Ramadan the Holy Month
Regarded by the beloved Prophet Mohammad himself as being the month of his community, Ramadan is also widely known as the greatest piece of the crown jewel of the Islamic year. All over the world, Muslims do fasting and offer prayers. They also perform acts of kindness in reverence with the beloved Prophet.
Muslims are encouraged to do as Mohammad did and turned to Allah with utmost devotion and sincerity. Muslims do a much more in-depth study of the Quran and recite prayers of thanks and worship. And it is also believed that during this month, overflowing blessings and rewards await those who do good.
Ramadan: Being one with Mohammad
To follow the ways of the beloved Prophet Mohammad, Muslims go through a month of fasting and prayers. It is throughout this period that they are encouraged to be more conscious of the needs of the poor, as it is said that Allah shall reward them more extravagantly during these times. Sadaqat al-Fitr or Zakat al-Fitr (also known as the purifying social tax), is the obligatory material help that is extended towards the poor of the community. This is preferably given earlier during the holy month to help them prepare for the celebration.
Besides extending material help towards the poor and the needy, Ramadan teaches us to turn ourselves back to Allah, as He is our great and powerful creator. Surely we must follow the way of the Prophet Mohammad. He has been able to perfect the way to achieve Allah’s good graces and bountiful blessings
Fasting and it’s Benefits:
One of most notable things that can be observed during this holy month is the performance of fasting of Muslims. Muslims all over the world performs this task as Allah has commanded them to do so. However, this is not to be interpreted as a form of punishment. Meals and drink (preferably water) are taken before dawn and is immediately resumed after sunset.
According to the Quran: He (Allah) desires you to fast for the whole month so that you may be able to magnify His goodness, and give thanks to Him for providing you with guidance. Fasting is one of the deeds of worship required of every Muslim, who has reached puberty years.
However, Allah also has a heart for the women and the sick. Fasting can be postponed by women in their monthly menstrual period or have not yet fully recovered from childbirth. People who are ill can also postpone this act, as Allah cares for your well-being very much.
In line with fasting from food and drink, Muslims are also encouraged to refrain from sexual activities with their spouse. This is considered a very big disobedience to the moral code of Islam and violates the main principle of fasting.
Sharing and Giving:
It is also during this season that Muslims are more cordial and friendly. They are also more helpful towards others, especially the needy. This is by the belief that many blessings are multiplied manifold to those who practice charity.
The Great Reward:
Surely, Allah is a just and kind creator. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month, and Muslims all over the world celebrate the end of this month-long sacrifice by saying prayers of thanksgiving and worship. People put on their best clothes, apply perfume and proceed to the Eid congregation with proclamations of Takbeerat.
Takbeerat means “Allah is the greatest, there is no other deity than Allah” and “All praise belongs to Allah”. The priest (known as Imam) gives a short sermon (known as khutbah) after the prayer. After the khutbah, Muslims congratulate, embrace and greet each other for completing Ramadan. They also ask Allah to accept their efforts in their obedience to His will.