Ramadan brings great spiritual benefits

2016-06-08 06:00

RAMADAN is one of the five fundamentals or pillars of Islam. It is also known as the Month of Fasting. It is considered the most venerated, blessed and spiritually beneficial month of the Islamic year.

In the month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world pay attention to prayers, fasting, charity and self-accountability. Religious observations associated with Ramadan are kept throughout the month.

The month of Ramadan has an important place in the lives of Muslims. Ramadan was the month during which the Quran was revealed to the holy prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), for providing guidance for the people and clear teachings.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every year in the month of Ramadan, the majority of Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations (during fasting hours). Those who are ill, pregnant, elderly or travelling can make up an equal number of days later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, they can feed a person in need for every day missed.

Fasting places everybody X the rich and the poor, the strong and the weak X on the same platform. It is not meant as self-torture.

Although stricter than other fasts, it also provides for special circumstances. It is not merely a temporary rejection of food and drink, but this abstention enables the attention to be directed towards loftier ideals. Fasting accustoms Muslims to face the hardships of life by renouncing everyday comforts; it gives strength to their resolve and increases the power of resistance.

Charity during Ramadan

Allah (the most high) has given generously, so Muslims should try to give generously in Ramadan, both Sadaqah (optional charity) and Zakaah (obligatory charity).

Every time a servant of Allah (the most high) gives something in charity, Allah (the most high) eases his physical, spiritual and mental conditions. Sadaqah does not only have to be money. It can also be a good deed, such as helping another person, done for the sake of Allah (the most high) and without expecting any reward from that person. Even a smile is considered charity in Islam.

Most Muslims pay their Zakaah during Ramadan, because the reward is so much greater in that month. Wealth is like water, if its flow is obstructed, it becomes brackish, and if it flows, it becomes sweet and fresh. The first day of the new month (Shawwaal) is the day of Eid – celebrated by Muslims in the culmination of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan will commence on 21 July.

Express Eastern Free State would like to wish all clients and friends a happy Ramadan Mubarak.

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