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Ramazan / Ramadan Collection !
Welcome to a celebration of the holiest month of
Ramadan in Islamic calendar. Ramazan is a month of
Quran revelation. This month is observed by billions
of Muslims all over the world with great urge,
enthusiasm and celebration. Muslims believe that
Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification
achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and
This religious month is celebrated among Muslim
community during the ninth month of Islamic
calendar, the fast is observed each day from sunrise
to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five
Pillars of Islam and source of avoidance from evils.
Ramadan brings 3-day festival known as "Eid" or "Eid
ul-Fitr," which literally means "the feast of the
breaking/to break the fast." The holiday marks the
end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and is a
culmination of the month-long struggle towards a
higher spiritual state.
What is Ramadan? This question comes to our mind
many times when we come across the word Ramadan. The
answer to this question is, Ramadan is the ninth
month of Islamic calendar. It is a belief that in
the month of Ramadan the Holy book of Muslims, Quran
was sent down from heaven as guidance for men and
also as a direction and a means to Salvation.
Ramadan is the month of fast. The entire month
Muslims fast with no water and food during the
daytime. Muslims have food only before the sunrises
and after sunsets. The day starts with eating of the
suhoor. Suhoor is the meal eaten by the Muslims who
fast before the sun rises. Once suhoor is done then
Muslims who fast cannot eat or drink the whole day.
In the evening when the sun sets then they have
another meal called If tar. To open the fast they
pray and have Iftar meal. Once Iftar is over Muslims
visit their relative’s house and early in the
morning sets back to the fast.
During Ramadan, every part of the body must be
restrained. The tongue must be restrained from
backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain
themselves from looking at unlawful things. The hand
must not touch or take anything that does not belong
to it. The ears must refrain from listening to idle
talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from
going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of
the body observes the fast.
Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is
rather the total commitment of the person's body and
soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to
practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body
and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on
the worship of God.
Holy Ramadan is the month of fasting, intensive
prayer, sacrifice and Divine worship. Throughout
this month a devout Muslim fasts during the day in
the true sense of the word, that is, he had merely
denies himself food and water, but as explained by
Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), exercises strict
control over his tongue, eyes, ears, thoughts and
deeds and does everything possible to seek the
pleasure of Allah (SWT).
Devout supplications to Allah (SWT) and repentance
of one's sins during Holy Ramazan are the sources of
Divine blessings and mercy. Some nights, among the
last ten nights of Ramadan, are called the 'Nights
of Glory' (Laylatul Qadr). These are the 19th, 21st,
and 23rd nights. Muslims keep awake during these
nights and offer special prayers. Even among these
nights, the 23rd enjoys excellence over all the
others. It is accompanied by great blessings, and he
usually grants the supplications made to Allah (SWT)
during this night.
The month of holy Ramadan, besides being the month
of worship and Divine blessings, carries a
historical importance as well. As already mentioned
above, the revelations of the Holy Quran commenced
in this month. The epoch-making 'Battle of Badr' and
the 'Conquest of Makkah' also took place during the
holy month of Ramadan.
"Ramadan", according to some traditions is one of
Allah's names. This is why we can not say Ramadan
without making it clear that we are talking about
the month, and therefore we should always say the
month of Ramazan. Commander of the faithful, Imam
Ali ibn Abi Taleb (A.S.) said: Do not say Ramadan,
but say the month of Ramazan. For you do not know
what Ramadan is? This same meaning was referred to
by Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) in his speech
during Shaaban: The month of Allah (SWT) is
coming... Let us:
Learn Islam with ambition,
Observe Islam with sincerity,
Practice Islam with discipline (Sunnah),
Spread Islam with truth and kindness.
do Muslims fast during Ramadan?
The first reason of
course, is that fasting is a requirement of one of
the Five Pillars of Islam. What is important,
however, is to appreciate the reasons behind the
fasting, what those reasons signify and what this
means to fasting Muslims.
It is most important to a Muslim to show intent in
the fast. It is required that they recite short
prayer of intent either before they sleep or just
before Suhoor, the pre-fast meal.
The Arabic word for fasting means to 'refrain', to
discipline yourself to avoid doing certain things
which would be quite normal during the other twelve
months of the year. It is also meant to teach
Muslims to appreciate how much better off they are
than millions of other fellow Muslims. So by
refraining from drinking (even water) and food, for
the long daylight hours, they should be reminded of
those much less fortunate, for whom severe shortage
of water and food is a way of life, not something
merely done one month of the year. By reminding
themselves of this fact, it is hoped that not only
will they be more sensitive to those less fortunate,
but to try to do something practical to help them.
the end of Ramadan celebrated around the world?
Wherever a Muslim resides, be it in one of the
Middle East countries, in Indonesia (the country
with the world's largest Muslim population), or even
in London, Paris or Dearborn, Michigan, they will
start their end of Ramadan celebrations by going to
the mosque for special congregational prayers which
give thanks to God for His blessings during the Holy
month of Ramadan, now ended. Both men and women may
go to the mosque at this time, but the men will say
their prayers separately from the women.
Many will return to their family home for Ramadan,
usually where their parents are living, and in
Indonesia and Malaysia this is known as Balik
Kampung. Paying homage to their parents is a very
important part of the celebrations, when the younger
Muslims will ask their parents for forgiveness for
misdeeds during the year, and kiss their hands as a
sign of respect.
They return home (or go to the homes of family and
friends) to continue their celebration, which in
Arabic is called Eid Al Fitr. The meals prepared
will reflect the culture and traditions of the
country from which the Muslim family is living in or
hails. For those who are now residing in western
countries, it can be fascinating to find the end of
Ramadan celebrations of Muslims from India,
Pakistan, Arab countries, Malaysia, Indonesia or
even European countries, reflected in the variety of
food on the table.