Happy Ramadan


Enjoy this recitation!!
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calender and it was during this time many hundreds of years ago that the first chapters(Surahs) of the Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon him).

Ramadan is a very special month for Muslims. It is a time when they can receive many blessings from Allah Subhana wa-ta’ala(The Sacred and The Mighty) in different ways.

It is a period when Muslims take time to think about all the unfortunate people in the world, and therefore appreciate what they have.

Ramadan is a month in which Muslims fast. This means that they cannot eat or drink from dawn until sunset.

Muslims see Ramadan as a favour from Allah(Subhanahu wa-ta’ala).It is a time when they can seek untold amounts of rewards for fasting. The prophet Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasalam) once said:
If my nation would realise what Ramadan really is, they would wish that the whole year round should be Ramadan.

May Allah(Subhana wa-ta’ala) make it easy for all Muslims during this Holly month of Ramadan. Amen!!

Enjoy this recitation about Yusuf!! The Yusuf story is also found in the Holy Bible

Islam and especially the Holly Qura’n, are blue prints for daily life and if well understood, can be applied to make life easy.

SO HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN RAMADAN STARTS?
Finding out when Ramadan starts is very exciting for all Muslims. The Islamic Calender is based on the movement of the moon and so every Muslim month begins with the sighting of the new moon.

Ramadan begins when the new moon,which will be a very thin crescent, has been seen.
So what happens is that Muslims all over the world stand outside their houses in the early evening and look up in the sky to see if they can spot the crescent.

Everyone wants to be the first to see it. As soon as the crescent is sighted, everyone starts to celebrate as the blessed month has arrived.

Those who cannot see it because of the clouds or because they are busy, will call the Mosque to know if Ramadan has started-it’s also announced over the media.

WHAT DOES FASTING MEAN?

Fasting is a time when individuals take out time to clean themselves inside.

It’s a time when they try to bring harmony and peace to themselves and those around them.

It’s a time when Muslims do not eat during the day. However, it’s also a time when Muslims must try to stop doing all bad things. They must make an extra special effort not to fight, swear, lie, or cause harm to others.

SO HOW DO MUSLIMS FAST?

The way a Muslim person or Family fasts is really quite simple. Everyone in the house wakes up before dawn, when it’s still dark, and eats a small meal, which is known as Suhur.
They do this so it’s easier for them to go through the day without food, as fasting is not there to harm people who perform it.

This time of the night is usually very exciting for Muslims, as they know that they’re about to fast for the day and receive lots of blessings from Allah(Subhanahu wata’ala).

The meal can be anything you wish, it can be the normal things you would eat at breakfast like cereal and toast or it could be a full meal.

Those people who wish to fast for the day, make the intention and prepare themselves mentally to fast. They can do this by saying it to themselves, though it’s better doing it only once at the beginning of Ramadan.

WHO SHOULD FAST?

Only Muslims who are grown up, sane and conscious have to fast. But young children like to fast with their parent, so they are encouraged to try it for part of the day, say until lunchtime, so that they learn how to fast. The older children are happy fasting for the full day.

In the Qur’an (2:184) it says: Fast for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, then fast the missed number of days later on. For those who find it difficult to fast, there is an alternative, which is to feed a poor person. Anyone who gives more, of his own free will, it is better for him, but it is best for you to fast, if you only knew.

As mentioned earlier, fasting is not to harm us or make us ill. It is for this reason that some groups of people may not fast.
Young children who are under the age of puberty.
People who are travelling on long journeys.
People who are ill.
Pregnant women and those who are breast feeding their babies.
Women who are menstruating.
The elderly.

The people who are ill, on journeys, pregnant, and menstruating must make up missed days later on. The elderly do not have to make up the missed days and instead they can feed a poor person for each missed day of Ramadan.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FASTING?
Fasting has many benefits for those who take part in it.

Fasting makes Muslims conscious that they are always in the presence of Allah(Subhanahu wata’ala) and remember Him.
It helps to make Muslims’ will power stronger and make them able to resist temptation by shaytan (the devil).

It makes the rich feel the need to help the poor as they too feel hunger and thirst like the poor.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said Allah would forgive the sins of those who fast properly, and reward them in this world and when they return to Him.
Fasting is also good for the body as it helps to clean it and refresh it.Fasting makes us appreciate what we have.

LAYLAT AL QADR
During the month of fasting there is more than one way of recieving rewards from Allah(Subhanahu wata’ala). Ramadan is a very special month as it has a single night in it which is worth more in terms of reward than any other month.
This night is known as Laylat al Qadr which means, the Night of Power.

It is the night in which the first chapters of the Noble Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him). Allah(Subhanahu wata’ala) says in the Qur’an, that this night is better than a thousand months. This means that it is better than 83 years. Can you imagine staying up for just one night and receive the blessings of over 83 years!

It is for this reason that Muslims all over the world try to spend the whole of this night praying to Allah(Subhana wata’ala)

To be continued, Inshallah!
joram Jojo