IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE MOST GRACIOUS THE MOST MERCIFUL
Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calender, It was the holy month in which The Holy Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w). The above Ayah taken from Surah Al-Baqarah explains the wisdom behind Fasting which is attaining Taqwaah.Taqwaah is a comprehensive word for everything that Allah (s.w.t) loves and is pleased with from actions which are desirable and from abandoning prohibitions. So fasting is the greatest way to reach this goal which is the goal of the pleasure of the servant in his worldly life and his Hereafter. Hence without Taqwaah Islam is not complete, this is why Fasting was one of The Five Pillars of Islam.
THE VIRTUES OF RAMADHAN:
- Ramadan is a blessed month ordained by Allah (s.w.t) It is the month in which Satan is locked away in Hell to prevent him from misleading, deceiving and whispering in the ears of believers.
2. Ramadan is the month for gaining good deeds. By reciting the Holy Quran during the month of Ramadhan, Allah (s.w.t) multiplies the reward by ten times as stated in this Hadith :
Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) says: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi, Ad-Darimi]
3. The first ten days of Ramadan are of mercy, the second ten days are of forgiveness and the last ten days are of being freed from Hell.
“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) addressed : Ramadan is a month whose beginning is mercy, its middle is forgiveness and its end is ransom from the Fire. ( Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah (r.a) )
4. The Night of Qadr (Lailat ul Qadr) is a special night that occurs every year in Ramadan and represents a golden opportunity for Muslims to gain blessings and forgiveness from Allah (s.w.t).
"We have indeed revealed this (Quran) in the Night of Qadr: And what will explain to you what the Night of Qadr is? The Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the Angels and the Spirit (Gabriel) by Allah's permission, with every decreed command.Peace it is until the rise of Dawn!" ( Surat Al-Qadr , Verses 1-5 , Chapter 30 )
DO'S AND DON'TS FOR RAMADAN...
1. Abstaining from all forbidden things.
2. Praying increasingly ( Reading more Nafl Prayers ie before Suhoor praying Tahajjud )
3. Reciting Quran and following what the Quran is teaching.
4. Offering Taraweeh prayers.
5. Helping poor in monetary terms to break their fast.
6. Being patient and observe self-control.
While fasting during Ramadan, Muslims should abstain from the following activities:
1. Eating food and drinking water or any other kind of fluid as this will break the fast.
2. Getting angry or losing temper. ( If some one is angering you recite The Ta`awwudh : A`ūdhu billāhi min ash-shaitāni r-rajīmi )
3. Being impolite, rude or inconsiderate.
4. Using obscene language or bad words.
5. Gossiping and backbiting instead of this one should indulge in reading Zikr or reading the Quran)
6. Lying or cheating.
7. Arguing, fighting or yelling.
8. Indulging in sexual activities.
STAY HEALTHY DURING RAMADAN:
1. Consume slow digesting foods such as oat, wheat, barley, lentil etc. As they will release energy slowly through out the day keeping your energy levels at a reasonable rate.
2. Eat fibrous food such as green vegetables, beetroot, fruit with skin etc. Break your Fast with a date or piece of fruit.
3. Avoid fried,high cholesterol and salty food such as sweets, potatoes, junk food etc as they make a fasting person feel thirsty.
4. Avoid overeating. At Iftar, eat like you eat during the normal days for one meal.
5. Consume almonds, bananas, dates, haleem etc.
6. Increase water intake at Suhoor and Iftaar times to stay hydrated during the day.
7. Avoid tea and coffee as they contain caffeine and give the fasting person withdrawal symptoms such as headache the next day.
Ramadan Mubarak to all : I hope everyone has a blessed month and that Allah (swt) showers his mercy and blessings on to all. May Allah (swt) Guide all Muslims on the straight path and May Allah (s.w.t) grant everyone's Dua's. Ameen.