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The Arrival of Blessed Month of Ramadan

Millions of Muslims across the world are eagerly waiting for the holy, blessed, glorious and merciful month of Ramadan which falls on May 6 and 7 with the sighting of the moon, the devotees will initiate the Ramadan fasting.The month of Ramadan falls on the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. Ramadan comes once each year giving every fasting Muslim a spiritual and physical improvement which lasts until the following year.This month has been given a prominent and significant place in Islam because of its benefits, blessings, concessions and rewards given to the follower of Islam by Allah. As narrated in Hadith “All the good deeds of the son of Adam will be multiplied; a good deed will be increased tenfold. Allah Mighty and Magnificent said ‘except for the fast, for that is for Me and I will reward it for he left his desires and food for My sake.”(Muslim)

Gloriousness of Ramadan

The true follower of Islam will definitely utilize the precious period of Ramadan effectively by observing fast for 30 days from dawn to sunset with the solid anticipation of seeking forgiveness and blessings of Allah. The last Messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) said that “When Ramadan comes, the gates of heavens are opened, the gates of Hell are locked and devils are chained” (Bukhari).The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to get ready and earnestly requested Almighty to provide Him an opportunity to reach the month of Ramadan two months ahead of Ramadan. The Lord and His Messenger have emphasized the gloriousness and uniqueness of Ramadan.Holy Quran says, “ O you who believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” ( Sura Al-Baqarah, 2:183)meaning that hopefully you can safeguard yourself from the Hell fire through fasting; fasting is a means to the forgiveness, and sins lead one to the fire.

Fasting

According to Islamic teaching, every healthy Muslim men and women are required to fast during the month of Ramadan after the age of puberty. Children, people who are sick or who have mental illnesses, travellers, women who are menstruating, postnatal, pregnant or breast-feeding do not have to fast, but those who skip fasting should fast on later days or provide compensation for the days they could not fast.The 30 days of fasting is divided into three divisions. The first 10 days of fasting is for blessings (Rahmath), second 10 days is for seeking repentance for the sins they committed (Magfirath), and the last 10 days for seeking protection from the Hell ( Ethukum Minannar). Fasting means not merely refraining from food and drink but it has got a deeper meaning and it plays an enormous role in the practical and spiritual life of every Muslim. Almighty does not merely expect his devotee’s mere starvation and vigilance, but He expects his pure and pious involvement of believers who fast only seeking higher ranks during the rewarding day and total submission to his command and Allah also tries to provide guidance through Holy Quran to the whole mankind to be pious and uphold the commands of Allah in order to obtain a highest reward and rank in the doomsday where the Allah will be the judge and all human beings will beg for His blessings, forgiveness and deliverance on the crucial day of judgement. Once Prophet Muhammed said that, “The two significant things will intercede for us from Allah in the Judgement Day. First, it is the Quran that we recite during our lifespan. Second is the fasting.

Obtaining forgiveness

Because of these divinely benefits, vitality, and the gratification of Allah, the people who tend to commit sins during other eleven months of the year intentionally get ready to fast and make themselves free from committing sins during the month of Ramadan. Once, Prophet climbed the steps to make a sermon on Friday. He said Amen when the Jibreel (Ali), the leader of all angels, stated that those who had the opportunity to fast in the Ramadan and failed to obtain forgiveness for his sins from almighty Allah would go to Hell. The Muslim, fasting in Ramadan, should be patient, avoid getting angry and should refrain from telling lies, backbiting, speaking ill of others, making false promises, looking at women with lustful thoughts, mouthing foul, unnecessarily quarrelling with others and forming nasty idea about other people. Such acts will nullify the real intention of Ramadan. That’s why Prophet Muhammed ( PBUH) said, “ Fasting is protecting shield, so when it is the day when one of you are fasting, let not behave or speak indecently; if someone tries to abuse him or fight him, let him say ‘ I am fasting!’ By the one in whose hand is the soul of Muhammed (sal), the smell emanating from the mouth of the one fasting is better with Allah than the smell of musk. But in the real practical context people tend to waste away their treasurable time in this gifted month.

They invest their exquisite time in watching television, engage in idle talk, and play various indoor games such as carom; chess and most of the children nowadays waste their valuable time on playing computer games. So, all Muslim brothers and sisters be mindful about the adverse effect of our unnecessary words and deeds that will erode away our good deeds and finally make us bankrupt on the doomsday. The Muslim should pray five times during the Ramadan. The fasting is only the fourth pillar of Islam while prayer is the second pillar. The rewards are multiplied for prayers during the blessed period of Ramadan. When a Muslim performs (Nafeel prayers) normal prayers, he will get the benefits of ( Farl Prayers) compulsory prayers, The Farl Prayer is 70-fold greater than the prayers performed during an ordinary period.

This month has also been recognised and respected by Muslims owing to the night of power (Lailathul Qadr). It is greater than thousand months. It lies hidden in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan in which the almighty Allah revealed the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). The Muslim fraternity must realise the meritorious power of this month and strive to obtain the maximum benefits. No one can assure of our existence next year, perhaps this may be last Ramadan. Thus, do not miss or misuse this rare opportunity comes once year to purify our body and soul and Allah has created a special entrance ( Entrance of Raiyan) through which only the people who fasted will enter the heaven. Allah has hidden numerous benefits and rewards to His slave especially in this gifted month of Ramadan. Hence, all of us will sincerely determine ourselves to fast in obedience to His commands and genuinely involved in charity (Sadaqua) because our Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) was seemed to be faster the blowing wind in performing charity in the month Ramadan (Bukhari) and take a solitary position to plead with Allah for forgiveness for the sins committed in the past. The one who fasting has two kind of joy, when he breaks his fast he is happy and when he meets his Lord he will rejoice at his fasting. We should not be over indulgent during ( Ifthaar) the time of breaking fast and be mindful that fasting is not feasting and restrict ourselves to the real meaning of fasting and also this is the time, when we have to remember the poor, most of who, have no the wherewithal to break their fast.

Strengthened ties

This holy month of Ramadan is also a time of community. Muslims invite their neighbours and friends whoever Muslims or non-Muslims to share their evening meals with them at ifthaar that will pave the way for harmonious co-existence in our country. We also obliged to invoke to Allah to bestow peace to the nation and console the minds of our brothers and sisters who have lost their kith and kin in the recent nightmare. We should also avoid idling around on the roads, at night time, disturbing the people fast asleep. The fraternity shall refrain from such nefarious activities. The parents shall keep the children from wasting their precious time on the road. The children should be guided on capitalising on the precious time. They can make use of the valuable time by reciting Quran or engage in thikkr and prayers. Let us hope this Ramadan will bring peace, patience and power to tolerate the prevailing grievances and hardships in the country.


 

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