Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic lunar year. It is defined as the holiest month for Muslims so that they must do several spiritual things for celebrating it.
The Muslims fast, do special prayer every night, do charity, share large iftars for the poor or needy, and many more. Muslims compete to do good things and avoid bad things. It is because Muslims believe that the rewards of doing good and religious things will be doubled up in Ramadan.
The main activity is fasting, which is begun with suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and ended with iftar (fast-breaking meal). The fasting takes all day until the sunset. Actually, what is the importance of Ramadan for Muslims? So they keep fasting and worshipping in Ramadan? Here are the explanations.
11 Importance’s of Ramadan as the Most Precious Month for Muslims
1. Fasting obligation to Muslims is done to gain the Taqwa level. It means obeying Allah’s order and staying away from Allah’s prohibition.
2. In Ramadan, the Holy Quran was revealed firstly from Jibril to Prophet Muhammad. To be exact, it happened on the 17th of Ramadan.
3. Fasting in Ramadan is the fourth Pillar of Islam which must be done by the Muslims among the five. In shorts, you won’t be a true Muslim if you don’t do fasting in Ramadan
4. Laylat al-Qadrto the Night of Power/Decree happens in this month. It is a special night chosen secretly by Allah, in which the rewards and blessings are better than a thousand months.
5. Ramadan is a month for reading, sharing, and interpreting the Quran every day. It is recommended to always read and learn the meaning of the Quran in this month. Therefore, Ramadan is also mentioned as a month of the Quran.
6. Paradise doors are opened in Ramadan and Hell doors are closed. In other words, Muslims will get rewards and blessings easily because the devils are chained up during the holy month.
7. Umrah or the minor pilgrimage in Ramadan has the same reward as Hajj, the major pilgrimage. Therefore, many people go to Mecca and have umrah in Ramadan.
8. Ramadan is also mentioned as a month of sharing and charity. It is because the hadith says that Allah will give the best reward for the ones who share or offer Iftaar to those who fast.
9. The activity in Ramadan includes I’tikaaf. It means staying and praying in the mosque for the whole night. It is especially done in the last 10 days because, in that period, Muslims will get rewards to be freed from Hell if they worship well.
10. The true hadith of Prophet Muhammad mentions that if the fasting in Ramadan is done sincerely due to Muslims’ faith and not just in the hope of reward, Muslims will be forgiven for all of their previous sins and the major sins will not be committed.
11. It is also recommended that Muslims must share Zakat to the poor and needs which are derived from 2.5% from their wealth, assets, or savings. They can also share Sadaqah, the voluntary charity, in Ramadan as much as possible.
Ramadan itself lasts for 29 to 30 days depending on the new moon of the next month, Shawal. If the new moon cannot be seen on the night of the 29th day, the Ramadan still lasts for the next 30th day.
In other words, the Muslims still fast and will not have the Eid al-Fitr yet. The Eid al-Fitr is the celebration done after Ramadan when Muslims pray and thanking for the successful Ramadan of worship and fasting the whole month.
In summary, Ramadan is a time and chance given from Allah to His followers, to worship more for getting closer to Him and prepare the afterlife with the good things, so that Paradise will be reached at the end.
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