The holy month Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and a great opportunity for all Muslims to purify their mind, body, heart and soul by fasting and praying to Almighty Allah.
During Ramadan there is an increased offering of the Salat, with Muslims giving thanks to Allah.
Beyond fasting, Muslims are also encouraged to read the Quran, with the holy text recited at the Tarawih, special nightly prayers held throughout the month.
Ramadan is not only for fasting but also all Muslims should dedicate themselves to self-sacrifice like abstain from taking drink or food and physical needs, asking forgiveness for their wrongdoings and devoting themselves to Allah.
Many of the virtues of Ramadan and the virtues of good deeds therein are mentioned in the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) hadiths and the Koran. Therefore, good deeds are done in abundance during Ramadan.
In addition, Muslims observe many more rites and rituals than in other months, such as the tarawih prayer – also referred to as the qiyam (night) prayer – which is performed between the isha and fajr prayers.
Itikaf, the practice of staying in a mosque for a certain amount of time or number of nights, devoting oneself to worship. Itikaf is most common during the last ten days of Ramadan, which are believed to be the most rewarding and virtuous days.
Ramadan should be used as a platform to change lives; every day should get increasingly better. Allah loves those deeds that are done with consistency, because they represent a Muslim’s personality, and they are the deeds that will pave the path to Jannah (paradise).
Ramadan is a great time of God’s blessings and His mercy. Every Muslim should take full advantage of this time. We should get ready now to welcome this month and receive it with happiness.