The month of Ramadaan to the other months is like Yoosuf to his brothers. So, just like Yoosuf was the most beloved son to Ya3qoob, Ramadaan is likewise the most beloved month to Allaah.
A nice point for the nation of Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam to ponder over is that if Yoosuf had the mercy and compassion to say (“There is no reproach for you today…” [soorah Yoosuf, v: 92]).
Ramadaan is likewise the month of mercy, blessing, goodness, salvation from the Fire, and Forgiveness from the King that exceeds that of all the other months and what can be gained from their days and nights.
Another nice point to think about is that Yoosuf’s brothers came to rely on him to fix their mistakes after all those they had made. So, he met them with kindness and helped them out, and he fed them while they were hungry and allowed them to return, and he told his servants: “Carry their belongings with you so that they don’t lose them.” So, one person filled the gaps of eleven others, and the month of Ramadaan is likewise one month that fills the gaps of our actions over the other eleven months. Imagine the gaps and shortcoming and deficiency we have in obeying Allaah!
We hope that in Ramadaan, we are able to make up for our shortcomings in the other months, to rectify our mistakes, and to cap it off with happiness and firmness on the Rope of the Forgiving King.
Another point is that Ya3qoob had eleven sons who were living with him and whose actions he would see at all times, and his eyesight did not return because of any of their clothing. Instead, it returned due to Yoosuf’s shirt. His eyesight came back strong, and he himself became strong after he was weak, and seeing after he was blind.
Likewise, if the sinner smells the scents of Ramadaan, sits with those who remind him of Allaah, recites the Qur’aan, befriends on the condition of Islaam and faith, and avoids backbiting and vain talk, he will (by Allaah’s Will) become forgiven after he was a sinner, he will become close after he was far, he will be able to see with his heart after it was blind, his presence will be met with happiness after it was met with repulsion, he will be met with mercy after he was met with disdain, he will be provided for without limit or effort on his part, he will be guided for his entire life, he will have his soul dragged out with ease and smoothness when he dies, he will be blessed with Forgiveness when he meets Allaah, and he will be granted the best levels in the Gardens of Paradise.
So, by Allaah, take advantage of this greatness during these few days and you will soon see abundant blessing, high levels of reward, and a very long period of rest and relaxation by the Will of Allaah.
By Allaah, this is the true relaxation…”
From Ibn al-Jawzi’s “Bustaan al-Wa3idheen wa Riyaad as-Sami3een” [page 213-214]
Translated by Abu Sabaya