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The Most Profitable Trade in the Month of Ramadan

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All the praises and thanks be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings of Allah be upon the last and seal of the Prophets.

The month of Ramadan is the month of profitable trade, where the rewards of good deeds are multiplied, the sins are forgiven, and the slips are erased. A caller from Allah Almighty calls and says, ''O the seeker of good, come. O seeker of evil, go away.'' [Reported by At-Tirmidhi 682, Ibn Majah 1339, and classified as authentic by Al-Albani]

«يا باغي الخير أقبل، ويا باغي الشَّرِّ أقصر» رواه الترمذي وابن ماجه وصححه الألباني

Among the doors of profitable trade are the following:

Observe fasting and perform optional night acts of worship: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''Whoever observes fast during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not for showing off), then all his past sins will be forgiven.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

«من صام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا، غُفر له ما تقدَّم من ذنبه» رواه البخاري ومسلم

He, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has also said, ''He who establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

«من قام رمضان إيمانًا واحتسابًا، غُفر له ما تقدَّم من ذنبه» رواه البخاري ومسلم

- Increase reciting the Quran: Gabriel, peace be upon him, used to meet the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, every night of Ramadan to teach him the Quran. [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

«وكان جبريل يلقاه في كل ليلة من رمضان فيدارسه القرآن» رواه البخاري

- Perform optional night prayers in the Night of Al-Qadr (the Night of the Decree): the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of al-Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

«من قام ليلة القدر إيمانًا واحتسابًاُ غفر له ما تقدَّم من ذنبه» رواه البخاري ومسلم

- Being generous: ''The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, was the most generous of all people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when he meets with Jibrîl [Gabriel]. Jibrîl, peace be upon him, used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Quran. The Messenger of Allah, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, when Gabriel meets him, was even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds).'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

«كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود الناس، وكان أجود ما يكون في رمضان حين يلقاه جبريل، وكان يلقاه في كل ليلة من رمضان فيدارسه القرآن، فلرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أجود بالخير من الريح المرسلة» رواه البخاري

- Breaking the fast of fasting people: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''Whoever breaks the fast of a fasting person will get his same reward without decreasing anything from the reward of that fasting person.'' [Reported by At-Tirmidhi 807 and classified as authentic by Al-Albani]

«من فطَّر صائمًا كان له مثل أجره، غير أنَّه لا ينقص من أجر الصَّائم شيئًا» رواه الترمذي وصححه الألباني

- Performing 'Umrah (minor pilgrimage) in Ramadan: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, '''Umrah in Ramadan is equal (in reward) to a pilgrimage with me.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

«عمرة في رمضان تقضي حجة معي» رواه البخاري

- Striving hard in performing the acts of worship: ''With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, used to tighten his waist belt (meaning either he works hard, or give up women) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, and the wording is by Al-Bukhari 2024]

«كان النَّبيُّ -صلَّى الله عليه وسلَّم- إذا دخل العشر شدَّ مئزره، وأحيا ليله، وأيقظ أهله» متفق عليه واللفظ للبخاري

- Performing I'tikâf (seclusion in the mosque): ''The Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, used to seclude himself in the mosque (to perform the Sunnah of I'tikâf) in the last ten days of Ramadan.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

«أن النَّبيَّ -صلَّى الله عليه وسلَّم- كان يعتكف في العشر الأواخر من رمضان» رواه البخاري ومسلم

- Supplication: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''Three invocations are to be answered: the invocation of a fasting man, the invocation of an oppressed man, and the invocation of a traveler.'' [Authenticated by Al-Albâni 3030, in Sahîh Aj-Jâmi']

«ثلاث دعواتٍ مستجاباتٍ: دعوة الصَّائم، ودعوة المظلوم، ودعوة المسافر» صححه الأباني في صحيح الجامع

- Hastening in breaking the fast: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

«لا يزال النَّاس بخيرٍ ما عجلوا الفطر» رواه البخاري ومسلم

- Observing prayers in the congregation: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''The reward of the prayer offered by a person in congregation is multiplied twenty-seven times as much than that of the prayer offered by the individual, alone, by himself.'' [Reported by Muslim 650]

«صلاة الجماعة أفضل من صلاة الفذ بسبع وعشرين درجة» رواه مسلم

- Good manners: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''When any one of you is fasting on a day, he should neither indulge in obscene language, nor raise the voice; or if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him he should say: I am a person fasting.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

«وإذا كان يوم صوم أحدكم فلا يرفث ولا يصخب، فإن سابه أحد أو قاتله فليقل: إنِّي امرؤ صائم» رواه البخاري

He, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has also said, ''Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting).'' [Reported by Al-Bukhâri 6057]

«من لم يدع قول الزُّور والعمل به والجهل، فليس لله حاجة أن يدع طعامه وشرابه» رواه البخاري

- Remembering Allah Almighty: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''The Mufridűn have surpassed. They asked, 'O Messenger of Allah, who are Al-Mufridűn?' he said, 'they are those men and women who remember Allah a lot.'' [Reported by Muslim 2676]

«سبق المفردون، قالوا: وما المفردون يا رسول الله؟ قال: الذَّاكرون الله كثيرًا والذَّاكرات» رواه مسلم

- Observing the Sunnah and regular optional prayers: theProphet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''If any Muslim servant of Allah prays for the sake of Allah twelve rak'ahs (of Sunan) every day, over and above the obligatory ones, Allah will build for him a house in paradise.'' [Reported by Muslim 728]

«ما من عبدٍ مسلمٍ يصلِّي لله كلّ يوم ثنتي عشرة ركعة تطوٌّعًا غير فريضةٍ، إلا بني الله له بيتًا في الجنَّة» رواه مسلم

- Abide by Asking Allah for forgiveness: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''Whoever asks Allah for forgiveness for the believing men and women, Allah will write for him (in his book of records) a good deed for every believing man and woman.'' [Classified as good by Al-Albani 6026, in Sahîh Aj-Jâmi']

«من استغفر للمؤمنين و للمؤمنات، كتب الله له بكلِّ مؤمنٍ ومؤمنةٍ حسنة» حسنه الألباني في صحيح الجامع

- Being dutiful to parents: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''The best deeds (or deed) are prayer at its appointed hour, and being dutiful to parents.'' [Reported by Muslim 85]

«أفضل الأعمال (أو العمل) الصَّلاة لوقتها، وبر الوالدين» رواه مسلم

- Observing kinship duties: the Prophet, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him, has said, ''The womb is attached to the Throne. It says, 'Allah will bestow His Favors on him who keeps my ties, and He will withhold His Favors from him who severs my ties.''' [Reported by Muslim 2555]

«الرَّحم معلقة بالعرش تقول: من وصلني وصله الله. ومن قطعني قطعه الله» رواه مسلم

- Staying at the mosque after performing the fajr (dawn) prayer: ''Whoever prays the dawn prayer in congregation, sits remembering Allah until the sun rises and then prays two rak'ahs, he is rewarded as the reward of a pilgrimage and a umrah: complete, complete, complete.'' [Reported by At-Tirmidhi 586 and it is classified as good by Al-Albani]

«من صلَّى الفجر في جماعةٍ ثمَّ قعد يذكر الله حتَّى تطلع الشمس ثمَّ صلَّى ركعتين كانت له كأجر حجّةٍ وعمرةٍ. قال: قال رسول -صلَّى الله عليه وسلَّم-: تامَّةً، تامَّةً، تامَّةً» رواه الترمذي وحسنه الألباني


Prepared by the scholarly section in Madar Al-Watan
 

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