Ramadan. Possibly the most anticipated month of the Islamic Calendar; a month that Muslims across the globe crave and yearn to see again.
Why, though? What is so unique about the 9th month of the Islamic calendar?
Read on to see just five of the many reasons why Ramadan is so special.
One of The Five Pillars of Islam, fasting is seen as a privilege and blessing by many Muslims. It is believed that fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is a means of penance for some committed sins. Fasting involves refraining from food and drink from dusk until dawn, amongst other things. For further insight into fasting and what it entails, click here.
Allah SWT revealed the Holy Qur’an in this month, as guidance for all mankind. The Qur’an was sent down to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on the blessed night of Lailat-ul-Qadr.
The Night of Power
The Prodigious night of Lailat-ul-Qadr falls within the last ten days of Ramadan. Known as the night of power and decree, it is the day the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This night is better than a thousand months. It is beneficial to recite as much as you can on this night and seek repentance, as worshipping Allah SWT in this month alone is the equivalent of just over 83 years of worship.
The Gates of Heaven and Hell
Allah SWT states in the Holy Qur’an that during the month of Ramadan, the gates of hell are closed, and the gates of Heaven will be open. The shaytan (devil) is also locked away. During every night in Ramadan, Allah SWT pardons individuals from the punishment of hell.
Ramadan is known as the month of giving; the rewards for charity and generosity are multiplied in this month. To be in a position to be able to feed someone or to help in the opening of someone’s fast has immense reward in the eyes of Allah SWT. There are thousands of individuals out there who have no access to food or water and possibly no idea of when or where their next meal will come from. They need your help. You can feed the hungry this Ramadan with Muslim Aid, and ensure you gain the multiple rewards through the act of giving this Ramadan.
So there we have it, five of the countless reasons why Ramadan is such a special month.