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For every spiritual discipline and action which are performed for the sake of attaining Divine approval and righteousness there are rewards which are mentioned and enumerated, yet fasting is such a special mode of worship that God declares, "Fasting is for My sake and I Myself is it's reward." - Sacred Tradition of Islam
This opportunity of fasting is bestowed generously in the month of Ramadan, which is like the period of holy spring for ahlul qulub, the people of Heart. There are innumerable blessings, both hidden and manifest, which are placed within the nights of Ramadan. Why night? Because nights are special moments for every lover to be alone with the Beloved. Night is specially chosen to keep vigils, meditation and contemplation for it is enshrouded in the veils of mystery and made perfect for those who seek privacy with their Lord.
"Verily there are my servants among my servants who love Me, and I love them, and they long for Me, and I long for them and they look at Me, and I look at them… And their signs are that they preserve the shade at daytime as compassionately as a herdsman preserves his sheep, and they long for sunset as the bird longs for his nest at dusk, and when the night comes and the shadows become mixed and the beds are spread out and the bedsteads are put up and every lover is alone with his beloved, then they will stand on their feet and put their faces on the ground and will call Me with My word and will praise Me with My graces, half crying and half weeping, half bewildered and half complaining, sometimes standing, sometime sitting, sometimes kneeling, sometimes prostrating, and I see what they bear for My sake and I hear what they complain from My love."
~ Imam al-Ghazzali
"He has lied who claims to love Me but who when night falls sleeps (and leaves) Me. Does not every lover love to be alone with his beloved." ~ Imam Al-Haddad
Spiritual Heir and one of the foremost companion, venerable Ali Ibn Abi Tailb, may Allah ennoble his face, narrated that, one day he asked the Generous Messenger, His excellence Muhammad, sallalhu alaiyhi wa sallam about the daily blessings of Ramadan.
The Precious Pearl, Muhammad Mustafa, the chosen one, countless peace and blessings upon him, then pictures each night of the blessed month of Ramadan as below:
1st night of Ramadan: A mumin/person with piety (pious-virtuous in merit) becomes as innocent as a newly born child, that is, all his/her sins are forgiven by Allah azza wa jal.
2nd night of Ramadan: If the parents are mumins, all sins of his/her parents are forgiven.
3rd night of Ramadan: Angels from under the Arsh (Divine Throne) calls the fasting muslim, “O Pious! Clear all your amals (deeds) to Allah Who has forgiven all your past sins and crime.”
4th night of Ramadan: Equivalent rewards of the reciters of the Holy Torah, Gospel, Psalms and Qur’an.
5th night of Ramadan: Allah gives reward to the fasting muslim as equivalent to those praying in Masjidul Haram (Makkah), Masjid un Nabi (Medinah), and Masjid al-Aqsa (Jerusalem).
6th night of Ramadan: Rewards given to the one doing tawaf/ circumbulating around Baitul Ma’mur/the House in the Heavens.
7th night of Ramadan: Reward gained as equivalent to Musa Alaiyhis salam when he fought against Firaun and Haman.
8th night of Ramadan: The person of piety achieves rewards equivalent to all rewards gained by Ibrahim Alayhis salam in his whole life.
9th night of Ramadan: The person of piety receives rewards of Nabi Kareem Rehmatullil Aalamin Muhammad sallalahu alaiyhi wa sallam achieved in his whole life.
10th night of Ramadan: The pious receives overall goodness in this world and the hereafter.
11th night of Ramadan: Receives the status of those great mumins who died with perfect Imaan (faith) and as fully innocent.
12th night of Ramadan: The person with piety gains the status on the day of judgment of those who will have illuminating face like the beautiful moon of 14th night of a month/full moon.
13th night of Ramadan: The person of piety will be secured from all disasters on the day of judgment.
14th night of Ramadan: The pious secures a collective testimony of the angels that he/she has prayed Taraweeh prayers and so, Allah shall grant him/her paradise without question.
15th night of Ramadan: All angels including the holy carriers of Arsh Kursi will pray for the person to shower him/her Rehmat.
16th night of Ramadan: Allah Jalle Shana Hu will set the person free from hell-fire and grant entry to paradise.
17th night of Ramadan: Rewards achieved as equivalent to all the Prophets since the beginning of time on earth.
18th night of Ramadan: An angel will call the person, “O Allah’s servant! Allah is satisfied with you and your parents”.
19thth night of Ramadan: Allah shall increase his/her status at the highest heaven (Jannat-ul Ferdous).
20th night of Ramadan: The person of piety will receive rewards as equivalent to all the martyrs and righteous servants.
21st night of Ramadan: The person of piety will receive the status of those who will have no fear, anxiety on the day of judgment, and those who will be protected from all adversaries on that day.
23rd night of Ramadan: Allah will create a city for the person in Paradise.
24th night of Ramadan: Allah will raise his/her status as that of a person whose 24 supplications have been granted. (24 wishes/ dua / supplications to be granted).
25th night of Ramadan: The person of piety will receive the status of those who are protected from trials of the grave.
26th night of Ramadan: Allah will shower him/her rehmat of 40 years.
27th night of Ramadan: The person of piety will receive the rank of those who will pass the pulsirat/ bridge over hell in fraction of a second, like a thunder.
28th night of Ramadan: Allah will raise him/her one step higher in heaven.
29th night of Ramadan: Allah gives rewards of the Hajji whose pilgrimage is accepted.
30th night of Ramadan: Allah will call this servant saying, “O my servant! Eat the fruits of paradise as you please, bathe in the water of salsabil and drink the water of al-kawthar. I am your Sustainer and you Are my servant!”.
Subhanallah! All Perfect Glory be to Allah.. Please accept from us for Your sake. Ameen.
Fabi-ayyi ala-i Rabbikuma tukazziban
So which of the bounties of your Lord can you deny?
- The Quran, 55
Transmission and credit: The foregoing fazilat/blessings of the Ramadan nights were given to Shahzia Mohsin Khan by her guide Mr. Taher Sobhan, may Allah be pleased with him, accept his work and preserve him, in the holy Shabaan of 2009 via his spiritual brother and disciple Mr. Tapan, custodian of the wireless-gate mosque in Moghbazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Please feel free to distribute among yourselves, family, friends, and anybody on the straight path of Love and Truth. For details you may contact: khan.shahzia (at) gmail (dot com)
* Verily, I Am regarding them in their loneliness and I See their weeping
* The Meaning and Dimensions of Fasting in Ramadan
* Observing Ramadan as a Month of Universal Spirituality