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|Dear Sheikh, as-salamu `alaykum. Thank you for your time and efforts. Now, only very few days are remaining for Ramadan. I know Ramadan is a month full of blessings and rewards; but is it not necessary to prepare before the month itself? How could we prepare ourselves to reap the fruits of Ramadan.|
AnswerWa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Thanks for your important question. We ask Allah to guide us to the best ways of how to welcome the upcoming month of Ramadan with faith and devotion.
It has been authentically transmitted that the Prophet's Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) used to implore Allah to bless them with the opportunity to witness Ramadan six months ahead of it. This may reflect the intense desire of the Companions to gain the multiple rewards in this blessed month. As Muslims, we have to enhance our spiritual state to start this month with open hearts ready to receive the light of iman. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to say these words when the month of Sha`ban drew to a close: "O Muslims! A noble and generous month has come to you. A month in which a night is better than one thousand months, and this month is the month of charity, patience, and mercy. In this month the gates of Paradise become wide open and the gates of Hell are shut, and the devils are chained." (An-Nasa'i)
In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto,Ontario, Canada, states: