Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar. It is a month dedicated to fasting by Muslims. According to Holy Qur’an, Almighty Allah (God) requires Muslims to cultivate piety during this month and the way to do this is by fasting. To really understand what Ramadan stands for in Islamic religion, it will be necessary to take a look at fasting from Arabic point of view since the Holy Qur’an was written in Arabic.
Fasting – sawm
The Arabic word “sawn” is translated fasting and it literary implies “to refrain”. Ramadan is a month in which Muslims should refrain themselves from everything relating to impiety. They do not only have to refrain from foods and drinks but also they have to restrain every part of their bodies from evil actions, words and thoughts.
During Ramadan, the tongue must be restrained from gossip and backbiting, the eye must be refrained from looking at unholy and unlawful things. The ears must be refrained from listening to evil things while the hands must be restrained from touching them. As a matter of fact, Ramadan implies the absolute refrain of not only the physical part of a person but also his spirit, soul and body.
Blessings of Ramadan Fasting
Allah promises Muslims who involve themselves in the Ramadan Fasting a lot of blessings. This makes the month such an important month and one which every devoted Muslim will not want to come to an end. As a matter of fact, Muslims have to fast during the Ramadan month with full faith and expectations. All Muslims who have reached puberty and are mentally and physically able to sustain fasting are obliged to observe the Holy Ramadan Fasting. According to Islamic practices founded on the sayings of Muhammad (Peace be upon him)), Muslims should have a meal known as sahur before dawn during Ramadan and then they should break the fast after sunset in haste with a meal known as iftar.
The blessings of Fasting during the Holy Ramadan are grouped into various categories. These blessings are clearly depicted in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith.
Many blessings are enlisted on this category. These blessings include Fearing Allah, practicing the revelations of Allah, accepting the little things that one has achieved, preparing for departure from this world to the hereafter, self-discipline, self-control, self-restraint, self-evaluation and self-education.
This is another blessing Allah promised to Muslims who practice Ramadan Fasting. This enfolds a number of blessings including avoiding immorality, avoiding haram, avoiding stupidity, avoiding uproar and anger.
– The revelation of Holy Qur’an
– Rejoicing is another blessing that comes along with the Holy Ramadan. The rejoicing accompanying this fasting comes when you break the fast. Muslims also believes that the rejoicing of this fasting also comes when you meet Allah on the day of Judgment.
– The blessings of Sahoor. This simply implies late night meal. The meal allows Muslims to enjoy a lot of blessings including night prayers, Zikr, remembrance and contemplation, recitation of Holy Qur’an, Fajr Salat in Jamaat and Dua of Fajr.
– Muslims are entreated to perform Itikaf (retreat) during the last ten days of Ramadan in order to enjoy blessings and rewards, peace of mind, contemplation and evaluation and become better citizens.
Ramadan comes with a host of blessings and if a Muslim understands and practices the Ramadan Fasting, he will enjoy a lot of blessings.