15 Importance of Charity in Ramadan
Ramadan also Romanized as Romazan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan), is the ninth month in Islam calendar (Hijriyah), and celebrated for all of moslem around the world with fasting (Saum).
It also commemorate the first revelation who received to The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam. Specifity in Ramadan for every moslem imaged in Al-Qur’an, Surah 2, Al-Baqarah verse 183. That meaning :
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” – (Al-Baqarah [2 : 183].
And, do you know ? in Ramadan, all of good charities of moslem will replied with blessing reward that manifold? In fact if moslem fasting perfectly, when Ied Mubarak is coming, for every moslem be clean from sins, like baby who just born again. Read more about Last Ten Nights of The Month of Ramadan
Other than that, there are things that you have to know about Ramadan who called the special month for moslem. What again ? these are below you must to know.
- The Month of Ramadan in Which was Revealed Al-Qur’an
Ramadan is the noble month. Why ? because in this month is the first time Al-Qur’an revealed. Same with what written in Q.S Al-Baqarah [2 : 185] which Allah SWT praised Ramadan than other months because Ramadan selected as month which has revealed Al-Qur’an.
- Good Charities Will Replied With Manifold of Blessing Rewards
In hadith says that Ramadan is the time when every moslem get closer to Allah SWT, and its value amount seventyfold from obligation who moslem did in other months. Read more about The Law of Insulting Women’s Purdah in Islam
- The Month Full Blessing
This is the reason for Ramadan that getting called as “The Night of a Thousand Moon” because when moslem do good thing in Ramadan, so they will get a blessing that the value same with a thousand moon.
- The Month of Forgiveness and Granting Dua
In hadith Bukhari explained that every moslem have an opportunity to reach lots of rewards, in fact with worship perfectly in Ramadan will made a moslem like a baby who just born becauce get much forgiveness. In Ramadan also, Allah SWT says that every dua which wanted from moslem will be granted. Read more about Law of Food Tasting While Fasting in Islam
- Lailatul Qadr’
This night is the night who eagerly awaited by every moslem in Ramadan. In this night has one of the last ten days better containing by good dua and miracle can reveal in Lailatul Qadr’ night.
- Heaven Doors are Opened than Hell Doors are Closed
The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam, says that :
“when coming the month of Ramadan, the doors of the heavens are opened, and the doors of hell shall be closed, and the demons shall be bound” (Bukhari and Muslim).
- Fasting in Ramadan is One of Some Reasons Moslem Sign In Heaven
On The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam time, there are two people from Bani Qudha’ah that become moslem, then one of them martyred and another one was dead a year later. The friend named Thalhah Bin Ubaidillah Radhiallahu anhu says :
“I dreamed look heaven, then I looked a person who dead a year later ago sign in heaven before a person whoe martyred, and I amazed. When a morning coming, I tell to The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam. And he says :
“there is after that (in a year) he fasting Ramadan, prayer six thousands rakaat or prayer Sunnah a few rakaat ?” (by Ahmad and Shahih by Albani).
- In Ramadan, Sunnah to Prayer Tarawih
Do this is a sunnah by The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam. He says :
“whoever establishes the night prayer (Tarawih) in Ramadan on the basis of faith and expects the rewards of Allah SWT then he will be forgiven of his past sins” (Muttafaqun’Alaihi).
- Wipe Out Small Sins That Done in Ramadan
Its base on The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam says :
“on Friday prayer to the next, and one Ramadan fasting to the next Ramadan will wipe out the small sins between them if he leaves behind big sins” (Muslim, Ahmad).
- Shadaqah in Ramadan
Shadaqah or Alms in Ramadan is one of some charities that have to do for every moslem who can to do. In fact, The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam is included people who the most generous in Ramadan. Based on hadith from Ibn Abbas Radhiallahu anhu that :
“The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam was the most generous, and more generous when Ramadan. When he meet Jibril Alaihi sallam wo visited him every night in Ramadan, and taught him Al-Qur’an, so indeed The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam was more generous in doing good that the wind blow” [HR. Bukhari].
