Welcoming Ramadan 2024

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Welcoming Ramadan 2024; A Holy Month

As the crescent moon graces the night sky, a hush falls over the Muslim world. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, descends upon us, bringing with it a season of immense spiritual significance. It’s a time for self-reflection, heightened devotion, and unwavering commitment to one’s faith.

The Quran itself tells us of the importance of Ramadan in Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 185:

“The month of Ramadan (is the month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guidance for mankind and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” (Quran 2:185)

This verse highlights the core purpose of Ramadan: to connect with the divine message enshrined within the Quran. It’s a month for Muslims to delve deeper into the scripture, recite it with renewed passion, and allow its wisdom to guide their actions and thoughts.

Welcoming Ramadan 2024

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Fasting: A Pillar of Ramadan

One of the most recognizable aspects of Ramadan is the act of fasting. Muslims abstain from food, drink, and all immoral activities from dawn to dusk. This practice, as narrated by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) in a Hadith recorded by Sahih Bukhari, is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting in Ramadan goes beyond mere physical restriction. It’s a means to cultivate empathy for the less fortunate, develop self-discipline, and strengthen one’s connection with Allah (SWT).

A Month of Increased Devotion

Ramadan is a time to amplify our usual acts of worship. Muslims strive to perform their daily prayers with greater focus and attend Taraweeh prayers, special night prayers offered only during Ramadan. This month also presents a golden opportunity for increased recitation of the Quran. Many Muslims aim to complete a reading of the entire scripture by the end of Ramadan, a practice known as Khatam al-Quran.

Charity and Compassion in Ramadan

Zakat, the obligatory act of charity, becomes even more emphasized during Ramadan. Muslims are encouraged to donate to those in need, particularly to ensure everyone can celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the joyous festival marking the end of Ramadan. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “The best charity is that given in Ramadan” (reported by Ibn Maja). This emphasis on charity reflects the spirit of Ramadan: a time for compassion, generosity, and helping those less fortunate.

The Final Ten Days: A Time for Increased Focus

The last ten days of Ramadan hold a special significance. It is believed to be the time when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Muslims intensify their worship during these nights, with many observing Itikaf, a retreat spent in prayer and contemplation within the mosque.

A Month of Renewal and Transformation

By the time Eid al-Fitr arrives, Muslims hope to emerge from Ramadan as transformed individuals. The month serves as a catalyst for spiritual growth, self-discipline, and a deeper connection with Allah (SWT).

Ramadan is a gift for Muslims, a time to reconnect with their faith, strengthen their communities, and emerge as better versions of themselves. As we prepare to welcome this holy month, let us approach it with open hearts and a commitment to spiritual growth.

Each year, Muslims around the world eagerly await the arrival of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.  This blessed month holds immense significance.

Laylat al-Qadr: The Night of Power

One of the most sacred nights in Islam falls within the last ten days of Ramadan, known as Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power.  The Quran describes this night as being better than a thousand months (Quran 97:3).  Muslims strive to stay awake in prayer and supplication (Duas) on this night, seeking forgiveness and blessings from Allah (SWT).

Breaking the Fast and Eid al-Fitr

The breaking of the fast each evening, known as Iftar, is a joyous occasion where families and communities come together to share meals and celebrate their spiritual progress.  Ramadan culminates in the joyous festival of ‘Eid al-Fitr, a day marked by prayers, feasting, gift-giving, and expressing gratitude to Allah (SWT) for the blessings of Ramadan.

This Ramadan, let us:

  • Focus on deepening our understanding of the Quran.
  • Increase our prayers and supplications.
  • Practice empathy and generosity towards those in need.
  • Reflect on our actions and strive for self-improvement.
  • May this Ramadan be a time of immense blessings and spiritual growth for all Muslims.

About the Author: Parsa Ehsan

Parsa Ehsan is an MPhill Scholar pursuing her degree in Clinical Psychology .She has been the part of many Youth Organizations and conferences at both sectors (private & government) and climate change promotor. She has been writing content for multiple organizations since 4 years. Furthermore, she worked in different small grant community projects .She has been a part of German Red Cross as climate champion and was youth representative in  youth parliament Ajk. She also served as First Aid Responder's team leader in Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Ajk state branch.She is also an English Works alumuna a program sponsored by US Embassy, Islamabad and currently serving in the leadership of Ajk North chapter as Exchange Ambassador. Her goal is to grow by getting different learning opportunities and to help the community in growing.

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