Very Precious
- Valuable And Important That Will Be Given To Us By Allah.
- This Elevation Belongs To Allah
Rasulullah (SAW) said, “On the day of judgment some people will gain nothing except thirst and hunger out of Ramadan.”
Fasting is not just keeping away from eating and drinking as it is only one aspect of Ramadan. It is mainly to free ourselves from our temptations, our desires, gain wisdom, blessings and the guidance of Allah. Rasulullah (SAW) said: The Month Of Ramadan Is Divided Into Three Parts:
- The First Ten Days Are A Rahma (mercy),
- The Next Ten Days Are For Maghfira (purification)
- And The Last Ten Days Are For Our Purification From Hell Fire
Aisha (RA) once asked Rasulullah (SAW), “If I see the night of Qadr, what should I say?” Rasulullah (SAW) replied, say “Allah humma innaka ‘Afu wun tu hibbul ‘Afwa, Fa’fuannih”, which means “Oh Allah, one of your attributes is Al Aa’foon, the one who erases and deletes all bad deeds. You love this quality, erasing is higher than forgiveness, so give me A’af.”
When Allah Gives A’af To Any Human Being, He Calls The Angel Who Is On The Left Of That Slave, Who Writes Down All Of Our Sins And Mischievous Acts, And Allah Says To Him, “I Give A’af To So And So, Erase All Of His/Her Sins”
This way the person’s book will contain no sins and it will seem as if he/she has started afresh. The Angel, who writes, will not even remember any of his bad deeds. Allah will call the earth and say “Oh Earth blot out all the sins committed by this person on the earth and expunge all the signs of the sins committed by him”. This person would then meet Allah without any bad deeds.
Umar Bin Al Khattab (RA) used to say: “if I die and I leave this dunya without any bad deeds I am lucky”
Before we understand the message of Ramadan, we have to consider the fact as to who is reminding us of this message. It is Allah Himself talking to us directly about His Mercy, His Rahma and all of His other bounties.