The Glorious Month of Ramadan
The holy month of
Ramadan enjoys a special importance in the Islamic calendar. As the
Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said: "It is Allah's Own month." It is the
chief of all months and the most glorious one. As we already know,
'Fasting' is one of the important pillars of Islam and it is the
very month of Ramadan during which fasting has been made obligatory
for all adults and sane Muslims. By fasting during Ramadan, a Muslim
besides discharging an obligation imposed upon him by Allah (SWT),
becomes entitled to great reward in the Hereafter. On the other
hand, any lapse in the matter amounts to a great sin. Fasting is an
article of worship, the knowledge about the performance or otherwise
whereof rests only with Allah (SWT) and the person concerned. Hence,
it is Allah alone who will reward that person for it, on the Day of
The blessings of Ramadan are not limited to fasting alone, because
the performance of all sorts of worship and good deeds during this
month is also a source of great Divine favor. The revelation of the
Holy Qur'an commenced during this very month and it is therefore the
duty of every Muslim to read and try to understand the meaning of
the Holy Qur'an and thereby gain an insight into the Divine secrets
enshrined therein. It brings peace and illumination to the mind and
imparts purity to the soul.
Ramadan is the
month of fasting, intensive prayer, sacrifice and Divine worship.
Throughout this month a devout Muslim fasts during the day in the
true sense of the word, that is, he had merely denies himself food
and water, but as explained by the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), exercises
strict control over his tongue, eyes, ears, thoughts and deeds and
does everything possible to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT).
supplications to Allah (SWT) and repentance of one's sins during
Ramadan are the sources of Divine blessings and mercy. Some nights,
among the last ten nights of Ramadan, are called the 'Nights of
Glory' (Laylatul Qadr). These are the 19th, 21st, and 23rd nights.
Muslims keep awake during these nights and offer special prayers.
Even among these nights, the 23rd enjoys excellence over all the
others. It is accompanied by great blessings, and he usually grants
the supplications made to Allah (SWT) during this night.
The holy month of Ramadan, besides being the month of worship and
Divine blessings, carries a historical importance as well. As
already mentioned above, the revelations of the Holy Qur'an
commenced in this month. The epoch-making 'Battle of Badr' and the
'Conquest of Mecca' also took place during the holy month of
"Ramadan", according to some traditions is one of Allah's names.
This is why we can not say Ramadan without making it clear that we
are talking about the month, and therefore we should always say the
month of Ramadan. The Commander of the faithful Ali ibn Abi Taleb (A.S.)
said: Do not say Ramadan, but say the month of Ramadan. For you do
not know what Ramadan is. This same meaning was referred to by the
Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) in his speech during Shaaban: The month of
Allah coming ....
1. Learn Islam with ambition,
2. Observe Islam with sincerity,
3. Practice Islam with discipline (Sunnah),
4. Spread Islam with truth and kindness.
The Glorious Month of Ramadan
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