Virtues of The First 10 days of Ramadhan
Ramadhan is a glorious month which is always been waited from all muslim ummat. Ramadhan is the month where all Islam ummat is doing worship like fasting and tarawih prayer and Allah SWT guarantees huge rewards on it. Fasting in Ramadhan is a mandatory for all Islam ummat, and it is different from sunnah fasting like Rajab fasting, Arafah fasting, Monday fasting and Daud fasting from the law of its implementations. Islam ummat is forbidden to leave fasting unless for those who are aged or cannot doing fasting due to of the current condition, such as wayfarer, sickness, pregnant women and breastfeeding women. Read more about Virtues of Laylatul Qadr Night
Postulate regarding of Ramadhan fasting
Fasting in Ramadhan for a month is not only resisting hunger, but we also required holding our lust as Allah SWT mentioned on Al-Baqarah 183-185 says:
ا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
“Dear devout people, it is required to you to have fasting as it is a mandatory from all those people before you so you will have godly.”
اَيَّامًا مَعْدُوْدتٍ فَمَنْ كَانَ مِنْكُمْ مَرِيْضًا اَوْ عَلى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ اَيَّامٍ اُخَرَ وَعَلَى الَّذِيْنَ يُطِيْقُوْنَهُ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِيْنٍ فَمَنْ تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهُ وَ اَنْ تَصُوْمُوْا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ اِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُوْنَ
“(Which is) in certain several days. Then, those who are sick among you or in a travelling (he did break fasting), he shall (it is mandatory to do fasting) as many as the day he left on the other days. And it is an obligation to those who do not afford to implement it (if they cannot do fasting) to pay fidyah, which is feeding the poor. Those who are heartfelt doing the goodness (feeding the poor more than one person for one day), they shall get the best. In fact, fasting is better when you realizing it.”
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيٓ اُنْزِلَ فِيْهِ الْقُرْاٰنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنٰتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدٰى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَنْ شَهِدَ مِنْكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَنْ كَانَ مَرِيْضًا اَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِنْ اَيَّامٍ اُخَرَ يُرِيْدُ اللهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيْدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوْا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللهَ عَلٰى مَا هَدٰىكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُوْنَ
“(the certain several days) is the Ramadhan month, a month whereas Al-Qur’an is being declared as human guidance with all its explanations and the differences (between right and the fool). Thus, those who are attending (in their living hood) at the month, he shall do fasting at the month, and those who are in sick condition or traveling (he did breakfasting), then (he required to do fasting) as many as the day he left on the other days. Allah SWT willed simplicity for you and do not want difficulty for you too. You shall required of His counting and glamorize of Allah SWT for all His guidance so you are thankful.”
Based on explanation above, we can see that Ramadhan has its own virtues, and it is divided into 3 categories ; the first 10 days of Ramadhan, the second 10 days of Ramadhan and the last 10 days of Ramadhan. As Rasulullah SAW say,”
أَوَّلُ شَهْرِ رَمَضَان رَحْمَة وَأَوْسَطُهُ مَغْفِرَة وَآخِرُهُ عِتْقٌ مِنَ النَّار
“The beginning of Ramadhan is full of blesses, the second of Ramadhan is full of forgiveness, and the last Ramadhan is freedom from Hades.”
The challenges of the first 10 days of Ramadhan fasting
This is the time where we are usually getting difficulties to have adaptation by not eating and drinking at noon. Here, most of ummat are still have full spirit and energy to do worship especially to pray tarawih at the mosque.
At the first 10 days of Ramadhan, Allah SWT is giving all of His blesses to all His ummat. Every graceful door is open to all devout people and we are recommended to get one of the door. Allah SWT grace is His abundant loving to all His ummat so we are feeling alive and doing all worship as if it is our provision in live after live. It is the reason that we are recommended not to abandon the first 10 days of Ramadhan useless. Read more about Virtues of Feeding The Poor in Islam
Here, Islam ummat is also recommended to do many worship and can manage of himself from his lust in the term of anything that caused of breakfasting. Those who are abandoning in purposely doing of worship at the first 10 days will be lost. Below is some information about ways to get Allah SWT graceful at the first 10 days of Ramadhan.
- Multiply of sunnah worship
As a working and busy person, we are recommended to increase our worship in Ramadhan by doing sunnah prayer like Dhuha prayer, even there is also a Rawatib sunnah before and after the mandatory prayer.
- Increasing the frequency of reading Al-Qur-an
Ramadhan is a month whereas Al-Qur’an is revealed for the first time and those who are reading it will get multiplied rewards. It is recommended to read Al-Qur’an as much as we can during Ramadhan rather than doing the badness things because reading Al-Qur’an can make our heart calm and comfortable.
- Multiplying dzikr to Allah SWT
Dzikr is remembering Allah SWT and those who are willing to get closer to Him, he is recommended to utterance dzikr because our heart will always remember Allah SWT and He will also get closer to us.
- Avoiding things that can make us breakfasting
Anger, lying and gossiping and others are one of the matters that can make our fasting broken. To avoiding those kind of actions, we are advices to talk as it as necessary especially chatting the not important things.
- Do mandatory praying in a pilgrim
It is recommended for men kind to do mandatory praying in pilgrim as it is a mandatory for them. It is corresponding with Rasulullah SAW activity which is never leaves the pilgrim praying even in the sick condition or bad weather.
It is advisable to do Subh prayer at the nearest mosque as well as the mandatory prayer. Read more about Benefits of Illness in Islam
- Multiplying our prayer to Allah SWT
Praying is a communication tool to Allah so we can always get His blesses. All of Muslim is recommended to always pray to Allah SWT especially in Ramadhan because it is the special month whereas all our prayer will be granted by Him.
Visiting our relatives or doing hospitality is one of the bless door of Allah SWT because it can closer our brotherhood. In fact, it would be better for us to give alms to our relatives needed as long as we are afforded.
Hope the explanations can increase our knowledge about the first 10 days of fasting Ramadhan and we are avoiding from the badness categories. Amin ya Rabbal Alamin.