إِذَا كَانَ أَوَّلُ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ صُفِّدَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ، وَمَرَدَةُ الجِنِّ، وَغُلِّقَتْ أَبْوَابُ النَّارِ، فَلَمْ يُفْتَحْ مِنْهَا بَابٌ، وَفُتِّحَتْ أَبْوَابُ الجَنَّةِ، فَلَمْ يُغْلَقْ مِنْهَا بَابٌ، وَيُنَادِي مُنَادٍ:

 يَا بَاغِيَ الخَيْرِ أَقْبِلْ، وَيَا بَاغِيَ الشَّرِّ أَقْصِرْ، وَلِلَّهِ عُتَقَاءُ مِنَ النَّارِ، وَذَلكَ كُلُّ لَيْلَةٍ


“On the first night of the month of Ramadan, the shayatin (devils) are shackled, the jinns are restrained, the gates of the Fires are shut such that no gate among them would be opened. The gates of Paradise are opened such that no gate among them would be closed, and a caller calls: ‘O seeker of the good; come near!’ and ‘O seeker of evil; stop! For there are those whom Allah frees from the Fire.’ And that is every night.”(Tirmidhi, Sawm, 1)

We have been reciting this prophetic prayer in the two months preceding Ramadan: “O Allah! Make the months of Rajab and Sha‘ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan.” (Tabarani, al-Mu‘jam al-Awsat, IV, 189) First of all, we cannot thank our Almighty Lord enough for bringing us once again to this blessed time when mercy and forgiveness rain like a downpour.

Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an