Ramadan Mubarak/ Ramzan Mubarak/Kareem Selamat berpuasa etc.. You’ve been hearing this or even seeing these wishes on twitter or FB and even on IG! What really is Ramadan? and Why do Muslims all over the world celebrate it?
Ramadan is a 9th month of Islamic Calender, in which Muslims (Men and Women) fast for the whole month (period of 30 days) for the sake of Allah. Fasting during Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five pillars of Islam (Believe in one Allah, 5 Prayers, Charity, Fasting during Ramadan and Pilgrimage to Mecca ~ Hajj). Fasting during this is an obligatory for all the adult (once they’ve reached Puberty) Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant,diabetic or going through menstruation.
However, they are required to pay back their fast when they are healthy or return back from their journey.
Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran:
The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful. [Quran 2:185]
The time of the fast is from dawn until sunset. Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. Dates become the important part of the Meal as its the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
During their fast, Muslims refrain from eating/drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations and all other forbidden things in Islam like swearing, backbiting gossiping, lying etc.
In this month, all the rewards are multiplied and therefore Muslims are encouraged to increase their good deeds! A good deed in Islam can be as simple as Smiling and Giving to Salam to each other!
The Month of Blessings, is divided into 3 parts. The first 10 days are believed to be of Allah’s Mercy, the next 10 days of Ramadan are for Forgiveness and the last 10 days are Release from hell fire.
During this month, the Gates of Heavens are open and the Gates of Hell are closed and Shaitan (Satan) is locked. During this Month, many Muslims who usually don’t abide by the rules and regulation of Islam (May Allah Guide Them) turn over a new leaf and make many resolutions such as to pray 5 times a day, quit smoking, giving charity etc.
Qura’n, the holy book of Islam was revealed in the month of Ramadan. Many Muslims read the Qura’n with the translation during this month so as to become better Muslims even after the Ramadan. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, so as to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Thus, fasting cure the diseased hearts and souls.
Ramadan also teaches Muslims self-discipline and to be in the shoes of those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging compulsory charity (Zakat – another important pillar of Islam)
Tarawih, special evening prayer is conducted after Isha (The last prayer of the day) during the month of Ramadan. During this prayer, one recite long sections Qura’n (1/30 Juz every day or more) So, before the end of Ramadan, the whole Qur’an will been completed.
When The month of Blessings and mercy ends, its followed by Eid-ul-fitr (Feast of breaking the Fast) or Hari Raya Puasa and its also the beginning of the 10th month of Islamic calendar – Shawwal.
And when its the time of Eid, all we do is eat, enjoy and Thank Allah and of course, not forgetting the resolution we’ve made and practiced during Ramadan!
There is a lot more about the Blessed month of Ramadan which i can’t summarize into one blog post! Kindly, Pardon me for the mistakes! Indeed, Allah knows best!
That’s all for now! happy Fasting! May Allah make me and you a better Muslim and Human.
To have Evil Desires, is Human, but to Resist them is Muslim!
Source: I’m a Muslim, Google, Quran
Researching in progress! Stay tuned!