Ramadan in the Prophetic Sunnah

By Editorial Staff

Ramadan is the season of goodness, blessings; a time in which rewards are multiplied and the heart is purified from all spiritual diseases and the body is purified from the burdens and worldly desires.

Learn about the virtuous month , its goodness, and unmatched blessings from the Prophet’s Sunnah and make the best use of it and get ready for the Holly Month…

Fourth Pillar of Islam

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “(The structure of) Islam is built on five (pillars): Testifying of ‘La ilaha illa Allah’ (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), that Muhammad is his slave and Messenger, the establishment of Salah, the payment of Zakah, the pilgrimage to the House of Allah (Ka`bah), and sawm (fasting) during the month of Ramadan.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

A man questioned the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and said, “Do you think that if I perform the obligatory prayers, fast in Ramadan, treat as lawful that which is halal, and treat as forbidden that which is haram, and do not increase upon that (in voluntary good deeds), then I shall enter Paradise?” He (peace be upon him) replied, “Yes.” (Muslim)

Virtues of Fasting

It was narrated from Az-Zuhri from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet said:

“When Ramadan begins, the gates of mercy are opened and the gates of Hall are closed, and the devils are chained up.” (An-Nasa’i)

Also, narrated Abu Hurairah:

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, ”When Ramadan begins, the gates of Paradise are opened.” (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah reported:

Verily the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The five (daily) prayers and from one Friday Prayer to the (next) Friday Prayer, and from Ramadan to Ramadan are expiations for the (sins) committed in between (their intervals) provided one shuns the major sins.” (Muslim)

Narrated Abu Bakrah:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) as saying: The two months of `Eid (festival), Ramadan and Dhul-Hijjah, are not defective. (Abu Dawud)

Reward for Fasting

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) saying regarding Ramadan, “Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari)

From one Ramadan to the next are an expiation for whatever (sins) come in between, so long as one avoids major sins:

Narrated Abu Ayyub:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) as saying: If anyone fasts during Ramadan, then follows it with six days in Shawwal, it will be like a perpetual fast. (Abu Dawud, authenticated by Al-Albani)

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

“Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and the hope of reward will be forgiven his previous sins.” (Ibn Majah)

The Month of Patience

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:

“I heard the Messenger of Allah say: “The month of patience ( Ramadan) and three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime.” (An-Nasa’i)


`Amr ibn Al-`Ass (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The difference between our observance of Sawm (fasting) and that of the people of the Scriptures is Sahur (predawn meal in Ramadan).” (Muslim)

Narrated Al-Irbad ibn Sariyyah:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) invited me to a meal shortly before dawn in Ramadan saying: Come to the blessed morning meal. (Abu Dawud)

`Umrah during Ramadan

Ibn `Abbas told us:

“The Messenger of Allah said to a woman from among the Ansar: ‘When it is Ramadan, perform `Umrah then, for `Umrah during it is equivalent to Hajj.” (An-Nasa’i)

Umm Ma`qil narrated that:

“The Prophet said: “`Umrah during Ramadan is equal to Hajj.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Charity in Ramadan

Anas narrated that:

The Prophet was asked which fast was most virtuous after Ramadan? He said: “Sha`ban in honor of Ramadan” He said: “Which charity is best?” He (peace be upon him) said: “Charity in Ramadan.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Ibn `Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) was the most generous of people in giving charity. He was even more generous in Ramadan when Jibreel (Angel Gabriel) used to meet him. Every night of Ramadan Jibreel used to come to him and the Messenger of Allah would read the Qur’an to him. When Jibreel came to him, the Messenger of Allah was more generous in giving charity than the blowing wind.” (Al-Adab Al-Mufrad)

Tasbeeh in Ramadan

Tasbeeh is glorifying and praising Allah.

Az-Zuhri said:

“A tasbihah in Ramadan is better than a thousand tasbihah in other that it.” (At-Tirmidhi)

Ramadan’s Last Ten Days

`A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her) said:

“With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) would pray all the night, and would keep his family awake for the prayers. He tied his lower garment (i.e., avoided sleeping with his wives) and devoted himself entirely to prayer and supplication.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet’s Last Advice

Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) said:

I heard Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) during the sermon of the Farewell Pilgrimage saying, “Be mindful of your duty to Allah; perform your five daily Salah, observe sawm (fasting) during the month (of Ramadan) , pay the Zakah on your properties and obey your leaders; (if you do so) you will enter the Jannah of your Lord”. (At-Tirmidhi)


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