The secret of Ramadhan’s greatness
First of all, it is essential to know the secret of greatness of the month of
Ramadhan. This is because it is impossible to get enriched by it without first
knowing the riches it holds.
Nor can we be able, without knowing, to achieve
single-mindedness, determination and poise to achieve the objective. The secret of
the greatness of this month lies in one thing:
the revelation of the Qur’an – the
revelation started in this month, after its handing over to angel Gabriel from the
well-guarded Tablet (Lauh-e-Mahfuz).
In other words, the Merciful and most Benevolent Lord arranged for our guidance
in this month.
His unsurpassable wisdom illuminated for us the paths for thought
and action, and gave us the Standard by which to distinguish between right and
wrong. This Standard, the Qur’an, is above all flaws and errors, distortions and
This all happened when, one fine morning in the month of Ramadhan, the first ray
of God’s revelation illumined the heart of Muhammad. So, it is not that Ramadhan
is blessed because fasting is observed and Qur’an is recited during this month.
Instead, this month was selected for fasting and recitation of Qur’an because it
was this month during which the Holy Book was revealed – a feast that had already
made this month great and blessed.
This great event required that the days of the
month in which it took place be selected for fasting, and its nights for prayers and
supplications. This point Allah has elaborated thus:
It was during the month of Ramadhan that Qur’an was sent down as a guidance to
the people with Clear Signs of the true guidance and as the Criterion (between
right and wrong). So those of you who live to see that month should fast it.9
9 Al-Qur’an 2:185
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