What is Ramadan? Why do muslims fast in the month of Ramadan? Is Ramadan “Allah” month. So you guys don’t eat or drink for a whole month. You can still have chewing gum right, beacuse that’s not actually eating or drinking. Those are only some of the questions I have been asked over the last week.
Being asked those question over and over again really made me think about the true meaning of ramadan.
Ramadan is not a month to stock our freezers to the brim with, samoosas, spring rolls, kebabs, frozen pizzas, pastries and ice cream. Ramadan is not a month to stuff our starved bodies with deep-fried, butter-filled savouries. There is more to Ramadan than starving yourself and eating unhealthily. In fact we are commanded not to go to excess in filling our belly. We should eat food that is wholesome and in moderation.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islāmic calendar, during which fasting is observed by Muslims all around the world. Muslims fast for an entire month (the month lasts up 29-30 days based on moon sightings).
Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?
The fourth pillar of Islam is fasting. Fasting is an act of worship that draws a Muslim closer to Allah (God), it is stated in the Qur’an that “O you who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil and attain piety.” (Qur’an 2:183).
During this month a Muslim pushes himself physically and spiritually in order to come closer to Allah.
Fasting from a physically aspect means that a Muslim has NO food or drink from dawn till sunset. No immortal behaviour such as lying, deception, rumour-mongering, backbiting, cursing and any other sins.
Fasting from a spiritual aspect means that a Muslim should focus on getting closer to Allah. Improve obedience to Allah. Study and recite the Qur’an. Show kindness and generosity towards others and seek forgiveness for sins.
Do all Muslims have to fast?
Fasting is not obligatory upon everyone. Some people are exempt, such as children under the age of puberty, an elderly person who cannot fast, a person who is ill/sick, travelers on a journey, menstruating women and pregnant/breastfeeding feeding women.
A person who does not fast because of any of a reasons stated above must either make them up after Ramadan or must feed a poor person for each day they missed. It is important to note that children under the age of puberty don’t have to keep the fast afterwards nor do they have to feed the poor because fasting isn’t obligatory upon them.
Why is this month so special?
Ramadan is known as the month of the Qur’an because it was during this month that the Qur’an was first revealed and continued to be revealed by Allah to angle Gabriel who would than bring the verses to the prophet Mohammed (SAW). It is stated in the Qur’an “The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to people and clear proofs of the guidance and the distinction; therefore whoever of you is present in the month, he shall fast there in, and whoever is sick or upon a journey, then (he shall fast) a (like) number of other days; Allah desires ease for you, and He does not desire for you difficulty, and (He desires) that you should complete the number and that you should exalt the greatness of Allah for His having guided you and that you may give thanks.” (Qur’an 2:185)
What are the benefits of fasting?
Fasting has tremendous benefits, every good deed the rewards are multipled by ten times. It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Every good deed of the son of Adam will be multiplied manifold. A good deed will be multiplied ten times up to as many as seven hundred times, or as much as Allah wills. Allah says: ‘Except for fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it. He gives up his desire and his food for My sake.’ The fasting person has two joys, one when he breaks his fast and another when he meets his Lord.
What happens when Ramadan ends?
The end of the Ramadan is marked with a big celebration, known as “Eid-ul-Fitr”.
I pray your Ramadan is going smoothly Inshallah, May all your Ibadah (Worship) be accepted and your duas answered. Please remember my family and I in your duas.