Basics of Ramadan

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Ramadan is one of five Pillars of Islam. This word Ramadan comes from an Arabic word (“RAMMIDA”) which means scorching heat. In Ramadan Muslims of the entire world abstain from all kind of food and drinks from Fajr till Magrib.

In Islam it is compulsory for every healthy adult Muslim to observer fasting throughout Ramadan, from second year of migration of Makkah to Madinah of Muslims, when it was made an obligation for all Muslims. If someone is ill or travelling then he is free from keeping the fast.

“When Ramadan arrives, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of hell are locked up and devils are put in chains.”(Sahih al-Bukhari 1899)

The Dates of Ramadan for year 2018 are as,

Starting: Wednesday (16th may 2018) In-Sha-Allah

Ending:  Thursday (14th June 2018)

Eid-ul-Fitr: Friday (15th June 2018)

These dates are not final

Practices and Blessings:

Ramadan is the most blessed month of Islamic calendar among the other months. Throughout this blessed month Muslims of this entire world fast and they perform deeds which are closer to Allah (SWT). This blessed month pinnacles with the blessed religious festival (EID-UL-FITR) which Muslims celebrate with great religious warmth.

In Ramadan

  • Muslims spend great time in reading quran
  • They perform duas
  • They do dhikr (Zikr) of Allah (SWT)
  • Fasting teaches Muslims tolerance and perseverance
  • Muslims learn self-control by eliminating all negative emotions like anger etc
  • Muslims offer Tarawih (Extra prayer) after isha.

Sehri and Iftar:

In Ramadan Muslims wake up before fajr and eat sehri (Pre-dawn meal) and after this pre dawm meal muslims offer fajr prayer and start their day. Then when they hear azam for magrib prayer they break their fasts, mostly with dates, then they ask for Allah’s Sustenance

Best things to do in Ramadan:

  • Do maximum zikr of Allah (SWT).
  • Read and learn from Quran as much as possible
  • Go for a holly pilgrimage

{So race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together.} [Quran 5:48]

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

 “Performing two ‘Umrahs expiates the sins committed in the interval between them. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

and in Ramadan we all know that Allah increases the reward of good deeds by 70 percent. So Umrah performed in Ramadan is of much greater value than Umrah performed in any other month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims around the globe try their best to perform this spiritual obligation in Ramadan because of the increased reward by Allah (SWT).

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MONTH OF BLESSINGS

Ramadan

For Muslims each and every day is a blessed day where they enjoy the gifts bestowed on them by ALLAH Almighty and Muslims praise and thank ALLAH Almighty for all that He has given. Every day of Muslim’s life has great importance but days of Holy month of Ramadan gains very special importance in Islam.

Holy Ramadan is the ninth Holy month of Islamic calendar. It is the month of numerous blessings in which Muslims fast or observes roza for the whole month of Ramadan starting from fajr till maghrib. It is one of the most reverenced Islamic months among Muslims and every Muslims is very excited about this month, Muslim’s observe fast with religious full dedication.

The month of Holy Ramadan is considered to be very special and important for all the Muslims all around the world. In Holy Ramadan, Muslim learns self-control and self-restraint. They try to keep themselves away from all unlawful acts and deeds which they usually do during the rest of the year. During the fast Muslim are not allowed to eat and drink anything in the prescribed timings during this whole month.  In the same way, Muslims from all around the world avoid their inner bad desires, wishes, wants and try to become pious and good Muslims. They devote themselves dedicatedly to the will of ALLAH Almighty and make all the possible efforts to spend more and more time in worships to please ALLAH Almighty. Muslims also develop a sense of responsibility, sincerity, love and also feelings and pain for the poor and needy people of our society. Zakat is also an important pillar of religion Islam. It is obligatory for every Muslims to pay zakat in the Holy month of Ramadan. Zakat is paid in Holy Ramadan by all financially able Muslim who can afford to pay this, its not only purifies wealth of a person but by paying zakat, Muslims help other Muslim brothers and sisters.

