Ramadan Kareem -The Month of Muslim Ummah

on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar. This month has a great importance for Muslims all around the world. There are several reasons for which the month holds a prime place and some of them are as follows.

Ramadan is the month in which Muslims observe fasting. It is taught by the Holy prophet PBUH that if a person fasts but keeps doing all the wrong deeds the entire day like overcharging in business or weighing less, lying to others, stealing and by any means captures rights of others then his fast remains just thirst and hungers and nothing more than this. In this way, Muslims get a chance to practice their religion and the dos and don’ts of their religion. Ramadan can be thought of as the practicing month for virtue and values. Those people who try to do good deeds and try to avoid bad deeds in this month always face the benefit in the form of continuity in being good throughout the year. The virtues practiced during this month keep the Muslims company around the year, as well.

Ramadan is also a very important month because all the Muslim charities are made during these months. There are different types of charities in Islam. Their names are Zakat and Kherat and Fitrana. Zakat is an obligatory charity that is compulsory on every Muslim to pay if he is wealthy enough and self dependent. Zakat is applicable on the wealth of those Muslims who are self dependent and have a wealth that has been sitting with them for a year. The proportion of Zakat amount is the 40th part of the wealth. This makes a mere of 2.5% but it is enough to keep the Muslim community in balance in terms of finance and economy. Researchers confirm that countries where there is a good system of Zakat in which it is taken from the rich and is given to the poor, this economic system seldom fails. This is so because the circulation of wealth becomes better in that country. Zakat is always given in a fixed percentage on the wealth and valuables like gold, silver and such things.

The last day of the month of Ramadan is followed by the day of Eid that is celebrated on the 1st of Shawal which is the 10th month in the Islamic calendar. On this day, Fitrana is given to the poor Muslim families by the relatively wealthier Muslim families in the form of eatables and currency. This is done so that they may also enjoy the Eid and celebrate happiness of Eid Ul Fitar equally as other Muslims do. The Kherat is the type of charity that is not one of the basic obligations in Islam instead it is a charity that should better be made to the poor Muslims by the wealthier ones just because they can. All this is done in the holy Month of Ramadan that brings with it fasting and also happiness for poor Muslims.

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