Hadith for Children
Blessings of Ramadan
Muhammad Jawaid Attari Madani
The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said:
اِذَا دَخَلَ رَمَضَانُ فُتِّحَتْ اَبْوَابُ الْجَنَّةِ
“When Ramadan arrives, the gates of Paradise are opened.”
Dear children! Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic year. Allah Almighty has instructed us to fast in this month. In this special month, Allah Almighty bestows His mercy and blessings to the Muslims. The reward of good actions is increased; the reward of optional worship is equivalent to the reward of obligatory worship, and the reward of obligatory worship is multiplied by 70. Satan is imprisoned, the gates of Hell are closed, and the gates of Paradise are opened. On every day of this blessed month, Allah Almighty frees countless sinners from the fire of Hell.
Dear children! You should respect this month and observe all of its fasts. If you are unable to fast every day during the month due to a valid excuse, keep as many fasts as you can. Remember! If a non-adolescent child is unable to fast, he should refrain from eating in front of those who are fasting, out of respect for this sacred month.
The blessings of respecting Ramadan
During Ramadan, a Zoroastrian (one who worships fire) saw his child eating in front of some Muslims. He told the child, “Do you not feel ashamed of eating in front of Muslims during the month of Ramadan?” The Zoroastrian then passed away in the same week. A Muslim scholar from the city saw him in a dream and, finding him to be in Paradise, asked, “You were a fire worshipper! How did you enter Paradise?” The man replied, “I was a fire worshipper but due to my respect for Ramadan, Allah Almighty granted me faith before I died and admitted me into Paradise.”
Some children play football or cricket during the nights of this blessed month. They make a lot of noise and disrespect this month, which disturbs a lot of people. Dear children! Respect this blessed month, and do not eat or drink in front of people. Don’t make noise during the nights and days. Instead of passing time in useless games, remember Allah Almighty, send Salat on the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, and recite the Quran in abundance. Help your parents and spend your time doing good deeds.
May Allah Almighty grant us the ability to respect the month of Ramadan and allow us to fast during this month.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم