“Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if anyone is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.” – The Holy Quran, Surah Al Baqarah 2:185
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, on this month millions of Muslims get together and observe this as a month of fasting. But that’s not what Ramadan is about, it is one of the five pillars of Islam and is obligatory for every adult Muslim.
Ramadan is a way of gaining self-purification through self-control so that we can refrain from doing wrongful behavior. It also teaches one to control his/her urges which can range from smoking cigarettes to abstaining themselves from general sinful speech and behavior to having sexual relations.
Over the course of our lives and our constant need to keep up with all the duties of life, somewhere along the path we forget to take care of our religious beliefs. The month of Ramadan helps all Muslims to attain nearness and closeness to Allah so that He becomes a reality in our daily lives. It lets us correct our selves and show Allah that we are on his path, it increases our consciousness of Allah in our mind and our hearts and helps us reach a higher spiritual experience.
Ramadan also gets us in touch with the humanity in all of us as it encourages us to be charitable and generous throughout the month. The fact that all Muslims are depriving themselves of food and water, they become more relatable with the suffering of the poor and the needy. It makes us remember what a blessed life we have and helps us not to take it for granted as we do most of the year. In fasting, we voluntarily give up what is rightfully ours and thus learn to refrain from usurping other’s rights and belongings.
Ramadan not only helps us achieve oneness with Allah but also with the rest of the world. In this time of the month, Muslims from all around the world have only one thing in mind and that is the righteous path of Islam. We escape from our mortal soul and elevate to spiritual empowerment in which we share the pain of suffering of all around us together.
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