The State of Salaf in Ramadan
Muhammad AI-Hashimy Mustafa
Fasting is a way of worshipping Allah  by abstaining from food, drink,
sexual intercourse (with one's spouse) and smoking, from dawn till sunset
during the whole month of Ramadan.
Fasting is Fardh, as the Almighty Allah said:
"O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to those before you, that you may
(learn) self -restraint." 
Fasting is a fundamental ordinance of Islam. Muhammad, the Prophet (salla
Allahu ‘alaihi wasallam ), said: "Islam is based on five pillars:
testifying that there is no God (worthy of worship) but Allah, and that
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, performing prayers, paying Zakah ,
fasting during the month of Ramadan, and 3making Hajj (pilgrimage) to the
House in Makkah. 
Following are the VIRTUES of fasting during the auspicious month of Ramadan:
A. The odour of the mouth of a fasting person is more pleasant to Allah than
the aroma of musk.
B. Angels ask Allah's forgiveness for the fasting people till they break their
C. There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Rayaan, and none except the fasting
people will enter through it. "
D. In Ramadan, devils are shackled.
E. In it, there is the Night of Decree (Lailatul Qadr) which is better than a
F. Thos e who fast are forgiven for their sins in the last night of Ramadan.
G. In every night of Ramadan, Allah releases a number of people from Hell.
H. Every day, Allah, having decorated His Paradise, says, "O Paradise! My good
worshippers are about to throw of f the burden (of life) and the harm done to
them and then get to you! "
After knowing the aforementioned advantages of Ramadan, how should we get
ready to receive it?
A true believer should receive Ramadan with true repentance and a strong will
to avail himself of Allah's special mercy and kindness bestowed on him during
this holy month. He should spend his time doing what is good and useful.
 "Allah" is God Who Alone deserves to be worshipped.
 "Fardh" is an obligatory religious duty.
 Qur'an 1:183.
 Salla Allahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam, i.e. Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon
him; henceforth ( sallaAIlahu ‘alaihi wasallam)
 Zakah is obligatory charity.
 Transmitted by Bukhari and Muslim.