The month of Ramadan is in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind, clear proofs giving guidance, and the Criterion (for distinguishing right and wrong). So, whoever of you witnesses this month, let him fast it. [Qur’an 2:185]
“We sent it down on a Blessed Night: We have ever been sending warnings.” [Qur’an 44:3]
“Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping for reward, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayer on Laylat al-Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for reward, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed Upon]
The holy month of Ramadan is quickly approaching us. A month in which God has made obligatory upon us to fast so that we might become righteous, pious, fearful and conscious of God. The Qur’an was first revealed as guidance for mankind in the blessed month of Ramadan which is a celebration of the moment God chose to communicate with mankind. The first revelation was sent down on Laylat al-Qadr (The night of Power) which is one of the five odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. As Ramdaan, Qur’an and fasting are interlinked with each other. Fasting is the most essential worship prescribed for this month however the grandeur of Ramadan is not because of fasting but due to the Qur’an. Ramdaan is celebrated by engaging with the Qur’an as much as possible during fasts, supplications and prayers. It is the month of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and ultimately a means of salvation. The Qur’an is the guidance for all mankind.
“O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers”.
Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate. (Qur’an 10 :57-58)
Though we are physically less energetic during fast than normal days. But through out the month we feel spiritually very high and conscious to strive for excellence in every righteous deed possible to overpower our desires. The schedule of Ramdaan is completely different from other days like many voluntary prayers, reciting Qur’an daily and other deeds are to be performed in Ramdaan. And our days revolves around the Qur’an. The objective of fasting is to enhance the state of our piety (Taqwa). Piety in ourselves is represented by our consciousness of God, working in accordance with His revelation. Only source of piety is Qur’an; Fast + Qur’an = Piety. Fasting softens the heart, making it more receptive and humble to the recitation of the Qur’an and enable us to follow the commands of Allah becoming more conscious in our deeds.
Prophet, pbuh said, “O Allah make the Qur’an the Spring (Rabi al-Quloob) of my heart and the light of my chest.” What a glorious request! We might have experienced that when spring season arrives in a barren land they turn lively. Similarly, the Qur’an is the healer to our heart. Many times the heart hardens to the remembrance of Allah locked, or gets locked for guidance to let enter because of disobedience and sometimes on the heart there develops dirt and filth (jealousy, greed, anger or cruelty). But Allah has granted this opportunity, the holy month of Ramadan, to bring hearts near to the Him, through the Quran. And we need to sow the seed of Imaan in our hearts to make our hearts lively again with the consciousness of God.
The one who was devoted to the Qur’an will be told on the Day of Resurrection: “Recite and ascend (in ranks) as you used to recite when you were in the world. Your rank will be at the last Ayah you recite.” [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].
The hearts get rusted as does iron with water.” When someone asked, “What could cleanse hearts again?” Prophet pbuh said, “Frequent remembrance of death and recitation of Qur’an. (An-Nasa’i on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Umar]
Excess of sins and negligence in the remembrance of God cause the hearts to rust, as water causes iron to rust. The reading of Qur’an and the remembrance of death polish the rusted hearts. The heart is like a mirror. If it is not cleaned, it will not properly reflect the recognition of God. So feed the heart with faith, Qur’an – the word of God so that it gets it complete nourishment and gives us joy, happiness, patience, love, hence strengthening it beyond measure. Let’s try to polish our heart by reading the Qur’an abundantly and become pious Muslims and change ourselves in this Ramdaan which is getting closer and closer day by day.
“Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection, it shall come as an intercessor for its companion”. [Muslim]
May Allah make us among the winners and accept our efforts; fasts and prayers and guarantee us an entry into His Jannah through The Door of Rayyan. Ameen!