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Spend the Day Like our Beloved Prophet Did in Ramadan

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By Mohammad Ahmed Al-Amin

As Ramadan approached, I studied in depth how RasulAllah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) spent a typical day during this blessed month. If one were to imagine what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) in the month of Ramadan, one might think it would be impossible.

But is it?

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Let us start from the beginning when the good news of the sighting of moon of Ramadan came to our Beloved Prophet.

Our beloved Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to gather his companions and give them the glad tidings of the beginning of Ramadan to draw their attention and to give the a signal that the starting month is a month full of barakah (blessings) as reported by  Abu Hurairah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) :

The Messenger of Allah said: ‘There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month, which Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, has enjoined you to fast. In it the gates of heavens are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and every devil is chained up. In it Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months; whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.”‘[1]

Our beloved Prophet started his day with praying Fajr with congregation as it was his norm in the other months. And He  taught us the importance of Fajr prayer, Jundub bin Sufyan raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “He who offers the dawn (Fajr) prayers will come under the Protection of Allah. O son of Adam! Beware, lest Allah should call you to account in any respect from (for withdrawing) His Protection.”[2] (Muslim)

He  would sit after Fajr prayer supplicating and remembering Allah until sunrise and then supplicate the morning supplication as reported by Abdullah bin Masud raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) and collected in Sahih Muslim.

And when it was forenoon, RasulAllah would perform Salatul Duhaa (the forenoon prayer) as reported by Aishah raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her):

The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to perform four Rak’ah of Duha prayer (at the forenoon) and would add to them whatever Allah wished.[3]

The Messenger of Allah  used to remember Allah a lot during his day and he informed us that it is the most beloved act to Allah as reported by Abud-Darda raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Shall I not inform you of the best of your actions which are the purest to your Rubb, which exalt you to the high ranks, which are more efficacious than spending gold and silver (in charity), and better for you than you should encounter your enemies whom you will smite their necks and they will smite your necks?” They said, “Certainly.” He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Remembrance of Allah the Exalted.” Tirmidhi[4]

Also we can learn from the generosity of our Beloved Prophet  in Ramadan. He gave a lot of Sadaqah and urge his companions to do so as well. The month of Ramadan is a month of blessing, a month which we remember the poor and the situation they live in. So giving a lot of Sadaqah was the Sunnah of our Beloved. As narrated by Ibn Abbas raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

‘The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was the most generous of all the people, and he used to become more generous in Ramadan when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night during Ramadan to revise the Qur’an with him. Allah’s Messenger ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) then used to be more generous than the fast wind.’ (Bukhari)[5]

As we all know, our Beloved  used to read Quran in abundance in Ramadan and it is the only month which he would finish the Quran in one night. As reported by Aisha raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her):

“I do not know that the Messenger of Allah recited the whole Quran in one night, or prayed Qiyam until morning, or ever fasted an entire month except Ramadan.” (Nasai)[6]

In the evening, as it was his norm the Messenger of Allah used to hasten the breaking of his fast as reported by Sahl Bin Sa’ad raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

“The people will remain on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast.”[7] (Bukhari)                                                                                                                           

When He  broke his fast he taught us to supplicate before breaking our fast as reported by Abu Hurairah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him):

‘There are three whose supplications are not turned back: A just ruler, and a fasting person until he breaks his fast. And, the supplication of one who has been wronged is raised by Allah up to the clouds on the Day of Resurrection, and the gates of heaven are opened for it, and Allah says, ‘By My Might I will help you (against the wrongdoer) even if it is after a while.’” (Hasan) –Ibn Majah[8]

And as reported by Anas bin Malik raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) and collected by Imam An-Nawawi in his famous work Riyadh Saliheen (May Allah be pleased with him), he said:

 “The Messenger of Allah would break the fast with fresh dates before performing Salat. If there were no fresh dates then (he would break the fast) with dried dates, and if there were no dried dates then he would take a few sips of water.”[9]

In the last ten days the Messenger of Allah would stay awake at night and pray the whole night not alone but together with his family members.

Aishah raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) reported:

When the last ten nights (of Ramadan) would begin, the Messenger of Allah () would keep awake at night (for prayer and devotion), awaken his family and prepare himself to be more diligent in worship.[10] (Bukhari, Muslim)

To complete the 24 hour cycle,  our Beloved Prophet used to eat suhur and he urged his Ummah to do so because of its immense blessings. As collected in Sahih Bukhari Anas bin Malik raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) narrates that,

The Prophet said:  “Take Suhur as there is a blessing in it.”[11]

Surely this Ramadan, we can strive to follow in our Beloved’s footsteps.

Muhammad Ahmed (Al-amin) is a regular speaker at his local community and webinars online. He has studied Arabic intensively at Al Amin Institute, Sahih-Bukhari for a year under Sheikh Muhammad Umal (Great Muhadith in East Africa) and Tajweed under Qari Sh. Abdirashid Ali Suufi (Imam in Qatar); studied fiqh the Sharh Mumti Ala Za’ad Al Mustaqini Specializing in Hanbali Fiqh under Sh Abu Eesa for 3 years and tafseer under various scholars from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. He lives in Sweden with his wife and their beautiful daughter. He is currently pursuing Masters in Islamic Studies at Islamic Online University.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/qisoyiin

 

[1] Sunan an-Nasa’i 2106 Vol. 3, Book 22, Hadith 2108

[2] Sahih Muslim -Book 9, Hadith 59

[3] Sahih Muslim -Book 9, Hadith 151

[4] Sunan Tirmidhi- Book 16, Hadith 34

[5]Sahih Bukhari- Vol. 4, Book 56, Hadith 754

[6] Sunan Nasai-Book 22, Hadith 93

[7] Sahih Bukhari-Book 30, Hadith 64

[8] Sunan Ibn Majah-Book(Chapter) 7, Hadith 1824

[9] Tirmidhi -Book 8, Hadith 15

[10] Sahih Muslim- Book of Virtues/Sahih Bukhari –Book of virtues Book 9, Hadith 203

[11] Sahih Bukhari-Book 30, Hadith 32

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. faria

    June 25, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Mashallah
    Well explained
    Jazakallah khairan

    • Muhammad

      June 28, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      Allahu Yubarik Fiiki

  2. maleeha

    June 26, 2015 at 2:21 AM

    Informative and succinct article!
    Thank you very much for sharing this important information :)

    • Muhammad

      June 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      JazakiAllahu kheyran

  3. Evangelynn Gean

    July 2, 2015 at 1:38 AM

    This gives me more insight into what Prophet Muhammed did during Ramadan.. Thank you.

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  5. Faheem

    April 24, 2022 at 2:44 PM

    Hi, very informative article. But grossly misses to detail a very important aspect of ramadaan. Sleep!!!! The is no mention of it, no concern about it. The prophet and companions were human and not robots. It will be worthwhile for someone to elaborate how they managed to fulfil this essential human need after staying awake all night and working all day.

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