If one wants true and permanent gladness one desires to build up and keep “inner peace”. The only method we can do this is by guidance our mind and body through pious perform. For Muslims Ramadan provide the opportunity of Fasting, Salaat, and Tilawat-e-Quran.
The blessed month of Ramadan fetches happiness, kindness, divine illumination, rewards, and physical and pious payback to all the Muslims. Ramadan brings out an extraordinary emotion of moving excitement and holy passion between Muslims of all ages.
Ramadan 2020 is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by the Muslims. The month of Ramadan begins and ends with the look of the fresh moon.
Muslims fast from pre-dawn to evening, a fast of among 11 to 16 hours depending on the time of year for a phase of 29-30 days. The fast of Ramadan Kareem requires skipping foodstuff and drink, and if married, refraining from sex throughout the fasting hours. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time to train them both bodily and morally by keep away from any negative acts such as gossiping, infighting, lying or disagreeing. Muslims welcome Ramadan as a chance for self-reflection and holy development. Ramadan is also a highly social time as Muslims ask each other to breakfast mutually and gather for prayers at the mosque.
Every time the month of Ramadan comes near, gladness and delight come again to the Ummah because Ramadan brings two of the supreme gifts of Allah, which is the fasting month of Ramadan and the merriment of the exposure of Al Quran.
“In the month of Ramadan Quran was revealed on Prophet Muhammad (SAW) for the guidance of the people.”
The Prophet (saw) said, “When you are in the form of fasting you should avoid bad words and needless talk, and if someone starts an obscene discussion, you should simply inform him, ‘I am fasting’. [Bukhari & Muslim] ”
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “In the month of Ramadan the gates of paradise are opened. The gates of Hell closed and all devil chained up. (Imam Bukhari)
From the creation of Islam, Muslims read the Quran through fasting in the month of Ramadan. By reading the Quran the believer relish the advantage of direct communication with the inventor of the Universe. The Quran is also a Huda. And as Huda as a true direction – it instructs us how to live our lives as complete human beings. It instructs us how to be alive our lives with a high opinion, pride, reputation, and adore. It advance teaches us that Allah is a spirituality that squeezes the anxiety of all humanity. Ramadan is the month of holy stimulation in the Muslim world.
HADITH ON RAMADAN
Muhammad (saw) said:” whoever mankind fasts during Ramadan to get a reward from Allah and pray for his sins that he made in the past would be forgiven by Allah Almighty”. (Imam Bukhari).
Abdullah ibn Amr informed that Muhammad (saw), said: “The fast and the Qur’an will play a very important role on the Day of rebirth. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I disallowed him from his foodstuff and wishes during the daytime. Let me negotiate for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I disallowed him from sleeping at nighttime. Let me negotiate for him.’ And their arbitration will be acknowledged.” [Imam Ahmad]
The Merit of Fasting
Islam is built on five supports. Each stands for a unique foundation throughout which the supporter assembles his/her bond with the originator and the creation. Of all the pillars of Islam, fasting is more special than others. The only One Who knows that you are refraining from food and drink is Allah, the Almighty. It is easy to pretend to be fasting; while furtively, you may eat or drink.
All Muslims who have good health and reached teens is necessary to fast. The sick and over-aged person can leave fast but in the future, they need to pay funds in the shape of help feed the poor or fast again when they feel free.
The first pre-dawn meal of the day during Ramadan is called “suhoor.” Each day’s fast is broken with a meal known as “iftar.” Traditionally, a date is eaten to break the fast. When you are going to break your fast its time of Iftar and that time you celebrate with your family or friends. At the time of Iftar different types of foods served according to the culture.
Also in this month, Muslim social activities changed. During this month a dramatic change in humans, he tries every time to recite the Holy Quran and offer prayers regularly. The whole model of private and public places timing changed in this month.
