Assalamualikum wa Rahmatuallah wa Barakatuhou!
Dear my brethren in Islam,
Initially, I would like to extend my sincere greeting and congratulation to every single one of you on the occasion of Ramadan.
Ramadan! And what can make you know what Ramadan is?
Verily, Ramadan is a month that is described by the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) as a blessed month in which the revelation of the Holy Quran started. It’s a month in which the gates of Heaven are opened to the believers, and the gates of hellfire are closed. Moreover, the Prophet indicates that during Ramadan, Allah chains the devils from distracting the believing men and women from observing their fasts and other acts of worship. Indeed, the virtues and merits of this month are countless by all imaginations. It is enough to learn that during this month, Allah multiplies a good deed by seventy, as it was narrated in the book of Al-Trimizhi. On the contrary, Allah increases our good deeds by ten during other months of a year.
At this junction, I will like to shift gears with you in a different direction which comprises of the do not during the month of Ramadan. I always like to know the evil and its consequence. This strategy reflects the methodology of a companion of the Prophet Muhammad called Huzaifa Al-Yaman. He narrates that in many scenarios, the companions of the Prophet used to be primarily concerned about knowing the good deeds that will lead them to Al-Jannat and Allah’s pleasure. However, for Ibn Al-Yaman, he was always concerned about knowing the evil deeds that could possibly plunge us into the wrath of Allah. So, my point here is to illustrate to you, how we should receive this month by avoiding acts that nullify our fasting. Here are some, namely:
- Receive this month by cleaning and purifying your heart from a destructive inner-disease called envy, (i.e., resentment, and hatred for other Muslims).
- Receive this month by keeping away from lying, misrepresentation, backbiting, slandering, and spying on other Muslims. In other words, you must respect the privacy of other Muslims.