30 Days to Paradise


For just thirty days of the year, the devils are chained and Allah ta’ala’s mercy rains down upon us. Paradise beckons, waiting for those who would advance to enter it, and an angel calls out to us to proceed towards it. Hellfire is barred, and that same angel commands us to distance ourselves from it. And Allah, Most Gracious and Most Merciful, grants people salvation from the Fire during these blessed days.

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This is not merely a fairytale or fantasy but a certain reality. We know this and need to have firm belief in it, since it was related to us by the Truthful one  who said, “When it is the first night of the month of Ramadān, the devils and those jinn who are devoted exclusively to evil are chained. The gates of the Fire are firmly locked, such that none remains open; and the gates of Paradise are flung open, such that none remains closed. A caller proclaims, ‘O seeker of good, advance! O seeker of evil, desist!’ Allah has people whom He frees from the Fire; and that happens every night [of the month].”[1]

This is month that is filled with so many blessings and virtues that we cannot truly comprehend it. An indication towards just how great a month it is, is that for two months prior to it, Rasulullah  used to make dua to reach it. He would say, “O Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban, and cause us to reach Ramadan.”[2] Think about it: we make dua for wealth, for health, for forgiveness, for Jannah and countless other things which benefit us. But here the Prophet  is making dua just to be alive in this month, nothing else.

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Allah ta’ala’s mercy and forgiveness is so widespread and easily attainable during these days, that the one who fails to attain it is truly a wretched individual. Jibreel ‘alaihis salaam even made dua against such a person, and Rasulullah  said ‘Ameen’ to his dua![3] This is a really powerful hadith, if we stop to contemplate on its implications. It should motivate us to strive hard during this month, by fasting during the day and standing in salaah at night, by giving charity, by reciting the Qur’an in abundance, and by engaging in all other virtuous deeds. And our aim and ambition through these thirty days of striving should be nothing less than Paradise itself.


[1] Sunan al-Tirmidhi.

[2] Recorded by al-Haithami in Majma’ al-Zawa’id, and by other muhaddithun. It is a weak hadith.

[3] Part of a hadith recorded by al-Mundhiri in al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib, and by other muhaddithun. It is an authentic or good hadith.

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