The holy month of Ramadhan has kicked off bringing its blessings to people.
Ramadhan is considered a generous guest visiting every house of Muslims bringing blessings and graces of different sorts.
Muslims all over the world are observing this month by daily fasting from the dawn till sunset.
This religious ritual goes on for either 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of moon on the 29th day of the month.
Ramadhan is the month of fasting, mercy, forgiveness and kindness as people are being more compassionate to one another during this month.
In fact, this month is the holiest month in the Islamic Calendar and regarded a significant occasion for Muslims.
It’s importance and value as a month is marked by the revelation of the Holy Quran, prescription of fasting and declare of the Night of Al Qadr which is better than one thousand months in terms of value in praying to Allah on this night.
This has been acknowledged by the verse in Holy Quran: “The month of Ramadhan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights the month, he/she must observe fasts that month and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number of days which one did not observe fasts must be made up from other days”.
The value of Night of Al Qadr is addressed in the verse: “Surely We revealed it (Quran) on the night of Al Qadr — And what do you know what Night of Al Qadr is — The night is better than a thousand of months — The angles and the spirit descend in it by the permission of their lord every command — It is peace till the break of morning.”
As a matter of fact, fasting was prescribed in this month and assigned to other nations before it has been assigned to the nation of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him). This has been affirmed by the Quran verse when the Almighty Allah addressed people: “O you
who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil.”
Ramadhan is a month of learning too; it passes different lessons to Muslims during their fasting period from the dawn to the sunset.
Fasting urges Muslims recall various aspects of living practices as well as reminds them of all those poor people and needy families within the society.
It basically mirrors the daily struggle of poor people striving to afford food and other life necessities for themselves and their families.
Therefore, while fasting, Muslims become more thoughtful and sympathetic to their poor brothers and sisters.
In return, good deeds are usually conducted in this month reflecting the spirit of giving and care.
Donation of food and money to needy families is usually a key.
Generally, fasting is a spiritual practice that does not just consist of refraining from eating and drinking, but from every kind of selfish desires and wrong-doings too.
Fasting is not merely for the body, but basically of the spirit as well.
Essentially, the purpose of fasting is to develop and strengthen ones power of self-control to resist wrong desires and bad habits.
This definitely will help people attain nearness and closeness to Allah.
Besides, fasting promotes charity and generosity as people get more sympathetic with the suffering of others.
Undoubtedly, Ramadhan as a month is a time of obtaining blessings from the Almighty Allah as well as time for giving and sharing.
While fasting as a practice is a valuable experience towards achieving for self-improvement.
It could be the start of maintaining the good deeds and principles to be habitual in everyday life of people.
Ramadhan Mubarak to each and every one of you!
Abdulaziz Al Jahdhami