Month of Ramadan...the most blessed month is near!

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Ramadan starts on the first of August this year or when the new crescent moon is sighted (the sighting of the moon plays a major role in which the day Ramadan starts and ends as Muslims go by the Lunar Calendar and not the Solar Calendar). Wow, can you believe how fast this year has gone by? Masha'Allah! For all those that don't know what Ramadan is, let me start of by explaining this blessed month to you. Ramadan happens once a month every year. It's the month on which the Quran was revealed to us and is the month on which we are to fast for the whole month from sunrise (around the time of fajr prayer) to sunset (around the time of isha prayer). Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam- meaning that fasting is an obligation for Muslims! Fasting means no drinking, eating, chewing gum, sexual activity, and refraining from any bad deeds.



Ramadan

Ramadan is the month in which Satan/Devil is locked up and the gates of Hell are closed! It's a month to clean up our sins and stay away from anymore sins. This is the month to do good deeds so that insha'Allah, we may enter the gates of Jannah (Paradise).





Good Deeds you should be doing during Ramadan:
  • Read the Quran
  • Read the Hadiths
  • Read stories of the Prophets
  • Listen to Islamic Lectures
  • Keeping our prayers long and meaningful
  • Being kind and generous to one another
  • Spending quality time with family and friends
  • Spreading the word of Islam
  • Inviting others (Muslims, Chirstians, Jews, Hindu, etc.) to Ramadan dinners
  • Donate to the needy
  • Smile to one another as smiling is charity
  • Spread the acts of kindness and love


Bad Deeds to keep away from during Ramadan:
  • Watching tv
  • Listening to music
  • Fighting/arguing/cursing
  • Gossiping/Backbiting
  • Not fasting
  • Not praying 
  • Spending the whole day sleeping
  • No doing anything 
  • Doing anything that brings you away from Allah and distracts you


Those who aren't required to fast:

- Women going through their menses/mentsrual cycle
(women going through their menses are required to make these days up any day after Ramadan).

- Those who are sick/ill/health problems/pregnant

-Children who have not yet reached puberty and elderly are not required to fast, but it would be great if you could help your children get use to fasting. I started fasting at around the age of 8 or 9 and masha'Allah, it helped me prepare for fasting! Since the elderly aren't required to fast, it's best for them to help provide food/charity to those who need it.


Verses from the Quran about Ramadan:


O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint. [Surah Bakarah - 2:183]
(Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew. [Surah Bakarah - 2:184]
Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. God intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful. [Surah Bakarah - 2:185]





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