The Fragrance of Jannah
Ramadan is the time to smell the perfume of jannah
When it’s the first night of Ramadan, the devils will be chained and the giant jinns will be chained and the gates of hell will be closed and none of it will be open and the gates of paradise will be open and none of it will be closed and then a caller calling ‘O you who is seeking goodness, come forward and O you who is seeking evil stay away’ and Allah Almighty will free from hell many people and this is in every single night. (Tirmidhi, Bayhaqi, )
We praise Allah Almighty and thank Him that we have witnessed Ramadan and we ask Him to accept from us our good deeds and enable us to do more of it.
Devils chained up
In this hadith the Prophet (peace be on him) mentions that the devils are chained in Ramadan so the common question is why do we still see evil around us if the devils are chained?
There are other narrations, narrated by Nasa’i which explain this by saying that “the giant devils” and the chief of devils is chained from the devils but the rest, the ‘junior’ devils, are not chained in Ramadan. This is in one interpretation, and though we have different opinions, this is the majority opinion of the scholars.
Gates of heaven and hell
The second point of this hadith, is that the Prophet (peace be on him) opens a window to the unseen by saying that in Ramadan all the gates of hell are closed, and all the gates of heaven are open.
Firstly this means Allah Almighty inspires people more to worship Him to come close to Him. Secondly, if the gates of Jannah are open, can we smell its fragrance? Yes, indeed it is possible to smell the perfume and the sweetness of Jannah. This is a gift from Allah Almighty to His loyal and the devout believers.
The scent of heaven
Allah Almighty mentions the fragrance of jannah in many verses in the Quran and many narrations.
Anas ibn Nadhr, (may Allah be pleased with him) one of the companions who fought in Uhud, said before he was killed as a martyr.
‘I smell the fragrance of jannah.’ (Bukhari)
If it was possible for Anas ibn Nadhr, it’s possible for righteous person with the right intention to also smell the fragrance of Jannah here in dunya.
How can we smell the fragrance of jannah in Ramadan?
We have to sharpen our senses to smell this fragrance of jannah because it’s already there by striving.
Scholars of hadith commented that Allah Almighty inspires His servants by facilitating more actions of obedience for them to come closer to Him. And He is already closer to us than we might think.
Right in the midst of the verses of siyam, (fasting) Allah tells us:
‘When my servants asks you concerning Me, say I am close, I am near’ (2:186)
This closeness comes during siyam, and is mentioned in the context of siyam. Now that Ramadan is amongst us, let’s be closer to Allah Almighty.
This Ramadan is a gift Allah Almighty has bestowed upon the ummah of Muhammad (peace be upon him). It’s never been given to any nation or ummah before as a package. Though previous nations fasted, no nation was given the month of Ramadan.
It is an exclusive gift from Allah Almighty to our ummah. Iman Suyuti classified it as one of the characteristics of our Ummah.
In this very month, we have a very special night, better than a thousand nights. So lets roll up our sleeves and be closer to Allah Almighty, with pure intention, with good deeds with good actions. Let’s control ourselves, improve our siyam, improve our patience. When we have a good opinion about Allah Almighty that He will never let us down.
Let’s make the intention deep down, with a deep conviction and deep Ikhlas to Allah Almighty by saying:
Ya Allah, let this be the best Ramadan ever we witness.
Ya Allah, make us more obedient to you. Ya Allah, give us more patience.
Ya Allah improve our character.
Ya RabalAlamin enable us to be better Muslims, better wives, better husbands, better siblings, better daughters, better friends, better bosses, better employees, better citizens. Enable us Ya Allah to be closer to You.
Ya Allah, Ya Rabalalamin, You are listening to us; You are watching us; Ya Allah make us better Muslims in Ramadan and after Ramadan. Ameen.
Khutbah delivered by Shaykh Haytham Tamim on 20th June 2015 at the Albanian Mosque UKAMCCC Queen’s Park, London.
Transcribed by Rose Swinburn.
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