Ramadan is here! But why are the people of ‘Iman happy?
1 – They’re happy because the Prophet (PBUH) would be!
When Ramadan would arrive, he would ascend the pulpit and announce,
قَدْ جَاءَكُمْ رَمَضَانُ شَهْرٌ مُبَارَكٌ
‘Ramadan has come to you! A blessed month!!’
2 – They’re happy because Allah creates the most perfect conditions for worship
Thus, in Ramadan, ‘all of the gates of Paradise open, and all of the gates of the hell-fire are closed, and the devils and rebellious Jinns are chained up’ Why? In order to set the perfect scene of worship for all those who really wish to draw closer to Allah like never before. Thus a caller calls out in Ramadan, ‘O you who wants goodness, come! And O you who wants evil, enough!’
3 – They’re happy because it’s a chance to scoop unprecedented amounts of good deeds
Bearing in mind how short our lives are compared to those who lived before us, we need this month to compensate for our far shorter lives. Thus ‘Laylatul Qadr’ is ‘greater than a thousand months!’ It really couldn’t get any better.
4 – They’re happy because it’s a golden opportunity to drop some of our heavy luggage of sins once and for all
Thus the Prophet (PBUH) would say, ‘May his nose be soiled in dust! (may he be humiliated and disgraced); the one who witnesses Ramadan but then isn’t forgiven from his sins!’ From Allah’s part, He has made the offer to forgive. From our end, it’s up to us to accept the offer and start serious repentance.
5 – They’re happy because ‘Allah frees people who were destined to the fire every single night of Ramadan!’
As you break your fast in the Masjid or at home, think to yourself, have I been set free from the fire yet? Or am I still waiting?
6 – They’re happy because Allah has taken it upon His Magnificent Self to reward those who fast
Imagine your employer saying, ‘Give so and so their wages. As for so and so, leave their wages to me. I will take care of them.’ Clearly, a massive reimbursement is on its way! With that in mind, Allah said, ‘Fasting is for me and *I* shall reward for it!’ Thus, only Allah knows what awaits them!
7 – They’re happy because the one who fasts experiences two joys which none other experience
‘When he breaks his fast, he is happy with his food. And when he meets His Lord, he will be happy with his fast’ (Prophet Mohammad PBUH) Why is this? Because, ‘Fasting and Qur’an will intercede for a person on the Day of Judgement.’
8 – They’re happy because this Ramadan could be the one that makes all the difference
Two men came to the Prophet (PBUH) and embraced Islam. One of them went on to die as a martyr whilst the other died a year later. Amazingly, one of the companions – Talha – saw in his dream that the one who died a year later entered paradise before the martyr. How could this be?! The Prophet (PBUH) told Talha, ‘Did he not fast an extra month of Ramadan?!’ Yes, this month could be the life changer!
9 – They’re happy because, at a time when the sun is out, fasting is major protection
Thus the Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘Fasting is a shield’ Sins which we would have otherwise been far more susceptible to are now largely pushed aside.
10 – They’re happy because happiness upon Ramadan’s arrival is a real sign of ‘iman
Thus Allah said, speaking about the reactions of the believers when verses from the Qur’an were revealed,
وَإِذَا مَا أُنْزِلَتْ سُورَةٌ فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَقُولُ أَيُّكُمْ زَادَتْهُ هَذِهِ إِيمَانًا فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فَزَادَتْهُمْ إِيمَانًا وَهُمْ يَسْتَبْشِرُونَ
“And whenever a surah is revealed, some of the hypocrites say, “Which of you has this increased in faith?” As for those who believed, it has increased them in faith, while they are rejoicing!” (Al-Qur’an)
-Written by Ali Hammuda