Question: Mufti Sahab! Is there any Hadith, which says that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) gave greetings of the arrival of Ramadhan? Please give details about it.
Answer: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has described the greatness of Ramadhan before the arrival of Ramadhan. He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) gave sermons regarding the excellence and greatness of Ramadhan. Basically, there are 3 Hadith about welcoming Ramadhan, which are like 3 eloquent sermons on welcoming Ramadhan.
Before the arrival of Ramadhan, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would give the Companions (Sahabah) glad tidings of its arrival. As given in this Hadith of Musnad Imam Ahmad Bin Hambal:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) gave glad tidings of the arrival of Ramadhan to His Companions in the words: The month of Ramadhan is dawning on you. This is the month of Barakah (blessings and prosperity). Allah Ta’ala has made its fasts Fardh (obligatory) on you. In this month, the doors of Jannah are opened. The doors of hell are closed and the devils are imprisoned. In this month, there is a night, which is better than 1000 months. The person who is deprived of the benefits of that night is really destitute. (Hadith No. 9227
And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.
Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri
[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]