To many of us, Ramadan is a month of joy, happiness, blessings, and spirituality. However, the blessed month of Ramadan is much more than all of that. The Prophet (SAW) used to give glad tidings for his companions (and, by extension, to all of us) by saying, “Here is the month of Ramadan, the blessed month that Allah (SWT) made fasting obligatory in. All gates of Paradise will be opened and all gates of Hellfire will be closed and the most heinous of the Shayateen will be chained. In this month, Allah (SWT) gave us Laylatul Qadr which is more rewarding in worship than 1,000 months.”
Ibn Abbas (RA) noted that he heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say the following:
“Paradise gets decorated once a year, and that decoration takes place in the month of Ramadan. In the first night of the month, a breeze will come out from underneath the Throne of Allah (SWT) that will make all the leaves and the trees in Paradise wave. All the hinges on the gates of Paradise will make a rhythmic noise that will alert the angels of Paradise to call upon all the believers to join them as companions and to beautify all the believing women to look like the female angels of Paradise to be joined by their husbands. Allah will then call upon Angel Ridhwan, who holds the keys to Paradise, to set open all the gates of Paradise. Allah will also call the Angel Malik, who holds the keys to Hell, to lock all the gates of Hell. Then, Allah will instruct Angel Gabriel to descend on Earth and chain all the heinous Shayateen so they do not disturb the fasting believers and distract them from worshipping their Lord. From thereon and every night in Ramadan, Allah will say three times: ‘Is there anyone who wants to ask so I will give him? Is there anyone who wants to repent and I will forgive him? And is there anyone who is heavily indebted that I will relieve him?’”
Ibn Abbas also related that the Prophet (SAW) went on to say, “On every night of the month, Allah will release thousands upon thousands from Hellfire except four people.” When the Messenger was asked who they were, he said, “A person who persists in drinking alcohol; a person who does not fulfill the rights of their parents; a person who cuts off his blood relations; and the one who is mushahin.’
Then the Prophet (SAW) was asked, “Who is this mushahin?”
The Prophet (SAW) replied, “He’s the one who does not speak for more than three days to the person with whom he is angry.”
Abu Huraira (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said the following:
“My Ummah has been given five virtues that no other Ummah has been given before me: the odour that comes out of the empty stomach of a fasting person is more fragrant to Allah (SWT) than musk; the angels will keep asking Allah (SWT) for forgiveness of people who are fasting, until they break their fast; the heinous Shayateen will be chained; Paradise will be decorated for the fasting person during Ramadan and Allah (SWT) will assign their place in Paradise; and in the last night of the month of Ramadan, Allah (SWT) will release from Hellfire as many people as he released throughout the entire month.”
A companion asked the Prophet (SAW) whether the last night of Ramadan was Layltul Qadr. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “No. Shouldn’t a worker receive compensation once he finishes his work? Laylatul Qadr is a gift from Allah (SWT).”
The Prophet (SAW) also said that Allah (SWT) shall multiply the reward of every deed (including the fara’idh – obligatory acts of worship), except for fasting, by multiples of 10 and up too 700. Because fasting is solely done for the sake of Allah (SWT), He will reward for it in his Majestic Way.
My dear brothers and sisters, Ramadan is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Paradise. Allah (SWT) has promised to reward people for it without accountability in Surah Az-Zumar Chapter 39, Verse 10:
“Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.”
Allahuma Ballighna Ramadan.