What Ramadan offers
Now that we are in the last part of the blessed month of Ramadan here are some reminders to help us make the most of these precious days:
All over the world we find grand sales of different products and services with incredible offers and packages. Sometimes these offers are genuine while at other times they are just publicity stunts to attract customers. Some offers are limited to the periods the stocks last. Whatever the case, what we gain or achieve in these offers and package deals are momentary or limited to this world only.
On the other hand the month of Ramadan comes with offers that are from the infinite Treasures of Allāh Subhānahu wa Ta’ala. They are not only genuine but also everlasting in this world as well as in the Ākhirat (hereafter).
Take for example the incredible benefit of performing either a non-obligatory deed or an obligatory one. During the Blessed month of Ramadan, while anyone who performs a nafl (un-obligatory virtuous deed) merely for the pleasure of Allāh then Allāh Subhānahu wa Ta’āla, with His infinite Mercy, would grant him a reward equal to a farḍh (obligatory act) in any other time of the year and anyone who performs a farḍh act for him shall be the reward of seventy farāiḍh in any other time of the year.
Then there is that special night of the nights, the Laylatul Qadr that makes its once-in-a-year appearance in any night during the last ten nights of Ramadan. Laylatul Qadr is the crowning glory of the holy month of Ramadan. Besides being associated with the sending down of the Qur’ān Majeed, this night has been described as The Night of Power, the night of Spiritual Bliss. It is better than a thousand months. A thousand months are equivalent to 83 years and 4 months. Fortunate is the person who spends this night in prayer.
Then there is a very special package deal comprising Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah Ta’ala plus freedom from the Hell-fire. The blessed month of Ramadan has been divided into three parts. Each part consists of ten (‘ashara) days. The first ten days reflect the Mercy of Almighty Allāh; the second ten days represent the Forgiveness of Allāh ‘Azza wa Jal; while the last ten days represent emancipation from the Hell fire. There is absolutely no doubt in the fact that Ramadan is a month of mercy and forgiveness and it also provides the opportunity for all the believers to be saved from the fire of hell, although the complete month of Ramadan is the blessed month and it overflows with Grace and Mercy of Allāh Subhānahu wa Ta’āla.
As extra benefits from our Creator, in Ramadan the Shayāteen (devils) are chained, Allāh Subhānahu wa Ta’āla opens the door of Jannāh (heaven) and all the doors of Jahannam (hell) are closed.
In short Allāh Subhānahu wa Ta’āla has packed so many virtues in these 30 (or 29) days that it is just impossible to even count them. Undoubtedly this month is a very special month and its significance can never be overemphasized. This is a once-in-a-year opportunity to win His Divine favours, to take our piety to a higher level and thereby upgrade our rewards collection. Every hour, or rather, every minute of this month should be spent to win His pleasure only.
So, my Brothers and Sisters! Hurry and take advantage of these special Ramadan Offers! Only a few days are left to take the full advantages of these Grand Offers coming from Mālik-ul-Mulk (The Owner of Sovereignty).
Of course the month of Ramadan will inshaAllāh come next year and the year after next, but what guarantee is there that we will be there? Any time the Malakul Maut (the Angel of Death) can visit us to take our Rooh (Soul) without even knocking at our door!
Allāh Ta’āla Knows Best.