Muslims around the globe observe Ramadan as a month of fasting, commitment, reflection, repentance, and generosity. Throughout the hundreds of years of its observance, Ramadan has held its lively transcendental essence. It signifies the hanker and thirst felt by the fasting individuals who go through the holy month.
The faithful get advantages of fasting in the form of Divine rewards. Allah Almighty has divided the holy month of Ramadan into three stages known as “Ashras” of Ramadan. Each Ashra, comprising roughly 10 days, holds specific importance for the believers. Here, we let you through 10 lessons of Ramadan for the 1st Ashra of “Blessings”.
The Holy Quran certifies the importance of Ramadan and fasting in the following words: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious).”
The concept underlying the division of Ramadan into Ashra
The month of Ramadan is full of blessings, mercy, and forgiveness assuredly. It is the best occasion for all Muslims to acquire more blessings from Allah, pray for their forgiveness, and to save themselves from the Hellfire.
If we observe this holy month historically, the Holy Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadan as a source of guidance for all humankind. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “It (Ramadan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness, and its end, release from the fire of hell.”
All the three Ashras of Ramadan carry their own specialty and uniqueness. On the basis of that peculiarity, Muslims make supplications accordingly for each Ashra and try to focus their attention on the respective virtues that come with that particular period. Dividing the month of Ramadan into Ashra helps us in understanding further the very essence of Ramadan and Saum (fasting). Each dua for every period is significant. It is essential since it helps us to clear our minds and cleanse our bodies. Out of several, the major 10 lessons of Ramadan can be sought from the 1st Ashra itself.
The 1st Ashra of ‘mercy’ and ‘blessings’ bearing 10 lessons of Ramadan
The first Ashra is from the 1st to the 10th of Ramadan. The first ten days of Ramadan are the days of Mercy. Every Muslim should seek the mercy of Almighty Allah during these days. Reading the Holy Quran is also very important and one must offer as much dua as possible, as Allah loves those who beg in front of Him. All three Ashras offer ways of earning rewards before Ramadan ends.
With every prayer, Quran recitation, and Nafil prayer, the objective of a Muslim should be to invoke Allah Almighty for His mercy. In one Hadith, it narrates that Allah says:
“O son of Adam! However much you call upon Me and place your hopes in Me, I will forgive you without any reservation. O son of Adam! If you have sins piling up to the clouds and then ask My forgiveness, I will forgive you without any reservation. O son of Adam! If you come to me with enough mistakes to fill the Earth, and meet Me without associating anything as a partner with Me, I will come to you with enough forgiveness to fill the Earth.” (Tirmizi)
The dua to recite in the first Ashra is:
Translation: “O! My Lord forgive and have Mercy and You are the Best of Merciful.”
The 10 lessons of Ramadan’s 1st Ashra
While you seek mercy from Allah, be merciful to your fellow beings as well. Allah certainly loves those who are good to others. In fact, the objective of the first Ashra is to practice being merciful and kind to our fellow beings. Among numerous lessons that the 1st Ashra teaches us, we can enlist a handful as beneath:
- The month of Ramadan is one in which Allah multiplies our good deeds, expunges our sins, and raises our ranks. This month gets its name because it wipes off our sins and permits us to do more virtuous deeds during the holy month.
- By giving charity, we evoke Almighty’s Grace and Favors unto us. It is an act Allah loves the most.
- In this sacred month of Ramadan, the faithful look to purify their body and soul and widen their “Taqwa” (God-fearing quality).
- We all should exercise control over our anger and aggression and treat fellow Muslims well. After all, this is the true essence and objective of the entire Ramadan month.
- To cater to the 1st Ashra is an apt way, we should be performing charity by helping out people whenever and wherever we are able to.
- As Taraweeh is a prayer only for Ramadan, it is pretty natural that it bears lots of extra benefits and rewards. These would help in reaping the fruits of Ramadan in a spiritual way.
- It is a fact that when we give more mercy, we gain more mercy. Kindness always pays back with more kindness.
- It is the first ten days that we consider the days of personification of mercy. Allah showers His countless mercies upon all those who find it and try to be among others who are blessed.
- During the first Ashra, take the time to visit or call family members who you don’t often speak to, as being close with your relatives will bring you closer to Allah.
- Most importantly, acquiring patience and cultivating good manners are the prime teachings of 1st Ashra.
May Allah make this Ramadan full of happiness and blessings for the Muslim world and forgive our sins. Ameen
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