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Ramadan is the 9th month of the lunar calendar, It is the most holy month for Muslims; it was the month during which the Quran was revealed:

 

Quran 2:185 " Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur-an, as a guide to mankind, also Clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting,"

 

It is a station for Muslims to rethink and refocus their life on the right goal to become a better person; it is the season all Muslims are waiting for, it is the month of fasting, fasting is a process by which Muslims try to develop and improve righteousness or "Tagwa"

 

Muslims train themselves to overcome their natural desires by abstaining from previously permissible things (food, drink and sex with spouse) during the daytime for the sake of the almighty God to be in a better position to abstain from all types of evil that are not permissible throughout the year!

 

After this season of group training Muslims become stronger in adhering to the commandments of the almighty God, to do what is right and to forbid what is wrong as the essence of fasting is not to fast from food and drink but to fast from evil doing!

 

The Prophet said, "Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)"Sahih Albukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 127

 

The fact that fasting was ordained for all previous believing nations highlights its importance and the varieties of benefits that it has!

 

Quran 2:183 "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint"

 

Fasting during Ramadan gives a behavioral amendment; Ramadan is the month of charity the rich realizes his weaknesses when hunger strikes him and learns humbleness and feels for the poor!

 

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: "The Prophet was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Gabriel visited him, and Gabriel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet used to recite the Holy Qur'an to Gabriel, and when Gabriel met him, he used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare)." Sahih Albukhari Volume 3, Book 31, Number 126

 

Ramadan is the best spiritual season during which Muslims practice all types of worship; the reword is multiplied many times everyone is engaged in worship starting with repentance, fixing relations with others, engaging as a group in beautiful extra non obligatory night prayer called "Taraweeh", chanting Quran and praising God almighty.

 

Ramadan is redemption from sins by sincere fasting and by engaging in night prayer, it is an opportunity in every night to be freed from the hellfire and in the last one third of Ramadan one night called "the night of power", worshiping God almighty in that night is better that one thousand month of worship! (83 years and 4 months), during that night a lot of people will be granted a freedom from the hellfire!

 

The Prophet said, "Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr [the night of power] out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven." Sahih Albukhari,Volume 3, Book 31, Number 125

 

Ramadan brings a very good memory to the Muslims as it is the month of victory! Winning the greatest battle in the history of Islam "Badr" was in Ramadan when the truth faced the tyranny of the meccan pagans for the first time!

 

Fasting has medical benefits it improves the metabolic profile and lowers body weight and blood cholesterol:

 

"Alternate-day fasting may therefore be an alternative to prolonged dietary restriction as a method of increasing maximal life span" American Society for Clinical Nutrition January 2005 vol. 81 no. 1 69-73

 

By the end of this season of worship Muslims celebrate their biggest feast "Eid Alfitr", I think we are not exaggerating if we say Ramadan is what a Muslim lives for!!

 

 

By Sereihan Alshammari

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