Recommended prayers -of course in
addition to the 5 daily obligatory ones- have special merit in Ramadhan
and are well rewarded by the Almighty.
"Whoever offers recommended prayers
in it (Ramadhw,) Allah will save him from Hell, and whoever observes in it
obligatories, his reward will be that of seventy such obligatories observed in
other months. Whoever recites in it blessings (Salawat)on me, Allah will keep
the scales of his good deeds heavy (on Judgement Day) whilst the scales of
others will be tending to lightness..." *
least, one should try to perform in this month Tahajjud, the late
midnight prayer, which in light of traditions has many-fold benefits. It is
called the Believer's Honour and could be performed until the call for
the Fajr prayer. Our getting up for the last pre-dawn meal offers us the
best opportunity to perform this recommended prayer whose benefits have been
described as expiation for past sins, protection against torments of the grave,
increase in daily provisions, forgiven~s for the parents, peace of mind and
ImamJa'far as-Sadiq(a.s.)says that it was
the habit of the Prophet during the last ten nights of Ramadhan to avoid
the company of his wives and spend the nights in worship.
How bountiful is Divine grace, it affords
us the chance to compensate for our neglect of prayers in the past, and to ask
mercy for our parents or deceased relatives and friends.
Interested readers are advised to
consult local scholars or refer to authentic books which deal with recommended
prayers in Ramadhan.
Another great blessing of Ramadhan is
charity and the giving of alms for the poor and the deprived.
ash-Shia. al-Hur al-Amili.