Importance of Ramadan

Importance of Ramadan
Importance of Ramadan

Ramadan is the most precious month in the Islamic calendar (Hijri) and it is obligatory for the Muslims to fast in the month of Ramadan. Here are some attractive facts that show the importance of Ramadan in Islam.

Importance Point of Ramadan

  1. Holy Quran was first admit in the month of Ramadan.
  2. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is the fourth Pillar of Islam among the five.
  3. Fasting helps to attain Taqwa (operating of actions which please Allah and abstaining from those actions that displease him).
  4. Ramadan is known to be the month of Quran. It is highly recommended in the Ramadan to read and study the Holy Quran and to share with others.
  5. The Night of Decree or The Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr ) is in this month, which is better than a thousand months.
  6. In this Holy month, the gates of Paradise are opened, gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained up.
  7. Umra’h (shorter/minor pilgrimage) in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj (major pilgrimage).
  8. Muslims observe I’tikaaf (residing in the mosque for worship) in the Ramadan especially in the last 10 days of this Holy month.
  9. It is very fruitful act in Ramadan to offer Iftaar (sunset meal to break fast) to those who are fasting.
  10. It is also highly recommended to give Zakat (obligatory tax/donation – 2.5% of wealth/savings/assets) and Sadaqah (voluntary charity) in the Ramadaan.
  11. It is said in an authentic Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that fasting in the Ramadan sincerely out of faith and in the hope of reward, we will be forgiven all our previous sins, provided the major sins are not devoted.

          There are some other significances of this Holy month such as The Night of Decree
      (Laylat al- Qadr) is in this month which is better than a thousand months.

 It is the very fruitful act in Ramadan to offer Iftar to those who are fasting.  It is also recommended to give Zakat in the month of Ramadan. Muslims also observe I’tikaaf that is consist in the mosque for worship especially in the last 10 days of this Holy month Ramadan. Ramadan also celebrates the time when Prophet Muhammad (SAW) received the first revelation from Allah.

 Ramadan allows worshippers to establish their minds on adherence to their faith through prayers, expressing obligation, seeking forgiveness and helping the needy. Fasting is important for Muslims due to many reasons e.g. it brings the unity among the ummah because they go to offer Tarawih prayer after iftar at the Mosque together. Ramadan makes Muslims enjoy food, thank Allah for what they have and makes them closer to each other and the people around them. Sawm is a Jihadic struggle because of Muslims struggle against hunger during fasting. Fasting in Ramadan also makes Muslims stronger against fighting sin and more begin to others.

Ramadan in the Quran

Ramadan in the Quran

Ramadan in the Quran

The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guide line for the people and clear proofs of guidance and norm. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on an adventure – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
[Quran 2:185]
Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.
[Quran 97:1-5]

Hadiths about the Ramadan

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said:
“The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins.”

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah’s Messenger () saying regarding Ramadan, “Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah () said, “The five (daily) Salat (prayers), and from one Jumu’ah prayer to the (next) Jumu’ah prayer, and from Ramadan to Ramadan are expiations for the (sins) committed in between (their intervals); provided the major sins are not committed”.

Narrated `Aisha:

Allah’s Messenger () used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan.”

Umm Ma’qil narrated that:

The Prophet said: “Umrah during Ramadan is equal to Hajj.”
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said:
“The Messenger of Allah enjoined the Zakah of Ramadan on everyone, young and old, free and slave, male and female, a Sa of dates or a Sa of barley.”

Narrated `Aisha:

Allah’s Messenger () said, “Whoever died and he ought to have fasted (the missed days of Ramadan) then his guardians must fast on his behalf.”

Abu Ayub narrated that :

the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan, then follows it with six from Shawwal, then that is (equal in reward) to fasting every day.”

Eid-ul-Fitr Celebration

The end of Ramadan is marked by the sighting of the new moon, which is followed by a day of celebration known as Eid-ul-Fitr. Families wake up early in the morning, put on their best clothes and go to the mosque for a brief Eid sermon and congregational prayer. They thank God for giving them the convenience to experience the holy month of Ramadan. The day is filled with celebration, entertain, festive meals and modest gift-giving, especially to children.

Before attending the Eid prayer, the head of the household or guardian gives a special donation on behalf of each dependent family member called Zakat-ul-Fitr. This is the giving of a meal to a needy person to make sure that none are ban from this happy occasion and to encourage people to continue the spirit of generosity after Ramadan as well.

The Eid celebration is not merely about feasting and socializing. There is a deep significance for those who truly observed the holy month with their fasting, cease from all bad habits and striving hard to earn the pleasure of God. Muslims feel a sense of happiness and a revived energy to face the rest of the year with faith and assurance – until next Ramadan!

May God’s peace and blessings be upon him..

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