Aug 14, 2010

What Ramadan means to Muslims

Ramadan is not only about abstaining from food. While fasting is an integral and paramount part of it, Ramadan offers a comprehensive method for our spiritual overhaul.

For the majority of Muslims, Ramadan is the most important month of the year. It is the month that the Muslims await with eagerness. At the beginning of Rajab – two full months before Ramadan – the Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa salam, used to supplicate thus: “O Allah! Bless us during Rajab and Sha’ban, and let us reach Ramadan (in good health).”

During Ramadan, Muslims get busy seeking Allah’s mercy, forgiveness, and protection from Hellfire. This is the month for renewing our commitment and re-establishing our relationship with our Creator. If we combine all the blessings of the other eleven months, they would not add up to the blessings of Ramadan, reported Islamic scholars. Ramadan offers every Muslim an opportunity to strengthen his Iman, purify his heart and soul, and to remove the evil effects of the sins committed by him.

Along with the possibility of a great reward, there is the risk of a terrible loss. If we let any other month pass by carelessly, we just lost a month. If we do the same during Ramadan, we have lost everything. The person who misses just one day’s fast without a legitimate reason, cannot really make up for it even if he were to fast everyday for the rest of his life. Out of the three persons that Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa salam cursed, one is the unfortunate Muslim who finds Ramadan in good health but does not use the opportunity to seek Allah’s mercy.

One who does not fast is obviously in this category, but so is the person who fasts and prays but makes no effort to stay away from sins or attain purity of the heart through the numerous opportunities offered by Ramadan. The Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa salam warned us: “There are those who get nothing from their fast but hunger and thirst. There are those who get nothing from their nightly prayers but loss of sleep.”
Those who understand this, for them Ramadan is indeed a very special month. In addition to fasting, mandatory Salat, and extra Terawih Salat, Muslims spend the whole month in acts of worship like voluntary Salat SunnatTilawa (recitation of Qur’an), Dzhikir etc.

After mentioning that this has been the tradition of the pious people of this Ummah throughout the centuries, Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi notes: “I have seen with my own eyes such ulama and mashaikh who used to finish recitation of the entire Qur’an everyday during Ramadan. They spent almost the entire night in prayers. They used to eat so little that one wondered how they could endure all this. These great exemplars valued every moment of Ramadan and would not waste any of it in any other pursuit. Watching them made one believe the astounding stories of ibadah and devotion of our elders recorded by history.”

Guest Writer: Ros Hj Buang

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