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Why Muslims must respect Ramadhan

By Umar Nsubuga

Added 4th May 2020 03:19 PM

As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadhan is much more than fasting.

Why Muslims must respect Ramadhan

Ramadhan is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice. It is much more than fasting.

As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadhan is much more than fasting.

RAMADHAN   MUSLIMS

Many non-Muslims only know Ramadhan as the month of fasting. However, it is more than that. During this month which is the ninth month on the Muslim calendar, Muslims abstain from other physical needs.

As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadhan is much more than fasting.

Muslims are called upon to use this holy month to re-evaluate their lives, in accordance with Islamic teaching. They are to make peace with those who have wronged them, strengthen ties with family and friends, and do away with bad habits.

First 10 days

Ramadhan has 29-30 days and is broken into three sections each comprising 10 days. According to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, the first 10 days of Ramadhan are days of Rahmah (Allah's mercy).

Second 10 days

These are for Allah's forgiveness-Maghafirah, having witnessed Allah's mercy in the first 10 days; Muslims are encouraged to seek his forgiveness because this is the time that his mercy is at its peak.

The last 9-10 days

The last days of Ramadhan, Muslims are encouraged to intensify their supplications to Allah because these are the most blessed days of Ramadhan, during which the Quran was revealed.  It is also in this section of Ramadhan that Allah frees souls of his servants from hell.

 
What we have to do and not during fasting

It is important to make the intention of obligatory (fard) first before fasting. Eating before Fajr (Taking Suhur) is a recommended Sunnah

The Prophet (SAW) said, "Take Suhur, as there is a blessing in it." (Bukhari). Eating Sehri (Daaku) ends when the Fajr Adhaan starts.

Fasting persons should not misbehave or fight. The Prophet (SAW) said, "Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fast should avoid sexual relations with his wife during day time and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, 'I am fasting."

A Fasting person should not lie or commit evil deeds. The Prophet (SAW) said, "Whoever does not give up slander speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fast.)"

Backbiting, lying, fighting, abusing, profanities and arguing corrupts the fast.  Cracking dirty jokes, obscene vulgar actions, immoral behaviors and conversations on vulgar topics are all forbidden in the state of fasting. (Such things are forbidden even under normal conditions, but such deeds while fasting corrupts the fast.)

 

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