RAMADAN IS AROUND THE CONNER… literally around the conner.

This article is written with the intention to give information to the non-Muslim and to encourage dialogues between our families and friends.

With less than a week a way Muslims from around the globe are preparing for the sacred month of Ramadhan.

In this sacred month the Qur’an was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad, salalahu alahim, wa salam, in the cave of Hirah.

Did you know that Fasting in the Ramadhan is one of the Pillars of Islam?  **

The Five Pillars are:

  1. The Shahaadah (Declaration of faith) –
  2. Prayer (Salah) – Praying five times a day.
  3. Charity or almsgiving (Zakat) – Each year a Muslim should give money to charity (Usually 2.5% of their wages). If a person does not have much money, they can do other things instead.
  4. Fasting during the month of Ramadan (Sawm)****
  5. pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) – Muslims should go to Mecca on a pilgrimage. They should do this at least once in their lives.  A person does not have to make this pilgrimage if they cannot afford to, or they are physically unable to.

Did you know that during the day of fasting, not only do we not eat food but we don’t drink any water?

The Quran states in Chapter Al Bakara verse 183  “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint,- ”

Some of the reasons behind it are :
to gain self-control
to gain true sympathy for those who are unfortunate and needy
to encourage us to give more in charity

Also fasting is not just about giving up food and drink…it has a much broader meaning which can only be understood through experiencing it……….
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) told us that giving up food and drink is worth nothing at all if one doesn’t control what comes out of his/her mouth or what he/she does with their hands….

For more details and further understanding you can read the following

http://www.islamicity.com/ramadan/Fasting…

http://islam.about.com/b/2006/04/12/fast…

Did you know that it is encourage to read the Qur’an during the month of Ramadhan?

Reading the Qur’an in Ramadan

Did you know that Muslims from around the world go to the Massaged (plural for masjid) at night to pray Taraweeh?  

The word taraweeh comes from an Arabic word which means to rest and relax.  The prayer can be very long (well over an hour), during which one stands upright to read from the Qur’an and performs many cycles of movement (standing, bowing, prostrating, sitting).  After each four cycles, one sits for a brief period of rest before continuing — this is where the name taraweeh (“rest prayer”) comes from.Ramadhan is a month of reflection and endurance.  Muslims reflect on their lives everyday, but this month makes our hearts fill with joy and hope.  This month  makes us ponder in the Greatness of our Lord and how grateful we should be for His constant mercy.  Fasting helps us understand the suffering of the least fortunate. The ones that only have one meal a day, and stay grateful and devoted to Allah subhana we talah.  The ones that seek Allah talah subhana we with no shame and all the hope in the world.  Because they trust Allah talah to deliver them from all the hardship around them.   Knowing that perfection is just attained by the will of the All Mighty, so we try to come closer to Allah talah talah subhana by obeying His commands, encouraging the good and forbidding the evil, by praying, by the knowledge, by faith, by fasting and by acts of charity.  These are some of the ways of getting closer to Allah we.

How do I endure the month and the fasting?

I am not talking about endurance in the physical aspect but the emotional and psychological aspect of the word.  How can we  endure fasting, in the heat, when we are used to eat more than 3 meals a day, when I am at work and when I just rather feed the poor instead of fasting.  Unless you are old, pregnant, sick (needing constant medical care) or have your menstrual cycle.

By getting your pray on, fasting on and reading the Qur’an on, we are capable to endure a lot. The Qur’an is a constant reminder, is our guidance through life difficulties and eventually becomes the light in the believers hearts.  With these constant reminders, with a clear mind which is focus in attaining more blessings, with thoughts of righteousness and piety and with the hope that we will meet Paradise, we can be ready for anything and everything.  Think about how much your life will improve, your health, your imam and your conscience.  You will become more aware of what and how important matters of your religion, family and everyday life  are and in which way you can deal with them with a clear mind.

May this article serve as a small guide to the non-Muslims.

MAY THE MONTH OF RAMADHAN BE ONE OF CHANGE, LOVE, CHARITY AND FAITH FOR ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ISLAM.

 

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Boricua Muslimah

Graduate from Rutgers Newark. Journalist, photographer and videographer.

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