The Holy Month of Ramadan – A Call for Muslims
The month of blessing has arrived again. This is the month of happiness and plenty of blessings and unlimited bounties for all your Muslims globally from our Almighty Allah. It is the advent of a month that’s filled with immeasurable blessings; the thirty days which necessitate a Muslim to observe one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting. This month helps all the Muslims to abstain themselves from all of the bad deeds and to produce good habits in them.
Life is high in challenges and we confront it on regular basis. But Islam has given us a real bounty of Ramadan to meet up the challenges with courage and confidence. Where this blessed month brings an opportunity for the Muslims to alter their habits and to produce good deeds, additionally it brings an opportunity to look for forgiveness.
Based on Allah, the gates of Heaven are thrown open, the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained in this month. Our Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said,
“When the first night of Ramadan comes, the devils and the rebellious jinn are chained, the gates of Hell are locked and not one is opened; the gates of Paradise are opened and not one of them is locked; and a crier calls,’You who desire what is good, come forward, and you who desire evil, refrain.’ Some are freed from Hell by Allah, and that takes place every night.” (Tirmidhi).
Another proposal with this month could be the act of fasting, that was ordained during the second year of Hijrah. Fasting is obligatory for all the Muslims. Fasting develops the skills of self-restraint and self-control in someone, as the individual fasting does not only have to abstain from food and drink, but s/he should also refrain from many other items: backbiting, gossiping, bad deeds, using abusive language etc.
The Prophet said, “Whoever does not quit false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not needing his (fasting) leaving his food and drink” (Bukhari).
The observance of fasting during Ramadan constitutes one of the five pillars of Islam. The experience of fasting is meant to teach Muslims self-discipline and self-restraint, and understand a little of the plight of the less privileged (e.g., the hungry, thirsty and the poor). Furthermore, Ramadan fasting is not merely about disciplining the body to refrain from eating and drinking from pre-dawn until sunset, but can also be about exerting control within the mind. This requires restraining anger, doing good deeds, exercising personal discipline, and preparing someone to serve as a good Muslim and an excellent person. Fasting during Ramadan is prescribed for every healthy, adult Muslim whereas the weak, the sick, children, travelers and menstruating women are those types of exempted. Muslims observing the fast are expected to abstain not merely from eating food and drinking water, but additionally from consuming oral medicines and injecting intravenous nutritional fluids.
The goal of fasting is to obtain spiritual happiness besides material welfare and to explore a genuine sense of happiness within us. This month is a fortunate month and gives us a note to be pious to to obtain closer to Allah.
In the Quran, Allah says:
O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you personally, even while it was prescribed for those before you that ye may reduce the chances of (evil) (2:183).
Fasting is an action, which, we are told, will behave as a shield for us once we most need it.
Allah’s Apostle said,
“Fasting is just a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins” (Bukhari).
Ramadan is the month, when all of the Muslims should have to cover their yearly Zakat from whatever he or she has earned. Paying Zakat is obligatory in Islam and every one has to follow its procedure strictly. Care for the poor relatives, neighbors and other deprived people can also be ordained upon the Muslims in the form of Zakat. A tiny percentage of wealth, left accumulated in the earlier year, is usually to be distributed among the deserving people, thus developing a sense of gratitude among the rich towards the Almighty and at once a feeling of fulfillment on the list of under-privileged towards the Almighty, as well as an expression of brotherhood towards the giver of the charity.