Brief Origin of Ramadan
Equally termed as Ramathan or Ramadhan, and acknowledged as one of the five fundamentals of Islam, Ramadan is marked by Muslim globally. It derives its origin from the Arabic word “Ramda” which means “flaming heat.” The exercise which is considered compulsory to all adult Muslims commenced in the second year of Hijri. Pregnant women, the sick, travelers, nursing mothers or menstruating women are excused from the fast. Owing to its significance, many people strife to observe this exercise to attract blessings.
Ramadan; Its Blessings and Benefit
Undoubtedly, the fast is regarded as divine hence; the ninth month of the Islamic is considered a blessed one. The Dhikr of Allah forms a significant activity of the fast. The peak of the month of Ramadan is a celebration known Eid ul Fitr used to offer thanks offerings to Allah. Muslims dedicate themselves to studying the Duas as well as the Quran and occupy their time performing the Dhikr. During this month, endurance, steadfastness, patience, and commitments are some salient lessons taught. As a rule, the observers are not expected to drink, nor eat within schedule period and are required to shun all dissenting emotions including bitterness and validate themselves as true Muslims.
What is expected for the fast?
Depending on the region, the programme and arrangement for the fast may vary. Muslims are to observe the fast from daylight to twilight. As the fast persist, there are few things they must abide including desisting from food and drinks, smoking and indulging in sexual activities. Other sinful acts including lying, blaspheming, bearing false witness, swearing is also forbidden. Believers eat Suhoor, a meal taken prior to daylight and Ifta, that taken at twilight. Graciously, Muslim makes the food reach the needy, mostly the poor within the community. Whether it is charity, almsgiving or goodwill; practically, the price for all acceptable deeds are significant during the Month of Ramadan.
- The Suhur: The Suhur often known as a meal eaten prior to the fast is observed daily before daybreak during this period. Shortly afterward, the prayer of the day is offered. The body depends on the Suhur throughout the day. For this reason, it is considered vital and must be appropriately prepared for healthy living.
- Iftar: Muslims break the fast later at twilight with Iftar; which is the evening meal. As a way of seeking nourishment form Allah, they chant the Iftar Dua.
- Chant the Quran Kareem: So that all Muslims acknowledge the origin of all blessings and guidance to all mortals, they are inspired to chant Al Quran during the month of Ramadan. Muslims converge at the Mosque to end the recital of the holy Quran. They attempt to read the Quran thoroughly. This activity is rewarded but attracts no sanction if failed to accomplish.
- Tarawih- Prayers at night: This is an additional prayer in the month of Ramadan observed by Muslims at night following Isha. It is not obligatory but is deemed vital
- Zakat: Regarded as one fundamental of Islam, charity is rooted in Zakat. It is essential during Ramadan and regarded as a way of purging our riches for the intention of Allah. Zakat is distributed among the poor and needy.
- Itikaf: Itikaf entails the seclusion and withdrawal of oneself in Masjid or at home solely to commit the period to the worship of Allah. Itikaf may be initiated by the worshipper after twilight of 20th of Ramadan, pending when Eid moon is spotted.