Ramadan is the month of fasting. As the Qur’an says: ‘0 you who think! Fasting is prearranged to you as it was a prearranged to persons before you that you may learn self-restraint.”
Self-restraint (Taqwa) can be understood during three chance provided for us by the fast:
- The punishing of the will.
- The cleansing of the self.
- The refining of the soul.
Recommendations to increase the spiritual strength
- Try to reduce the number of hours that you watch TV, and instead spend some time reading Qur’an, Hadith, Sirah, Fiqh, Shariah and any literature about Islam.
- You should avoid looking at any unlawful photos.
- You should try to stay more time Masjid and avoid going to theaters.
- If you have a smoking habit than try to curb this habit before the Ramadan.
- Try to read the holy Quran read holy books instead of listing songs or music.
- If you feel free and you are going to play games then stop it and spend your time to worship God is better than playing cards.
- For those who enjoy picnics to enjoy social outings, apply a break on this habit before Ramadan.
- If you found your friend who does not know about Islam try to teach him, Islam?
- If you travel to find a job do not go far and spend more time with your family and try to do local business.
- If you are a late-night sleeper than change your habit go to bed early so you wake up at a time of Sahar and offer the prayer of Tahajjud.
- Evaluate yourself daily before going to sleep. Thank Allah for the good deeds you have done, and apologize to Him for the mistake you have made.
- In this holy month remembers Allah through Zikr: Tasbeeh (Subhaan Allah), Takbeer (Allahu Akbar), Tahmeed (Al-hamdu Lillah) and Tahleel (La ilaha ill-Allah).
- This month start giving Charity as you can.
- Make your time to pray Duha Salat, Qiyam Al-Layl and Tahajjud.
- Find time to help others with your knowledge.
- Try to instruct Muslims and non-Muslims through commentary.
- Attach yourself with Muslim scholars, Hafiz, and other Ulama so that you will be able to learn from them.
- Train yourself to do well and render services free of charge to others.
Laylat Al Qadr Means the night of power when the Quran revealed on Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by Allah. Quran says about this one night is better than a thousand months. Muslim people do worship God and Seeking for His reward during “Laylat al-Qadr” or “the Night of Destiny.” It comes on the third behalf of Ramadan, which cataracts during the last 10 nights of Ramadan that Muslims consider that God sent the Angel Gabriel (A.S) to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and revealed the first verses of the Quran.
End of Ramzan
The three day Eid festival marks the end of Ramzan. All Muslims around the world prepare for the Eid festival at the end of Ramzan.
Eid ul fit means the end of breaking the fast. Traditionally, the celebration of Eid remains for three days depending on country law.
After the sighting of the new month, Eid is confirmed on televisions, radio stations, and mosques.
People start the Eid day by offering Eid prayers. After Eid prayer people meet and congratulate each other. People give Zakat to the poor people and we all know that Zakat is the fifth pillar of Islam. People are offering Eid Prayer.
THE WISDOM BEHIND FASTING
- Self Restraint
Fasting instills Taqwa and does so by scheming two features of the human body, which are the original causes of human downfall, namely the stomach and the secret parts.
- Behavior Modification
It is probable for a fasting human being to changes his or her habits; the reason being human life is a quintessence of acquired habits. To change a habit is to pay a war on oneself.
- Health benefits
The benefits of fasting exceed guiding the faster from the inactive talk and offensive acts. Fasting is a guard against disease, provided the faster follows the strict food rule.
Fasting helps in taming the heart, the spirit, and the corpse on the merits of tolerance, obstinacy, and resolve in the face of hardship. Patience is the summit of self-mastery, regulation, and holy dexterity. Patience is to turn the phrase “I can’t” into “I can.
- Social benefits
Socially, fasting is a look of unity with the poor, the family and the whole society. This is an era in which the wealthy have a first-hand practice of what it is to be poor, the pains the indigent suffers in normal living circumstances. Allah gives His mercy upon those who themselves are merciful to others.s