Bismillah Hir Rahman nir Raheem.
In The Name of Allah The most Compassionate and The
It is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar.
For the hijrah 1423 the holy month of Ramadan began on Monday the 4rth of November 2002.
This is a month of immense Blessings
for the community of Mohammed
Sallalah Hu Ilayh Wasulum, the beloved Messenger of Allah Subhan wa Ta'allah. Muslims observe
30days of fasting under the guidelines provided by Allah swt in the Qur'an and by His Messenger. The sayings of Rasul Allah/Prophet
of Allah are called AHADITH, which were recorded by the early Muslim Imams/Scholars.
The month of Ramadan begins and ends
with the sighting of the new moon.
In this month the Holy Qur'an was revealed to Mohammed saws. All Muslims try to follow
the examples of their dear Prophet in their daily lives and recite the Qur'an in the month of Ramdan to get the barakah/blessings
of it from Allah.
Although the daily fast begins from dawn to dusk, both an
outward and an inner form of fasting is encouraged. Nothing is to be consumed by mouth, such as food and drinks. The digestive
system is given a rest. According to the old wisdom of saints and pious people of God, when the stomach is resting it is easier
for the white blood cells to attack any germs and bacteria that is in the blood. Husband and wife abstain from all sexual
intimacy. All worldly desires and pleasures become secondary when the individual concentrates on his/her efforts of worshipping
Allah with all forms of voluntary and obligatory acts of getting closer to Him through prayers, recitiations of the Holy Qur'an
and doing acts of chairty and goodwill.
During the day many work and go to school and take care of children.
Patience, tolerance and forbearance in the face of difficulties is practiced and encouraged. Anger which breeds contempt
and arrogance is to be avoided.
Forgiveness and love is to be practiced by giving as much of yourself to others who are
needy and dependent. The rights of the parents take precedence and those of the children. Husband and wife are to be show
compassion and understanding. The rights of the neighbours are not to be forgotten. The relatives who need assistance are
to be helped in a beautiful way. Zakat which is also another pillar of Islam is an obligatory almsgiving. Muslims take out
2.5% zakat of their income throughout the year. During the month of Ramadan the remaining zakat and sadaqa/voluntary charity
are given with generosity. All these are the Blessings of Allah from His Mercy and Compassion to His creation.
Fasting is not for the very old and feeble. The very small children,
pregnant women and women who are in their monthly cycle of menstration are also forbidden to fast. Anyone suffering from illness
and travelling is permitted not to fast. However, they can make up the missed days later on in the year.
The beauty of fasting lies in it's humble approach toward life.
As you try to purify your 'self' your focus is simultaneously then turned toward others with sincerity and love. You do for
others what you would like others to do for you. The needs of others especially the "down trodden" of society and the needy
are not forgotten. Infact they become the focal point during the month of Ramadan. With this training in 30 days your batteries
are charged for the year ahead.
For further details on Verses from the Qur'an and sayings of
Prophet Mohammed saws go to our section of RELIGION.