Indeed, Shadaqah in Ramadan has special things and advantages, and the forms of Shadaqah in Ramadan is :
- Giving Food
Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala explained about giving food to the poor and need,
“and they give the food they love to the poor, orphans and captives. Verily we give you food only to expect the good pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, we do not want to reward of you nor the (thanks) thank you, verily we fear out Lord on a day when those who are surly are troubled. So the Lord kept them from the trouble of that day, and gave them the charity (face) and the joy of the heart, and he rewarded them for their patience (with) heaven and (clothing) silk” [QS. An-Nisa : 8 – 12].
- Giving food for the fast
The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam said :
“whoever gives the fasting fast, for him the reward of the fasted man without deducting from the slightest reward” [HR. Ahmad and Nasni].
And in the hadith Salman Radhiallahu anhu, “who feeds the fasting man in the month of Ramadan, then is forgiven his sin, freed from hell. And for him the reward of the fasted man without any deduction from his reward”.
- Reading Al-Qur’an
One of Ramadan’s specialties compared to other months is the month in which Al-Qur’an is revealed, so there is much blessing in it. Read more about Importance of Dhikr in Islam
One of the recommended practices to be improved is to increase the reading of Al-Qur’an. In addition double charities in the month of Ramadan, reading a single letter in Al-Qur’an will be given ten goodness, even for those who stammer given two rewards. Based on the following hadith :
“the one who reads Al-Qur’an with skill is with the noble angles again obedient, while the one who recites Al-Qur’an stammered and hard to read for him two rewards” [hadith Muttafaqun’Alaihi].
- I’tikaf in Lately Ramadan
I’tikaf is a solitary activity prescribed by religion, for a mu’takif (a person who I’tikaf) confines himself in order to increase obedience to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and forger the worldly activities that occupy. Mu’takif confined himself, and expect the blessings of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
- Umrah in Ramadan
Umrah included in the Sunnah of The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam recommended to be done during the month of Ramadan, even the reward as steady as the pilgrimage. Based on the hadith of The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam which read :
“Umrah in Ramadan resembles Hajj” [HR. Al Bukhari and Muslim],
In another narration “like a pilgrim with me” a good news to get the reward of pilgrimage with The Prophet Muhammad Shallallahu alaihi wa sallam. Although Umrah worship in Ramadan is equivalent to the reward of Hajj, but this does not abort Hajj obligation for those who can do it.
- Increasing Dhikr, Prayer and Istighfar
Surely night and day are the main and glorious times during the month of Ramadan, them use that time to multiply prayer, dhikr and ask forgiveness. Read more about Laws of Answering Salaam in Social Media
Especially when the best prayer time like the following circumstances :
- When breaking fast, because a person who fasts when he break has a prayer that is not rejected
- The last third of the night when Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala descended to the heavens and said,
“is there anyone who asks, surely I give. Have anypne istighfar, surely I forgive him”,
- Istighfar at sahoor, as Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala says,
“and in the last night they ask forgiveness (to Allah)” (Surah Az-Zariyat : 18).
- Saved Fasting For Full Rewards in Ramadan
What is meant to keep our fast is the effort to make our fasting merits intact. Two ways we should do in relation to this, namely undergoing the Sunnah fasting, and away from things that can reduce the rewards and wisdom of fasting. The Sunnah fasting, among others is to end the meal and hasten the breaking.
This simple Sunnah is part of the ease and beauty of Islamic Sharia’a. we are required to end the meal, in prepration for daily fasting similarly we are asked to hasten the breaking, as the human nature needs to be considered. Read more about Last Two Verses Surah Al-Baqarah
Another fasting Sunnah is by praying before and during breaking, and breaking with a mouthful of water, hopefully this simple Sunnah we can do to optimize our fasting merit.
Maintain fasting also by away from all attitudes and actions that will reduce the blessing of our fast, such as : anger useless, emotional, lying in words, ghibah or zina in general. Such things in addition to being generally prohibited for a moslem, will also affect the quality of his fast in the beside of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.