Ramadan


Meaning Of Ramadan

The word Ramadan is derived from the Arabic word Ramida, meaning ”intense scorching heat and dryness especially the ground”. Ramadan is the ninth month of an Islamic Calendar. Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan the Holy book Quran was sent down from heaven as guidance for men and also as a direction and a means to Salvation.

“(It was) the month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month…”- [Al-Baqarah 2:185]


Importance of Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the religious festivals of the Islamic community that is widely celebrated all over the world. Although this festival includes fasting and sacrifice, yet the Muslims celebrate this occasion with a lot of joy and enthusiasm. There are fireworks, lights, decorations and feasts (once the daily fast gets over) that make this festival a joyous celebration.

Importance of Ramadan in Islam

Ramadan includes fasting which is the third pillar of all the five pillars of Islam. This means that the fasting during Ramadan is one of the five most basic beliefs or acts that a Muslim is supposed to do. Fasting in Islam is considered to be a means of practicing self-control. It is also considered to be a way of experiencing what hunger is all about, sympathizing with the poor and the needy, and thanking god for everything you have received in life.

An important part of Ramadan festival is offering gifts in the form of Zakat which means “giving away one’s wealth to charity”. The Zakat is one of the essential pillars of Islam. The concept of Zakat is to purify one’s wealth by giving a part of it to people who aren’t blessed by god.

Importance of Ramadan to Muslims

Ramadan is the time for offering intense prayers to god. During this month, Muslims try to read the Quran, the holy scripture of Islam, as much as possible. They may also visit the mosque to listen to the recitation of the Quran.

The last 10 days of Ramadan are special because during this time, the Muslims indulge in intense prayers with the belief that they’ll get closer to god because of their good deeds, sacrifices, and devotion.

According to Quran, the 27th night of the month of Ramadan, known as the Lailat ul-Qadr or the Night of Power, is actually considered to be auspicious than any other night. So, the Muslims spend almost this entire night in prayers.

“ALLAH has made Laylat al-Qadr in this month, which is better than a thousand months, as Allaah says…The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees, there is peace until the appearance of dawn.” -[Al-Qadar 97:1-5]

Some common Muslim beliefs regarding Ramadan are listed below:

  • The Muslims believe that fasting will enable them to feel for those who get very little to eat daily.
  • The Muslims feel that through Ramadan prayers, they’ll connect better with their inner selves, strengthen their faith and get closer to god who has created them.
  • They think that Ramadan teaches them how to appreciate god for every single happiness and achievement they’ve had in their lives.
  • The Muslims believe that self-control during Ramadan will teach them good manners and good speech.
  • They believe that charity during this festive occasion will actually make them more generous and develop a sense of goodwill in them.
  • The Muslims feel that family gatherings during Ramadan will help strengthen their bonding with their friends and family members.

Importance of Fasting in Ramadan

The concept of fasting is not to starve but to take oneself to a spiritual level where one fully devotes himself to god. It has been proved that during fasting, the body develops immunity and gets rid of the toxins that have earlier accumulated.

Fasting during Ramadan helps the Muslims develop the spirit of sacrifice due to which they refrain from all natural desires on this earth. Although they may not think about the poor and downtrodden in everyday life, yet during fasting, they’ll learn to think about the less fortunate. Fasting also helps them get rid of overindulgence in life.

Fasting in Ramadan enables a Muslim to train his body and soul so as to develop self-restraint. It helps shape up the personality of a Muslim who is expected not to commit wrong during the remaining part of the year. Fasting is not just physical but the Muslims actually commit their body and soul to the spirit of fasting. They restrain every part of their body. For example, they restrain their tongue from backbiting or gossiping. They don’t touch anything that doesn’t belong to them. Their eyes don’t see anything that’s unlawful. The Muslims also avoid listening to obscene words during the Ramadan.

During Ramadan, the Muslims re-evaluate their lives under the principles of Islam. They are expected to make peace with their dear ones even though the latter may have wronged them. The Muslims are expected to purify their minds during the month of Ramadan. Not only should they purify their thoughts, but also their words and actions.

He is the One GOD; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. To Him belong the most beautiful names. Glorifying Him is everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, Most Wise.” – [Quran 59:24]

What Not To Do During Fasting

During Ramadan fasts, the Muslims should refrain from doing the following things:

  • Having food and drink
  • Getting angry
  • Being rude and impolite
  • Using obscene language
  • Gossips and backbiting
  • Telling lies or cheating
  • Arguing and fighting
  • Indulging in sex

“Whoever backbites his Muslim brothers, his fasting will be invalid and his ablution null. Should he die in such a state, he will die like the one who decreed lawful what Allah has forbidden.” – Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)

Wishing All the Muslim Community Ramadan Mubarik ! 🙂
May ALLAH Bless Us All !

Sincerely,
Spice It up – Mirch Masala

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