Being the youngest child is pretty special. I would know. I used to be one for 7 years before we were, *clears throat* blessed with my brother (I’m kidding; we actually love him xD). You know what, I’m over it. Because I went to school and I learnt mathematics. Stay with me here: I’m the fourth child out of 5. Four divided by five equals zero point eight. Ramadhan is the ninth month in the year. Nine divided by twelve gives you zero point seven five; For convenience (and well, my benefit), we’re going to round that off to zero point eight. So theoretically, if Ramdhan is a special month (which, it is), does that not make me the special (which, c’mon, we all know is a synonym for favourite) child?
*mic drop* This is what I went to school for.
No, I’m not going to let it go to my head (a true special person wouldn’t *hijab flick*). I’ll focus on the virtues of Ramadhan instead. It is mentioned in a Hadith that any Nafl done in Ramadhan is rewarded as much as a Fardh in normal times and a Fardh done in Ramadhan has the reward of seventy Fardh at other times.
Abu Hurairah (R.A) narrates that Nabi (S.A.W) said: “My Ummah has been given five special things that were not given to anyone before them.  The smell from the mouth of a fasting Muslim is sweeter for Allah than the sweet smell of musk.  The fish in the sea seek forgiveness for them until they break their fast.  Allah prepares and decorates His special Jannah everyday and then says: “The time is near when My loyal servants shall put away the load (of the world) and come to you”.  The evil shayateen are chained in this month of Ramadhan so as not to take people towards evil which they normally do during other months.  On the last night of Ramadhan, the fasting Muslims are forgiven (This doesn’t refer to Laylatul Qadr).”
Fasting is one of the most pleasing forms of worship in the sight of Allah and for this reason, a Hadith states that for every good deed, the reward is brought by the Malaaikah but Allah says: “The reward for fasting, I Myself will give, because it is for Me alone.”
Moreover, Nabi (S.A.W) also told us that the Dua of a fasting person is not rejected. It is said that the Malaaikah carrying Allah’s throne are commanded in Ramadhan to leave everything else and say ‘Ameen’ to the Duas of those who fast.
Ubaadah ibn Saamit (R.A) reports that, one day when Ramadhan had come near, Rasoolullah (S.A.W) said: “Ramadhan, the month of blessings has come upon you, wherein Allah turns towards you and sends to you His special blessings, forgives your faults, accepts your Duas, appreciates your competing with one another in good work and boasts to the Malaaikah about you. So show Allah your good deeds, for truly, the most unfortunate one is he who is deprived of Allah’s mercy in this month.”
The Hadith of Nabi (S.A.W) called the first 10 days of Ramadhan the coming of mercy. During the second 10 days of Ramadhan, forgiveness begins to come down. The last 10 days of Ramadhan brings protection from Jahannam.
Allahumma barik lana fi Sha’baan wa baligna Ramadhan!
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,