The month of blessing is here again. This is the month of happiness and lots of blessings and unlimited bounties for all your 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 most of the bad deeds and to develop good habits in them.
Life is high in challenges and we confront it on regular basis. But Islam has given us a real bounty of Ramadan to generally meet the challenges with courage and confidence. Where this blessed month brings an opportunity for all your Muslims to improve their habits and to produce good deeds, it also brings an opportunity to request forgiveness.
In accordance with 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 nights 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 is locked; and a crier calls,’You who desire what is good, come forward, and you who desire evil, refrain.’ Some are freed from Hell by Allah, and that takes place every night.” (Tirmidhi).
Another proposal of this month may be the act of fasting, which was ordained during the next year of Hijrah. Fasting is obligatory for all the Muslims. Fasting develops the skills of self-restraint and self-control in someone, as the individual fasting doesn’t just abstain from food and drink, but s/he should also avoid many other items: backbiting, gossiping, bad deeds, using abusive language etc.
The Prophet said, “Whoever does not quit false statements (i.e. telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink” (Bukhari).
The observance of fasting during Ramadan constitutes one of many five pillars of Islam. The ability of fasting is intended 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 your body to keep from eating and drinking from pre-dawn until sunset, but can be about exerting control on the mind. This calls for restraining anger, doing good deeds, exercising personal discipline, and preparing one to serve as a good Muslim and a great 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 needed to abstain not only 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 real sense of happiness within us. This month is a fortunate month and gives us an email to be pious to to get closer to Allah.
In the Quran, Allah says:
O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even while it was prescribed for those before you that ye may defend against (evil) (2:183).
Fasting is an action, which, we’re told, will become a shield for people whenever we most need it.
Allah’s Apostle said,
“Fasting is really a shield or protection from the fire and from committing sins” (Bukhari).
Ramadan could be the month, when all of the Muslims needs to have to pay for their yearly Zakat from whatever he or she has earned. Paying Zakat is obligatory in Islam and every you have to follow along with its procedure strictly. Care for poor people relatives, neighbors and other deprived people can also be ordained upon the Muslims in the shape of Zakat. A tiny part of wealth, left accumulated in the previous year, is to be distributed among the deserving people, thus creating a sense of gratitude among the rich towards the Almighty and at the same time frame a sense of fulfillment one of the under-privileged towards the Almighty, along with a sense of brotherhood towards the giver of the charity.