Guidance and advice for the Blessed Month from Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Yearning For Ramadān
Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam used to make du‘ā in Rajab to be given the opportunity to live until Ramadān. Having already seen Allāh ta‘ālā during the night of mi‘rāj, it is beyond imagination how much desire he sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam had to leave this world and meet Allāh ta‘ālā.
Despite this, when he sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam would find himself only two months away from the blessed month of Ramadān, he sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam would desire to be given leave in this world in order to benefit from the innumerable bounties and blessings of Ramadān. This should help us understand the extraordinary nature of the blessings of Ramadān and encourage us to yearn for it and benefit from it.
True Appreciation of Ramadān
My honourable father rahimahullāh would eagerly anticipate the arrival of Ramadān and express immense happiness upon its commencement. You could tell from his behaviour that it was the month of Ramadān; he would talk very little and be constantly engaged in good deeds. He would value every moment. The atmosphere at home was like i‘tikāf throughout the month of Ramadān. When the blessed month would end he would shed tears of sorrow. All this was because he had understood the value of Ramadān. We should follow this example to truly value each and every moment of Ramadān.
The month of Ramadān is a month of blessings, mercy and forgiveness. If we fail to utilise it correctly, it will pass without us realising what valuable and precious moments we have wasted. What has passed cannot return, and what is lost cannot be re-acquired.
Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam has said:
This is a month, the first (10 days) of which is mercy, the middle (10 days) of which is forgiveness and the last (10 days) of which is deliverance from the Fire of Jahannam. (Al-Bayhaqī)
From the first of Ramadān, the Mercy of Allāh ta‘ālā descends upon those very pious servants who have no sins in their book of deeds.
As far as the sinners are concerned, they are of two types: sinners of a lesser degree, and those who are so engrossed in sin that were they to die in their present condition they would go straight into the Fire of Jahannam.
The sins of the first category of sinners are forgiven after their striving during the first 10 days of Ramadān. As for the sinners of the second category upon whom Jahannam is incumbent, after striving for 20 days, Allāh’s ta‘ālā forgiveness enshrouds them and they too are granted deliverance from the Fire of Jahannam. How merciful is Allāh ta‘ālā!
We ask Allāh ta‘ālā that He grant us Jannat-ul-Firdaws with His eternal Pleasure and save us from the Fire of Jahannam. Āmīn.
We should spend the month of Ramadān with enthusiasm. Unfortunately, many people regard it as a burden, and eagerly count down the days for it to finish.
Our pious predecessors used to feel grief and sadness at the passing of each day of Ramadān, whereas we feel a burden is being lifted with each day that goes by. They would say in sorrow: “Only 15 days left now, Only 14 days left now…” while we say the same out of relief.
Make this Ramadān a memorable one. Make it a Ramadān you will remember for the rest of your life and inshā’allāh, even in Jannah you will say that it was this Ramadān in which Allāh ta‘ālā made me His walī, and the point from when my life changed for the better.
In order to do this two things are necessary:
1. Abstain from every sin, be it minor or major. Do not even think about sinning.
2. Stay away from every futile activity that neither benefits in this world nor the hereafter.
In order to achieve the above, three things are necessary:
1. Stay away from impious company and sinful environments.
2. Avoid gatherings and mixing with people.
3. Safeguard your tongue, eyes and ears. Speak only when it is absolutely necessary and listen and look at only those things which are permissible.