Ramadan- the Significance of it in the Life of Muslims
Among all the months, Ramadan comes with the most blessings. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is of 29 or 30 days. Ramadan is the month in which the revelation of the last Holy Book Quran was completed on Hazrat Muhammad SAW. Ramadan is the month in which the virtues you get for each of your deed is multiplied by several times. The month of Ramadan is divided into three sets of 10 days each (Ashra) in which the odd nights of the last Ashra are said to be the most blessed nights. The Muslims have been directed to look for the Lait-ul-Qadr in the odd nights of the last Ashra. The virtues of the deeds performed at this night are multiplied by 1000 times and the Almighty Allah has promised to forgive all the sins of the person who asks for forgiveness on this night. It is said that Allah Almighty opens all the doors to Jannah (Heaven) on this night, and Shaitaan (evil powers) are chained and restricted throughout the month of Ramadan so the Muslims cannot be directed away from worshipping.
Ramadan comes as an opportunity to cleanse our souls as well. Muslims all over the world keep fasts during the month of Ramadan, from dawn to dusk, and then celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of this month and at the start of Shawwal- the following month. This Eid is celebrated as a reward of fasting and all the worship done in the month of Ramadan. Muslim families reward their kids with the monetary reward called Eidi to motivate them and appreciate them for their worship and fasting. It is a tradition among the Muslim families to prepare healthy and scrumptious meals during the Suhoor (the meal taken at dawn to keep the fast) and iftaar (the meal taken at dusk to break the fast) during Ramadan. They also share these meals with their neighbors, friends and families and enjoy this month as a joy and festivity.
Fasts are not just to keep oneself from eating but to cleanse our souls and habits as well. When you fast in the month of Ramadan, your entire body is in state of fasting. You need to take care of your eyes, ears, tongue and each of your body part, keeping it from performing any sinful deed. This means that you not only need to abstain from eating and drinking but from anger, lies, hurting others or any immoral acts as well. Fasting is one of the five basic pillars of Muslims’ faith. Islam has made it mandatory for all healthy Muslims to keep fasts during the month of Ramadan. It is availed as a chance to cleanse our bodies and souls, ask for forgiveness for our sins and to feel for the poor ones who do not get to eat because of poverty and deprivation.
Another thing that makes Ramadan more important than the other months is the obligation to offer Traweeh. Taraweeh are the additional 20 Rakaat offered after Isha prayer in which the entire Holy Quran is recited. Taraweeh is the Sunnah of our Holy Propher Hazrat Muhammad SAW, which has been directed to be followed to remember Ramadan in the context of its association with Quran. All Muslims make it a ritual to recite Holy Quran as much as they can during Ramadan because of the multiplied virtues that are promised against it.
In addition to that, Muslims also give more charities in Ramadan. Zakaat, Sadqaat and all other forms of charities are extended out in Ramadan. Mosques and Religious Schools (Madaris) make it a point to facilitate these charity programs. They also make arrangements for Suhoor and Iftar and to maintain discipline and comfort for the long Taraweeh prayers as well.
Each year, Ramadan brings its own kind of joy. It is the time of the year when performing a good deed becomes something very enjoyable and Muslims all over the world enjoy the blessings of this month. When Ramadan draws near to its end, it literally feels like a loss and everyone has this fear in their minds if they will live to see Ramadan in the coming year as well.