Ramadan is a month of blessings and it is obligatory on all Muslims to fast throughout the whole month of Ramadan. The blessings and benefits of the Fasting of Holy Ramadan are too many and uncountable. If a person recognizes them and realizes the importance of Ramadan, he wishes to have the month of Holy Ramadan throughout the whole year. These blessings are given by ALLAH Almighty to the Muslim who fast whole month of Ramadan, who are to fast with expectation and full faith.
The Holy Ramadan is a blessed month for so many reasons, so we must take advantage of all blessings of this month. It is the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed, sins are forgiven, in which the shaitan are chained, and good acts and deeds are highly rewarded. During the month of Holy Ramadan, Shaitan finds it difficult to mislead the Muslims because it caught in chain. So it becomes easier for all Muslims to involve themselves in good deeds and to ignore bad acts, evil suggestions and negative thoughts. Let us discuss what we learn from Ramadan.
- Fearing ALLAH Almighty
- Practicing the Revelations of ALLAH Almighty, reciting Holy Quran.
- Preparing oneself departure from this world to the life hereafter
By accepting these few things and by practicing them in their daily life, the Muslim will achieve the Taqwa in his public and private life.
* This is the month of Revelation of Holy Quran: In this month The Holy Quran was revealed. The Holy Quran is:
- A Guidance to all humanity
- A clear Manifestation of right from wrong
- A culmination and Summation of all previous revelations
- A Glad-tiding to the Muslims
- A Healer
* Protection from many things:
- Avoiding Immorality
- Avoiding anger, envy, jealously and uproar
- Avoiding stupidity
- Avoiding all makrooh and haraam.
By achieving good manners, a Muslim through fasting becomes a better human being too.
* Fasting of Ramadan and Health: By fasting, a person gets the following benefits
- Purification of whole body from toxins
- Purity of brain
- Reducing the weight
- Living of life with happiness
- Rejuvenation of body
* Umrah in Holy Ramadan: Visiting Holy Makkah for performing Umrah during the fasting month of Holy Ramadan is:
- Equal to performing Hajj (in blessings)
- Equal to performing Hajj with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
* Changing in Lifestyle: By living restricted life by avoiding all negativities can help us in living different life style; a person gets rid of the luxuries of worldly life and hence enjoys his life span according to Islam.
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People (not resident of city Makkah) who wish to come to Makkah from far in order to perform Umrah, will have to wear Ihram from any one of the selected Meeqat (sacred places appointed by Shariah). There are five places (meeqats) at some distance from the City Makkah that pilgrims should not cross before they enters in the sacred state of Ihram if they intend to enter Masjid-al-Haram for performing Umrah or Hajj. These stations or points are called Meeqats. These are the boundaries that should not be cross without wearing Ihram if a person is intending to perform Umrah or Hajj. Stations of Meeqat are discussing below.
Dhu’l-Hulaifah: This meeqat is about 9 kilometres from city Madina and about 450 kilometres from city Makkah. Dhu’l-Hulaifah is the meeqat for those who people who lives in Madina and for those people who intend to approach city Makkah to perform Umrah from that direction. Nowadays it is well known as Abrar Ali; a person who wishes to perform Umrah or Hajj from this route should have to wear Ihram at this meeqat.
Qarn al-Manazil: This meeqat is a hilly place and mountainous spot about 90 kilometers to the east of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Nejd or for those coming from that direction.
Juhfah: This is meeqat that is about 190 kilometres to the northwest of city Makkah. This is the meeqat for those people who are coming from the direction of Syria, North Africa, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
Dhat Irq: This station of meeqat is approx 85 kilometres towards the northeast side of city Makkah. This is the meeqat for the native of Iran, Iraq and also for those peoples coming from the similar direction. This station of meeqat is usually used during the days of Hajj on the way from Holy Makkah to Kufa.
Yalamlam: This meeqat is a hilly or mountainous area about 50 kilometres to the southeast of city Makkah. This is the meeqat is selected for the people of Yemen and others coming from that route. It is the meeqat for also those pilgrims who are coming from China, Japan, India, and Pakistan by ship (sea route).
The area outside the Haram Shareef, the sacred land on which the City of Makkah located, is known as al-Hill. Muslims who enter the area of Haram on business or for any other purposes do not need the ihram before entering the City Makkah until and unless they have the intention (niyyat) to perform Umrah or Hajj. Muslims coming to city Makkah with the intention (niyyat) of performing Hajj or Umrah must not cross the station of Meeqat without entering into the sacred state of Ihram.
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The Holy Quran was not revealed all at once, different verses (ayats) of Holy Quran were being revealed at different time periods and therefore it was not possible in the beginning to write it properly and preserve verses in a form of book So during the initial days of religion Islam, major and basic emphasis was laid on memorizing the revealed verses as a means of preserving the Holy Quran.
When revelation used to come in the start, the Prophet (PBUH) would tend to repeat it instantly so that the verse memorized well enough. The blessed chest of the Prophet (PBUH) was the most secured and protected place to preserve the Holy Quran, in this way there was not any chance of even a single mistake, editing or alteration.
It is the beauty of Holy Quran that some ayats were revealed in link with some particular occasion. Revelations of Holy Quran were also made in a particular way or sequence i.e. verses for some basic and essential topics like faith and basics of religion Islam were revealed earlier as compared to ayats for other issues. Arabs of that time were deeply involved in paganism for many decades. Uprooting such strong and deep cultural roots was not an easy task to do in a day. Initial need was to cut and weaken their faith on worshipping idol and build up strong and true faith on monotheism by proclaiming shahadat and accepting one ALLAH Almighty. Once their minds were done then fill the space for some noble deeds. Then revealed the ayahs regarding acts of individual like having halaal food and avoid haraam, illegal relationships, consumption of alcohol or liquor, etc.
In short, memorization of the Holy Quran was given more importance and emphasis in early religion Islam as this was the only trustworthy and protected way to preserve Holy Quran given the conditions of that time. The reason behind this is that the number of people was illiterate and there were very limited people who could read or write in those days.
Therefore, in that situation, if the procedure of writing was taken to be sufficient it would not have been possible to spread the Holy Quran on large scale nor to preserve and protect it reliably. In its place,ALLAH Almighty had blessed the people of Arab with a great memory of such dimensions that many poetic lines would easily rest in the memory of Arab peoples after another. Therefore, this power of memorization was well utilized for the preservation and protection of the Holy Quran and it was done through the chapters and verses of the Holy Quran reached all over in to the different corners of Saudi Arabia.
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