Friday, July 19, 2013

33 Blessings and Benefits of Ramadan Fasting

The blessings and benefits of Ramadan Fasting are too many 
to be counted. If one does recognize them and realize their 
importance, he wishes to have the month of Ramadan to be 
throughout the whole year.

These blessings are given by Allah to the fasting Muslims, 
who are to fast with full faith and expectation.

These blessings and benefits of the month of fasting during 
Ramadan have been grouped and summarized into different 
categories. They are summarized here without commentary. 
It should be remembered that all of these blessings were taken 
directly from Holy Quran and Hadith.

The following is a partial list for the blessings and benefits of 
Ramadan Fasting:

01. Taqwa:
  1. Fearing Allah (SWT)
  2. Practicing the Revelations of Allah (SWT)
  3. Accepting the little things that one has achieved
  4. Preparing for departure from this world to the Hereafter
  5. Self-discipline
  6. Self-control
  7. Self-restraint
  8. Self-education
  9. Self-evaluation
By accepting these criteria and by practicing them, 
the Muslim will achieve the concept of Taqwa in his private 
and public life.

02. Protection:
  1. Avoiding Immorality
  2. Avoiding anger/outcry/uproar
  3. Avoiding stupidity
  4. Avoiding all makrooh/mashbooh/haram
By achieving these good manners, a Muslim will come out of 
fasting a better human being in the society.

03. Revelation of Holy Quran: 

The Holy Quran was revealed 
during the month of Ramadan. The Holy Quran is meant to be:
  1. A Guidance to mankind
  2. A Manifestation of right from wrong
  3. A Summation and culmination of all previous revelations
  4. A Glad-tiding to the believers
  5. A Healer
  6. A Mercy
04. Doors of heaven are open:

The Doors of Heaven are open. 

05. Doors of hell are closed:

Doors of hell are closed. 

06. Devils are chained down:

Devils are chained down.

07. Fasting with Iman (faith) and expectation: 

Such type of intention leads to forgiveness by Allah (SWT) 
to the individual's sins.

08. Door of Rayyan: 

There is in Paradise a door called Al-Rayyan. It is for the 
fasting Muslims. Only those who fasted the month of Ramadan 
are the ones to enjoy the bliss of Paradise inside that area.

09. Rejoices: There are two types of rejoices for the Muslims 
who fast. These are:
  1. When breaking fast
  2. When meeting Allah (SWT) on the day of Judgment
10. Mouth Smell: 

The smell of the mouth of the fasting Muslim will be better than 
the smell of musk during the day of Judgement. (Bad Breath)

11. Glad-Tidings: 

These glad-tidings are given to the well-wishers while the ill-wishers 
are to be stopped during fasting.

12. Ramadan -to- Ramadan: 

Whoever fasts two consecutive months of Ramadan with good intention 
will receive forgiveness for the mistakes committed throughout the year.

13. Multiplication of Rewards: 

Doing good = 10x, 70x, 700x or more during the month of Ramadan.

14. Feeding Others: 

Whoever invites others to break the fast, and whoever takes care of 
the hungry, needy, during the last ten days of Ramadan will receive 
equal rewards to the fasting person(s).

15. Blessing of Iftar: 

Dua is accepted by ALLAH (SWT) at Iftar time.

16. Blessings of Sahoor (The late night meal): 

This meal time gives the opportunity for:
  1. Night Prayers
  2. Zikr, Remembrance, Contemplation
  3. Recitation of Holy Quran
  4. Fajr Salat in Jamaat
  5. Dua of Fajr
17. Night Prayers: 

Whoever performs the Night prayers with sincerity and good intention 
will receive forgiveness of his past mistakes.

18. Shafa'at (Pleading One's Case for Forgiveness): 

Whoever fasts Ramadan will receive on the day of Judgement 
the Shafa'at of:
  1. Ramadan
  2. Holy Quran
19. Ihya (Passing Nights Awake): 

Last ten days of Ramadan. When a Muslim makes this type of effort, 
he will get rewards, forgiveness, and multiples of blessings.

20. Itikaf (Retreat): 

A Muslim who performs Itikaf during the last ten days of Ramadan 
will get:
  1. Blessings and rewards
  2. Peace of mind
  3. Contemplation and evaluation
  4. Better citizen
21. Lailatul Qadr (The Night of Power): 

Whoever observes it with sincerity and good intention will get 
the following benefits:
  1. Forgiveness of mistakes
  2. Better than 1,000 months
  3. Dua
  4. Zikr
  5. Prayers
  6. Reading Holy Quran
  7. Rewards
  8. Blessings
  9. Better human being
22. Generosity: 

Kindness, hospitality, visitation, etc. All of these and many more 
are among the benefits of Ramadhan.

23. Zakat al-Fitrah (Charity on Eid Day): 

The benefits of paying such as charity to the needy are tremendous, 
among which are the following:
  1. Purity
  2. Feeding the needy
  3. Sharing happiness
  4. Improving human relations
  5. Improving society
24. Sadaqah (Charity): 

The benefits of paying sadaqah are many. These are summarized 
as follows:
  1. Purity
  2. Flourishing of wealth
  3. Improving economy
  4. Circulation of wealth
  5. Elimination of inflation
  6. Elimination of poverty
25. Fasting and Health: 

By fasting, one gets the following benefits:
  1. Purification of body from toxins
  2. Reducing of weight
  3. Purity of brain
  4. Rejuvenation of body
  5. Living of life with happiness
  6. Looking younger
26. Change of Lifestyle: 

By living a different life style, one gets rid of the monotony of life 
and hence enjoys his life span.

27. Sharing: 
Sharing of hunger, thirst and rituals with others in the society.

28. Eid-ul-Fitr (Feast): 

Sharing of happiness and visitation of one another as members of 
the society.

29. Graveyards Visitation: 

One will get the following benefits by visiting graveyards.
  1. Dua for the deceased
  2. Preparing oneself for departure from this world
  3. Feeling respect for the deceased
  4. Making the person to be humble in his life
30. Every breath is Tasbiih:

Every breath and even sleep is Ibadah and awarded.

31. Umrah in Ramadan: 
Visiting Makkah during the fasting month of Ramadan is:
  1. Equal to one Hajj (pilgrimage)
  2. Equal to one Hajj with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
32. Historical Successes and Victories in Ramadan:

Muslims throughout their history received many benefits 
during Ramadan the month of fasting, among which are 
the following:
  1. Battle of Badr
  2. Battle of Khandaq
  3. Opening of Makkah
  4. Battle of Tabuk
  5. Tariq Ibn Ziyad opened Europe
  6. Salahuddin liberated Jerusalem from the crusaders
  7. Egypt and Israel, 1973 - Egyptians kicked the Israelis out of Egypt 
  8. during Ramadan the month of fasting, etc.
33. Learning lessons from historical incidents that happened during 
Holy Ramadan the month of fasting, e.g.
  1. Wafaat Hazrat Khadijeh (as).
  2. Wiladat Imam Hassan bin Ali (as).
  3. Shahadat Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as).
  4. Youm-al-Quds.