When it comes down to inspirational & motivational examples, Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him is the very first whom we look towards. Whether it is a matter of personality, kindness, mercy, contentment, prosperity, closeness to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, the life of Prophet PBUH is a perfect path to follow. How can we do so? Well, wordings (Hadith) of the Messenger PBUH have been passed down to us from generations to generations to take heed and apply unto our lives. The very pious whom had spent time along side the Prophet PBUH did not leave the world until they had passed down His words through scriptures and books for every generation to come.
Likewise, the Messenger PBUH spoke in detail about Ramadan, its importance, and rewards. Let’s begin with what Ramadan is about in His explanation:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a), The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari).
`Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), said: “The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted.” [Imam Ahmad]
Sahl ibn Sa’d reported that the Messenger of Allah (PUBH): “There is a gate to Paradise that is called ar-Rayyan. On the Day of Resurrection it will say: ‘Where are those who fasted?’ When the last [one] has passed through the gate, it will be locked.” [Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim].
Abu Said al-Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), said: “No servant fasts on a day in the path of Allah except that Allah removes the hellfire seventy years further away from his face.”
Fortunately, there is a tremendous amount of Hadith available on almost every aspect of life and hereafter. Similarly, Ramadan also has many Hadith available; however, the purpose here is to provide you with the basic idea inshaAllah.
On the other hand, the consequences of not fasting also is a factor we must examine through the Noble words of Messenger PBUH.
Abu Huraira related that Messenger PBUH said: “If anyone omits his fast even for one day in Ramadan without a concession or without being ill, then if he were to fast for the rest of his life he could not make up for it” (Bukhari).
Abu Huraira related that Messenger PBUH said: “Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness” (Darimi).
(the above hadith refers to the fact that if a person commits sins such as hurting someone, anger, stealing, sexual intercourse, bad mouth, and not pray despite fasting, then there the person gets nothing out of fasting aside from hunger and thirst. Also, if there is no sincerity in ones night time prayers, nothing else will be gained aside from being awake)
Prophet PBUH also has insisted on feeding the poor and inviting guests over and feeding them food to break their fast. This is the charm of Ramadan as we all get the chance to connect, catch up, and bring attention to the importance of Ramadan and wordings of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى.
Let’s carry this on with us and pass it on to our coming generations.