Ramadan, the Month of the Qur'an

Narrated by Abdullah Ibn-i Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them):

"Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was the most generous one of the humans in doing favors and helping others. In Ramadan, too, when he met Gabriel (peace be upon him), he would behave much more generously.

Every night in Ramadan, Gabriel met the Prophet, and he would listen to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recite the Qur'an until the end of the month.

On the days he met Gabriel, the Prophet would be more generous than the blowing wind in charity." (Bayhaqi, 4:305)

Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an. It is the season when the Qur'an was revealed. Ramadan takes its sanctity from the Qur'an. The verse “The month of Ramadān, in which the Qur'ān was sent down…” the Qur’an, Al-Baqarah (the Cow); 185 (2:185) explains this truth.

Ramadan is the anniversary of the beginning of the revelation of Allah's words. In comparison to other times, especially in this month, one occupies oneself more with Qur'an. It is read, listened to, and its meaning is thought upon. The universe and the phenomena are viewed through the window it opens.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who was always familiar with the Qur'an, would occupy himself with the Qur'an more in this month. As long as he lived, the Prophet was visited by the angel of revelation, Gabriel, when Ramadan started; they would recite and understand the Qur'an together.

If we, too, occupy ourselves with the Qur'an thinking about this holy situation, our spiritual share will increase accordingly.

To live this instant as if reading the Qur’an together with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is to think as if the Qur'an had just been revealed and we were reading it for the first time.

It increases this share to be in such an awe as if the Prophet was reciting and we were listening to it, as if listening to Gabriel, and even as if hearing it from Allah.

Every Ramadan, in mosques and houses, muqabala (people reciting the Qur'an to each other) is performed. In this way, the style of the reciting of the Prophet and Gabriel is imitated, so a sacred ambiance is experienced.

The merits of religious acts and good deeds performed in Ramadan are a thousand to one. While at other times for each Qur'anic word that is read one merit is given, in this month merits reach up to thousands, even tens of thousands. At the night of Qadr (the night of Power), they exceed thirty thousand.

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