Ramadan is a month of blessings and multiplying of rewards. There are many ahadith that highlight these attributes in the month. However, in terms of a characterization of the different parts of the month, the hadith below sums it up nicely,
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “This is a month, the first part of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings Allah’s forgiveness, and the last part of which brings emancipation from the hellfire.” [Bukhari]
This division doesn’t mean that these attributes are non-existent in the rest of the month, it just acts as a guide as to how we should divide our Ramadan and what prayers we should be invoking our Lord with. In fact, Abu Huraira reports that Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said,
“When it is the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened, the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained.” [Muslim]
Therefore, Ramadan is full of Mercy, but particularly in the first 10 days. The Almighty awaits our duas and just wants us sinful servants of his, to turn back to Him, so that we may be pure again. If we don’t purify our deeds with sincere repentance to Allah (swt), then there is no salvation for us.
As part of the blessings and mercy of Allah bestowed upon us in this month, is that he has made the voluntary act equivalent in reward to that of obligatory worship and obligatory worship is multiplied by 70 times, to however many multiples our Lord sees fit.
Some of the acts, particularly the voluntary ones, that we can make the most of include taraweeh and feeding the fasting (to learn more about the Islamic significance of feeding the fasting, click here). These are both exclusive to Ramadan, so it is vital that you endeavour to make the most of these opportunities, especially with the manifold increase in reward.
Zaid ibn Khalid reports: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever feeds a person breaking their fast will earn the same reward as them, without anything being lessened from the reward of the fasting person.” [Al-Tirmidhi]
One way you can share in this kind of reward that we have been privileged with, is by utilising the resources of trustworthy organisations that can assist in breaking the fast of those in the most dire need of our help to do so. This can be done through Human Appeal’s feed the fasting program, which runs successfully year on year alhamdulillah and has global reach of over 25 countries that you can choose from.
Indeed Allah (swt) mentions in a hadith Qudsi that, “…My servant continues to draw closer to me through supererogatory (voluntary) acts till I love him…” [Bukhari]
There is no better time to seek the love of Allah (swt) than now, to start on this path make sure you attend your masjid for taraweeh tonight and help another needy Muslim family break their fast today, by clicking here.