The Significance of Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a sacred month in which Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to dusk. The main purpose of fasting during Ramadan is to develop taqwa, which means God-consciousness or awareness of God. Muslims believe that by developing taqwa, they will become closer to God.
2. What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is more than just a month of fasting; it is a time for spiritual reflection, self-improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims believe that Ramadan is a blessed month in which the doors of paradise are opened and the doors of hell are closed.
3. The Quran and Ramadan
The Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during the month of Ramadan. For Muslims, this makes Ramadan even more special as they are reading and reflecting on the Quran during this month.
4. The Prophet and Ramadan
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.”
5. Fasting During Ramadan
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The other four pillars are belief in God, prayer, charity and pilgrimage to Mecca. Fasting is compulsory for all able-bodied Muslims who are not travelling, pregnant, breastfeeding or sick.
6. Repentance in Ramadan
Repentance is highly encouraged during Ramadan as it is believed that this is a time when Allah forgives all sins. Muslims try to repent for their past wrongdoings and make a sincere effort to change their ways so that they can become better people.
7. The Hell Fire and Ramadan
The Hell Fire is a real place where sinners will be punished for their crimes against Allah. Muslims believe that if they repent and turn to Allah during Ramadan, He will forgive them and save them from the Hell Fire.
8. Salvation in Ramadan
Muslims believe that there are two types of salvation: salvation from the Hell Fire and salvation from sinfulness. During Ramadan, Muslims strive to achieve both types of salvation by repenting for their past sins and trying to lead a life that pleases Allah.
Ramadan is a special month in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for spiritual reflection, self-improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims believe that by fasting during Ramadan, they will develop taqwa and become closer to Allah.