By: Lailuma Noori
Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar, and is a month during which the Quran, Bible, Torah and Psalms were revealed. In Islamic narrations, the month is called as the month of Allah and charity. Our Prophet Mohammad called Ramadan as the month of his Ummah. The Prophet of Islam says, ‘Rajab is the month of Allah, Shaban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah. Anybody observing fast the whole month, the Almighty Allah will forgive their sins, guarantee their rest of life and save them from the thirst and painful day of resurrection’.
The holy month of Ramadan is a much revered and blessed month and has special position among Muslims. With the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, the Muslims enthusiastically go for giving charity and food to needy people, divine services, recitation of the holy Quran, prayers and fasting the whole month.
The month of Ramadan offers the opportunity to improve one’s personal and spiritual behavior. By focusing on positive thoughts and actions, Muslims build a closer connection with Almighty Allah and come away from the month feeling spiritually renewed.
Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting explores the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition by focusing on an event of great spiritual significance and beauty in the lives of Muslims. “Ramadan is not here to change our schedules, it is here to change our hearts.” In fact, Allah does not look at our bodies; he looks into our hearts, which are the true conduit of communication with Allah and keep our relationship strong with Him.
Allah sent this blessed month to His bondsmen so that mankind may create a connection and draw closer to Him by reaping the many rewards that lie available in this month. A person who has been given the opportunity to be present in this month can take it as a sign that Allah has given him another opportunity to draw closer to Him and earn His paradise through worship.
If we observe the whole month of Ramadan with full sincerity and reach to goals what Islam has drawn for us, we will then succeed in reaching peace and brotherhood and rooting out violence and enmity in our society. Ramadan is an opportunity to get access to all values and desires; therefore, we should try our best to make use of the opportunity and do work for peace and brotherhood in the country.
With the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, Afghanistan government, World Union of Muslim Ulamas and the international community have asked the Taliban group to stop violence and do agree on a comprehensive ceasefire in the country. The Muslim Ulama Union in a statement has considered the continued war in Afghanistan as illegal and ‘Haram’ and asked all sides to ongoing conflict to stop bloodshed as soon as possible.