Question: Are the rewards given in return for acts of worship and good deeds a lot more in the month of Ramadan?
Hadrat Imam-i Rabbani states the following about this topic:
The blessed month of Ramadan is very honorable. The rewards given for the voluntary prayer, remembrance of Allah, alms, and all other such worships done in this month are like those given for the obligatory ones done in other months. One obligatory act of worship done in this month is like seventy obligatory acts of worship done in other months. If a person gives (the supper called) iftar to a fasting person in this month, his or her sins will be forgiven. He or she will be emancipated from Hell. In addition, he or she will be given as many rewards as those which the fasting person receives. The rewards of that fasting person will not decrease in the slightest degree.
In this month, also those bosses who facilitate the work of those under their commands and who make it easy for them to worship will be forgiven. They will be emancipated from Hell. In the blessed month of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah used to emancipate the slaves and would give whatever was asked from him. Those who can do good deeds in this month will be blessed with doing such deeds all the year round. If a person disrespects this month and commits sins in this month, he or she will spend all the year sinning.
We should consider this month as an opportunity. We should perform as many acts of worship as we can, do the deeds which Allahu taala likes, and deem this month an opportunity for earning the next world.
We must avoid sins while we are fasting. As we protect our eyes and tongues from sins, so we must protect our ears from them because it is prohibited (haram) as well to listen to what is prohibited to talk about. It is necessary to protect our hands, feet, and other organs from prohibited actions, too. A person who is fasting but also is committing sins is like a patient who is taking poison instead of drug, for sins are poison. They wipe out our rewards that we earn in return for our acts of worship.
After committing an evil deed or any sin, we should feel a pang of remorse and keep offering good deeds and acts of worship.
It is declared in hadith-i sharifs:
(When you commit a sin, do a good deed immediately after it and earn thawab, so that it will wipe out that sin.) [Bayhaqi]
(No matter where and in what circumstance you are, fear Allah and do a good deed following an evil one, so that it will eradicate it.) [Tirmidhi]
The Qur'an al-karim says what means:
(Certainly hasanat wipe out sayyiat.) [Surat-u Hud 114]
[Hasanat means every kind of goodness, and sayyiat means every kind of evil.]
We should do good to all people without differentiating between the righteous and the bad. It is one of the commandments of our religion to help the powerless, the old, and the needy. It is said in hadith-i sharifs:
(Show mercy to the powerless, the patient, the old, and the young.) [Shir'a]
(He who does not respect our old ones and who does not show mercy to our young ones is not one of us.) [Bukhari]
(Treating our old ones with respect and kindness is out of reverence for Allah.) [Bukhari]
(If a young person shows respect to an old person because of his age, Allahu ta'ala will make the young respect him when he reaches his age.) [Shir'a]
It is much reward-deserving to do good to humans. The following hadith-i sharifs say:
(All humankind is like the 'iyal [family, dependents] of Allah. The one whom Allahu ta'ala loves the most is the one who is the most beneficent to His 'iyal [humans]. The one whom Allahu ta'ala dislikes the most is the one who does not do any good to His 'iyal.) [Bazzar]
(There is nothing better than these two: belief in Allah and doing good to His slaves. There is nothing worse than these two: polytheism and doing harm to humans.) [Daylami]
(The best person is the one from whom only goodness is expected.) [Tirmidhi]
(Doing favors lengthens one's lifetime.) [Tabarani]
(Whoever has a favor done for him, let him make mention of that favor. Making mention of a favor is gratitude, and concealing it is ingratitude.) [Abu Dawud]