The month of Ramadhaan is a month of great opportunities. The opportunities that a Believer looks for are the opportunities of the Hereafter that make him/her closer to Allah Ta‘ala. Hereunder are some great opportunities which will bring us ‘great returns’.
1. Tahajjud/Nafl Salaah: The virtues of tahajjud are many. Although we desire to wake up for tahajjud throughout the year, many of us don’t get the opportunity. Ramadhaan is the ideal time, since we are waking up for sehri. Together with the physical nourishment, we should take some spiritual nourishment as well.
Apart from tahajjud we should try to perform other nafl salaahs as well. The reward of a nafl in this month is equal to that of a fardh. However, if one has outstanding qadha (missed) salaah then this should be read in place of the nafl salaahs.
2. Du‘aa: Ramadhaan is a month of crying to Allah Ta‘ala and presenting our needs before him, since du‘aas are readily accepted in this month. We also learn from the ahaadeeth that there are certain special du‘aas which we ought to be making. These are:
a. Mercy of Allah Ta’ala.
b. Forgiveness of Allah Ta’ala.
c. Emancipation from the fire of Jahannam.
d. Entry into Jannah.
Furthermore, there are certain special occasions for du‘aa as well, viz. sehri, iftaar, last ten nights and especially the odd nights of these last ten nights.
3. Recitation of the Quraan Majeed: Ramadhaan is the month of the Quraan Majeed. The Quraan Majeed and all other divine books were revealed in this month. The pious predecessors completed the Quraan Majeed many times during the month of Ramadhaan. Some of them even made up to 2 khatams daily.
4. Zikr: The hadeeth teaches us that we s