Ramadan is that blessed month in which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala showers His special mercy and blessings on His servants. The devils are chained and Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala encourages His servants to excel in good deeds so that performing good deeds is easier for them.
The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened.” [Muslim: 2496]
In another narration he said, “Ramadan has come to you – a blessed month. Allah has made obligatory upon you its fasting. In it, the gates of heaven are open, the gates of the Hellfire are closed and the evil devils are chained. To Allah belongs a night in it, which is better than a thousand months. Whosoever is prevented from its good, then he has been deprived.” [Musnad Ahmad: 7148]
Things to Do:
– Hasten in all types of good deeds such as worship, charity, helping others or greeting others with salaam, smiling, etc.
– The devils are chained and it is easier to urge ourselves to good; so do not lose this excellent opportunity of self-improvement.
– Memorize this supplication and make it in the morning and evening:
“يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ وَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ”
“O Ever-Living One, O Eternal One, by Your mercy I call on You to set right all my affairs. Do not hand me over to my soul even for the blinking of an eye (i.e. a moment).” [Sunan al-Kubra lil al-Nasai: 10404]
It is reported from Huzaifa radhiAllahu ‘anhu that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The trial (fitnah) of a man in respect of his wife, money, children and neighbors is expiated by his prayers, fasting, charity and by enjoining (what is good) and forbidding (what is evil).” [Bukhari: 525]
[Book: Shahrul Ramadan – the Month of Ramadan by Dr. Farhat Hashmi]