What should one Preoccupy his Time with
during the Month of Ramadaan?
Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzaan
Ittihaaf Ahlil-Eemaan bi Duroos Shahri Ramadaan
All praise be to Allaah for His blessings and
generosity. He has blessed us by allowing us to reach the month of
Ramadaan and enabling us to do good deeds by which we can draw nearer to
Him. And may the peace and blessings be on our prophet Muhammad – who
was the first to hasten to do good deeds – as well as upon his family
and Companions – those who believed in him, supported him and followed
the light that was revealed to him. They are the successful ones.
As for what follows, then:
I advise you and myself to fear Allaah during this blessed month as well
as in any other month. However, this month has a special merit by which
Allaah has distinguished it, since it is a unique occasion for
performing good deeds. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would supplicate to Allaah to allow him to be able to reach Ramadaan. So when the month of Rajab would come in, he (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would say: “O Allaah! Bless us during Rajab and Sha’baan and allow us to reach Ramadaan.”
The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would also give his Companions the glad tidings of its arrival and explain to them its many virtues, saying to them: “O people! A great and blessed month has come upon you.”
The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would encourage his
Companions to strive hard in performing good deeds during this month,
both the obligatory and recommended ones, such as prayer, charity,
showing goodness and kindness, being patient while obeying Allaah,
spending one’s day with fasting, one’s night with praying and one’s
hours with recitation of the Qur’aan and remembering Allaah.
So do not waste time by being heedless and refusing, as is the case with
the wretched ones who have forgotten Allaah and so He has caused them
to forget themselves. Such people do not extract benefit from the
passing of occasions for doing good, nor do they realize their sanctity
or know their worth.
Many people don’t know this month except as a month for various types of
foods and beverages. So they go to great extents in giving their souls
what they desire. And they exceed in buying fancy types of foods and
drinks. It is well known that the intake of too much food and drink
causes one to be lazy with acts of worship. What is required for the
Muslim is that he decrease in his intake of food and drink such that he
is energetic when it comes to acts of worship.
Some people don’t know the month of Ramadaan except as a month in which
one sleeps during the day and stays up all night doing things that have
no benefit or things that cause harm. So these people stay awake most of
the night or all of it then sleep in the daytime even over the times of
the obligatory prayers. So they don’t pray with the congregation or in
the prescribed times of prayer.
Another group of people sit at the dinner table when it’s time to break
fast and abandon performing the Maghrib prayer in congregation. These
types of people do not know the value of the month of Ramadaan nor do
they refrain from violating its sanctity by committing the forbidden
type of sleeplessness (i.e. all night), abandoning the obligations and
doing the prohibited.
Next to these people are those individuals who don’t view the month of
Ramadaan except as an opportunity for doing business, displaying their
products and chasing after the worldly life, which is temporary. So they
are active in buying and selling, thus spending all their time in the
marketplaces and abandoning the masaajid. And if they do go to the
masaajid, then they are in haste and anguish. They do not relax while in
the masaajid since their joy and comfort lies in the market areas.
And there is another type of people that do not know the month of
Ramadaan except as a time for begging in the masaajid and in the
streets. So they spend most of their time going back and forth from here
and there and traveling from one country to another in order to collect
money through begging and by presenting themselves as being needy when
they are in fact wealthy, and as injured when they are in fact healthy!
Such people are denying Allaah’s blessing on them and taking the
people’s wealth unjustly. And they are wasting their precious time in
things that are harmful to them. So there are no special merits that can
be found in Ramadaan for these types of people.
O servants of Allaah! The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would strive hard during this month more than he would in any other month. Even though the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)
was strong in performing worship at all times, he would free himself up
during this month from many of the duties, which in reality were acts
of worship, leaving off these righteous deeds for deeds that were better
than those. The Salaf would follow his example in this regard and so
they would particularize this month with higher ambitions, thus keeping
themselves unoccupied in it so that they could perform good deeds. They
would spend their night in Tahajjud prayer and their day in fasting,
remembrance of Allaah and recitation of the Qur’aan, thus frequenting
the masaajid for that purpose. So we should compare our conditions to
their conditions and see what the extent of our abilities is in this
And we should know that just as the good deeds are multiplied during
this month, then likewise, evil acts are worse and their punishment is
greater. So we should fear Allaah and magnify the sanctity of this
"And whoever magnifies the sacred things of Allaah, this is better for him in the sight of his Lord." [Surah Al-Hajj]
May Allaah grant us all the ability to have righteous statements and actions.
And may the peace and blessings be on our prophet Muhammad, as well as all of his family and Companions.
Published: October 5, 2005 | Modified: October 5, 2005