First night of Ra­madan is a mo­ment of op­por­tu­nity

The National - News - - RAMADAN 1439 -

Seize the op­por­tu­nity of the holy month by per­form­ing good deeds and acts of worship so as to be ad­mit­ted to Par­adise on the Day of Judg­ment, the ser­mon will tell mosque-go­ers on Fri­day.

Prophet Mo­hammed said: “On the first night of the month of Ra­madan, Satan is shack­led, the jinn are re­strained, the gate­ways of Hell­fire are shut such that no gate amongst them would be opened. The door­ways of Par­adise are opened such that no door­way amongst them would be closed, and a caller will call out: ‘Oh seeker of the good; come near!’ and ‘Oh seeker of evil; stop.’”

In each day of the month, this call is made to fast­ing peo­ple to in­vite them to draw closer to God. Some of the ac­tions that will bring Mus­lims closer to God in­clude prayer.

Prayer is one of the five pil­lars of Is­lam that Al­lah has ob­li­gated his wor­ship­pers to per­form. He says: “Oh you who have be­lieved, bow and pros­trate and worship your Lord and do good – that you may suc­ceed.” (Al-Hajj: 77)

An­other im­por­tant act of worship is dhikr – re­mem­ber­ing God. Mus­lims are ad­vised to be con­scious of God at all times and to re­cite the Qu­ran through­out Ra­madan.

Those who are de­voted to recit­ing the Qu­ran will be called on the Day of Judg­ment in a sta­tus of hon­our, as the Prophet said: “The one who was de­voted to the Qu­ran will be told (on the Day of Res­ur­rec­tion): ‘Re­cite, and rise up, re­cite (melo­di­ously) as you would re­cite in the world. For in­deed your rank shall be at the last Ayah you re­cited.”

God called upon Mus­lims to spend on char­ity, say­ing: “Oh you who have be­lieved, spend from that which We have pro­vided for you.” (Al-Baqara: 254)

It is said God sends down an an­gel to en­cour­age Mus­lims to give money to char­ity. The Prophet said in this re­gard: “In­deed there is an An­gel upon a door­way from the door­ways of Par­adise who says, ‘Who­ever gives a loan to­day will be rec­om­pensed to­mor­row’ and an­other An­gel at an­other door­way who says, ‘Oh Al­lah give the one who spends (in the way of Al­lah) a goodly sub­sti­tu­tion and give the one who with­holds (from giv­ing) de­struc­tion’.”

There are many ways to help oth­ers: pro­vide food for a fast­ing per­son, treat oth­ers kindly and to be for­giv­ing.

Who­ever re­sponds to the calls of Al­lah will surely be called to the gates of Par­adise.

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