Ramadan is approaching and i would like everyone to know what Ramadan is about and why it is such a blessed month.
The month of Ramadan that which was revealed in the Quran as a guidance for all mankind. The Prophet (SAW) first revealed revelations in the Lunar month of Ramadan therefore it is considered to be one of the most sacred months of the Lunar Islamic calender the recording of which began with the Hijra.
Ramadan is in the 9th month of the Lunar Islamic calender which lasts 29 or 30 days according to the sighting of the cresent moon. It is the month where every Muslim refrains from dawn until sunset from eating and drinking.
The Month of Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, worship and also to help cleanse our hearts and souls and to help strengthen our Emaan and to restore our relationship with Allah (SWT). During fast a Muslim is Prohibited from eating, drinking. It is encouraged that one should resist from all temptations during the month of Ramadan. In the month of Ramadan Allah’s mercy is multiplied and the gates of Jannah (Heaven) are opened and the gates of Jahannam (Hell) are closed and Shaytan is chained.
The month of Ramadan also helps one slow down from worldly affairs and focus on self- reformation, spiritual cleansing and enlightenment this is to establish a link between you and your creator through prayer, charity, good deeds, kindness and helping others. During Ramadan a Muslim is encouraged to recite the entire Quran, although it is incumbent to do so daily in our lives, but Ramadan can be the link between the Quran and ourselves and Inshallah that link will continue even when Ramadan is complete.
IFTAAR (Breaking of the fast)
There is also a social aspect in the month of Ramadan and that is called Iftaar (breaking of ones fast). In many traditions families prepare food which is served to the rest of the family and also to the poor. The month of Ramadan also helps restore the ties between families as well as strengthening the bond of the Ummah.
The breaking of the fast is usually done by having dates, which our beloved Nabi (SAW) used to eat dates and drink water to break his fast. The Month of Ramadan is also a time where we can learn and reflect upon the life of our beloved Nabi (SAW) to that we can learn to implement and emulate it within our own lives.
Charity is very important in Islam and even more so during Ramadan. It is obligatory that every able Muslim should pay Zakah which is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakatul-fitr which is a fixed percentage which is paid by the head of the family, Fidya which is paid for those who are unable to fast but a valid reason should be given and also Sadaqah which is charity given to Muslims and Non Muslims which is voluntary. Many Muslims are more charitable in the month of Ramadan than any other month because of its immense blessings.
LAYLAT Al – QADR (The Night of Decree)
The night of decree or measures is seen as the most holy night of the year. This night occurs on the odd nights on the last ten days of Ramadan. Many Muslims also perform Itikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadan. Itikaaf means secluding oneself within the confinements of the Masjid.
EID-UL FITR ( End of Ramadan)
Eid, a day of celebration and marks the end of Ramadan and the next lunar month called Shawwal. Shawwal spans for 6 days and is voluntary but has tremendous blessings and benefits.
We should always remember during Ramadan we behave a certain way, Alhamdulilah we all rush off to the masjid, pray our 5 prayers, give charity and many other things, but the main purpose and goal of Ramadan is to reform ourselves in the hope that after Ramadan that we continue on the right path Inshallah. That is a lesson first and foremost for myself.