Ramadan is here and let us first take a moment to thank Allah (SWT) that He has blessed us with another chance to reap the benefits of this holy month. We all know that the main thing to do in Ramadan is to fast and worship Allah (SWT) and increase our good deeds. But there are other things that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to do in this month, some of which are.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in His hadith:
“Whoever fasted in Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hopping for a reward from Allah, the all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the nights of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
Study of the Quran
Hazrat Ibn Abbas (RA) narrates:
“Jibreel used to meet Him [Prophet Muhammad (SAW)] every night in Ramadan to study the Holy Quran carefully together.” (Bukhari)
The other major Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) during the month of Ramadan was the night prayer after the mandatory prayer of Isha. Regarding this prayer, the hadith narrated is as follows:
Narrated ‘Aisha, the mother of the faithful believers: One night Prophet (SAW) offered the prayer in the Mosque and the people followed him. The next night he also offered the prayer and too many people gathered. On the third and the fourth nights more people gathered, but Allah’s Apostle did not come out to them. In the morning he said, “I saw what you were doing and nothing but the fear that it (i.e. the prayer) might be made obligatory on you, stopped me from coming to you.” And that happened in the month of Ramadan. (Bukhari)
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also used to give sadaqa and Zakaat to poor and needy. And following hadith about Charity defines the importance giving Zakaat.
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The Prophet said finally: “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524
Please keep the Ummah in your prayers this Ramadan, especially those Muslims that are in dire hardships across the world.