"My people (Ummah) are granted five gifts that no prophet before me had been given. First, when it is the first night of Ramadan, Allah looks at His servants. He will never punish those at whom He looks. Second, the smell of their mouths when night approaches is more pleasant [to Allah] than the scent of musk. Third, angels seek Allah's forgiveness for them everyday and night. Fourth, Allah commands Paradise saying, 'Be prepared and adorned for My servants; they are about to be relieved from the pains of the worldly life and move to My Home and Honor.' Fifth, when it is the last night (of Ramadan) Allah forgives the sins of all people." Thereupon, a man asked, "Is it the night of Qadr (Power)?" He (the Prophet) said, "No, don't you see that once workers finish their tasks, they take their wages?" (Ahmad and Al-Bazzar)
- Why the first blessed night of Ramadan is singled out with such a unique position over the other nights?
- At whom will Allah look in that blessed night?
- How could I — as well as my beloved Muslim brothers and sisters — be favored with Allah's look on that night?
"When the first night of Ramadan comes, the devils and rebellious jinn are put in chains, and the gates of hell are closed, none of them remains open. The gates of heaven are opened and none of them remains closed. And a caller calls, "O seeker of goodness, come forward, and O seeker of evil, desist. And Allah has many (in this month) who will be freed from Hell.' This announcement is made every night." (At-Tirmidhi)
1. Determine to refrain from doing evils and sincerely repent your wrongdoings.2. Intend to fast the whole month of Ramadan with unswerving faith in Allah and looking for taking the reward from Him alone.3. Say the night dhikr (remembrance of Allah) shortly before the sunset of the last day of Sha`ban, preferably in the masjid.4. Go to the masjid to offer the Maghrib Prayer in congregation; sisters may pray at home if they like.5. Sit in the masjid, with the intention of i`tikaf (spiritual retreat in the masjid), and engage yourself in dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and Qur'an recitation until `Isha' Prayer.6. Pray `Isha' and Tarawih in congregation with devoutness and sincerity.7. Smile when you meet your fellow Muslims and wish them a happy Ramadan.8. Before sleeping, do some virtuous good deeds such as giving in charity, reciting the Qur'an, making dhikr, visiting sick people, etc.9. Wake up for the suhur (predawn meal) and pray qiyam (Night Vigil Prayer) before Fajr.10. Go to the masjid to pray Fajr; sisters may pray at home.11. Sit after Fajr in the masjid, reciting the Qur'an and making dhikr, to pray Duha after sunrise.12. Remember to supplicate Allah for the suffering Muslims everywhere.13. Throughout the night, earnestly ask Almighty Allah to favor and look at you with His mercy and forgiveness in this blessed night.14. Encourage your family and friends to take the chance of the blessings of the first night of Ramadan.