By Hadrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Once again, the best of all months, Ramadhān, is upon the horizon. It is a month in which at least one du'ā is accepted daily from every Muslim, one sunnah/nafl act is equivalent to the reward of one farḍ act, and one fardh act is rewarded seventy times over. From morning to evening and evening to morning, each and every second, Allāh ta'ālā showers His choicest blessings and barakah upon His servants.
It is the month in which lies a night (i.e. Laylatul Qadr) greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is the month in which the provision of the truthful bondsmen is augmented. It is the month in which the fish in the sea seek forgiveness for the fasting servant, and Allāh ta'ālāends mercy upon those who partake of suhūr. During the first part of this month mercy is showered, forgiveness is granted in the second part, and the last part brings emancipation from Hellfire. As for the bondsmen who keep the fasts of this blessed month with īmān and in search of Allāh's recompense, all their previous sins are forgiven.Read more: Make the Most of This Ramadhān
By Hadhrat Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh
Sha'bān, the eighth Islamic month is second only to Ramadān in virtue, blessings and greatness. It is due to this virtue and greatness that the Prophet sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam used to emphasise its importance not only verbally but practically too.
‘Ā’ishah radhiyallāhu ‘anhā narrates, “Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam used to fast till we would say that he would never stop fasting and he would abandon fasting till we would say that he would never fast. I never saw Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramadān and did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Sha‘bān.”(Bukhārī, Muslim, Abū Dāwūd, Nasa’ī)
‘Ā’ishah radhiyallāhu ‘anhā narrates, “Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam used to fast the (whole) month of Sha‘bān except for a few days.” (Nasa’ī)
The Sunnah is the way of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam, the life of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam, the method of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam, and the path of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam.
Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam was sent by Allāh ta'ālā as an example for all who are to come until the day of Qiyāmah. From this we can understand how perfect, complete and comprehensive his life was. The life of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam is the criterion for haq (truth), and it is used to differentiate between haq and bātil (falsehood): what is in the Sunnah is haq; what is not is bātil.
Shaykh Mawlānā Muhammad Saleem Dhorat hafizahullāh