About the Holy Month of Ramadhan
The month of Holy Ramadhan enjoys a special importance in the Islamic calendar. As the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: “It is Allah’s Own month.” It is the chief of all months and the most glorious one.
‘Fasting’ is one of the important pillars of Islam and it is the very month of Ramadhan during which fasting has been made obligatory for all adults and sane Muslims. By fasting during Ramadhan, a Muslim besides discharging an obligation imposed upon him by Allah (SWT), becomes entitled to great reward in the Hereafter. On the other hand, any lapse in the matter amounts to a great sin. Fasting is an article of worship, the knowledge about the performance or otherwise whereof rests only with Allah (SWT) and the person concerned. Hence, it is Allah (SWT) alone who will reward that person for it, on the Day of Judgment.
The blessings of Ramadhan are not limited to fasting alone, because the performance of all sorts of worship and good deeds during this month is also a source of great Divine favor. The revelation of the Holy Quran commenced during this very month and it is therefore the duty of every Muslim to read and try to understand the meaning of the Holy Quran and thereby gain an insight into the Divine secrets enshrined therein. It brings peace and illumination to the mind and imparts purity to the soul.
The month of Holy Ramadhan is the month of fasting, intensive prayer, sacrifice and Divine worship. Throughout this month a devout Muslim fasts during the day in the true sense of the word, that is, he had merely denies himself food and water, but as explained by Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), exercises strict control over his tongue, eyes, ears, thoughts and deeds and does everything possible to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT).
Devout supplications to Allah (SWT) and repentance of one’s sins during Holy Ramadhan are the sources of Divine blessings and mercy. Some nights, among the last ten nights of Ramadhan, are called the ‘Nights of Glory’ (Laylatul Qadr). These are the 19th, 21st, and 23rd nights. Muslims keep awake during these nights and offer special prayers. Even among these nights, the 23rd enjoys excellence over all the others. It is accompanied by great blessings, and he usually grants the supplications made to Allah (SWT) during this night.
“Ramadhan”, according to some traditions is one of Allah’s names. This is why we can not say Ramadhan without making it clear that we are talking about the month, and therefore we should always say the month of Ramadhan. Commander of the faithful, Imam Ali (A.S.) said: Do not say Ramadhan, but say the month of Ramadhan. For you do not know what Ramadhan is? This same meaning was referred to by Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) in his speech during Shaaban: The month of Allah (SWT) is coming …
· Learn Islam with ambition,
· Observe Islam with sincerity,
· Practice Islam with discipline (Sunnah),
· Spread Islam with truth and kindness.
Some sayings about the Holy Month of Ramadhan
Whosoever recites only one ‘Ayat (Verse)’ in Holy Ramadan, he will be awarded as if he had recited the full Holy Quran, in other months.
– Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.)
Everything has a spring and the spring of Holy Quran is the month of Holy Ramadan.
-Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (A.S.)
Today (Day of feast of fast-breaking) is the feast of those whose fasts are accepted and their sorbs are favored by Allah (SWT), and any day in which you do not commit a sin, is the day of feast.
– Imam Ali (A.S.)