All thanks are due to Allaah, the Most-Generous. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Him. He has no partners. May Allaah send peace and blessings upon His final Messenger
My dear Muslims! Fear Allaah and obey Him and receive this month with a great hope and great energy to do right things in Ramadaan. Allah Almighty, prescribed to us as He said in the Quran
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwa” [al-Baqarah, 2:183]
Allah سبحانه وتعالى has prescribed fasting for us to gain taqwa and among the main objectives of fasting prescribed by Allah are to increase our spiritual self and cleanse our hearts.
In that verse, Allah calls upon the believers among His servants who are prepared to give their hearts and their attention to respond to His Command. This means that only the true believers among His servants will perform the command of fasting without fail.
Even though fasting contains many other benefits, Allah only mentioned taqwa as the main purpose of fasting. Therefore, as a believing servant, we must pay close attention to our taqwa during our period of fasting, and assess if our iimaan and taqwa have truly increased or otherwise, after we have completed the month of Ramadhan.
This is the month in which the Qur’aan was revealed, as a guidance for mankind, as well as a clarification and differentiation between truth and falsehood.
During this month, the gates of mercy are opened and the gates of hell are sealed. Satan is chained during this blessed month. Rewards for good deeds performed in this month are multiplied, sins forgiven and supplications responded to and answered by Allah. It is the month of mercy, compassion and charity.
Salmaan Al-Faarisi, May Allaah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet (PBUH) gave a speech on the last day of Sha’baan, and said, “O people! You are being approached by a great and blessed month. A month which contains a night that is better than one thousand months. Allaah made fasting within it an obligation)
Abu Hurayrah, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “All the (rewards of the) deeds of the son of Aadam are for him, (he is aware that) the reward of performing them will be multiplied by ten to seven-hundred times. Allaah has said, ‘Except for fasting, as it is for me. I shall reward it. (I.e. I will decide what the reward will be) This is because the fasting person leaves his desires, food and drink purely for my sake.’ The fasting person has two times of great pleasure: once when he breaks his fast and the other when he meets his Lord. The smell coming from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the scale of Allaah than the smell of musk”. (Ahmad)
There are many virtues and merits of Ramadan and fasting which mentioned in the Qur’an and in the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam.
If only one of these virtues and merits was told to us, it would have been enough motivation to perfect our fasting seeking that reward and the pleasure of Allah, but it is again from the mercy of Allah that He taught us many virtues of fasting so that we get encouraged even more.
We must strictly avoid doing anything that may make our fast invalid or acts that may reduce the reword of fasting.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that fasting is a shield. It protects a person from sin and immoral desires.
We ask Allah, to accept our fasting and prayers during this blessed month, we ask him also to give peace and prosperities upon Muslims all over the world and ask Allah to free us all from hell fire