The Essence of Ramadan

Ahlan wa Sahlan! Ramadan is here and it is that time of the year again, when the ambience is filled with spiritual peace as Muslims all over the world channel their inner souls to connect with God through fasting and practicing their religion to the max. But the question that many may ask is the essence of this Holy Month. Now let me break it down for you Gs.

Ramadan is a special month in the Islamic calendar. Think of it this way, it is that time where you get to purify yourself and connect with The Lord. Muslims are advised to forgive each other and maximize their religious practices since rewards of the good deeds are also doubled up in this Holy Month. Yes, it’s all about the bonus points. If you ask me, this is one big blessing that Allah has bestowed upon us.

The main aspect revolving around the month of Ramadan is fasting upon sighting the moon and stoping to fast upon sighting the new moon marking the start of another Islamic month. Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam and the Quran says:

“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” (Q 2:183)

The main reason we were prescribed to fast is to experience the pangs of hunger the poor feel when they have nothing to eat: talk about gaining some humility and empathy. And since fasting comes with rules and regulations the main lesson we learn is self-control which is one thing we humans need to practice often. With that said, how about a few fun facts about Ramadan?

Ramadan Fun Facts

  • It is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar.
  • The month consists of 29 or 30 days depending on the siting of the moon.
  • Muslims fast throughout the month of Ramadan unless one has a reason not to.
  • Fasting is observed from dawn till dusk.
  • The meal at dusk after breaking the fast is called Iftar while the meal at dawn before observing the fast is called Suhoor.
  • The day after Ramadan is Eid-ul-Fitr where Muslims celebrate by feasting.
  • The Quran was first revealed in this Holy Month.
  • Laylatul Qadr aka The Night of Power is experienced in Ramadan. The Quran says this night is better than a 1000 months of worship meaning if you worship on this night then it is like you have worshipped for 83 years.
  • Taraweh is a prayer practiced only in the month of Ramadan.
  • It is believed that the devil is locked up during this Holy Month.

We have been blessed with this month to bag some good deeds and strengthen our connection with God. It is such a blessing to experience another Ramadan and purify ourselves from all the vices that we have crossed so how about we make maximum use of it? After all, it’s only one month! Well, here are a few things to note.

Things to Note

  • Fast diligently.
  • Read a lot of Quran.
  • Give charity.
  • Forgive each other.
  • Pray, pray and pray some more.
  • Do not tell lies or backbite.

And that’s all for today Gs. As we gear up for the cheesy ‘date jokes’ and iftar memes, I would like to wish you all a wonderful Ramadan full of peace and lots of blessings. May we all experience the light of this Holy Month and yeah, Let the hunger games begin, eh? Ramadan Kareem guys!