True Appreciation of Ramadhān

My honourable father rahimahullāh would eagerly anticipate the arrival of Ramadhān and express immense happiness upon its commencement.  You could tell from his behaviour that it was the month of Ramaḍān; 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 Ramadhān. When the blessed month would end he would shed tears of sorrow. All this was because he had understood the value of Ramaḍān. We should follow this example to truly value each and every moment of Ramadhān.

Valuing Ramadhān
The month of Ramadhān 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 Ramadhān, 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 Ramadhān. As for the sinners of the second category upon whom Jahannam is incumbent, after striving for 20 days, Allāh ta’ālā’s 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 Jannah-al-Firdaws with His eternal Pleasure and save us from the Fire of Jahannam. Āmīn.

Counting Days
We should spend the month of Ramadhān 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 Ramadhān, 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.

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