Virtues Of The Ramadan (Part I)

The blessed month of Ramadan is very honourable. The thawabs [1] that are given for the supererogatory salat, dhikr [2] , alms and all other such worships done in this month are like those that are given for the fard [3] ones done in other months. One fard done in this month is like seventy fards done in other months. If a person gives (the supper called) Iftar to a fasting person in this month, his sins will be forgiven. He will be emancipated from Hell. In addition, he will be given as many thawabs as those which the fasting person receives. The thawabs of that fasting person will not decrease.

In this month, also those bosses who facilitate the work of those under their commands and who make it easy for them to worship will be forgiven. They will be emancipated from Hell. In the holy month of Ramadan, Rasulullah 'sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam' used to emancipate the slaves and would give whatever was asked from him. Those who can do good deeds in this month will be blessed with doing such deeds all the year round. If a person disrespects this month and commits sins in this month, he will spend all the year sinning.

We should deem this month an opportunity. We should perform as many acts of worship as we can. We should do the deeds which Allahu ta'ala likes. We should deem this month an opportunity for earning the next world.

[1] thawab: Muslims will be rewarded in the Hereafter for all their pious actions which they have done in the world. The rewards which Muslims will be given in the Hereafter are called thawab. The word is used as an adjective as well as a noun. For example, when we say that an action is very thawab we mean that Allahu ta'ala will give many rewards for the action. Rewards which Muslims will be given in the Hereafter.
[2] dhikr: (phrase of) remembering, keeping in mind, Allahu ta'ala every moment.
[3] fard: an act or thing that is commanded by Allahu ta'ala in the Qur'an al-karim. Fard (or fard) means (any behaviour or thought or belief which is) obligatory. Islam's open commandments are called fard (pl. faraid).