Muslims all over the world have begun observing the Ramadan, which started this year on Thursday, June 18, 2015 with their customary fasting as prescribed in the Holy Quran by Prophet Muhammad.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, a month which is observed by Muslims with a fast from dawn-to-dusk by totally staying away from food and drinks, in a spirit of discipline, expression of gratitude to Allah for his mercies and protection, seeking forgiveness for all sins in their lives and re-dedication to the will of Allah.
Ramadan is a festival of holy worship and re-evaluation of personal lives in the light of Islamic guidance, to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad as per Islamic belief, and is one of the five pillars of Islam.
According to the Islamic religion, God revealed the Holy Quran to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) on the 27th night of Ramadan, a night which is referred to as the “Laylat-ul Qadr, or the night of Destiny”
It is stated in in Quran 2:185 that “Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month SHALL fast therein.”
It is therefore an obligation on all true able-bodied Muslims to observe the period of Ramadan with fasting, abstaining from all forms of sexual activities, swearing, violence, and the use of vulgar or foul words to attain “taqwa” – God’s consciousness.
Ramadan essentially is during a time when family bonds are strengthened in promoting humility, patience and spirituality; to promote love, peace, and neighborliness among all of mankind.
The Prophet and Messenger, who was sent with the message of mercy to all people, said “Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and with the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven” and (Prayer and Peace be) upon his family and all his companions.
Muslims have been taught by the mission and teaching of Islam, and lessons from the manner of the prominent generation of the Muslim Ummah and its blessed ancestors that Islam is the religion of love, tolerance, and forgiveness. It is a message for building and peace and a method for dialogue, not self-absorption and defeat. it is an effective influence according to a partnership based on the principles of parity to enhance the meanings of higher human civilization and to promote the community of human principles according to the Quranic verse that says “Let there be no compulsion in religion: truth stands out clear from error.”
In Islam, it is believed that all good deeds are more handsomely rewarded during Ramadan more than any other month of the year, and therefore every true Muslim in observing Ramadan try to keep themselves pure and in helping the poor in society in sharing of gifts for the benefits of the reward from Allah.
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