The month of blessing has arrived again. Here is the month of happiness and lots of blessings and unlimited bounties for all the Muslims globally from our Almighty Allah. It’s the advent of per 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 most of the Muslims to abstain themselves from all of the bad deeds and to develop good habits in them. 2nd ashra dua
Life is full of challenges and we confront it on regular basis. But Islam has given us a genuine bounty of Ramadan to meet the challenges with courage and confidence. Where this blessed month brings the opportunity for all the Muslims to improve their habits and to develop good deeds, additionally it brings an opportunity to look for forgiveness.
According to 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 initial 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’s good, come forward, and you who desire evil, refrain.’ Some are freed from Hell by Allah, and that occurs every night.” (Tirmidhi).
Another proposal of the month could be the act of fasting, that was ordained during the next year of Hijrah. Fasting is obligatory for all your Muslims. Fasting develops the skills of self-restraint and self-control in someone, as the person fasting doesn’t only have to abstain from food and drink, but s/he must keep from many other items: backbiting, gossiping, bad deeds, using abusive language etc.
The Prophet said, “Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah isn’t in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink” (Bukhari).
The observance of fasting during Ramadan constitutes among the five pillars of Islam. The experience of fasting is designed 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 only about disciplining the human body to refrain from eating and drinking from pre-dawn until sunset, but can be about exerting control on the mind. This implies restraining anger, doing good deeds, exercising personal discipline, and preparing one to serve as a good Muslim and a good person. Fasting during Ramadan is prescribed for each healthy, adult Muslim whereas the weak, the sick, children, travelers and menstruating women are among those exempted. Muslims observing the fast are expected to abstain not merely from eating food and drinking water, but also 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 had been prescribed for those before you that ye may ward off (evil) (2:183).
Fasting is an activity, which, we are told, will become a shield for all of 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 could be the month, when most of the Muslims should have to pay for their yearly Zakat from whatever he or she has earned. Paying Zakat is obligatory in Islam and every one has to check out its procedure strictly. Care for poor people relatives, neighbors and other deprived people is also ordained upon the Muslims in the shape of Zakat. A tiny portion of wealth, left accumulated in the earlier year, will be distributed among the deserving people, thus creating a sense of gratitude one of the rich towards the Almighty and at the same time a sense of fulfillment one of the under-privileged towards the Almighty, as well as a feeling of brotherhood towards the giver of the charity.