Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is also the month during which Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. We refrain from eating, smoking, drinking and from pleasurable activities. Ramadan is the month that aims to purify the soul and bring us closer to Allah (SWT). There are millions of volumes worth of information available on the subject.
“…But to fast is best for you, if you only knew.” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:184
Science and medicine have all confirmed that there are numerous health benefits to fasting for a month in a year. It is a great way to cleanse the stomach, benefits the brain as well as other organs of the body.
One of the standout features of the month of Ramadan is that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during this time. This book of guidance is an invaluable treasure trove of information on how to live life as a good Muslim to this day.
“Allah is with those who restrain themselves.” — Quran 16: 128
Fasting teaches restraint; the ability to control worldly desires and spends time in prayer and meditation. Fasting is a noble act that is much beloved by Allah (SWT).
“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for people before you so that you attain Taqwa.” (Q2:183)
“The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. Therefore, whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it, and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:185
“Allah has made Laylat al-Qadr in this month, which is better than a thousand months, as Allah says…The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees, there is peace until the appearance of dawn.” — Al-Qadar 97:1-5
Laylat-ul-Qadr is the prized jewel of Ramadan. This night carries more blessings than a thousand months. Muslims spend this night in prayer and meditation.