By Madiha Athar
Ramadan, the month of blessings carrying abundant bounties for all the Muslims is almost on its way. Nearly two weeks left when the believers all over the world would welcome the prestigious holy month of Ramadan and unwrap the favors it enfolds.
The month when Allah showers countless blessings over Muslims, giving them dozens of chances to earn virtues and pardon from the Deity for the evils committed in their past years.
Ramadan holds immense importance for all the believers since in this month the Holy Quran was revealed- a book that comprises guidance, helping in all codes of life.
In this ninth month of Islamic calendar, it is imperative for all Muslims to observe fast from dawn till dusk with an aim of abstaining not only from intake of food but multiple other practices. Keeping fast, being third pillar of Islamic faith, promises numerous rewards for the one who keeps it.
Abu Huraira narrated, I heard Allah’s Apostle saying regarding Ramadan, “…whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Imam Bukhari).
Not only keeping fast, but spending the hours worshipping in this month, specially the five odd number nights in last Ashra, helps Muslims fill their basket of virtues. Lailat-ul-Qadar is the richest in spreading blessings among all the nights. As soon as the darkness prevails on Lailat-ul-Qadr, the believers enagage themselves in worshipping as Allah guarantees to bless them with eternal rewards. As stated in Holy Quran, “The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” [Sûrah al-Qadr: 3]
For us, Ramdan is like an opportunity to maximize our good deeds and put an end to the evil, to ensure that we lead our lives according to the manner prescribed in Islam and follow the footsteps of Prophet (PBUH). We should strive for attaining the most from the thirty days of this month as it is an special gift for the Ummah of the Prophet (PBUH).