Advice for Ramadan
Sheikh Muhammad Zakariyya
The reason for mentioning the manner in which these saintly ones spent their
Ramadan is not that we may just read without deriving any benefit or pass a
casual remark. It is written with the object that we in our way may build up
courage and to the best of our ability endeavor to copy and follow their noble
examples. Every pious elders programme had its particular specialty.
How wonderful would it be if those who are not forced by worldly necessities
try their utmost to mend their religious life in this one month after having
allowed eleven months of the year go by to destroy themselves.
As for those who have to be in their offices and be present at eight, nine or
ten in the morning, what difficulty will it be for them if they at least in
Ramadan, spend the time from Fajr until their hours of employment in reciting
the Qur'an. After all our worldly needs we do find time in spite of office
For those engaged in farming, who normally are not bound to others nothing
prevents them from reciting the Qur'an on their farm or adjusting their daily
routine. Then come, the businessmen, shopkeepers and merchants.
Nothing prevents them in Ramadan from reciting their Qur'an during their shop
hours or cutting short trading time in order to make time for recitation
thereof. After all there is very strong link between Ramadan and the Tilaawah
of the Qur'an. Almost all Allah's great scriptures were revealed in this
month. Similarly, in this month the Qur'an was brought down from the Lowhul
Mahfoozh to the Samaa'ud Dunyaa, from where it was revealed bit by bit to
Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in a span of twenty three years.
Nabi Ibrahim (alaihis salam) received his scriptures on the first and third of
this sacred month. Nabi Dawood (alaihis salam) received the Zaboor on the
twelfth or eighteenth. Nabi Moosa (alaihis salam) received his Towrah on the
sixth. Nabi Essa (alaihis salam) received the Injeel on the twelfth or
thirteenth. From this we note the great connection between the divine
scriptures and the month of Ramadan.
For this reason, as much tilaawah of the Qur'an as possible should be made
during this month. Such was the habit of our saints. Jibraeel (alaihis salam)
used to recite the whole Qur'an to our Nabi Muhammad (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa
sallam) in the month of Ramadan. In some reports it is stated that Rasulullah
(sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) used to recite and he (Jibraeel) used to
listen. From joining these reports the 'ulama have said that it is mustahab to
read the Qur'an in such a manner, that while one recites the other listens.
Thereafter another recites while others listen. So recite the Qur'an as much
as possible. Whatever time remains thereafter should not be wasted.
Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) drew our attention to four more
things and advised that we should practice them as much as possible. They are
the recitation of Kalimah Tayyibah, Istighfaar, begging for Jannah and seeking
refuge from Jahannam.
Therefore it must be regarded an honour to spend as much as available in these
recitations. This will be the true appreciation of the teachings of Rasulullah
(sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). What is so difficult about keeping the tongue
busy with the recitation of Durood ('salawaat) or Laa ilaaha illallaah while
being engaged in our daily tasks?
In the same Hadith Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said a few more
things, Ramadan is the month of patience. Hence even if great difficulty is
experienced in fasting one should bear it with patience. One should not
complain as people are fond of doing during hot days.
If by chance sahri (Suhoor) is missed then lamentations begin early in the
day. Similarly, should difficulty be experienced at the same time of Taraaweeh,
it too should be borne with patience. Do not consider it a great calamity or
trial, otherwise these deeds may be void of blessings. When we turn our backs
on worldly things, forsake our very eating and drinking, then in the face of
Allah's pleasure what are these difficulties?
Source: Virtues of Ramadan