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The month of Ramadan is a blessed and great month. Allah placed in it huge bounties and blessings of piety. He singled it out by sending down the glorious Qur'an in a night in it that is better than a thousand months. He also made it compulsory on us to fast it in its entirety. Allah says:

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 "The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month,……"

 The prophet (PBUH) ordained as sunnah for us to pray the nights of Ramadan. He used to prepare for the arrival of this holy month. He would alert his companions about it and exemplify for them how to make the best benefit out of it without any form of extremity or laxity. He would say: "This month has approached you. In it is a night better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of this night has been deprived of every good. And only the deprived one is deprived of its good." (Abu Dawud)

 He also said: "On the first night of Ramadan, all Shayatin and evil jinn are put to shackles; the doors of Hell are shut and not even one is left open; the doors of Jannah are opened and not even one of them is closed; and a caller would announce: O you who craves virtue! Come over. And O you who crave evil! Halt. And (in it) Allah frees people from Hell all its night." (Abu Dawud)

The prophet would mingle with his wives and even kiss them during fasting in Ramadan. He likened such to washing of the mouth during ablution, as it does not vitiate fast. However, he was said by Aishat to be the strongest person ever in controlling his feelings.

He used to wake up from sleep and fast while in janabah from intercourse. He would only take his bath before the Fajr prayers. He would pour water over his head while fasting. He washed his mouth, sniffed water into his nostrils and prohibited doing such extensively, used chewing stick and so on.

As for I'tikaaf, he isolated himself in the last ten days of Ramadan and used to struggle in worship much more than he ever did in other days. His wives also did I'tikaaf both in his life time and after his death.

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