THE MONTH OF RAMADAN AND ITS IMPORTANCE
(by Z. Fatima Ilyas, Islamic Times Manchester, July 2000)
The fourth month of the Islamic calendar is Rabiul-Thani. May Allah Ta’ala bless all the Muslims with His outward and concealed blessings and excellence. In this very month is the anniversary of the king of Baghdad, Chief of the contented souls, the incomparable, Hazrat Ghausal Azam, Sheikh Mohi-Uddin, Abdul Qadir Jilani, Hassani Hussaini, Bhagdadi (Radi Allahu Anh). Muslims throughout the world in this month zealously make arrangements to offer Niyaaz and Fateha of the Saint of Baghdad. Charity is also given in the name of pious saints of Islam as a means of conveying reward to these blessed from which not only the poor and beggars benefit a great deal but the souls of the believers also obtain peace and contentment.
"Essale Sawaab" means conveying the reward of. In this respect there is a hadith reported by Hazrat Anas bin Malik (Radi Allahu Anhu) that he asked the Prophet: "oh Messenger of Allah, when we give charity on behalf of our dead and perform Hajj on their behalf, do they receive the reward of these actions?" The Holy Prophet (Sall Allahu Alaihi wa Sallam) replied: "Without doubt they do receive their rewards. Not only that, but they become very happy, just as any one of you would become happy on receiving gifts."
In a second hadith the Messenger of Allah says: "Anyone who recites Surah Ikhlas 11 times and then conveys its reward to the departed souls, Allah Ta’ala will shower rewards on such a person equal to the number of these souls…………"