Mini Guide to Ramadan 18th April, 2017
Most Muslims know a lot about the holy month of Ramadan, but to the younger generations and those outside of Islam, there is always plenty to learn and explore. For example, the giving of Zakat or the reason for Fitrana – there is so much to learn about the teachings of Islam. With that in mind, we have put together a handy mini fact guide on some of the most important aspects of Ramadan.
- It is during the holy month of Ramadan in which the very first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed as guidance for all mankind. These verses were sent via the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
- The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, which means that the beginning of each month is based on the sighting of the new moon. Due to this, the calendar is a rotating calendar, which rotates on average, approximately 10 - 11 days each year. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar
- Fasting is observed during the month of Ramadan and is obligatory for all those that it applies to. Fasting is the act of abstaining from food, drink and any sinful or harmful acts between sunrise and sunset. This also serves as a reminder that sinful acts should not form a part of our daily lives anyway. Ramadan should be a humbling and purifying experience for those that observe it
- Although many people see this month as a month of abstaining from food and drink for a certain period of time, there is in fact, much more to it. It is based around purification of the mind, body and soul; reminding us of who we are and why we are here. It is a month of devoting time to our Lord and a time of self-sacrifice
- The act of giving to charity is greatly rewarded in the month of Ramadan and rewards for good deeds are multiplied many times over. This is mentioned many times in the Holy Qur’an
- The Holy Qur’an is recited in congregation in this blessed month over the 30 days; thus completing the entire Qur’an by the end of the month
- The month of Ramadan is concluded with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, also a way of celebrating the completion of such a privileged month, and is known as a time for giving to others – mainly charity
- Eid-ul-Fitr is commonly spent amongst family and friends, visiting the mosque and praying in congregation with the community. Following this, many Muslims dress in fine clothes, eat a nice meal together and give gifts to loved ones
- Prior to the recitation of Eid prayer on the morning of Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims offer a contribution towards feeding the poor. This contribution is known as Fitrana and is obligatory for Muslims. More details on this can be found here
- Annual obligatory Zakat can also be given during the month of Ramadan, for more information on Zakat, to determine what you owe or for current nisab values, see our Zakat calculator here
For more details on Ramadan, Zakat, or how to donate towards a good cause, visit our website or call Islamic Help on 012 1446 5682.