This Information was posted by Bilal Muhammad on 7/6/2012
Ramadan, 9th month of the Islamic year, is a 29/30 days holy festival for Muslims all over the world. Its essential constituents are fasting from dawn till dusk, be in the best behavior and abstaining from all kind of social and personal evils, in return of which Muslims are bestowed upon with the blessings and eternal peace. By the end of this month, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-fitr, which symbolizes joy and happiness, and is the perfect time to exchange gifts of love amongst each other.
Fasting is the third basic pillar of Islamic basis; it starts from dawn and ends with the sunset. In this month it’s not all about starving but it means to be more oriented spiritually towards the Creator. Fasting has certain benefits besides spiritual purity and health improvement which are:
- Absolute self-submission to Allah pronouncing Him as the master of everything and obeying all the orders in its pure essence.
- Fasting helps feeling the sympathy for those who are less fortunate to have these basic necessities of live, thanking Him for all the blessings He had bestowed.
- Gaining self-control power over all the temptations, by doing it for hunger and thirst where the only purpose is to obey the commands of Allah. It also proves helpful otherwise to control your rage and bearing the pressures of situation.
- Ramadan is the most spiritually enlightened time of the year, where offering prayers becomes a lot more concentrated and spiritual purification comes along.
- A feeling of humility, communication, peace and harmony surrounds the whole community as everyone is trying to be in the best shape of behaviors.
- This is the time of getting close to the relatives and peers either get together of salah, or inviting each others on aftars, the whole society is on strong communication.
Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said “those who recite one ayah if Quran during Ramadan will be awarded as recitation of complete Holly Quran in other days”
The importance of fasting has been emphasized several times in Quran as it says “Ramadan is a month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from the fire.”
After the last day of Ramadan, on the very first day of Shawal, Muslims celebrate Eid, where eating sweets, exchanging gifts and inviting others over meals is traditionally followed. Thus, this whole month is a time of celebration, felicity and complete devotion to the Almighty.