It was one day when the Prophet (S.A.W.) drew close to the mimbar (pulpit) of Musjidun-Nabawi. Around him were seated his illustrious and noble companions. He gestured to them to come closer to the mimbar which they obediently and submissively did. He (S.A.W.) then began ascending the pulpit. As he ascended, he said Aameen at each step. In all, he said Aameen thrice.

And then after having delivered his sermon he came down from the mimbar. His companions somewhat baffled at the Aameen that he said thrice and which they did not understand the reason thereof, asked him, "O Rasool of Allah we have heard from you today something which we never heard before" Can you please enlighten us on the reasons? He (SAW) said “When I climbed the first step, the angel Jibraeel appeared before me and said

"Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadaan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness"

upon that I said 'Aameen'. When I climbed the second step, he said,

"Destruction to him before whom thy name is taken and then he does not make Dua for Allah's blessing on me.  

I replied 'Aameen'. When I climbed the third step, he said

"Destruction unto him in whose lifetime his parents or either one of them reaches old age, and (through failure to serve them) he is not allowed to enter Jannah".

I said 'Aameen'. (Baihaqi)

 In this Hadith, it appears we find that Jibraeel (AS) gave expression to three curses, upon which Rasulullah (S.A.W.) said Aameen every time.  It is reported that Jibraeel (AS) advised Rasulullah (S.A.W.) to say Aameen. Being an angel of such high caliber, Jibraeel’s giving these curses is sure to be accepted. Furthermore, from the above, we can deduce the gravity of the crimes mentioned. It is an unwritten law that the graver the crime, the more draconian and severe the punishment. May Allah Tamale in His infinite mercy grant us His help and save us from these three dangers, Aameen.

The gates of heaven are flung open wide, the gates of hell are shut tight, the devils are all chained and shackled, Mercies and blessings from above come in torrents like in no other months, Duaas are readily and speedily accepted, pardon and forgiveness take place on large and immeasurable scales, emancipation and freedom from the fire of hell are granted, an opportunity to secure 83 years and 4 months of sincere and accepted Ibaadah worship is guaranteed to those who find the night of Qadr. Every nafl and sunnah act is rewarded the reward of a fard act and a fard act is multiplied seventy times in reward. One of the most salient features of Ramadaan is just how close Allah Ta’ala comes to His servants.

Once Nabi Moosa (A.S.) who is known as Kaleemul –laah (the one whom Allah Ta’ala spoke directly to) asked Allah Ta’ala, O Allah, he asked, “You, through your grace and mercy have gifted me with the ability of speaking directly to you. Is there anyone else who has been given this or will there be anyone else that would be endowed with this gift?” Allah Ta’ala replied, “O Moosa, I would give rise to a nation who would appear in the latter eras and I will honour them with the month of Ramadaan. When they will fast to the extent that their lips will be dry and their throats will be parched as a result of thirst, their faces will change as a result of the pangs of hunger. At the time of Iftaar they will make Duaa. With you O Moosa, there are still 70 veils that come in between you and I. With them and I, O Moosa, there would be not a single veil or barrier!”

 So blessed is this moment of Iftaar and duaa in it that at this time,  the angels around the Arsh (Throne) of Allah Ta’ala that are commissioned to make the Tasbeeh (Glorification) of Allah Ta’ala  are even commanded to stop their tasbeeh  and say A’ameen to the Duaa of the person making iftaar.  ALLAAHU AKBAR!

 IT ONLY HAPPENS NOW! YES! The month that we are talking about is none other than the blessed and Mubaarak month of Ramadaan which will be upon us in just a matter of days from now. However, even in this month there would be those who will be fortunate and those who will be unfortunate. The attitudes with which we embrace this month will determine the category that we fall into.

Ramadaan is here today and gone tomorrow. Whether we will witness the next one or even this one is known only by The ONE above. Should we be around to witness this one, then it is just our good fortune. And should we witness this great month but emerge from it untouched and unchanged then it is going to be our misfortune and loss.

Nabi (S.A.W.) rarely invoked curses upon anyone and rarely sanctioned the curses of another but for the one who misses the opportunities that Ramadaan presents out of sheer laziness and a lackadaisical attitude, Nabi (S.A.W.) sanctioned the curse of Jibraeel (A.S.) by saying A’ameen to his dua of “cursed be the one who finds himself in Ramadaan but fails to attain forgiveness at its end.

Today, to some the month of Ramadaan comes and goes like any other month. This, despite us being fully knowledgeable of the great many merits and virtues of the month. No difference and no distinction is made. The greatness and auspiciousness of the month is given no consideration and met with no importance. The greater tragedy is that, without the slightest of remorse we let it slip by. And as it ends, some grieve whilst others rejoice. It is ingratitude of the highest form when we throw away a blessed month like this. A true believer knows an opportunity and holds onto it when it presents itself. We do not do so! Our actions speak louder than words. Another Ramadaan is sure to come. Our presence in the next one is still shrouded in mystery.

Ramadaan is here and it belongs to us. In the words of Khalid Baig, “No one can take away our Ramadaan from us. Only we can throw it away. And if we do, then we have become worthy of the great curse of Jibraeel (A.S.), sanctioned by the Prophet (S.A.W.).


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