THE SPIRITUAL POWER OF RAMADAN FASTING
Ramadan fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam. Ramadan is the fourth of the ‘five pillars’ of Islam. the five requirements of being a Muslim.
Ramadan is marked
by a fast, which lasts for the ninth month of the lunar year. It marks the time when Muslims believe their holy book, the Quran, was revealed to them by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
It is during this month that Muslims fast. They are not allowed to eat or drink during daylight hours.
Muslims are allowed to eat when the sun goes down and often Muslims will break the fast by eating a few dates and drinking water before they have a large family meal together.
It is not easy to fast, so young children, elderly people and people who are sick don’t
have to, until they are older or are feeling stronger. Everyone else tries to make the effort.
Feeling hungry and thirsty helps
Muslims to understand what it is
like for people in the world who do
not have enough to eat or drink all
the time. They set aside money to
give to the poor.
Ramadan fasting and Quran
Ramadan is an especially spiritual month.
Muslims attend the mosque more frequently
and read the Quran more often than usual.
Muslims make a special effort to act in the
way Allah wants them to during this month.
They try to create time to reflect on the
way they should lead their lives.
“the night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months.”
The Night of Power is a time of remembrance. when we should be praising and worshipping Allah (SWT) and giving thanks to the guidance He provides throughout our lives. To help you celebrate Laylat al Qadr this year we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
The Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said,
“whoever stands up in the night preceding the
two Eids expecting rewards from Allah, his heart
will not die when the other hearts will die.He also said?
“seek it in the last ten, and if one of you is too
weak or unable then let him not allow that
to make him miss the final seven.”
The Prophet (PBUH) used to practice Itekaf in
the last ten days of Ramadan till he died. And
then his wives used to practice it after him.
The Night of Power is widely believed to be the night on which the Angel Jibreel (the Angel Gabriel) first appeared to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to reveal the words of Allah (SWT) in the form of the first verses of the Holy Qur’an.
While the Night of Power is officially only one day, it was recorded as falling in the last 10 nights on one of the odd-numbered days of Ramadan. As a result, many communities believe these 10 days should be spent worshipping and making supplications to receive the greatest rewards in this life and the next.
It has been the practice of the Holy
Prophet (PBUH) that he would not sleep
in the night preceding the day of
Eid-ul-Fitr. This night has been named
‘Laila-tul-Jaza’- the night of reward.
It means Allah bestows his reward to
those who have spent the month of
Ramadan abiding by the dictates of
Shari’ah, and all their prayers in
this night are accepted.
When Ramadan ends it is celebrated for
three days in a holiday called Eid–Ul-Fitr (the
Feast of Fast Breaking). Food is donated to
the poor, this is called Zakat which is the
third pillar of Islam. Friends and family
gather to pray together and for large meals
and gifts are exchanged.
Thank you for all that you give to May we find time in our busy
lives to be grateful for them and
to remember those who don’t have
as much as we do.