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Friday, September 14, 2007

Ramadan -What it is all about?

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar for Muslims. In this month, those who are true believers of Almighty Allah will fast from before the Fajr @ Pre-Dawn prayers and observe the fast until the Maghrib @ Sunset prayers.

It is a commandment from Allah the Almighty upon the believing Muslims in the Holy Qur'an.







183. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo kutiba AAalaykumu alssiyamu kama kutiba AAala allatheena min qablikum laAAallakum tattaqoona

183. O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,--

Fasting is done solely for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and initiated with making the niyyat @ intention which is :





"Nawaitu sa'um maghdin an adaa ii fardhii shahrii ramadhana hazihis sanatii lillahi ta'ala".

meaning:

"I intend to fast tomorrow fulfilling the Fard of Ramadan this year for the sake of Allahu Ta'ala".

The commandment to observe fasting was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in the month of Syaaban in the 2nd year after Hijrah from Makkah Al-Mukarramah to Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

Fasting does not mean starving oneself as imagined by ignorants amongst us.

It is simply refraining oneself from taking food or drinks and not doing anything which will nullify one's fast.

Fasting does not stop a Muslim from working or doing any legitimate action as usual during his or her fast.

Fasting will allow our bodies to start burning off excess fat stored all this while in ourselves bringing about a better state of health for us, body and soul.

Medically it has been proven that regular fasting acts as a spring cleaning of one's physical self whilst spiritually, it brings one closer to one's Creator as the Islamic fast is an act of faith that is carried out solely for the sake of Allah.

Read here to learn about what the Hadiths of the Last Messenger teaches us about Fasting and the do's and don'ts of it.

Society benefits tremendously during Ramadan. People are more generous during Ramadan as they will be trying to gain the most blessings by observing all righteous deeds such as giving out charity to the poor and generally refrain from quarreling with one another, fighting, cheating, gossip, backbiting, etc which are part and parcel of daily human life, all over the world.

Ramadan is also a time for making peace with one another and enmity takes a break because fasting Muslims are forbidden to do anything offensive against anyone.

It is enjoined upon a fasting Muslim to give sadaqah and engage in charitable activities. We are enjoined to offer more acts of prayer and to be civil to even our enemies.

As a result, life turns better as a whole for the entire society.

There are many other benefits gained during Ramadan but I will share them with you later.

Have a nice Ramadan people. We need it. The whole world needs to take a break from strife and look for ways to live in peace and goodwill amongst us.

Wabillahi taufik walhidayah. Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.