Muslims are also blessed in Holy Ramadan with the most auspicious night, ‘Laila-tul-Qadr’, which is concealed by the ALLAH Almighty in the last ten days of Holy Ramadan. During the whole month, at Sehri and Iftar times, Muslims sit together with their families. This helps in making strong bond and relation among the members of the family. Holy Ramadan brings many scientific benefits for the Muslims as well. During this blessed month, immunity is developed in the body and toxins are efficiently released. Thus, the importance and blessings of the Holy Ramadan is everlasting and numerous and Muslims will be kept on blessed by this. The whole month is full of uncountable blessings of ALLAH Almighty and a Muslim can earn all the rewards for being pious and virtuous in Holy Ramadan.

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LET’S WELCOME HOLY RAMADAN

Holy Ramadan

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.

* Taqwa

  1. Fearing ALLAH Almighty
  2. Practicing the Revelations of ALLAH Almighty, reciting Holy Quran.
  3. Preparing oneself departure from this world to the life hereafter
  4. Self-control
  5. Self-discipline
  6. Self-restraint
  7. Self-evaluation
  8. Self-education

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:

  1. A Guidance to all humanity
  2. A clear Manifestation of right from wrong
  3. A culmination and Summation of all previous revelations
  4. A Glad-tiding to the Muslims
  5. A Healer

* Protection from many things:

  1. Avoiding Immorality
  2. Avoiding anger, envy, jealously and uproar
  3. Avoiding stupidity
  4. 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

  1. Purification of whole body from toxins
  2. Purity of brain
  3. Reducing the weight
  4. Living of life with happiness
  5. Rejuvenation of body

* Umrah in Holy Ramadan: Visiting Holy Makkah for performing Umrah during the fasting month of Holy Ramadan is:

  1. Equal to performing Hajj (in blessings)
  2. 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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MEEQATS FOR PERFORMING HAJJ OR UMRAH

Hajj

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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Significance of Umrah in Ramadan Mubarak

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As other hadiths also exist that clearly mention that performing Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj, it should not the mandatory task for all muslims to perform Hajj as he is able to perform it. This is only to give additional value to the month of Ramadan to perform it.

There are different scholarly opinions on the significance of Umrah in Ramadan. Some scholars state that Umrah is also obligatory and the other scholars indicate that it is not mandatory but to do it is most good.

Verily similar to Hajj you cannot perform Umrah in Ramadan if you neglect your family and social obligations. Though you need to get more blessings in the month of Ramadan however you cannot neglect your families and other obligations of work and kin. You cannot neglect parents or children to go to Umrah in Ramadan.

Another mistake that many parents do is that they do take their children for Umrah but neglect their time and need in Umrah. You cannot neglect their needs at all; you should focus on it also.

We encourage parents to take their kids to Umrah with following certain obligations and activities to be more kind full. To give the Umrah experience to kids is a spectacular and unique trip for them and make a habit for them. Going to the holy place in the holy month is a milestone and a most memorable experience for children and acting in a good way.

Like to share with you some of the amazing stories that I have been able to accumulate over the years of that have finally been able to make that trip to Makkah in Ramadan. Ramadan is one of the most blessed months in the Muslim Calender of the whole year. It holds a special meaning, value and attributes significantly to the overall social and well being of the societies at all.

Ramadan has always been a sharing event among Muslims. Millions around the world take refuge with Allah from the evil and the bad characteristics in this month. Muslims all over the world pray to Allah and ask forgiveness of their sins. In the whole month Muslims fast and say prayers. The objective of all the prayers, worships and the fasting is for Allah. You want to ensure that you spend your time reading the Quran and being good to your kin and family and all the mankind.

Due to the importance of Ramadan, people want to anticipate in the beautiful procession of Umrah in this month. It is just adding or even multiplying your good deeds in the good actions. What a beautiful way to spend Ramadan to act well. Imagine the opportunity to be close to the holiest shrines and places during the holy month of ramadan. It is a rare opportunity and must be availed by people especially muslims across the world. I take pride in the fact that the loved meaning and significance of Umrah has captured by all muslims during Ramadan.

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