Ramadan: The Holy Month of Blessings
Muslims all over the world keep fast during the Holy month of Ramadan. It is one of the five fundamentals of Islam. During this sacred month, the Muslims refrain from eating and drink from dawn till dusk and abstain from impure thoughts and bad behaviour. They break their fast in the evenings by sharing food with their loved ones. Let’s have a look at some of the interesting facts with regard to Ramadan.
As opposed to the solar calendar, Islamic lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon and so the month of Ramadan (9th month of the Islamic calendar) is shifted by 11 days every year and passes through all the seasons. Ramadan literally means scorching heat or dryness in Arabic. It was established as Holy Month as the Holy Quran was revealed to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) during this month on Laylat al-Qadr, called as the “Night of Power”.
During the holy month of Ramadan, the believers undergo introspection, self reflection and self restraint from worldly pleasures. They indulge themselves in a purification process by fasting, spend most of their time in reading the Holy Quran and prayers and empathise for the less fortunate. The goal is to get rid of one’s carnal desires and focus on devotion and service to Almighty Allah. The meal before sunrise during the Ramadan is called “Sehar” while that after sunset is called “Iftar”.
Ramadan is a period of enhanced and intense activity. There is no burden of eating or drinking and a faithful Muslim struggles and strives for his Creator. Ramadan culminates into the celebration of Eid ul Fitr in which Muslims participate in a mid-morning congregational prayer. May this year’s month of Ramadan bring to you peace, harmony and unity.