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Ramadan: the Month of Prayer

Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) says:

Each slave of Allah who fasts has a prayer to be answered at the time of breaking his/her fast (at the proper time). The answer to his/her prayer is given as a reward either in the world or in the Hereafter in an eternal fashion. (Kanzu'l-Ummal, 3:328)

Ramadan is the month of prayer.Prayers said in holy nights, in the appointed Three Months, and especially in Ramadan are close to acceptance.

As for the time of eating after fasting, it is the time when man gets closer to Allah, and when s/he feels the joy of having fulfilled His command.

Then the believer is cleansed of his/her faults and blemishes and feels a strong attachment to Allah. Just at that time, if man prays to his/her Lord, s/he will not be left unanswered.

S/he will either get what s/he wishes in the world and thus receive the reward of the prayer in advance, or send a light to his/her hereafter and eternal life in a better way.

This is because Allah knows better what His slave needs, and accepts his/her prayers in the way that is good for him/her.

Ramadan: the Month of Allah's Remembrance (Dhikrullah)

Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says:

Those who engage in remembering Allah on the days of Ramadan are cleansed of their sins, and those who wish from Allah are not left empty-handed. (Kanzu'l-Ummal, 8:464)

Ramadan is a season when Allah is remembered often and prayers are said in abundance. Believers who fast throughout Ramadan pass their nights and days remembering Allah. They remember Allah both with their behaviors and actions and with their mouths and tongues; and they rest their hearts and souls.

They also open their hands and hearts to their Lord in order to ask both their needs in the world and their expectations about the hereafter. They know that this month is a peaceful month in which wishes are fulfilled, needs are cared for and expectations are answered.

At the same time, they try to carry out different types of remembrance at different times and places.

In the following hadith narrated by Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) mentions the different sorts of remembrance of Allah:

Whoever fasts in Ramadan in silence and peace for one day, says: 'Allah is the greatest', recites: “La ilaha illallah” (there is no god but Allah), thanks Allah, knows what is permitted as permitted and what is forbidden as forbidden, Allah forgives all his/her past sins. (Kanzu'l-Ummal, 8:482)

A believer who becomes like an angel in this month by fasting is cleansed of his/her sins which are spiritual dirts and also tries to deserve Allah's acceptance/pleasure, by reciting the words of greatness (Allah is the greatest), words of oneness (There is no god but Allah), words of thankfulness, prayers for the Prophet, words of exaltedness of Allah, and words of repentance.