Ramadan | Fasting | Blessings of Ramadan
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar. It is the month in which Holy Quran was revealed on last and final prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing be upon him). Quran as the guidance for mankind. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan. Each year, Ramadan begins eleven days earlier than previous. Muslims fast from sunrise to the sunset. Eid-ul-Fitar, the day of celebration and gratitude its celebration marks the end of Ramadan and beginning of the month of Shawwal.
Muslims abstain from drinking and eating. Muslims practice Sahoor, Aftaar, charity, prayers and recite Holy Quran. Ramadan also includes nightly prayers called tarawih in mosques after iftar. It is also the time of repentance, self-reflection, self-improvement, sacrifice, empathy and self-control. The gates of heaven are open in the holy month.
Fasting helps mental and physical health. To do Fast in the month of Ramadan is obligatory for all Muslims around the globe. It is the time to reconnect with Allah (SW) by performing religious duties. Muslims pray and seek for forgiveness.
In the last ten days of Ramadan muslims look for the laylat al qadr, in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. Laylat al Qadr is also known is the night of power. It is the night in which the verses of Quran were first revealed on Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him)
During Ramadan people perform good deeds and refrain from performing sins that lead to hellfire. Muslims obey the teachings of Allah (SW). Fasting not only helps individuals but societies as well in spiritual, physical, mental health as well as social benefits.
It helps believer to clear heart and become more pious. It helps to obey ALLAH’s orders willingly and avoid prohibitions. Allah (SW) promised rewards for those who fast. Fasting in the month of Ramadan itself is a natural healing therapy. Fasting teaches us self-control and discipline.
Ramadan creates sense of sympathy, empathy and fellow feeling in the hearts and minds of Muslims. It creates and strengthens the sense of equality between Muslims. Ramadan is the month of giving and forgiveness. It brings the Islamic world together. It brings peace and harmony among the society. Also develops the sense of patience, sacrifice and humility. It can be rightly said it is a chance for self-reformation.