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 Islam, the path towards peace and enlightment , which is taught and practiced by Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and it is well known fact that edifice of Islam is installed on five pillars and those are namely Faith (Iman), Practicing five time prayers daily (Salah), Observing fast during the month of Ramadhan, Giving Charity to the poor & needy people by wealthy people and performance of Haj by the deserved one.


Now, we are in the Holy month of Ramadhan which would bring good exercise by true practice, pity, pious and to do more excellent deeds. During the last day of Shaban i.e prior day of commencement of Ramadhan Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said to the companions: "O People! A great month, a blessed month, a month containing a night which is better than a thousand months has approached. Allah has appointed the observance of fasting during it as an obligatory duty, and the passing of its nights in prayer as a voluntary practice. If someone draws near to Allah during it with some good act, he will be like one who fulfils an obligatory duty in another month, and he who fulfils an obligatory duty in it, will be like the one who fulfils seventy obligatory duties in another month. It is the month of endurance, and the reward for endurance is Paradise. It is the month of sharing with others, and a month in which the believer's provision is increased. If someone gives a fasting man something with which to break his fast, it will provide forgiveness of sins and save him from Hell, and he will have a reward equal to his (reward) without his reward being dimished in any respect.


Some of them told Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that all of them did not have the means to give something to the faster to break his fast. Thereupon he replied: Allah gives this reward to him who gives one who has been fasting some milk mixed with water, or a date, or a drink of water with which to break his fast; and anyone who gives a full meal to one who has been fasting, will be given a drink from my tank by Allah and will not feel thirst till he enters Paradise. It is a month the beginning of which is mercy, its middle is forgiveness, and its end is freedom from Hell. If any one makes things easy for his slaves during it, Allah will forgive him and free him from Hell." (Baihaqi)


Further Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said on Ramadhan commencement "When Ramadhan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened while those of hell are closed and the devils are chained and a herald cires out: O, you who seek good, come here and you who desire evil, desist." (Ibn Majah)


Abu Umanah reported: "I came to the messenger of Allah and said: 'Order me to do a deed that will allow me to enter Paradise.' Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: 'Sick to fasting, as there is no equivalent to it. 'Then I came to him again and he said: 'stick to fasting."


In another time: I said: 'O Messenge of Allah, tell me of an action by which I may enter paradise'. Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: 'Take to fasting, there is nothing like it.'


Sahl ibn Sa'd reported that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: "There is a gate to Paradise that is called ar-Rayyan. On the day of Resurrection it will say: 'Where are those who fasted?' When the last [one] has passed through the gate, it will be locked."


The following incident will further add the excellence and importance of Ramadhan.


Once while Prophet was mounting pulpit in the Masjid to give ceremony he exclaimed, "Aameen"[may ALMIGHTY ALLAH ACCEPT ]  on the first step of the pulpit (Mimber). Similarly for the second step and as well as third step and this was unusual for the companions. After the completion of recital of Kuthba [delivery of Sermon] and prayer, the companions had requested Holy prophet for an explanation, which would be beneficial to them. Holy prophet had replied "When I mounted first step Archangel Jibraeel appeared and said "May that person be destroyed, who obtains the month of Ramadhan but did not secure forgiveness" There upon I said "Aameen". When I mounted second step Jibraeel said "May that person be destroyed who refrains from reciting holy durood (Salawath) when your Holy name is mentioned in his presence. There upon I said "Aameen". When I mounted the third step, he said "May that person be destroyed whose both parents or one parent happen to reach old age and he is unable to attain (by serving them). There upon I said "Ameen" . The Holy Prophet who has been praised by Almighty Allah as Rahmathul Alameen (mercy to universal mankind) and as Mercy and Pitiful to believers in Holy Qur'an had cursed the people who are not honouring the Holy month of Ramadhan, parents and not reciting salawath when Holy prophet’s name is mentioned. It is also worthy to note the sayings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) "If my followers would realize what really Ramadhan is they would wish that whole year should be the Ramadhan."


Abu Hurairah companion of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that "The time between the five prayers, two consecutive Friday Prayers, and Consecutive Ramadhans are expiations for all that has happened during that period, provided that one has avoided the grave (major) sins."


Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said "…whoever fasts during Ramadhan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven"


Let us utilize the days of the Holy Month beneficially to attain peace.


Courtesy:Gulf Today