A lot has been written in praise of the month of Ramadan, what worth is my praise about a topic that all the mystics have talked about, all the blessed companions have revered forever! What good could my linguistic approach be when talking about something that the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAWW himself has graced with his words, something that Allah SWT himself has praised and attached value to?
Indeed God has attached great value to this blessed month for it was in this month that the universe was blessed with the great gift of Quran. The first revelation of Quran which the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAWW received in the cave of Hira –the place where he would retreat to pray to God, was sent down through the archangel Jibreil (Gabriel) in this month. Let us try to read through these verses of the Holy Quran to understand what kind of an inseparable link do Quran and Ramadan have between each other:
“Ramadan is the (month) in which the Qur’an was sent down, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting.” (2:185)
So Ramadan has the honor of being the month when a great guidance for mankind was bestowed upon the universe, which in itself also has the clear signs of differentiation between right and wrong. So this month gives us a checklist to weigh ourselves, to correct our wrongs and to choose the right path. Masha Allah what a blessing for us!
This month is home to some of the greatest, history making events apart from being the host of Quran. Yet another substantial occurrence was the first ever conversion to Islam, the mother of Muslims Hazrat Khadija tul Qubra RA. When Prophet Muhammad SAWW returned from after receiving the first revelation it was her that the Prophet SAWW talked to and it was right there and then that she bore witness to His Prophethood and thereon she went forth to live her life as a Muslim –forever revered by the Holy Prophet SAWW himself and of course all the Muslim world as our Mother.
So you see, this month is of great importance again for it ignited the conversion of people towards Islam. Technically, it is the month when the Prophet SAWW started preaching. Literally, it is the month that inaugurated the creation of the Muslim Ummah.
But it’s not just the good tidings that this month bears on itself. There was an act as vile as there could ever be in this month. Imam Ali KUW was Holy Prophet Muhammad SAWW’s cousin, more like his brother and later his son in law. He opened his eyes in the lap of our Prophet SAWW, never left his shadow even for a single moment; never once in his life did he counter our Prophet SAWW’s command with advice of his own. And he was regarded as the Ameer ul Momineen –the commander of the faithful, Assadullah –Allah’s Lion, for he was the bravest and Imam u,l Muttaqeen –the guide of the pious and God fearing people. Such was the stature of Imam Ali KUW and to our worst misfortune he was martyred on the 21st of Ramadan by a wretched soul named Ibn e Muljim while he was offering his Fajr prayer in Masjid e Kufa, Iraq. He was stabbed on the head that caused a deathly wound and this was when Imam Ali KUW uttered a sentence that shows his stature of devotion, he said: “By the Rab of Kaaba, I am successful”. Masha Allah, such were the leaders Muslims were blessed with, only if we could at least try to walk in their footsteps.
The list of events that evidence the importance of this month will probably be endless but there was another major event; the birth of our Prophet Muhammad SAWW’s beloved grandson Hazrat Hassan Ibn e Ali RA. Son to Hazrat Fatima SA and Imam Ali KUW; Imam Hassan RA was dear to the whole family of Prophet Muhammad SAWW. He was born in Madinah on 15th of Ramadan in the 3rd year of Hijri and is titled Sayyidu Shabaab e Ahl il Jannah –the leader of the youth of paradise. Who doesn’t know the love that our Prophet Muhammad SAWW had for the two brothers Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain, they would play on the back of the Prophet SAWW when he would pray and they would ride his shoulders to the Prophet’s glee. He was the fifth Caliph of Islam succeeding his father Imam Ali KUW and his birth in this month further increases the reverence Muslims have for this month.
If I keep writing the pages will continue to roll over and the virtues of Ramadan wouldn’t end. These were just four major events that took place in this month –we obviously understand their importance and hence the importance of Ramadan too. I pray that Allah SWT makes us actually decipher the worth of this blessed month for it comes only once every year and who knows which ones of us might not be able to enjoy it the next year. May God be with all of us.
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