Reaping Ramadan’s Rewards

Categories: Ramadan

quran in close up shot

By Imaan

The blessed month of Ramadan offers every single one of us a wonderful opportunity to increase our worship and engage in good deeds. It is a time to cultivate virtuous habits that can extend beyond this sacred month, and sow the seeds of success that will see us growing throughout the year, with the Help of Allah. To that end, the gates of hellfire are closed and the devils chained up, so that in this month, the path is laid with ease, as stated by the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him:

Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī

Although the majority of us know the virtues of increasing worship and good deeds in Ramadan, the abundance of emails, messages, and reminders regarding these acts can sometimes be overwhelming. That is not to say that these suggestion are not useful, just that it can be difficult to know where to start.

So, where can we start? I suggest building upon our existing daily routines. This is a reminder to myself, as well as the dear readers of the Solace blog.

Before Ramadan starts and at the beginning of Ramadan, we can commit to praying extra prayers, such as the sunnah and nafl prayers before and after the five daily prayers and the night prayers. This month is the ideal time to start praying the five daily prayers if you have not been praying them, so that we fulfil the right of Allah upon us and gain reward. There is also great reward in praying the Tarawih prayer ( an optional night prayer offered after the obligatory Ishaa prayer), whether at the mosque or at home. The key is to do what you can according to ability.

Engaging in acts of service to others is not only easy but also highly rewarding. This can include assisting elders, parents, children, spouses, and friends. Additionally, preparing iftar meals and sharing them with loved ones, including non-Muslim friends and family, can serve as an excellent opportunity for Dawah. No good deed is too small – our dear Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said :

Sunan al-Tirmidhī

Ramadan is known as the “month of the Qur’an” so making space and time to connect to the words of Allah in this month is especially blessed, and a great way to come closer to Allah as well as get abundant rewards. We can read the Quran with tafsir and its English translation. How about reading a page of Quran after each prayer , or whatever you can manage- the idea is to increase in good, in a way that is manageable for you, and there are so many rewards available to you.

Sunan al-Tirmidhī

Ramadan is the ideal time to make plenty of dua, especially at the time of breaking fast – dua at this time is not rejected. Raise your hands and ask for all that you desire and need. The Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said:

Sunan al-Tirmidhi

There are often more classes available during the holy month based on certain themes or stories to encourage us, keep us motivated and help us to connect at a higher spiritual level, and I would encourage you to find at least one weekly event that you can join. You don’t even need to leave home – with the accessibility of online platforms, attending these classes from the comfort of your home has become easier than ever. But don’t be deceived, if you do have the option of attending in-person, there is a special bond and sweetness to be obtained from attending a live event that is not quite there with an online one. That being said, there is nothing to stop you following an online series by a teacher you really enjoy or on a subject that really calls to your heart this Ramadan.

Giving in charity is commendable at any time of the year, but it holds even greater significance during Ramadan, where the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam himself became even more generous than he was at other times of the year, such that his generosity was likened to a cool breeze that benefitted everyone in it’s path. Consider automating charitable payments, especially for the last ten nights of Ramadan, to maximize your reward. Give what you can and if you can’t, know that even a smile is considered charity. Additionally, this sacred month presents an opportunity to fulfil our zakat obligation and get the additional rewards of Ramadan too ( and paying it in Ramadan helps serve as a calendar reminder for when the zakat is due since the Islamic year is lunar and therefore the year is slightly shorter than in the Gregorian calendar, so you might not realise it’s been a year since you last paid it)

The last ten nights of Ramadan carry many blessings and the chance to have our sins forgiven. Even if we have not been able to do as much worship as we would have liked, the last ten nights of Ramadan give us the chance to ‘catch up’ with any worship and good deeds we may have missed.

It was reported in the hadith of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

In conclusion, if you find yourself unable to engage in as much worship and good deeds as you had hoped, don’t be too hard on yourself. Do the best you can within your circumstances and capabilities, and remember that it is the manner in which Ramadan concludes that truly matters, as the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam said:

(Al-Bukhari)

So don’t give up on yourself if you made mistakes along the way like every other child of Adam- you have a Lord that is Forgiving, Merciful, Abundant and Generous. He overlooks the mistakes, such that He can turn your bad deeds into good ones when you turn back to Him. He overlooks and pardons, and rewards you and I according to the best of our actions, even when they fall short. He is the All-Seeing who sees your efforts and the hardships you endure for His Sake. He doesn’t look to our faces or to our bodies, but to our hearts and the sincere effort to be the best we can be, right now. Making sure the end is good, no matter what came before it, can mean ending with asking for forgiveness; it can mean ending with charity and more good, it can mean more duaas and prayers. The doors to goodness are many, so choose whichever of them calls to you and rejoice in the season of blessings and rewards available to anyone who responds to the call of their Lord.

May Allah grant you and I and every Muslim a beautiful Ramadan where we reap the rewards of our Lord, where we taste the sweetness of coming closer to Him and where we have our names written amongst those whom He loves. May Allah make it easy for all of this ummah, wherever they may be.

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About the author:

Iman was born and raised in London. She is a former teacher who taught English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia for almost a decade. Iman loves reading, writing, travelling and learning about other cultures.

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