Yes! Ramadan is here, and it is the most anticipated month for almost all Muslims! It is commonly known to be the month of fasting and the month of giving. In short, Ramadan is a month if a Muslim performs it properly, it will help purify his soul and bring him closer to Allah (SWT).
The Qur’an also mentions on the eminence of Ramadan:-
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – 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.” (Al Quran 2:185)
Ramadan is also known significantly as the month in which the Qur’an was sent to the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a guide for humanity. But aside from this, there are also several other reasons that made a Muslim fall in love with this month!
The first verse of the Qur’an was sent on the night of Laylatyul Qadr (the night of decree). It falls on one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. It is known that the night of Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months; The good deeds performed on this night are better than those performed during a thousand months. With that, it is strongly recommended to increase devotion and prayer during this particular night.
“Sayyidatina Aisha (r.a) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (saw) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” (Bukhari)
Forgiving of Sins and Increase Rewards
Refraining from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset for the sake of Allah (SWT) strengthens the Muslims in their faith and brings them closer to Allah (SWT). As Allah (SWT) has promised in the Qur’an that:
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” (Al Quran 2:183)
There are hadiths that encourage Muslims to fast with faith so that all their past sins can be forgiven and rewarded immensely.
Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari).
Rasulullah (saw) says: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.”(Tirmidhi)
Get Rid of Bad Habits
The miracle of Ramadan is that it not only purifies the souls but also the physical body of the believers. This month is not just to refrain from eating, drinking, etc. during the day, but also so that the believers spend more time dedicating themselves to Allah (SWT) through prayers and doing good deeds. In addition, they are encouraged not to waste time in vain, like watching movies, etc. Through fasting, Ramadan teaches you to control yourself and paves the way to a healthy lifestyle. Also during this month, a believer is encouraged to be more compassionate by spending more time with the poor, and understanding their true suffering, etc. Throughout the month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to walk in the shoes of those less fortunate and grateful to Allah (SWT) for all that we have been blessed.
Ramadan: The Month of Charity or Giving
Zakat Al-Fitr is the charity that is granted at the end of the month of Ramadan. It is hoped that through the performance of Zakat Al-Fitr, greed will be removed from the hearts of believers and more financial help will be provided to the poor and needy. In addition, some Muslims also prefer to give obligatory Zakat during this month, since the rewards for good deeds are higher this month.
During the iftar, Muslims will decorate their dining tables with various dishes and dressings that will be treated after fasting throughout the day, from morning to nightfall. Usually, the whole family gathers to break fast together, which makes it even more special and fun. Through this act, a greater bond between family and friends will be achieved.
Gathering of Families and Friends
During Ramadan, people will usually invite family / friends for iftar. This is the month of forgiving and seeking rewards; The families that held grudges throughout the year forgive each other for Allah (SWT) and embrace with love. After performing the Isha prayer, there will be an additional non-obligatory prayers in the month of Ramadan, known as Tarawwih. During the Tarrawih prayer, Muslims, despite all class and status, stay together and pray together.
Of all the months, Muslims are the ones who love Ramadan the most, mainly due to the greater rewards that are found in this month. When one does not eat or drink until nightfall, he learns the hunger of the poor and indirectly engages in more charitable activities. Finally, this is a blessed month of being closer to Allah (SWT) and spending more gathering activities with family and friends, and also with other Muslims, showing love and care to all of them.