Sep 30, 2006

Ramadan, A Week is Gone

A weeks has already passed in Ramadan, I was planning to post on Ramadan but my schedule was completely turned upside down. Muslims eagerly anticipate the coming of the month of Ramadan but first what isRamadan, BreatheIslam writes:

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and during this month Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and marital sex during daylight hours (from the break of dawn until sunset). When asked by Non Muslims as to why we fast during Ramadan, remember when responding that the primary reason is that it has been declared Fardh (obligatory) upon every adult, sane and healthy Muslim and is a form of worship. Fasting in Ramadan is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. All other reasons such as it teaches us patience, empathy for the hungry etc are secondary.

The month of Ramadan is even more so blessed for the Muslims as it was in this month the Holy Qur’an was revealed. Our scholars and teachers have already started telling us of the virtues and blessings of Ramadan and how the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) used to await and prepare for the coming of Ramadan. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to so eagerly await the arrival of the month of Ramadhãn that from the time the moon of Rajab was sighted he would make the following Duã:
“O Allah, Bless us in the month of Rajab and Sha’ban and cause us to reach Ramadhan.”

This month represents an amazing opportunity for Muslims to cleanse themselves and seek forgiveness from Allah and to reconcile all their differences. In short Muslims should strive to do good deeds of prayer, charity and family reunion and do less of the evil - and useless - deeds. Ramdan is not only about not eating and drinking, the Prophet (pbuh) said - the meaning - that some unfortunate fasters will only have hunger and thrist in their fasting; that shouldn't be the case. It's also an opportunity to turn-around your life and refocus on what's important in this life and the life after.

Throughout the history of Islam, Muslim had decisive victories during Ramadan as noted in Global Security :
There were a number significant battles during the month of Ramadan in which Allah granted victory to Islam and Muslims. "The great battle of Badr, which took place in the month of Ramadan, was the first battle between believers and infidels. The Muslims demonstrated rare heroism, setting their souls on the points of their lances and preferring martyrdom to remaining alive. Allah gave them a mighty victory for Islam. In The Battle of the Ditch, the Muslims trained for this battle [during Ramadan], even though it [actually] occurred in the month of Shawal, which comes after Ramadan. The conquest of Mecca in the battle of Badr, where the Prophet Mohammed fought against the infidels, took place on 17 Ramadan, 624 AD. The battle of Tabouk, also took place in the month of Ramadan. In this battle the soldiers of Islam, under the leadership of the Messenger of Allah, established in Tabouk a training and fighting camp during the month of fasting, so as to show the strength of the Muslims in the clash with the Byzantine army. The Muslims conquered Rhodes during the month of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan a great Muslim victory was won over the Crusaders under the leadership of Salah Al-Din [Saladin] Al-Ayubi. His advisors counseled him to rest from the Jihad during the month of fasting, but Saladin insisted on continuing the Jihad during Ramadan.
Ramadan Calendar:
First Day : 10/15/2004 Last Day : 11/12/2004
First Day : 10/04/2005 Last Day : 11/02/2005
First Day : 09/23/2006 Last Day : 10/22/2006
First Day : 09/12/2007 Last Day : 10/11/2007

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