Ramadan is a month of countless blessings of Muslims; it is the time when Muslims engage in excessive worship with the aim of achieving great blessings and getting the past sins forgiven by Allah who is the most merciful and the most forgiving. In this month, the reward for each good deed is multiplied greatly. One can get the idea of this from the following hadith:
“Whoever draws near to Allah during it (Ramadan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” (Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah)
Another hadith signifies the importance of quran recitation:
“He who reads one letter of the Quran it (becomes) for him a good deed, and a single good deed is rewarded (by Allah) by ten times the like thereof. I am not saying that Alif-Lam-Mim is (just) one word, but that Alif is a (separate) letter (word), Lam is a (separate) letter (word), and Mim is a (separate) letter (word).” (Tirmidhi)
Therefore, Quran surah recitation in Ramadan is particularly beneficial as each ten sawab or recitation would then be multiplied by seventy. This greatly increases our chances of entering Jannah (heaven) as our naama-e-aimal would be greatly enhanced and that is what is required for entering Jannah (heaven). We should thus recite as many quran surahs as we can, the translation of them is also as important, such as surah yaseen Urdu translation.
Division of Ramadan and the second ten days
Ramadan is divided into three parts, each consisting of ten days. The second ten days are believed to be the days of forgiveness. This is important information for all as we sin a lot, and we wish for their forgiveness as well. Hence the second ten days must be utilized for worship as much as possible. There are certain du’as for each ashra and they ought to be memorized for maximum benefits. The dua of this ashra is as follows:
“I ask forgiveness of my sins from Allah who is my Lord and I turn towards Him.” (Translation)
In addition to this, fasting in Ramadan with good intentions and pure hearts results in forgiveness of sins. As is evident from the following hadith:
“.. whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven." (Sahih Bukhari)
Therefore, our intentions must always be to please Allah and never to “show off” our deeds to others.
Ramadan must not be taken for granted, every Muslim must avail the blessings of this month to enhance his naama-e-aimal.