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Ramadan Begins

Ramadan Begins

Ramadan Begins

In Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, fasting is compulsory for Muslims who have reached puberty (Baligh). It is a month where we should strive to become closer to Allah (SWT) by doing acts that please Him. This Ramadan, try to visit your neighbours, feed the poor, and even follow the Sunnah of smiling.

Fasting during this month teaches us self-restraint, how to control our desires, humility, and perseverance. For those with valid excuses, like those who are ill, on medication, travelling, pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating, fasting is not compulsory on them. However, these fasts should be made up at a later date when they are able. If this is not possible, they can pay Fidya, where they pay to feed the poor.

This month also sees the gates of Jannah being opened and the gates of Jahannam closed: “Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim)”

When is Ramadan in 2024?

The month of Ramadan will start on 10 March 2024, depending on moon sightings.

In this month, the Night of Power occurs. Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power, falls on one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and it marks the day that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through Angel Jibraeel.

What to Do in Ramadan

This Ramadan, try to increase acts which follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), such as visiting the sick, helping the needy and poor, and praying Sunnah prayers. You can also try to pray Tahajjud, nafl prayers and Taraweeh.

Giving charity at any time is incredibly rewarding, as you are essentially investing in your own afterlife. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Protect yourself from hellfire even by giving a piece of date as charity” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

During Ramadan, donating to the poor can be a means of becoming closer to Allah (SWT). Donate to Muslim Aid today to make a difference in someone’s life.

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