Ramadan with the prophet Muhammad

Prophetic Reflections on Ramadan

A collection of Ahadeeth compiled and translated by Dr. Bilal Philips

1. Aboo Umaamah said: I came to Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and asked, “Instruct me to do something which will put me in paradise,” and he replied,“You should fast for there is nothing equal to it.” When I came to him a second time, he said, “You should fast.” Collected by Ahmad and an-Nasaa’ee

2. Aboo Hurayrah narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“By the One in whose hand is Muhammad’s soul, the odor of a fasting person’s mouth is more fragrant to Allaah than musk.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree
3. Aboo Hurayrah related that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) quoted Allaah as saying:“Fasting is for Me and I will personally reward for it.
[The fasting person] put aside his sexual desire, his food and drink for My sake.”
Collected by al-Bukhaaree

4. Sahl narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:“There is a gate in paradise called Rayyaan through which only those who fasted will enter.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree

5. Abdullaah said: When we were youths with the Prophet we did not have anything so Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told us:“Young people, whoever among you is able should get married because it is best for lowering the gaze and protecting one’s chastity. And whoever is unable should fast because it will cut his sexual desire.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree

6. Hafsah related from the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that he said:“Whoever does not resolve to fast before the dawn will not have a fast.” Collected by at-Tirmithee, an-Nasaa’ee and Aboo Daawood

7. Aboo Hurayrah quoted the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as saying:“When Ramadaan comes the gates of paradise are opened, the gates of hell are locked and the devils are chained.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim

8. Aboo Hurayrah quoted the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as saying:“Perhaps a fasting person will gain nothing from his fast but hunger and perhaps the one who stands up at night for prayer will gain nothing but tiredness.” Collected by Ibn Maajah

9. Aboo Hurayrah quoted the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as saying:“Allaah has no need for one to leave his food and drink if he does not abandon lies and acting on them.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree

10. Aboo Hurayrah related that Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:“Fasting is a shield. So the fasting person should avoid lewdness and ignorant behavior. If someone fights him or curses him he should tell him twice: I am fasting.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree

11. Aboo Hurayrah related that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:“Whoever fasts the month of Ramadaan out of sincere faith and seeking his reward from God will have his previous sins forgiven.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree

12. Aboo Hurayrah related that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:“Whoever stands up [in prayer] on the Night of Power out of sincere faith and seeking his reward from God will have his previous sins forgiven.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree

13. Aboo Hurayrah related that Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:“On the first night of Ramadaan the devils and evil jinns are chained, all the doors of hell are closed and all the gates of paradise are opened. Then a caller will announce: ‘Whoever desires good come forward and whoever desires evil should remain back.’ And there are many whom Allaah frees from the fire every night.” Narrated by at-Tirmithee and Ibn Maajah

14. Aboo Hurayrah related that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) quoted Allaah as saying:“The fasting person has two instances of delight: one when he breaks his fast and the other when he meets his Lord.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree

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